According to the poll here; 60% haven't had a water pump failure yet. Perhaps the common failure, may not be that common after all?
I don't mean this nearly as harshly as it will probably appear, but that's an absurd conclusion
First, who'd agree that 40% premature failure is acceptable? If you say that 60% haven't had a water pump failure yet, you're also saying that 40% have -- and you're saying that a 40% failure rate is acceptable.
Aside from that: Look at the numbers in the poll -- which, no offense, has serious flaws of its own that make the results virtually meaningless:
* 25 of the respondents who haven't have a WP failure have <50,000 miles on their car, and I'd bet that many of them have substantially less than 50k
* 17 had a failure at >50k miles -- and there was no provision for indicating that you've had more than one WP failure (as has my car)
* The number of NA & GXP cars totals up to 44 -- while the responses in the "Yes" and "No" options total up to 58. With no provision for one voter to indicate that they've had more than one failure, and presumably the poll software won't allow the same voter to vote more than once, shouldn't the number of responses be the same as the total number of NA & GXP cars combined?
The low number of responses -- either Yes OR No responses -- would probably be considered statistically meaningless when you consider that there are supposedly something like 23-24,000 members of this forum (which seems like an impossibly, unbelievably high number -- but I've seen it somewhere).
Even if the number of forum members was 2300 -- not 23,000 -- 44 cars being reported on or 58 total responses is statistically meaningless.
And finally, here's a thought I'm sure has some merit:
* MANY Solstice owners have sold their car -- and many of them have done so due to the problems they had with it. With water pump failure appearing to be one of the most frequent problems Solstice owner's -- including ones who are current forum members, but certainly also including many who aren't -- have had, doesn't it stand to reason that water pump failures have occurred to FORMER members, and have almost certainly been instrumental in causing the sale of a lot of Solstices?
And isn't it virtually certain that many former owners who sold their car due at least in part to water pump failure are no longer forum members -- and thus didn't participate in the poll?
The anecdotal evidence that many -- too many -- Solstice water pumps fail at an unacceptably premature mileage -- relative to how many miles water pumps typically last in ALL vehicles -- is overwhelming.
Just because it hasn't happened to YOUR car doesn't mean that it hasn't happened to FAR more cars than it should have, based on industry norms.