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About Pontiac GTO

Having been the first true muscle car, Pontiac GTO was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's brand Pontiac from 1964 to 1974 and an Australian automobile manufacturer General Motors Holden from 2004 to 2006. Originally introduced to replace the Pontiac Tempest and Pontiac Grand Prix coupe, GTO in its name derives from Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato, meaning Grand Tourer Homologated. Though GTO was selected as the Car of the Year by Motor Trend and won in the Winston Cup Series motorsports, the last GTO still came off the assembly line on June 14, 2006, after four generations.
The third-generation Pontiac GTO was produced in 1974 to avoid internal competition with Pontiac Grand Am and compete against the Plymouth Duster 360, Ford Maverick Grabber and AMC Hornet X in the muscle market. Built based on the X-body platform, GTO was just an option package of Ventura as either a coupe or a liftback. But it only got a 5.7 L V8 rated at 200 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and engine sent power through the 3-speed, 4-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmissions. The latest Pontiac GTO was actually a rebadged, third-generation Holden Monaro in the U.S. market. Based on the V-body platform, Pontiac GTO was powered by a 5.7 L V8 engine rated at 350 hp and 365 pound-feet of torque and a 6.0 L V8 cranking out 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. And power was sent through either 4-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Pontiac GTO Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Boasting comfortable for highway cruising, there was no denying the Pontiac GTO's status as a full-on muscle car. But with its sluggish reflexes, excessive body roll and weak brakes, you should pay more attention to these common problems on your GTO:
First, the most serious issue for Pontiac GTO is the engine failure because it generally indicates the vehicle is on the verge of breaking down. Luckily, if you could solve it when it starts to show some symptoms, you could successfully stop the worst result. According to some experienced GTO drivers, you could diagnose this issue easily with some symptoms. For example, at first, you could hear strange noises from the engine, and then the engine starts to run roughly so that it may be in rough running, misfire, backfire, stall or has problems in starting. Meanwhile, you may smell a burning oil odor and engine performance reduces to lose power while accelerating and poor fuel economy. And the cooling system failure would deteriorate the situation, thus, please make sure the GTO rod bearing, cooling hose, radiator hose, head gasket, crankshaft gear, timing cover gasket, timing chain, drive belt, timing cover and oil pan gasket are in good condition always.
Second, another big headache for Pontiac GTO is the suspension and transmission failures. Generally speaking, both issues could result in strange sounds from underneath the vehicle. Thus, drivers need to learn how to distinguish them. Some GTO drivers with mechanical knowledge told that suspension failure also causes vehicle tilting to one side, uneven tire wear, bouncing while driving and poor handling and the defective coil springs and sway bar link are often the culprits. As for transmission failure, it often is the reason of difficulty in shifting gears, and GTO shift linkage boot and transfer case need replacement.
In order to sustain your Pontiac GTO's overall excellent quality, you need to be aware of the significance of routine maintenance and do it in practice. Headlight, windshield wiper and wiper blade are used to offer excellent driving visibility under adverse weather conditions; emblem is the signal of the vehicle; electrical parts such as turn signal switch, wiper switch, mirror switch and back up light switch are electrical parts that used in frequent times. All of these parts deserve routine maintenance.
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