Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Pontiac GTO?
Powertrain, interior, and build quality.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Pontiac GTO?
I would add a cylinder deactivation feature to improve fuel economy, and add more speeds to the automatic transmission. However, if you are worried about fuel economy, this isn't a car you should consider.
2006 Pontiac GTO Review:
After taking delivery of a 2006 GTO with automatic transmission one month ago, I can honestly say that this car is simply fun to drive.
The powertrain is exceptional --smooth, incredibly powerful over any part of the RPM range, and capable of powering the car around town at a mere 1,200 RPM. But if you need power, just ask. Throttle response is immediate and breathtaking. The automatic transmission is acceptable, but a four speed box is a bit behind the times. I did drive the 6 speed Tremec manual before driving the car, but I found the throws to be long, and the feel somewhat indistinct. I had trouble with the 1-4 bypass feature, missing second gear several times as I completed a test drive. On the manual, I also didn't particularly like the pedal positions. I personally found the automatic to be a better overall choice, although it required payment of a $1,300 gas guzzler tax.
The interior is also exceptional. With color-coordinated leather on the seats and door trim, and color coordinate stitching on the leather steering wheel cover and shifter boot, no detail has been overlooked. The seats are very comfortable--better than any GM product I have ever been in, and even better than my 2002 Audi A6.
The audio system is first rate, featuring a 6 CD Blaupunkt system, with great speakers and well devised controls.
The car handles quite well, better than the Cadillac CTS in my opinion. The ride is very smooth on good pavement, but the tightly wound front and rear suspension can be rough on less-than-ideal roadways.
The only thing that many people don't like is the non-descript exterior styling. I've had many people ask me what kind of car this is, and more than one has told me that they thought it was just a G6 with a bigger engine, even though it is rear drive, with a completely different vehicle platform architecture. For me, that's a plus.
With a car like this, you don't want to be a cop magnet.
Even at age 55, my biggest concern about the GTO is whether I will still have my driver's license in three years!
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