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Bad news about the g-6 convertible. You can't access the trunk with the top down. You must put the top back up to get something out of the trunk. They should have copied Saab's design, or made it with a cloth top. Too bad, it's a nice looking car.

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Bad news about the g-6 convertible.  You can't access the trunk with the top down.  You must put the top back up to get something out of the trunk. They should have copied Saab's design, or made it with a cloth top.  Too bad, it's a nice looking car.

You serious?? The decklid doesn't open when the top is down? That's beyond stupid if that is the case...

I believe other folding roof cars (Mercs, etc) have some space that can be accessed under the folded roof when the top is down...

Edited by moltar

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The decklid opens, but you cannot get into the cargo area. The folded top blocks all access. The only way to put something into the trunk or get something out, is to put the top up. I got this confirmed from a dealer who saw it last week in Detroit. He's concerned that this will hurt sales.

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After closer inspection, it looks like buickguy is right... the trunklid has a fixed hinge on the back bumper:

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That's ridiculous... the new C70 I saw last week had a much better arrangement.

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With the trunklid open and the top down, you could raise the folded top to facilitate access to the surprisingly deep cargo area.

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I wonder if GM really postponed the production because of this. They were probably trying to figure out how to fix it. Then.. they realized that fixing it costs money and gave up. :rolleyes:

first the solstice with it's small trunk and now this. It seems GM can't get a good grasp on how to make an affordable compact/ midsize convertable properly.

Edited by Cadillacfan

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Instead of another laughing stock car, I think GM should not release the convertible. I doubt it will pull in as many sales as GM wants it to, especially with this screw up, and though it is a good idea, it's not executed properly. Just wait until the next-gen.

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The decklid opens, but you cannot get into the cargo area. The folded top blocks all access.  The only way to put something into the trunk or get something out, is to put the top up. I got this confirmed from a dealer who saw it last week in Detroit.  He's concerned that this will hurt sales.

Poor design and engineering, it sounds like...

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I wonder if GM really postponed the production because of this.  They were probably trying to figure out how to fix it.  Then.. they realized that fixing it costs money and gave up. :rolleyes:

first the solstice with it's small trunk and now this.  It seems GM can't get a good grasp on how to make an affordable compact/ midsize convertable properly.

Yeah....it's STUPID....especially when GM can develop a car like the C6 Convertible has quite a large and decently-shaped trunk.

I HATE folding hard-tops......if I wanted a coupe, I'd buy a coupe. With today's technology in multi-layered soft tops, you really don't lose as much insulation as you used to.

My C6 convertible is quiet.....actually quieter than the coupe because you don't have roadnoise coming in from the coupe's hatchback area. My previous BMW 3-series convertible was also really nice and quiet with the top up.

Also, I am one that tends to think that a nicely-designed soft top actually LOOKS good.....!

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I really don't see why it's such a big deal. So some things need to be sacrificed to make it a convertible, who cares! If you like the car enough you'll buy it despite having to put the top up to get something out of the trunk(like it's such a big deal, its such a pain to press down that button, right?). It doesn't destroy the whole car, I mean it's not like you even have to step out of the car to put the top down or up nor secure any pins. Not a big deal in my eyes...

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I really don't see why it's such a big deal.  So some things need to be sacrificed to make it a convertible, who cares!  If you like the car enough you'll buy it despite having to put the top up to get something out of the trunk(like it's such a big deal, its such a pain to press down that button, right?).  It doesn't destroy the whole car, I mean it's not like you even have to step out of the car to put the top down or up nor secure any pins.   Not a big deal in my eyes...

It IS a big deal.

And it's an even BIGGER deal because other manufacturers don't put the consumer through the same crap with their convertibles.

It's absolute RIDICULOUS to have to raise the top to get in and out of the trunk. Out here, my top is almost NEVER up on my C6 because the weather is so consistently nice. If I had to raise the top everytime I had to access the trunk (running errands, grocery store, etc.) I'd have never BOUGHT the C6.

