2008 Pontiac G5 User Reviews
GT Coupe shown
- $7,292 - $9,261
- No trim specified for this review
- Fuel Economy, Great Radio system, Driver Info System, Tire Pressure Monitor, low road noise,
- Would like steering wheel to telescope (i'm tall).
I had a 10-year-old Camaro (which I loved dearly.) I have a 90 mile per day commute, and the car needed too much work (clutch, ignition module, synchros, tires.)
I wanted a car that gets 30 MPG or better. I walked onto the lot and bam--saw the one I wanted. I looked in the window, saw the 5 speed, and was sold. This is the base model, but sports a rear fin, power windows, power locks and mirrors, XM radio, 5 speed tranny, and a really nice dash with a driver information center (DIC) which displays tire pressures (4), coolant temp, fuel economy, two trip odometers, mileage, and air temperature. It even includes automatic headlights and a rear window defroster! I feel I got a very good deal--I am very happy. And for those safety conscious people, the passenger side gets automatic air bag control (no inflation if the seat is empty) and front side-curtain airbags, all included in the base vehicle.
Mechanically the car is very easy to start off the line without stalling AND without wearing the clutch a lot. The engine isolation is VERY good, making for an extremely quiet ride inside compared to other 4 cylinder cars in this class. They really have great insulation from road and engine noise inside. Where it really excells, however, is in the drivetrain. The 2.2L engine spins at just under 2500 RPM at 70 MPH. In contrast, a similarlly-equipeed celica is pushing close to 4000 at the same speed. The DOHC Ecotec engine has returnless fuel injection and a paper-element oil filter along with lost-foam castings and a glass-filled poly intake manifold. The air conditioning is very effective, and I especially like the knob design which is very easty to grip when not looking at it.
The seats are very supportive and there is room in the front two seats for tall people. They have retained shoulder room for bigger people. The sound system software is the best I have ever used, where you can have "favorites" tabs which can be XM, AM, or FM, all in the same row. You no longer have to "switch bands" to hear AM talk or FM.
Unlike the G6 series, I really like how the front grille is not so exaggerated. The G5 has a very clean appearance with a touch of class while still looking sporty, but without pretending to be speed racer.
Surprisingly enough, the trunk is absolutely cavernous for a vehicle this size. You can fold the seats down for more room with conveniently located releases close to the trunk opening, rather than in inconvenient places as in other cars. But let's face it, there is no feeling like pulling up to a pump knowing you just got 34 MPG. I really love this car.
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