How come the GTO looks like a Grand Prix, Cavalier or a 95 Mustang?
The 2004 GTO is the result of GM��s Big
Boss Bob Lutz��s view of what the GTO would have probably evolved
into had Pontiac never stopped producing it. It is of course, based
on the Holden Monaro, a 2 door rear drive LS1 powered coupe. Holden
is GM��s Australian subsidiary. So yes, your GTO is built in
Elizabeth, Australia. When Lutz saw the Monaro, he figured they
could easily use that as a new GTO and revive the nameplate. While
some view this as a ��stopgap�� measure, the car chosen does live up
to the legend and betters the originals in performance. Styling is
subjective, as many view it as ��boring�� and not ��aggressive��. Keep
in mind, that GM had 18 months to get the car from Australia to
here, and changed very little�Kmost of the changes involve things
unseen with internal parts, moving the gas tank into the trunk, and
increased seals to get the car to survive the US�� winters and
climates, as well as meeting US standards.
Styling wise, the car is basically
unchanged with mostly the front end looking more like a traditional
Pontiac with it��s twin split ��kidney bean�� grills. In person, the
car looks much nicer than it does in pics, and most of the people
who bash it��s looks are probably letting nostalgia interfere with
their view of what a GTO should look like. Remember, the original
GTO��s were just ordinary sedans with honkin�� engines stuffed in
��em. While the GTO isn��t an ��in your face�� flashy car, it is quite
handsome in person and looks nothing like the mentioned cars above.
It may at a glance look like something, but people usually do a
double take when they actually see one go by, because they are
probably saying, ��What was that?�� Keep in mind that the hood
scoops are rumored to appear on the 2005 models.
So, what��s under the hood
The 2004 GTO has
the LS1 V8, the same engine that has powered the C5 Corvette and the
98-2002 Firebirds and Camaros. Rated at 350 HP and 365 lbs of
Torque, the new GTO has power aplenty. A Four speed auto trans is
standard (the 4L360) and a six-speed manual is the only real option
for the car. The manual trans is $695. But, beware�Kthe auto gets
less gas mileage than the 6 speed, so a $1000 gas guzzler tax
applies to the auto�Kso in actuality, the $695 optional transmission
will save you about $305 over the car with the auto. There is a
more powerful version of the GTO rumored for future, but if we
shared the info, the suits at GM would be mad!
3. How much is a GTO?
The GTO��s base
MSRP is $31,795�Kplus a $700 destination charge, which brings us to
$32,495,get the auto and we��re at $33,495 because of the gas-guzzler
tax, and the 6 Speed��s is $33,190. Every GTO is fully loaded and
there are no other options from the factory of note.
4. I don��t care for the rear spoiler. Can I take it off?
Sure�Kbut then you
have to fill in the holes in the trunk that the spoiler was attached
to. I have seen one enterprising owner of a GTO online do this. At
least the functioning 3rd brake light in the window will now make
5. How do you tilt
the steering wheel?
If your used to GM��s usual 30-year-old
steering column and turn signal stalks the GTO is a bit different!
Under the steering wheel, there is a lever. Pull down on the lever,
and you will loosen the wheel, which you can now tilt or telescope
accordingly�Kwhen you have your ideal position, just push the lever
back up and it locks back in. Bet you thought you��d never see a
telescoping wheel in a GM car huh?
6. Are the
headlights as bad as I hear?
While the GTO has projector beam
headlamps, and they seem to illuminate a wider area of light, it
seems that they all seem to be aimed a bit too low. Why this is the
case, I really don��t know. It is an easy fix to adjust them via a
plastic screw behind the headlamps themselves. Turn clockwise with
a Phillips head screwdriver to raise the beams�Kdon��t go too high, or
you��ll blind other drivers!! I wonder why the beams seem to be all
aimed quite low. Anyone out there who knows the answer let us know.
7. Where are the power
There are none�Kin the car that is.
Yes, the ��Power door locks�� are simply the door knobs
themselves�Kpush down on the driver��s side to lock both doors, pull
up to unlock both. Or, you can use the key��s remote to lock/unlock
the doors. On an interesting note, if you are leaving the car and
want to lock the doors, you cannot push the knobs down while the
door is open�Kyou need to close the door and use either the key
itself or the remote transmitter��s lock button. This is to ensure
you don��t lock your keys in the car�Ksince you can��t completely lock
the doors from the outside without the key!! Good feature or bad,
8. I see my GTO has fog lamps�Kbut there��s no fog lamp switch! Where
Ah, you see, they hid it. Those
rascally Aussies!! Seriously, it is on the headlamp knob�Kpull it
out and voila!! Let there be fog lights! Push it back in to turn
��em off. If you look at the knob, you��ll see the fog lamp icon on
the switch/knob�Kmost don��t notice it because in the US at least,
most cars have a separate switch.
