Our 2004 Pontiac GTO Fixer Upper project is moving vary rapidly. The first order of business was to replace a dead battery that would not hold a charge and then to start sourcing the needed parts. One word of caution with these cars. They use a very special and very expensive key/remote. There is no option to using a factory key or having the dealer program it. Expect to pay upwards of $200 for a key!
We felt the all black exterior was just a bit drab and wanted to add just a touch of life to the outside so when it gets back from the body shop we will give it a little dual pinstripe down the side. What color do you think it will be?
Here is the list of what we have purchased to date and the cost:
- Battery; $112.49
- Rear bumper cover, used; $250.00
- Two rear taillights, used; $50.00
- Two front headlights; $224.00
- Hood, used; $547.50
- Hood lift supports; $49.90
- Upper and lower grill; $86.95
- The car came with only one key/remote, we need two; Cut key = $99.94; Program Key = $54.57; Transmitter = $92.19; Total: $246.70
- Light socket for brake light; $42.56
- Rubber seal for gas door; $15.45
- Pinstripe tape; $24.90
- Wiper blades; $39.90
Total Parts: $1,715.35
Since we did not know the service history of the car but did know it had been sitting for a long time we changed out the major fluids.
- Transmission service; $245.57
- Oil change, filter, synthetic oil Mobil 1; $82.38
Total Service: $327.95
Now that we have all the part the car is scheduled for the body shop and we will be all ready to go!
We are not trying to build a show car here, just a good looking well performing daily driver for less money than a trip to the dealer’s used car lot.