Almost bought a GXP this weekend
I have been looking at Bonnevilles for 2 years and now I'm serious about buying one. The ones I have been looking at were 2000-3s. I happened to see a GXP advertised on a Saturday morning car show. It was near where I was going to be so I stopped in for look. It was impressive. I loved the interior and the sound was awsome. The test drive was nice. It rode comfortable and was quiet. It was much more than the prices of the older models so I was hedging on it. Finally I put a $500 deposit on it and told them I had to check my finances. So when I got home I went straight to GXP part of the forum. I never read much in that section. I immediately got a sick feeling on the car. Even though I loved the look, the issues presented here got me worried. Then I called my friend that'* a GM mechanic for a Chevy/Callilac dealer. After talking to him I made my mind up that the GXP was not for me. He told me of head bolts pulling out of the N* anywhere from 200 miles to 200k, oil burning from loose oil rings, coolant eating head gaskets, etc. NOT what I wanted to hear. I hear nothing but good about the 3800. It'* a damn shame they went with the N* and not the 260 hp 3800. When I drove the GXP I noticed right away that at low speeds it didn't have the grunt the sc 3800 did. Maybe at high speed it would pull away but I don't drive 130mph. Around town and short bursts on the highway is my driving. I hope I'm not stepping the toes of GXP owners but I thought people might feel the same way I do. Too big of an investment for me to be worried about major engine issues on a daily driver. If I want car issues I'll get my Turbo T to run 10s!