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...on my way home last night.

That's 75k miles in 19 months 18 days of ownership...an average of ~125 miles each and every day.

I also have a personal "Sanity Rule" to hit 100mph at least once every workday commute (weather permitting)...so she's being really driven.

The Aussies build one hell of a car.

You guys really need to get out and drive more. :cool



 

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Any major repairs or problems? (I know at one time you said you had the tranny replaced)
 

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PEARL JAM said:
Any major repairs or problems? (I know at one time you said you had the tranny replaced)
No rattles or squeaks to speak of. The car is very, very solidly built.

Some wear points- the weather stripping at the bottom of the driver's door is torn from sliding my right foot over it. The "fuzzy" weather stripping window seal on the front of the B-pillar is also worn, a reselt of brushing against my leather jacket in the winter.

The driver's seat butt-bucket is sagging noticably. No fat jokes- I'm a fairly average (if slightly overweight) 200 lb guy.

The struts had worn appreciably at ~50k- which were addressed by a major suspension revamp by Vette guru Guldstrand Motorsports. Best Mod Evarrrrrr.

The first set of tires (Dunlop FM901s) lasted almost 40k miles, the second set of the same only 25k because of the aggressive suspension tuning. I now have Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3s and I dialed the negative camber back a bit so I'm not dropping $1200 on tires every six months. I miss the old settings...I may have to compromise. Longer tire wear, or more fun? I vote fun.

I change the oil -- Mobil1 or other high-end synthetics (Redline or Amsoil) with good oil filters like K&N or Amsoil only-- every ~7000 miles. In fact, all of the fluids have been replaced with synthetics.

Clutch was replaced with a Centerforce DF about 10k miles ago...more because I had the money at the time and it's an inevitable wear item rather than any real sign of it going south. I like the new clutch. :cool

Brake rotors fried badly in the first 15k miles...replaced with Power Slots and Hawk pads up front. All pads will have to be replaced again very soon.

Yes- the tranny grenaded at 30k miles, replaced under warranty after a Battle Royale with the incompetent stealership- she hasn't seen the inside of a GM service bay since.

Biggest ongoing nightmare was not GMs fault, it was B&M's...I struggled with their poorly-designed PoS shifter for months (leaking constantly, coming off the transmission) before finally getting smart and sh*tcanning it. DO NOT USE A B&M SHIFTER.

Awesome car. Treat her well and she'll do the same for you!
 

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Wow, that's quite some mileage you rack up!

I tend to lean toward the other side of things, putting maybe 5-8k/year on a car. I could not imagine 75k in less than 2 years! :willy:

Glad to hear she's holding up well!
 

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Brake rotors fried badly in the first 15k miles...replaced with Power Slots and Hawk pads up front. All pads will have to be replaced again very soon.
After I bought myself the GTO on 06/09/06, I went and picked up my wife an '06 Toyota Rav4 6 days later. I had questioned the brakes on my GTO and after drving the Rav home from the dealership I am more concerned.

My '06 A4's brakes are "mushy". Granted I havent had to stomp on them and I am not worried about having to brake in an emergency but the brakes do not feel super tight like I would expect them to on a performace car.

The Rav's brakes respond with a slight touch and really plow the cars nose with no effort at all. In the 6 days I had the GTO my foot had become heavy trying to brake and when I hit the pedal on the Rav I almost went thru the windshield.

Now the author of the quote above says he changed his out at 15K. Is this a normal GTO quirk and is anyone else experincing soft brakes and the need to change them out early?
 

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I've heard a few stories of people bleeding their brakes just after purchase due to soft pedal. Maybee that's your problem.....air in the brake hydrolics.
 

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GLaz38 said:
Now the author of the quote above says he changed his out at 15K. Is this a normal GTO quirk and is anyone else experincing soft brakes and the need to change them out early?
I swapped the rotors out because the brakes in the '04s are woefully inadequate for a car of this heft and speed potential...apparently GM agreed as the '05+ have much larger rotors and all around superior brakes. Inmy case, a couple of canyon runs and an incident where I had to get on the binders late into a 120 mph+ run warped the rotors bad enough to induce a vibration when applying brakes.

I agree 100% with PEARL JAM, your problem sounds like air in the brake lines, not a mechanical component issue.
 

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Usually when I hear a comment on the stock 05/06 brakes, it is that they are pretty good for a car of this weight. With my GTO, the brakes are good and I can gradually depress the pedal. This car does weight 3800 pounds, so if you are used to driving smaller lighter cars, it may seem like you need to either press in the brakes a bit harder or start stopping earlier. But, it sounds like you have a problem with your brakes--and if you are pressing the pedal down hard, as the others said, it could well be some air in the brake line. Especially if it is inconsistent in how far you have to press it down.
 

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Subdriver said:
Probably not warped rotors but uneven pad buildup: http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp_warped_brakedisk.shtml

Congrats on 75k miles of enjoyment Groucho. :cheers
Possibly.

Either way, I've had no problems since installing the Power Slots. The car stops surer and looks better (cad-plated, no rust).

Still...an aftermarket brake set such as a StopTech or Baer is the next Big Mod.
 

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Groucho said:
The driver's seat butt-bucket is sagging noticably. No fat jokes- I'm a fairly average (if slightly overweight) 200 lb guy.
Sorry to be slow on the uptake here. Question about the seat, Ive got 12K miles in five months and the leather on the drivers seat is getting that comfy armchair look - broken-in but well cared for leather gets a wonderful patina like a sofa in the smoking room of a good club which has been polished by many backsides. In my view that looks better than new.

The problem is that the other seats still look brand new. If we didn't have electric controls to deal with I'd just swap the front seats over to even the wear in the front.

Anyone got any good ideas about how to share the wear and tear? carry a sack of spuds around in the passenger seat? I'm not into artificially distressing and aging like fake antiques dealers, but in few thousand more miles this is going to bug me.
 
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