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1. I was thinking about taking the rear pontiac badge since it's small but the salvage place IAA it was at sadly said nothing could be removed from it.

2. Oh great idea! I'm going to try that. Maybe Staples can print it.

3. I called several law firms last week and even spoke to a legal line today, and sadly the emotional side of pain and suffering isn't something most personal injury lawyers will get involved with from what it seems since it's difficult to show proof of emotional distress. I like that funny wording though and I appreciate your sympathies. I wanna say that I do have the Solstice's rigidity to thank in a way since the sedan's front that ran the red looked way worse than that passenger fender/wheel of the Solstice.
Aaaaand...the sedan was Japanese or Korean, correct?
 

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you will always miss it. there will never be another like it.but thats ok. just search and find what you want., it wont be the same but it can still be fun and enjoyable. I had to sell my 06 due to no longer being able to drive a clutch car. I got a 07 gxp with auto trans, same cool silver color out side, but not what I want on the inside im not fond of all black,.ithe gxp is for sure faster, looks great, better tunes, better gas millage, runs great. it has almost 30000 miles on it, but it just aint the same. I still havent decided weather I will keep it or not.. I rarely drive it. just sites there inside with car cover. I havent even waxed it. hell I used to wax the other one 4 times a year at the least. Ive fixed broken stuff that it had ( vents, passenger cup holder ,drivers handle, intake breather tube,) added a short antenna, changed oil&filter, changed air filter. but still it just aint quite the same. but it's only been 3 months. I may sell it , I may keep it. I think if I was just upgrading it may be different instead of I have to replace due to my ankle. but in the end it's the same dam thing. I had a choice to keep my 06 and drive very little or get another with automatic and... I dont know the answer for you. Hell I dont know the answer for me. Possibly time will help, possibly stepping up to a gxp will help. ( they can put a smile on your face when needed.) but there will be no miracle cure. good luck with what ever you choose to doo or how you deal with your loss.
Very true points. Ah, that's sad to hear about the numerous fixes you've done and it still just not being the same and it just sitting there with the car cover. Woah, that really low miles. I think I might just get a GXP when it feels right with what you mentioned. I got the NA originally thinking one day I would try and LS swap it but I'll need to look into if the GXP can be LS swapped. Thank you for the insightful advice and the good luck, I really appreciate it.
 

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Mark said it well and from the heart. You have understanding here with this group of folks who are enthusiasts and also caring human beings. You will know when it iis time to begin the search for that second, almost perfect car. Perhaps one that needs you...

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I really appreciate and am thankful for you all. It really means a lot. It could be a year or a few until then, I'm scared to get attached to another car but I like that last part.
 

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I guess we're all different, I have a hard time relating to such drama. This is all I'm gonna say.
A few years ago, I got run off the road (at 60+ mph) into a concrete construction barrier on my beloved Valkyrie motorcycle. This was a special motorcycle, they only made 200 of this specific model and color combo. It was a highly sought-after version of that motorcycle by the crowd I run with.

Regardless, the accident totaled the bike and almost killed me. I knew there was no chance of fixing it so, I did the next best thing. Before I was even out of the body cast, a friend and I traveled north several hundred miles and bought another rare one using the insurance payout. Doing that made missing the old one much less painful.

Now, there's three of them sitting in my garage. It's an addiction I tell ya, don't go there. ;) You have been warned. :D

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That's crazy to hear about getting run off the road at that speed and then into a concrete barrier. That's a good mindset about the next best thing and that's awesome you got another rare motorcycle and now have three. I appreciate the warning.
 

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Agonizing over what might happen to a car, is in and of itself, a need for a therapist. To put it as briefly as possible, **** happens. I've totaled two cars because of low blood sugar. That won't happen any more because I have a Dexcom. What the Dexcom won't prevent is another idiotic driver intersecting with me. There are 250 million of them in this country. Defensive driving helps. It won't put shields around your car. Cars are fragile. Sometimes, they die. You can't prevent it.
Great points. With defensive driving, having to try and anticipate the actions of careless drivers is stressful in it of itself but it's all you can do. Good realistic perspective.
 

