Sunday, September 16, 2018

Holden My Breath: 2004 Pontiac GTO

Yeah, its beat up.  Sure, it's torn up on the inside.  Yeek, that odo reading is high.  And, of course it has the dreaded slushbox auto...but....dang, you can't beat an LS1 V8 in a sweet pony body that isn't a Camero and this is a lot of car for the money.  Find this 2004 Pontiac GTO offered for $4,000 near Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
2004 pontiac gto 
cylinders: 8 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 197000 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
2004 Pontiac GTO with 5.7 V8 automatic with 197,XXX miles. Car runs and drives solid. Drives straight and is lowered looks like 2". Tires still have some good tread.

Clean title and in hand

Car has some minor interior issues. 
*Car needs a new heater core
*Driver seat torn
*Some stitching coming undone on back seat
*Have to lock driver door manually
*Stereo missing volume knob 
*Steering wheel leather worn and missing some radio knobs.
* Trunk electric motor not working have to open from inside cab

These are all the issues I know of. Car isn't perfect but drivetrain is solid. Just put a new drive line the old carrier bearing went bad had to put a new one.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I won't refuse any reasonable offer but please don't offer me a low offer I won't take it. Thanks.


See a better getaway car?


  1. That would be C A M A R O, write it out 100 times so you will remember for any future articles.

    1. Nothing gets by you, does it...or does it?

    2. Remember in grade school when you had to read out loud in class and if you hesitated at all there was always that kid that would correct you? I was always horrible at reading out loud.

      Quick question my friends -
      should I get a 996 3.6 manual
      IMS DONE!
      2000 BMW M5?
      She's a brute clark

      I think the M5 would have better future value however the 996 might be more fun to drive.
      It will be a secondary car with some track use. I don't really need the extra space of the e39.
      I'm not sure if there is a bad choice.

    3. They both look like an enormous amount of car for the money, and I doubt you could go wrong with either one, but I'd have to go with the 911 in spite of the (slightly) higher insurance and repair costs. P-cars will always be a special driving experience, even if you're just trundling along in traffic.

    4. The e39 m5 has always been my dream car however I am leaning towards the 996. It has the x51 package, it is faster, and world work better as an auto x car.
      I think the M5 will be worth more in the future and is also just an awesome car. This being said I think the 996 would be more fun to toss around.

    5. @OP: thats the joke.
      @Sean Scott E39 M5 all the way. They don't make cars like that anymore. Raw, brutal yet refined if you keep your foot out of it. Analog but with just enough tech to save your butt if you let it. Gorgeous. Also, quickly appreciating and room for 4 + a weekend's worth of gear.
      While the 996 is decent in it's own right (you can't see the fugly headlights while you're driving, I suppose), you can walk into a showroom this afternoon and buy a car that'll give you the same experience. The same can't be said about the E39 M5.

      I recommend the M5 despite the fact that I'm saving my lunch money for a 991. Thats how good it is.

    6. Sean -- Ohhhh...those are two fantastic choices...but I guess it depends if you are into straight line or curve performance. The M5 is a great big modern muscle car, the 911 is a sports car. If you want something that combines both traits, wait a few years and then get a newer V8 M3 from the 2010s.


    7. +1 for the M5. I just picked up an 03. It surprised me how fun they are to drive, and it is fairly practical. MPG sucks however...

    8. M5. Its the ultimate practical street car you can pickup in-laws from the airport in. Put square fitment wheels on it with PSS 275s all around and it makes a fantastic track day car as well.

      I know from experience duuude.....

    9. I know this a petty reason but the 996 is a "prick" car (not to me but the public) and the M5 is just an old sedan (again, to the general public)
      If the M5 has been my dream car I should get it. Plus it makes one the the best car sounds ever.
      I can always wait until I am an old dude to look really pricky in a 911 ; )

    10. Hate to break it to you, but BMWs are about equally "pricky". Nobody really likes a 2000 and newer BMW driver as they tend to be the biggest a-holes on the road. But you gotta do you if it's your dream car, just be prepared for the stigma. And that BMW is arguably the last attractive BMW design produced. Everything since has been quite uggo.

      Though I must at least give credit to BMW for trying to evolve their design as opposed to Porsche who seems to start every new generation with a fresh piece of tracing paper on top of the previous generation's blueprint. Every Porsche from the last 20 years looks the same. They've painted themselves into a corner with tradition.

      Know why the Porsche emblem has a gimpy-looking horse in the middle of it? It's because the Porsche designers have been beating that poor horse to death for nearly 50 years.

      BMW owners at top of UK survey of most inconsiderate drivers

    11. It is interesting that the Nurburing times only differ by 11 seconds. I am still pretty undecided.

      Maybe I should split the difference and get a E46 M3.

  2. ...pronounced, 'camero' in them thar places it is.

  3. I always laugh when I see people selling their Camaro spell it incorrectly. Alongside the new breaks and tyres

  4. I was willing to ignore the other problems, but the missing stereo knob...


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