I'll admit to liking those quite a bit, despite the fact that when they first came out I was as disappointed as John is. Since then I've ridden in one and seen how surprisingly afforable they are for what you get. Down here, you can get a 2005 with the 400 hp LS2 and lots of goodies for under $20,000 as listed, before haggling.
I would seriously consider getting one of these for Liz (lol), and then have the Bonne for some more serious modding. It'* just about time, since the White horse has over 170K on it now.
The negative collective opinion of this series GTO will work in the favor of power enthusiasts in the short term, in terms of reduced second-hand pricing. Eventually, despite and maybe because of Pontiac'* decision to stop producing them, they will regain that lost value, IMO.
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s