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Happy you found some value in my words. Annette Hanshaw was as big as lady gaga is now during her era. The iconic cartoon character Betty Boop was fashioned after her. She has an interesting history and a unique style. I guess, nobody ever said life was always easy, but it beats the hell out of the alternative. Thinking positive thoughts and making the best of a bad situation, releases brain chemicals which then lead to a more positive outlook. It has to be a conscious effort to remind oneself of positivity......like exercise for your body.
Oh, that's very cool to hear. I didn't know about Betty Boop being fashioned after her, that's interesting to know and I now that I think about it, I think I've heard the name Annette Hanshaw before so hearing she was a big as lady gaga makes sense. I'm going to listen to more of her songs. I'll keep that in mind about the conscious effort and the brain chemicals. I have some positive bursts of thoughts sometimes but true, that momentum can fade if not maintained.
 

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I came up with a saying some years back that i have held close ever since after going through some bad times.
Surf the silver linings of the dark clouds because, at least in my experience, the other side of that storm is often wildly better than i could have even imagined.
In others words look to the upside (you are still around) and know that your next adventure in life could lead to things even more amazing than what you lost.
Hang in there brother. All good things to come.
Glad you are around!
 

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I came up with a saying some years back that i have held close ever since after going through some bad times.
Surf the silver linings of the dark clouds because, at least in my experience, the other side of that storm is often wildly better than i could have even imagined.
In others words look to the upside (you are still around) and know that your next adventure in life could lead to things even more amazing than what you lost.
Hang in there brother. All good things to come.
Glad you are around!
I really like your saying. Thank you very much for sharing and your kind words.
 

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My Solstice was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light and even though it happened about three weeks ago, it's still really difficult to come to terms with. Does anyone have advice or tips on emotionally dealing with this sort of thing?
I was really attached to my Solstice for a multitude of reasons. I spent almost a year looking for it. I got it it early 2019 and it had 39,000 miles, NA, manual, mean yellow, and was kept in pristine condition by an older gentleman. It's more common to see the GXPs in the mean yellow than the NA version so that in itself I really liked. It was my first roadster, first car I learned to drive manual on, first car I really cared about and would always park far away from people and constantly clean.

I miss driving it so much. It feels like a nightmare and I'm still partially in denial. I've been losing a lot of sleep, not being able to focus at work, feeling like a part of me died with the loss of my Solstice. It also had a lot of sentimental value because I took it on several long trips and just the 3 years of memories for it to all come to an end. I planned on keeping for the rest of life and thought I'd be driving it until nearly 200k miles and possibly more. I am slowly trying to accept this reality but it's still a tough pill to swallow. Now I'm frantically looking both ways in my rental through green lights and just any roads that intersect for drivers who run stop signs and red lights. I am thankful and grateful that the worse of the injuries I got were some really deep bruises with fluid build up but it's the emotional distress that's the toughest to get through.

I was really hoping it would be repairable but the repair quotes from my insurance estimated repairs to be nearly 10k so they deemed it a total loss. I visited it for the last time to get my belongings last week and it was really tough to say goodbye. I wanted to keep a body panel as something to remember it by but the IAA said they can't allow that so there's nothing they let me keep, not even the instruction manual. I miss it everyday and sometimes I just imagine still having it but then reality sets in. I try and cherish the great memories but just knowing it's gone, it's quite painful.
I had a similar experience with my first Solstice. I was the original owner of a brazen orange 2019. The dealer though I was nuts ordering orange until they saw it. I was t-boned by someone who ran a red light. I was distraught and decided to search for a replacement. I found a low mileage Street Edition which was a bit of an upgrade. I love my replacement Solstice and I’m glad I got a second one. I suggest you look for another and make it your own again.
 

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My Solstice was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light and even though it happened about three weeks ago, it's still really difficult to come to terms with. Does anyone have advice or tips on emotionally dealing with this sort of thing?
I was really attached to my Solstice for a multitude of reasons. I spent almost a year looking for it. I got it it early 2019 and it had 39,000 miles, NA, manual, mean yellow, and was kept in pristine condition by an older gentleman. It's more common to see the GXPs in the mean yellow than the NA version so that in itself I really liked. It was my first roadster, first car I learned to drive manual on, first car I really cared about and would always park far away from people and constantly clean.

