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Your annoyances.

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I was driving yesterday and the thought hit me. I'd like to hear what annoy people about their car. Maybe someone from GM will see it and address the issue in future models.

I'm not looking for things that are wrong with your car (e.g. steering wheel lock up, leaking panoramic roof, etc.). I'm interested in things that aren't broken or unique to your car but annoy you.

For me:

- I have the 6 disc changer. I didn't really want it but I couldn't get the sunroof without it. I guess that package is an annoyance. My real annoyance is with the changer itself. I absolutely hate the fact then when you eject a disc it automatically changes to the next disc. I think you should have the option of loading a new disc in the slot that you just ejected from immediately. I don't want to have to wait for the next disc to load only to press load and have to wait again as it pulls up the empty slot. Also, maybe being able to choose to eject discs x, y, and z instead of only having the option to eject one disc at a time or all the discs at a time.

- The cheap interior plastics. My doors constantly get scuffed up and some parts of the driver door are actually worn out (for lack of a better term) after only 7 months. Also, to a lesser degree, the cheap feel of the volume and tune knobs on the radio.

- Front seats that are near impossible to reach under. Man, I've dropped some slips of paper, dollar bills, and other stuff down the side of the driver's seat next to the glove box. It's an exercise in frustration trying to get that stuff back out.

That's all I can think of. None of this stuff is a real problem, but it certainly tends to frustrate me from time to time. The 6 disc changer especially, can be very aggravating for me.
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On the autobahn, doing 130mph you don't have time to take a sip.
Hence the need for the cup holder!:D:D
If any one is having problems with 06 GTP w/3.9l power steering whine or growl.

Buy some Lucas power steering fluid with conditioner.

Suck out old fluid with mighty vac or turkey baster. Do not take fluid down to the pump inlet as it will let air in your pump.

Fill it to just over full mark with Lucas. Noise should go away.

If it does not. You may have air in the system from the start.

Get a thick piece of rubber about 3 or 4 inch diameter. Cut a hole in the center just big enough to put a brass nipple in. Get a mighty vac vacuum pump. connect it to the brass nipple and put a plastic tube on the other end long enough to go down about 3 inches in the resivor.

raise the front of the car so you can turn the wheels left and right with no resistance. evacuate the pump resivor and do not add fluid. make sure you do not drain it all the way as not to cavitate the pump. vacuum out to 20 inches of mercury until it says 20 on the mighty vac gauge.

Start car, turn wheel left and right and maintain 20 inches on pump, do not exceed 20 inches.

Repeat procedure until the vacuum is steady on gauge. This is to say not being erratic.

If it continues to be erratic, check to make sure that the pump is not cavitation. If it is add just a bit of fluid.

When the vacuum is steady that means the air is out of the system.

If you exceed the 20 inches you can damage the seals in the steering gear.

Takes 2 people to do this. One to turn the wheel, the other to keep 20 inches of vacuum on the system.
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I've seen a couple of gripes that I recognize. One was the slight pause when flooring the accelerator. That issue was fixed when I put in a new computer chip and exhaust. Not to mention how much power it added. :)

Something about the dash reflecting in the window drives me nuts. I guess it's the angle or something. And of course the mp3. I fixed that issue too with an ISimple setup. It's awesome. I might have even bought another one next time around or a G8 if Pontiac hadn't have died.
. That issue was fixed when I put in a new computer chip and exhaust. Not to mention how much power it added. :)
Just for S&G what "chip" did you get scammed on?
lol... What makes you think I was scammed? Absolutely no doubt about it. It increased my responsiveness and power. I could tell an immediate difference. It's called a Vector Motorsports. Depending on the way they set it up it could supposedly give you better mileage but I told them to set it up to make it quicker. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones but it was well worth the money. I also noticed a difference when shifting. I definitely don't feel scammed.
On my GTP (this may be for all of you), I find it to be a pain to get to the 3 spark plugs near the firewall.
I have the 06 GT.
I hate the position of the cupholders. I like to put my arm on the center part and hold the shifter. I dont like the cheap plastic on the dash and center console.

