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Pontiac Solstice New Owners Reports

ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
edited April 10 in Pontiac
Tell us what it's like to drive your new Solstice. If you have any "baby pictures" of your new ride, upload them to your CarSpace and post a link here.

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  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    we have had ours since Dec 05....love the feel of the roadster, nice and smooth thru the curves..and it does love the curves.....no major problems.....had the pinion seal replaced under warranty, no other problems to report...18k on her...added cat back exhaust, cold air intake, pin stripes and tinted side windows..nice fit all around, room for the two of us....must get creative in packing for long weekends..but we have overcome the small trunk space.....we love this car!!

    pics here:

    http://www.carspace.com/pao

    going throught the curves of tail of the dragon at Deals Gap NC here:

    http://www5.photoreflect.com/scripts/prsm.dll?myphotos?a=317574&b=10216

    http://www.tailofthedragon.com
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    hope more people post. this is a car I may consider a couple of years down the road.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    we are working hard to make it happen for a second year in a row...details as we know them:

    2nd North American Solstice Meet
    June 21-23, 2007
    Nashville, TN

    Sheraton Music City Hotel
    Group Rate of $119 plus tax
    Reservations can be made online at: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=0611065133&k- ey=5DCA5
    Or by calling 1-888-627-7060 ----- Make sure to mention you are booking for the 2nd N.A. Solstice Meet

    Registration costs for attendees will be:

    Couples: $90.00
    Singles: $45.00

    Event T-shirts will be $15.00 each again this year but will be ordered separate from registration.

    A Web Site is being developed to allow access to all Solstice Owners interested in attending this event.

    Fund-raiser will benefit Susan G. Koman Foundation again this year.

    Tentative schedule for this event:

    Thursday, June 21, 2007
    Registration Sign-in and Packet Pick up 2pm – 6pm
    Reception - Meet & Greet 6pm – 8pm
    Friday, June 22, 2007
    Free Activity Day – attendees will be free to visit the sites and history of Nashville. We are working on a list of “Things to Do While in Nashville” and will post here and on the web site.
    Saturday, June 23, 2007
    8am – Noon and 2pm – 6pm
    “How To” Seminars
    Vendor Booths

    7pm – 9:30 pm
    Dinner and awards
  • guilianoguiliano Posts: 1
    HI WHAT IS CAT-BACK EXHAUST.
  • spoomspoom Posts: 85
    It's a shortened form of "from the CATalytic converter BACK" exhaust replacement. Changes the sound without affecting the emissions or driveability, since you are only changing the last part of the exhaust system. I believe that's the name Pontiac uses, but don't know if it's trademarked or generic.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    spoom has it right.....most major aftermarket exhaust system vendors....have this type of system available..generally they are direct fits...only need to be bolted into place..with original hangers..etc.....ours is made by magnaflow.....it changes the sound..and allows the engine to breathe a little easier...ideally you would also install shorty headers and a free flow cat as well...
  • freedom3freedom3 Posts: 2
    The only thing that I have to say about the Solstice is that I am upset with the way that mine was put together. I have a water leak and I hear alot of wind noise in a spot that I should not be hearing it. I've tryed to get it fixed and I am told that it is normal for convertables to do this.
  • freedom3freedom3 Posts: 2
    I love the Pontiac line-up, but right now I am upset with the way that I am being treated!! My 07 Solstice has a water leak in the roof and alot of wind noise by my passenger door. I took it in to get it fixed and they put some sealant on the roof. It just doesn't close all the way, manufacture defect. That was the first time, now I am being told that it is normal for a convertible to have wind noise and water leaks. As a consumer I am very upset that nothing can happen to fix the issues that I'm having with my Solstice. I don't hear of the BMW or the Ford convertables having these problems....
  • spoomspoom Posts: 85
    Mine's pretty noisy on the highway, but no worse than other unlined top convertibles I've driven. There is an optional type of top now from what I see in the option list but I bought mine off the lot and apparently it has to be built in at the factory.
    The leaking roof is obviously a defect that needs to be addressed so stay on 'em. Mine doesn't leak anywhere, even thought he fit on my body panels is worse than an old R :) ambler
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    suggest you try another service department...experience is..that many dont know how to deal with this roadster....start a conversation with your service manager...also come over to the solsticeforum for more info and support as well

    national solstice meet
    www.nasolsticemeet.com

    there has also been some discussion that the premium headliner can be installed aftermarket...but havent been able to confirm that.....
  • spoomspoom Posts: 85
    I'm sure the liner is like most problems-throw enough money at it.................... ;)
    When I talked to my parts guy back when I had first bought the car he looked for it and there was no part # as an accessory, only as an option. Obviously it could be ordered as a replacement part like any other body part, but I didn't pursue if it would have to be re-ordered as a complete top or whatever. I'm sure somebody will come up with an insert if there is enough interest.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    you definitely dont have to have it reordered with a complette top...it can be installed aftermarket..but a good upholstery shop or covertible top shop..not a dealer service department should install it....
  • spoomspoom Posts: 85
    Thanks pao, do you know anyone who's actually done that? Curious what $ they ran into and if it was worth it to them i.e. would they do it again.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    all those over on the solsticeforum who have the premium liner say it does cut down on noise...and allows for better cockpit environment control..hot/cold etc.....would think its $150 or so for the liner....and guessing...two or so hours to install..so probably another $200 labor..but that is truely a guess on my part
  • spoomspoom Posts: 85
    Thanks, I'll dig into it at my dealer's part counter.
  • I love my 08 solstice,but wish i could drive it more .I bought it 8/3107 and since has been in the shop a total of two weeks for trans problems after 300 miles the range switch went bad ,this week driving at 65 mph it seemed to come out of gear ,looking down i saw it was in drive but felt as if in netral,all lighton shifter out until i stoped and put in park.noreadings on computer and dealer can not find the problem .sure wish they could.i would like to have my car back!
  • I assume by your description that it is an automatic. I further assume that the range switch you are referring to is the NSBU switch or its equivalent (you have a French made transmission).

    So now the real question is whether the switch is inside the unit (like newer transmissions) or stuck on the side like the older designs. If it is inside, that means they had to drain your fluid to replace it. It is possible they did not get the fluid level set properly. A transmission low on fluid will feel like it is neutral.

    Just a thought.
  • Hi I am 16 about about to get my very first car and my options are:

    1. 2008 solstice
    2. 2007-2008 bug convertible

    My family is really conerned about me driving a solstice. They are also really unhappy that it is an American car. Has anyone one experienced:

    -rattling
    -problems with the top (leaking, or problems with heat) I live in AZ where it gets extreamly hot and the top is a concern.

    My needs for this car are for everyday use going places like school, gym, etc.

    Thanks, please help!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    have a 2006 but no problems with rattling or top leaking...the VW bug convertible has reliability issues....the solstice is a rear wheel drive car and has different driving characteristics than a FWD auto which you are probably use to.... and you have to be mindful of that, not sure on the bug or not..for styling purposes..the solstice hands down...

    what are the concerns about driving a solstice as compared to a VW other than its a domestic???

    any convertible will be a challenge in desert heat...assume by this you mean cooling the interior...the solstice has a good A/C unit.....and there is a large solstice club in the Phoenix area.....that has made no complaints about the top...in that kind of desert heat....you probably will not have the top down at mid day temps.....

    hope this helps.....
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