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2007 Pontiac Solstice Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Exactly what I expected...

by from California on November 12, 2010

I'm what some folks might call a gearhead - I've owned dozens and dozens of cars from a wide variety of manufacturers over the years, but I have never owned a small sports car. Coupes, sedans, even a ...
I'm what some folks might call a gearhead - I've owned dozens and dozens of cars from a wide variety of manufacturers over the years, but I have never owned a small sports car. Coupes, sedans, even a '67 Cadillac limo, but never something tiny like a Solstice. I bought it for a change of pace... Here's what I can tell you: The GXP is nutty fast. I've owned LOTS of turbocharged cars, including a Saab 9-3 which *essentially* shares the GXP's engine. The direct-injected Ecotec in the Solstice is fantastic. Tiny turbo lag followed by huge power all over the place. This engine is exactly why I chose the Solstice over other similar roadster-type cars. I test drove an automatic and it was fine, but in a car like this you really need a manual. I ended up with the 5-speed, and I'm generally pleased by the clutch & shift action. It could be a little better, but it's a good combination of feel/performance between comfort and sportiness - and better than the T56 in my CTS-V by leaps and bounds. It handles great, with surprising turn-in for a factory car. Mine has HORRIBLE MXV4 tires which are the opposite of sporty, and the car is still very responsive. Once spring rolls around I'll replace them, and I expect wonderful things. 245/45-18 tires all around on a 3000lb car = sticky, even when the tires are cheap! The chassis is fairly rigid - not new Miata or S2000 good, but above average for a convertible. The flex it does have shows up in creaks in the top and shake in the hood, maybe a little squirminess when the suspension is loaded up. Could be better, but it's fine - and probably addressed by the aftermarket. The interior is, well, cheap. Cheap plastic bordered by cheap plastic and accented by cheap plastic. The "chrome" surrounds on the binnacle look nice, but catch street lights and stop lights as you drive by. The gauges are so deep and so blandly colored they can be hard to see in the shadows of the binnacle. Some switches are in what odd places. Nothing about the interior makes you think "expensive," but everything works, switchgear is all pretty positive, the seats/steering wheel/driving position are all very comfortable for me at 6' tall, and I will take the 260hp direct-injected turbo engine with dumb window switches and cheap dimmer control over a wheezy Miata or peaky S2000 pretty much any day. The Onstar-equipped rear view mirror is HUGE for a car of this size, and does a fine job of blocking out the entire passenger side of the windshield. That, I'd say, is my only actual annoyance with the interior! The Monsoon stereo is fine - it's boomy like all Monsoons seem to be, but decent for a factory job. The fact that it plays MP3s from its 6-disc changer and has an aux-in port make it more than tolerable. The non-Monsoon stereos are not adequate for a drop-top I think (easily drowned out by wind noise!), so I'd look for a Monsoon-equipped car. The car has zero storage - a glovebox that won't even fit the owner's manual, no door pockets, and just a small square box between the seats. The trunk is preposterous. The cupholders awkward. My advice to all drivers: YOU DON'T NEED TO TAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DRIVE SOMEWHERE. A driver's license, a credit card for gas, and the keys are about it. Leave the magazines, snacks, 44oz sodas, change of clothes, and all that other stuff at home! Overall: The Solstice GXP trades some refinement and ergonomics for huge power, huge tires, and some out-there styling when compared to its contemporaries. That was a trade I was willing to make, and I haven't once regretted the purchase. The only similar car I drove and generally liked better was the BMW Z4, and I could not get over its general appearance inside & out or the stigma associated with being a modern BMW driver. :)
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Way Fun and Hot Looking

by from Gold Hill, Oregon on May 28, 2011

This little cat does more than just look pretty, it has performance that out does some of the more expensive 4 cylinders around. Although I've only owned it for a couple of months and had no reliabili...
This little cat does more than just look pretty, it has performance that out does some of the more expensive 4 cylinders around. Although I've only owned it for a couple of months and had no reliability issues, I can say that thus far I love it! If I could add a back bench seat for my dog, I'd love it more. I went from a large 8 cylinder SUV where I could put the whole neighborhood in it and go. Now I must plan my every trip. It is really the only drawback to owning a 2 seater.
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Love it~~

by from Evansville, IN on June 9, 2010

My husband and I had talked about a convertible for years. I saw one in the paper ( solstice ) at a local dealer and told my husband. I thought it sounded like a good deal. My husband told me to go to...
My husband and I had talked about a convertible for years. I saw one in the paper ( solstice ) at a local dealer and told my husband. I thought it sounded like a good deal. My husband told me to go to Cars.com and I am so glad I did. Our Solstice only had 6500 miles on it and had more extras than the one in the paper locally that had more miles, less extras and more money!! We drove about 45 - 50 minutes to the dealer we purchased ours from and it was WELL WORTH IT. thanks Cars.com!!!
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worth the wait

