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Understand I'm singing to the coupe choir here but just wanted to post about taking the coupe out for a cruise this week (along w/not seeing too many new coupe threads being posted in this sub-forum very often). Reason I haven't been driving the coupe too much this years is due too been enjoying driving our 06 vert this summer. But weirdly never w/the top down because like the coupe think it looks better w/the top on. However, believe the real reason is due to the vert is a manual and with the wider rear tires (275s) it helps give it more of a hot rod feel than the auto coupe.

Since it was a bright and beautiful summer day I decided to take the GXP coupe out to run a few errands. At first it was about just enjoying driving the car again, then I switched into cruise mode and began watching to see if anyone was checking it out. Glad to report that even after five years it continues to garner and attract attention. Had a few folks drive along in my blind spot checking out the fastback lines, at stoplights I saw folks staring, and answered a few questions (thought those only came as verts, nice car mister, first time I've ever seen one, and one :thumbs:), several few folks walking would stare as I drove by, and one person trying to get me to race (no thanks). OK, I admit I did stomp on the gas once, but when the tires started to spin rubber I let off immediately. Though it did answer the question if autos can spin their tires (had it in 4). :devil:

Now I know it's not a Ferrari, a classic or muscle car, but the coupes do continue to attract attention and positive reactions from strangers. Funny how small things like this continue to make me feel glad we own a somewhat different car. :cool:

If anymore coupe owners have stories or coupe compliments to really post em up here.:cheers:
 

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Yeah, It's great to see the looks on folks faces when they see the coupe and can't figure out what they are seeing. With so few around and such striking lines, they always get looks!!
Friday I went to the bank to make a deposit and when I got out of the coupe there was a younger couple coming out and the guys says "Niiiice car!".:yesnod:
Me, being the smug azz I am, said "Yeah, That's what the license plate says!".:devil::thumbs:
Just can't resist.

Even when we're out with the SKY, people will say "nice car" and I have to say "No, this is the COOOL car, the NIICE one is at home!";)

Gotta love these rides!! I know we do.:yesnod:
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Hey everyone, I just joined this forum. I don't take my '09 GXP coupe out much but when I do, it's definitely head turner. I think every time I've taken it out for a spin (about 10 times since I got it earlier this year), I see at least a couple people pointing at it. I wish I could drive it more but I want to keep the mileage down as much as possible.
 

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Hey everyone, I just joined this forum. I don't take my '09 GXP coupe out much but when I do, it's definitely head turner. I think every time I've taken it out for a spin (about 10 times since I got it earlier this year), I see at least a couple people pointing at it. I wish I could drive it more but I want to keep the mileage down as much as possible.
You bought it to Drive it, Go Drive it!!:cool::yesnod: It's meant to be ENJOYED!
I only get to put about 5000 miles a year on mine. Just shy of 20k on it now. But it's the Permagrin it puts on my face when I do drive it, that I wish I could drive it even more:thumbs:
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I drove my Cool (silver) coupe to Home Depot to buy some hardware a month ago. When I came out there were 3 young people (in their 20s) checking out my "heap". When I was close enough to pop the rear glass they saw me approaching and they started asking me questions.

They kept telling me it was the coolest car they ever saw and said it must be cool driving a "James Bond car". I told them it wasn't an exotic car but just a 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe. I told them Pontiac only made 1266 of them and they were pretty rare.

Like everyone says it turns heads everywhere..............in traffic and in parking lots. I love it.

I am a technical manager at a Ford Assembly Plant in Ohio with over 35 years of service. Ever since I started working for Ford in 1979 I bought Fords or Lincolns. I was a Pontiac guy before that.

I bought the Coupe in April of 2013 from a gal in Florida after seeing my first one in March 2013. I immediately fell in love with it and had to have one. I drive it to the Ford plant every day and will continue until the weather in Ohio "turns ugly" and I have to put it away for the winter. I have the soft top on all summer so I can enjoy the open air mode this car delivers. What a great car.

The UAW complained to the Plant Manager about me driving this non Ford product into the plant so I have to keep it parked in the visitor parking lot instead of in my usual parking spot near the plant building. I am OK with that since it makes me so happy driving it back and forth from work to home. It's worth the extra walk into the plant.
 

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Hey everyone, I just joined this forum. I don't take my '09 GXP coupe out much but when I do, it's definitely head turner. I think every time I've taken it out for a spin (about 10 times since I got it earlier this year), I see at least a couple people pointing at it. I wish I could drive it more but I want to keep the mileage down as much as possible.
Congratulations for doing your part to preserve the Solstice Coupe and Pontiac heritage. For some reason most on this forum think they should be driven untill totally wore out.