Edit....not true....I'd still buy the C6 because I've always dreamed of owning a C6 convertible....BUT if I was looking at cars in the G6 class, I'd certainly buy something else over the Pontiac.

Edited by The O.C.

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Wow, I dont know what to think of this one. Maybe they should not have let the word out about the car before they were sure it would be feasible. If they drop it now its bad, if they put it to market its bad. Either way their screwed.

I vote forget it. It will recieve less bad press that way then if released.

Edited by razoredge

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GM looks bad if they cancel it. GM looks bad if they release it against other "practical" convertibles like the Sebring and Solara, both of which have decent trunks, although with cloth tops. A lot of Sebrings (around here at least) and I'm willing to bet a lot of Solara verts go to families with a kid or two as a compliment to the sedan/SUV/minivan/truck. Something mom or dad can drive to work all week and the whole fmily can pile in for a weekend trip to grandma's. If the G6 vert is as bad trunkwise as it looks, Pontiac is not going to steal any of those sales.

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I would like to see a verified listing of other small 'under-deck' convertibles and what their truck access is like.

Ironic- I just saw a pic yesterday: the C3 Corvette was the same way: top filled the well behind the seats and there was no trunk lid period; cover panel had to raised & top unfolded to access storage. Never seemed to hold the Corvette back, but consumers are bigger pus.... uhh- 'more demanding' these days. Seemingly cargo volume would be even more critical in a 2-seater than a car with a back seat.... but if the bulk of this class has trunk access- this is poor planning.

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but if the bulk of this class has trunk access- this is poor planning.

I'm pretty sure the G6 will be the only retractable hardtop near 30K. It's pretty much in a class of its own.

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Jesus...

Is GM ran by anyone with any common sense??? Does anyone run GM????

How can someone be so stupid???? GM: cutting costs at all costs, heck, we're even cutting tried and true standard features now!

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I'm pretty sure the G6 will be the only retractable hardtop near 30K. It's pretty much in a class of its own.

No, its in a class with the Sebring, Solara vert, Mustang vert and Ecplipse vert, it just has one nifty feature the others lack. The others are more practical, well I dont know about the Eclipse, I haven't really looked at any of the stats of the new vert.

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Jesus...

Is GM ran by anyone with any common sense??? Does anyone run GM????

How can someone be so stupid???? GM: cutting costs at all costs, heck, we're even cutting tried and true standard features now!

I know... the G6 convertible was supposed to be the car the salesperson pointed to when you complained the Solstice had an inadequate trunk. Instead of rebates, perhaps GM should offer us a shrinkwrap kit. Imagine pulling up to a hotel in one... ooh, classy.

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This is NOT a big deal! If you want to put something in the trunk, don't put the top down. Simple as that!! When you get to where you're going and take it out, then put the top down. Seriously, if anyone is that stupid, then they shouldn't be in a car anyway... It's amazing how people don't have common sense now days.

Edited by -Camaro-

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This is NOT a big deal! If you want to put something in the trunk, don't put the top down. Simple as that!! When you get to where you're going and take it out, then put the top down. Seriously, if anyone is that stupid, then they shouldn't be in a car anyway... It's amazing how people don't have common sense now days.

Dude you are major clueless.......

:huh:

I've owned three convertibles before ('02 Miata, '04 330Cic, '06 C6) so I've got some experience living with them....

I don't know where you live, but here in southern California, my top almost never goes UP.

If I had to screw around with the top every time I wanted to access the trunk and get stuff out or put stuff in, I'd be so pissed I can't even tell you.

I want a convertible that I can LOAD up the trunk for a weekend trip.....and drive with the top down at the same time....you CAN'T do that in a Solstice.....and you can do that in a G6, but will have to screw with putting the top up/down/up/down/up/down every time you need to access your crap in the trunk.

It's stupid and an inexcusable mistake from someone like General Motors.....

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