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I'm sure that anyone who's had a GTO has had people come up and ask them questions about it. I have had dozens of people over the year I've owned the car.
My question is...
Do y'all seem to get more of one type/age/sex/race of person than another? I've had both men and women of all ages and several races ask me questions about my car. I do seem to get about an equal number of middle-aged men who had a GTO in their younger days and younger, high-school or college-aged guys who are interested in the car. I've had a few women ask questions as well, but they tend to comment more than ask questions. Is this what everyone else gets too?
I live in a very small town in Missouri, so I don't get a huge cross section of people around here. When I go to St. Louis, I do tend to get a few more questions/comments. Just yesterday, I was at a gas station and a middle-aged guy asked me what kind of gas mileage I get (a common question actually), I told him I get around 24 or so on the highway, then he told me he had a '71 Mach 1 Mustang and proceeded to ask me how fast the GTO was...to which I answered "pretty fast, but your mustang may give me a run for my money" (his wife was in the car, listening, and I didn't want to make the guy feel too bad). He ended up telling me that the GTO would probably outrun him in a shorter race, but he may catch up in a longer race...he said the newer cars seemed to be faster off the line, but they lose some "oomph" as speeds increase.
Most of the comments I get from women are "that's a pretty color" or "that's a beautiful car, I had a yellow (insert car here) when I was younger". Very rarely has a woman asked "is it fast" or "is it fun to drive". Women seem to be far more interested in the looks of the car, whereas men seem to be interested in the speed. I'm sure that's not always the case, but that's the pattern I've picked up.
The younger guys ALWAYS start out with "is it fast", or if they've seen inside, their first question is "will it really do 200?" (I'd **LOVE** to be able to say yes to that question haha).
I always see a lot of people staring at the car, especially the middle-aged guys in older cars. They know what my car is, and some of 'em will even toy around with me a bit if we're going the same direction. I had my arse handed to me last year by a Chevelle, which I haven't been able to find again since I got my new rip-shifter in my GTO. I'm generally staring at their older cars too, because they're just as interesting to me as my goat.
I'd breakdown my question-askers as:

60% middle-aged men (35-55).
30% Teenaged males and under-35 men.
5% Women, usually middle-aged.
3% Older men, 55+
2% Everyone else

There is nothing cooler to me than to have a guy with an older, fast, COOL car like a chevelle, older camaro, gto, mopar or even an occasional mustang, come up and tell me they like my car. I already have a sense of respect for those cars and the people that drive/build them (usually), so it means more coming from them. When a guy driving a ricer, which tends to sound like a weed-eater says "nice car", I tend to think something like "uh, yeah, I know, especially compared to a car which sounds like a leaf blower!" (although I doubt I'd ever say that). It's always nice when a woman notices the car, especially if they're cute, but that's another story entirely. haha

Anyway, I'd like to hear from y'all about the people who ask you questions about your GTO and what they say. I made a few generalizations here, so please don't hold that against me, I know there are plenty of women out there who are interested in speed more than colors and looks and I know there are men out there who are interested in the way a car looks more than how it drives/runs or what kind of mileage I get with it. I feel very privileged that people DO notice my car and take the time to make positive comments about it, that means there's something about my car which makes it stand out from the rest...and that's precisely why I bought this car!

Thanks in advance for your replies and I look forward to hearing from everyone.
 

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20-30yo men ask about mine, I normally dont have much good to say
 

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Don't have much good to say?? Is your goat a problem child or somethin'?
 

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Not many questions from women, but one of them, prolly 19 or 20, was talking about one being her next car. Other questions are, "is it as fast as they say?", to which I didn't really have an answer to. Or, "do you like it?" Or, "how many Mustangs have you killed?" Mostly I just get a thumbs up or "nice car!" I get the shadow treatment too. Ages seem to run the gamut from early 20's to middle aged.
 

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Don't have much good to say?? Is your goat a problem child or somethin'?
Has some issues, dealing with with GM warranty makes me want to remove someones heart with my knife though
 

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Now that people know a little more about the GTO (you can thank GM for the lack of)... I get a lot more comments from the younger crowd. A lot of thumbs up...several "GIT ON IT's"...and today had some dude, apon me firing her up, a 'F**K YEAH!" Some of the happily married men with kids in the minivan....I get a longing look of, 'gee, I wish I were single again." Had one guy...prolly 50 yrs old or so... ask me "Will that dog hunt?" And I get lots of stares from women as well.....Im sure its me and not just the car...:cool :lol: .
But all in all, I get a lot of 'nice car' or "whats that got in it" comments. Its really nice owning a car like this. Its rather rare...which catches peoples eye.
 

