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Cars > Challenges > “Cherry Bomb” Vs “Daily Drivers”

 

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The_Dude

M–44
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
United States

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TATA455

M–57
Circle Pines, Minnesota
United States

 

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

“Cherry Bomb”

2003 Pontiac Bonneville SLE

“Daily Drivers”

 
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About “Cherry Bomb”

Last month, I got a MAJOR Union greviance settlement at work. My wife and I decided that it was time for me to get a car I really liked since she got a decent one earlier this year. We went looking for something that I would like better than my old Cavalier sedan (Notice that I never bothered to post that car!) and that would be a better fit for our two growing kids. After a series of phone calls to local dealers, we jumped in the old Cavalier and headed on down to the local Pontiac/Buick/GMC store to check out this car. It was the sales manager's demo, so if you combine that with the Labor Day sale, End-Of-Model-Year pricing, and Pontiac being a 'Lame Duck' brand, you can see why we got a great screamin' deal on this car - nearly 1/4 off sticker!

About “Daily Drivers”

You won't see this every day! 3 Liquid Silver Bonneville's in one driveway. We really get a lot of looks from the neighbors and folks that drive by.

I have 3 kids and we wanted them to be in a save good handling car that gets great milage. You really can not beat the Bonneville for this. They have side airbags, ABS Brakes, Traction Control and the SLE models have every creature comfort you can imagine.

We ended up with all silver really becasue we like the Dark Pewter interior color and that is mainly in the silver cars.

The trio has recently been broken up though as my oldest son moved out to Los Angeles, CA. So now only 2 of them are in our driveway. We drove his out to California. 2, 044 miles. It used only 73 galons of Gas to make that trip and we drove most of it at 79mph. The seats were amazingly comfortable and the handling in the Mountains was great.

These really are the last of the true Wide Track Pontiac's. Everything after the Bonneville was a much narrower car.

 

Specs for “Cherry Bomb”

6.0 Liter V-8
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
4-wheel Independant Suspension
4-wheel Disc Brakes

I'll get back to you with Horsepower and Torque numbers. I don't have any times yet, since I'm not going to beat on my new car that's not even fully broken in yet!

Specs for “Daily Drivers”

- 3.8 liters V 6 front engine with 96.5 mm bore, 86.4 mm stroke, 9.4 compression ratio, overhead valve and two valves per cylinder L36
- Multi-point injection fuel system
- 18.5 gallon main unleaded fuel tank
- Power: 205 HP SAE @ 5,200 rpm; 225 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm
- Four-wheel ABS
- Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
- Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,590
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 29 and EPA city (mpg): 20
- 0 to 60 @ 8.3sec
- 1/4 mile @ 17.4sec 85.9mph

 

Factory Options for “Cherry Bomb”

Plenty, but it's all standard on the GT! All the usual stuff- Power steering/brakes/ seats/windows/locks/mirrors, Remote Start, OnStar, Blaupunkt AM/FM/XM/6-Disc CD Player, P245/45R18 Tires

Factory Options for “Daily Drivers”

You name it, it has it.

3.8L Multi-Port Fuel Injection Engine
4spd automatic Transmission
Heated Leather Seats
Power Reclining Seats
PW, PL, Remote Trunk Release
Cruise Control
Remote Keyless Entry
Steering Wheel Controls for Radio
Drivers Information Center (DIC)
Auto Load Leveling System
Power Moon Roof
Full instrumentation
AM-FM CD Player
ABS Brakes
Body kit with Rear Spoiler
Fog Lights
Chrome 17" directional Wheels
P235/55R17 -Tires
Digital Climate Control
On-Star System

 

Mods for “Cherry Bomb”

Hey, I just got the car! Only thing I've done is pull the dealer's sticker off the trunk!

Mods for “Daily Drivers”

None - Factory Stock Cars

 

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