2008 Pontiac Solstice User Reviews

2008 Pontiac Solstice Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 7 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
CONS
"space" 3 reviews
"storage" 3 reviews

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omw41 writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice Base Review
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5

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Looks. Low maintenance.  Easy to work on .

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Gauge Placement. Windshield height.

omw41
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A Well Kept Secret — 2008 Solstice Base-Premium Package When U.S. taxpayers bailed out GM, the deal was to get rid of the lowest selling line. R.I.P. Pontiac. Power; more than enough for any sane driver. Looks: Think Hot Wheels. Remember the Cheetah? You got it right here. Maintenance Cost: Average; Handling: Above Average 50/50 weight distribution; Front Seats: Low, comfortable, cruiser, lots of leg room; Reliability: Starts Every-time; Fuel Economy: You don't buy a car like this for gas mileage. EPA estimates are a joke. They are done on a straight road, no hills, dry sunny day,....For me 19 City 30-32 hgwy spirited driving; Price: Paid 17k 24 k on the clock Cargo Capacity: Think three day motorcycle trip. Plenty of room for groceries for two well fed adults. I bought my Solstice used with about 24k on it. CarFax said it was a repo-one owner.I watched it sitting on the lot I bought it from for a full year before I bought it. It's an exotic sports car. Everything that goes along with owning a car like that, goes along with owning this car. My first car was a Triumph TR4. I've had: a Spitfire, Plymouth Satellite, BMW 325, Lincoln Mark III, VW Golf, and the list goes on. GM says the Solstice should go 100k with no maintenance. Only a fool would believe that. So do the basics: oil changes, filters, tires, brakes, do the work you would do if you owned an MG, or a Triumph. The clam-shell hood makes the car's motor a piece of cake to work on. Buy some low profile ramps, a low profile jack, some jack stands, and you are in business. If you are going to buy one, get down on your hands and knees and look at the bottom of the fender. These cars have specific jacking points similar to the Corvette (it shares a Corvette steering wheel), and the fenders get crunched on the bottom by putting a jack or lift in the wrong place without a disc or "hockey" puck. You should be able to knock a grand or so off the price to a dealer who does not know better. You can pull and pound the fenders out in an afternoon, or buy primed ones for 85.00 shipped. The car is built like a racing car. Fenders come on and off, body panels are adjustable. This is a car guy's car. That's non gender specific. It's a hobby. It handles great and makes you feel like a million bucks. Enjoy it. Hold on to it. They only made approximately 65, 724 of them. They won't be making anymore.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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MikefromChicago writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review
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Super stylish, faster than most cars on the road.

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Storage and the damn cupholders

MikefromChicago
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If You Can Afford A Second Car For Pure, Fun Driving, This Car Is A Great Choice. — Bought used in 2010 with 4300 miles. Love this car! The more I drive it, the more I love it! With the top down, its the hottest looking car on the road. Ultra-quick and very excellent handling. Storage is a problem and fit and finish is just average. Averaging 27 mph on Chicago toll roads.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Dirk writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review
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feisty torque at low rpm, snappy acceleration and braking, stunning looks

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plastic interior, painful cup holders, small trunk.

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Gxp — Snappy acceleration and braking, Hollywood good looks, new so no repairs, a little too much interior plastic, killer blind spot at 7PM with hood up, good on gas. Trunk undersized, although will hold about 7-8 grocery bags full with the hood up. Real head turner, and great fun to drive!

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Missterious writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review
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This car is pure class. After 5 years, it still attracted a lot of attention and questions about it's origin. Seats were comfortable. Dash resembled the cockpit of an airliner. Gas mileage was good unless you used Turbo aspects often. Car remained quiet and smooth on the numerous road trips I took.  I would buy another identical to her, but need more space for new puppy!!

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Did have little storage space especially with top down. The cup holders were awkwardly positioned above and to the right of driver. Cons were minimalistic compared to her looks and driving her. Being petite, I did experience a blind spot when looking over my left shoulder

Missterious
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I Found The Car To Be The Most Fun And Best Looking Car I've Ever Owned. — I virtually loved everything about this Solstice GXP, especially her looks and feel of her. The power was amazing, but easily controllable. In less than 6 seconds, it breezed from 0 to 60 mph. The OnStar feature enabled me to recover her and thwart the thieves who stole her in an hour (they can do nothing until police report is filed). I did have her in shop a couple of times to repair damage done to hard plastic engine guard due to my going too fast and bottoming out. I would not hesitate to buy another. Their value appears to be on the rise in spite of or maybe because of the model being discontinued.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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patboyle writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review
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Great handling. Power (260 HP with turbo) to weight ratio makes it go like a bat out of hell.

