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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about buying a 2007 GXP. Need help!

Alright so I have been looking for a low cost used sports car for a little weekend fun. I was in between 350z, Solstice GXP, and C5. I ran into a 07 GXP with one owner, 125k miles, super clean (looks), engine sounds good, clutch felt OK for 9 years old, interior is great. Visual the car is great. Alignment is a little off. They took an offer of $5,500 ($6,600 out the door (tax, reg, and title). This is located in Florida. Car has clean car fax, service records at large dealer up to 78k miles in late 2012. I saw the the service light for air bag was on. I heard that's a big problem with the solstice. The dealer said they will look into it but I doubt they will fix it when they find out it's like $1k to fix it. I also saw that it has like 4 recalls that needs to be done. One had to do with the airbag. Will that fix the airbag service thing? What else should I lookout for on this car? Is this a good deal? I know it has a lot of miles so I'm expected to have some parts fail but would it be expensive parts/labor? Anyways I need help from the owners. I would be buying it within the next 2-3 days.


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Welcome to the forum. You will get plenty of advice
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The waterpump is prone to failure, it can happen as soon as 30,000, there's lots of thread here on that. There's also some do's and don'ts with the Solstice, like not shutting the trunk lid by the humps, closing the hood w/the doors open, etc. Rob the Elder created an excellent what to look for thread and I'll post it here if I can find it. With that amount of mileage I'd want a complete flush and fill of all fluids, but I'd take it to a GM dealer for that. Also, many Solstices have dented front lower fenders from improper lifting (even by GM techs), so you'll want to make sure you know how to properly lift the car. Almost forgot, door handles are also prone to break, but 08s may be OK.


I doubt the dealer will replace the airbag sensor due to costs but the worst thing they can say is no. This is an excellent thread regarding a member's attempt to get GM to recall the airbag sensor, it also has pictures of where & why the sensor fails: Campaign to Initiate NHTSA Investigation into Kappa Passenger Presence Sensor Failure
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The waterpump is prone to failure, it can happen as soon as 30,000, there's lots of thread here on that. There's also some do's and don'ts with the Solstice, like not shutting the trunk lid by the humps, closing the hood w/the doors open, etc. Rob the Elder created an excellent what to look for thread and I'll post it here if I can find it. With that amount of mileage I'd want a complete flush and fill of all fluids, but I'd take it to a GM dealer for that. Also, many Solstices have dented front lower fenders from improper lifting (even by GM techs), so you'll want to make sure you know how to properly lift the car. Almost forgot, door handles are also prone to break, but 08s may be OK.


I doubt the dealer will replace the airbag sensor due to costs but the worst thing they can say is no. This is an excellent thread regarding a member's attempt to get GM to recall the airbag sensor, it also has pictures of where & why the sensor fails: Campaign to Initiate NHTSA Investigation into Kappa Passenger Presence Sensor Failure


Thank you. I wonder if they already replaced the water pump. Will look at service records.


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And yes I did notice the dent on the front left fender yesterday when I was looking under the car


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Besides the water pump, which probably failed 90,000 miles ago and will likely fail again, many (most) Gxp's also have the high pressure fuel pump fail. I experienced both these failures, and they are very expensive. I think you can get a lower mileage Solstice for just a little more $$. You might be ahead in the long run.
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The major ones are the waterpump (WP) and the airbag. Also there is a recall on the rear end for the relief tube. Make sure the rear axle isn't leaking as they are very expensive to replace and very hard to find. The WP can be about $1000 to replace at the dealer. Does the car have a "tune"? If it has the GMPP tune, it will have different MAP sensors. Look at the driver's side IC piping. If the sensor in the tube has 1 screw/bolt, then it has the 3.0bar MAP sensor so you would have a tune. If it doesn't, it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have a tune. A tune is the cheapest way to gain a bunch of extra HP in this car.
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The major ones are the waterpump (WP) and the airbag. Also there is a recall on the rear end for the relief tube. Make sure the rear axle isn't leaking as they are very expensive to replace and very hard to find. The WP can be about $1000 to replace at the dealer. Does the car have a "tune"? If it has the GMPP tune, it will have different MAP sensors. Look at the driver's side IC piping. If the sensor in the tube has 1 screw/bolt, then it has the 3.0bar MAP sensor so you would have a tune. If it doesn't, it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have a tune. A tune is the cheapest way to gain a bunch of extra HP in this car.


I'm going to look at it again today so I will look for the rear axle leak and the tune. I'll take pictures and post it on here. I have the car held until the weekend to make a decision. I have a friend that works on cars so I'm bringing him with me today.


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I regularly stalk Solstices for sale, and that $5,500 price is one of the lower prices I've seen on a GXP without it being salvaged or retitled. In fact the price almost seems to good to be true, so I would definitely look it over good w/your mechanic. Also, not trying to talk you out of buying, but just because it has a clean car fax doesn't necessarily mean it hasn't been in an accident or flood damage. I've included links to several GXPs in the greater Florida area to give you an idea of prices. Granted the mileage may be lower on most of them, but it still gives an idea on what GXPs are going for in Florida. BTW, YouTube is a good resource for "how to tell if a car has been in an accident".

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I know right. It was originally 6.5k then they lowered to 5.9k to clear stock but they accepted my offer to pay taxes so it would put me at about 5.5k. They are replacing a rubber piece that is at the bottom of the convertible rear window today. Then they will look into the airbag sensor thing. I will be going to take a car to a local shop so I can lift it and look underneath for leaks. I know o would have to replace some stuff in future but if today's status of the car is clean then that is a killer deal. We'll see. Thanks again for all the tips ppl. Keep em coming.


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If anyone is interested maybe I can do a live look at the car and you guys can give me top on what to check? Maybe like periscope or something? Let me know. Would be awesome.


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just do a search on Google of the VIN. That's what stopped me from buying several Camaros.
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I know all the folks that post are trying to give you their take but consider this.
You are buying a 2007 GXP for $5500.00 and lets say you have to put another 3K to get it in great shape.
Now as far as I am concern this is a great deal.
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I know all the folks that post are trying to give you their take but consider this.

You are buying a 2007 GXP for $5500.00 and lets say you have to put another 3K to get it in great shape.

Now as far as I am concern this is a great deal.


That's what I'm thinking too. Right away the only thing the car will need is alignment and front tires. Then it's just knocking on wood to not break down


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I agree with LV. Unless there is something dramatically wrong when you look over and under, and it drives well - this is a pretty good deal. I have a 2007 GXP and understand that parts can and do fail. If all a person wants is a dependable driver - buy a Civic coming off lease but that isn't what you want. You want performance, wind in the hair and the excitement of a sports car. The GXP is a great sports car. I always recommend that a person buy the best car that they can afford but sometimes a deal comes by that is too good to pass up. This could be that deal. Good luck.
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