: Do Catera owners like the Pontiac G8?



investor74
02-09-08, 11:42 PM
I've had my 1997 Catera since November of 1996. Have often thought about replacing it with a CTS, but, quite frankly, I can't get excited about the exterior styling (although the 2008 CTS interior is beautiful). I saw the Pontiac G8 at the auto show, and it looks sharp, like the Catera. Are other Catera owners considering the G8?

PEETYZ
02-09-08, 11:56 PM
I like the G8 and I like the gto 04-06 The g8 is actually tuned for around 87 octane and gets 361 hp with it

mrplease
02-10-08, 03:16 AM
yeah i really like the gto...

ondale
02-11-08, 12:22 AM
Did you see the CTS-V at the auto show. I was at the Chicago one yesterday. With a mesh grill and some ground effects, it looks better than the G8. No disrespect, but as a driver you'll spend more time inside the car than out and the CTS interior blows away the Australian made G8.

I know it's blasphemy, but a Satun Aura XR is not a bad looking car either, albeit in need of aftermarket custom rims and some lightly tinted windows. Just my opinion.

R-Caddy
02-11-08, 09:42 PM
I like GTOs, 2 of my friends have them, and then some of their friends... I like the G8 as well, but what I would really like to put my hands on is the Ute ST version :lildevil: I thinks it's cool, fast and practical- I go fishing and have a kayak... Oh, yeah, and probably VERY customizable :yup:

TitanCTS
02-23-08, 01:15 AM
I plan on getting a G8, when ever the top of line model GXP comes out.

PEETYZ
02-24-08, 05:21 PM
wont be long for the gxp ls3 engine

elvin315
02-25-08, 07:48 PM
I've been thinking about it. As much as I'd like a GTO, I prefer a sedan to a coupe. Two doors just don't work for me. But I'm not sold on the G8. I've never been a Pontiac fan. They always seemed to go overboard with the styling add-ons. Lots of plastic cladding, scoops & vents, decals, wings, and that's just the outside. The interiors were just as gaudy.

The G8 is much better than their older cars but of course they couldn't resist "improving" the Commodore. So they gave her hood scoops, Chrome in the nose, tail lights, and around the windows. I don't like chrome unless they're badges and lettering. The interior looks cheap. I hate the steering wheel.

http://images.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0802_05z+2008_pontiac_g8_sedan+side_view_still .jpg
http://images.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0802_14z+2008_pontiac_g8_sedan+front_end.jpg
http://images.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0802_12z+2008_pontiac_g8_sedan+taillight.jpg
http://images.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0804_06z+2008_pontiac_g8_GT+interior.jpg

This is what I'd buy. I found pictures of a Chevrolet Impala SS destined for Saudi Arabia and other overseas markets that I prefer over the G8. Same car, different trim. I couldn't find interior shots but hopefully it's along the lines of the exterior. I like its looks much better. No split grill, no hood scoop, and less chrome. I hate the wing in the last picture though. I'll wait and see how the G8 does in terms of reliability and buy a wingless Impala SS in 2010.

http://jalopnik.com/assets/images/gallery/12/2007/07/medium_800773841_e94511cf81_o.jpg
http://jalopnik.com/assets/images/gallery/12/2007/07/medium_800774027_6a89436ea5_o.jpg
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/3994/2300320900048927869S600x600Q85.jpg

Elvin

cateraowner
02-25-08, 08:37 PM
your right the impala is a lot nicer. I'd much rather have that over the G8. any ideas when it's coming over here? that'd be a car I'd serioulsy consider

with that said, I think the G8 is still a really nice car, I've never been a fan of the honeycomb grill, but that's something that can easily be replaced

mrplease
02-25-08, 09:42 PM
i think they both look real good!

elvin315
02-26-08, 12:40 AM
According to Popular Mechanics the 2010 Impala SS will be a version of the Holden HSV Grange which has a 3.7 inch longer wheelbase than the G8.
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http://media.popularmechanics.com/images/LuminaFront430.gif (http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/automotive_news/4219355.html)

Edmunds has a good article on the future of the Impala SS. I hope they change that steering wheel.
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http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com/media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/hsv.grange/07.holden.grange.340.jpg (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=121399)

Elvin

investor74
02-27-08, 05:32 PM
Thanks for the great photos.

The April 08 Automobile magazine tested the G8 GT vs the twice-the-price BMW 550i. The G8 got 5.8 seconds 0 to 60 vs the BMW at 5.5. The BMW also barely won the 1/4 mile at 14.1 seconds vs the G8 at 14.3 seconds. However, the G8 passing 30 to 70 was only 6.1 seconds vs the BMW at 7.2 Overall, a pretty good effort by a $32,745 V8. :)

cateraowner
02-27-08, 05:55 PM
I think I my have found my next cat, either the g8 or the impala SS... I guess if i had to leave my cat, it wouldn't be to bad to go for her hot younger cousin.

Cadi Cat
02-27-08, 10:21 PM
I've been thinking about it. As much as I'd like a GTO, I prefer a sedan to a coupe. Two doors just don't work for me. But I'm not sold on the G8. I've never been a Pontiac fan. They always seemed to go overboard with the styling add-ons. Lots of plastic cladding, scoops & vents, decals, wings, and that's just the outside. The interiors were just as gaudy.

The G8 is much better than their older cars but of course they couldn't resist "improving" the Commodore. So they gave her hood scoops, Chrome in the nose, tail lights, and around the windows. I don't like chrome unless they're badges and lettering. The interior looks cheap. I hate the steering wheel.






This is what I'd buy. I found pictures of a Chevrolet Impala SS destined for Saudi Arabia and other overseas markets that I prefer over the G8. Same car, different trim. I couldn't find interior shots but hopefully it's along the lines of the exterior. I like its looks much better. No split grill, no hood scoop, and less chrome. I hate the wing in the last picture though. I'll wait and see how the G8 does in terms of reliability and buy a wingless Impala SS in 2010.





Elvin



yes the interior does look cheap, but just as well with everyother pontiac. I have never been a fan of any model. My mom has a g6 gtp convert. It's ok, but that steering wheel is annoying. And the fact that its fwd, it handles kinda funny. I like to be able to cruise around turns without the wheel tugging in either direction.