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Hey everyone, I just joined this forum. I don't take my '09 GXP coupe out much but when I do, it's definitely head turner. I think every time I've taken it out for a spin (about 10 times since I got it earlier this year), I see at least a couple people pointing at it. I wish I could drive it more but I want to keep the mileage down as much as possible.
Hey Harv, You may want to consider PMing Shadofax, he updates the coupe owners thread; http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f114/newest-solstice-coupe-list-here-74384/index7.html

And welcome to the forum and coupe group.
 

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I no longer have my coupe, but I did love its styling, much more than the 'vert. I would've never bought a Solstice if not for the coupe, don't care that much for the clown shoe styling of the convertible.

But I have to say while I loved the styling, I never got a second glance or a comment from anyone. I owned a Crossfire when they first came out, and it drew a LOT of attention. And of course my Exige continues to cause accidents by gawkers everywhere I drive it.

The coupe? not so much. Ditto local verts. Kappas are not rare cars where I live.
 

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Oh, please don't let this morph into the "I don't drive my coupe and neither should any of you" thread... My coupe only had 3000 on it when I sold it, and only a few hundred after I "butchered" it, but I drove it every chance I got.

Speaking of butchering, I wonder what the resale value will be for my 2013 Camaro that I turned into a 2013 Trans Am.
 

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I took the wife out one morning for breakfast a few months ago. While we were sitting there, this new yellow Mustang with two elderly guys drove by the coupe at least three times. He disappeared after that. We finished eating and headed home when low and behold he comes racing up, trying to chase me down. At the next stop light, he roars up next to us, and I brace myself for the usual "Is it quick? Ya wanna race?" that I get from ricers all the time. However, he asks "How much did it cost you to import it from Europe?". Laughing, I tell him that it was built and sold here in the US. About this time, the light changes, he gives me a thumbs up, and we both take off (sedately).

My coupe is my daily driver (in the spring through the fall), and I cannot begin to tell you how many people have almost driven off of the road while checking her out! The best one on the freeway though was when a newer Lambo came racing up beside me, slowed down and dropped into my blind spot to check me out. He stayed there for about 1/2 a mile before honking twice and taking off again.
 

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Enjoy them however you like. Stick them in the garage and polish them every day or use them as commuter cars, it doesn't really matter, they will never be worth huge dollars no matter what you do, so your own personal enjoyment is the only criterion for use. Different strokes.
 

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I drove my Cool (silver) coupe to Home Depot to buy some hardware a month ago. When I came out there were 3 young people (in their 20s) checking out my "heap". When I was close enough to pop the rear glass they saw me approaching and they started asking me questions.

They kept telling me it was the coolest car they ever saw and said it must be cool driving a "James Bond car". I told them it wasn't an exotic car but just a 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe. I told them Pontiac only made 1266 of them and they were pretty rare.

Like everyone says it turns heads everywhere..............in traffic and in parking lots. I love it.

I am a technical manager at a Ford Assembly Plant in Ohio with over 35 years of service. Ever since I started working for Ford in 1979 I bought Fords or Lincolns. I was a Pontiac guy before that.

I bought the Coupe in April of 2013 from a gal in Florida after seeing my first one in March 2013. I immediately fell in love with it and had to have one. I drive it to the Ford plant every day and will continue until the weather in Ohio "turns ugly" and I have to put it away for the winter. I have the soft top on all summer so I can enjoy the open air mode this car delivers. What a great car.

The UAW complained to the Plant Manager about me driving this non Ford product into the plant so I have to keep it parked in the visitor parking lot instead of in my usual parking spot near the plant building. I am OK with that since it makes me so happy driving it back and forth from work to home. It's worth the extra walk into the plant.

Lar Bear,

Great story. I am glad you are enjoying your Solstice. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Erica Tiffany
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Understand I'm singing to the coupe choir here but just wanted to post about taking the coupe out for a cruise this week (along w/not seeing too many new coupe threads being posted in this sub-forum very often). Reason I haven't been driving the coupe too much this years is due too been enjoying driving our 06 vert this summer. But weirdly never w/the top down because like the coupe think it looks better w/the top on. However, believe the real reason is due to the vert is a manual and with the wider rear tires (275s) it helps give it more of a hot rod feel than the auto coupe.