I've only had the car a month, and so far thats all that bugs me. Love the car.
Some added things i have noticed since i bought it.
The pano sunroof rattles on bumps and is very noisy on the highway.
The Lettering "G6" on your speedometer dash doesn't light up with the rest of it.
If you have the heated seats on when you turn the car off, and then you start or remote start it, they dont go back on.
Sometimes i go to close my pano roof and it starts to close and then doesn't.
I have to retry it and then it works.
I've noticed that issue with the roof too. hmmm Biggest fear is it will stick open sometime.
lol... What makes you think I was scammed? Absolutely no doubt about it. It increased my responsiveness and power. I could tell an immediate difference. It's called a Vector Motorsports. Depending on the way they set it up it could supposedly give you better mileage but I told them to set it up to make it quicker. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones but it was well worth the money. I also noticed a difference when shifting. I definitely don't feel scammed.
Oh, so you got a tune, NOT a chip. When people get a "chip" on here it's usually because they got scammed by...well, I can't mention them by name because we could be the board in trouble. But one rhymes with net but has a J, and the other has 3 letters and can sometimes be found on the end of a McLaren Mercedes. ;)

Yes Vector and WAMS are definately legit.
I'm glad you said that. lol I spent a little over 400.00 for them to do it. I thought they had to put a chip in too when they did it. Thanks to you all I didn't go the ummm J?? route. Though I hadn't posted yet I read all the bad things said and knew better. :)
On my GTP (this may be for all of you), I find it to be a pain to get to the 3 spark plugs near the firewall.
You have to take a ratchet strap and pull the motor forward to get your arm back there.
My car is an 08 G6 Value Leader with the 2.4 four. It's not the car I would have bought, but I am running a lease out for a family member for free,so I can't complain too much. I've driven a lot of cars and most of them are imports. I wanted to like this car, just because it's not an import. I wanted to say that "Wow, GM HAS changed"

This car shows me GM has improved a lot and maybe the new slimmed down GM will improve that much more. All the improvements they could have made to the G6 have been made to the current Malibu (08,09?) Still, how many people have sampled this car (or other subpar GM vehicles) and vowed never to buy GM again?

The positives:
- The ride is quiet and fairly smooth. Much quieter ride then our 06 Accord
- It is a fairly handsome car, even in base form. Much better then any Grand Am I remember or plastic clad 80's ot 90's Pontiac.
- The chassis is pretty good. Sticks to the road, even with the awful tires they saddled the base car with. Structure is pretty solid.

But here are my gripes:

- No keyless entry standard. Really? In 2008? Last car I bought without keyless was my 2001 Hyundai Elantra (new) base model. I know, it's a convenience, but one that 95% of new cars come with.

- Numb,numb,numb electric steering. The chassis is good and they ruined it with this terrible steering. I know you V6 folks don't have the same system, so you don't know. But it's bad and it ruins the feel of the car.

- 4 spd automatic. When all your competitors offer 5 spd autos and have for some time, you should too. Tuned for economy, it takes a good poke of the accelerator to make it downshift and it upshifts too fast (thought it is smooth). Made even worse when attached to the...

- Coarse sounding engine. This is the roughest sounding engine I've driven in a new car. The whole drivetrain brings the car down. Too much noise,vibration and harshness. Lots of buzzing, moaning and not nice mechanical noises.

(I know, some of you are saying "Don't buy the base car". Here's the deal: A base Accord and a top of the line Accord drive the same (mostly). The 4 cylinder is smooth and loves to rev, the V6 even more so. This car isn't even close. People should want to buy all models of the car, not just the uplevels because they are that much better)

- Cheap plastics inside. GM has made strides in this, but it's still not close to the Accord or even a Ford Fusion.

- The D.I.C is great, but I want my trip computer with the odometer. A small annoyance.

- Awful looking wheel covers. All wheel covers look bad, these seem really ugly and they are cheap.

This is a mediocre car that could have been much better. Unfortunately, the Chevy got all the improvements while the Pontiac and Saturn are left to die. But mediocre cars have forced people away from GM for a long time.