I miss driving it so much. It feels like a nightmare and I'm still partially in denial. I've been losing a lot of sleep, not being able to focus at work, feeling like a part of me died with the loss of my Solstice. It also had a lot of sentimental value because I took it on several long trips and just the 3 years of memories for it to all come to an end. I planned on keeping for the rest of life and thought I'd be driving it until nearly 200k miles and possibly more. I am slowly trying to accept this reality but it's still a tough pill to swallow. Now I'm frantically looking both ways in my rental through green lights and just any roads that intersect for drivers who run stop signs and red lights. I am thankful and grateful that the worse of the injuries I got were some really deep bruises with fluid build up but it's the emotional distress that's the toughest to get through.

I was really hoping it would be repairable but the repair quotes from my insurance estimated repairs to be nearly 10k so they deemed it a total loss. I visited it for the last time to get my belongings last week and it was really tough to say goodbye. I wanted to keep a body panel as something to remember it by but the IAA said they can't allow that so there's nothing they let me keep, not even the instruction manual. I miss it everyday and sometimes I just imagine still having it but then reality sets in. I try and cherish the great memories but just knowing it's gone, it's quite painful.
ANY car I owe, I would rather have totaled then fixed- I have six convertibles, Corvettes, Solstices, Camaro, Porsche. The best body shop I know of would only give you repaired junk. That said take your money and enjoy hunting for another one, this time of the year you can get a great deal in colder states. I picked up an '06 convertible this time of the year for $1000's less than it is worth.
 

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My Solstice was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light and even though it happened about three weeks ago, it's still really difficult to come to terms with. Does anyone have advice or tips on emotionally dealing with this sort of thing?
I was really attached to my Solstice for a multitude of reasons. I spent almost a year looking for it. I got it it early 2019 and it had 39,000 miles, NA, manual, mean yellow, and was kept in pristine condition by an older gentleman. It's more common to see the GXPs in the mean yellow than the NA version so that in itself I really liked. It was my first roadster, first car I learned to drive manual on, first car I really cared about and would always park far away from people and constantly clean.

I miss driving it so much. It feels like a nightmare and I'm still partially in denial. I've been losing a lot of sleep, not being able to focus at work, feeling like a part of me died with the loss of my Solstice. It also had a lot of sentimental value because I took it on several long trips and just the 3 years of memories for it to all come to an end. I planned on keeping for the rest of life and thought I'd be driving it until nearly 200k miles and possibly more. I am slowly trying to accept this reality but it's still a tough pill to swallow. Now I'm frantically looking both ways in my rental through green lights and just any roads that intersect for drivers who run stop signs and red lights. I am thankful and grateful that the worse of the injuries I got were some really deep bruises with fluid build up but it's the emotional distress that's the toughest to get through.

I was really hoping it would be repairable but the repair quotes from my insurance estimated repairs to be nearly 10k so they deemed it a total loss. I visited it for the last time to get my belongings last week and it was really tough to say goodbye. I wanted to keep a body panel as something to remember it by but the IAA said they can't allow that so there's nothing they let me keep, not even the instruction manual. I miss it everyday and sometimes I just imagine still having it but then reality sets in. I try and cherish the great memories but just knowing it's gone, it's quite painful.
My Solstice was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light and even though it happened about three weeks ago, it's still really difficult to come to terms with. Does anyone have advice or tips on emotionally dealing with this sort of thing?
I was really attached to my Solstice for a multitude of reasons. I spent almost a year looking for it. I got it it early 2019 and it had 39,000 miles, NA, manual, mean yellow, and was kept in pristine condition by an older gentleman. It's more common to see the GXPs in the mean yellow than the NA version so that in itself I really liked. It was my first roadster, first car I learned to drive manual on, first car I really cared about and would always park far away from people and constantly clean.

I miss driving it so much. It feels like a nightmare and I'm still partially in denial. I've been losing a lot of sleep, not being able to focus at work, feeling like a part of me died with the loss of my Solstice. It also had a lot of sentimental value because I took it on several long trips and just the 3 years of memories for it to all come to an end. I planned on keeping for the rest of life and thought I'd be driving it until nearly 200k miles and possibly more. I am slowly trying to accept this reality but it's still a tough pill to swallow. Now I'm frantically looking both ways in my rental through green lights and just any roads that intersect for drivers who run stop signs and red lights. I am thankful and grateful that the worse of the injuries I got were some really deep bruises with fluid build up but it's the emotional distress that's the toughest to get through.

