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Posted: 8/29/2015 5:26:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/29/2015 5:26:41 PM EST by plowboy]
Just bought one of these cars and it seems to be a fast and fun car I have not driven it yet. I have to get hand controls installed next week.
Link Posted: 8/29/2015 5:42:06 PM EST
RWD and 400hp in Idaho? Make sure you get a good pair of snow tires.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 3:27:12 AM EST
They're pretty fun to drive. Decently fast. Don't know much more about them other than that

When you get it converted can you show pictures of the hand controls? Honestly intrigued and never seen them in a car before

Have fun in the new ride
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 7:11:40 AM EST
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 7:22:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/30/2015 7:24:34 AM EST by NoHarmNoFAL]
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Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.
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I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 8:00:56 AM EST
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I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.
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No.

Premature wear, mostly caused by the way they were shipped. Nothing serious.


And post some pics OP. I love my '04.

Link Posted: 8/30/2015 9:23:02 AM EST
I love those. Getting one is a priority for me.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 10:00:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 7:28:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/30/2015 7:33:19 PM EST by plowboy]
Hope to post pics but this is the hardest damn forum I am on to post pics. I really like Red your car looks great. This car will never see a winter drive again.







Link Posted: 8/30/2015 9:22:24 PM EST
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Hope to post pics but this is the hardest damn forum I am on to post pics. I really like Red your car looks great. This car will never see a winter drive again.

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You can e-mail 'em to me if you can't get it.

What color is yours?
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 1:01:23 AM EST
Pretty nice cars, sleeper. I have an 04 too.



Link Posted: 8/31/2015 1:17:48 AM EST
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.

The Malibu has been a FWD car for more than a decade.
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 7:43:36 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Ubar_Jay:
Pretty nice cars, sleeper. I have an 04 too.



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With the '04 hood, most people wouldn't look twice.
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 2:01:36 PM EST
I had an 2004. Loved the car. I really wish I had another one. I have been having the fast car itch bad lately.

Enjoy it op.

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Link Posted: 8/31/2015 3:12:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.


Front struts and front radius rod bushings should be changed out. Check the front swaybar end links to see if they're bent or the bushings are toast. Rear shocks may be worn out too by now.

To replace everything above with good quality aftermarket parts will be $700-900, plus labor.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:46:56 PM EST
Yep, I'd love to have an 06. Motor can be built up and you can even make it very fast.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 2:47:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By intheburbs:

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.
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Originally Posted By intheburbs:
Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.


I believe the Chevy PPV Caprice and Chevy SS share a common platform (rwd and v8). I drive a 14 Caprice.

Mike
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 3:21:58 PM EST
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Originally Posted By leoAR:


I believe the Chevy PPV Caprice and Chevy SS share a common platform (rwd and v8). I drive a 14 Caprice.

Mike
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Originally Posted By leoAR:
Originally Posted By intheburbs:
Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.


I believe the Chevy PPV Caprice and Chevy SS share a common platform (rwd and v8). I drive a 14 Caprice.

Mike


Pretty sure The SS is the Zeta platform which evolved from the V platform.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 3:35:31 PM EST
I regret selling my 05.

I sure as hell didnt regret selling it when gas was 4.25/gal.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 4:04:47 PM EST
I had to check, but yes the late model SS apparently uses the Zeta platform, as does the PPV Caprice. I was commenting on the post indicating that the Impala was related to the SS, which I don't believe it is.

Mike
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 5:41:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By leoAR:


I believe the Chevy PPV Caprice and Chevy SS share a common platform (rwd and v8). I drive a 14 Caprice.

Mike
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3.6 or 6.0?
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 8:14:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/2/2015 8:23:13 PM EST by LARRYG]
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Originally Posted By intheburbs:

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.
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Originally Posted By intheburbs:
Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By ScottsGT:
Cool cars. It's a shame GM didn't keep importing and building them under the Chevy badge with a different name after they killed Pontiac.


I thought that the Malibu SS was pretty much the same. A rebadged Holden.
http://www.holden.com.au/cars/commodore/sedan-range/ss-storm

I am pretty sure the GTO's has some serious suspension issues IIRC.

No. Not the Malibu SS. It's just called the Chevrolet SS. Same platform as the police Imapala.

Chevrolet SS

Personally, I think the GTO/G8/SS/Holden platform is the best sedan GM has ever made.


And all made overseas.

I don't know what they are gonna do when they shut down Holden in the next year or two.


BTW, Supercars on on CBS SN right now.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 8:53:32 PM EST
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And all made overseas.

I don't know what they are gonna do when they shut down Holden in the next year or two.


BTW, Supercars on on CBS SN right now.
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I, for one, will be pouring out a Foster's, while watching The Road Warrior, and listening to Advance Australia Fair
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 1:19:30 AM EST
6.0 (355hp). Not sure, but I believe 6.0 was only engine offered in 14.
Mike
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:22:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By leoAR:
6.0 (355hp). Not sure, but I believe 6.0 was only engine offered in 14.
Mike
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How/why did GM manage to lose power in 8yrs?