Since it was a bright and beautiful summer day I decided to take the GXP coupe out to run a few errands. At first it was about just enjoying driving the car again, then I switched into cruise mode and began watching to see if anyone was checking it out. Glad to report that even after five years it continues to garner and attract attention. Had a few folks drive along in my blind spot checking out the fastback lines, at stoplights I saw folks staring, and answered a few questions (thought those only came as verts, nice car mister, first time I've ever seen one, and one :thumbs:), several few folks walking would stare as I drove by, and one person trying to get me to race (no thanks). OK, I admit I did stomp on the gas once, but when the tires started to spin rubber I let off immediately. Though it did answer the question if autos can spin their tires (had it in 4). :devil:

Now I know it's not a Ferrari, a classic or muscle car, but the coupes do continue to attract attention and positive reactions from strangers. Funny how small things like this continue to make me feel glad we own a somewhat different car. :cool:

If anymore coupe owners have stories or coupe compliments to really post em up here.:cheers:
:thumbs: Quiet in here lately. I've been busy with some home projects and so have not driven the coupe except about every 2 weeks this summer. Every time I do it brings a huge smile to my face. I'm actually very glad this is not our DD, I so enjoy when I do finally slide behind the wheel, and of course the car is perfect and ready to run since it's in the garage under a cover. My wife is a bit scared to drive it now. She's had issues with her eyes, especially at night, and her DD Subaru is damaged again, she hit a cement pylon parking in her work garage not long ago. So I've warned her about the low clearance and intercooler, but I think all I've done is made her nervous at this point.

Hey everyone, I just joined this forum. I don't take my '09 GXP coupe out much but when I do, it's definitely head turner. I think every time I've taken it out for a spin (about 10 times since I got it earlier this year), I see at least a couple people pointing at it. I wish I could drive it more but I want to keep the mileage down as much as possible.
Enjoy it how you want to. We bought ours almost 1 year ago now (end of this month). I wanted to keep mileage below 4k a year, and as it turns out, so far this year we are only looking at perhaps 1300 miles, that on top of the 4132 miles it had when we bought it.

I drove my Cool (silver) coupe to Home Depot to buy some hardware a month ago. When I came out there were 3 young people (in their 20s) checking out my "heap". When I was close enough to pop the rear glass they saw me approaching and they started asking me questions.

They kept telling me it was the coolest car they ever saw and said it must be cool driving a "James Bond car". I told them it wasn't an exotic car but just a 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe. I told them Pontiac only made 1266 of them and they were pretty rare.

Like everyone says it turns heads everywhere..............in traffic and in parking lots. I love it.

I am a technical manager at a Ford Assembly Plant in Ohio with over 35 years of service. Ever since I started working for Ford in 1979 I bought Fords or Lincolns. I was a Pontiac guy before that.

I bought the Coupe in April of 2013 from a gal in Florida after seeing my first one in March 2013. I immediately fell in love with it and had to have one. I drive it to the Ford plant every day and will continue until the weather in Ohio "turns ugly" and I have to put it away for the winter. I have the soft top on all summer so I can enjoy the open air mode this car delivers. What a great car.

The UAW complained to the Plant Manager about me driving this non Ford product into the plant so I have to keep it parked in the visitor parking lot instead of in my usual parking spot near the plant building. I am OK with that since it makes me so happy driving it back and forth from work to home. It's worth the extra walk into the plant.
For all the UAW people know you own 2 other Fords at the house, and all your relatives by their Fords through you, I know it "looks bad" but they should give it a rest.

Trying to remember the history now on the designer, isn't he european, and after Pontiac he was hired by Mazda (no wonder)?

It is very james bondy, don't forget this article:
Top 10 Most Beautiful Cars for 2009 - Feature - Car and Driver

The coupe was #5, 1 behind the Aston Martin Vantage if you can believe that. #3 was the Maserati Gran Turismo, #2 the Aston Martin DBS and #1 the Alfa Romeo. It beat out a Porsche, so strictly from a looks standpoint, it's way in over it's head, and despite all the articles be-crying the "cheap" interior (which it is), I appreciate it at least from a simplicity standpoint (except the ergonically annoying drivers window buttons).

Hey Harv, You may want to consider PMing Shadofax, he updates the coupe owners thread; http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f114/newest-solstice-coupe-list-here-74384/index7.html


And welcome to the forum and coupe group.
He's good there CT !

I took the wife out one morning for breakfast a few months ago. While we were sitting there, this new yellow Mustang with two elderly guys drove by the coupe at least three times. He disappeared after that. We finished eating and headed home when low and behold he comes racing up, trying to chase me down. At the next stop light, he roars up next to us, and I brace myself for the usual "Is it quick? Ya wanna race?" that I get from ricers all the time. However, he asks "How much did it cost you to import it from Europe?". Laughing, I tell him that it was built and sold here in the US. About this time, the light changes, he gives me a thumbs up, and we both take off (sedately).

