That's what warrantees are for, bud. Things that are known defects are taken care of through TSB's or recalls.
In fact, my LCA's are getting replaced tomorrow!
Don't let our 'complaints' deter you from getting a g8. I have a 2009.1 car and couldn't be happier with it! It's got more 'native power' than ANY 2009.5 car (except the GXP, of course) since GM crippled the 2009.5 with a set of pup cats in addition to the normal cats for NVH control.
Of course, aftermarket catback exhaust systems level that playing field, but for those who are planning on leaving the exhaust stock: 361hp for 2008 and 2009.1 cars, 355hp for 2009.5 cars. lol, I know that's not a lot, but it's bragging rights, right? lol
Crippled is not the word I would use lol. A difference of 6 hp at the flywheel won't even register on the butt dyno, and could easily be made up by a good driver at the drag strip. Additionally I've seen it stated a few places that the decrease in power is rectified by running premium instead of regular. Regardless it's an inconsequential difference in power, but if it makes people feel better yes it is 6hp less than the older iterations lol.
I just got done test driving a bunch of 2009 GT's (I hated the atari gauges, started only looking for 09's), most of them were 2009.1's, a handful of 2009's, and 3 2009.5's including the one I bought. Here's a couple things I noticed in addition to what's already been listed, I'm probably forgetting some too.
- The 2009.5's had map lights that none of the earlier models I test drove had.
- Not sure if I just wasn't in the right setting but on the earlier 09's I found no option to have the defrost AND foot vents on at the same time. Pressing down on the vent selector button would go from foot vents straight to defrost only. On my 2009.5 it has an extra option to have the defrost and foot vents at the same time. Again I may have just not looked into it enough during test drives but I thought it was a really odd thing to be missing until my GF was playing with the hvac controls and it was magically there as I was driving my 09.5 home.
Also I was surprised at how much stronger the rear cupholder was than I expected. From the way people talked about it I thought it might break off just from opening it lol. I really don't see it as any more useful than the ones in the arm rest tho.