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Mine is a 2007 GXP bought new. I got a recall I haven't gone in on yet about the passenger seat sensor defect. Other than that no problems whatsoever. It is always garaged and I change my own oil and filter at only 50% on the oil change monitor. I haven't looked in awhile but I think I have 20,000 miles or so on it at this point. Same tires, same battery. That's crazy I know! ha ha

So, I've started looking into the Solstice GXP. I really like the look of them and the 260hp is more than plenty. But, how reliable are they? My last car, an '05 Saab, was a money pit that constantly needed new parts. Would the Solstice be like this? I have heard that they have airbag problems, have any of you experienced this? How easy and cheap are the parts to find, seeing as Pontiac no longer exists? I would love to own this car, but I don't know if it'll be worth it if it's just going to be another money pit.
 

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Mine is a 2007 GXP bought new. I got a recall I haven't gone in on yet about the passenger seat sensor defect. Other than that no problems whatsoever. It is always garaged and I change my own oil and filter at only 50% on the oil change monitor. I haven't looked in awhile but I think I have 20,000 miles or so on it at this point. Same tires, same battery. That's crazy I know! ha ha
Wow....a 13 year old battery and still working!
That has to be a record!!
I'd change out those old hard tires though, way overdue.
 

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I have 96.000 miles on my '06 and have replaced the thermostat and water pump, other than that just routine maintenance. I'd say the Solstice is just as reliable as most modern cars.
 

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They warranty it from the date of purchase on your receipt.
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This battery that I have and others I've had have the various years and month stickers that you remove when you buy it.
This one has ALL the stickers still on it like I said so i don't know how old it is.
A lot of batteries (including several Delco ones I've seen in my other cars) have the mfg date code laser imprinted into the case on the side, very close to the top.
 

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A lot of batteries (including several Delco ones I've seen in my other cars) have the mfg date code laser imprinted into the case on the side, very close to the top.
Good to know, but a warranty should start from the date of "Purchase".......since a manufactured battery can sit on a shelf for 6 months before you buy it.....or longer if they don't rotate their stock.
 

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Good to know, but a warranty should start from the date of "Purchase".......since a manufactured battery can sit on a shelf for 6 months before you buy it.....or longer if they don't rotate their stock.
It does, just mentioning about the laser coding for those who didn't buy their car new and are wondering about battery age.
 

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If you do find one, PM me the price and miles and I can tell you if it's about the right price range...I've been following pricing for over 5 years now.
I'll take you up on that. Black NA coupe with the optional soft top. 5 speed, 28K miles. No accidents, excellent condition.

Can get it for $15K, but it's only been driven 1000 the last 3 years so it will need all new fluids and a thorough going through.
 

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You asked....I'll tell you. But around here I'm known as the "glass 1/2 empty" guy. I've had mine for 8 years and put 60k on it. In that time, I've had some repairs. The cars are quirky. They can be finicky. And some...not all....repairs can be expensive and are pretty common. To understand what those repairs might be, you must first decide, are you going to buy an NA (normally aspirated 175hp) car or are you looking at the GXP (turbo 265hp) version? Then the next question, how much are you spending and how many miles on the ones you're looking at? Then the final question...if it's a GXP, is it what's known as "unmolested" (not modded in any way)?

For this and all the answers, let me give you some "common" issues on both cars.

Both GXP and NA - if it's a stick and the PO didn't know how to drive a stick, the clutch is probably going to need to be replaced about 80k....about $2500
Both - Usually about every 40k to 60k the Camshaft Solenoids need to be replaced...very easy to do yourself...very inexpensive to do yourself...about $45/each for intake and exhaust.
Both - All fluids should have been changed in the last 2 years....if not, expect about $1000 for brake, trans, power steering, coolant and oil
Both - All batteries should have been replaced by now and some cars on their 2nd or 3rd battery. Not easy to do and cost is about $300-$400 at the dealer
Both - There are 3 hub bolts that hold all 4 hubs on the car, make sure all three are there on the inside and tight!! Common issue of them coming loose.
Both - thermostat should have been replaced by now...if not, depending on NA or GXP $400-$1000 to replace.
Both - DO NOT use the humps to close the trunk..you WILL dent them!!!

NA - somewhere around the 80-120k mark the cat plugs up. Common on ALL GM 2.4L vehicles...whether an '06 Solstice or an '18 Malibu.
NA - some...not all and not nearly as high a percentage as the turbo cars, have waterpump (WP) issues. Usually around the 60-80k mark on an NA.

GXP - WP around the 60k mark...about $900. If you get a car with this mileage or more, make 100% sure the WP has been replaced!!!
GXP - if the car is tuned (an ECM flash that will give the car 290+hp...highly recommended if you like speed), and is higher mileage..there is a chance that it will need a High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP)...about $800 at the dealer...again though, if you can change oil, you can do this for about $250!!
GXP - if it's a late '07, early '08, the timing chain guides were weak and could break. Not all have this issue!! Cost: $2500-$3000 at the dealer
GXP - MUST USE 100% SYNTHETIC OIL!!!!!
GXP - must use premium fuel, especially if tuned!!!
GXP - Spark plugs...many here say 100k is good, but a lot will say change them every 20k-25k on a turbo car.

