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Old 12-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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so i have a family now (wife, twin boys) and my zo6 aint cutting it anymore. im considering getting a G8 GT. would like to get a GXP but a little pricey and people have told me just to get the GT instead.

so are you guys happy with them? how does the GXP perform vs the GT? what should i look for? are certain years better than others? do the GT's come in manual? thanks!
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I love my G8 GT and I'm guessing the GXP doesn't get the ga milage the gt does! Mine gets 27 on the highway an about 21-22 in town! Put headers and tune it and outrun GXP probably. My mods are in my sig, it pleases me with what little I have done to it. Good luck!
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I cannot give a lot of info because I just bought mine about two months ago. I went from a 06 GP GXP (incredible vehicle) to a 08 G8 GT (great vehicle). Will be taking my first road trip with it this weekend so I will chime in with my review.
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I think once you get a G8, you'll fall in love with it.

I had a 05' GTO and when we had our baby girl, we needed a back seat w/room for a carseat.. POOF.. the G8 came to the rescue and I love it!

Go get a G8 GT or GXP and slap some mods on, its like a 4-door Vette... :-)

Can only get a manual on the GXP, GT's are 6spd Autos 6L80E Trans with the manumatic "+" & "-" gear selector...so its quasi stick, but not really.
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I cannot give a lot of info because I just bought mine about two months ago. I went from a 06 GP GXP (incredible vehicle) to a 08 G8 GT (great vehicle). Will be taking my first road trip with it this weekend so I will chime in with my review.
yea man, please do. id love to hear what you think
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I cannot give a lot of info because I just bought mine about two months ago. I went from a 06 GP GXP (incredible vehicle) to a 08 G8 GT (great vehicle). Will be taking my first road trip with it this weekend so I will chime in with my review.


Just me but, I think those are backwards. Yes I miss my 08 GP GXP, exp the HUD and NAV but my 09 G8 is so much better. We don't have to worry about tranny issues in these cars like the GP's, greater aftermarket, and just better looking IMHO
And to the OP's ? no the GT's are all auto's only.
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what are some price ranges for these vehicles too, im in the market.. ive seen some GT sales privately for for under 20, some dealers want 21-22 out the door and others want 25-26..
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Can only get a manual on the GXP, GT's are 6spd Autos 6L80E Trans with the manumatic "+" & "-" gear selector...so its quasi stick, but not really.
If you're saying that GXPs only come in manual transmission, you're wrong. Manual transmission was an option on the GXPs. There are actually more automatic GXPs than manual.

Bang for the buck, the GT is probably a better buy. That said, if you can afford the extra $$ get a GXP, you won't be disappointed. Sure, you can easily mod a GT to beat a GXP, but a GXP is a GXP. The LS3 platform is the way to go.

I'm not bashing the GT...it's an awesome car, but the GXP is more awesomer!

I'm a little bias, I'm a GXP owner.

Seriously though, ask around, GXP owners will tell you the same thing. There are plenty of guys who went from GT to GXP and swear by it.

There isn't too much info here on tech about the G8. Find the G8 sites and there is a wealth of knowledge. There is a GRRRR8 site that has GRRRR8 info...check it out.
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Our GXP is a M6 model and has gotten 22-24 mpg highway depending on speed, terrain, and traffic. It regularly gets 18-19 mpg mixed driving around town. I don't drive with a light foot either.
We drove both the GT and GXP when we were looking. I prefer the GXP for better handling, better gear ratio, better brakes, a stronger engine, and the styling differences makes for a better looking car IMO. I'm also not a fan of DOD. Just another thing to go wrong IMO, but I'm also older and remember GM's attempts at this technology when I was younger. I'd test drive both if you can and see which you prefer. Nothing wrong with either. One just comes with more.

Some general notes. The G8 rear seat area is more spacious with more leg and foot room than my V. It is very comfortable to travel in and daily drive. Some of the feature controls are in odd locations, but you get used to it. The thing I dislike about the G8 are the seat ajustment *****. If they weren't going to offer the seats in full power, why they couldn't use levers like a 4th gen f-body to tilt the back of the front seats instead of having to twist a hard to reach **** is beyond me. I also think the GXP should have been powered by the LSA instead of the LS3.
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Our GXP is a M6 model and has gotten 22-24 mpg highway depending on speed, terrain, and traffic. It regularly gets 18-19 mpg mixed driving around town. I don't drive with a light foot either.
We drove both the GT and GXP when we were looking. I prefer the GXP for better handling, better gear ratio, better brakes, a stronger engine, and the styling differences makes for a better looking car IMO. I'm also not a fan of DOD. Just another thing to go wrong IMO, but I'm also older and remember GM's attempts at this technology when I was younger. I'd test drive both if you can and see which you prefer. Nothing wrong with either. One just comes with more.

Some general notes. The G8 rear seat area is more spacious with more leg and foot room than my V. It is very comfortable to travel in and daily drive. Some of the feature controls are in odd locations, but you get used to it. The thing I dislike about the G8 are the seat ajustment *****. If they weren't going to offer the seats in full power, why they couldn't use levers like a 4th gen f-body to tilt the back of the front seats instead of having to twist a hard to reach **** is beyond me. I also think the GXP should have been powered by the LSA instead of the LS3.
i agree, that would be awesome. how rare are the gxp's? because i can hardly find any. none on carmax, craigslist, or autotrader. i guess people like em so much they are not getting rid of them
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i agree, that would be awesome. how rare are the gxp's? because i can hardly find any. none on carmax, craigslist, or autotrader. i guess people like em so much they are not getting rid of them
They only made 1829 GXPs total. They are fairly rare. Most people who get rid of their GXPs move into cars like CTS-Vs and such.
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I love my 09 G8 GT...I miss driving it its sleeping until spring.
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They only made 1829 GXPs total. They are fairly rare.
This may be your deciding factor.
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what did everyone buy their G8 GT's for? with how many miles.
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Got our 09 GT with 20,000 miles for 26k last month
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i may sell my g8...
08 IOM
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would let it for for $32,000

makes a lil under 600 to the tires..probably more hell i dont know lol

and still gets 25-28mpg

car is quiet and one hell of a sleeper...guy on the side of you can even hear the turbos when your busting his *** lol
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what did everyone buy their G8 GT's for? with how many miles.
bought mine used last year for $27,000 with 26,100KM's.
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i may sell my g8...
08 IOM
40k miles
aps twin turbo kit
magnaflow exhaust
century built 6l80
yank 3200
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lol

would let it for for $32,000

makes a lil under 600 to the tires..probably more hell i dont know lol

and still gets 25-28mpg

car is quiet and one hell of a sleeper...guy on the side of you can even hear the turbos when your busting his *** lol
lol 32k for someone else's project, no thanks. ill take a GXP for that price.
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love mine. i have taken many road trips in the g8 and enjoyed every minute of it.
start modding the car and u will fall more in love.
also got mine for 24,500 with 27000 miles
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Bought mine from my brother with little under 70k for little under 20! And I love it more every time I drive it!!
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