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I was looking for a 2 seater to hopefully finish up my mid life crisis.
I ended up getting a 08 Solstice, red and black.

The rear tires are bald, I have no owners manual, the cup holders broke, and the owner doesn't have the key fob door opener.
So it's pretty much a typical Solstice. :)

I'm looking to put on some new tires next week, not sure what I'll do with the other stuff yet, but I have time.

Anyway, Hi.

davev.

 

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Congrats on your new-to-you car!! Looks great!!! :cool:

I have 2 Solstices now. Both had broken cupholders and neither door remote worked. I did get lucky and get an owner's manual in one of them. :lol: Still love driving them!!! :yesnod:
 

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You also can get the owner's manual on line. I also got the service manual on line (It comes in 62 pdf files, but is searchable using the provided index). I have used it a few times for my Sol.
 

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The front cup holder needs to be maintained. It needs a little TLC.

I "broke" mine early in the life of the car. I then learned that
1) I was not operating the cupholder correctly
2) if it "breaks" generally its the hing in the slip joint that separates and its easy to snap it back into place
3) the slip joint needs to be lubricated with a dry lube

Since I pulled my "broken" cup holder, snapped it back together, libed the slip joint (on the bottom groove) and started operating it correctly it has functioned well. No problems.

The front cupholder is a strange and esoteric design. It can be made to function quite well with a little TLC.

Another way to make sure yours works well is to buy a spare. Since I bought a couple of spares it has worked very well.

 

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A generalized check list of things to check was posted a few months ago. Here it is for what its worth.

Get a GM record pulled to verify the in service date and warranty remaining. It will tell you how much warranty time / miles remain in effect and list all services that have been performed at a GM dealer. Verify that all recalls have been completed. It will also tell you if the GMPP tune has been installed.

The Sky and Sol are highly susceptible to damage when lifted improperly. The front fenders are easily crushed if lifted with a floor jack.

You also want to take a good look at the bottom front. Because of the configuration of the car nearly every new owner rams them into curbs one to several times and they get damaged. At the very least there will be scrapes on the bottom of the bumper cover that you can use to get a lower price or commitment to repair from a dealer that you probably will not get from a private party seller.

You also want to take a hard look at the top. More than a few cars have had problems with the folding mechanism that has damaged the canvas where it folds over the windows and / or damage to the canvas when it rubs against an improperly adjusted side window. The top is also susceptible to damage from the hold down feet mounted on the trunk lid. The rubber feet come off, fail or even twist allowing direct contact between the mounting structure and the top canvas while the top is in the trunk. I have seen more than one car that has holes in the top due to this. The canvas is $1600 plus installation which at a dealer can run into several hundred dollars. And to the best of my knowledge while there are plenty of replacement canvas parts available, there are no more top assemblies in stock.

You want to visually inspect the cup holders. The front one is notorious for failing and they cost upwards of $100 for replacement parts plus installation labor. The rear one between the seats is much more robust however they can and do get so full of dust and dirt that they will no longer deploy. If treated well they are fine but you do not know till you try to pull the things out.

Another area that I recommend you inspect is the center console. If the previous drivers did like me and leaned on them hard while driving and used them as a support while getting in and out of the car, they all will crack right down the center. I have had mine replaced under the warranty but you are probably out of warranty. The cover is easy to replace but again is in the range of $100 for a replacement part from GM. There are several threads that cover reinforcing below the cover so it will not crack again and DDM has a replacement that is much stonger and includes two cup holders but again that is in the same cost plus shipping and you get to install it.

If you are by chance looking at a 2008 RL, one factor is the production run for the first 6 or 8 months deleted the electronic vacuum pump that provided motive force for the brakes immediately after start up. The issue presents itself on some cars as high brake pedal force required and / or pulsing of the brake pedal for the first few seconds to the first couple of minutes upon cold start after sitting for an extended period or at high altitude. The issue is that the turbo car does not generate much vacuum (its boosted) and as a result once the vacume accumulator leaks down, there is no vacuum for the power brakes when you start. And when you start the factory tune, it is set to heat up the catalytic converter and not optimized for creating vacuum. There was a big safety investigation made and a lot of people had problems with this about mid-way through 2008 calendar year. My wife's car falls in this group and about once or twice a year we get the symptoms but it works fine through it and within about 30 seconds there is normal brake feel. The factory has a software update that if asked they will install on cars with this complaint and in extreme cases there is a retro fit kit that adds back on the electronic vacuum pump. But again, you cannot tell if the car you are looking at falls into this group or not unless you physically check for the pumps presence on the left side of the engine block, and unless you drive the car from a cold start. If you are buying from a dealer you could make the software update part of the deal and get a promise to do the pump retro fit under warranty because GM normally pays for it.