I was really hoping it would be repairable but the repair quotes from my insurance estimated repairs to be nearly 10k so they deemed it a total loss. I visited it for the last time to get my belongings last week and it was really tough to say goodbye. I wanted to keep a body panel as something to remember it by but the IAA said they can't allow that so there's nothing they let me keep, not even the instruction manual. I miss it everyday and sometimes I just imagine still having it but then reality sets in. I try and cherish the great memories but just knowing it's gone, it's quite painful.
You could have kept the owners manual- and could also have bought the car back from the insurance company for whatever the salvage bid was- not much I'm sure. To bad you didn't talk to someone who knew anything about this before you surrendered it to the insurance company. I am a former insurance appraiser so know what could have been done. sorry for your loss. I have 2 Solstices- a 2006 base model, and just this hour received a 2009 GXP from Colorado.- WOW- what a difference in power. I also bid and bought a '06 Mallett, but the car is in Canada and I can't get it thru customs- fortunately the seller is going to refund my money- sure would have like to have felt 400 horsepower- another 140 horse over the GXP.- Scary!
 

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1. I was thinking about taking the rear pontiac badge since it's small but the salvage place IAA it was at sadly said nothing could be removed from it. 2. Oh great idea! I'm going to try that. Maybe Staples can print it. 3. I called several law firms last week and even spoke to a legal line today, and sadly the emotional side of pain and suffering isn't something most personal injury lawyers will get involved with from what it seems since it's difficult to show proof of emotional distress. I like that funny wording though and I appreciate your sympathies. I wanna say that I do have the Solstice's rigidity to thank in a way since the sedan's front that ran the red looked way worse than that passenger fender/wheel of the Solstice.
Your story breaks my heart! Did you try buying it back from the insurance company? I have a thing for yellow cars and my goal is a yellow Solstice. (My '08 is silver). My first love was a yellow 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport with the laser stripe and Cragar's. Bought it used in Feb. '73 with 9080 miles on it. September '78 it is legally parked on the street in front of a friend's house. When we came in from work that evening the right two wheels were up on the sidewalk. A young girl hit it left headlight to left headlight. No frame damage, but it was totaled. I bought it from the insurance company for salvage value (deducted from my settlement). I still have it. It's still wrecked, but someday I will put it back together. It's still my first love.
 

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My Solstice was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light and even though it happened about three weeks ago, it's still really difficult to come to terms with. Does anyone have advice or tips on emotionally dealing with this sort of thing?
I was really attached to my Solstice for a multitude of reasons. I spent almost a year looking for it. I got it it early 2019 and it had 39,000 miles, NA, manual, mean yellow, and was kept in pristine condition by an older gentleman. It's more common to see the GXPs in the mean yellow than the NA version so that in itself I really liked. It was my first roadster, first car I learned to drive manual on, first car I really cared about and would always park far away from people and constantly clean.

I miss driving it so much. It feels like a nightmare and I'm still partially in denial. I've been losing a lot of sleep, not being able to focus at work, feeling like a part of me died with the loss of my Solstice. It also had a lot of sentimental value because I took it on several long trips and just the 3 years of memories for it to all come to an end. I planned on keeping for the rest of life and thought I'd be driving it until nearly 200k miles and possibly more. I am slowly trying to accept this reality but it's still a tough pill to swallow. Now I'm frantically looking both ways in my rental through green lights and just any roads that intersect for drivers who run stop signs and red lights. I am thankful and grateful that the worse of the injuries I got were some really deep bruises with fluid build up but it's the emotional distress that's the toughest to get through.

I was really hoping it would be repairable but the repair quotes from my insurance estimated repairs to be nearly 10k so they deemed it a total loss. I visited it for the last time to get my belongings last week and it was really tough to say goodbye. I wanted to keep a body panel as something to remember it by but the IAA said they can't allow that so there's nothing they let me keep, not even the instruction manual. I miss it everyday and sometimes I just imagine still having it but then reality sets in. I try and cherish the great memories but just knowing it's gone, it's quite painful.
I love mine too and I drive very carefully/ defensively for fear of getting hit. I think the best thing for you is to find another one. It is.after all just a machine, not a person or a beloved pet. It can be replaced.

