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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-17-2012, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hello my friend. Stay a while and listen.

May 16 - $3000 2006 G6 GT sedan, 120k miles, excellent condition, black, panoramic sunroof, power everything, 17" chrome, newer tires, heated seats, remote start
May 18 - $60 wash, wax, and detail
May 21 - $280 tax and title transfer ($8700 taxable value)
June 1 - $55 Mobil1 synthetic and Mobil1 filter + service
June 2 - $30 4000k replacement halogens
June 2 - $3 remote battery
June 3 - $4 cleaned throttle body
June 7 - $5 fuel injector cleaner put in first fill up
June 8 - $10 Turtle headlight restoration kit

Moved the first post to the second post to make room for progression.

Planned Mods
New headlights (if the stock ones fog up again)
Crabs o3
Sub and amp
New speakers all around
Tinted tails
Black darts for front/back/wheel caps
Plasti Dip or painted stock rims
Debadge

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I did the led strips like you're talking about. Lol


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The panoramic sunroof has many issue... it was a terrible design flaw..
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-17-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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CAI (cold air intake) and a WAMS tune, and an exhaust will boost your MPG... along with a granny foot... Tuner chips are pointless.



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Thanks yeah just did on the outside and tapped into the little side marker light. Other wise the headlights are stock. I don't much car for after market lenses myself.


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I think I like the stock lights. The ones I see with the black housings make me think of a Grand Am, and I hate Grand Ams. I don't like most Pontiacs, but I love this G6, especially at the price.
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Yeah I don't like this ones either. You did get a good deal on it though!


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Welcome! Quite a story, my G6 is my second car. My first (cutlass supreme) was a work horse, no matter how hard I drove it, it always started right up and just kept on going. I also cried when I watched it's new owner drive it away.

As stated before a CAI, Wams tune and some exhaust work go a long way in improving MPG and power!

I bet the main reason your escort feels peppier off the line is because it had a true throttle (I.E. A cable attaching your pedal to the throttle body) Everything in the G6 is electronic (drive by wire) so throttle response is more like a video game IMO. But a CAI and tune can improve that greatly.

Wiring an amp for subs is pretty easy in this car, since the rear speakers are accesible through the trunk you can just tap into the wires there and run the signal through a line output converter so only the low bass tones will hit the amp. Unless the amp has a built in low-pass converter then you don't need to worry about getting one. But just tap it in wire it up and you're golden!
Mine is this way and what's nice is I have the bass set incredibly low on the stereo. So all my bass comes from the subs and the mids and highs come from the speakers, speakers last longer and you can avoid the crackling.

Happy modding and I can't wait to see where your G6 ends up!
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I see a lot of people happy with CRABS and WAMS, so I'll probably go with that. Any links for info/purchase? Will a CAI with stock exhaust improve anything, or do I need to improve flow on both ends to see a significant change?

I like how your audio is set up with the base down on the stereo so you only get mids and highs out of your interior speakers and bass from your subs. Do you use the stock head unit?

I forgot to take dirty pictures of my G6 before I dropped it off for detail. Oh well.
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Yes, you will see improvements with only the crabs. crabintakes.com
and for wams. http://www.whiteautoandmedia.com/
his website is only open on the weekends though...



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Mitch you have Crabs o3 with or without FPU upgrade? I don't really understand the difference, but I am looking forward to a beasty sound along with improved efficiency. I think I'll order Crabs o3 after I read about WAMS tune this weekend when shop is open.
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As far as my stereo system goes everything is stock. Head unit, speakers, all of it. All I did was add a subwoofer and an amp to power it. Made a huge difference and it sounds pretty great. After adjusting my Treble, Mid, and Bass levels and tweaked everything on my iPod it all sounds great. I've had people ask me if I dropped a grand on my system haha.

I got my subwoofers in a kit, 2 12s box, amp, wiring and all for $120 about 7-8 years ago. Still bumpin' hard! I love it.

A CAI alone will make a big difference. I have the 2.4 so it's not as great but my intake did wonders, and after getting a tune it all came together so well. The roar at WOT is awesome and the pull is quite harder then stock. haha

You don't really need to worry about exhuast work unless you're looking for a better sound. However doing exhaust work can add to your MPG and HP increase. Especially if you get headers and a highflow cat. The manifold and catalytic converter are the most restrictive points on the exhuast...
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Mitch you have Crabs o3 with or without FPU upgrade? I don't really understand the difference, but I am looking forward to a beasty sound along with improved efficiency. I think I'll order Crabs o3 after I read about WAMS tune this weekend when shop is open.
I have Crabs o3 without the FPU and the improvements were still very notable (at least from a feel and noise) Although I don't have any current numbers to back that up, the itch alone was worth it



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Welcome to the forums! When I did my exhaust I just went to a local shop and had them run straight pipe back from the flex pipe into a flowmaster 40 mounted where the old muffler was behind the rear bumper and it sounds great, not too loud but has a nice gurgle to it when down shifting, and adding that to the lovely sound that the CRABS intake makes driving so enjoyable, also gas mileage definitely increased two weeks ago I was getting close to 40mpg driving from OC Maryland back to DC


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