I don't know your age, or your gender, but if you're using it as a daily driver and you play hockey, walk away. There isn't enough room for a hockey bag. I golf, and my clubs ride in my passenger seat when I take it....if I take it. What I'm getting at is there isn't a lot of room for items, especially when the top is down. Insurance will also be expensive for a younger driver with it being a 2 seat convertible.

Parts are getting harder and more expensive to buy. A hood for example...$1200. Headlights...$250 each. A full convertible top (which many are now having to replace) $3500+ IF you can find a full top, if not, re-skin is about $2500+

These also aren't cars that can be "neglected" and continue to run. If you plan on buying and running the oil for 8k, you're going to have costly issues. If you ignore or don't know little noises and vibrations when things change in the sound or ride, it can lead to bigger, more costly issues. What I'm getting at is if this is your 1st or 2nd car that you've purchased in your life, buy a Jeep, Honda or something more reliable. If this is a car you've always wanted and you have a back-up or daily, then this car will be a GREAT addition to your garage. These cars get a lot of looks and comments. And they are an absolute blast to drive!

On that note, if you're still interested in a Solstice or Sky and you live in MI, I'm always willing to go with someone to look at a potential purchase.

If you do find one, PM me the price and miles and I can tell you if it's about the right price range...I've been following pricing for over 5 years now.
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So, I've started looking into the Solstice GXP. I really like the look of them and the 260hp is more than plenty. But, how reliable are they? My last car, an '05 Saab, was a money pit that constantly needed new parts. Would the Solstice be like this? I have heard that they have airbag problems, have any of you experienced this? How easy and cheap are the parts to find, seeing as Pontiac no longer exists? I would love to own this car, but I don't know if it'll be worth it if it's just going to be another money pit.


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Can't speak for others, but mine has never let me down. Body parts can be sometimes hard to find but engine and drivetrain parts are common to a lot of other GM cars. Chevy Cobalt for example shares a lot of the same parts, both engine and trim. Commonly replaced items like brake pads, plugs, belts,etc. are readily available. Be careful when viewing websites like ours. you can form a skewed opinion. Rarely does anyone post that nothing went wrong with their car this month. I personally have had no more problems with my Sol than I've had with any other car I've owned.


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How much will you be driving it? Your main vehicle? I drove a variety of sports cars and utility vehicles over my life. My last main vehicle was an '03 Chevy Venture that was an insurance rebuild that I drove for 20 years. I took it into an independant lube shop once a year and had it serviced and a few basic maintenance items. That is it besides replacing the tires once. But I put very few miles on a vehicle. My point is that I expect my '06 Solstice, owned it for 6 moths now, with 85K to last a very long time. I plan to drop by the oil and lube shop as scheduled and deal with what else they discover if it looks legit. I did put new tires on it. I chose it over import sports cars due to the cost of maintaining them. I really like that the top is strictly manual, inviting less problems there. My ultimate decision was pretty emotional: I think they are one of the best looking Roadsters out there for under 10K. Every drive is a thrill. I paid $8500 CAD. No regrets. I still have yet to see another one on the road in BC. I say go for it!

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Lilyree said:
I'm looking into buying a Solstice and I wanted to hear from owners how reliable they are? My last car, an '05 Saab, was a money pit that constantly needed new parts, would the Solstice be like this? Since Pontiac is no longer in business, how cheap and easy are parts to find? I see the car has high consumer ratings, but I can't really find much about reliability. What do you guys have to say?
The Solstice (or Sky) is as reliable as any other GM vehicle mechanically, because that is really what it is. I will tell you from experience with an '03 Saab that it will be more reliable than what you are used to.

The GXP's turbo 2.0 was GM's first direct-injection gasoline engine. It provides a lot more power than the normally-aspirated 2.4, but is also slightly less reliable, mainly because it has components that the 2.4 doesn't have.

Body parts have been mentioned, and they are the real problem area since they are mostly not available. Weather seals are a particular concern, especially the one between the windshield frame and the top.






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Wow! What a great review!

And remember, Lilyree, depending on the year you're looking at a 14 - 10 year old car that someone is looking to get rid of for whatever reason. I just purchased a 2006 that looked pretty slick. I really like the car; however, I've already had to put $1,800 for shocks, axle seal, tires and regular maintenance. I'm now getting check engines for P0011 and P0446 which, because I'm not a mechanic, will cost me in a range from $250 to $1500 to get fixed. Be sure view the CarFax report on the car, or get a system structural and seals warranty, and test drive the car before committing to purchase and maintain the car. Generally speaking, the CarFax values are book averages based on mileage and damage due to accidents and don't really represent the fundamental value of the car based on unseen and undeclared issues that you won't discover until well after you own the car. Just saying ... IMO based on experience.
 

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And remember, depending on the year you're looking at a 14 - 10 year old car that someone is looking to get rid of for whatever reason. I just purchased a 2006 that looked pretty slick. I really like the car; however, I've already had to put $1,800 for shocks, axle seal, tires and regular maintenance. I'm now getting check engines for P0011 and P0446 which, because I'm not a mechanic, will cost me in a range from $250 to $1500 to get fixed. Be sure to view the CarFax report on the car, and/or get a system structural and seals warranty, and be very sure to test drive the car before committing to purchase and maintain the car. Generally speaking, the CarFax values are book averages based on mileage and damage due to accidents and don't really represent the fundamental value of the car based on unseen and undeclared issues that you won't discover until well after you own the car. Just saying ... IMO based on experience.
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