Yesterday, lamenting its death, we extolled the virtues of Pontiac’s ten best vehicles. Today we face reality — Pontiac’s been building terrible cars for years. These seven stinkers drove the nails into the coffin. For every GTO or G8 GXP, there were half a dozen Pontiac Phoenix or ’88 Pontiac LeMans to make you want to throw up in your mouth. As much as we loved the idea of the Pontiac brand, it just hasn’t delivered for too long. Here are the seven cars from recent history which poisoned the well at Pontiac, forcing it to the grave. 7) 2005-2009 Pontiac G6 The Pontiac G6 was leaps and bounds ahead of the Grand Am it replaced, but all that shows is just how far behind Pontiac was in the mid-size segment. It’s headline feature — the trick-sliding sky-view sunroof was pretty neat, but way too expensive and it made the car something of a one-trick pony. In base, four-cylinder form, it clogs the lots of airport rental companies and never really had the stuff to go head-to-head with competitors. And don’t even get us started on the interior. 6) 2000-2005 Pontiac Bonneville The ninth generation Pontiac Bonneville debuted to universal shoulder shrugs, it did little to justify its higher price over the better packaged Grand Prix, which it borrowed too much styling from. A series of refreshes made the car sportier but it never really caught on with buyers. Funny how indifferent styling, high price and strong competition will do… [Read full story]
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