You want to cycle the driver’s seat up and down because a lot of cars have never had their electric adjusters cycled and they need to be freed up and lubricated before they work correctly. In fact, I did a test last year and out of 40 cars and 80 drivers only 5 knew that the driver’s seat went up and down with the switch! Servicing the seat is no big deal but it will be half an hour of labor and some parts allowance so its in the $100 range. If you buy from a dealer you are much more likely to have this addressed as part of the deal than if you buy from a private party. And if you do not have access to the car its difficult to verify operation.

Many, maybe most of the key fobs for 2006 through 2008 at least have a known manufacturing problem. The metal tab / connector that holds the battery in place has a cold solder joint. The fob starts to work intermittently and eventually stops working. If you are good with a solder iron you can easily fix it as many of us have done, but if not, then the dealer will charge you around $100 for a replacement fob and programming it with the car. Potentially times two. If you have access to the fobs, you can pop them open and inspect the condition of the at risk part and know if you are good to go or not. If not, again you are much more likely to get the fob replaced as part of the deal by a dealer.

The door sills have an aluminum insert that is glued to the plastic part. Unfortunately as a result of the attachment method and the difference in coefficient of thermal expansion between the aluminum trim insert and the plastic door sills, the aluminum part will almost always bow up around .25 inches in the middle during cold weather. In some instances drivers will drag their heels across the door sills and can catch the trim plate and bend the crap out of it. They are relatively cheap - around $25 plus labor to install, but if you find it after the fact then it’s your $25 and not the sellers.
 

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Congrats and enjoy!!!
 

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Do yourself a favor and buy a key fob from Ebay and then have GM program it and for that matter buy a few spare keys from Ebay and program them yourself.
(GM charge way to much for new keys and fobs and the ebay stuff works fine)
 

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Congrats! Enjoy your permagrin!
 

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Thanks for the welcome guys.

I'm in Minnesota, so I get to drive the Solstice for maybe 6 months out of the year.

Looking into the cup holder over the weekend, it appears that the whole thing got pushed inside the console.
I was able to pull it back out and somehow got it to seat back in it's original spot.

I went to a local locksmith for a key, (I had only one) $48 later I know have 2.
No big deal, I shouldn't have to get any more of them.

I'll have to get a couple of key fobs. Does anyone have a favorite link to ones that work well?

I just ordered 4 Michelin's, Pilot Sport A/S Plus series.
I hope these are great tires.
If not, I still have time to back out.
What are you guys driving on?

That's about all I have for now, I'm sure I'll have a few questions, but I'll need to
go through the search thing first.

I know a bit down the road the stock speakers need to go bye-bye.
But that will have to wait, the tires where a bit more than I thought they'd be.

Later.
 

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Thanks for the welcome guys.

I'll have to get a couple of key fobs. Does anyone have a favorite link to ones that work well?
Sorry I can't remember the exact dealer on Ebay. Just make sure that it is the 4 button version and that it says it's an OEM version that works with on a Solstice.
 

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Welcome aboard, fellow Minnesotan! You will want to look at the Clubs Events and Regional activities area of the forum as the WISols have a great fall event in the Dells. About 40 plus cars show up and it is a good time. The MN folks put on a run through the Mississippi Bluff area and that is just starting with planning. Hopefully it will be some time in August. If you need more info, feel free to send me a message.
Enjoy the Permagrin :cool:!
 

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Okay.

Got 4 new tires, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.

Got the key fobs ordered. After I get them and have them programed I can go back to discount tire
and have them get rid of the code that's stuck on.

Ordered 4 new speakers, and set of Infinity 629i's for the doors and a set of Infinity 329cf's for the rear.

I think that will be enough for this year. :)

With the new skins
 

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I was looking for a 2 seater to hopefully finish up my mid life crisis.
I ended up getting a 08 Solstice, red and black.

The rear tires are bald, I have no owners manual, the cup holders broke, and the owner doesn't have the key fob door opener.
So it's pretty much a typical Solstice. :)

I'm looking to put on some new tires next week, not sure what I'll do with the other stuff yet, but I have time.

Anyway, Hi.

davev.

Welcome. I have an 08 as well and had some of the same missing things. I got the full manual that comes with the car including a window sticker off eBay for around $30 bucks. You can get remote key fobs there as well, or so I've read. Not sure how o program them for your car.

As far as tires, I have Goodyear asysmetrics on mine. They are a summer tire only but really good for summer driving. I got them from discount tire. Great place, cheap prices.

I got my cup holder off source one, but I don't think they have anymore... One from a sky will work. Just change the face plate from the old one. I never use my cup holders because hey break so easily.

There is a wealth of info here. Enjoy
 

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