In March of 2009, GM was on the verge of bankruptcy and dealers in our city were offering handsome discounts on their stock. We ended up trading my wife's 2007 Lincoln MKZ in for a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT. This car was essentially a Holden Commodore with Pontiac badging. We received a $7500 discount on the car and ended up driving it off the lot for $31k. It was a smoking deal. Within three months, the shine had worn off the penny and we listed it for sale. It sold in less than an hour for $30,500. While I absolutely loved the looks and performance of the car, it wasn't really fitting the bill for us.
One thing that really irritated me about this car was the fact it arrived from the dealer with all kinds of scuff marks on the paint. I took it back to them twice, but their detailing staff lacked the skill to rectify any of the paint issues. I spent a month trying to get the paint back to factory-fresh condition, but the paint was so thin and weak, it proved useless. The paint seemed to scratch incredibly easily and it was a magnet for dust. I actually think the paint held an electrostatic charge that attracted dust particles. A few other maintenance issues began to surface and the dealer proved unable/unwilling to address them. After three frustrating months of ownership, I was done.
Pontiac went out of business shortly after this car arrived in Canada ('08 version was available in the US), and it's a shame because this car had great potential. I imagine the second generation of this car would have been something really special. This YouTube clip will give you an idea of what this car was all about:
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