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i've only got two comments. one was a guy at the gas station while filling up he asked "how much gas that thing hold?" i'd say he was early to mid 40s. the other comment was from an irrate off duty police officer after i had burnt his grand prix he yelled at the stoplight right before taking a right turn "you need to slow that thing down, i tried to warn you but you really should slow that thing down" other than that i feel like i might be going to fast for people to say much about it although i did get a serious look from a female unmarked officer today. her head did a 180 as she traveled in the opposite direction. i must say in the time i have had mine (not long) i have only seen about 12 on the road. if i had purchased a sti, evo,stang, r32,m3 or whatever i'm sure afterwards i would have felt like everyone his brother and last cousins had one. sad thing i think is they are so rare that when someone with a hot ride runs across one they remembered the last outcome and don't seem to want to try and run them again. i've only found two people to run in 6000 miles
 

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Hey guys, I have a 2006 cobalt SS/SC and they are practically giving away some GTO's at a nearby dealer. I've got my eye on an Imperial Blue 6spd Manual. My cobalt is a little bit of a problem child *I love the 'balt, but LS2 Covette level V8 power doesn't come around everyday for purchase* How do the 2005-2006 GTO's hold up? I don't want to have issues with this vehicle or false sense of security on the reliability side.

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To BILLYGTO: don't Hijack the thread start your own with that question or do a search. but to answer your question they have their problems like every car does but nothing major that I have heard of. I am sure others have much better answers. As to the original question posted..... I get looks but no one asks about it. Then again it is winter in chicago and I am using my v6 Camaro as my DD still, so the GTO doesnt see much action.
 

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I really don't get much. I just get a ton of looks from passer-byers - likely due to the sound and color more than the look. Only time I've gotten questions is when family or friends ride in it. "This is GM?" or comments like "Holy crap, I didn't know 'American' cars could be so fast!" things like that. Between this, the Z06, and the CTS-V, I've almost opened up the eyes of one of my friends who previously couldn't think of ANYTHING except Audi.
 

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I had one guy ask me if it was a V6. I agree that GM did virtually nothing to promote these cars. I have seen more commercials over the past 6 months, now that the GTO is no longer produced than I have in the entire time since their introduction in 2004. It almost makes me think that GM didn't want 'em to sell or something, which is silly, I know. I found out about it via magazine articles and word of mouth...my friends and the guys I play poker with had some very long and heated discussions about the new GTO when it came out. It always amazes me how little people know about this car though. For someone to ask me if it has a V6 one day, then a couple of days later for another person to ask me if it will do 200 mph just baffles me. Thank god that GM didn't castrate the GTO by shoving a V6 under the hood and saying good 'nuff.
About the number of GTOs I've seen, well, since I got mine, there have been 2 more people here in town who bought one. One of the people was a young kid (so I presume his parents bought it for him). He hadn't even had the car a week yet and he got on the gas and rammed the rear end into a fence. Then a week later, he ran the car off into a ditch, then into a wall a couple of weeks later. Some people are just too damned ignorant to have powerful cars. It does take some restraint to drive a car like ours...but some people just can't seem to figure that out no matter how many times they wreck it. He's told my little brother he wants to race me, since I have some modifications done to my GTO, whereas his is stock, I told my brother to tell him NO WAY. With my luck, the idiot would end up crashing us both. I saw him in town a couple of weeks ago and I went home IMMEDIATELY, I don't want him trying to show off and destroying my car like he's done to his. The other GTO in town is owned by a guy who looks like he's in his 40s and I can never get him to even touch the gas any harder than my grandmother would. On the highway, I have seen precisely TWO GTOs in a year. I went all the way to Las Vegas and back last year and didn't even see a single one. I like this kind of exclusivity and I like people wondering if this car is "really as fast as they say it is". It makes for some interesting trips. :)
 

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I've had a little of everything. What size engine? What kinda gas milage? How fast is it? Nice car? Pretty car? How fast have you had it? What kinda car is that? Do I want to run it? Had some teenage girls say "that car is so hot, it's sexy". My car is not my daily driver but it seems everytime I'm out in it I get atleast one comment,usually at the gas station the most.
 

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The most-asked question is "what kind of car is that?" (kind of reflects on GM's marketing of this car), followed by "is that the car with 400 HP?", (my answer is "yes') then "Is it fast?" (the answer being "of course.")
 

