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Article comments for Long-Term Test: 2006 Pontiac Solstice - After 12 months and more than 17,000 miles, the sun has finally set on our time with our long-term 2006 Pontiac Solstice. (more)
Dec 14, 2006 (10:05 am)
I haven't read Edmunds' long-term look at the Solstice but may go back and read it. Without even knowing all the problems..too slow to put the top down or fold it back in...some squeaks and rattles...yip and yap...I would give Lutz and company a big 'ole high-five for good work done on this hot little roadster.
I mean, you look at what else is out there, and you look at the rest of Pontiac's lineup, this Solstice is a great looking vehicle that just has a few bugs to settle.
I had to get some tweaks and fixes to my '99 Sephia and my '01 Sportage 4x4 but both settled down early on and the Sportage 4x4 is chugging along great at 124,400 miles. Cost of ownership is low. If you're not having to shell out lots of greenbacks to run your Solstice then it's a good deal...$20,000 is not unreasonable for this car to start out with...pao, you sound like your Solstice is all settled down and doing fine. I prefer the Solstice to the Miata and it's true, Mazda has had 15 years to perfect the Miata.
GM has done very well with the Solstice. It is a very sporty looking roadster with distinctive looks to it.
#4 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [KarenS]
Dec 15, 2006 (6:25 am)
Hope Pontiac learned their lessons well but Solstice's story looks like Fiero in the making..
#5 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [from_fl]
Dec 15, 2006 (7:24 am)
whats your logic for comparing the fiero to the solstice....?
#6 of 12 Re: pao... [iluvmysephia1]
Dec 15, 2006 (7:26 am)
and I have an 03 Kia Sorento and 04 Chevy Malibu Maxx...all first generation, first year vehicles.....82K on the Kia and 85K on the chevy....no warranty problems..no mechanical problems on either....and both still going strong as well
#7 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [pao]
Dec 15, 2006 (9:14 am)
Great looking but poorly engineered/executed.
#8 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [from_fl]
Dec 15, 2006 (11:41 am)
two years from concept to production..is poorly executed?
engineered.......uuuummmmm isnt that what was mentioned the first year of the Miata........how poorly engineered..other that than what has been mentioned over and over again...top operation, trunk, etc etc etc......
#9 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [pao]
Feb 21, 2007 (2:22 pm)
The problem with your logic is that I'm not buying a 15 year-old Miata or buying a Solstice 15 years from now.
The Solstice of today has to do as well or better than the Miata of today if people are going to choose one over the Miata.
Looks will do for the first year, but after that, it's a straight up comparison.
The Fiero comparison comes down to this: The Fiero was a great idea poorly executed the first year. By the time GM got around to fixing the problems with the design, sales were already dead and the car was discontinued.
#10 of 12 Re: Article Comments: 2006 Pontiac Solstice Long Term Test [lokki]
Feb 22, 2007 (8:20 am)
But I would say GM has responsed.....folks wanted more power..thus the GXP....there was an issue with the clunk in the transmission...they added a torque bar to eliminate or control the issue.....some even complained about no power door lock switches...and that was added in mid model year...others wanted a seat height adjuster...and that too was add mid model year....
would say that GM is hearing what the current owners want and making the improvements to the car.....just as what happened when the Miata first came out.....I would state its a straight up comparison right now for the 07 model year....and they seem to be holding their own if not better sales for the current model year
#11 of 12 So you don't like the Solstice...
May 11, 2007 (10:04 pm)
That's perfectly fine with me.
You're in the experiencing and opinion publishing business, which provides you access to the many models of cars out there.
I have a Solstice because I love its look, I love the way it fits me, glovelike. I love how it drives, have experienced none of the complaints.
I like the sound of the engine! That's part of the feel, ambience, attitude of the Solstice.
You've got your opinion, and your multitude of cars to choose from to drive.
I've got my Solstice. It is the only car I have seen in my life I wanted new bad enough to make it happen, and I am not disappointed. My only other choice would have been for a 1953 Corvette. Unfortunately I wasn't born yet then; makes it hard to get a new one, eh?
Summary: Sol is a great little roadster, to me. And that's all that matters.
#12 of 12 The Dealership Was The ONLY Thing That Sucked
Sep 06, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Taking over three months to build and deliver, no demo was offered to test drive by the dealer and a sales person that told lie after lie about when the car was being built to even going as far as to say it was on a train waiting to get filled. The funny part was he was calling me, I wasn't calling him, my car then was running great and I wasn't in a hurry to get my Solstice, however I was excited.
She took my breath away the first time I layed eyes on it. Getting a 5'10.5" woman in the car had to be leaned but there's plenty of leg room and it rides like a dream. Now at 48,273 miles and only one recall, oil changes, tire rotation and cam phaser for the exhuast side replaced this car has been very low maintenance and I get over 27 miles to the gallon in Atlanta traffic. I LOVE THIS CAR !!