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UPDATED: Sep 9, 2019

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If you’re considering the purchase of a new Pontiac GTO and you’re interested in calculating the total cost of ownership for this vehicle, it’s important to get a good estimate of how much your insurance premiums will be.

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About the Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO has a long and rich history in the United States, but it went out of production, perhaps for good, in 2006. The original GTO from GM’s Pontiac Division was on the U.S. market from 1964 until 1974, but it was removed from Pontiac’s line in order to make room for newer muscle-car designs like the Pontiac Grand Am.

The Pontiac GTO disappeared from the market for 30 years, but was reintroduced to somewhat lukewarm reviews in 2004 by GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden.

The revamped Pontiac GTO lost points with the public because it was now technically an “import” from Australia, and because of its lackluster exterior design. It was discontinued in 2006, ostensibly due to engineers’ inability to redesign it to meet new federal airbag standards.

The Original Pontiac GTO

The original Pontiac GTO was an everyman’s muscle car, boasting under-hood power at an affordable price. This GTO featured a 6.4 liter V8 engine and cost about $4,500 with all options included.

The second generation of Pontiac GTOs, which were introduced in 1968, came with a major exterior redesign. Although the engine was similar to those used in previous models, the 2-speed automatic transmission option was dropped.

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The New Pontiac GTO

The resurrected Pontiac GTO hit markets in 2004 with two available engine options: a 5.7 liter V8 with 350 horsepower and a 6.0 liter V8 with 400 horsepower.

Transmission options for this 2-door coupe included a 4-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. Although GM had hoped to sell 18,000 units in 2004, the production run was stopped at 15,728, with a total of 13,569 units sold.

The Pontiac GTO retailed for between $30,000 and $34,000 when new, but a used 2004-2006 model can be had for between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on the model year and condition of the vehicle.

Pontiac GTO Safety Features

Although the newest version of the Pontiac GTO was not on the market long enough to receive safety ratings from the federal safety ratings agency (NHTSA) or the insurance industry’s ratings organization (IIHS), it did feature standard safety features like antilock brakes, engine immobilization, traction control and electronic brakeforce distribution.

Comfort and Convenience in the Pontiac GTO

Just because the Pontiac GTO was designed as a muscle car doesn’t mean that it is devoid of creature comforts. Although the exterior of the car didn’t win many points with consumers, the interior is outfitted with a 200 watt Blaupunkt sound system featuring ten speakers and a 6-disc CD changer, as well as leather and chrome detailing.

Convenient interior features include cruise control for long trips and a leather steering wheel with tilting and telescopic functions.

Car Insurance Rates for the Pontiac GTO

Buyers typically find that car insurance rates for performance vehicles are higher than rates for similarly-sized and priced standard models, and the Pontiac GTO is no exception.

Owners of a used 2006 Pontiac GTO will pay approximately $2,250 per year for auto insurance, which works out to about $188 per month.

Rates for older model years like the 2005 Pontiac GTO are significantly lower, averaging about $1,800 per year or $150 per month.

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