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Pontiac Sonic...

Postby Derf » Sun May 29, 2016 9:11 am

Driving in the Dayton OH area saw a Pontiac hatch, could not figure out what it was, to small to be Vibe, but it was clearly a hatchback with a Pontiac grill. As it passed, it clearly had Pontiac emblem on the back,... and in the corner the OEM badge, Sonic. Was in moving traffic, could not get a picture. The grill work was impressive. Even through the Sonic top grill angles in at the top, they had modified the front to angle out to be wider at the top. Wonder if they just retrofit a 2009-2010 Vibe fascia

This was the closest blue shade stock Sonic pic I could find. Just imagine a 2010 Vibe front end.
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby BustedVibe » Sun May 29, 2016 10:46 am

That looks pretty neat. I wonder if it has more space in the rear since its a 2-door
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby gtv237 » Sun May 29, 2016 12:46 pm

BustedVibe wrote:That looks pretty neat. I wonder if it has more space in the rear since its a 2-door


The sonic is actually a 4-door. The rear handles are up by the Windows like the old Grand Prixs.

Could it have been a G3?

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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby vibenvy » Sun May 29, 2016 2:54 pm

I'm sure it was a g3. The Pontiac version of the Aveo. They are very rare. I've always said they look like "baby Vibes"!
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby kumquat » Sun May 29, 2016 4:41 pm

Pontiac Wave. Canadian version of the Aveo. I see them periodically in upstate NY or Vermont, usually with Quebec plates.

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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby ColonelPanic » Sun May 29, 2016 7:23 pm

It does sound like a Wave/G3 but I have no idea why it had a Sonic badge on the back. :lol:

Funny story... I had the coil cover popped off my Sonic yesterday as I was detailing the engine. This part gets branded with Chevy, Buick, Opel, Holden, etc... I see underneath the cover a list of part numbers and Pontiac (Saturn too) was on there. GM must have had intentions of a Pontiac version of something using this engine at one point. :cry:

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A Pontiac version of the Sonic would have been neat.
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby BustedVibe » Sun May 29, 2016 8:37 pm

holy crap that is one clean looking engine bay..

What do people use to clean them anyway? I've always been curious. (pressure washer and foam?? idk)
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby Derf » Sun May 29, 2016 8:42 pm

That was the first G3/Wave I noticed, same color as the picture kumquat posted. Reading into it, no wonder why, it was the shortest lived Pontiac model. Instead of the Toyota GM mashup for the Vibe, the G3 was a Daewoo rebadge.
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby ColonelPanic » Mon May 30, 2016 5:23 am

BustedVibe wrote:holy crap that is one clean looking engine bay..


:lol:

Damp microfiber cloths, detail spray and Q-tips used frequently. ;)

Derf wrote:That was the first G3/Wave I noticed, same color as the picture kumquat posted. Reading into it, no wonder why, it was the shortest lived Pontiac model. Instead of the Toyota GM mashup for the Vibe, the G3 was a Daewoo rebadge.


Yep. The G3 was the second Daewoo branded as a Pontiac - the Lemans in the late 80's/early 90's being the first. If anyone remembers those. :D

The G3 certainly didn't sell as well as its Chevrolet counterpart in the US and it had a very short run. It only sold ~6000 units in the US from what I've been able to find on a quick search. I remember seeing them on the dealer lots during the Cash For Clunkers era when GM pulled the plug on Pontiac - those two factors probably made for a really inexpensive ride. I still see one lone G3 occasionally on my commute.
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Re: Pontiac Sonic...

Postby BustedVibe » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:48 am

Regular Car Reviews did a review on the 2013 Sonic
Warning: its full of Sonic The Hedgehog References people might not understand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWsosT-qeP4
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