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I am getting that response from a lot of people. I have the GXP so they said it takes more work/ parts because they need to take the turbo out. I am going to shop around, and call some GM dealerships to see if they can help maybe for cheaper. Someone even said he probably quoted so much because her doesn't want to do it... so maybe the GM dealer who may see it more often may be better? not sure

I am in Connecticut.
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As I said, I had access to GM's labor hour guide. 6.5 hours to do a WP. Unless you have an '09, the turbo doesn't need to come out. They changed the oil return line on the '09 and straightened it, so the turbo does have to come off on the '09. They can slip the WP out the back between the cat and turbo. From what you're posting, it sounds like you need a cheaper car to maintain. Sell it and buy an older Wrangler. Parts are prevalent and cheap. And simple to work on.

In your quest to find less expensive, call to smaller GM stores....Chevy and Buick, stay away from GMC and Cadillac. They will have higher labor hour rates. Last time I was in a Caddy dealer here in Detroit, they wanted $195/hr, Chevy in the same area wanted $155/hr. CT is a VERY expensive labor hour area. NY was over $200 IMSMC. A Jag store I was at in NY was $295/hr and that was 4 years ago. Ask them their labor hour rate when you call and how many hours they're charging for the WP. An honest dealer will tell you. Anything from 6 to 8hrs, and they're being pretty honest. Like I said, some will pad their hours for rusty/broken bolts because our cars are over 10 years old now.
 
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You need to get the mechanic right out of your head. There are good mechanics who will not gouge you as this one is trying to do. Find one and stay with them. I replaced my water pump for a bit over $120 including the WP, tool, and coolant. An inside joke with my friends in your situation is to yell BURN IT! And no we never actually burn the cars.
Please don't tell him to replace it on his own if he has no mechanical ability. This is the worst repair you can do if you have no ability. You let that chain slip and then he's out $2k because the whole front of the motor has to come off.
 
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Please don't tell him to replace it on his own if he has no mechanical ability. This is the worst repair you can do if you have no ability. You let that chain slip and then he's out $2k because the whole front of the motor has to come off.
I didn't. I told him to find a good mechanic. I recognized that he has no ability to do the work. I only mentioned what it cost me as a camparison of parts to labor.
 

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I didn't. I told him to find a good mechanic. I recognized that he has no ability to do the work. I only mentioned what it cost me as a camparison of parts to labor.
I realize that, but if it was me and someone said that it's only $120 for parts, I would be dumb enough to try doing it!! LOL....

Also, his car has 92k on it. If it's a late '07 or early '08 build, he "might" have weak timing guides and that's another repair that's $2000-$2500 that he needs to think about.
 
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I guess at this point you have to ask yourself if you really love the car and willing to spend the money to maintain it .Selling it in the condition it's in your probably looking at 3 grand because people know you want to get rid of it .Unfortunately there are a lot of low priced Solstices out there one of our members Chop Top has an ongoing thread listing them from time to time . My point being that you can find a good running car for 4 to 5 grand so you need to take that into consideration if your thinking of selling it in it's present condition .
 

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It has 92,000 miles, so not bad but getting up there. They are a family owned business and trustworthy but the price everyone is saying is insanely high. And the no rush part, I can't drive the car I was told or else I am risking causing more harm. So I do feel I need to figure out a solution quick
They might be family owned but the prices are insane, I have the tool for holding the timing chain in place and would lend it to ya for a deposit if needed, for the 2000 bucks I am wonder if they were also replacing the timing chain because sometimes people screw up and loose the tension and you end up with wine. not sure of the recommended mileage replacement but I would think yours is close.

I could understand the price if that’s what was happening.
the question is the water pump leaking and is that why it needs to be replaced.
 

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They might be family owned but the prices are insane, I have the tool for holding the timing chain in place and would lend it to ya for a deposit if needed, for the 2000 bucks I am wonder if they were also replacing the timing chain because sometimes people screw up and loose the tension and you end up with wine. not sure of the recommended mileage replacement but I would think yours is close.

