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Old 08-19-2009, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much does it weigh?

Out of curiosity I was looking up specs on the Solstice. Yes I already have one and love it. How much (average) does the Solstice weigh?

I received my MD tags yesterday and they put it at 3700 pounds. MSN Autos and Edmunds says around 2800 pounds. Huge difference there. Who is right?
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Base Curb weight (kg / lb.): Base: 1319 / 2908
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Does a full tank of gas and a couple occupants make up for the difference?
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My GXP was built in 2007 and according to the VIN door plate it weighs 3500 LBs. that seems really heavy to me.

The Pontiac web site has the 2009 GXP weighin in at 2988 for the auto and 2976 for the 5 Manual trans
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Maybe curb versus gross vehicle weight explains the difference?
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My GXP is 2850. 3285 fully occupied. 85 for fuel.

Maxed out with 25 pounds of luggage and my camera bag, (10 lb.),
my wife and I hit the road at 3405.

No way a Sol is 3700 or 3900 pounds.

If you look in the door panel, there is a restriction on combined passenger/cargo load of 450 lb. That's 3300 before fuel.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL, I'm just glad my car doesn't weigh 3700 then. I think if I remember looking at the door panel once and saw it say a weight over 3000+ like Odiaz saw. So the combination of that and the tag information from MD had me wondering.

It could all be curb versus gross as well that had me confused. Appreciate the replies.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Shipping Weight

My invoice said the shipping weight was 2908 lbs.
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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LOL, I'm just glad my car doesn't weigh 3700 then. I think if I remember looking at the door panel once and saw it say a weight over 3000+ like Odiaz saw. So the combination of that and the tag information from MD had me wondering.

It could all be curb versus gross as well that had me confused. Appreciate the replies.
MD must be another State like mine that charges registration fees based on a weight scale. No wonder they're being so "optimistic", your DMV likely had its thumb on the scale!
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Out of curiosity I was looking up specs on the Solstice. Yes I already have one and love it. How much (average) does the Solstice weigh?

I received my MD tags yesterday and they put it at 3700 pounds. MSN Autos and Edmunds says around 2800 pounds. Huge difference there. Who is right?
From my brief research, Maryland is probably cheating you a bit to pad their money just a bit.

Your Solstice "curb weight" without passengers or gas in the tank, is rated at 2,860 lbs.

The door sticker is the GVWR or "gross vehicle weight rating" and includes you, the passenge, a full gas tank and a full trunk. I'm not sure if this is the typical amount expected with people, gas and things, or if this is the maximum recommended amount with people, gas and things.

Either way, I am going to guess that the State of Maryland uses the GVWR for the weight classes it uses to charge you for your vehicle fees.

Assuming that, the GVWR of a Solstice GXP is under 3,500 lbs according to people posting here. I haven't checked the sticker on my 2008 GXP, but I will tonight out of curiosity. For all I know, different year cars may have different ratings due to increased standard content over the years.

That said, the non-turbo roadster may have a GVWR less than the GXP. I have no clue.

Maryland seems to have a weight class under 3,500 lbs and a weight class under 3,700 pounds. By callingyour car 3,700 lbs, it sounds like you are 2 weight classes high, because you should be in the under 3,500 lbs weight class, rather than the 3,700+ lb class. Then again, I live in California and have spent a total of 5 days in the State of MD, so WTHDIK?

If you are concerned, you could bring your car to the Maryland DMV and tell them to look at the GVWR tag on your car and make them lower your weight class...

The actual weight of your car is going to be well under 3,000 lbs and probably something under 2,900 lbs, unless you own a GXP, than add 100.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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GVWR includes all contents and trailer tongue weight.

It's maximum allowable loaded weight of the vehicle on it's 4 wheels. Exceed this rating and the authorities can poo poo on your parade.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:24 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My 2008 GXP has gross vehicle weight rating of 3,495. The state of MD appears to be putting your car in a higher weight class for the extra $50 a year they can charge you.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm definitely going to research this further then. Because yeah, at the moment it looks like I'm paying for the 3700 weight! Thanks for pointing that out
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