A permanent remedy is currently under development. Maybe the Solstice Coupe should have come with a Weather Band option for its audio system. It had been in some accidents and had numberous problems that various dealers couldn't fix. View is limited in the rear, on the sides, and, with the top on, overhead. That original 2002 design study was a fixed roof hatchback, somewhat similar to a coupe. Say Goodbye to the Sun Both Solstice coupe and roadster were unveiled at the 2002 Detroit auto show, and Pontiac says the closed-roof model was always part of the product plan.
When the clouds finally parted and the roof panel was stored in the shed, ironically, the Solstice Coupe came into its own. And that's where I ran into a little problem: I absolutely could not see if traffic was coming while trying to back out of my parking spot. The turbocharged and intercooled 2. It has only 2600 miles on it. The Solstice comes standard with a 2.
Only a couple thousand coupes are thought to have been built and at the current sales rate they may be available for a while. Unfortunately, the execution of the interior leaves a lot to be desired. I'm not sure on quality and maintainance. But as it stands, it's a credible offering with a few too many flaws. With the base engine and manual gearbox, the 2,860-pound Solstice can get to 60 mph in just 7. Visibility is more impaired than typical with the top up. Upon opening the driver side door, water poured off the roof directly into the middle of the driver's seat.
It's no coincidence that the history of the Solstice spans the era at. Why you would buy it Because it's a great package with performance, a good gearbox and an Ecotec turbocharged engine. You need to crane your arm back to operate the power window switches. With a better interior and new top, it could have been a contender. Once we grew tired of being nannied, we pressed the traction control button once to turn it off. Furthermore, the materials and design of the interior feel cheap. The interior is — to put it mildly — snug.
Even before turning the key, thoughts of the immediately spring to mind. The Car Is A Statement Of South Florida Living, Quick And Top Down. And that, more than anything else, will solidify its place as a competent coupe destined for collector's garages. It has a proper double wishbone layout at all four corners, something that changed from the original concept, which utilized a strut setup in the front. Note: Until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. It folds and fits easily in the trunk - the panel top doesn't.
Words and photos by Mark Elias. For the most part, controls are where you'd expect to find them, aside from oddly-placed fog lamp and stability control buttons and the lack of a second power port to let the radar detector keep watch over a charging cell phone. Von Holzhausen originally conceived the Solstice as a coupe, although when preparing the concepts for the 2002 Detroit and Chicago , a roadster was added to the program and was the first model to enter production. The narrow seats lack good cushioning or support for longer drives, and the driving position is difficult for taller or shorter drivers, as the steering wheel doesn't telescope. To bring you a good overall assessment of the 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster, the experts at TheCarConnection. Building the Solstice coupe with a fixed roof in the spirit of the original concept would have been less expensive and avoided the conundrum.
We could learn to live with the hard plastics, unwieldy color combinations and off-putting textures, but the horrendous fit and finish and ham-fisted ergonomics are a bridge too far. Both Solstice models have rear-wheel drive. Remedy The remedy for this recall is still under development. Wind noise with the top in place—and wind buffeting with the top down—could use some improvement. Given the 2009 Pontiac Solstice's small dimensions and generous window size, it's probably unsurprising that visibility is generally good.
Introduced by rapper Fifty Cent at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, the Solstice coupe attempts to answer the criticism about the Solstice roadster's general lack of storage and cargo capabilities. Removing the targa top isn't quite one handed, but it's a lot easier than stowing the soft-top. The gaps, particularly between the ends of the dashboard and the doors, are uneven and, in some cases, cavernous. Speaking of dangerous, rearward visibility with the roof fitted is nearly zero. The overall feeling, peering out via the gun slit-size side windows, is either enveloping or claustrophobic, depending on your viewpoint. But when removed, it doesn't fit in the back of the car.
So are the dimensions of the original car. And after driving off, it all begins to gel, although it has nothing to do with our previous stints in the drop-top variant. Owners of 2008 and later vehicles will be mailed an interim letter on April 21, 2014. An interim notification was issued to owners of 2007 and earlier models on March 10, 2014, informing them of the safety defect. I love the attention it gets.
The steering is quick and direct, the ride well split between performance and comfort, and the suspension handles mid-corner bumps with aplomb and plenty of grip. Our test car's color was also absolutely stunning. It was once the underpinning for the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters, and both open-air vehicles are long gone from our automotive market. This is one fun little car. It's been discontinued, a victim of the worldwide auto crisis that claimed General Motors' Pontiac Division.