2009 Pontiac G8

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2009 pontiac g8 Reviews and News

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In 1984, when gasoline was suddenly cheap again following the 1970s fuel crises, Pontiac's slogan was, "We Build Excitement."
If you were looking for thrills of the large-sedan variety, the Parisienne was your ride. Stuffed with an asthmatic, 150-hp V-8, it wheezed to 60 mph in, oh, about thirteen seconds. Cornering? Not so much. The lumbering Parisienne was brimming with excitement all right. About as much excitement as an intestinal virus on prom night.
Now it's 2009, gas is suddenly cheap again - at least relatively speaking, and at least for the moment - and this time, Pontiac offers a very different kind of excitement. The G8 GXP may look similar to the 6.0-liter V-8-powered G8 GT, but underneath its vented hood is the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 from the Corvette. Producing 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, this engine makes the GXP the most powerful production Pontiac ever. Pontiac claims that the GXP, equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, will hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and burst through the quarter mile in 13.2 seconds at 109 mph.
If you're looking to maximize excitement, though, get the optional six-speed manual transmission, with which a permagrin comes standard. The first stick-shift G8 uses the Tremec gearbox from the Corvette, replete with short-throw shifts and a perfectly weighted, easy-to-modulate clutch. Closely spaced ratios keep the LS3 in its power band - not to mention its acoustic sweet spot. However, at highway speeds, revs are just high enough to introduce some driveline vibration into the cabin, and since the LS3 doesn't have the GT's fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, the GXP can barely manage 20 mpg.
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The G8 GXP's stopping power is prodigious, thanks to a pair of aluminum four-piston Brembo calipers up front squeezing fourteen-inch rotors. Its FE3 suspension is the most aggressive available on any G8, and it was tuned at the Nürburgring, a Pontiac first. Many hi-po sedans, including the BMW M5 and the Cadillac CTS-V, use staggered (wider) rear wheels that result in steady-state understeer. Not so the G8 GXP, which, with its chunky rear antiroll bar, is one of the most neutral sedans available today. Turn gently into a corner under light throttle, and the car settles into a perfect four-wheel drift. Add any throttle, and the limited-slip differential ensures there's no inside wheel spin or violent snap oversteer - just a smooth transition to a controllable power slide. Despite all the throttle adjustability, however, there is little feedback coming through the GXP's large steering wheel.
Our complaints about lesser G8s still apply here, especially the unavailability of a navigation system due to the radio's low location on the center console. But that oversight can be easily overlooked with a prod of the loud pedal and a turn of the steering wheel. Now that fuel prices have slumped and the economy is in a funk, it might just be the perfect time for a sport sedan with M5 performance credentials at half the price. And besides, with the auto industry in shambles, we could all use a good laugh.
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Pontiac's G8 sedan has been getting a lot of love from the automotive press, especially when you consider that it's a rebadged version of a car that's been in production since 2006. But most of the hype surrounding the Adelaide-made G8 has focused on the V-8-powered GT model. Indeed, that attention bias has been validated by the fact that three in five G8 buyers opt for the gutsier version. After all, what better way to enjoy a solid rear-wheel-drive platform than with a powerful eight-cylinder at the beck and call of your right foot?
Going into 2009 another V-8 will attempt to steal the spotlight, this time in the new GXP model packing a 402-hp 6.2-liter small block. In the interest of going against the automotive grain, we took a base G8 for a spin to see how it stacks up against other big V-6 sedans. Boring? We'll see.
If looks could thrill
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Pontiac has done very little to visually differentiate the three G8 trim levels, so buyers of the six-cylinder G8 will happily note that their cars have most of the show of the V-8-powered models, even if the 3.6-liter engine provides a good deal less go. We like the aggressive front-end treatment, although the faux ram-air hood nostrils may be a bit much, especially on the V-6 model. The car has a decidedly Pontiac, wide stance - despite the fact that it started life as a Holden - and looks the part of a muscle sedan. The V-6 model loses the GT's odd, chrome-accented door handles in favor of body-color pieces that we think look better. Both the V-6 and the GT get the same standard 18-inch wheels, though the base car's have black center caps that cheapen the look. (Nineteen-inch wheels are optional on the GT and standard on the new-for-2009 GXP.) A different taillight design, a dual- instead quad-outlet exhaust, and the lack of a GT badge are clues at the rear that you're looking at a V-6 G8.
