Getting an original version of DeLorean's best-known Pontiac model might be a little bit more difficult than getting the 2004-2006 reincarnations, but both these cars can't claim to be perfect. These are the common problems that owners and reviewers have encountered with the Pontiac GTO parts and accessories:
Managing to acquire and restore the very first muscle car is only the start of an original GTO owner's problems. General Motors issued two recalls, one in 1966 and the other in 1968. The first one was because of an improperly installed steering shaft that caused a binding condition that could expose the shaft to abnormal stresses that would eventually break the shaft and cause a loss of control in the steering. It's possible that the owners of the GTO at that time would not have noticed this problem, so the shaft should be replaced with an improved design. The second one was called for because some dealers did not receive a brake pedal support bracket in the kit, which they use to convert manual disc brakes to power disc brakes. So, some cars with power disc brakes might get broken or cracked brackets which can cause leaks in the hydraulic system and a loss in braking control.
Current owners of the original GTO might notice rusting in certain areas of the car's body, including the trunk, quarter panels, and fenders. What's more, they could also need to start the car with jumpers even with a new voltage regulator and battery installed.
With its bland exterior styling, hefty price tag, and more refined aura, it doesn't seem right to continue calling the new GTO a goat. Still, this car has problems that have gotten owners annoyed with it. The soft suspension can't handle the power of the V8 engine that could go up to 400 hp and have 400 lb-ft of torque. Slow reflexes coupled with too much body roll and weak brakes don't make for that legendary feeling. Furthermore, it's rather hard to store a lot of junk inside a trunk that only has nine cubic feet of space. Finally, a car safety group has complained to the NHTSA that the tires on the 2005 model year were too wide at 245 mm. The tires would rub against the struts, causing them to wear out and create the risk of tire failures.