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2008 Pontiac G6

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2008 Pontiac G6 Review

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As GM continues to regain its footing, Pontiac's line of sporty yet fuel-efficient cars plays a major part in the company's recovery. One of the leaders of that effort is the 2008 Pontiac G6, a midsize sedan built from a proven chassis developed in partnership with GM's European subsidiary, Opel. With the G6, Pontiac seeks to impart its trademark styling onto a vehicle providing the ride and handling characteristics so important to younger buyers. In order to lure buyers away from Volkswagen and Mazda, however, a manual transmission option should be made available on both four- and six-cylinder models, while pricing and content must remain competitive with newer entries such as the Dodge Avenger and Ford Fusion.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a sporty domestic midsize sedan, the 2008 Pontiac G6 is right in line with the current offerings from Ford and Dodge.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the G6 offers decent handling to back up its sporty looks, the base and GT models are not terribly quick and feature slow-shifting automatic transmissions as standard equipment. Interior plastics are not up to the standards set by Mazda, Volkswagen and Honda.

What's Significant About This Car?

The GXP becomes the new top-of-the-line trim (replacing the GTP), while front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and OnStar are made standard across the line.

Driving the G6

Driving Impressions If you settle into the driver's seat expecting the performance of a sport sedan, you might be somewhat disappointed by a 219-horsepower pushrod V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, with performance...

that is decidedly underwhelming. The G6 handles well enough and we appreciated the substantial side bolsters of the front seats. Electric power steering delivers minimal feedback on base cars, but the hydraulic system available on the GT and GXP definitely improves matters. The G6 feels its most athletic when ordered with the 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, this combination is available only on the high-end GXP trim level.

Sleek Design
We hope the G6's clean, attractive exterior styling cues carry over to future Pontiacs.

Rear-seat Room
The long wheelbase of the G6 results in lots of legroom and big doors that open wide for rear-seat passengers.

2008 Pontiac G6 Details
Interior

If the exterior styling is a giant leap forward for Pontiac, the interior styling is at least a step in that direction. The chrome gauge surrounds are a little much, and some of the controls appear designed for a more rugged application, but those few rough spots speak volumes for the improvements. While front passengers are treated to comfortable seats and nicely-styled appointments, the backseat passengers are the big winners, with surprisingly generous legroom and big rear doors (both benefits thanks to the long wheelbase) and windows that open all the way down.

Exterior

Take away the Pontiac badging and grille and it would be almost impossible to identify the G6 as a Pontiac -- or as a GM or a domestic car, for that matter. Some of us think the G6, especially in GXP trim, is one of the most attractive cars the domestic manufacturers have ever delivered. Wheels pushed out to the corners underline a strong stance. Front, side and back, both the G6 Coupe and Sedan look great.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the base G6 includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, OnStar, head-curtain airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 16-inch covered steel wheels and automatic headlamps. The GT has a 3.5-liter V6, cruise control, XM Satellite Radio, Monsoon sound system, fog lamps, keyless entry and 17-inch wheels. The GXP adds revised front and rear fascias, 18-inch wheels, power driver's seat, chrome exhaust tips, six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.6-liter V6.

Optional Equipment

Options include leather seating, remote start, premium six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, sunroof, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lamps, rear spoiler and choices of 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood

The ECOTEC four-cylinder engine is all about economy, not performance. Why GM didn't offer a five-speed manual on this model is a mystery, but without it the G6 has little chance of living up to its sporty image. The 3.5-liter V6 has more pulling power but lacks quickness. If you're purchasing the G6 to perform, you have to go with the GXP's new 3.6-liter V6. With its variable valve timing and relatively flat torque curve, this engine has the power and response that driving enthusiasts demand.

2.4-liter in-line 4
164 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30

3.5-liter V6
219 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
219 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29 (base), 17/26 (GT)

3.6-liter V6
252 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

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2008 Pontiac G6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 1057 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Good gas milage, fun to drive, bullet proof engine

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Looks good, reliable, fun to drive!"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Outstanding value for the money, extremely reliable. I've driven mine 100 miles round trip to work for 6 years, never let me down."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent car!

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Earned its keep. Paid off 6 yrs ago - going strong"

Cons: "none that we could discern"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This G6 has been basically care-free since new. With normal maintenance it has had no problems mechanically or otherwise for over 130,000 miles. Took my daughter through college, grad school, engagement and into married life very reliably. Many of the miles were highway, between home and out of state college, and now between their home and ours. I would recommend the G6 as a great value and sporty car."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good car but with a few ruff spots.

By on Friday, June 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "fuel efficiancy, handling, cost, space, reliabilty"

Cons: "slow takeoff, seats get hot and soak up odors."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Great car overall. I picked mine up for 4700 about a year and ten thousand miles ago and it's been putting along since. Even at 150000 miles it's still accelerates pretty fast. It has a decent suspension and handles fairly well. The interior design is pretty well thought out and its very roomy considering I'm 6'1. The comforts on mine could be a little better as the seats often get very hot and I find the ac's just isn't enough during the hot Georgia days. I was a little underwhelmed by the 3.5 liter v6 on the takeoff as I used to own a infiniti q45. Final say, worth blue book but don't expect anything but a reliable car that looks good."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "GTP has great looks, good power, very reliable."

Cons: "Panoramic roof is noisey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car! After normal maintenance,engine still runs strong, at 105,000 miles.Does use a bit of oil between changes. Common problem, panoramic roof does not leak, but noisey when driving at higher speeds, and windy conditions."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

great dependable car

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i have had this car since it was brand new and never one problem with it. was bumbed that Pontiac is no longer. love their designs"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good vehicle overall!

By on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Quick, stylish, fun, decent fuel economy"

Cons: "So-So steering, cheap accessories"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought my G6 GT in 2010 with 44,000 miles on it. Four years later and at over 100,000 miles, all I've had to do is change the battery, tires, oil, and brake pads. That's it. Acceleration is responsive. Braking is also. The interior is sharp look, and sound system isn't bad. It doesn't compare to my 2010 Fusion Sport in handling, comfort, or performance...but it's a great car to take around town or on multiple road trips to Michigan:) I'm not a fan of the steering at all though....it feels spring loaded and not smooth."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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