zep when u say stripper do u mean no lthr and no roof? so just a stock v8 beast? i liked the cloth interior in the red and black but they didnt have any v8s just 6s at the time i went...
Yep, I prefer the look of the twinspoke v6 rims anyways, so no need for 'sport' for me. As far as leather, I had fully decked out leather in my 1997 bonneville SSE way back in the day and it grew old fast. It had like 9 different switches for adjusting the seats, electronics were cool, but the leather was so uncomfortable I decided then and there to try out cloth, and my past 4 cars I've enjoyed cloth more than leather.
Yep... base GT I guess you could call it. MORE MOD MONEY! lol Cloth interior, upgraded radio (standard on GT), leather wrapped steering wheel (was a biggie for me, I donno why, I just hate those molded plastic steering wheels) and some go-power under the accelllerator pedal.
I'll be honest, had I priced out a sunroof, premium, sport GT, it'd be out of my price range at the time, so I went with what I could afford. Really beat the dealership down on their gaff about Bluetooth (they first admitted my car had it, then when it came in without, they were backpedaling) .... and I think I got an awesome car for 20k, new. Still the 'stripper' model that I have has plenty of bells and whistles... I remember an old 1985 cutlass that I used to drive as a winter car had manual window cranks. lol that car was a beast. Anyways, I digress. My stock 18" GT rims are my fugly winter rims (good purpose for them, imo) and my 18" V6 rims are my summer and fun rims. Other upgrades were afforded by me getting such a great deal on the car in the first place, so I can't complain.
I don't plan performance mods on the V6 if I got a GT then I'd entertain the idea. And EPA website does state the V8 diff 1-2mpg. V6 17-25 my test drive got 22mpg combined. V8. 15-24 and I have not driven one. What are you V8 owners getting combined? And the only GT in the area is 30,000 for 28,000 miles. Thanks again.
The big problem is that a lot of the V8 guys get the "horsepower bug" ... where it's never fast enough. You get a mod, then you start planning the next mod. I did that pretty heavy for a while, and I'm up to about 425hp at the crank of my GT. I've cut myself off for now, I'm happy where the car is at and am reluctant to change anything. With that level of performance though, I've shut off DOD for most of the time, so real world mileage I get between 16 and 18mpg tank to tank, manually calculated. Mods are in my sig. Had I not done the mod game and kept the car stock and DOD enabled, I used to get an average of 23mpg or so on my mostly highway commute with a fairly heavy foot. Not that I speed, but I like to get up to speed quickly... and that accelleration does cause the fuel mileage to drop.
For someone who wants a car that has the looks but doesn't need as much performance, I would think a v6 would be adequate. Geesh, I traded in a 2001 front wheel drive grand prix gt with a 3.8L iron block V6 ... and although I flogged that car everywhere I went, it had adequate power for most people, as it was a very popular car in it's day. I found a deal on a 6L V8 car and I went for it, and never looked back. My V8 powered G8 is hands down the best car I've ever owned.
Good luck to the OP with the V6... be sure the test drives check out... and do as much research ahead of time that you can. This board is a great resource for that!
Sorry about the novel, folks.