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Pontiac G6 Overview And Best Price Advice
Prior to GM's 2009 bankruptcy and Pontiac's closure due to the economic crisis, the Pontiac G6 was actually a solid midsize sedan choice ... and much better than the Grand Am it replaced. Produced from 2005 through 2009, there are still some nicer, lower mileage G6 models to be found out there with careful and patient shopping.
Initially offered in just base and GT sedan models, Pontiac also added a convertible version as well as a sporty hardtop coupe in 2006. And for those looking for extra performance, 2006 also marked the addition of the GTP model (which became the GXP in '08), which added a 240 horsepower V6 engine, stability control and the availabilty of a six-speed manual transmission.
We were impressed with their crisp handling, automatic transmission operation, quiet drive, long list of standard features and fuel economy (18 - 23 mpg city and 26 - 34 on the highway).
Edmunds.com summed up the G6 very well: "With the G6's stylish duds, roomy interior and distinctive features, Pontiac finally has a serious contender in the midsize sedan, coupe and convertible segments."
Independent ratings were also very good. J.D. Power, for example, gave the G6 very high ratings for Mechanical Design Quality, Performance, Style and Automotive Environmental Index.
Used Pontiac G6 shoppers should note that while there are slight variations in standard features depending on the model year, the G6 is generally a fairly well-equipped choice. Even the entry-level Value Leader model came with full power accessories, air conditioning, four-wheel antilock disc brakes (ABS), 16-inch wheels, a 4-way manual driver seat with power height adjustment, full-length head-curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, a CD player with an auxiliary audio jack, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
And the base G6, which could also be upgraded with a number of appealing options, added to the standard feature list with remote keyless entry, cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Moving up to the G6 GT adds a V6 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, satellite radio, an 8-speaker Monsoon audio system with a subwoofer and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, while the top-of-the-line GXP also came standard with 18-inch chromed wheels, a 6-way power driver seat, automatic climate control, a rear spoiler (only on the sedan), heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Some of these features can be found on lower models as options.
Other optional features that may be found on used G6's include remote start and power-adjustable pedals, while some optional packages grouped together a number of other premium features such as leather upholstery, a sunroof and an in-dash CD changer. Some GT and GXP models can also be found with a Street Edition package that added unique and performance-oriented bodywork.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy a used G6 at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
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