2008 Pontiac G5 Coupe Review

Posted on 06. Feb, 2008 by in Auto News

The Pontiac G5 Coupe reminds me of John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men". Best-laid schemes aside, deserves no car to be taken to a field and shot in the back of the head. This brand-engineered blight bleeds bureaucratic bungling. No doubt someone at GM thought that Pontiac should share some of the love with a cobalt derivative of its own (a la the Cavalier / Sunfire). Instead of a pass-worthy platform and make it something worthwhile, they gave us the G5, "lea'e us nothing but grief a" pain ".

At the simplest level, the Pontiac G5 an entry-level coupe is built with all the love, care and attention of a post-writers strike reality show, with about as much public interest. It is likely some beancounter veto makes the exterior look of the G5 as a lean, mean, road-carving machine for slapping a Pontiac grille on a Cobalt and ever-so-slightly reshaping the lights. You can upgrade a little bling to your outside Pontiac apart, but at 70 mph nobody will know the difference. You've probably seen dozens of these and did not know it was not a cobalt.

Come in and cold, harsh reality hits you in the face. The Coupe interior is 99.99 percent identical to the Colbalt cabin. Unfortunately, GM forgot that suck engineer out of it. Only a few different shaped buttons and some ill-fitting faux carbon fiber trim (the kind of 'finesse' Touch, serves double-duty as ipecac) to distinguish the two models. A Mercury may be nothing more than an expensive Ford, but at least they make you feel like you got something for your money.

At the turn of the key, the 2.2-liter Ecotec engine grunt aware rolls, farts, leaves the fluff and lies back in for the duration. Supposedly has the engine 148HP and 152 ft.-lbs. Torque. In reality, you will feel like by a wheelchair bound octogenarian with a rope over his shoulder are drawn. Pushing the gas is about as fun as checking your credit card balance after Christmas. The ill-designed four-speed slushbox makes precise merging impractical and transfer unlikely.

I can hear the naysayers already. It is an entry-level compact car Coupe. It should not be too fast! Mission accomplished. Besides the excitement of Division Cobalt clone is no fun either. I can forgive, weak acceleration when the car makes up for it to handle, but the G5 is firmly entrenched in the Molasses Swamp.

The G5 Coupe is no trace of the light, tossable quality and crisp, rewarding steering that many of its competitors have (think original Civic or Focus). The G5 tiller is deaf and joyless, and the brakes have a certain "Come to Jesus" vibe from them (ie, they will certainly not save, so you'd better create a backup plan). It is just as spine-jarring, loud and vulgar than cobalt.

Handling at the border … what are you, kidding me? They were hard-pressed to put a Pontiac G5 in a precarious position, as every nut and bolt and Chinese plastic closure of anti-fun is designed. The payment booklet should come with free samples of Valium. It does not power the car, but at least you will not do so. Speaking of driving in a tree …

Almost every safety feature is optional. But here too the G5 best safety feature is the car itself. A Pontiac Solstice, a 18-year-old child (or anyone else for that matter) get in a lot of trouble. The G5 is junior swear off hoonery year. At what point things can go three ways: either he will start saving for their first STI, begging, or both for a bus pass, or.

Worse, GM has improved its reliability endlessly to the point where the sentence is, you can only justify to rid yourself of the G5, because you hate it. Note: arson and insurance fraud are still valid, even for cars like these.

How about shelling out a $ 4k premium for the GT trim, and 0.2 more Ecotecage? A used Civic Si costs the same and inspired half of the self-loathing. Could redeem the only way GM this car (and the Pontiac brand) would provide it with a turbocharged Ecotec. But GM was the LSJ and it is unlikely that the coming SS Turbo is to make the G5.

It is no wonder, Pontiac sold less than 30k this bad (in the traditional sense of the word) boys last year. So why the G5 exist if people did not even want the Cobalt? There are still places where the Buick – GMC – Pontiac dealer is the most exciting showroom in the city, complete with brand-loyal customers. The net is killing the ignorance that these caves, the piston head GM inequality can cram with inferior equipment. And not a moment too soon.

NB: All photos: G5 GT Coupe. GM offers no press shots of the base coupe