Yup, just got home from the Pontiac Dealer in Lakeland. The emotions that are going through me right now, i can't put into words.
I just drove a 2004 Red GTO....When i entered into the vehicle, I thought i was dreaming, I was waiting for the salesperson to pinch me... Great seats, dash layout, very comfortable. Start up the car and took a listen to the V8 growl. Put a on my face but i was trying to hide it as much as possible in front of the salesman.
I put the car in gear and off i go... I pull onto the road, and take it up to 4500rpms in 2nd, it pulled nicely. VERY smooth... How smooth? I felt like i was in the R32 for a second. But then, reality hit when changing gears. Then i knew, i was in a Pontiac. Believe it or not, my old WS6 shifted wayyyy smoother. But that was my *only* complaint. Besides that, the car was simply a absolute joy to drive.
The car felt very well planted to the road. The interior is what really blew me away though. I mean, you really have to go and sit in one of these cars to see what i am talking about. Pictures don't do this car justice, whether it be the exterior or the interior.
I have never really been a fan of the new GTO, to be honest. But then again, i never saw the car, up close and personal. Seeing, sitting, driving it, really changed my original thoughts on the car.
Now, most of you, are most likely wondering, why? Why go from a 04 R32 to a 04 GTO? Good question. Here is "part" of the answer...
I am currently paying $464 a month on a Drivers option through VW credit, for 48 months. At the end of the 48 months, i can give the car back or buy it out for, (I don't remember exactly) I think it's roughly $14,000.
I read about the huge rebates, that came out for the GTO today. That is what lead me to the dealership. I told myself, if i can lease this car for $240 a month for the next 36 months, that would be a huge score. Instead of paying $464 a month, on the R32, for the next 42 months. When it comes time to buy the GTO, the price would be $17,500. I would most likely, just give it back, and look into whatever it out then. If it was the R32, i most likely would of purchased it, who knows.
Either way, i am looking to save $225-$240 a month on car payments. I don't see any other new car out there *currently*, that will give me the GTO's bang for the buck.
I know what you are thinking. $240 isn't alot of money. Keep the R32, etc... Yea, for some people $240 a month isn't alot. It wouldn't of been alot for me when i was working with Gateway. But now, I wouldn't mind having the extra cash. Being a homeowner and married, there are more important things in my life. Yea, it would be nice to keep the R32, and i still might, if the deal doesn't go through. The wife also, wants to put more money towards the house, and thinks my car is sucking up the funds. No big deal though, i told her if things don't go well tomorrow, I'm keeping the R32 forever.
So what is the bottom line?
Limited Edition Red GTO - ( Limited Edition Pulse Red option W40 with silver guages and black interior. Only available on the last 800 units of production.)
M.S.R.P - $33,890
Gateway's price - $23,650!!!!
So far so good.
Now the only thing left is the R32. They don't know what the car is, and they don't know what it's worth. So i have to bring it in tomorrow, for them to have a look at it. I'll report back tomorrow and let you guys know what happened.
Modified by Gateway at 10:58 PM 12-10-2004