I looked at a total of six local cars, four of them actually in my state. Was in electronic contact with a dealer in IL about another GXP, overpriced in my opinion, and they wouldn't budge so I never went to see it. I also had a good lead on a very very nice 2007 GXP which is virtually a clone of my original car but with a few more options. Far far out of state and due to circumstances beyond my control I need to stay local. Didn't go to see it in person, but from the many photos I received, this car is about as clean as you'd care to find and it's a special car for whoever buys it. Thanks again for your time and for thinking of me, Ron and Debbie, if you're reading this.
Looked at a Sly GXP last August. Sadly the owner was not of the same opinion of the condition of the vehicle as I was. He wanted 10K, I wanted a much better car for that money. I looked at another Sly GXP this winter in NH at a dealership. Mechanic at an affiliated dealership had owned it. I liked much of what I saw but I know aftermarket parts were installed and who knows what they were. Car did not have the performance to back up the multitude of stickers under the hood. Car was 10K, they would not give me close to the deal I wanted, and I walked.
Looked at a Mysterious GXP in RI. It was...you guessed it, 10K. And it needed 5K of bodywork. Pass. Then another Mysterious GXP for...10K, and an Aggressive GXP for 5K at the same seller's place, which frankly was almost in the shape of the Mysterious GXP they had. Black car had so many gouges and scrapes in the paint I was astounded. Needed interior work. Red car I suspect was in a flood. Weird vibe too at the place so hard pass.
Lastly and very recently I looked at another Sly 2008 Solstice GXP, manual trans. Owner was a careful man who really appreciated the car. Age prompted him to sell. Car was mint under the hood, like a new car. Underneath is clean, clean clean. Interior is just shy of mint, too. Roof looks new, wheels look new, never curbed, and the under side of the front fascia was never scraped either. Drives really nicely. Inspected about a week ago. A few spots of bad luck on the body, dent in the hood on the passenger side crease that needs actual bodywork, two minor dings that PDR will solve. Rock strike on the windshield header. Scratches on the trunk lid, probably will buff out. Fenders don't have any 'frown' but one was dented underneath, par for the course. Almost no road rash. Front wheel well liners have some cracks form over-torquing, seems common, my old one had it when brand new. A shade over 20,000 miles showing on the car.
I bought it for just under 12 grand. My budget was higher so the few small body issues will get corrected soon. Waiting on my registration and tags. Pics soon, weather here has been terrible. Didn't have a chance to take photos today, too busy doing important things like adjusting the driver's seat!
So for a little less than 2K more than many of the other cars I looked at, I easily got twice the car being offered.
Driving and working on a Sly 2008 Solstice GXP 5spd 260/260, and the worst-built 2012 LS3 Camaro 1SS to escape from Oshawa.
Gone but not forgotten:
2007 Solstice GXP 5 speed 290/340
Stored and needing to part ways with a 1970 Skylark Custom convertible I have owned since 1989 and turned into a GS455 clone. 462 with 7/8 primary headers, adjustable roller rockers, TA Performance Stage 1 aluminum heads, auto, Chevy 12 bolt, 3.31:1. Sadly a project car now but a driver from '89 to '06.