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Cold Weather... any odd things happening yet?

Here in Chicago the weather has been hitting freezing points... which gets a couple of my cars to act up. Weird noises, alarms not responding the way they should, locks not coperating, and so on.

For those of you with a Sol in the cold areas, wanted to know if you've noticed anything odd yet?
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Here in Chicago the weather has been hitting freezing points... which gets a couple of my cars to act up. Weird noises, alarms not responding the way they should, locks not coperating, and so on.

For those of you with a Sol in the cold areas, wanted to know if you've noticed anything odd yet?
Yep. There have been reports in other threads that people are out driving around in very cold temps with coats on and tops down.

Wait, you asked the people that already have their cars. Nevermind....

Soon, very soon, I should be able to give you a better answer...I hope. Mine is near, can almost smell it, and I plan to drive it in the cold with the top down.

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Here in Chicago the weather has been hitting freezing points... which gets a couple of my cars to act up. Weird noises, alarms not responding the way they should, locks not coperating, and so on.

For those of you with a Sol in the cold areas, wanted to know if you've noticed anything odd yet?
I am not to far from Chicago. The only problem I am seeing so far, is water getting between the gaskets and windows or top and freezing. When you open the door or top you might tear the gasket, making you more prone to water leaks.

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well...check my thread on ECOTEC Computer problems

can't say for sure it is cold-weather-related...but when I get Merlin back from the dealership with a new PCM I'll know a lot more for sure
yes, let us know as soon as you can, thanks!

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I am not to far from Chicago. The only problem I am seeing so far, is water getting between the gaskets and windows or top and freezing. When you open the door or top you might tear the gasket, making you more prone to water leaks.
yikes, sounds like a recall waiting to happen.
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Here in Chicago the weather has been hitting freezing points... which gets a couple of my cars to act up. Weird noises, alarms not responding the way they should, locks not coperating, and so on.

For those of you with a Sol in the cold areas, wanted to know if you've noticed anything odd yet?
I also live in Chicago and I had to take my car in to the dealer already. The buttress on the passenger side refused to lock down in cold weather. The latches don't pop out all the way in the trunk. The dealer told me that they readjusted the latch and lubricated it. Hopefully this will not happen anymore. Not being able to access the trunk all winter will truly suck.

Another thing that might help from the windows freezing to the seals is to lubricate the seals with a light coat of oil. This will help prevent tearing the seals in the winter.
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The only thing I've noticed is some excessive rattling of the passenger door panel when I go over bumps, which I assume is related to different rates of shrinkage in the materials during cold temps. I am bringing the car to the dealer on Friday for an unrelated window seal problem, so I may ask them to take a look at it. May be just a loose panel.

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I am not to far from Chicago. The only problem I am seeing so far, is water getting between the gaskets and windows or top and freezing. When you open the door or top you might tear the gasket, making you more prone to water leaks.
Acbunny, use some armorall, or baby oil on the gaskets will keep them pliable and help prevent sticking.

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When the transmission is cold I find it hard to shift into 2nd until it warms up. I'm not sure if this is normal with manual cars as I am new to them.
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Here in Chicago the weather has been hitting freezing points... which gets a couple of my cars to act up. Weird noises, alarms not responding the way they should, locks not coperating, and so on.

For those of you with a Sol in the cold areas, wanted to know if you've noticed anything odd yet?
Been driving my Sol to work in the freezing cold (top up of course). Have not noticed any significant problems - other than the frozen roads of Michigan giving me quite a bump here and there. Will probably put her up for the winter though. Not sure if I should disconnect the battery - or if the rundown protection is good enough - or just periodically start her up in January/February/March.
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Been driving my Sol to work in the freezing cold (top up of course). Have not noticed any significant problems - other than the frozen roads of Michigan giving me quite a bump here and there. Will probably put her up for the winter though. Not sure if I should disconnect the battery - or if the rundown protection is good enough - or just periodically start her up in January/February/March.
Might I suggest getting a battery maintainer.I just got one today for my brothers Chirstmas present.Their pertty cheap at wallyworld.

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When the transmission is cold I find it hard to shift into 2nd until it warms up. I'm not sure if this is normal with manual cars as I am new to them.
I'd have to say thats normal with a Manual, both my Acura and Audi are a little "notchy" in the winter time unstill their warmed up.


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Been driving my Sol to work in the freezing cold (top up of course). Have not noticed any significant problems - other than the frozen roads of Michigan giving me quite a bump here and there. Will probably put her up for the winter though. Not sure if I should disconnect the battery - or if the rundown protection is good enough - or just periodically start her up in January/February/March.
As for winter storage options, with my bikes I found it to be easier and for some reasonbetter for the battery and engine to just start them up and let them warmup and run for about 20-30 min. ever 2 weeks or so.
My buddy's has a "Battery Tender" that he's used for a couple of years now, usually he's got to get a new bike battery after 2 years while mine usually last 4-5. Don't know why that is... but some people swear by the Battery Tender so to each his own.
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I am not to far from Chicago. The only problem I am seeing so far, is water getting between the gaskets and windows or top and freezing. When you open the door or top you might tear the gasket, making you more prone to water leaks.
Just called my dealer about your concern. He said that GM makes a product called "Weatherstrip Conditioner" which is a roll-on type of liquid. This should take care of any problems with freezing. However, it costs about $70. Yikes!
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I've had a slight rattle in the dash in the morning. Once the cabin has warmed up, it goes away though.

I'm having 2nd gear issues not related to the cold and when 2nd doesn't want to play nice, I pretend my Sol came equiped with a 1-3 skip shift. So if you're running into cold 2nd gear problems, that's an option.
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