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2008 Pontiac Solstice Consumer Reviews

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FUN-FUN-FUN

by from Kansas City, MO on August 27, 2010

I was shopping for a new Envoy when I first saw the Solstice on the showroom floor...I knew then I had to have one! My husband finally surprised me with a MEAN YELLOW Solstice, I absolutely love this ...
I was shopping for a new Envoy when I first saw the Solstice on the showroom floor...I knew then I had to have one! My husband finally surprised me with a MEAN YELLOW Solstice, I absolutely love this car. It turns more heads than you can imagine, I always get compliments on it. No the ride isn't that comfortable but who cares when you look great driving it and for a weekend trip it holds a duffle bag in the trunk even with the top down!
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Great roadster, if willing to compromise

by 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...
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 and driven a few 2-seaters , including an 04 z4, and none were even half as impractical as a daily driver as the Solstice. We know roadsters dont have a lot of storage inside and trunk space outside. The solstice has zero. the only compartment inside that can hold anything more than a piece of paper (besides the glove box) is the compartment behind the right shoulder. it's about 7 inches deep and 5 inches high. i can fit a pair of sunglasses, a bag of change (for parking meters, and because there isnt anywhere else at all to put change except in a plastic baggie in this compartment), and some electronics chargers. That's about it. Anything more and it tumbles out when i open the door. The only cup holders are retractable behind the right elbow. There is no center console: it's a parking brake next to a giant hump. There's no plastic molds to put change and loose items. It's cheap plastic. To use the cup holders, i have to either reach across my body with my left arm, turning my torso, or bend my right arm under itself and pick up the drink with my hand upside down. It's not possible to do this while highway driving safely. And that takes me to the non-existent trunk. Lemme put it this way: with the top up there's no trunk space. WHat space you see listed on spec sheets is deceiving. 1- the top folds down into the trunk and takes up literally the entire trunk. 2- with the top up, the usable space is still only accessible if the item you're trying to stow will fit past the massive fuel tank dead center in the middle of the trunk and the lips around the outside. You see, since the top folds literally right into the trunk, the trunk has to open backwards, almost like a suicide car door. the trunk hinges are above the read bumper. it folds up from the center of the car out twds the back of the car. This looks totally awesome, but means you cant actually use the trunk for anything more than a small toolbag (mine barely fits), a few quarts or gallons of fluid, and a small ice scraper. There is no spare tire. Lastly, for such a small car, the visibility is terrible with the top up. Im constantly ducking or stopping well short of intersections to see traffic lights above. My friend doesnt have to do this in his Z4 very often. Rear/sideview mirror visibility is terrible. also worse than my friend's Z4. OK, if you've gotten past all that and are still interested, GOOD. The car is fast. really fast. (remember, GXP) And it's an absolute blast to drive. Once you get past (read: accept) the storage and visibility limitations you wont want to get out of the car. The GXP is on par in almost all performance stats with the Z4 3.1i, which is really the most-similar vehicle. The exhaust sounds good. And it's fast. really, it is! especially at the price point, and especially with a few mods/tune. Im very happy with the looks i get in the car, the sound of the exhaust, the performance, and the feel of the car while driving. The price made it a no-brainer over the BMW and its performance made the miata irrelevant.
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My First Roadster

by from Longmont, CO on May 27, 2008

For the money, this car packs much bang for the buck. I was drawn to the Solstice by its very sleek styling but I was very surprised that I was able to fit in the driver's seat. I am a large person (6...
For the money, this car packs much bang for the buck. I was drawn to the Solstice by its very sleek styling but I was very surprised that I was able to fit in the driver's seat. I am a large person (6 ft., 330 lbs.) with a very long body. I have tried to drive many roadsters over the years and I have always been disappointed. I usually cannot close the door and I sit so tall that I look over the windshield. This is not the case with the Solstice, I feel very comfortable in both the driver and passenger seats in the Solstice. I opted for the GPX model for the improved power and fuel economy. I went with the standard transmission because why would anyone want anything else – an automatic in a roadster just did not make sense. I have had my Solstice for just over two weeks now, but I am averaging over 30 mpg. With gas prices continuing to go up, it is a pleasant surprise that the Solstice gets better gas mileage than it is rated (19/28). Some people are concerned about the very small amount of trunk space, but keep in mind that this car is not intended to haul anything but . . . well you know!!
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love this 2008 solstice

by from Lawrenceville, Ga on October 26, 2010

great looks, great car tight handling, fun to drive the only thing I don't like is having to get out of the car.
great looks, great car tight handling, fun to drive the only thing I don't like is having to get out of the car.
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Fun for One, Not Practical for Two

by from Phoenix, Az on August 13, 2010

This car is a great value and a wonderful top-down experience as it is quick, efficient and stylish. With one person, this car is practical enough that the fun factor outweighs any shortcomings regard...
This car is a great value and a wonderful top-down experience as it is quick, efficient and stylish. With one person, this car is practical enough that the fun factor outweighs any shortcomings regarding storage. With two passengers it forces you to wonder why you didnt consider anything that has some impression of a trunk. The complaints about operating the top being frustrating are ridiculous; I find it easy and logical and definitely appreciate the manual operation versus the bulk and inefficiency of mechanical parts doing the same job.
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A Must Have

