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It is awesome to have found an 06 Soltice with low, low mileage. But, it also means in many cases all the fluids need changed, new tires, belts and hoses inspected, and battery.
Done. Now it is time to take her on the first long trip from Florida to my hometown of St Louis. The battery checked at 80%, so before it gets too cold that will be replaced and most of the maintenance is done for a while. Let me know if I missed anything.
 

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1Pop open the key fobs to verify the integrity of the solder joint to the battery retainer
Exterior
1Verify operation of exterior lights
2Inspect body panels for fit, condition
3Check TPMS for function and tire pressure
Engine Bay
1Visually inspect engine bay for condition clean as necessary
2Verify brake fluid level and condition. DOT 3 change 3 years DOT 4 Change 2 years
3Visually inspect condition of all charge tube clamps.
4Check air cleaner filter element condition
5Inspect the PCV valve for proper operation and connection
6Check tightness of exhaust bolts, mounts
7Check tightness of turbo shield
8Inspect turbo oil lines
9Inspect oil fill level and condition (fuel contamination)
10Inspect / service battery terminals
11Inspect / service engine ground terminal
12Check all fluids. Verify mileage / life are within required values
13Inspect forward fuse box and terminals for condition
14Inspect hood / fender latches, lube as necessary
15Inspect electrical cables for condition
16Check condition of inner fenders
17Check ECM is properly mounted and condition of connectors
18Check radiator intake for blockage. Clean radiator with coil cleaner from Home Depot
19Check status of anti corrousion fuel treatment and add as required
20Check on age of belts and hoses
Cockpit and Top
1Check tightness of top when up and locked. Adjust as necessary (left and right)
2Query owner about wind noise. Adjust windows if necessary
3Check condition of door handles, tighten / repair if required
4Lubricate the sliding portion of top mechanism over the doors to preclude pinching.
5Inspect side slider and lube as necessary
6Visually inspect the slide plate over the doors for tightness and wear. Replace if necessary
7Check operation of the roof latch, tighten as necessary
8Visually inspect the windshield to top gasket. Looking for tears, holes etc. Lubricate
9Check operation of buttress latches, lubricate / adjust as necessary
10Verify proper operation of convertible top folding mechanism.
11Verify condition of rear window glass and defroster
12Treat all rubber seals with di-electric grease
13Pull the center console and check for cracks. Install support if required.
14Cycle both cupholders and check operation. Lube as necessary.
15Check operation of dash trunk release button.
16Pull the right carpet front and visually inspect BCM area
17Visually inspect BCM fuses.
18Cycle driver's seat height adjustment to verify operation. Lube as necessary.
19Check operation of hood release latch, lube as necessary
20Check dead pedal for condition
21Check door hinges for operation, service as necessary
22Verify condition of door body latches
23For vertical doors verify fit and adjust. Lubricate
Trunk
1Verify trunk latch operation
2Check trunk operation. Verify condition of torsion bars / hinges
3Check / service trunk lid hold down rubber feet.
4Visually inspect trunk pressure release valve
5Visually inspect flap cables for operation and condition. Adjust / Lube as necessary
6Visually inspect trunk cable assembly, connectors etc.
7Visually inspect and lube as necessary buttress latches
8Check trunk light for operation
9Check rear trunk drain area. Clean as necessary.
10Verify operation of trunk forward drains, left and right. Clean as necessary
Underside
1Inspect intercooler drain tube, check for presence of oil, water or contaminates
2Inspect radiator for blockage, clean as necessary.
3Inspect the front bumper and "chin" for scuffing or damage
4Visually inspect inner fenders for rubbing / wear inside rear wheel wells
5Inspect condition of wheel electrical connections
6Check break pads / disks for wear
7Visually inspect shocks for condition / leaks / operation
8Check wheel hub bolts (three per wheel) for proper torque (or if missing)
9Inspect the bottom attachment points for fenders and condition of fenders
10Visually inspect the differential for leaks and condition of mounts
11Verify condition of wheel bearing condition.
12Inspect exhaust system for condition and tightness
13Inspect condition of O2 sensor wiring
14Check / torque wheels
15Inspect tires for condition, wear
 

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It is awesome to have found an 06 Soltice with low, low mileage. But, it also means in many cases all the fluids need changed, new tires, belts and hoses inspected, and battery.
Done. Now it is time to take her on the first long trip from Florida to my hometown of St Louis. The battery checked at 80%, so before it gets too cold that will be replaced and most of the maintenance is done for a while. Let me know if I missed anything.
Welcome. Just got my 07 GXP mid April. Getting ready for our 1st Road trip from Florida to Louisville KY. Hope we both have a great experience!
 

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just got back from a 2,000 mile round trip to STL in my 2006 Soltice, the 2.4 engine purred like a kitten at 80 mph and almost 28 mpg. I was pleasantly surprised that it did not use a drop of oil or coolant. The trip back from STL took 15 hours of straight hard driving and the car performed quite well. I did need to get a pillow to sit on because my arse hurt so bad when I got to St Louis that there was only one solution for The ride back, an arse cushion. Other than that, this car will not go on a ride that long again ever, that is what my Jag is for, lesson learned.
 

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not to denigrate your experience, but sit in this seat for 11,000 mile trip (1100 miles in one day...) and you will appreciate your solstice seat....

Bill
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(the below picture reminded me of your arse cushion comment. they were old sofa cushions i used while having the interior out)

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Glad you had a safe trip. I too have added to the seat bottom . I couldnt make a 3 hour drive to Daytona withoug squirming all about . I think the side bolstering is to narrow for me. Now with my cushion booster the rear view mirror is in the way . I suppose I need to solve this situation before trying to drive to NASSAM/Beckley next summer.

As for the Vette or Solstice seat ,you are looking cool driving either one !
 

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@ChopTop

Ford includes one of those with every new vehicle purchase!!!

Tints and shades Automotive exterior Bracket Fashion accessory Composite material


You supply the container.

LMAO
 
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you do know what that thing is right??

Ford vehicles no longer have gas caps. Instead they have this complex thing that has o-rings and flaps that seal off the gas tank. There are several trip levers around the outside diameter of the opening that unlock the flap. A specific size gasoline nozzle fits into the hole and unlocks the door so the tank can be filled. The spout on a gasoline can is a smaller diameter then the nozzle at a gas pump so gas cans are not able to open the door. You have to use that thing there to open the door and then the spout from the gasoline can goes into that thing.

This is the real hoot. They redesigned the spouts on the gas cans. Imagine what it is like to try and use a newer gas can on a Ford vehicle. The new design was done to reduce the number of spills. I cannot even begin to tell you how much gas ends up on the ground when having to do this bunch of crap.

To top it off I have had gas pumps not automatically turn off when filling a Ford that has one of these new fill necks that don't use a gas cap. What a mess that makes.
 
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