I can��t find the keyhole for the trunk. Where is it?
Again�Kthere is none!! You can only pop
the trunk through the key��s remote transmitter or through a little
black button on the inside of the glove box to the left. Keep in
mind; the car needs to be traveling less than 12 mph if you are in
motion for the trunk release to work. So, I guess there��s no hiding
your friend in there as a tail-gunner and speeding away from the bad
guys, then popping the trunk as your friend laughs maniacally as he
opens fire on the chasing evil doers with either an Uzi, or a Super
Soaker filled with Pepsi. Sorry, it��s like 3 in the morning and my
mind is starting to wander a bit.
10. You��ve said
the key is on the remote?
Yep, it��s one huge sucker too�Kthere is
no separate remote keyless entry�Kthe key and remote is one unit and
the key is special. The remote/key contains a transponder that will
match an immobilizer control unit in your car�Kthink of it as PASS
key without the pellet, you Vette and F-Body owners. Even if you
could duplicate the cut of the key, without that transponder talking
to the car�Kcar just won��t start. You knew your GTO was special
right? See your dealer if you need a spare, as I don��t think you can
walk into Wal-Mart and ask them to make a spare for ya. In fact, 20
points to the people who go to Wal-Mart and ask the clerk to make a
spare. 30 Bonus points if the clerk actually tries. All attempted
copies of GTO keys from Wal-Mart can be sent to the site and we��ll
put ��em all up on a plaque�KI hope we don��t actually get any. You
know I��m kidding right?
11. Along with my key/remotes, I also got another regular key?
What��s that for?
It��s for the glove box. That way, you
can keep the key in there and should you have to lock the glove, you
can do so and even give your valet your keys/remote and he can��t get
into the glove box. The guy in Wal-Mart may be able to make a copy
of this though you get no points if he does. Nor do we want your
glove box keys, so don��t send those in either.
12. What��s that strange picture of a
picnic table and a tree or something in the driver info display?
It��s the ��rest�� reminder�Kit comes on
after you have been driving 2 hours�Kyou can turn it off through the
��VEHICLE PERSONALIZATION�� feature, which I will talk about when you
will inevitably ask,
��What��s the Vehicle Personalization feature?��
was hoping you wouldn��t ask. This allows you to set and customize
features of your car and the trip computer along with either useful
or un-useful features that you decide you want to keep.
can access this by pressing and holding the mode button on the trip
computer while turning the key in your ignition to ON. There are
quite a few selections, so you should really check out the owner��s
manual for what all the features are and what they can do�KI know,
the whole point of this FAQ was so you didn��t have to look at the
manual right? Good point but, really the features are pretty self
explanatory, and the car even TELLS you what the feature does�Kmore
so than the manual�Kjust follow the instructions (and for those wise
asses and less than savvy parties out there, the car doesn��t talk
and tell you�Kit displays it on the screen of the instrument panel��s
center display�Kyou��d be surprised at how many people will probably
email and ask why their car doesn��t talk to them because they read
it on an internet FAQ after this, hence the disclaimer).
run through the features, but that��s it. Keep in mind that the trip
computer /driver information center changes modes as you press�Kthe
MODE button�Kkeep pressing and the displays under your gauges change
Restore Factory Settings: Duh
Underspeed Chime: Chimes when your speed runs under the
overspeed limit you set after you go over it. In other
words, the overspeed limit will go off when you go past a certain
speed(you could program it to 55, so you know if you go over), the
underspeed chime will go off when your speed goes back down below
what you set.
Dist To Arrival: For the trip computer�Kyour time to arrival,
distance to arrival, and remaining fuel displays.
Arrival Default: Default is 300 miles when reset . You can of
course, set the distance yourself.
Trip Computer A & B: You can have either one or two sets of
Trip Time/Trip Distance/Fuel Used displays. Default is A.
Stop Watch: No, you didn��t read that wrong�Kyou have a
stopwatch. The Set button stops and starts�K.hold mode for a few
secs to reset the stopwatch. 0-60? No need to use your watch your
car will do it for you�Kgood luck pressing the button to start it,
while launching your car at the same time.
Rest Reminder: This is that tree/picnic table looking thing
that pops up in the driver information center display. This is what
started this whole section of this FAQ. It is just to remind you
that you have been driving for 2 hours straight and should ��take a
break��. I suppose looking at the clock would be a bit too obvious.
It��s cute though�KI kind of like it.
