The Pontiac division of General Motors had long served a function similar to Ford's Mercury or sister division Oldsmobile: take consumers ready for a move upmarket (from, in this instance, Chevrolet) and keep them within the GM fold. And for 90+ years the Pontiac division did just that. Although some decades could be described as forgettable, once Pontiac discovered the 'Wide Track' in the late '50s it was Katy-bar-the-door. The GTO became both a motoring and marketing icon, while the Firebird Trans-Am co-starred with actor Burt Reynolds in a smokin' hot film series. There were, of course, more recent successes, but not enough to keep GM from closing the doors as part of their 2009 restructuring.

The older Pontiacs, if not absolute classics, certainly qualify for special interest, while newer coupes and sedans (notably the GTO revival and Australian-built G5) are enjoying a revival of interest, dampened only by the few sold as new cars. The good news continues with the availability of service; despite Pontiac's orphaned status, continued service - along with the necessary parts - are readily available.


2010 Pontiac G3
2010 Pontiac G3
MSRP:
$14,275
Engine:
1.6L I-4
MPG:
27 City / 34 HWY
2010 Pontiac G6
2010 Pontiac G6
MSRP:
$21,275
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
2010 Pontiac Vibe
2010 Pontiac Vibe
MSRP:
$16,100
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
26 City / 32 HWY
2009 Pontiac G3
2009 Pontiac G3
MSRP:
$14,335
Engine:
1.6L I-4
MPG:
27 City / 34 HWY
2009 Pontiac G5
2009 Pontiac G5
MSRP:
$16,980
Engine:
2.2L I-4
MPG:
25 City / 37 HWY
2009 Pontiac G6
2009 Pontiac G6
MSRP:
$20,490
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
Gordon Murray, F1-driven production and .. the Pontiac Fiero

While the Fiero doesn’t have the McLaren F1 pedigree, it does share something with the supercar's designer.

Hulki Aldikacti and his team on the Pontiac Fiero created what might have been an engineering approach well ahead of its time.
Junkyard Gem: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition

A supercharged NASCAR homage, now scrapped.

It has a supercharger, hood scoops, and Daytona 500 badging everywhere, but this 130,000-mile Pontiac now resides in a San Francisco Bay Area car graveyard.
8 Best Burt Reynolds Movie Cars (that aren't in Smokey and the Bandit)

Contrary to popular belief, Burt Reynolds did not drive black and gold Firebirds in all of his films.

Eight of the greatest cars Burt Reynolds has driven in movies that aren't the iconic Smokey and the Bandit.

For Sale

2010 Pontiac G6
$6,499 / 110,811 miles / CA
2006 Pontiac GTO
$20,299 / 27,980 miles / CA
2006 Pontiac GTO
$20,811 / 64,621 miles / CA
Even Ferrari swept up in latest Takata recall expansion

Eight manufacturers recall 12 million more affected vehicles.

About 4.5 million of the affected vehicles are Hondas.
GM expands headlight recall to 180k Buicks and Pontiacs

GM is expanding a headlight module recall from 2014 to include 180,504 North American examples of the 2005 Buick LaCrosse and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. If the part fails, the vehicles' low-beam lights no longer work.
GM replacing passenger airbags in over 243,000 Pontiac Vibes

Over 243,000 additional examples of the 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibes are in need of passenger-side airbag replacements in connection with the Takata recalls.