Seems counterproductive to have an 6.0 making 400hp and downgrade when adding more weight.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 7:55:32 AM EST
Honestly I'm far from a GM car SME. I like the 14 Caprice as a patrol car, but the MyLink radio in it, not so much (dealer can't fix a defect apparently).

Mike
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 8:43:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By secretwheelman:
How/why did GM manage to lose power in 8yrs?

Seems counterproductive to have an 6.0 making 400hp and downgrade when adding more weight.
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Originally Posted By secretwheelman:
Originally Posted By leoAR:
6.0 (355hp). Not sure, but I believe 6.0 was only engine offered in 14.
Mike
How/why did GM manage to lose power in 8yrs?

Seems counterproductive to have an 6.0 making 400hp and downgrade when adding more weight.


Probably emissions + not doing any work to the motor to compensate.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 9:12:14 AM EST
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Probably emissions + not doing any work to the motor to compensate.
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Originally Posted By fla556guy:
Originally Posted By secretwheelman:
Originally Posted By leoAR:
6.0 (355hp). Not sure, but I believe 6.0 was only engine offered in 14.
Mike
How/why did GM manage to lose power in 8yrs?

Seems counterproductive to have an 6.0 making 400hp and downgrade when adding more weight.


Probably emissions + not doing any work to the motor to compensate.

Which motor are you talking about? The GTO ceased production in 2006.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 11:20:13 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:

Which motor are you talking about? The GTO ceased production in 2006.
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By fla556guy:
Originally Posted By secretwheelman:
Originally Posted By leoAR:
6.0 (355hp). Not sure, but I believe 6.0 was only engine offered in 14.
Mike
How/why did GM manage to lose power in 8yrs?

Seems counterproductive to have an 6.0 making 400hp and downgrade when adding more weight.


Probably emissions + not doing any work to the motor to compensate.

Which motor are you talking about? The GTO ceased production in 2006.


The 6.0 that's in the Caprice PPV
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 2:16:19 PM EST
GTO came with the LS2. Caprice has the L77 which is basically the Vortec L96 engine found in most HD trucks. Difference being it runs on regular fuel, has cylinder deactivation, "flex fuel" capable and is tuned for more low end torque.

Link Posted: 9/3/2015 2:23:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Ubar_Jay:
GTO came with the LS2. Caprice has the L77 which is basically the Vortec L96 engine found in most HD trucks. Difference being it runs on regular fuel, has cylinder deactivation, "flex fuel" capable and is tuned for more low end torque.

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I was gonna say, didn't sound like an LS. Even though the truck motor is. Sort of.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 2:45:18 PM EST
Everytime I see a GTO, I want to get one and have it converted into a Maloo. I always thought they were cool even though I'm not sure why.
Link Posted: 9/3/2015 4:08:08 PM EST
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I was gonna say, didn't sound like an LS. Even though the truck motor is. Sort of.
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Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By Ubar_Jay:
GTO came with the LS2. Caprice has the L77 which is basically the Vortec L96 engine found in most HD trucks. Difference being it runs on regular fuel, has cylinder deactivation, "flex fuel" capable and is tuned for more low end torque.


I was gonna say, didn't sound like an LS. Even though the truck motor is. Sort of.

Early GTO came with a ls1. The L77 is the same as the L76 found in the GT G8 but come from the factory with flex fuel, both are the same as a LS2 with all the tree hugger options, I hated the DOD on my G8, it was the first thing I had tuned out.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:06:22 PM EST
I bought this one new (04 quicksilver / red interior 6spd) in Jan 2005 and took it to the GTO Nationals in the summer of 2005. Came in 2nd place to that gold 71 as I broke out. Was running 13.7s all damn day (totally stock) in 100 degree temps.

The coolest thing about this car was the factory shift light in the gauge cluster. If you dont know what I'm talking about or haven't activated your yet, you need to do it ASAP. You'll thank me later. For whatever dumbass reason Pontiac didn't activate them at the factory but showed them in original advertising. Go figure.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 6:23:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By japsw20:

Early GTO came with a ls1. The L77 is the same as the L76 found in the GT G8 but come from the factory with flex fuel, both are the same as a LS2 with all the tree hugger options, I hated the DOD on my G8, it was the first thing I had tuned out.
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Originally Posted By japsw20:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By Ubar_Jay:
GTO came with the LS2. Caprice has the L77 which is basically the Vortec L96 engine found in most HD trucks. Difference being it runs on regular fuel, has cylinder deactivation, "flex fuel" capable and is tuned for more low end torque.


I was gonna say, didn't sound like an LS. Even though the truck motor is. Sort of.

Early GTO came with a ls1. The L77 is the same as the L76 found in the GT G8 but come from the factory with flex fuel, both are the same as a LS2 with all the tree hugger options, I hated the DOD on my G8, it was the first thing I had tuned out.


I know, I have one.
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