Re: After all the dust has settled - "Whats the GT really like?"
Ok TONYK, I own both, a GT and a VY clubbi, so I can give an unbiased opinion. Looks and reaction value the GT wins hands down. Even tonight, I went to our local supermarket, and when I came out, the usual 10 bods looking at it. But looks and people hasseling you is only a small part of it.
You probably will not get either of these cars second hand as yet, ive not seen or heard of any as yet, and believe me I do look all the time.
So if you have to buy new, Clubbie you could probably get a series 1 for around 55 to 56k on the road as the series 2s are around 65k on the road. R8s are usualy 10k dearer but only have diff seats, two dash gauges and better brakes. Personaly I looked at but could not justify 10k extra.
GTs are around 70k base model on the road, leather is a 2.5k option(probably worth it) and stripes (must have, as it looks like XR otherwise) at $500, but remember you pay 25% luxury car tax on these items. An XR will always be an XR, and will depreciate alot quicker than a GT. If you only want to spend around 50k, I suggest you see if you can get a series 1 Clubbie as value for money, XR8 does not even compare.
At 70k my GT only has std radio and no climate control as the Clubbie has an awesome computer, climate control and a rearly good 6 stack cd player all standard. You now have to go to the GTP to get all the features that are std in the Holden, now you are looking at 80k+ on the road.
Another aspect to seriously look at is insurance and finance. Mine are cheap to insure as I live in a good area and im over 30 and a rating 1 with no history. GT 1003k and Clubbie 1032k. Finance, what you have to look at is how much can you afford. Mine are structured as GT put 15k in borrow 56k with 20k interest, repayments of neary 1 k per month and balloon paymnt of 22k. Clubbie put 20k in borrow 36k repayments of just over $500 per month and a balloon of 17k. So the bigger deposit you the easier it is. I have also got 3 properties, so getting that money to buy these cars is easy.
Driving, both cars are similar, the GT is heavier to handle and on fuel. The GT is smoother on the road, just depends what you want to do with it. The GT is quicker than a series 1 Clubbie (only just), series 2 Clubbie should be quicker than a GT as it has now got 285 kw upgrade.
In a nut shell, both have pros and cons, GT for looks and power, Clubbie for nice driver and way better value for money. I do have quiet a few problems with the GT and have only had 1 problem with the Clubbie, you get good ones and bad ones in both, luck of the draw. Good luck as what you decide, hope I could shed some light on you deliema. Cheers GT 522
Last edited by Adventra; 01-04-04 at 03:52 AM.