I could understand the price if that’s what was happening.
the question is the water pump leaking and is that why it needs to be replaced.
Is there a recommended mileage replacement for the pump? I know with my other cars there are recommendations for things to be done at 10k, at 20k, at 30k etc. does such a long term maintenance recommendation exist for our sols?
 

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Is there a recommended mileage replacement for the pump? I know with my other cars there are recommendations for things to be done at 10k, at 20k, at 30k etc. does such a long term maintenance recommendation exist for our sols?
I have never seen a recommended replacement interval, and the failure occurs anywhere from very low miles to never.
 

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Yeah I guess I'm just disappoined becuause the person who recommended them to me is a long time client of theirs so I felt safe going to them, but its sounding like the prices are just really crazy at this shop and I was unaware at first. I'll fly you out to CT if you want to help me fix it haha, cheaper than $2K

You need to get the mechanic right out of your head. There are good mechanics who will not gouge you as this one is trying to do. Find one and stay with them. I replaced my water pump for a bit over $120 including the WP, tool, and coolant. An inside joke with my friends in your situation is to yell BURN IT! And no we never actually burn the cars.
 

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Yeah it's a really tough decision. Because I can afford the maintence, I am just trying to determine if this makes the most sense. Everyone says $2000 for the repair is insane, so if I can find it $800-$1,200 I wont complain and will just deal with it. But when I heard 2k yesterday I was like I think I need to walk away.

I guess at this point you have to ask yourself if you really love the car and willing to spend the money to maintain it .Selling it in the condition it's in your probably looking at 3 grand because people know you want to get rid of it .Unfortunately there are a lot of low priced Solstices out there one of our members Chop Top has an ongoing thread listing them from time to time . My point being that you can find a good running car for 4 to 5 grand so you need to take that into consideration if your thinking of selling it in it's present condition .
 

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I called around to some GM dealers in the area and got quotes for total cost to be about $1,200-$1,300. So I am quite relieved. Thanks for your advice on calling around Chevy/ Buick dealers. Life saver. I may call a few independent shops and see if they can give me a quote but I'm just relieved for the lower quote.


$2000 for the wp is a bit excessive. Unless you took it to a shop that's charging $250/hr, there is NO WAY a wp should cost $2k. It's 6.5hrs book time. So, if a shop charges $150/hr, that's $975 for labor and about $200 for parts. Shop around...my guess is that the tech doesn't want to do the work. Don't pay more then $1400 for it!! I used to train dealers and had access to their labor hours for repairs. Don't let them try to tell you it's anymore then 8 hours total (some will pad their hours as a "just in case" since our cars are now over 10 years old). What state do you live in???? Kappahaus out of Ohio does these repairs for a lot less then the dealer.
 

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I called around to a few GM dealers and all quoted around $1,200/ $1,300. So I am very relieved. Even for the front shocks that I was quoted almost $700 for the dealer said could do for about $350 so I am just feeling a lot better

The dealer price for a 2.0 water pump replacement is between $1000 and $1300 parts and labor. If you buy the pump from them - less than $100 if you look at the Delco equivalent part vice the Pontiac part - you also get a warrantee on parts and labor.

The reason it costs this much is because the factory procedure calls for removing turbo to access the water pump.

A friend and I replaced the water pump on his 2.0 car. Used the tool and followed the procedure documented by DDM Works and watched Youtube. It took us 10 hours and we were taking our time. We also had to stay hydrated during the process. we also used the tensioner tool which you can get for less than $100 or borrow.

The car does not have struts. It has shocks. The shocks are last time I checked rebuildable. You can get a set from Redline recycle or HoozierGXP, have them rebuilt and swap them for a few bucks.

For tires, go online to Tire rack or Discount tire dot com and get a good price then take it to three local tire shops and have them beat the price. Throw in mounting and balancing.

