Last post on Jan 17, 2008 at 3:20 PM
You are in the Pontiac Solstice
What is this discussion about?
Pontiac Solstice, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Coupe, Convertible
#329 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [pao]
Oct 27, 2006 (3:45 pm)
The operation of the top is a major consideration when buying this type of car, it is a convertible and that is one of it's main selling points. I also believe that if it is well engineered it will also be easy to operate, like the Mazda's. If looks are all you need then buy the Solstice; if you want functionality and looks then the Miata is the better choice. I use my Miata as a daily driver and functionality is very important in my choice of a vehicle. If you can really look at a new Miata with it's top down and say it doesn't have a clean look then we obviously have different ideas of that phrase. "True clean look" is in the eye of the beholder isn't it? My phrase for having to get out of the car to secure the top is "pain in the a..". Had you spent any time with a Miata, new or old, you would know how easy the top is to operate. I have owned my 2006 MX-5 for over a year and it now has 18,000 miles on it. When I first purchased it the top may have been a little stiff to operate but I have never had to get out to secure it. I open and close the top on my car from the seated position, with the seat belt on all the time with very little effort. I can pretty much guess that the issue with the top on the Miata you looked at was that it was new. It's like buying a new pair of shoes it takes a little time to break it in. After that period it is smooth as silk, unlike the clamshell on your Solstice which will never get easier to operate.
#330 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [zoomzoom7]
Oct 30, 2006 (10:01 am)
I disagree the operation of the top is a major consideration when buying a roadster......its more than a convertible....a mustang or a sebring is a convertible....the MX-5 and the solstice as well as the Z4 and a few others are true roadsters, and as I said if you are buying a car for just the operation of the top..go wtih the MX-5.....I looked for more than just a top operation when I compared both....comfort, ergonomics, styling, performance, etc.....after driving both I decided on the solstice.....did you compare and drive both???? ......we have had our solstice almost a year now..and 21K miles....and are quite happy with it just as you appear to be happy with your purchase...and bottomline that is all that matters
#331 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [pao]
Nov 18, 2006 (11:08 pm)
I have to agree. How easily the top operates shouldn't be a point of discussion. I know that I only want to drive a roadster when it's sunny, and if there is any chance of rain, well I will make sure not to get caught in it, or at the very least bring a rain coat so I can stay dry while I get out of my car and do the top up dance. And I know for a fact there is enough room to shove a rain coat in the trunk, it took me a little while to figure it out, but it does fit!
I also chose the solstace based on unproven reliability, I mean it's sexy and that's what matters, not that consumer reports reliability ratings for the miata make it look like a corolla.
And being in the military has helped me with packing as well. In fact I think anyone who buys a solstace should have been in the military anyway, what's the point of having trunk space when you can always spend additional money on luggage that will fit in the solstace. Regular luggage and trunk space is over rated.
By the way did I mention how sexy the solstace is? Oh and thankfully there are lots of reviews and people to back me up on this point! I mean it may be a new car but I can always sell it next year if it turns out to be as reliable as a pontiac. And if it turns out to be as reliable as a miata I just might keep it. But at least it's sexy.
I mean... it's like the beer commercials right? If I'm in a solstace I must be sexy too? Or is it that I have a big... er.. I just can't seem to remember...
#332 of 376 One Solstice reliability record
Nov 19, 2006 (4:24 pm)
- oil leak from gasket
- top failed to secure in back
- squeak in dash
- door jam wide gap can't be repaired
#333 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [dumbluck]
Nov 20, 2006 (1:47 pm)
How easily the top operates shouldn't be a point of discussion.
That is totally subjective. Obviously it is not of importance for you. However, there are many that will drive a roadster year round. So, I guess it does become a point of discussion, as well as trunk space.
What will happen if you just want to take a weekend trip in your roadster with your spouse/significant other. Sure as heck can't put anything in the trunk of the Solstice. You might have to wear the same close all weekend long.
#334 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [aviboy97]
Nov 21, 2006 (4:54 am)
again..creative packing just as Im sure all MX-5 owners do.....I can hang clothes on hangers behind the seats....I can pack for 5 days in the solstice...did for the first national meet in KC last July with my significant other riding as shotgun.......have had many long weekends so far in the car...without packing issues......again...creative packing two soft side duffels fit find in the car..and there are plent nooks and spaces to place other things......sure I cant get a hard side case ..but I can carry enough for a long weekend..to include several changes of clothes
#335 of 376 Re: One Solstice reliability record [manybmws]
Nov 21, 2006 (4:56 am)
did the dealer fix all under warranty?
if they couldnt adjust the door gap...I would say find another dealer....what we are finding is poor uninformed service departments....vice GM issues.....
care to be more specific....oil leak or differential leak...
top failed to secure in back..not quite sure what you mean
squeak in dash..from where
gap..can be repaired or cant be adjusted?
#336 of 376 Re: Mazda badddd... [pao]
Nov 22, 2006 (11:41 am)
creative packing is not much of an issue in the MX-5 as it is in the Solstice. There is a decent amount of space in the MX-5 trunk.
Nov 22, 2006 (5:21 pm)
Miata vs. Solstice? Just look around: the Solstice is in short supply, being sold for sticker or (more often) $1500 over sticker. That's assuming a dealer even has one. I can walk to any Mazda dealer and get a Miata in 5 minutes, and probably deal on it too......on the other hand, it is clear that GM can produce many thousands more Solstices than it is making now. The co. does not, b/c this is its status car. GM, crank out more Solstices!!
#338 of 376 Re: Winner: Solstice [walterquint]
Nov 25, 2006 (7:05 am)
Just look around: the Solstice is in short supply, being sold for sticker or (more often) $1500 over sticker.
I guess it depends on where you live. The Pontiac dealer down the street from me has had the same 3 Solstices out front for 2 months now with "Save Thousands!" written on a tag hanging in the window. One is red, one is bright yellow and the other silver.
If you are in the North East, you can pretty much get a deal on any rear drive car this time of year, except the Shelby GT500.