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The one thing I don't like about my Solstice is the rear view mirror. I'm 6'1" and the mirror perfectly blocks any view to my right side at any intersection. Several times I have looked to my right at an intersection, saw no traffic and started to pull out only to see a car right there! It always amazes me that the mirror totally blocks any vision of cars to my right at a four way intersection. I have gotten used to double and triple checking before pulling out! I am actually considering taking the rear view mirror off just for safety. I rarely use that mirror, I rely on my side mirrors. The only issue might be the On Star connection in the mirror? Has anyone else removed the mirror?
 

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You could have kept the owners manual- and could also have bought the car back from the insurance company for whatever the salvage bid was- not much I'm sure. To bad you didn't talk to someone who knew anything about this before you surrendered it to the insurance company. I am a former insurance appraiser so know what could have been done. sorry for your loss. I have 2 Solstices- a 2006 base model, and just this hour received a 2009 GXP from Colorado.- WOW- what a difference in power. I also bid and bought a '06 Mallett, but the car is in Canada and I can't get it thru customs- fortunately the seller is going to refund my money- sure would have like to have felt 400 horsepower- another 140 horse over the GXP.- Scary!
Mine is closing on 400 with a few bolt on mods like a bigger turbo and some mildly improved air flow and some back and forth tunes.
Mind you the low end torque isnt there like a V8 (drool) but the GXP should be able to handle 400 with a few thousands of dollars investment…
Be careful though, its an addiction :)
 

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I had a similar experience with my first Solstice. I was the original owner of a brazen orange 2019. The dealer though I was nuts ordering orange until they saw it. I was t-boned by someone who ran a red light. I was distraught and decided to search for a replacement. I found a low mileage Street Edition which was a bit of an upgrade. I love my replacement Solstice and I’m glad I got a second one. I suggest you look for another and make it your own again.
Oh no, I have a lot of contempt for red light runners. Really sorry to hear but happy you found a replacement. That's cool that you have a Street Edition and with low miles, I think I only saw one or two online when I was first looking for my Solstice three years ago so those seem pretty rare. I appreciate the advice. I moved to the city I'm in now about five months ago and there's sadly too many crazy drivers. I moved to a lower populated city so I thought driving would be more peaceful but I was in for a rude awakening. I really want to move again but fear that it could be even worse. Before I moved, I had several close calls with crazy drivers (almost sideswiped a few times by them trying to quickly shift lanes without checking, crossing far into the left turn lane solid line to where I have to stop a few feet since people make sharp turns, and people not having the depth perception so they turn out of a stop sign badly cutting off people going straight) which among other factors led me to move and I thought it couldn't be worse and I was so wrong. I almost got hit again in my rental the other day by another red light runner but luckily I was looking both ways before crossing the intersection through a green light this time around. I even saw another car almost get hit and it's just madness. There are more cops driving around in the city I'm in now yet people are so reckless. Eventually, if I find a city that feels safe to drive in, I definitely plan on getting another Solstice.
 

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Oh no, I have a lot of contempt for red light runners. Really sorry to hear but happy you found a replacement. That's cool that you have a Street Edition and with low miles, I think I only saw one or two online when I was first looking for my Solstice three years ago so those seem pretty rare. I appreciate the advice. I moved to the city I'm in now about five months ago and there's sadly too many crazy drivers. I moved to a lower populated city so I thought driving would be more peaceful but I was in for a rude awakening. I really want to move again but fear that it could be even worse. Before I moved, I had several close calls with crazy drivers (almost sideswiped a few times by them trying to quickly shift lanes without checking, crossing far into the left turn lane solid line to where I have to stop a few feet since people make sharp turns, and people not having the depth perception so they turn out of a stop sign badly cutting off people going straight) which among other factors led me to move and I thought it couldn't be worse and I was so wrong. I almost got hit again in my rental the other day by another red light runner but luckily I was looking both ways before crossing the intersection through a green light this time around. I even saw another car almost get hit and it's just madness. There are more cops driving around in the city I'm in now yet people are so reckless. Eventually, if I find a city that feels safe to drive in, I definitely plan on getting another Solstice.
I have heard the Canadians are more polite and careful drivers but that could just be rumours
 
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