Sorry, to me they aren't a GTO, I've owned a 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1968. The
new GTO has a Chevy motor, not a Pontiac V8, and it looks nothing like a GTO
of any year.
Nothing sounds like the old 389 with Tri-power opening up while speed
shifting in to second gear.
my 2 cents
Yes nothing will ever sound like that now from the factory, also nothing
will burn oil like an ole GTO when it had 50,000 miles on it. The new ones
are a whole new bread. Same goes for all the late 60's 70's cars that have
made a come back. I suppose no one can answer that unless they own or have
driven one. For sure they will handle better than the old ones to say the
least. Its a good way to find your youth again go for it!
On Mon, 16 May 2005 20:53:29 -0400, "James C. Reeves"
I pine for the 1970 Trans Am, as well. But we both know it's not
going to come back.
I also pine for a 1920 Ford Model T, where you could buy one for $200.
But we both know it's not going to come back.
I'd go with a GTO, were it legal to own one in Canada. Nothing, and I
repeat, NOTHING is as sweet as a RWD manual transmission car. That's
why BMW rules.
Quid quid latine dictum sit altum videtur.
(That which is said in Latin sounds profound.)
Powerful engine, smooth shifting 6-speed manual trans
4-wheel independent suspension and good handling
Interior quality thats above anything GM USA makes
Agressive exhaust note
Corporate LS2 engine instead of a REAL Pontiac engine
ongoing electrical/computer problems with the gauge cluster
axle shaft problems
manual trans that pops out of gear(ongoing problem on T56 trans since
its introduction in the early 90's)
no trunk space
replacement parts in short supply(don't get into an accident!)
Exactly what the original Pontiac GTO was, except it wasn't all that fancy
looking. It was a Tempest LeMans with a few badges, a couple of fake hood
scoops and Tiger Paw Redline tires. The '64 Tri-power coupe I owned could
go like hell in a straight line, handled on a par with its contemporaries,
couldn't stop worth a damn. How could it? It had the same size drums as
One poster commented on the sound of the Pontiac engine. Yep, at idle it
had a bass burble similar to a Harley. At speed kicking in the two end
carbs made you believe it was attempting to suck in the hood, fenders and
all. That's what sold me the car. I was 24.
The only thing wrong with the Aussie GTO is the price and the gas guzzler
tax slapped on the automatics. Otherwise it is superior to the original ...
4 wheel disc brakes, 6 speed manual transmission, good wheels and radial
tires, and as strong an engine as can be found in any GM auto. Face it,
Pontiac hasn't produced its own engines for almost 3 decades.
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