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About Pontiac Solstice

Changing the condition that market of affordable roadster was dominated by the British and Japanese automobile manufacturers, Pontiac Solstice was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's brand Pontiac from 2005 to 2008 as a sports car. Originally introduced to compete against the Mini Cooper S, Mazda RX-8 and Subaru Impreza, Solstice was Pontiac's first 2-seater since the Fiero was discontinued in 1988. Due to the 2008 economic recession and demise of Pontiac brand, Pontiac Solstice was announced to be discontinued production in April 2009 though it was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and Design of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Associate of Canada (AJAC).
Pontiac Solstice made its debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show as a convertible. And the Targa coupe was not unveiled until the 2008 New York Auto Show. Both body styles came in two trim levels: base and performance-oriented GXP (debuted at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show) as well as Heritage Editions. During its lifetime, Pontiac Solstice was powered by 2.0 L Turbocharged I4 rated at 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and 2.4 L I4 cranking out 173 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent through either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Pontiac Solstice Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Though it has a very distinctive look, Pontiac Solstice still owned hit-or-miss driving dynamics, disappointing reliability and quality as well as a dearth of interior storage space, thus, it is not a very good choice for buyers. Thus, if you have one Solstice, you have every need to learn about these common problems on it:
First, engine failure undeniably also becomes the most common and serious problem with the Pontiac Solstice just like ordinary vehicles. Similarly, there are still recognizable and simple signs to help you diagnose and solve it before worse situations appear. Based on some experienced Solstice drivers, firstly, an odor of fuel or burnt oil will fill with the compartment and engine gives out noisy sounds; then engine suffers from performance issues such as misfiring, rough idle, decrease in gas mileage, power and acceleration even trouble in starting the vehicle. And all these could be aggravated by cooling system failure such as leaking coolant and an overheating engine. In order to avoid those symptoms, please make sure the Solstice exhaust manifold, fuel injector, oxygen sensor, oil filter, cooling hose, exhaust manifold gasket, air filter, and intake manifold gasket are in fine working condition all the time.
Second, transmission and suspension issues on Pontiac Solstice are also noticeable problems. Since many drivers do not attach enough attention to them and have no correct understanding of them. Normally, the transmission failure often manifests as transmission slippage and surging, partial loss of vehicular power, problems when attempting to switch gears and abnormal engine noise, low or dirty fluid, and the Solstice torque converter, clutch master cylinder and pilot bearing are the culprits. And suspension failure often has symptoms including intense vibrations while driving, swerving or nose diving when braking, uneven tire wear, vehicle tilting to one side, and poor handling, thus, please pay more attention to the Solstice shocker absorber, coil springs and shock and strut mount.
But in order to enjoy only pleasure brought by your Pontiac Solstice, you need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts. As some auto parts are bound to wear and tear more quickly than others, but they play important roles in making sure safety and comfort. For instance, in your Solstice, some electrical parts such as window regulator, fuel pressure sensor, blower motor resistor, knock sensor, and door sticker should be maintained routinely. Other parts such as headlight, emblem, door handle, wiper arm, hood latch and hood cable should be on the routine maintenance list as well.
But the safe and comfortable driving experience normally cannot do without OEM Pontiac Solstice auto parts of your Solstice. GmPartsPrime.com happens to own a massive selection of lowest-priced genuine Pontiac Solstice auto parts. With the manufacturer's warranty, these OEM Solstice are promised to be of high quality, durable and reliable. And even though you have any dissatisfaction with them, you are allowed to return them without a hassle after receiving them at the door step in the shortest time after ordering!