Hard plastics make it possible
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The good looks extend into the G8's cabin, with its European-style instrument cluster and center stack. The front seats are well bolstered, supportive, and comfortable, and there's plenty of room front and rear. While its design is generally handsome, the interior is a strange mix of attractive soft materials and harsh, unfinished-looking plastics. Fit and finish are not strong points of the G8's cabin - our test car was already exhibiting squeaks and rattles in the dash, and a gap between two panels on the center console was wide enough to expose the underlying metal structure. (Again, Holden has been building this same basic car for three years now. We'd expect the kinks to have been worked out.) Ergonomics are a mixed bag; controls are well placed for the most part, although the cruise-control stalk is nearly hidden by the steering wheel and it's very difficult to get at the seat adjustments with the door closed due to a small tray next to the seat that gets in the way. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are a welcome standard feature, but the thumb wheels lack positive feedback making it hard to effect precise changes. Two different stereo packages are available, though a navigation unit is noticeably absent from the options list.
Powertrain
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One thing we noticed upon popping the hood of this G8 is that the engine actually looks like an engine. While most engine bays these days are a sea of black plastic shrouds, only broken up by idiot-proof, color-coded fluid filler necks, the V-6 G8 has a good ol' metal intake plenum visible atop the engine. Okay, so the brightly colored fillers remain, but isn't it refreshing to at least get a glimpse of where the ponies reside? The engine makes 256 of them and 248 lb-ft of torque with the help of variable valve timing. We were never wanting for power, which isn't to say the GT's extra 100-plus horsepower would have gone unused. The engine has a good amount of intake noise that is sometimes pleasant, but can get annoying when holding high revs.
The only transmission offered with the V-6 is a five-speed automatic that offers a shift-it-yourself function as well as a Sport mode and blips the throttle on downshifts. When Sport is engaged, the gearbox isn't shy about holding a gear for a tick or two, but conversely will grab the highest gear once your right foot has settled down to improve fuel economy.
Chassis/Suspension
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We're happy to report that along with the GT's good looks, the base G8 also shares its big brother's well-balanced chassis. The V-6 car is at once at home on back roads and comfortable on long highway jaunts. We did experience some stiffness and float at times, but overall the suspension offers a respectable balance of comfort and sport for everyday driving. The well-weighted steering offers decent on-center feel and the car turns in predictably. Stability control is standard and can be turned down, but never fully off, making tail-out shenanigans difficult but not impossible.
Conclusion
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The base G8 is a fun-to-drive mid-size V-6 sedan, certainly the exception to a boring rule. Its rear-wheel-drive layout keeps things interesting. None of the front-wheel-drive four-doors in its class offers the same level of driving enjoyment. The Nissan Maxima comes closest, but it can't match the G8's comfort. The only rear-wheel-drive competition the G8 faces is Dodge's Charger. Neither offers a stellar interior, but the Pontiac feels smaller and more nimble than the Dodge. So far, 60 percent of G8 buyers have chosen the GT, but we are not going to say that the other 40 made the wrong choice.
2009 Pontiac G8 V-6
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Base Price: $27,995
As Tested Price: $29,370
Powertrain
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 256 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 196.1 x 74.8 x 57.7 in
Legroom F/R: 42.2/39.4 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/38.0 in
Cargo capacity: 17.5 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3885 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 17/25 mpg
HSV 25th Anniversary GTS Right Profile 1
In order to celebrate 25 years of building faster Holden models, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is building 140 HSV 25 Anniversary GTS models. HSV will offer just 15 of the limited-edition models in New Zealand while the rest will be sold in Australia.
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The Problem: During crashworthiness testing of the new Chevrolet Caprice PPV (which, like the G8, is derived from the Holden Commodore), GM discovered if the front passenger was a female in the 5th height percentile and the seat placed in its forwardmost position, the seat position sensor would not read correctly. Subsequently, the second state of the front airbag may not fire properly, which could lead to increased head and neck injuries.
2012 Chevy Caprice Detective Model
Deliveries of the first Chevy Caprice police cars to law enforcement agencies are underway, according to Automotive News. Quietly inserted into GM’s monthly sales release for May, the automaker reported that 23 fleet-only Caprice models were sold. According to Automotive News, these cars were the Detective versions, not the standard pursuit models. Although it’s unknown which agencies took delivery of these cars, we’ll no doubt see (or not see, in the case of the stealthy Detective model) more Caprices on patrol soon, as the current police favorite, the Ford Crown Victoria, is being discontinued this year.