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"What does GTO stand for?". "Is it as fast as the original?". And my favorite......drum roll "Why didn't you go with the Charger?":willy: :rofl:
 

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To BILLYGTO: don't Hijack the thread start your own with that question or do a search. but to answer your question they have their problems like every car does but nothing major that I have heard of. I am sure others have much better answers. As to the original question posted..... I get looks but no one asks about it. Then again it is winter in chicago and I am using my v6 Camaro as my DD still, so the GTO doesnt see much action.
I did do a search and found some info on TSB's that I am already aware of on edmunds, plus this *from my perspective* is a 'kind of question' to ask of the GTO. My apologies.
 

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I just picked mine up a few weeks ago and most of my friends asked (before they saw it) "did it come with a mullet".
Ouch, that's harsh. That'd make me want to smack somebody. That's fine though, because chances are that it will outrun anything that friend has in his garage. ;)

So far, the "bad" comments that I have had have either been a result of jealousy or just someone who didn't understand the car or what it's about. When I first got mine, and I was taking it around showing it off, an acquaintance of mine said "It looks like a cavalier". I blew the comment off, but I saw him on the road a couple of weeks later in his C5. He kept right on my bumper until about 125mph, when I began to pull away, ever so slowly. After the race, we were at a poker game and someone asked me if the GTO was fast, and the corvette guy interrupted before I could even spit out an answer and said "yeah, it's damned fast, he pulled away from me at 125mph!". I figure that's better than an apology anyday.

My girlfriend commented today about how people always talk to me about the GTO. I was at a gas station and when I went inside, the two girls behind the counter told me I had a nice car, and they both smiled at me and looked out at the car. When I got back in, the girlfriend said "let me guess, they asked you about your car and you HAD to talk to them, right?". I said "well, what can I say, it's a cool car!". I rarely stop at a gas station without someone asking me something or making a comment. 99% of them are positive.
 

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This was a post of mine from August...

"Nice chevy!" (I love my GTO!)

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I think all of you will appreciate this one...I've read about this happening to
others but this was a first for me personally...So there I am at the
Window tinting place this morning waiting for personnel to arrive and open up the place. Another guy in a new Volvo C70 Hardtop Convertible (nice car!)
pulls up and gets out...Obviously waiting for the same thing, he checks
the hours on the door and then walks over to me and asks when they open.
I replied 0900 and then he said to me "Nice Chevy" staring at the goat... I thought that was what he said but then I thought no, he could not possibly have mistaken it for a chevy ...So I replied "what was that?", by this time he was walking around the rear of the vehicle, already had peeked inside the non-tinted side windows (how did he miss GTO on the red seat?). He replied "nice chevy!". Okay that's what I thought he said...So I kindly told him it was a Pontiac. He then said, "oh yeah, a new grand am or grand prix right?" I then politely corrected him and told him it was a 2006 Pontiac GTO . Then he asked if it had a 3.7L V6 in it. ..I then showed him the badges and told him about the LS2 and the drivetrain. He replied, "Wow, nice!" I then complemented him on his car and told him a friend of mine had one like it that he had bought in Europe. Nice car for sure and my friend's would haul a$$! He said had owned a 2005 Mustang GT but traded it for the Volvo, cuz he didn't like the 'cheap feel'. So he will probably be studying up on GTO's tonight and might even run across this post! All in all, a funny experience! I luv watching people's jaws drop open...He didn't even hear it run...Just had to post this first-time experience.
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Had a coupla teenage boys walk past it and say, Is that a Ferrari? Serously.... There are a few GTOs cruising around town, but mostly the comments are from people who know what it is asking, "Is it fast as they say"? to which I answer, faster! Will it take an STI? That has happened twice. My dad's neighbor said, "What IS that thing?" I love it.
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how LITTLE people know about the GTO. When I heard they were going to re-release them, I immediately began reading everything I could get my hands on about 'em. I said earlier in the post that GM did a piss-poor job of marketing this car. The fact that the average joe knows zero about it, and asks questions like "what is it" or "does it have a V6" just goes to prove my point.
I get to thinking about it though, and I think "maybe it's not such a bad thing", because it kept the car's exclusivity. I guess it's a double-edged sword. Kind of like the band that made their name by bucking trends, doing the unpopular things and gaining a fan base, then word spreads and suddenly everything they stood before really isn't true anymore.
I really don't mind all the questions, because I'm of the school that believes any question which is asked is a good question, therefore there are no dumb questions. Comments like "it looks like a cavalier" really don't bother me either, because this car is fast enough to outrun 95% of the cars on the road and *I* like the styling, and it's ME who has to drive it. If they don't like the looks of my car, then don't look at it...chances are that all they'll be seeing is the taillights anyway. ;)
 
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