Here is my ubiased opinion.
I stopped off a dealership to look around and spotted a blue g6 gtp coupe on
the show room floor. I sat in it , the seats were leather and quite
comfortable, overall ergonomics were comfortable, the quality and layout of
the interior was quite nice. I looked to the back window and the blind spots
were not as bad as I thought since I have read some reviews about them
having dangerously bad blind spots, not that bad at all as long as you check
all mirrors and look over your shoulder before changing lanes. This car was
an automatic transmission, no manuals were available.
I have been a G6 basher when it comes to looks, but the looks kind of grow
on you and they do look better in person than photographed. One thing that
still irks me is all the space between the top of the tires and wheel wells,
that sucks. I was to get my whole fist in between the tires and wheel well.
Thats just to much space on a passenger car, its just fine for 4 wheel drive
SUV. If they could reduce the space to an inch or less the car would look
50% better in every profile angle.
I told the saleman to pull it out of the showroom because I am going for a
Again behind the wheel I felt pretty much right at home. The response from
just tapping the pedal is very noticable in just pulling out off the lot,
steering and all is pretty tight just like I like it, didnt notice much
torque steer. The bumbs and ruts in the road are felt but not annoying. On
one stretch of road I stomped on it...it was ok but wasnt impressed. A few
years ago I drove a 3.4 Grand Am GT with the ram Air setup and the 3.4
seemed quicker to me if I remember correctly, the 3.4 just seemed to snap
and wind out more. The 3.9 in this car didnt seem to do that as much, but
since I cant compare the 2 side by side I cant be sure. I just remember
being quite impressed with that 3.4 ram air to the point of stomping into it
several times just for the thrill. Also the 3.4 had a growl sound, this 3.9
just sounded like air, no growl from the mufflers which could also make it
appear slower than it is. I didnt get a chance to hit that many curves but
hit just a few, it wasnt totally flat but OK. To be fair I will omit the
curve handling since I didnt really run it thru its paces on a curved road.
Half way thru the ride the salesman tells me it also has the auto stik
feature for performance driving, by this time I was in traffic so I didnt
really get a chance to see the differences in the manual mode, I did briefly
try it but wasnt to familiar with how it worked to really test it out. We
arrive back at the lot. I also forgot to mention that GM has a paint problem
because the cars paint was not smooth but has hints of orange peel all over
it. I looked at the other G6s on the lot and they all had the same thing. I
didnt think about looking at the Buicks paint finishes but it is possible
they all had the same finishes. Is this a GM wide problem? The price tag on
the G6 was 27K and some change. It was already reduced about $1k plus I
think about $500 was to be reduced for incentives. Would I pay $27k for it?
No. It that 15 min drive it was OK but I would not give GM 27k for it, maybe
$21 or 22k but not 27k. The car did have a popup sunroof but not the new
multipaneled sunroof. Somehow I think that multi paneled roof was not as
ingenious as they thought it was and are now putting the regular popup
sunroofs in them with the sliding inside panel to totaly block the sun. All
in all its not a bad car, but it didnt really excite me. The new 3.9 also is
unproven and we all know how GM likes to build cars with defective intake
gaskets, will this also happen on the 3.9? I wont spend 27k to find out. So
like I said for me to get one GM would have to make me an offer I cant
refuse which is $21 or $22k max out the door.
I do hope you enjoyed this review. If so please contact MotorTrend or Car
and Driver and suggest they hire me as the lead car reviewer.