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    Solstice Coupe

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20090...fails+to+shine


    I don't know if this was already posted.

    Not exactly the most positive review, except that the car is a blast to drive.

    It points out the limitations that we all already know about the top that cannot be stored in the car and the limited luggage room.

    It would be a fun toy.

    Still a shame that it's in it's only model year.
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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    Plastic Interior
    blah blah blah blah.....

    I cant stand when ignorant people like this review vehicles they are against to begin with.

    What all these reviewers fail to remember....
    The Solstace's intention was to cost $19,999. A feat nobody believed, or at least if it did it wouldnt look anything like the concept.

    But GM nailed it. They made an unbelievably awesome and beautiful roadster for 20 grand. What did they expect to get for $20,000 in 2003? I think the car was a homerun...even with the coupe variant.

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    I think the coupe looks outstanding. Classic, almost 1965 Shelby Coupe like lines. While I am a huge fan of the looks and performance of the Solstice (in both forms), it does have its faults. Weight, interior room and layout, and storage space.

    It's overweight compared to the Miata, no doubt related to using space frame plus metal body panels (as opposed to the Corvettes space frame plus composite).

    It's somewhat cramped for me, and I'm not a wide or tall guy by any means. The interior is laid out well, but its not what I would call nice for a $30k+ roadster/coupe (good ol' Canadian prices!)

    Storage space is not good. My criteria for a summer car is being able to hold a pair of golf clubs (likewise, hockey bag for a winter car).

    One will still be on my shopping list for a project in a year's time, however.

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    The Solstice was more Corvette than Miata. It did well by outselling the Miata for 3 years. I think a more polished redesign with a bigger trunk could have kept it #1....but GM has bigger fish to fry.
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    Ah, no reason to get all hot and bothered about it. We all know the solstice wasn't perfect. No car is, but it's not as bad as they say.
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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    Quote Originally Posted by CADILLACSIXTEEN View Post
    Plastic Interior
    blah blah blah blah.....

    I cant stand when ignorant people like this review vehicles they are against to begin with.

    What all these reviewers fail to remember....
    The Solstace's intention was to cost $19,999. A feat nobody believed, or at least if it did it wouldnt look anything like the concept.

    But GM nailed it. They made an unbelievably awesome and beautiful roadster for 20 grand. What did they expect to get for $20,000 in 2003? I think the car was a homerun...even with the coupe variant.
    That's great that they were able to take the base price into the 19's, however, the vehicle they are talking about is not a 19,000 dollar vehicle, it has risen in price quite substantially, and an interior like that would not be what I expect out of a vehicle in that price range. Heck, the Malibu's interior is much nicer than that of the Solstice. Okay, so you get two nice looking seats... The plastics are hard and as mentioned, the interior is too cramped (and trust me, I am not big at all, 30" waist and 5'8"), the S2000 and the Miata are more spacious.

    I don't blame this person for the review that he has written, he has picked out a lot of the faults that any automobile enthusiast would pick out, and, it is not like he had nothing but bad comments to make about the vehicle, he raved about its driving dynamics and exterior design.

    I think that people need to start realizing that the person that is reviewing the vehicle as what it is, in the present, as a new model, rather than looking back trying to remember what it was. If somebody has to do that, it means the vehicle has changed in some manner deserving a review for what it is currently.

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

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    We have 1 of only 2 2009 Coupes in Canada, silver gxp auto, yawn. Should be a yellow 6 spd

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    I really like the Coupe, it would be awesome if you could store the targa top in the vehicle. That is really its only draw back.
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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    Quote Originally Posted by CADILLACSIXTEEN View Post
    What all these reviewers fail to remember....
    The Solstace's intention was to cost $19,999. A feat nobody believed, or at least if it did it wouldnt look anything like the concept.

    But GM nailed it. They made an unbelievably awesome and beautiful roadster for 20 grand. What did they expect to get for $20,000 in 2003? I think the car was a homerun...even with the coupe variant.
    OK great, but the GXP coupe runs more than $30K -- which puts into the area of the Nissan 370Z, BMW 1-series, and a whole bunch of other cars without entry-level interiors.

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    Quote Originally Posted by vcs2600 View Post
    OK great, but the GXP coupe runs more than $30K -- which puts into the area of the Nissan 370Z, BMW 1-series, and a whole bunch of other cars without entry-level interiors.
    But the Solstice is based on a cheaper car. It's like the Mustang and Mustang GT500. The GT500 is $50k, but it doesn't have a $50k interior. Another example is the Mitsubishi EVO MR which is over $40k and has a $15k Lancer interior. That's what happens with performance versions of cheaper cars.

    If GM designed the Solstice to have a $30k base price, maybe they could've given it a better interior. If the Mustang had a base price of $50k, I'm sure the GT500 would have a better interior.
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    Oh, and to get a open roof 370z, you'll probably be looking at close to $40k.
    "But you are right, the Camaro gives the most bang for the buck" - Simon says

    "Despite all the hype surrounding Ford's new twin-turbo, all-wheel drive sport sedan, our long-term Pontiac G8 GT would put it on the trailer." - Edmunds

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    Quote Originally Posted by E. Haskell View Post
    If GM designed the Solstice to have a $30k base price, maybe they could've given it a better interior. If the Mustang had a base price of $50k, I'm sure the GT500 would have a better interior.
    That's true, and I've been critical of the more expensive Mustangs too.

    Given that the Solstice Coupe is a niche within a niche car, and they only built a thousand of them, I suppose it's hardly worth typing out a critique. But they seem rather pricey for what you are getting.

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    There weren't many of these coupes made. They were only built for a few months this year. The plant is on a shut down right now and will return to empty the assembly line in July and the plant will close at the end of July.

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    Re: Solstice Coupe

    I was just up at my dealer looking at these again today. I went to look at Camaros initially. There were three loaded SS's. Two with the hockey stick stripe package (one had the orange interior option) and a yellow "bumblebee" one with the ground effect pkg.

    But they had four Solstice GXP's. Red, White, Black, and that metallic orange. I'd love to get one as a Summer car. Yeah the roof is pain, but I figure I can del with it as I would only drive it on nice days anyhow. I can live with the interior. I could probaby get one for $25K with all these offers and GM card earnings. Instant collectable though.
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