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02-14-2013 08:21 AM
Belo
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Originally Posted by BenG8 View Post
I'll be the other voice of dissent alongside Zodiac who makes a good point too.

Sell the car. You've already thought about it and know that paying 2 insurances, maintaining them, all that jazz with MPG and whatnot. You have already come online to ask the question when you are already fairly sure that you will be better off overall if you had only one car.

I've been seeing lots of threads from those who have been getting out of their GT/GXP and into all kinds of other cars for many reasons with the most common being to get better MPG and second is usually for long-term financial considerations.
I'm not going to argue, but question.

1. If you can't afford the additional $100 a year or so to pay insurance with comprehensive and no collision on a beater than you have no business owning 2 cars or a G8. In fact most agencies will give you multicar discounts so it tends to be even cheaper. Winter car finances all come into play when you're talking maintenance. And driving 2 cars extends the life of both, just like having winter and summer tires extends the life of each. So long as your winter car is safe and isn't braking down every other week. drive the thing.

2. If you bought a g8 without knowing what its fuel efficiency was and then you sold it because it wasn't good enough than I dont even know what to say. These cars came out in 08 and 09. Fuel hasn't sky rocketed since then. If you sell based on mpg you made a poor decision a few years ago.

I think the most logical reason to sell this car is that you're upgrading to something bigger for family reasons, you can no longer afford the payments or you're switching it up for something like a mustang, camaro, charger etc.
02-13-2013 03:37 PM
Back in a Pontiac ben- he owns his G8 outright, no more loan.


I sold my Gt to go into a car that gets worse MPGs, lol
02-13-2013 03:21 PM
WiscoG8
Re: To sell or not to sell?

Wisco weather isnt **** for this car. I drive it year round currently with all seasons and dont have problems.. keep it. **** the beater.

Sent from a nuke plant with my S3
02-13-2013 03:18 PM
BenG8 I'll be the other voice of dissent alongside Zodiac who makes a good point too.

Sell the car. You've already thought about it and know that paying 2 insurances, maintaining them, all that jazz with MPG and whatnot. You have already come online to ask the question when you are already fairly sure that you will be better off overall if you had only one car.

I've been seeing lots of threads from those who have been getting out of their GT/GXP and into all kinds of other cars for many reasons with the most common being to get better MPG and second is usually for long-term financial considerations.

I have been selling things over the years that I think I'd regret and thought at the time I'd be keeping forever but thankfully, I have not missed one single thing so far, never mind that better stuff has been made since and I'd rather have the newer stuff than the older things I had. Lots of guys trade/sell the GT/GXP because they get sick of the car and need a change, it is one of the top 3 reasons why guys move on and don't look back.

I have the GT and a F/S pickup truck and think all the time about trading both in for one midsize SUV but thankfully, both are paid for and the finances are such that I don't have to do anything to keep both.
02-13-2013 02:10 PM
Panther09 I have my DD year round in NYC. Take it to the track on saturday and church on sunday's (have stock muffles). The G8 is one of the most practical and fun cars to drive and its not bad on gas.

Just remember 30 years from now and you see a g8 at a barret jackson auction - you will reget selling that grocery getter.
02-13-2013 09:20 AM
xrayman To the OP I live in Illinois so I am well aware of your concern for the car, as your state gets a lot of snow.So I think u are doing the right thing storing the car if u want to keep it for a while. If I were you I would sell my current beater and consider a CVPI. They are a dime a dozen cheap to buy and cheap to maintain. If you truly want one fast car that you can use year round sell the G8 and look at TBSS awd. You probably could take the proceeds from the G8 and by a TBSS cash.
Good luck.
02-13-2013 08:29 AM
Back in a Pontiac you guys need to realize how much better ALL new cars do in the snow with snow tires. Its the stability control that gives you that feeling. You cant compare a 1995 Jeep in the snow to a new car because once that stability control kicks in its like riding with the cruise control on
Guys are driving their CTS-Vs in the snow with 600hp and saying how great it is.

But regardless its the damm salt and road rash why its a good idea to park your nice car when the roads are bad. Regardless if its a $25k or a $80k car you work hard for your money its nice to have something clean to step into.
02-13-2013 08:12 AM
Belo Your situation is very similar to that of my own. New house, new baby and wife that still hasn't gone back to work. I had previously used an old beater for winter and it owed me nothing. When a recent repair required more money than what it was worth I decided to sell it on CL.

I then convinced myself that even with the winter tires, the g8 needed to stay in the barn and bought an older used silverado. Told myself that it's nice to have a truck as I'm a hunter and have a lot of land to take care of. As the bills keep piling up and the trucks reliability has come into question I think maybe I should sell the truck and the g8 and buy a new truck at reduced payments.

But here's one important thing to keep in mind. By not driving your g8 for 4 months a year (especially the salty rusty months) you're extending its life. If you're willing to keep your g8 when it's paid off for 10 or so years then maybe what seems like an expensive car, might not be as bad as you think. take care of it and keep the mods safe and it should be reliable too.

Do you owe on your beater? Is it not reliable enough? If no, then really you're just paying extra car insurance. I was actually looking for a used 335xi as it was awd and would be good all year round until the g8's had their prices gashed. Couldn't pass that up.

As far as modding goes. I have the mods in my sig. I'd still like to tune and tint and maybe even headers. I've resigned to the fact that as a new dad those probably wont happen. And if they dont, I still have a 400hp car. So why would I sell for a boring DD because i cant mod the G8? that just doesn't make any sense. The only reason I'd sell is if gas costs are affecting you.

