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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need AC in a Solstice?

I'm looking to purchase a 2006 Solstice. It does not have A/C. In your experience is this a big deal. How often do you use the A/C. I live in New England but it still gets hot in the summer. - Greg
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 06:30 PM
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I am in MA as well.

The answer is Yes. It matters. Top down does not equal relief from the sun on a hot day.

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While mine is now a "fun" car, I would still not purchase a car without A/C.... Unless I lived in Montana, North Dakota or Canada. Anywhere needs to have A/C.

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I'm in Texas ... I want air conditioned seats added!
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This is just one of those personal preference things. I live in TN and used my car as a daily driver for about 4 years. I always have my top down unless it's raining or pretty dang cold (for me somewhere in the 40's). A summer day here can easily hit the low 90's. I've probably used my A/C about a half dozen times or so. I was always used to riding a motorcycle with jeans and a jacket year round though too.
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For me the only reason to get a sports car with air is resale if that's in the back of your mind and your location . I live in northern Ohio and I think I've used the air maybe 3 times since I've owned my car 9 years now. I'll run it a couple of times throughout the year just to keep everything working and lubricated . I've had a few sports cars and this is the first one that had air I also grew up in an era where the only cars that had it were luxury cars .
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Needing air or not is truly a personal decision based on your physiology, your location, and how you will use the car.

I will use the air when we are making a long highway run and don't want the top down for some reason, when it is raining and hot, and with the top down if it is hot and we are sitting in stop-and-go traffic. The average usage is 5-6 times a year.

If there is an issue with resale it is going to be finding a buyer, since many people will hesitate, just as you are doing. The car will sell for less, but you are also going to be buying it for less, so that part is a wash.

Do you always use the A/C now, or do you tend to put the windows down? Having the top down will make it less necessary when driving, but more necessary when stopped.

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well... in NJ, once it hits 90 degrees, driving top-down is no longer fun for me.
I use the AC...

I made the mistake of getting a non-AC car brand new ( El Camino ) in 1981... never again for me...

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I have on occasion used the AC with the top down.
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Here in Michigan we've used the A/C sparingly. But, as others pointed out, longer travels with the top up it is useful and top down standing still can be hotter than blazes in direct sunlight!

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I use the AC quite a bit in the PNW with the top down. When the suns beating on me, the AC coming out of the vents are all aimed at me and I stay cool. Also helpful after the cars been parked in the sun. I pull the top up without completely latching it down, run the engine with AC for a few minutes while parked, with me standing under the nearest shade and I have a cool cockpit and cool seats.
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A/C does help a lot when your sitting at a stop light with the top down on a hot day.
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post #14 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 12:36 PM
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well... in NJ, once it hits 90 degrees, driving top-down is no longer fun for me.
I use the AC...

I made the mistake of getting a non-AC car brand new ( El Camino ) in 1981... never again for me...
that's 5 months a year down here in texas, my top is coming down until October.


but to the original question, even if you are far enough north; there will still be hot days that it rains and you'll wish you had ac rather than just the fan.
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I'm in Michigan and wouldn't buy a car without A/C. Part of that is due to not liking humid enviroments and part of it is age related (at least for me). The older I get the more I appreciate air conditioning.
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