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Not much storage space.

patboyle
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2008 Solstice Gxp - One Fantastic Vehicle — This car rocks. Great handling, great sound system, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, what more do you need to say? When driving this car it seems as though you are going slow if you are doing under 80 MPH. The purposely stiff suspension is a bit uncomfortable on bumpy side streets but get on the highway and go 100 and it is smooth as silk.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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coachdanette writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review
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5

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This car handles great and is fun to drive, especially with the top down.  Never have problems with it.

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It has a blind spot when the top is up that has almost caused me to have accidents.  Be sure to check twice when changing lanes.

coachdanette
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This Is One Sexy Car. Put The Top Down And People Notice! — I HATE to give this car up! It got great mileage, 28 on the highway, and I've never had any major repairs needed on it. A couple of sensors had gone out, but it was still under warranty at the time and I've had no problems since. Maintenance has been kept up-to-date.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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ssmith1 writes:
2008 Pontiac Solstice Base Review
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Looks great, turns heads, imagining handling, made for fun

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The only cons are storage, you can put golf clubs and duffle bags the trunk, which you cannot do many of the competing car types, but it is not handle regular suit case too well.

ssmith1
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Made For Fun — This car is pure fun; it handles better than any car that I ever driven, we love taking drives on the mountain roads. Everywhere we go , people look at it to try to see what it is. Everyone loves this car. This car is very dependable, we have not has any problems with it.

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Jamie writes:
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a great time

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not much

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Very Happy With My Solstice — it handles really great, nice appointments, build well, low maintenance, good gas milage, needs a little more getup, the name does not fit the car, a whole lotta fun you want to drive it everywhere especially with the top down

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Axel writes:
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4

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Looks, handling and traction

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Engine Output and vibration

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Solstice Review — It's a great car just for showing of, if you want performance you are going to have to invest more than 10 thousand to enhance the engine. It has great looks, a deafening sound and a striking handling. I have never been very fond of american cars, personally I prefer europeans, but the solstice has astonished me talking about looks. Unforntunantely, the engine makes too much sound taking into account it's a four cilinder, the 2.4L engine develops 170 hp reflected only in curve acceleration, in straight line it's a bit dull.

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pdow writes:
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3

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Fun to drive...Good on gas

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Ignition has locked up on me twice... Squeaks like rusty old bed springs in the winter..No storage space..Cup holders suck..Bad blind spots

pdow
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Not Worth The Money.. — This car is fun in the summer...doesn't handle good in rain or ice.. it's fun to drive but there's to many problems with it...I don't think I would recommend this car to my friends, unless they wanted it for a weekend car...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Solstice Reviews

Great Fast Rare Car! By Msp727

Great car for collecting or just having fun. Hard top is a much better looking car than soft top and rare. This car is fast too. Can't tell you the number of random comments I get from people. Supe... Read More

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Overall I like the car nice sleek design, It is difficult to see on either side of the car blind spot, The sound system is great, The car is quick but not fast, It stop on a dine and corners very well... Read More

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2007 Pontiac Solstice Reviews

My Sol By JimmyVillan

I love the style of the car. The handling is great like riding on rails. A little noisy at speed but who cares it is a sports car. Engine power in the 2.4 is good enough to get you going. The quality ... Read More

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Love this car, It is fast and fun to drive. It will blow you away at the acceleration power it has while you are cruising at 65mph and need to overtake the car in front of you. The Turbo will kick ... Read More

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2006 Pontiac Solstice Reviews

Sexy Convertible Sport Car By PetRap

I like the simple sexy sporty looking exterior, driver is very close to rear mirror giving excellent visibility, solid construction, great handling on fast sharp curves, very comfortable seat with hea... Read More

Fabulous. Best Car I Have Ever Had. By rufusmydad

I love this car but just don't drive it enough. I got a Smart car and I seem to use it the most because I park my Solstice in the garage in front of the Smart car. I do make sure I drive it once a wee... Read More

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