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Originally Posted by bostonf4$ View Post
Buy snow tires and call it a day. You know the record breaking blizzard we just had in MA? 28" in my backyard? Yeah I was driving through it right up until a cop told me to go home when I was down the road picking up firewood - there was a driving ban throughout the state, I waved and gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to the morons who drove their "crossover" SUV into a ditch on my way home. (the dripping sarcasm actually concedes the fact that the G8 is PHENOMENAL in the snow when equipped w/ proper tires).
My g8 did better in snow tires (albeit $1100 blizzacks) then most any car I'd ever driven. Got through huge drifts of snow that had stranded suvs and trucks. I also had 2 bags of salt over the wheels in the trunk.

Another important point is that the G8 has god awful paint. Salt isn't going to do it any favors. It's only a matter of time before the rust stories begin. In Western Ny we're the salt capital of the world. I've seen what it can do to underbodies, brake backing plates, fuel and brake lines, exhaust pipes. Those repairs all add up.
02-13-2013 07:49 AM
WiderIsBetter
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Originally Posted by ShineG8GT View Post
Thanks for the replies and encouragement guys! My G8 is paid for, so no worries there...I guess I have the winter blues with it being in storage. @Darkside has a good point...usually March/April, I am pretty gitty when I get the G8 out of storage! :-) It's like being a kid on Christmas day all over again! I like to have a beater for the winter to keep the G8 out of the salt basically, It has been salt free, so I'd like to keep the body in good shape, otherwise, I would probably drive it in winter.
I'm pretty certian I'll keep it, I guess I won't mod it much anymore and put my "mod money" towards the house and family...so the G8 will be as is for quite some time then :-( ... I had a lot of plans for it, but I guess life happend to me.
Hey I'm with you. It's hard to see it go into storage and have to drive the beater for 5 months out of the year. I often wonder why I got a car that I feel the need to stash away.
02-12-2013 11:21 PM
Rillo71 Sounds like you already made up your mind, but the polls don't lie.... a whopping 92% say keep it...... Looks like great minds think alike OP....and Bostonf4$ summarized it very well......
02-12-2013 10:53 PM
farsighted770 Surprise. Car forum thinks you should keep your car. WOAH. SHOCKER!
02-12-2013 10:01 PM
pony killer Hell be happy this isn't a must situation. I'd do the winter tires if it came down to it . These cars are great in the snow with the right winter tires. I hear yuh on the salt situation, I gave my frame and undercarriage a quick undercoat. I gotta say that my pacifica which is an 05 at 140k is in good shape body wise . The frame is seeing rust but not as bad as other cars I've seen. I've never undercoated it either. Just good old wash and wax. Even my jam areas are way above average. I have a couple dime size spots that are starting to bubble in the jam area,that's it.
Well up to you but I'd keep the g8. Safe driving man .
02-12-2013 08:46 PM
ShineG8GT Thanks for the replies and encouragement guys! My G8 is paid for, so no worries there...I guess I have the winter blues with it being in storage. @Darkside has a good point...usually March/April, I am pretty gitty when I get the G8 out of storage! :-) It's like being a kid on Christmas day all over again! I like to have a beater for the winter to keep the G8 out of the salt basically, It has been salt free, so I'd like to keep the body in good shape, otherwise, I would probably drive it in winter.
I'm pretty certian I'll keep it, I guess I won't mod it much anymore and put my "mod money" towards the house and family...so the G8 will be as is for quite some time then :-( ... I had a lot of plans for it, but I guess life happend to me.
02-12-2013 07:33 PM
tchr49 First of all, congrats on your house purchase and family plans.
Houses are a long term investment, upgrades don't have to happen all at once, and you'd be surprised how handy you can become.
Families need 4 doors, and what better way to go? I'd be for keeping the G8 and upgrade the beater when it becomes necessary, if it does(and of course it will). Weather cooperating, you might be able to use the car a bit more than you have previously.
I'm going to respectfully disagree, I think the G8 is worthy of a winter beater if the situation allows, but I also respect those who use them year round.
Keep it.

On a more serious note,
Where do I report that image of the minivan?
02-12-2013 07:21 PM
Darkside Stick it out, you'll be happy you did in another two months. I park three cars in the winter and its painful I know. There aren't many fun awd cars out there IMO. Although the 13' Sho's are attracting me.
02-12-2013 06:18 PM
Back in a Pontiac lifes too short to drive dull boring cars

Forget the snow tires, keep the beater. Keep the G8 nice, it will be that much nicer to you when the weather breaks. No it will never be a duesenburg but its what makes you happy and Im all for parking the car while the roads are scummy.

Everyone wants to sell their sports car, convertible, and boat in the winter. Just stick it out. Later on in life when you do have a family you may not be able to buy another "fun car" This one even if you have a little one a little down there is ample space back there for a baby seat
02-12-2013 05:04 PM
knglibrty Boston is so right , enjoy it, you will NOT find a better car. My Base was my DD and the GT i traded it for is my DD, I say if i'm paying i'm driving it.
02-12-2013 04:13 PM
jackalope I know where you can get one of these, the guy may go for a straight up trade if you would like. If you want me to ask just let me know. Its FWD, plenty room for the family, 4 cyl, so it gets good gas mileage its perfect for you and you're soon to be family!

02-12-2013 04:00 PM
Neverending Definitely keep it, no reason to not drive it in the winter unless you have the cash for 2 cars. Only way for my GT to be garaged is when it's older and I can afford the Chevy SS or CTS-V as a daily.

The rest of my family drives FWD cars and around the Holidays when we go out and it's snowing, we drive my G8! It loves the snow even on DWS.
02-12-2013 03:58 PM
GMCustomerService @ShineG8GT, I can see you’re at a cross roads in your life with a lot things happening to start many new chapters. We can provide you with our opinions, but all in all, you must do what’s best for you, your wife and future family. Congratulations on the new house and I wish you and your family the best!!!

Michelle, GM Customer Service
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