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Thanks Northern Sol for the feedback.

OK, more questions: (1) When should I do the next oil change? Right now, the DIC says 28% left. I'll probably only put 1K to 2K more miles on it(now at 13K), before parking it for the winter(and I'm still not sure about that parking part). Should I go ahead & change it now, since it's new to me. Or wait till colder weather and lower oil life % before(maybe) storing it & doing the oil change?

(2) I have gallons of 5W-20 & 0W-30 synth. oil in stock. Can I, with good conscience, use either of these weights? Or should I only use the recommended 5W-30? Not that big of a deal, moneywise, but I would like to use up what I have, if possible.

(3) The car('08, NA, 13K miles) has original tires(RSA's) that look as if they are showroom. No checkering, not drenched in tire dressing, no uneven wear, no problems with air pressures. Can I keep running them without having doubts( I'll probably not take them onto the Interstate again)? I'm only cruising this thing locally, so it's not like I need exotic rubber.

I took the usual advice (RTFM & use the forum search) & still was unsure of the answers to the above.

Hope to get some opinions or facts out of you guys.

Thanks, G.W.
 

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Your first stop should be to a tire shop... it's not the mileage or appearance of the tires that matters - it's the age. If you are a fair weather driver, take a look at the Michelin Pilot Sports - I LOVE them and it was a HUGE improvement over the stock tires. Do the oil change ASAP and make a plan to change ALL the fluids in your 11 year old car. Again, don't be fooled by mileage, these fluids breakdown over time, which can lead to bigger problems. Regular coolant changes may delay waterpump issues. I would stick to the spec oil weight and buy a high grade synthetic. My oil changes happen on a 12 month or 5K cycle regardless what the DIC says. Use the search bar on this forum to research maintenance tips and tricks.
 

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Your first stop should be to a tire shop... it's not the mileage or appearance of the tires that matters - it's the age. If you are a fair weather driver, take a look at the Michelin Pilot Sports - I LOVE them and it was a HUGE improvement over the stock tires. Do the oil change ASAP and make a plan to change ALL the fluids in your 11 year old car. Again, don't be fooled by mileage, these fluids breakdown over time, which can lead to bigger problems. Regular coolant changes may delay waterpump issues. I would stick to the spec oil weight and buy a high grade synthetic. My oil changes happen on a 12 month or 5K cycle regardless what the DIC says. Use the search bar on this forum to research maintenance tips and tricks.
I mostly agree with this.

The tires should certainly be replaced due to age. Also, RS-As are notoriously bad in the wet, and can lose traction instantly. What you get will depend on what your planned usage is, mainly whether you will be driving or even moving the car in cold weather. For an NA, especially given the type of driving I think you said you'd be doing, a good touring tire is perfectly adequate, and will be more comfortable. I have Michelin MXV4s on my NA and really like them. They have been on a number of very spirited runs, and I have never had problems keeping up with anyone because of them. Unfortunately they are no longer available. The RL has PS All-Seasons because I drive year-round and the MXV4s were not quite up to the extra power.

Do you have any service records? Brake fluid and coolant are both probably due to be replaced. Wit an NA you are significantly less likely to have water pump problems in the first place, and from what I have read it is bearing failure that destroys the seals and not the other way around, so that shouldn't really be a factor.

I agree with staying with the specified oil weight, but you could probably get away with the 0-30 if you really wanted to. I would stick with 1 year or 10% oil life, but that also is a personal choice. Extra oil changes waste money and resources, but won't hurt anything else.
 

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When I bought my 08 GXP it had two original tires with 42k miles on them...and some ultra-cheap mismatch tires on the front. I almost didn’t buy the car because it was so difficult to control. One set of Pilot SuperSport tires later and it was an entirely different car. Get new tires, as others have mentioned, but think about how and when (and in what kind of weather) you’ll be driving. My 08 lives in Palm Springs now with its new owners so those summer tires are fine any time of year. Probably not the kind of weather you’ll need to prep for unless it’ll spend winters hibernating in the garage.

And congrats! Sounds like a great find. I missed my first one so much I had to hunt down a second!! Snagged an 09 coupe w 3770 miles on it (original tires as well) along with a pile of in-box, never used accessories bought with it by the first owner. I’ll keep the old factory-fresh tires on the stock rims in storage (may swap them on for a car show or something) and mount some new Pilot Sport 4S tires on the second set of ‘snowflake’ optional rims.
 

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Crutchfield has a MasterSheet for the Solstice and it includes a procedure for getting to the subwoofer. If you can't access it on their web site let me know and I'll post it here for you.
 

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You could probly use your extra oil up and not be a problem for the short time its in there. Me though if I had 20 wt on top I would put a qt. after draining the oil after oil change to drain the little bit of old oil that was left in there. Its already paid for. Forget oil life monitor thats eco BS to not have so much oil waste by the same people of the 2.5 shower head. I use 50% or up to 5000 mi or in the Solstice case once a year. The filters arnt any better to start pushing it farther.

Seen dusters used on a lot better cars than a Solstice but after he cover came off not instead of a wash job. If your unsure about your tires why not get new ones and have some fun burn your old ones on on a burn out.

 

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RMarion,

Thanks for the Crutchfield reference. I can view the pictures but can't see the Mastersheet, unless I pay them $10.

Would greatly appreciate your assistance. Don't want to damage anything I don't have to, just to find a rattle!

Thanks again, for everyone's help on this forum.

G.W.
 
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