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2006 Solstice, 33,000 miles
Not having a good month. Last week it was the passenger airbag module,
this week its the catalytic converter. Problem started out with loud rattling sound for the first couple of minutes but decrease in performance.
The Sol sounded different - muffled - and would not rev properly.
Felt like it was choking. Dealer just called and said back-pressure is @ 4 psi and spec is 1.5 psi. Was not showing any codes.
Going to set me back at least $1,000
Not sure how a Cat goes all of a sudden with such low mileage.
 

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the cat warrantee on the 06 model year was extended because of high failures of the cat. yours should still be under warranty until 2016

Subject: 08300 -- SPECIAL COVERAGE ADJUSTMENT - EXTENDED CATALYTIC CONVERTER WARRANTY COVERAGE

Models: 2006-2007 PONTIAC SOLSTICE
2007 SATURN SKY
EQUIPPED WITH 2.4L ENGINE (LE5)

Condition
Some customers of 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice vehicles, and 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicles, equipped with a 2.4L engine (LE5), may comment on illumination of the malfunction indicator lamp (MAL) and/or lack of engine power. This may be caused by failure of the catalytic converter.

Special Coverage Adjustment
This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership.

Dealers/retailers are to replace the catalytic converter. The repairs will be made at no charge to the customer.

Customers should not be charged for performing a system check when it is determined that the catalytic converter is not the cause of the customer complaint. Any additional necessary diagnosis and repairs that are not related to the catalytic converter are NOT covered by this special coverage. The customer should be informed that any further service that is not covered by the new vehicle warranty will not be covered by this policy.

Customer Reimbursement - For Pontiac US
All customer requests for reimbursement for previous repairs for the special coverage condition will be handled by the Customer Assistance Center, not by dealers.

A General Motors Customer Reimbursement Procedure and Claim Form is included with the customer letter.

Customer Letter
June 2009
Dear GM Customer:

As the owner of a 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice or a 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicle equipped with a 2.4L engine, your satisfaction with our product is very important to us.

This letter is intended to make you aware that some 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice and 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicles, equipped with a 2.4L engine, may have a condition where the malfunction indicator lamp illuminates, and/or there is a lack of engine power. This may be caused by failure of the catalytic converter.

Do not take your vehicle to your GM dealer/retailer as a result of this letter unless you believe that your vehicle has the condition as described above.

What We Have Done:
General Motors is providing owners with additional protection for the catalytic converter. If this condition occurs on your 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice or 2007 model year Saturn SKY within 10 years of the date your vehicle was originally placed in service or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, the condition will be repaired for you at no charge . Diagnosis or repair for conditions other than the condition described above is not covered under this special coverage program.

What You Should Do:
Repairs and adjustments qualifying under this special coverage must be performed by a General Motors dealer/retailer. If you believe your vehicle has the condition covered by this special coverage, you may want to contact your GM dealer/retailer to find out how long they will need to have your vehicle so that you may schedule the appointment at a time that is convenient for you. This will also allow your dealer/retailer to order parts if they are not already in stock. Keep this letter with your other important glove box literature for future reference.

Reimbursement:
The enclosed form explains what reimbursement is available and how to request reimbursement if you have paid for repairs for the special coverage condition. Your request for reimbursement, including the information and documents mentioned on the enclosed form, must be received by GM by June 30, 2010.

If you have any questions or need any assistance to better understand related repairs, please contact your dealer/retailer. If you have questions related to a potential reimbursement, please contact the appropriate Customer Assistance Center at the telephone number listed below.

Pontiac: 1-800-620-7668 Saturn: 1-800-972-8876

We are sorry for any inconvenience you may experience; however we have taken this action in the interest of your continued satisfaction with our products.

General Motors Corporation
 

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2006 Solstice, 33,000 miles
Not having a good month. Last week it was the passenger airbag module,
this week its the catalytic converter. Problem started out with loud rattling sound for the first couple of minutes but decrease in performance.
The Sol sounded different - muffled - and would not rev properly.
Felt like it was choking. Dealer just called and said back-pressure is @ 4 psi and spec is 1.5 psi. Was not showing any codes.
Going to set me back at least $1,000
Not sure how a Cat goes all of a sudden with such low mileage.
Classic signs of it. You probably noticed when you hit 3,900 rpm or so is when it really started sputtering.

As Rob pointed out, it should be covered. A few years back there was a severe shortage of the converters, but that should be cleared up now.

If push comes to shove, put an aftermarket hi-flow cat on it. You get a little more snarl from the exhaust note and a trifle peppier response from the engine.
 

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Well GM came through for me and covered the replacement CAT 100%

Thanks Rob for the heads up.

Its interesting to note, the CAT part number 12597268 is available
in Canada from a GM dealer for $386.76 CAD yet when I look this
part up online in the USA & it is over $500 USD
With a 33% exchange rate currently, would be quite an economical
purchase for US Kappa owners from the Canadian source.
Would also like to give a heads up to 2006 & 2007 Kappa owners
that are coming up to their 10 year anniversary delivery date,
might be a thought to pay and get the engine exhaust back-pressure
checked to see if they may possible be looking at a CAT replacement
as it can currently be done under warranty.
The test was at 2500 RPM and the max spec is 1.5 PSI.
Mine was between 3.5 and 4.0 PSI but there were no codes or
check engine light. The only clue was a loud rattle when engine
was cold and poor performance(Sol would not rev freely)
Once the mechanic removed the CAT, he shook it and everything
was rattling inside. Maybe it had been going for a while or maybe
something let loose inside the CAT on the weekend when I first
noticed the problem.
 

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Mine was replaced in 2011 when I had 36,000 miles on my 2006 Solstice.

Glad it was covered for you.

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Great (and other readers) mine exhibited the rattle especially during shifts when cold.

Good idea for others that may be approaching that 10 year mark to listen close and have things checked.
 

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Just got mine done today...didn't seem to be running poorly or making noise, but I got the CEL with a code 0420 about 'converter efficiency below threshold'. Mister Goodwrench checked it last week when in for the ignition switch recall...and my old keys still work!
 

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for get that converter . just get a high flow pipe and a programmer . for around 500 for both add 35 or so horse power my converter started to clog around 50k. these should last for over 200 thousand miles .
 

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I had dramatic power loss and sputtering going uphills for the last 3 weeks even in 3rd gear, CEL just came on. Took it in to dealer after reading the forum, CC was replaced no charge, saving me about $1100. Thanks to all that post here with all of the great information!

Dealer was initially a little hesitant about replacing under warranty, however I guess they looked it up and figured out I knew what I was talking about.

Car is running great now and blasting up the hills!
 
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