I couldn't decide where to post this topic, but I guess this is as good a place as any...
Does anyone else find it extremely ridiculous that the G6's radio is made of such pi$$ poor materials? I mean, to have the black rub off on the number/seek/search buttons in a matter a year or less is the most ridiculous, unsatisfactory, make-me-mad thing ever.
All this money on a new car... all this time invested into a great design... a beautiful GM car, and then what, skimp out on the interior? I know that GM has often had some issues when compared to Toyota's and Nissans and plasticy vs. synthetic materials... but I mean, I've been in some Toyotas and nothing at all is appealing to me on the dashboard. I think the G6 looks so nice, but then they go and have this shitey quality. Why?
The thing is... The Cobalt, G5, and even the Pontiac SV6 (MINIVAN) are made of better materials. My mom's stereo in her van is gorgeous... the silver accents on it, the doors, and steering wheel are of an actual quality material, not a coated material that will peel off... a long with everything that is black... nothing is coated.
Why coat the buttons on the radio? Why not having something that will last? I think a huge problem with GM is the amount of small problems like that... problems that are covered in the 36K warranty. I had my radio replaced before 36K and now, of course, the peeling is worse than ever. Maybe I'm acidic, I dunno.
I just cannot grasp why the (also Malibu) G5, Cobalt, and a minivan would have such nicer, synthetic, non-coated materials and the sporty, yet nice G6 has what it has.
Maybe silver accents and whatnot are played out, but a redesign like the Malabu or at least a use of the same types of materials would thrill the hell out of me. IT NEEDS TO BE DONE! And hey, if they want to keep the all black theme on the dashboard/radio area, then the materials and shine used in the silver accents on the other cars would look really cool in black... I really think that.
Oh yeah, and one more thing.... the dashboard area that surrounds the radio, AC controls, and the middle 2 vents... the 2005 and 2006 G6's are made with such a better material. It's different than the actual dashboard material and it blends perfectly with the radio/AC. It is of much higher quality (to me) and it looks so much better (to me). It's like they decided to save a few bucks and cheapened it up. If I had to get a new G6, I would order that part from the 06 bc it looks so much better.
Being in my mom's vehicle, exploring G5's as a possibility for my sis, and then sitting in my friends 2008 Cobalt... really make me think WTF about all this.
Just take a look on Chevy or Pontiac.com or somewhere.... there is such a difference. And those other cars' materials do not peel... and then have the backlight shining through the peel at night. On my first radio, I used a sharpie marker to cover it up, but it wasn't heavy/thick enough to stop the red light from shining through at night.
I love my baby and I think these materials are an insult when GM themselves has better quality stuff in other cars...