Yesterday, I bought my 2006 black G6 GT with 120k miles on it for $3000 then sold my 1997 purple Ford Escort LX with 130k miles on it for $1450. The Escort was run down and had been driven through a chain link fence. I cried after I sold my little purple car. I had no idea how attached I was to it until after I sold it. She gave me four good years, and I sold her for 80% more than I bought her for. In four years the only money I put into that Escort was tires, CV-joint, and a transmission flush. Original engine and trans still running strong when I sold her. I sold her to a mom who loved the purple color whose husband is a mechanic. I know they'll take better care of it than I could. It's pathetic that I'm still getting teary eyed over that purple car. I'm a grown man. My first car was a piece of s***. My second car was a purple angel. My new car is a sexy b****.
I decided to carry full coverage on the G6 because it will cost an extra $100 a month, and the vehicle is worth at a minimum $7000 if it gets totaled from what my insurance lady told me. If I have to file a claim to total the car in the next four years the insurance will be worth the money, and if I don't then I have that peace of mind...
Today, 1 am I got pulled over because the officer ran my tags at random. My friend says I was probably driving suspiciously, but I say I drive cautiously. The officer said the tags were out of date and for a Ford... I said I have no idea why because I just bought the car. He took a closer look, and the mud on the tag turned a J into a perfect U. He let me go and told me to wipe it off.
This morning I drove it to work. I have to get used to the reduced visibility compared to my Ford Escort, and the 3500 V6 G6 doesn't feel as responsive as the jumpy 2.0 DOHC 4 banger Ford Escort. The G6 of course has a lot more pull, but I think the Escort would beat it in a hundred yard dash, which is basically my morning drive to work with stop signs and stop lights.
Plans are, get the tag and title done today, take some pics of it how I bought it so I can have before and after pics, get it detailed with interior, wash, wax, and engine compartment paid for by the company I bought it from, get a copy of maintenance records from the company I bought it from, try to fix the panoramic sunroof problem, restore the headlights with the Turtle brand restoration kit or something similar, replace the factory speakers and perhaps get an amp and sub, get a cold air intake if it will improve gas mileage, maybe black out the lights and put LED strips in the headlights. I like that look, but my friend tells me Audi wannabes are tacky. Being a company car I had never driven it at night, and last night when the bright red lights in the dash were on display I really felt like a million bucks. The maintenance has been meticulously kept as a company car. The only problems with it are the starter seems to grind a little before turning over sometimes when it starts cold, and the panoramic sunroof has problems that hopefully I can fix, or I will have to seal it up. I can't believe how big the sunroof is. Both the starter system and panoramic sunroof have been completely replaced by the dealership to no avail.
Feel free to answer anything about my post here. There are a few questions hidden in that wall of text. Also, if you get the title reference without looking it up, we're gonna be good friends.
Did you do the LED strips inside the lense along the bottom or inside the lense around the light itself? I'll go link pictures to show the difference. I like the strip at the bottom of the lense. This thread
shows both examples with the line under the headlight and the circle around the light.
I see your attachment now. I like what you did there. Are those stock headlights otherwise? Mine are kinda foggy, considering Turtle headlight restoration kit. It worked wonders on my old Escort, and those lenses were completely amber colored. The G6 lenses are just a bit foggy.
Mine opens fine and closes most of the time but sometimes I need to lift the first piece of glass a tad to get it to close. It doesn't close together perfectly but I can get inside and move the glass to get a seal. I just don't want to seal it up because it's so big and beautiful. Maybe I'll seal it up when the newness of the sun roof has worn off and the wind noise or leaks get the best of me.
Anyone have some mods to improve fuel efficiency? Cold air intake, tuner chip, etc?
Anyone know what some good quality replacement speakers for the 8 speaker Monsoon system is? It sounds alright, but the front speakers' bass is shot. It rattles the bass unless I turn the bass all the way down on the stereo, but even then it sounds okay.
Is it hard to wire into that Monsoon head unit to put in an amp and sub?
Is it hard to remove the door panel to put new speakers in? The back looks simple since you have access through the trunk. I'm not sure where the 8 speakers are even located. 2 in front doors, 2 in back doors, 2 in back glass, and 2 above the dash perhaps? I haven't even had a good hard look at the whole car. Every time I drive it I am amazed by a new feature I didn't know it had. I bought the car blindly knowing that it was a well-maintained car at an amazing price.
I will be researching as I learn more about my car. I'm not lazy, but I'd rather hear from someone who has the mods what works for them instead of advertising promising miracles.