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Lease on the company car was up.

Bought the GTO because of its understated design, outstanding drivetrain and incredible build quality. The fact it was available in Pittsburgh Steelers black and gold didn't hurt, either.

Other factors included that a domestic manufacturer produced the car (even though it was screwed together by some blokes down under) and it was an absolutely, positively incredible deal. Looked at a Cadillac CTS-V -- and just couldn't justify forking out another $20K for a depreciating asset.
 

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Mine's a replacement for my C5 Corvette. The GTO has about 80% of the performance but is much more comfortable to drive. It's also a lot less money. I also looked at the CTS-V, but couldn't justify the extra $20K, nor the worse interior in the Caddy. I also hate runflats.
 

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I've got two young kids, so keeping my '01 C5 was an increasingly ridiculous indulgence. And for me, owning a C5 meant I needed a second personal vehicle (an Astro van, of all things) for days when the C5 just didn't fit the bill. That's an expensive proposition, so to solve the problem, I swapped both vehicles for the GTO.

I retained the outrageous acceleration of the C5, gained a back seat for the boys, freed up a spot on my driveway and made my wife very happy about our lower auto insurance bill.

And hey, GM--if you're listening, these are all reasons to bring us an F-body replacement of some sort, or to keep the GTO around. An affordable, four-seat musclecar just works better for some people. I'm one of them.
 

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I've been through the C5 route also. The interior on the GTO really struck a chord with me and is very comfortable. I had a 2002 Silver C5 coupe with Torch Red interior and the Red Hot leather in the GTO is a lot more subtle and not so in your face like the Torch was. The Vette also had red carpeting and I like the black in the Pontiac.

I took the GTO on a 600 mile trip the other day (300 miles one way) and came back refreshed and ready to go again. On one leg of 208 miles, I drove it at 75 and still got 29.8 MPG. :cheers
 

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three reasons.............interior, value and performance.

I honestly wouldn't have bought it if the inside wasn't so sharp
I agree, my SRT-4 was a full second faster in the 1/4 mile(GTO being stock)and it got 20+ mpg!! I got tired of the 3" downpipe and exhaust (VERY FRIGGIN LOUD!!) and front wheel drive torque steer. The interior sold me, yeah I knew it was rwd, V8 powered, and had a 6 speed but the interior blows away anything I have ever owned. I miss the SRT-4 sometimes, especially the power to weight ratio but it would be a good run now with the mods I've got done to the goat. :cheers
 

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My beloved 323i was getting long in the tooth (160k miles)...I had been looking for some time at her replacement. I had all but bought a VW R32 (a very-limited production, AWD, 240hp "Golf from hell"), but had nagging doubts re: VW quality...on top of that, the dealer was jerking me around. The other possibility was an RX8...but I found the rotary's gas mileage-to-output wanting. My wife, being from Ohio (GM country), suggested that I think GM. Pffft...I had discounted just about all "domestic" cars for all the obvious reasons. "The only GMs I would want in the Corvette I can't have (we have four kids between us), the CTS-V I can't afford, or....this." I pointed at a picture of the GTO in the paper. "It's fast, and it's Australian."

"Let's go drive one."

So I did. It made all the right sounds at all the right speeds. That accelleration, wow. It didn't handle like a truck-- no live rear axle bullshed here! And comfortable to boot! My wife loved the way it sounded. I was hooked.

The salesguy at the dealer was a true gearhead, a nice guy and very knowlegeable. He had a pair of '04 customized and sitting on the showroom floor...including my future car. I put down the deposit, and picked my Yellow Jacket monster a week later.

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I also am a C5 owner and was on one of the Vette boards where someone had started a thread about the incredible deals to be had on left-over 04's. I had looked at them when they first came out but the dealer had them roped off complete with Adj Mkt Value stickers. Nothing will get me to do a 180 than that.

The combination of build quality and bang for the buck has it in the garage next to the Z.
 

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It was cheaper than trading my Wife in on two 20 year olds...and all the other things everyone else has said...build quality, non-pontiacized interior, sleeper effect, not a mustang...you get my drift... :cheers
 

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I was merrily going through my life with a cherry 2000 BMW 528i that I had owned since new fully loaded with only 36K miles when we hired a new person at my company that had a very interesting car. I had never seen one of them and I was intrigued. It is a BRIGHT yellow 2004 GTO. I found myself looking at it more and more and fascinated with the thought of it basically being a Corvette with four seats. I talked my friend into giving me a ride and I was hooked. The next weekend I slipped out of the house to test drive a 2005. It took me almost a month to talk my wife into letting me sell the BMW for a Pontiac. I had sworn off the very thought of purchasing another GM after the transmission burned up on our 1997 Tahoe with only 85K miles. WOW what a car that GTO is! The things I liked better than the BMW were:

1. The LS2 engine. A corvette with four seats.
2. The build quality. The interior is well done. Nice fit and finish and materials.
3. The car handles really well, not quite a Corvette, but I don't think my driving is going that close to the limit anyway. I really wanted a GT, sporty, yet practical in important ways.
4. I love the sleeper look. It is a good looking car.
5. I don't think having a BMW is all that great any more. Too many people that don't know squat about their car have them. I liked the enthusiast element of the GTO adds a lot of fun to the mix. GTO owners definitely know what they have, not true with BMW owners.
6. The seats in the GTO are more comfortable for me. My BMW had optional "sports seats" that were a drag on trips of more than say an hour or so.
7. Obviously, the price. I was coming out of the BMW. I looked at another BMW and having seen the GTO, there was NO COMPARISON. BMW's are nice, but the more I knew, it was obvious I would be a fool to pass up the opportunity to own a GTO.
8. No real competition. The Mustang seemed to be chasing a different crowd, not really me (But, I do admit to being a fan of the new GT. I was really tired of that old design.) The Asian cars do not have "Soul" for me in the way the GTO has it.
9. I feel a bit patriotic purchasing a car from an American Car Company. I also feel good about supporting Australia in some small way as an appreciation of their support of American ideals.


Thanks for asking and reading MY FIRST POST!!
 

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Another C5 owner here. I kept mine, though. For me, the GTO is a replacement for my '03 Cobra. I love the performance, but the constant shifting in heavy traffic just got on my nerves. I figured that the GTO looks cool, has comparable performance AND an automatic transmission, so it would be a perfect fit for me.
 

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I basicaly got mine for the same reason everyone else on here did, how may other cars can do 180mph bone stock and hold 4 people while doing it.
I wanted a 2002 Camero SS but have never liked how cheap the build quality and feel of the pony cars, same reason why I did'nt want an 05 GT. Also I was somewhat limited as far as who I could take with me in my RX7 or on my Harley. My only other requirement was that I needed a car that you dont see every 500 feet to take and show my product ( www.ultrashield-hr.com ). One of the bigest reasons why I got the GTO is its " LIMITED PRODUCTION ", I dont know about anyone else but I dont want a car that 130,000 other meat heads have (mustang).
 

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got mine because i wanted somthing with power, a car nobody else had, and a very, very awsome car. plus i was tired of driving the old 88' grand prix. :D
 
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