2011 Holden Ute Thunder Edition
If you haven’t blinked in the past three years, you might have remembered the Pontiac G8 ST concept, a handsome quasi-pickup that hearkened back to the Chevrolet El Camino car-based pickup. Unfortunately, the idea was canned (as was Pontiac itself) before any examples could find their way into U.S. showrooms. But all hope may not be lost, if quotes from Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president,  in a report out of Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald’sDrive” section, are any indication.
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It was bad enough when General Motors announced it was going to kill Pontiac--and the excellent G8 sedan along with it--but then the General toyed with us, giving us conflicting reports over whether the G8 would be sold as a Chevrolet once Pontiac goes away. (It won't.) Now we're hearing that not only will GM assemble more G8 sedans for Australia, but the Aussies will also get that nifty pickup version that never made it to production.

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2009 Pontiac G8 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
256 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
248 ft lb of torque @ 2100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 PONTIAC G8 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 2, 2007 THROUGH JANUARY 22, 2009. A 5TH PERCENTILE FEMALE ANTHROPOMORPHIC TEST DEVICE (ATD) IN A 30 MPH FRONTAL BARRIER TEST EXCEEDED THE HEAD INJURY CRITERIA (HIC) REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARD. WITH THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT POSITIONED FULL FORWARD, THE SEAT POSITION SENSOR WILL CAUSE A 30 MILLISECONDS DEPLOYMENT DELAY BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGES OF THE DUAL-STAGE FRONTAL PASSENGER AIR BAG.
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THIS DELAY MAY RESULT IN INCREASED HEAD INJURY TO CERTAIN FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS.
Remedy
GM DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE SENSING AND DIAGNOSTIC MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 30, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
Potential Units Affected
38,444
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 35,038 MY 2008-2009 PONTIAC G8 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT" AND FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLES SAFETY STANDARD NO. 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS". THE BRAKE PEDAL POSITION SWITCH MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY PROGRAMMED. WITH THIS CONDITION, THE BRAKE LAMPS MAY BE CONTINUALLY ILLUMINATED AND FAIL TO WARN A FOLLOWING DRIVER WHEN THE VEHICLE IS BRAKING. ALSO CERTAIN VEHICLES MAY HAVE INCORRECT VALUES PROGRAMMED INTO THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM THAT WILL NOT ILLUMINATE THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE TELLTALE UNTIL TIRE PRESSURE FALLS BELOW VALUES REQUIRED BY THE STANDARD.
Consequences
INAPPROPRIATE, NON-STANDARD LIGHTS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH OR DRIVING ON A SIGNIFICANTLY UNDER-INFLATED TIRE CAUSES THE TIRE TO OVERHEAT AND CAN LEAD TO TIRE FAILURE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE BRAKE POSITION SENSOR AND THE REMOTE CONTROL DOOR LOCK RECEIVER WITH THE CORRECT VALUES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
Potential Units Affected
35,038
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 35,038 MY 2008-2009 PONTIAC G8 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT" AND FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLES SAFETY STANDARD NO. 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS". THE BRAKE PEDAL POSITION SWITCH MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY PROGRAMMED. WITH THIS CONDITION, THE BRAKE LAMPS MAY BE CONTINUALLY ILLUMINATED AND FAIL TO WARN A FOLLOWING DRIVER WHEN THE VEHICLE IS BRAKING. ALSO CERTAIN VEHICLES MAY HAVE INCORRECT VALUES PROGRAMMED INTO THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM THAT WILL NOT ILLUMINATE THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE TELLTALE UNTIL TIRE PRESSURE FALLS BELOW VALUES REQUIRED BY THE STANDARD.
Consequences
INAPPROPRIATE, NON-STANDARD LIGHTS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH OR DRIVING ON A SIGNIFICANTLY UNDER-INFLATED TIRE CAUSES THE TIRE TO OVERHEAT AND CAN LEAD TO TIRE FAILURE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE BRAKE POSITION SENSOR AND THE REMOTE CONTROL DOOR LOCK RECEIVER WITH THE CORRECT VALUES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
Potential Units Affected
35,038
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the key blade from the original flip key/RKE transmitter assemblies, and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original RKE transmitter assembly. GM issued an interim notification to owners on December 31, 2014. The recall began on February 4, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14445. Note: Until the recall has been performed, it is very important that drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key.
Potential Units Affected
47,043
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to October 22, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.
Consequences
If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt tensioner assembly which includes the steel cable, free of charge. These replacement parts reposition the tensioner cable out of the path of entry into the vehicle and uses a more flexible cable, set at a more upright angle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 15206.
Potential Units Affected
47,042
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Tested
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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