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My other other Australian car

Old 07-30-2017, 07:25 AM
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My other other Australian car

I have had the Maxima for nearly 10 years now. In that time it has seen many other cars come and go along side it. Last August I bought a 2006 Pontiac GTO because I missed having a loud, fast muscle car.




Yesterday I decided I needed something that combines the functionality of the Maxima's four doors and the power of the GTO's V8. Enter the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. 6.2 liter engine paired with a 6 speed manual and 3.70 rear end. It moves.





Now I have three black stick shifts. The Maxima and the GTO both consistently get 23 mpg. It's a little amusing that I spend the same amount for gas in both cars despite the huge power difference. The G8 GXP is rated at 20 mpg highway, so I suppose I'm realistically looking somewhere in the teens. I still want to get an '02.5 - 03 Maxima with the 3.5 and a six speed. That would actually be a reasonable commuter car.

In case anyone is wondering about the "Australian" bit...
The Pontiac GTO is a rebadged (and slightly modified) Holden Monaro
The Pontiac G8 is a rebadged Holden VE Commodore
both from GM's Australian subsidiary
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