• (4.8) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,754$18,786
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2008 Pontiac Solstice

Our Take on the 2008 Pontiac Solstice

Pontiac's answer to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Solstice went on sale for 2006 and was followed up by a turbocharged GXP version last year. A healthy list of changes for 2008 include several features that are now standard on both models: a CD stereo with an MP3 player input, a tire pressure mo... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Base model lacks low-end torque
  • Drivetrain noise
  • ABS is optional
  • No side airbags
  • Poor visibility
  • Meager trunk space

Notable Features

  • OnStar
  • Satellite radio
  • Available electronic stability system
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Choice of engine power

2008 Pontiac Solstice Reviews

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 26 reviews

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Great roadster, if willing to compromise

by Somnambulator from Wilmington, DE on February 14, 2013

Quick Disclaimer: I bought a stick shift GXP. I didnt even consider any other configuration. Everyone knows a 2 seat roadster is, by definition, a compromise between sport and practicality. Id ridden... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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