Sooo.........should we start survey here on how many 2.0 vs 2.4 with water pump issues or is it a waste of time?
Unfortunately, even if the response is overwhelming with people who've had the water pump fail -- or do so more than once -- I don't see any value in knowing that.
If Pontiac was still around -- although it'd be nice if GM saw it as GM's problem, not just that of Pontiac -- maybe huge numbers of failures could be used as the basis for claims that coverage should extend beyond the warranty period.
Now if the same WP has a high failure rate in other GM cars, too, that may actually qualify as the basis for something akin to a class action suit.
But in my case, with a car with 95K miles on it, no one could reasonably argue that any WP should last that long -- even if some or many actually do.
Continuing my apparent choice to argue both sides of this issue <g>, the OTHER side of the argument that I'd make is that mine didn't fail at 95K (not that it HAS failed [yet?]), but rather that the original failed at around 35K and the replacement failed at around 30K.
What might bother me even more than failures at this rate is that EVERY Solstice problem I read about costs more to fix than the "normal" repair cost of the same problem on most other cars -- because (from what I've read) of poor design/how hard and time consuming it is to do the repairs.
For example, GM's instructions for replacing a battery call for the removal of not just a wheel (which in itself is bizarre) but also the FRONT FENDER!!!!
From everything I've read, everything you might do yourself on this car is a LOT of work -- and that also means that it costs a LOT to have done by someone else.
Those are the type of unexpected hidden expenses that that, when coupled with what appear to be a much higher than expected/normal (for most cars) number of things that seem to need repair sooner and more frequently than with many other cars, make someone like me -- i.e. someone who can't do nearly as many things as most of the more active membersof this forum appear to do to their cars -- wonder if I'm in for a lot more work and expenses than I'd have ever expected.
Especially after finding that some very expensive things have already been done, more than once, to my car -- suggesting that I can expect to have the replacement parts (or the replacements for the replacements) fail the way the originals did.