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2010 Pontiac G8 Manual

Discussion in 'VE - WM' started by Major Herbie, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. Major Herbie

    Major Herbie New Member

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    Picked up my new car today. :yahoo:
    I finally joined the 6.0L club with this Wildfire G8

    Its a 6 Speed manual.


    Plan on taking off the Holden badges and fixing it up with Pontiac badges.


    Mods so far
    -Amp and Sub (Alpine Type R)
    -Speakers replaced with an amp to run them
    -Dynamat EVERYWHERE
    -K&N Filter
    -VCM OTR Intake



    Mods to come
    -Extractors
    -HiFlow Cats
    -Heated seats
    -G8 Dash Cluster
    -Cams
    -Tune



    I will add more photos to the thread as I do more to the car
     

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    Looks amazing man! Really mint pickup!

    I love that colour...Black rims would set it off!

    2 Ve's? Lucky man!
     
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    Very nice, liking the colour.
    Didn't take you long to have it in bits, did it?
     
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    Herbie, I'll be honest, you seem to have been to-ing and fro-ing about what car to get for a few weeks and I was wondering if it would happen at all. But you finally bit the bullet and I think you made the right decision! :spot on:
    That is a beautiful colour, and the sub installation is awesome. Whoever did that is a damn genius.
    After owing my Voodoo blue G8 ute for a couple of months, I'm really getting sick of those orange reflectors on the bumper and considering painting them, but on yours those front bumper reflectors really blend in with the colour nicely.

    Only thing, I could have sworn the SSV spec. edition G8's were only 2009? Did someone just pay for the upgrade kit with this one?

    Either way, who cares. If I hadn't been set on getting a ute, I totally would have outbid you for this sedan. ;)
     
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    The special colours like Wildfire were made in 2010, February to be exact. I have the build print out and the option codes from the original owner.
    Turns out I got the last one made, makes me rather happy. :spot on:

    The colour on the carsales picture looks a bit ehh but once I saw it in person I just couldn't buy any other car.

    The sound system was done by ProLink Solutions in the city, they have been absolutely amazing. Took three or so days to make a custom fibreglass box, install all the speakers, amps, sub, tweeters and dynamat the entire car.
    They had 2 guys working on my car the whole day everyday.
    A+++ on quality and customer service.

    Only problem was I got a faulty sub(not their fault) so I have to drive a few hundred kilometres to them to get the replacement sub.
     
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    I'm not trying to sh** on your parade, and I will admit I knew nothing about Holden's before I bought mine recently, but aren't the Holden SSV G8's meant to come with the Pontiac rear diffuser as well? Or is it just the front end?
    I've got a ute, so obviously the rear was straight up Holden parts. But either way I only wanted the G8 front end. I love the SS front, but it seems like every 10th car is a VE SS these days, so I wanted something different.
    Oh, btw, you should put HID's in those reflector headlights. They look amazing on my ute, I've never been flashed by oncoming traffic for having bright headlights, and I've never once used the high beams yet. They are awesome.
    edit: now I'm confused because I see some G8's with solid plastic diffusers, and some with the mesh like yours. I am admitting I know nothing of commodores. (apart from loving my own one :driving:)
     
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    Nah, the rear was Holden standard not the G8 diffuser. Have to jump online and buy one, the G8 ones are amazing, my partner wants one on her SV6

    I was looking at them on Fleabay but have no idea how I'd go about explaining it to the police. ;)
    Living in a country area they don't have much to do so they're always on the watch for things to defect.


    I think that's just people who have bought the diffuser from JHP to make it look better.



    Edit: Honestly, Holden just wanted to give the cool looking front bar to Australian customers.
    They sold out, not that long after Pontiac died so Holden needed to get back some of the money so they sold the front to people for $1,000 as an extra.

    The option codes and letter from the Holden dealer say that it's legit and unless they're lying it's the last one but I doubt they'd lie about that.
    Just think; a dealer that managed to get one ordered and then told by Holden "No more, that's the last one" would want to make sure they advertise that to the guy that bought it. (He said he was on the waiting list for months for the Wildfire WITH a sunroof, they made a big deal when they got it in for that reason)
     
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    Real nice...!

    I wish you had the Red and Black seats like I have on my GT.

    In the US the plain G8 is the V6
    The 6.0 was only Automatic. Some came with Sunroof, others with Red/Black seats, some with 19in or 18in wheels.
    The GXP has the Corvette engine (6.2L LS3) and had a choice of Auto or Manual. Also had different rear gearing, different rims, Brembo brakes, suspesion and of course GXP logos and crap of that nature.

    The other was the SLP modified and called the Firehawk that was a modified GT.
    I believe they were some GXPs as well.

    One of the most annoying things in the Auto transmission is the Shifter.

    Who in their stupid mind decided to change the Manual Mode from Pulling + and Push - (Holden version) to Pulling - and Push + (on Pontiac version) :bang:

    Is so counter intuitive.

    Bough the Aussie Shifter and is in my garage waiting to be installed. Pitched the idea few years back in the G8 Board forum and some members already done it.
    They report that is way better than the US version and works wonders as I was suspecting :)
     
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    I'm glad you love them as much as we do over here. :) I'm looking for a Pontiac airbag cover for the steering wheel and also the front of the head unit as they're better looking over there.

    This is a G8 GT but manual. I've had it for a day and already put in a K&N air filter until I get the OTR intake.

    I'm loving it, only done I think it'll be close 20,000 miles. Not too sure how many km are in a mile but it's done 35,000kms.
     
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    Grennan Slayer of Stupid Threads

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    They started rolling the G8s out here in MY09/MY9.5.

    After Pontiac went bust, they rolled them out into MY10 as well.

    They didnt have the rear diffuser. But, costs 90 bucks from Holmart.It was just the front bar and the bonnet that they adapted.

    Really wish they went the whole hog.
     
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    Agreed.

    It's only an extra $100 when you think about the thousands spent it's not that much but it should've been standard.
     
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    And? You keep the standard globes, change them back to get passed for a RWC and then revert to HID. I've changed wheels, removed & then re-applied tint and switched back to stock exhausts(all temporarily) to get passed after a defect. Consider it a necessary cost of owning an awesome car. ;) (the fine that is)
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    You know you want to..... :poke:
    Btw: the HID headlights aren't really very blinding for oncoming traffic because they are so focused. Foglights or highbeams are probably annoying as F for others though.
     
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    I'd do that but after the second defect they'd send me over the pits and it's a 600km round trip to the pits.




    I know I want to, it's so pretty but the girlfriend will get pissed if I keep coming home with a defected car.
     
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    Just to clarify. It's NOT a Pontiac G8. It's a Holden SSV Special Edition using obsolete Pontiac parts.

    The ONLY reason Holden released such an ugly beast in Australia is because they were stuck with shed loads of ready made Pontiac parts after the export program for Pontiac was canned when Pontiac went bust. So they slapped them onto local cars and called them "special editions" hoping there'd be plenty of people that'd fall for it. And there were.
     
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    Lol. We all know this but nothing wrong with calling it a G8.

    My insurance company has told me it's worth a bit of cash being that it's a special edition given that there's not a heap of the "special editions" compared to the $1,000 option pack people get to add to the car once Pontiac went bust.
     
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    Had a wash, looking all nice now.

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    For me I like the bonnet and bottom wide grill.
    Nice ride.
     
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    Thanks man.

    The bottom grill really goes well with the gold. :-D
     
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    Got my badges!

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    Looks good!
     

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