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2008 Pontiac G8 Sedan

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  • $26,910 original MSRP
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2008 Pontiac G8 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Pontiac G8 Sedan

The Pontiac G8 promises to straddle the line between sophisticated sport sedan and buff muscle car for 2008, offering handling that's better than many rivals but with firm yet comfortable touring comfort. Compared with pricier European sport sedans, it looks to be an especially strong value.

What's new for 2008?

The 2008 Pontiac G8 is a completely new, sporty rear-wheel-drive sedan that replaces the Grand Prix--and the now-discontinued GTO--in Pontiac's lineup.

Model Strengths

  • Acceleration and handling
  • aggressive sport-sedan appearance.

Model Review

The new 2008 Pontiac G8 sport sedan will come in two models, G8 and G8 GT. The G8 comes with a 256-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing, and the G8 GT steps up to a 6.0L V8 making 361 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. The V6 comes with a five-speed automatic transmission and the V8 gets a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. A six-speed manual will be available late in the model year. The V8 uses the Active Fuel Management system, which saves fuel while coasting or cruising by temporarily shutting off half of the cylinders.

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Review: 2008 Pontiac G8

Source: MSN Autos

Once the undisputed bad-boy performance division of General Motors, Pontiac returns to its roots with the G8, a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger sport sedan based on the Holden Commodore from GM's Australian Division. Athletic performance combined with ample passenger room and cargo capacity create a sporty but practical choice for under $30,000. That sticker can include a 361-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 and six-speed automatic, making the Pontiac G8 the performance bargain of 2008.

Two Versions Offered
The first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan from Pontiac in more than 20 years, the G8 is offered in two trim levels. The standard G8 sedan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that churns out 256-horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and is teamed to a 5-speed automatic. The G8 GT is powered by a 361-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 that produces 385 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and limited-slip differential.

Silver-painted 18-inch aluminum wheels with P245/45R18 all-season tires are standard for the V6 G8, with optional summer performance tires. The G8 GT receives 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with standard summer performance tires and optional all-season tires. The Sports Package for the GT adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, P245/40R19 summer performance tires, sport metallic pedals and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.

The same styling is applied to both the standard sedan and GT version, including a dual-port grille, twin hood scoops, projector headlights, front fender vents, aggressive front fascia, and chrome-tipped dual exhaust. The G8 GT adds clear-lens taillights and chrome quad exhaust outlets.

Power to the People
Powered by the 6.0-liter version of GM's legendary small-block V8, the G8 GT is obviously the big news for performance enthusiasts, but the V6-powered G8 sedan should not be overlooked. GM claims a swift zero-to-60-mph time of around seven seconds for the V6, although that time drops to a claimed 5.3 seconds in the GT. Fuel economy ratings for the 3.6-liter V6 are 17/25 mpg (city/highway), while the 6.0-liter V8 is rated at 15/24.

Driver Shift Control with either automatic transmission allows the driver to select between normal, sport and manual-shift modes. Moving the shifter to the right selects Sport mode and from that position the driver may also manually select the gear.

Inner Space
This new sedan's interior design is clean and straightforward with logical controls locations, and 4-way adjustable front sport seats providing lateral support for both the seatback and the lower cushion. Heated leather seats are optional for both trim levels, with two-tone black-and-red leather offered in the GT.

The G8 provides generous rear-seat legroom at nearly 40 inches, as well as 17.5 cubic feet of trunk space. The rear seats do not fold, but a large pass-through will accommodate long items such as skis or lumber. Interior storage includes a two-section glove compartment and a center storage bin.

On the Road
The G8 features a firmly tuned front multi-link strut-type front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension. This setup works well to control body roll, keeping a flat attitude when cornering and helping maintain a consistent arc through the corners even when encountering surface changes or mid-corner bumps.

With the front seats occupied, the rear-wheel-drive G8 provides nearly a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. For its size and weight - nearly 4,000 pounds with the V8 engine - the G8 is a fun car on twisty, two-lane roads. On freeway surfaces the G8 feels stiff but not harsh.

We found steering response to be direct with the proper level of effort and a precise feel. The G8's steering rack is located ahead of the front-axle centerline, which GM engineers claim contributes to a more direct steering feel, adding to the balanced feel of the car.

The sweet, small-block V8 and 6-speed automatic work together flawlessly, with nearly imperceptible upshifts and downshifts. We also drove the standard G8, and the 3.6-liter V6 delivers plenty of power and the 5-speed automatic works equally well in this application.

Right for You?
At $29,995 with 361 horsepower on tap from a sweet V8, the G8 GT is the performance bargain of the year. Graced with great suspension and handling to match, the G8 is a practical car that any enthusiast will enjoy. The V6-powered G8 sedan provides an entertaining level of performance and a near identical appearance to the V8-powered GT, making it an attractive option.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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