People will be less inclined to buy a new Chevy if their Pontiac left them wanting for something else. And this battle will continue until more people experience "Post Restructuring GM". The new GM shows big promise once it's all sorted out.

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Anyone else think the location of the cup holders is piss poor? If I have two drinks in the cup holders, I have to either lean on them or reach around them to use the shifter (for example, in manual shift mode). Just really annoying. The holders should have been in front of the shifter IMHO.
i agree with you 100% they should have put them up front more.
it's hard to grab ,you have lift your elbow up high and grab your coffee.
god forbid if you were to spill like i almost did.......yikes
One thing that bothers me is that I have a real hard time trying to reset the oil monitoring system. I had my oil changed today and I wasn't able to reset the counter yet. Does anyone else have this trouble?
Maybe try holding it for about 5 seconds when you reset ......
I would like to see a realtime MPG rather than just average, a button on the steering wheel to cancel the cruse instead of touching the brakes, windshield washers built into the wiper arms, redesign the wipers so the passenger side doesn't change directions right in front of the drivers eyes. The MP3 capable dash unit and input for portable player would be really nice. a small power jack in reading lamp/sunroof control pod for radar detector. Thats about it for now. Well, maybe add a blower or turbo.....
I thought all you have to do is depress the cruse button to cancel or the brakes.....at least my 2006 G6 GT has the button on the steeeing wheel
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My major gripe is that I got the Monsoon system but it doesn't do MP3s. Monsoon systems have done MP3x in the Grand Am for years but not in the G6 GT or GTP?

I also think the automatic volume adjustment could be a little smoother. It's really jumpy and people think something is wrong with the stereo. I might just end up turning it off.

I also wish we had another option over the 4-speed automatic transmissions. It'd be awesome if Pontiac could drop some 5 or 6 speed automatic transmissions in these cars. :)
hey i bought a 2006 G6 GT used with 80K on it about a month ago,and i tried this feature in the city..
Is that why it only when up to M4...
good this i didn't try the manual shift on the hwy or can it be use on the Hwy....
i'll have read up on it in my manual.
thanks for pointing that out.
because its a 4 speed auto when you are using the tapshift your just shifting for it...you can definitly use it on the higway
well what annoys me.well i have had the car for a month now 2006 G6 GT.."used"
it came with 2 years unlimited Km powertrain warranty,so what not under warranty i have to fix like.i bought the car on line at a local dealship that was 400 miles from me..over all i was please when it arrive at my door .....every thing seem to ok for just the miners things i list below.....so there was no turning back...

1 head liner light switch broke on month i had it and it is to far to reach...
peddles don't work i'll have to see if it's fuse burnt or something else but don't really need them....
2 gas cap should be on the drivers side...
3 door opens really wide and hard to reach the handle.
4 cup holders to far back....
5 window opens 1/4 inch or so and when it freezes out side "which does here where i live"or water freezes on to the glass you think it will damage the motor,have to be care full and make sure it's free of ice before opening the door.....so does this mean i can't put any sunvisers on the A piller??????
6 3 peice dangley lower spoilers..
trying to think of more ,but i guess that it........only had it a month and i don't drive it that much......
but what i can tell,i love this thing the looks,the feel,the power,all kinds of gagets.kool..
2006 G6 Gt Black on Black.....hopefully it will out last my accord with 328,000 Km
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UNFORTUNATELY, everything annoys me about this car. First off i would of liked to have the 6changer cd player but couldnt find one, then with my car now whenever i go over bumps slow my seat goes up with me like its loose! The doors seem so cheap .. i feel like if u accidently shut it too hard its gonna fall off. I hear every noise in that car ..including noises that drive me crazy like the popping in the front left. The brakes/rotors seem to need attention more than normal. I dont have a AUX input!
my two biggest peeves are:
1. 4 speed in my 06 GTP. i just wish i had my car with an 07 transmission.
2. i cant believe no one has said this, i hate digging under the lip of my truck just to open the damn thing.
3. the speed volume. i don't know if you can turn it off, but if you can, someone tell me how. im just saying, at 125 mph (having some fun with friends on a deserted highway), i cant be messing around with controls even if they are on the wheel .
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