Who ever told you $2000 for the water pump, dont go back to them. They are on some kind of drugs
 

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I called around to a few GM dealers yesterday and was getting quotes of around $1200/ $1300 total which is such a relief. Wish I could find a place like you to do it under $1000 but I am not sure how many people feel confident to work on a Solstice like a GM mechanic would. Maybe I'll call around a few independent spots and see what they say. But trust me, just happy I found way below 2K

I would strongly second the advice to shop around for the repair. I just had my 2.4 NA water pump replaced last week by my regular independent garage, and they charged $860 for everything, although I provided the water pump (which was less than $40 shipped from RockAuto). I'm not sure it was completely necessary, but they removed the exhaust manifold and catalytic converter to make accessing the water pump easier, which meant replacing other gaskets and (crazy expensive!) converter studs. So my total cost was $900, which to me was worth not trying to do it myself. I would bet that just about any reputable independent garage has replaced EcoTech water pumps before and will appreciate that ours isn't back by the firewall, haha. So definitely shop around. $2000 is too much.

And if you do find a shop that will install your parts, it looks like shocks are about $65 each at RockAuto, which could be another way to save a little.
 

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I had the exact same problem you are. A bottle of very well shaken "K-Seal" fixed it, 100%. Try it before giving up on the car...I'd know, I was about to start posting pictures up on Craigslist, lol.
 

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I had the exact same problem you are. A bottle of very well shaken "K-Seal" fixed it, 100%. Try it before giving up on the car...I'd know, I was about to start posting pictures up on Craigslist, lol.
From my reply on your other thread ... caveat emptor:

I'm always worried about those coolant leak sealers... what small passages is it also blocking in the engine and radiator? Especially worrying for a turbo engine.
 

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I had the exact same problem you are. A bottle of very well shaken "K-Seal" fixed it, 100%. Try it before giving up on the car...I'd know, I was about to start posting pictures up on Craigslist, lol.
Definitely NOT a good idea on a turbo car. Water jackets can get plugged on the turbo, or worse yet, that crap can create a gum at the high temps of the turbo. You will have bigger issues if you use this stuff on a turbo car.
 

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I am really devastated by the news I just got that I need to replace the water pump and it'll cost $2,000. I also need new tires and new set of struts coming up. I'm sorry if this post isn't meant to be here, or ridiculous, but I am heartbroken. I just passed my 1 year anniversary with my solstice and owning this car has meant the world to me.
You have gotten a wide range of alternatives to think about. Keep in mind what you first said about the car meaning the world to you. Go to any car show and ask ANYONE how much they spend keeping their beast maintained. You do what you can because you love the car. If you are only able to do one thing a year, that's fine. Everyone does what they can. My first fender was the consequence of shaking hands with a telephone pole (low speed). Got a friend who was somewhat savvy and fixed it myself. Taking the replacement off at the junkyard taught me a lot. Other people here got professional training. But we all love our cars, or we wouldn't be here. Don't lose that feeling.
 

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You can buy a whole new replacement engine for $1999.00, so look into this and you may change your mind about what to do.
 
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You have gotten a wide range of alternatives to think about. Keep in mind what you first said about the car meaning the world to you. Go to any car show and ask ANYONE how much they spend keeping their beast maintained. You do what you can because you love the car. If you are only able to do one thing a year, that's fine. Everyone does what they can. My first fender was the consequence of shaking hands with a telephone pole (low speed). Got a friend who was somewhat savvy and fixed it myself. Taking the replacement off at the junkyard taught me a lot. Other people here got professional training. But we all love our cars, or we wouldn't be here. Don't lose that feeling.

I replaced three fuel pumps in the same car one summer. Another time I wiped out three main bearings, and had to fix it over a weekend so I could get to work. That's all on a classic muscle car. The parts were cheap though. But, the pain in the ass factor was fairly high.

My personal opinion is: worrying about it will not make a part fail prematurely, and the lack of a current problem is usually considered a good thing.
 
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