Before the brand came to an abrupt end in 2010, Pontiac had proven their mettle at producing everything from high-performance sports and muscle cars to reliable family and personal luxury cars. After all, the Pontiac brand has been around since 1925. Unfortunately, too many flops and adverse market conditions inevitably led to the brand’s demise.
But in all that time, many of Pontiac’s most successful and most acclaimed models were indeed performance cars. The brand peaked in the 1970s with the success of the Firebird Trans Am, but that wasn’t the only cool Pontiac sports car ever produced. And with a great line from performance cars like the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and the 2009 Pontiac G8 GT, it can be an excellent decision to enjoy driving your next car in a Pontiac. Here are Pontiac’s best used sports car picks.
9 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT
Pontiac sold approximately 370,000 Fieros between 1984 and 1988, and there is a good reason why this model was so successful. The GT version, introduced for 1985, had a 2.8L V6 engine 140 hp, which combined with its light weight made the Fiero GT faster than most cars on the road in the 1980s. The Fiero GT could reach 120 mph and had a 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds.
No one can deny that the GT, like the original Fiero, had its problems. It was reasonable prone to engine failure and exhaust leaks† That said, many parts of later models are suitable for the 1985 model, making it much easier to maintain. It can be used for anywhere between $8,000 and $14,000 depending on general condition and mileage.
8 1990 Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix
The result of a collaboration between McLaren and ASC was the two-year Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix. With fewer than 3,500 units produced, this Pontiac is one of the manufacturer’s most sought-after sports cars. Equipped with a 205 hp V6 turbo engine, the car had a top speed of 128 mph and a 0-60 time of about 7.2 seconds†
For a car of its caliber, Grand Prix maintenance is quite an easy task because the car usually has minor mechanical issues that can be easily remedied. It can be found used for a price of around $5,000 to $6,500†
7 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
We believe the 2005 GXP Grand Prix is one of the best Pontiac models ever to hit the road. With a 303-horsepower V8, the car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of about 150 mph.
Many owners have stated that this car is very reliable and it will not cause major mechanical problems while it lasts a very long time. It can be bought for about $8,500 with 150,000 miles on the clock.
6 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III
With a powerful 366 hp V8 engine “The Judge” could reach a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 time of 6 seconds† For an additional fee, potential buyers can upgrade to the Ram Air IV engine for a slightly more powerful 370 horsepower engine.
The car may be quite reliable but the V8 engine is fuel-guzzling, leading to a combined 9 MPG value. You may not be able to get your hands on the Val Kilmer convertible, but if you’re lucky (and rich) you can buy one. Don’t expect it to be cheap though, as they cost over $60,000.
5 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT
The Grand Am models came with a 3.4L V6 engine with 170 hp† That resulted in a 0-60 time of about 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 132 mph. These specs aren’t overwhelming, but they’re more than adequate for a daily driver.
As for reliability, the Grand Am turns out to be a solid vehicle as most owners say† A used Grand Am with over 100,000 miles can be found for no more than $5,000.
4 2008 Pontiac G8 GT
Powered by a 361 hp OHV 6.0L V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, based on a real driving testthe car was able to reach 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds and cover the 1/4 mile in 13.8 seconds.
As it turns out, based on reviews from real owners, the 2008 G8 GT is by far the most reliable car they’ve ever owned. The price of the car seems to hold up nicely if it’s very hard to find a used model for under $15,000even more than a decade since it was manufactured.
3 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA
the GTA came with a 5.7L TPI V8 standard producing 225 horsepower and mated to an automatic transmission. With just over 11,000 produced, the 1987 Trans Am GTA is one of Pontiac’s rarest models to date.
Due to their scarcity, there are not many reviews online, but according to many owners on this forum the car sounds very reliable† A fair price for a used 1987 Trans Am GTA would be around $10,000, but since this model is quite rare, people will usually charge more for it.
2 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
The 2-door convertible came with a DOHC, turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine that delivered a solid 260 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of 142 mph. With such great specs you’d expect this little beast to be asking for fuel all the time, but it wasn’t because the MPG value was about 23†
As stated by several owners the car is very reliable† So, how much would performance, looks and reliability cost you? Well, would a 2007 Solstice GXP with 50,000 miles? will cost you about $16,000 to $17,000†
1 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Super Duty
“The Fastest Firebird Ever”, the 1973 Trans Am Super Duty came equipped with a 7.5L V8 with 310 hp, which resulted in a 0-60 time of 5 seconds flat! This is considered fairly fast, even by today’s standards. It came with a 4-speed manual transmission and a 3-speed automatic transmission.
So, how reliable was this Pontiac sports car? The Super Duty version is quite scarce but based on 1973 Pontiac Firebird reviews, the car sounds like you can probably drive it for a few hundred thousand miles. Buying one would probably will cost you over $80,000but for such a cool classic we think it’s well worth it.
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