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Old 01-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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odiaz - GREAT story!! I went back and forth with this dealer for about a week on this car and there was some times I contemplated just to get a plane ticket and fly to it. When I finally commited to purchase it (New Year's Eve), I was out of time to go get it since I have several conflicts in front of me this week.

I'll probably have some mods here waiting for it when it arrives!! LOL!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum. You will love this car.


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Old 01-02-2013, 07:00 AM   #18 (permalink)
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odiaz - GREAT story!! I went back and forth with this dealer for about a week on this car and there was some times I contemplated just to get a plane ticket and fly to it. When I finally commited to purchase it (New Year's Eve), I was out of time to go get it since I have several conflicts in front of me this week.

I'll probably have some mods here waiting for it when it arrives!! LOL!!

Congrats on your new Solstice! Definitely post a pic once you have it. Have a great New Year!

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:07 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I bought mine without driving it. About 600 miles away. Had it shipped from Houston to Fort Worth and drove to Dallas and picked it up and drove it home through one of the worse thunderstorms possible with a ton of rain and big trucks on the highway. Did ok considering it was a new car to me. It behaved well and I got out of Dallas alive! yay!

Anyway, I still have my permagrin and often sit in the garage looking at my car. My hubby thinks I'm a bit nuts, but that's ok. We all understand that, don't we?

Take pics when you get it, ok? We want to see this permanent permagrin purchase.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Congrats, I bought mine on the winter solstice 2 years ago. Our extramarital affair is still going strong.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
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All of you are just too funny! OK, I'm still working with the transport company but attached is a couple of pics from the delaership. Now you all are as "close" to my mistress as I am - except that I have paid for the first dance!




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Old 01-02-2013, 07:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
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One of the current mistresses also has sexy, curvy, lines and is one example of about 4000. I can only hope the new, much rarer Coupe will have a similar depreciation curve!

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Congrats CT. If you do the GMPP, Crate Engine Depot sells separate GMPP pigtail so no soldering/crimping into OEM wire harness.

Far as depreciation, most concur coupes should/may depreciate slower than verts but lack enough differences for anything notable (though manuals will probably be most sought after) due to 1 being produced for every 3 autos.

Oh yeah, and slam it with coilovers, add Solo exhaust, and rumored 2010, OEM, optional Pontiac split spokes for it to look totally b*tchen

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #24 (permalink)
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That's quite the harem, CoolTech!
Sweet looking Coupe, and the GT ain't too bad herself
Congrats!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:02 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Alright CoolT. At first I was going to ask by "like us" you meant broke? You confirmed that with the empty bank account statement.

Then I wondered if "like us" you meant like Earth's comment about sitting in the garage looking at it. I think it was Tomatosoup that mentioned "the beer test" meaning after you're done driving or working on it, would you just sit in the garage, drink a beer, and look at it? I think you confirmed that with the pic of the GT.

Actually, I think having a sol, AND a GT, (and whatever else you're not admitting to just yet) makes you a bit worse than some of us (or better, depending upon how you look at it! lol)

So had you driven a Solstice before you bought?

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:03 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Yeah, there are MANY roadsters in my area for sale at very good prices. It's definitely a buyer's market. At first, the plan was to go out and buy a higher mileage (lower cost) roadster and then strip and cage it and use it as a fun, dedicated track car. With this in mind we test-drove a couple of local roadsters for sale. The first one was terrible. It had a very buzzy drivetrain - especially the gear shifter. Although a GXP, it didn't feel very powerful. (We drove to go see it in a new Focus ST w/255 HP, and I know the Focus would have stomped on that ill-running GXP.) When we left that dealership we began to re-think the whole Solstice idea with that first drive putting a black eye on the entire model. We then drove a used S2000. Simply a wonderful car, instantly fun and a great connection between car and driver that's immediatly recognizeable. BUT... there's just no torque! Love that motor and I know they're good on the track when you can keep the R's high but not really my cup of tea. Nevertheless, we probably still favored the S2000 over the GXP we drove. The next day we set out to go test drive another GXP for sale at another dealership. As my son was driving over, I was texting yet another dealership 300 miles away about an S2000 that they had for sale and we were going back and forth on price. Arriving at the dealership with the second GXP, my son went for a test drive with the salesman while I continued to text the dealership with the S2000. I had instructed my son to NOT talk favorably about the GXP in front of the salesperson - regardless of his opinion. He was doing just that when he got back from the test drive. So, I'm thinking maybe I can close this deal on the S2000 up North of us as we hop in the Focus for the 30 minute drive home. I finally can ask him what he really thought of the GXP and he tells me that it was COMPLETELY different from the first one. No buzziness from the shifter and much more respectable power. Steering precision not comparable to the S2000. But, the bottom line is that we should really be considering the Solstice. Somewhere between these few days of research and driving, I had stumbled upon this forum and also the Coupe for sale. I began to immerse myself in the site and did a lot of research on the Coupe and how they were a little hard to come by - especially the manual transmission which was a must for us. One thing led to another and now the Coupe is ours.... well, almost!

Around us here in SoCal, everyone and their brother has a track-modified S2000. For good reason - they're a great car. But, I have never been one to want to do the same as everyone else. The rarity/exclusivity of the coupe really began to grow on me and simultaneously I was discovering that there really was a reasonable aftermarket for them. That sealed the deal.

That's my story and I'm stick'en to it!
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The S2000 is a marvelous automobile. You can overcome the lack of low torque a couple of ways. You can just get used to driving it above 6,000 rpm (seriously, IIRC that's where the secondary cam ramps come in). You can also turbo it (if allowed by your race group) and get GXP power and torque.

I agree about the Solstice steering, but 95% of the owners figure it is very good. If you slalom or race, it sucks. One member that installed a Toyota engine in his car simply disconnected it and said that althout it obviously increases effort, it also increases feel. I do not know if you cause any issues by doing that. I ordered suspension bits within a couple of weeks of taking possession of the car after some test driving and had it pretty much the way I wanted it within a couple of months and haven't had to change anything since.

BTW, I bought my coupe the same day I looked at it (after test driving a convert) and picked it up (with 4 km. on it) that weekend. In between making the deal and picking up the car, I ordered the GMPP kit - and have never regretted it. Think about it.....
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have Cool Coupe #224 fully loaded with an automatic located in Rosemead, CA. Added wheels and GMPP tune. Bought new in Lake Elsinore. Occasionally a few of us show up at Cars & Coffee in Irvine. WELCOME ABOARD!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I agree about the Solstice steering, but 95% of the owners figure it is very good. If you slalom or race, it sucks. One member that installed a Toyota engine in his car simply disconnected it and said that althout it obviously increases effort, it also increases feel. I do not know if you cause any issues by doing that. I ordered suspension bits within a couple of weeks of taking possession of the car after some test driving and had it pretty much the way I wanted it within a couple of months and haven't had to change anything since.
I agree that the Sols steering is a bit numb in the straight-ahead dept normally. However, if you raise the tire pressures a bit, it completely transforms the feel. Very dependent on the tires you have, so you can practice yourself to find the sweet spot, plus this may well have negative wear aspects to it. But the feel is SO much better! I run Conti DWS's and the sweet spot is around 34-35PSI for me. Any lower and it starts to feel like driving on treacle again.

Try it, you may like it!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Bring it over to the Nationals in Flagstaff, Summer Solstice time!!
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