Yep, another "what should I buy?" thread.
I think I've finally narrowed down my next vehicle to the G6, 2006-2007. I've even convinced my wife, I think, that we should buy the V6.
So I'm going to look at a lot on Saturday that has 9 sedans, 2006/2007, V6/GT, all around $10k Cdn, between 45-70k km.
As I've said, my wife was set on mpg so she wanted the 2.4, but after reading lots of posts here and trying to explain gear ratios and heavier vehicle/little engine to her I think I've got her in the 3.5 camp. We were originally looking at the Cobalt SS and I've always driven V8/RWD mid-90's Camaros and Mustangs. Now I just need to decide on 06 V6 or GT or 07 V6 or GT. As far as I can tell only the 07 GT has the VVT with 22x hp. My reading has shown one member arguing that the nonVVT, 3.5 could get better mileage than the 2.4. Is the VVT the only one with the 6 speed auto? So do I choose the 200hp 3.5 with the 4 speed auto or definitely try for the 224hp VVT with 6 speed auto? I think the nonVVT 3.5 would be a good compromise to get me extra oomph and my wife gets her mileage. Our driving will mostly be city and most highway will probably involve the car being fairly loaded up.
If I was to decide on the nonVVT 3.5 should I opt for the 2006 V6, GT or 2007 V6? Is the warranty on the 2007 (which still gives me a bit of time on the powertrain) worth considering or don't worry about it? We are in Canada so is the rust warranty transferable and worth considering? Are there options I will miss out going 2006 V6 vs GT vs 07 V6 (ones only available to GT or 07) that would make one preferable?
Finally, I think, are the mods/response to mods fairly equal between the 06/07 or VVT/non-VVT? (I'm not supposed to consider this but I want to anyway
Mod plans would be fairly mild (compared to my old rides) consisting of CAI, header, chip/tune.
Sorry for the long post, I have read a lot of posts, just needs some final thoughts to tie it all together
PS - is the VVT or non-VVT easier to work on under the hood? thanks