Author Topic: 4th gen vs. 05-06 GTO  (Read 122 times)


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4th gen vs. 05-06 GTO
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:07:29 PM »
One of the boys is looking for a fun rear wheel drive v8. I'm looking for opinions/comparisons between a 4th gen and 04-06 GTO. 04 GTO is equipped with the 350 which would be a better comparison but if I was to get a GTO I think 05-06 with 400 would be a better option.

What do you all think? I prefer a Firebird but the GTO's would be more of a collector's car/higher future value. 

Regards, Jack

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Re: 4th gen vs. 05-06 GTO
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2019, 07:35:49 PM »
I've built three wrecked GTOs in the 05-06 range, two 6 speeds and an auto with magnacharger.  Parted out a couple of 04s. They are a very soft car, doesn't take much to total one. Frame rails cut like butter with a dull sawzall blade. They were really designed for the v6 motor, the front suspension just doesn't keep up my opinion. They are a lot of fun to drive though, plenty of power.  I like the seats, whole interior really was decent.  My main complaints were the crap front suspension and the tip of the frame style doors always getting me in the ribs entering.  That and they weren't the prettiest cars...

One more thing, the old 05/06 cars are def thr better deal. The 6.0 makes better power, it has the upgraded 4l65e transmission, have thicker rear axles and stubs, better brakes, and a whole different electronic system thats a big improvement over the 04.  Plus the dual exhaust rear bumper, can't believe they ever made one with the single exhaust pipe, as if they weren't ugly enough already.
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Re: 4th gen vs. 05-06 GTO
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2019, 07:35:49 PM »
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