by from Spring Lake, MI on August 16, 2011

I had been wanting a yellow GXP for a few years and finally got it. I went with the 5-speed over the automatic. It just felt more like a sports car to me. Pluses: The styling is the best part. I get ...
I had been wanting a yellow GXP for a few years and finally got it. I went with the 5-speed over the automatic. It just felt more like a sports car to me. Pluses: The styling is the best part. I get tons of compliments. The top is very quick and easy to pop up and down. The power is even better than expected and yet I've been averaging 28 mpg (over 31 on highway). Drawbacks: You can accidentally touch the stereo power button and/or open the cup holder while trying to shift. The rear hatch doesn't always open on the first touch of the button. The interior plastics are too hard on many surfaces. The stock tires squeal too easily when turning and overall don't inspire confidence. I'll definitely upgrade to other tires in the future.
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Quick as a cat and Union made in America!

by from Reading, PA on March 31, 2011

The exterior design is so attractive that one almost wants to lick it. This car has the looks of an Italian-made roadster that only the very rich can afford. Many people on the streets of our city ass...
The exterior design is so attractive that one almost wants to lick it. This car has the looks of an Italian-made roadster that only the very rich can afford. Many people on the streets of our city assume this GM product is actually an exotic European make. Coming stock from the factory my 5 speed manual GXP is fast enough for almost any sportscar lover. I went for the GM upgrade (performance package) which took the HP from 260 to 290, then had my Pontiac dealer install a Solo cat-back exhaust system and high performance catalytic converter for another 34 squirrels, boosting total output to 324 HP. This quick cat has now morphed into a rocket.
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Like a side by side motorcycle!

by from Michigan on November 2, 2007

My wife and I bought the car as a weekend cruiser and it is more than we imagined for the money. We had contemplated buying another old Corvette but hate the hassle of repairs and upkeep. We decided t...
My wife and I bought the car as a weekend cruiser and it is more than we imagined for the money. We had contemplated buying another old Corvette but hate the hassle of repairs and upkeep. We decided to buy the Solstice and have a new warranty. As luck would have it, we have not had to take it back for anything but service. We love to take it out on the weekend and drive country roads like we did in our youth on the Harley. This is better because we sit next to each other and really enjoy it. We love the manual transmission and typically, I will drive it to a destination and she drives it home. Another thing is that I am 6'2" tall and about 285 lbs and a left knee that has been replaced. No problem with entry if I can open the door all of the way to fold in the knee. WE LOVE THIS CAR!!
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I love this car!

by from Tennessee on March 13, 2008

This automobile is so much fun to drive. I have had a few but this is the most fun to drive of the rest. The bright color sure keeps others from turning into my path.
This automobile is so much fun to drive. I have had a few but this is the most fun to drive of the rest. The bright color sure keeps others from turning into my path.
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Fun to drive!

by from Kansas on April 27, 2010

I love driving this car! It is definitely made for driver comfort! I've had several strangers stop to talk to me about this car (sometimes making me uncomfortable, but oh well, everyone loves it!) Th...
I love driving this car! It is definitely made for driver comfort! I've had several strangers stop to talk to me about this car (sometimes making me uncomfortable, but oh well, everyone loves it!) The downside? There is very little storage space. Not just trunk space, but TINY glove box and the additional interior space is hard to reach while driving. Not impossible, mind you, but not easy either. Things I have trouble finding things for: sunglasses, garage door opener, loose change... things like that. Overall - I'm EXTREMELY satisfied with my purchase! :)
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Solstice GXP

by from Central Indiana on June 12, 2012

Purchased a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP. Great looking car with head turning design. Test drove the GXP with the 2.0 L Turbo and the standard model with the 2.4 L, both had ample power. Ended up getting...
Purchased a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP. Great looking car with head turning design. Test drove the GXP with the 2.0 L Turbo and the standard model with the 2.4 L, both had ample power. Ended up getting the 2.0 L turbo and enjoy the power the 260 hp turbo delivers when punching it. The GXP is getting 32 mpg with a mixture of city and highway driving. This is a solid little sport car and grips the curves at higher speeds. The Solstice has bascially no storage so only single over night trips are practical. In general the Solstice is a fun car to drive and be seen in.
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I love this car

by from NC on October 22, 2007

I wanted to buy an American car and this was the only one that caught my eye. I couldn't be happier. It is beautiful and quite a headturner. I do wish there was more room inside - no place to put my h...
I wanted to buy an American car and this was the only one that caught my eye. I couldn't be happier. It is beautiful and quite a headturner. I do wish there was more room inside - no place to put my handbag if someone else rides along. No way I can pick up someone from the airport. Regardless, this car is amazing!
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