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    Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    One of those double dirt haulers threw a rock into the windshield of my Explorer a few days ago, even though I was in the far left lane of I-5 going to San Diego for business. How does this relate to the G8? The replacement of the windshield (original Ford Glass and labor) was just $350. Had I owned an uncommon car such as the G8, I am sure that the cost, and probably the parts availability would have been much worse. Now think about maintaining a G8 five years from now.

    The Camaro looks like an American car, nothing like any cars from Asia or Europe, and should sell in radically higher numbers, so parts should be readily available and reasonably priced.

    GM either needs to find the money to restyle the G8, or drop it immediately.
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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

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    One of those double dirt haulers threw a rock into the windshield of my Explorer a few days ago, even though I was in the far left lane of I-5 going to San Diego for business. How does this relate to the G8? The replacement of the windshield (original Ford Glass and labor) was just $350. Had I owned an uncommon car such as the G8, I am sure that the cost, and probably the parts availability would have been much worse. Now think about maintaining a G8 five years from now.

    The Camaro looks like an American car, nothing like any cars from Asia or Europe, and should sell in radically higher numbers, so parts should be readily available and reasonably priced.

    GM either needs to find the money to restyle the G8, or drop it immediately.
    So the 500,000 Holden and Caprices ( which are the same car ) won't bring the cost down any?

    The windshield will cost just as much as any other car. This is not the only market the car exists in. There will be no shortage of parts. In fact, it will share a lot of parts with the new Camaro.

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    Your insurance does not offer a glass deductible at a lower price than the replacement cost?

    Odd comment about why your opinion is a good idea for GM to restyle the G8. The cost to restyle the G8 would be greater for GM than an owner being concerned about parts years from now.

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    Well...Ill buy a G8 because its the best car GM currently makes.
    Not because it might cost me more then 300 bucks for a windshiled in the event I break it.
    Camaro will be just as expensive, if not more so.
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    Well, I've seen posts on a G8 forum about a guy who's been waiting over 3 months for a replacement windshield from Australia for his G8. It's not just about cost, it's about parts availability in general.

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    Quote Originally Posted by smokyn454 View Post
    So the 500,000 Holden and Caprices ( which are the same car ) won't bring the cost down any?
    As zabolots indicated, parts may have to come from Austrailia. Even if the cost is reasonable, availability now, when the car is on sale, seems poor. What will parts availability be like in five years? If it is bad or worse, the value of the car will be very low.
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    Uh, I thought that was what comprehensive coverage on your insurance was for?
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    Low sales make G8 a bad buy b/c the replacement windshield is pricey?
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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    Quote Originally Posted by FStephenMasek View Post
    As zabolots indicated, parts may have to come from Austrailia. Even if the cost is reasonable, availability now, when the car is on sale, seems poor. What will parts availability be like in five years? If it is bad or worse, the value of the car will be very low.
    The car has only been out for 6 months, and its produced in a foreign country. If in a year you still can't get a windshield, then I'll worry.

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    Oh well, that is what car insurance is for. As much as we pay for it, it ought to be good for something....

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    I was dropping off my car at a dealer today for some service. They had a Strkyer Blue G8. That is one great looking car.

    6.0 litre engine, $33,000. A great buy.

    It kind of looks like they took a BMW 5 Series and really improved the styling.
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    Haha, you drive an Explorer.

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    Does the Camaro use the same windscreen?
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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    "Low sales make G8 a bad buy..." does not follow.
    You can have a great car that is expensive and has low sales, but is it a bad buy? Sales volume does not determine if a car is a good buy.
    Bad cars with bad sales are a bad buy. A Yugo at almost any price was a bad buy.
    But, the G8 is a good car, with low sales, but that does not make it a bad buy. The styling is generic Pontiac, but the interior, especially the gauges, aren't very good. It has good V8 power and a decent chasis. At around $30K it is a lot of car for the money, and may well be a GOOD buy.
    It is not uncommon to have to wait for parts for cars manufactured outside the country.

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    Re: Low Sales Make G8 A Bad Buy

    I drove a red G8 GT the other day and loved it! Great V8 power, a lot of looks (especially from import people) and great quality.

    If I had the money at the moment that would be on my list regardless of phase out or the like. My wife and I liked the car and thats all that matters to me (since she normally doesn't like typical Pontiacs due to owning a lemon and dislikes of the interiors).

    It's a shame really, this is a great car and great platform that should have really taken off. My local dealership has 1 red v8 (rebates bring it to $30,185) and one grey v6 (rebates brought it to $25,342), thats it. So there isn't much to choose from which could turn people off. If people would purchase it as they should since it is a great car then getting parts would be a non-issue.
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