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G6, or no G6

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Hello All, I am a member and frequent visitor/poster on GrandAmGT.com.
I currently own a 2001 Grand Am GT with 124K, so I am starting to think about my next car.

When the G6 first came out, I was disappointed that the exterior was too feminine looking and the interior was too cheap. I have since let the exterior win me over for the most part.

I have a few questions, for those kind enough to assist.

1) I see a lot about steering lock up issues. This is a serious issue (obviously). Does it relate to only the Electric Power Steering or the Hydraulic power steering only? Only on one engine?

2) I went through a lot of the thread listings here, but are there any other big, common issues to watch out for other than the steering and the panoramic roof?

Since I travel a lot for work, I get to rent many vehicles around the world. I recently was given a G6 in Chicago. I found the V6 acceptable, nothing fancy. I don't think I have huge fingers by any means, but I found the buttons on the steering wheel to be way too narrow to use.

The things I wish they would change -

* Have a manual trans for the V6 Sedan
* I can't stand that black plastic part of the rear bumper. I have seen so many of them that are uneven after some miles are on the car. And when I am behind a G6 on the freeway, many of them are fluttering terribly in the draft.
* Minor, but would love to see body colored mirrors.

Anyways, the main purpose of this e-mail was to solicit info on mechanical issues common to this particular Epsilon vehicle.
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mphred said:
2) Panoramic roof should be avoided at all costs. A few lucky souls have had no problems, but those with mileage over 5K are reporting a LOT of problems, repeated trips to the stealer, and worsening noise over time. Fixes don't seem to fix for long, and it has been suggested that the G6's (lack of) structural integrity cannot handle an opening in the roof of that size. The sunroof works as well as any I've used. Get the coupe and you don't need the Proof. Or better yet, the convertible. The rear valance has not been noted by anyone on this forum as being loose. A nice upgrade is to have the mirrors and rear valance painted body color.

I would disagree with this. I absolutely love the panoramic roof and it is one of the reasons I bought this car. Although it's starting to get colder now, I use mine every day it's not raining. I would do it all over again.
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