Replacing the popular Grand Am, Pontiac’s 2005 G6 hit the market in 2004 with the promise of better quality, performance, looks and dynamics than its predecessor.
By doing away with the Grand Am nameplate, the now-extinct American brand was clearly aiming for a new beginning in the G6’s segment — and had their eyes on taking a piece of the pie from the Japanese competition.
Coupe, sedan and convertible models were available, as were numerous trim levels and options packages to fit a variety of needs.
Look for G6 with a 3.5-L V6 with 200 horsepower, a 2.4-L four-cylinder with 169 horsepower, and two up-level V6 engines displacing 3.6 and 3.9-litres and generating 242 or 240 horsepower.
What owners like
Owners taking to the Internet to share experiences typically rave about styling, overall value, ride quality, and decent fuel mileage with any of the “smaller” engines. Comments like “fun to drive,” “sharp looking,” and “sporty” are common.
What owners dislike
Complaints tend to centre around lower-than-expected cabin build quality and materials selection, some noises as the G6 ages, and a rattly sunroof. Some wish for better gas mileage from the larger engines.
Well-documented problems with the G6’s electric power steering may result in a loss of power steering assist —meaning the steering could become stiff and feel “locked up” at speed.
This safety issue was addressed by a service bulletin, and any GM mechanic should be able to check and replace the troublesome parts.
A check of the vehicle’s suspension and front-end is also advised.
Opt for a newer, used G6, and you’ll likely find an affordable, solid and sporty driving companion.
Expect above-average sportiness and performance, and below-average resale value.