by from San Francisco, CA on February 9, 2008

The 2008 Pontiac Soltice GXP will not disappoint. This car will turn heads with its sleek body style and 18 inch wheels. The convertable top is manual, but very easy to operate, with a quick turn of a...
The 2008 Pontiac Soltice GXP will not disappoint. This car will turn heads with its sleek body style and 18 inch wheels. The convertable top is manual, but very easy to operate, with a quick turn of a lever.The Soltice also offers plenty of head room with the top up. Other features may include XM satelite radio, ON Star, and and outlet jack for your Ipod or MP3 player. As of today, the gas mileage is averaging about 23 miles per gallon, which is an average of both highway and local driving. The Soltice handles great on drv surfaces and the 260 horsepower makes a big difference, which comes standard on the GXP model. Though the trunk space is limited with the top down. overall, its a fun car to drive at a very affordable price. Take a test drive today.
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What a GREAT ride!

by from Pueblo Co on June 11, 2008

The first time I saw this car I was in love with it. I didn't think I could get one because it would be my 5th vehicle and though money was not a problem my wife was bound to say NO! We are retired so...
The first time I saw this car I was in love with it. I didn't think I could get one because it would be my 5th vehicle and though money was not a problem my wife was bound to say NO! We are retired so early one morning I was telling her about this georgeous car and showed her pix on the net. She said"That is a hot car, let's go drive one". We went to the local dealer and drove the base auto and stick. The dealer was pushing for the GXP but I liked the base better. With the stick. This car reminded me of one of my precious 1960 Bug Eyed Austin Healy Spright. You need to drive this car and think ahead. You have to DRIVE this car and use the gearbox often to get this machine to perform. There in lies the FUN FACTOR! This car is not overpowered so you have to work for the performance. You don't need the turbo to throw this car around on the mountain roads here in Colorado. This is a FUN car and makes driving a pleasure. Don't think of it as a car to go get groceries or lumber-NO ROOM. This is a have fun, go fast, tossable sports car. You have to work to enjoy it and that is the fun part!! WHAT A CAR FROM DETROIT! And in "Mean Yellow" it gets noticed and commented on all the time!
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Great little car

by from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2014

I've owned my Solstice for 6 months now and it has been a great experience. It is not a practical car, not good in snow, so in Pa. it's only an April thru October car. The handling is great, like runn...
I've owned my Solstice for 6 months now and it has been a great experience. It is not a practical car, not good in snow, so in Pa. it's only an April thru October car. The handling is great, like running on rails, no wallow or plowing. You can feel when it's getting ready to break loose. Nothing beats running around in the summer with the top down. This car gets lots of second looks and be ready for the question.....what kind of car is that?
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Sexy lil thang! ;-)

by from Peoria, AZ on May 1, 2015

I absolutely LOVE this car!! I can't believe the negative comments below... I was in a wrech this past December & the 2 months without my lilttle toy were agonizing! I had a few different rental cars ...
I absolutely LOVE this car!! I can't believe the negative comments below... I was in a wrech this past December & the 2 months without my lilttle toy were agonizing! I had a few different rental cars & a loaner from the body shop, noe of them even come close. This car is super sexy! Super fast & great on gas! True there is not a lot of storage but hopefully there is a significant other's car for traveling. :-) I have gone to the grocery store & purchased over a hundred dollars of groceries & fit them comfortably in the trunk. I also have jumper cables a small tool box, coolent & winshield wiper liquid in the trunk. I purchased mine in 2010 with only 5,000 miles on it & it now has 89,000 & the only thing I have had to replace is the turn signal relay. The inside is soooooo comfortable especially after a looooong day in high heels these seats feel great on the lower back. I have driven back & forth to California a few time very comfortably. Sorry a full size suit case will not fit unless you are by yourself, then it will need to go in the passenger seat but that what cute totes are for. The guy below doing all the complaining needs to think outside the box & appreciate her beauty. I live about 6 miles from wotk, this is my daily driver & I only have to fill up the tank once every pay period unless I take a long journey to the east valley. I love the cup holders because they are retractable so when you are not using them, they can be hidden to return her to full sexy status. Yes, they are plactic, if they were not, they would not retract... My leather interior is also still in perfect condition even with the AZ sun beating down on it from time to time when I have the top down. I will say, this is NOT a bad weather car. It does lose traction in wet conditons easily. If you live in Washington, I would not recommend buying this car. :-( unless it is a 2nd car. If you crave speed on a budget, then you can't go wrong with this Solstice. What a great buy!!! I'm so glad I found 1 in an automatic!! I will keep her till she is a collector's item & beyond.
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Don't dream about getting a Solstace....GET ONE!

by from Whitney Point, NY on August 16, 2015

My wife and I recently retired and thought about what to do together for fun with our recently acquired free time. The Pontiac Solstace was the answer. Fun to drive, affordable, and great looking are ...
My wife and I recently retired and thought about what to do together for fun with our recently acquired free time. The Pontiac Solstace was the answer. Fun to drive, affordable, and great looking are only a few of things we love about this car. Ok, not much storage space, but after all, it's not a van or a pickup truck. This vehicle, without a doubt, will enhance the quality of your life, which by the way, is very short. I don't know or care about the mechanics of this car. That is what car repair shops are for. All I do know is that this thing looks and runs great and we will do whatever is needed to keep it that way. It is truly a beautiful car and a wonderful driving experience.
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