09 G5 - What is the opinion??

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    09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Hi All,

    Looking at a replacement for my Sunfire, and the G5 is a nice looking car with an even better price tag. Do not want a Cobalt, don't like the Chev copy.

    Whats the opinion on the new G5? Looking at an El-cheapo like my ' fire, 2.2L/5speed. (An 09 VVT)

    Are the new 2.2L still timing chains?

    And are the tranny ratios all the same, whether it is a regular base coupe compared to the XFE?
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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    The G5 is 10 times the car the Sunfire was. And if you can find a new one for cheap, it's a great deal bar no competitor.

    The new 2.2 is timing chain and the XFE has different gearing than the standard model to help with mpg.

    You should take one out for a test drive yourself though. Soon enough you'll see 10 morons posting in this thread that hate the G5 because it's interior contains hard plastic in a lot of areas.

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Great car for the price and 100k powertrain, hard to beat.

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Quote Originally Posted by W.A.F.U. View Post
    The G5 is 10 times the car the Sunfire was. And if you can find a new one for cheap, it's a great deal bar no competitor.

    The new 2.2 is timing chain and the XFE has different gearing than the standard model to help with mpg.

    You should take one out for a test drive yourself though. Soon enough you'll see 10 morons posting in this thread that hate the G5 because it's interior contains hard plastic in a lot of areas.
    Thank you. My Sunfire has 285,000kms on it. I don't care if the G5 is elcheapo, that is what I want.

    Is yours XFE or regular?
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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Technically, the G5 was a Cobalt copy...

    But they're nice cars. Most people don't like them because of the whole rebadge issue, but the XFE gets 37 MPG, class leading right there.
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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Technically, the G5 was a Cobalt copy...

    But they're nice cars. Most people don't like them because of the whole rebadge issue, but the XFE gets 37 MPG, class leading right there.

    Despise the Bow tie, thats why I want the Pontiac.

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    I bought my son an '07 G5 for his first brand-new car. It is really sharp-looking. As you do, we much prefer it over the Cobalt. It's amazingly quiet inside for the class of car, and a tremendous value with all the standard equipment. His is the 2.2 and it's really quite peppy so I imagine the '09 with VVT will be even better. 19,000 miles and no problems so all in all I'd say the G5 would be a great car for you to buy.

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    i have a G5 also but i have the GT with the 2.4l. i also went from a 2001 sunfire SE to the G5. the G5 is such a better car in every way. you can pick up a SE g5 for a good price and it will be a nice car. get the G5 you will love it. i love mine 24k miles later and it still puts a smile on my face when you hit the gas.

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    Thanks Guys!! Next question..... XFE or regular 5spd. I love the torque feel of my 2.2. Will the XFE version sacrifice a lot to get the extra mileage??

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    The Cobalt/G5 are better cars than some make them out to be. Interiors are pretty nice, ride is good, pretty quiet, pretty good handling, and the 2.2L auto is NOT slow so a manual ought to be on the fun side. I don't think you'd be disappointed
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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBos View Post
    Thanks Guys!! Next question..... XFE or regular 5spd. I love the torque feel of my 2.2. Will the XFE version sacrifice a lot to get the extra mileage??

    Thanks.
    Car and Driver recently test drove the Cobalt XFE with the 5-spd and it got a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds which is quite good considering it's only got 155 HP and it's tuned for economy over performance.

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    I test drove a friends rental G5, 4dr, auto. All I can say is I can't wait to get my hands on a 5spd 2dr coupe in the spring./ WAAAAAY better car than my Sunfire ever will be.

    I will keep all posted.
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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Comparing the G5 against your Sunfire is not the thing you should be doing ... you need to compare it against it's current competition. You should be comparing it against a Mazda 3. Park those two cars side by side (virtually) and compare specs, options, fit/finish, style, price. Comparing the G5 against your Sunfire ... obviously it is an improvement.

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    Re: 09 G5 - What is the opinion??

    Quote Originally Posted by salbracht View Post
    Comparing the G5 against your Sunfire is not the thing you should be doing ... you need to compare it against it's current competition. You should be comparing it against a Mazda 3. Park those two cars side by side (virtually) and compare specs, options, fit/finish, style, price. Comparing the G5 against your Sunfire ... obviously it is an improvement.
    In Canada you can snag a G5 for 11 500 dollars, a Mazda3 is about 16k$...



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    I bought a new G5 in May with my mom. I would prefer the GT version but we kept with the basic G5 to keep the payment cheaper for us. It's a nice car after rackin up 9900 miles the only repairs we had on it was to resurface the brakes and lube up a passenger side window. I don't mind the car but it's a little slow pickin up highway speed but then again my daily driver is a 08 G6 GXP so I'm used to my 3.6 My mom owned a 2000 Sunfire for 5 years before we got the G5 and the G5 is a way better car even though the Sunfire was more roomier inside.

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