Digital Speedo: This gives you a Digital Speedometer in the
center display�Kvery cool, for those who still have Knight Rider
fantasies, or are stuck in the Digital Displays of the 80��s. Or
wish that their car had a HUD just to see your speed projected in
all of its digital glory! Well, maybe not, but it��s a cool feature
nonetheless. I use it all the time.
Radio Display: This will give you audio system info such as CD
track number, radio station, etc. Handy actually, it��s probably a
few milliseconds quicker than turning all the way down to look at
the radio display.
Confirmation Beeps: Basically this sets whether your radio
makes beeps during certain operations such as CD Loading, etc. Some
people like beeps some don��t. You make your decision here.
Speed Dependent Volume: You can turn it off, or adjust the
sensitivity. I haven��t tried this yet; since I turned mine off�KI
suppose some like the ability for your stereo to increase in volume
the faster you go�Kgo for it if that��s you.
Audio Distortion Limiter: Basically when it��s on, limits the
volume when it detects distortion especially in bass heavy music.
Some people have wondered why their stereo sometimes can��t go
louder�Kthis may have something to do with it.
Headlights Off Delay Time: When in Auto Mode, and you
leave/turn off the car, how long you want the headlights to remain
on. Default is 1 second.
Headlight Approach Time: Basically the opposite of the
above�Kwhen you unlock the doors, you can have the headlamps
illuminate�Khandy if you��re the type of person that lives in pitch
black areas at night and can��t see when you are walking up to your
home, cave, trailer, cardboard box, whatever have you. Main light
knob must be set to On or Auto.
Auto Headlights Sensitivity: Allows you to set how sensitive
the auto headlamps will react to lighting conditions�KDefault is
Courtesy Lamp Timeout: Sets the length of time for the interior
courtesy lamp after door is opened or unlocking car at night.
Default is 30 secs.
Ignition Off Courtesy lamp: Time of light remaining on when
ignition is turned off at night only. Default is 37 minutes�Kjust
kidding, it��s 30 secs.
Two Stage Unlock: This allows you to either have both doors
unlock when one is opened or one after another through the remote.
Auto Lock in Drive: This is for the auto-equipped cars only:
When in drive, the doors lock automatically�Knot sure at what speed
before it trips.
Door Lock Indication: This lets you decide if you want the horn
to sound with chirps along with the parking/turn lamps to flash when
you lock or unlock the doors, or just the parking/turn lamps to
Exit Option Menu: You gotta be kidding right? You can
exit the customization from here.
Another way to exit the programming is to drive the car past 6 mph,
or turn off the ignition.
14. OK, how about the thing in the manual that states you can attach
a cell phone to the radio and use it hands free with the sound from
your phone coming from your speakers?
Many people have wondered about this
myself included. Pontiac seems confused, Blaupunkt seems confused,
and we most of all as owners are the most confused. There is a
wiring harness that can be bought that supposedly attaches to a
suitable hands free kit for an unspecified phone. The first person
that wants to try this out and get it right wins my respect and
admiration. I emailed to Motorola about this concerning a handsfree
kit they sell for my T720 and if it��d connect to the harness that GM
sells�Kthey never wrote back. More on this later. If anyone has
successfully found a kit that does work with the GTO��s radio, please
let me know so I can sleep at night.
15. How come the
GTO has no dead pedal?
Pontiac bought the GTO to America in
18 months. The Australian Monaro has a dead pedal, however Pontiac
had concerns that it would not pass Federal crash standards. Without
enough time to test it fully, Pontiac removed it for the 2004 model
year. NewAgeGTO has learned that Pontiac has now fully tested to the
dead pedal, and it will be included on the 2005 Model year.
16. Why does the GTO have a true dual exhaust, but a single outlet?
Pontiac ordered the GTO be bought
statside as cheaply and quickly as possible. Therefore, money was
only budgeted for a new front clip, not a rear one. Since the Monaro
has a cutout in the rear valance for a single exhaust tip, Pontiac
was forced to work with it. There will be a new rear valance with
proper dual cutouts for the 2005 model.
17. What are the color combinations available on the GTO?
See the below chart-
18. Why are
there no hood scoops on the GTO?
Basically they could not be completed
in time. They will be included in some way one the 2005 model.
19. Why are there no rebates on the GTO and dealers are marking them
The GTO is Pontiac's hot new halo car
and will have very a limited production, therefore Pontiac feels it
can sell all of them with no rebates. This logic is being tested as
the cars pile up on dealers lots. This is because dealers are
marking them up thousands of dollars and scaring buyers away.
Pontiac ,unfortunately, has no way to stop this, but it can be
assumed that GTO's piling up on lots will cause the markup's to