• Jun 12, 2008
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We became HUGE fans of the 2008 Pontiac G8 after having one spend a week with us in the Autoblog Garage. We could find little about which to quibble, but one element of the G8 GT model we reviewed annoyed us the most. It was the giant pair of digital gauges atop the center stack that relay to the driver those oh-so-important stats of battery charge and oil pressure. Sure, that information might be handy at some point, but certainly doesn't deserve such a prime piece of dash real estate. Motor Trend's Edward Loh recently had lunch with GM's global rear-drive chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, who revealed that the gauges would be gone for 2009. Loh correctly followed up by asking with what GM's thinking about replacing them. Oppenheiser would like to see a three-pack of performance-oriented analog gauges take their place, but it could become just another storage compartment. Then again, the center console could be redesigned to accept a full navigation system, the absence of which many first time buyers and the media have been questioning. Regardless of what gets put there, it will be better than what's there now.


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Useless"?

      I'm sorry John, but ANY oil pressure gauge is better than none at all. It's in a bad location and I don't like the digital gauges either, but losing the oil pressure gauge for (potentially) a storage compartment is crappy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would be cool if the screens were programmable so you could select what it displays. Maybe with the choice of an oil pressure gauge, battery charge, acceleration (in g's), etc. Sort of like a less-expensive and more simple version of the GT-R's screen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      More importantly: Manual transmission available for 2009. That auto is frustrating.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Replacing digital display with analog: Good
      Replacing digital display with sunglass holder: LAME
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a good thing he repeated himself. I didn't quite get it the first time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a Nav screen and relocating the window switches off the center console and back on the doors where they belong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont see why they didnt just put the oil and volt readout with the main DIC anyway! Why put it in an area by itself? I'll tell you why, to satisfy most of the nitwits that drool all over this car and praise this car like a god, because, really, the digital gauges that the G8 has now is as close to analog gauges as pontiac is going to get! Vauxhall's G8 clone might have analog gauges. No one cares. We are not in europe. No one wants analog gauges in a bonneville and a GP replacement. Did you see analog gauges in those vehicles? NOOOOOOO!!!!

      I say move the whole DIC to the center like the DIC in the Grand Prix, and problem solved!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do the Nissan GT-R thing and integrate the oil pressure gauges into the nav system. Those who know their stuff can see it, and those who could care otherwise won't need to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just more Gee-Whiz crap (the Nav).

      I love gadgets, but have no use for Nav.

      It's unfortunate but Oil and volt gauges are going away in many vehicles to 1) save money and 2) because no one really knows what's good or bad.

      So, they rely on dummy lights, which are pointless because by the time your oil pressure is low enough to kick the light on, the damage is done. In many cars today that HAVE gauges, they aren't really gauges, just low/norm/high switches.

      I installed Autometer volt and oil gauges in my Dakota because Dodge did the same thing with elimintating these and it drove me nuts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more. I consider oil pressure and coolant temperature the absolute bare minimum auxiliary gauge requirement (along with a fuel gauge, of course).

        Turbocharged engines should have oil temperature and boost pressure at a minimum, in addition to the oil pressure and coolant temperature; transmission temperature on cars with automatics is always good and on modified cars or trucks used for towing I consider it a requirement. Volt and ammeter gauges aren't required but I'd rather have them than not (I'd much rather know that the voltage regulator on my alternator is failing by looking at a gauge than find out when smoke starts pouring out of my radio, for example...).

        You can never have too much information. The problem though, is exactly what you said; gauges cost money, and most people are ignorant of their meaning and don't care enough to learn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect they'll just pull the 3-gauge cluster from the Vauxhall VXR8. That would be much better than a storage tray.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Autoblog's commenting system needs an IQ test which must be passed reasonably before one is allowed to comment.

      What an idiot, and apparently he's never seen a Perodua or a Proton (which I've been inside on a few occasions, ugh)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What eb110 said was an excellent idea. Pontiac needs to put all the info that they want to show on that big screen, but make it that each bit of info displays with a press of a button, similiar to the screen in the Grand Prix. Thats how it should have been from the start.

      Trishield is right though. The middle screen that was shown in the GXP will most likely be the new screen look. It still looks better than now.

      BTW, all of you anti-cosmetic clowns sayin that the three pod style analog gauges should be where that screen is need to have your eyes peeled from your sockets. Harsh i no, but i care less what you guys think, or how vauxhall does their little G8 clone. True american sedans arent known for devices like that. You expect to see gadgets like that in a Mitsu 3000GT or a Nissan 350Z, but not a full size sedan, doesnt matter if it is sport oriented. So get that little dream out of your heads and quit poisoning autoblog with those silly opinions. If you like analog that bad and cant get over it, go aftermarket and shut up!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I say redesign the center dash, add in a GPS option, and toss the gauges out altogether. The lack of GPS is inexcusable for that car in that price bracket. Also, lack of HIDs is inexcusable as well -- hopefully they will both be options for 2009.

      That being said, I saw a reddish-orange G8 GT the other day here in Raleigh. Absolutely GORGEOUS car.
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