My coupe is my daily driver (in the spring through the fall), and I cannot begin to tell you how many people have almost driven off of the road while checking her out! The best one on the freeway though was when a newer Lambo came racing up beside me, slowed down and dropped into my blind spot to check me out. He stayed there for about 1/2 a mile before honking twice and taking off again.
yea well, just look at my post above if somehow you didn't see the article on the most beautiful cars of '09. Not sure if a Lambo was on it, but if it was, it wasn't a top 5 like the Coupe.

Enjoy them however you like. Stick them in the garage and polish them every day or use them as commuter cars, it doesn't really matter, they will never be worth huge dollars no matter what you do, so your own personal enjoyment is the only criterion for use. Different strokes.
Just opinion John, though I agree with you in terms of the car not costing that much in the first place so don't expect it to make you a fortune. But just look at Mach 1's these days. They were not an expensive car in the day, and are very collectible (but getting pricey) these days.

in any case I'll bring up 2 more articles:

www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/05/five-future-automotive-collectibles
#1 was the '09 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe (#2 is the '09 Pontiac G8 GXP)

www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/08/04/generally-fantastic-five-GM-designs

The '63 Corvette Stingray is #1, but they do list the '09 Pontiac Solstice Coupe at number 5 of best GM designs.

and let us never forget the BMW Z4 Zagato concept, a great BMW replica of the Solstice Coupe that never was, too bad I guess since it was beautiful, but then again the performance might have been on par engine wise at best, interior more upscale, and much more money....Hey, just like the new Jag, which is supposed to have a coupe version perhaps next year, but don't expect it to be affordable.

Edit: I don't mean to say the Jag is going to be just like the Solstice Coupe, it's got it's own thing going for sure, and I'm sure the coupe version will be set off from our coupe.
 

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Just opinion John, though I agree with you in terms of the car not costing that much in the first place so don't expect it to make you a fortune. But just look at Mach 1's these days. They were not an expensive car in the day, and are very collectible (but getting pricey) these days.
Things like muscle cars are still fairly hot, but are expected to taper off as the upcoming generation that doesn't care for that sort of thing takes over the loot from their parents (us) that do.

The 63 Corvette coupe you mentioned sold for up to $6,000 when new. That equates to a current cost of about $43,000. Aside from the rarer versions that top $100K, you can buy those cars all day long for around the $43K price. That means that after 50 years they have finally broken even and reached the equivalent of what they cost new in today's dollars.

Do you think we'll still be allowed to even drive a car in 2059 when the Solstice coupe reaches that age.....;)

Your other example, the Mach 1, would be worth around $22K in todays dollars when it was new, so the $27-30K shown by Hagerty for normal V8s represents an increase over cost. If you'd bought one brand new in 1969 and stored it (and maintained it so it still ran) you'd have made 4-5% interest, would not have enjoyed the use of the car, and would have been very lucky in your choice of a model that actually did appreciate when so many have not.

Buying cars for investment, if they aren't Ferraris or such, is a mug's game with far more losers than winners. Anyone wanting to bet on long shots should go ahead and enjoy their little wager, but I'll content myself with just enjoying the cars I have without worrying about not getting quite as much when I sell them because they have been 'loved' along the way.
 

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Last time I drove my coupe was to a local car cruise just before my trip to Ohio. I was offered 91% of what I paid for it new but I don't want to sell it. When I was in Ohio, I saw a white '69 Boss 429 Mustang unrestored original paint at a cruise, that's a 6 figure car. I had a friend that worked at the Ford engine plant and he used to park his Nova at the far end of the parking lot along a major road right up along the chain link fence to keep it from being vandalized by "fellow" workers. I raised the drivers seat all the way up and hunkered down as I left the cruise in the coupe giving the thumb up to the chopped roof bunch. Enjoy 'em while you got 'em.
 

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Some cars will defy the odds and appreciate in value. Modern examples include the BMW Z8, BMW 1M (holding it's own at about MSRP), and the Ford GT which is just off the charts. Low mileage (<6000 miles) GT's are recently selling for $215K +. At the introuduction of the Ford GT many F-car owners on FChat proclaimed tha the GT was a reasonably attractive car and they would consider buying one in a year or so with the $166K MSRP price was down to $80K or so. Ha! Even more funny is that the overwhelming number of recent Ferraris (360, 430, etc) all just tanked when the 458 came along. So much for opinions.

I'm fortunate enough to own a Ford GT as well as a '09 GXP Coupe. While the Coupe doesn't quite get the attention of the GT the amount of interest in the car is pretty astonishing. This is my main bellwether to say that the coupe has "appreciation legs".
 

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Debating on taking the Coupe to a race tomorrow or the Camaro... not sure yet... Think I'm leaning towards the coupe.
 
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