Does pontiac have anything interesting coming out in the very near future? I
am seeking something about the size of a grandam or grandprix in a 2 door
coupe. It should be low stylish, semi luxuy and sporty. Prefer a long hood
and short deck. I liked the 96-2000 styled Grand Prix coke bottle body
styled coupes and dont know why they screwed up the styling and went with
the hi-top tennis shoe body style grand prix which offers nothing in style.
There are talks of releasing some of the Holden projects here in
america, such as a pontiac G5, or a holden commodore; also, the new GTO
will be released late 2008 as a 2009 model, on the same zeta platform
as the new Camaro. That's a two door, and the 03-06 interior was very
nice IMO. Just look up Holden cars, and see what exists. Since GTO's
will be discontinued for two years, why not wait a month, and see just
how cheap they are, since most dealers will be trying to get rid of
them anyway? I'm sure you can find one for an AWESOME price.
I'm hugging my Beretta GT as we speak. :)
My dad points out that these new sports cars *look* like FWD cars--which
is usually a bad thing coming from someone who hasn't got anything that
doesn't have a nice long driveshaft coming out the back.
One more thing...the Beretta is IMHO a very nice sports car that comes
with a 3.1 V6 under the hood--if you could get one in decent shape,
you'd love it (if it's a manual, anyway--don't know about automatics,
yuck). Mine's a little old-looking but it's pretty darn snappy, and
I've often found myself hitting 25 MPH in first when I get angry...
20-year-old technology with a lot of speed and at the same time the
ability to squeeze an average 30 MPG out of (I've done it, and that's
with heavy in-town driving). And the car looks good, especially if you
put a new paint job on it.
The age of the technology doesn't matter--in fact, you'll find a Beretta
GT to be much easier to deal with than one of these stinking new Impalas
(once again, a personal and very annoying experience). At least
everything in the car isn't shrouded by a computer the user has to take
to a dealer and pay hundreds to make any kind of changes to.
Like I said, I love my Beretta. I'd rather have it than any other FWD
V6 car. I can't stretch it so far as to say I wouldn't take a Camaro
over it, but then again, the Camaro is in a totally different class
(performance AND money-wise).
Sometimes 20-year-old technology can be a *good* thing.
yeah, but there's been no improvement in gas mileage during those 20 years.
Small V6 powered cars are still getting mpg in the 20's. One important
thing about 20 year old cars is the parts are available in the aftermarket,
dirt cheap. Tires won't cost $250 each either.
I have a 15 year old GM car that has never let me down. and a 14 year old
before that and a few others, long term. It is the 5 year old GM car that
is going to crap. That is what convinced me NOT to buy another GM.
We have a 5 year old GM as well that needed a new transmission. I think it
happened because of the way we drove it through the mountains. We were very
hard on it. So far I have never owned a GM that did not hit 200K. My Bonny
had 278K when I sold it and it looked perfect when I sold it.
Had to get a van with the third kid on the way. I really hope GM keeps the
quality high because they will need it to turn the corner financially.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the AU 3.8L is basically a
Series III engine with an aluminum block. I'd love to get one of those
engines and drop it in my '94 Regal!
The full-sized Holden car (the Caprice) would be a great addition to
the US lineup as well - would give GM US a full-sized RWD sedan to
compete against the Crown Vic and the big RWD Chrysler products.
Another kinda nitch idea would be the UTE - Holden's version of the
old El Camino type vehicle. Of course we've HAVE to have it with roo
I'm not all that thrilled with the looks of the new Commodore -
liked the previous generation design much better. However, the SS-V
version sure looks interesting. I hope Pontiac imports it - reminds me
(in concept) of the Catalina Super-Dutys from the early 60s.
Now when do we get the UTE?
Looks are a bit subjective, the VE is a better car than it's predecessor.
Pontiac will probably stick a butt-ugly new front on it anyway, as well as a
few assorted tacky scoops & fins.
The Commodore was not designed as a sports car, it's a family car. In
Australia it has the same market niche as a Taurus or Impala. The Monaro, on
which the GTO was based was never a "muscle car", it was the V8 2 door
Commodore, kinda regarded in a similar light as a Taurus SHO or Impala SS.
Nice car, but not really a GTO. Sticking garish scoops, an ugly front &
loud exhaust didn't really help much.
At least the correct wheels are driven, but then most popular large
Australian family cars from Ford & GMH are RWD.
There was a "beast" planned, a few HRT 427 Monaros made it off the racetrack
& were road registered, before beancounters pulled the plug. Pity, it
might have made a credible GTO.
Not sure you will see a ute, the new generation VE ute body has not been
made yet, the ones still selling are basically VZs.
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