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Another shot of a trailer attached to ths Midnight Blue 2005 GTO. I have seen these trailers before. This is a "Little Guy" trailer with the "Laser" style stripe option. There is room for a bed. They have a galley that opens from the rear. Above the bed, there are two cabinets with room to mount a TV in the center.
Close-up of the trailer connection. There is more info on these cool little teardrop trailers at http://www.teardroptrailersexpress.com . They have all kinds of options for the trailers including custom graphics and (if you dare) a beer tap!
Site visitor, David, spotted a whole line of 2005 GTOs at the Andy Klein Pontiac dealership in Overland Park, Kansas. The first on (on the left) is a Cyclone Gray one which is a new color for 2005. The next one is a Quicksliver 2005 GTO with the autocross sport appearance package. Next, is a Torrid Red with the autocross package. Notice that not only the grilles are different but the lower front air intake area is different too. Then we have another Quicksliver, Torrid Red, Phantom Black, Impulse Blue, Cyclone Gray, and Phantom Black GTO. That's nine cars!
Impulse Blue 2005 GTO owned by Bob from Waterford, Michigan. Bob comments, "I've been wanting a GTO since my high school days (1968) and after all these years I got it!"
Impulse Blue 2005 GTO, right front view.
Impulse Blue 2005 GTO, rear end view.
Impulse Blue 2005 GTO, interior view. Bob selected the blue leather interior and manual transmission. The gauges are blue.
Impulse Blue 2005 GTO, engine view. That is a 400hp LS2 engine!
Phantom Black 2005 GTO owned by Tom Duffy from Illinois. He picked it up in March, 2005. His second choice for paint was the Midnight Blue. He selected the red leather interior and 6-speed manual transmission. I asked Tom some questions about his ride. Here's what he had to say:
Sean: I'd be interested to hear what you think of your new ride.
Tom: I love my new ride. It handles great, has unbelievable power, and is comfortable to drive daily, and all that for $30,000. Oh yeah, and it really does get 25mpg on the highway. I'm saving at the pump compared to my truck.
Sean: Have you dragged it yet?
Tom: I've not been to the track yet but I did a "stop light race" in the rain with a WRX (all-wheel-drive w/ turbo four-banger). He took me off the line, but as soon as traction wasn't an issue I was able to catch up with no problem. The car has awesome power after 4000 rpm and seems to peak around 5000-5500 rpm. I have a friend with a Mustang GT. He's next. I'll let you all know our track results this summer. I'm looking forward to going to the GTOAA this summer.
Sean: Are you going to show it or stow it?
Tom: Neither, I'm just going to drive it until the wheels fall off. If I still want one in 30 years, I'll pay lots of money to buy one from someone who stowed his.
Sean: Will you be customizing it?
Tom: I've never been much for changing the appearance of any vehicle unless it's for functional reasons. It's not that I don't like the changes that other people make; I would just rather put the money into performance. I would like to add a super-charger and exhaust (if needed). I haven't looked into it too much yet. I've heard of a twin-turbo available for it as well. But I'll probably go with the super for financial reasons. I might upgrade the suspension and handing components and get it to act more and more like a Vette. I think the car would also score some cool points if the scoops were functional. If they come out with an after market system for that (or maybe they already have), I might get it just have to get it.
Sean: Did you do any Evel-Knievel-ing over any gorges?
Tom: Do insurance companies cover gorge-jumping?
Sean: Is the car a chick magnet????
Tom: I think it is, but my gear-head friends won't stay out of it long enough for any girls to get in.
Phantom Black 2005 GTO, right front view. These pictures were taken by Jeff Klein who helps out with this site. I asked Tom some more questions about his ride. Here's what he had to say:
Sean: You are obviously enjoying the car. What do you have to say to the "new GTO" haters out there?
Tom: "New GTO" haters? Does that mean Mustang owners? The only people that have had anything negative to say about my car have been Mustang owners. Now why would someone go out of his way to say something negative about someone's new car? Either they really don't like me or they feel threatened or challenged. I feel it is the latter of the two and I'll take it as a compliment.
Sean: Did you follow the manufacturer's recommendation for a speed-limited break-in period, or did you just mash it and go?
Tom: I'm a very impulsive person. For me to have babied the motor for that long may quite possibly have killed me. So, no, I didn't wait. I did change the oil at 1000 miles and I let it warm up before I put the hammer down. Also, there are believers of a different type of break-in method. Check out this link:
I don't know if it means a whole lot, but it's enough to make me think that there isn't much meaning to a break-in. Especially on modern engines that are as safely tuned as mine. It has a rev limiter for a reason and it's capable of more than the manufacturer lets you have from the factory. How much more can you get out of the LS2 without even adding parts? Just a reprogram and you can have a lot more hp.
Sean: Do you allow people to eat in the car?
Tom: Simply put... No!
Sean: Has anything broken yet?
Tom: No. Everything seems to be in order.
Sean: Could you demonstrate all the different ways of opening the trunk in photos? (you know, like being IN the trunk and pulling the cord, etc)
Tom: I'll describe them.
a. Remote button.
b. Button in glove box.
c. Rip cord behind back seat.
d. Rip cord in trunk (I hope I never have to use this one).
Sean: How will you respond if/when you pass another new GTO on the road? A wink, a nod, a wave, a honk, a rev, a swerve, what?
Tom: I guess next time it will be a wave or a rev. Maybe from a stop, do some showing off with a "see who can leave more money on two black strips on the road" gesture. Last time (the only time) I saw one was about two weeks ago on my way to work. It was another black one. I looked at him with a duh look and he just looked right back at me with the same look. I think we were both thinking the same thing... "That stupid @$^(*#&. You couldn't have bought a blue one?!"
Phantom Black 2005 GTO, left side view.
Phantom Black 2005 GTO, left rear view.
Here is a close-up of the metallic flakes in the paint of Tom's Phantom Black 2005 GTO. Tom says that they may have overdone it on the metallic flakes because it makes the car look dusty at certain light levels.
New for 2005 is the split dual exhaust. Dual exhaust was also standard on the 2004 GTO, but both pipes exited the rear together on the same side.
The brake calipers on the 2005 GTO are painted red. The ones on the front have the letters GTO painted on them.
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