Solstice GXP and Sky Redline: Brake Boost Problem

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
solstice gxp and sky redline brake boost problem

Zoops! Those of you with long memories may remember how I cooed and gushed over the Pontiac Solstice GXP's essentially perfect 2.0-liter turbo mill. That's the same motor in the Saturn Sky Redline, the Cobalt SS and the HHR SS. But you'll also recall I asked, "How can Pontiac get so much right (looks, engine) and, at the same time, get so much wrong (everything else)?" According to the Detroit Free Press, I'm even more right than I thought I was. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating 40 reports that drivers have to press down too hard on the brake pedals. Allegedly, all the complaints originated in parking lots and driveways when starting the car. Twenty thousand Solstii and Skys are being examined. I don't remember this happening during my time with the car, though I do remember the GXP's driveline trying to eat itself. GM is offering the NHTSA full cooperation.

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  • Frontline Frontline on Mar 12, 2008

    Raskolnikov: It's like a beautiful woman that does something off color or digusting , it's a bad deal but she is so very beautiful only she can get away with it!

  • ZCline ZCline on Mar 12, 2008

    I think you can get these cars pretty cheaply now in the used market, now that demand has worn down. I think i saw a few for around 16-17k. Still, the absolutely tiny, basically unusable, trunk is a deal-breaker for me. And i've owned 2 Miatas and am a current 350ZR owner. The trucks may be small, but at least there isn't a huge gas tank in the way of what little space there is.

  • Storminvormin Storminvormin on Mar 12, 2008

    GM should give the people complaining about this McCarthy era boats with drums all around for loaners. That should shut those panty-waists up pretty quickly.

  • Johnster Johnster on Mar 13, 2008
    frontline: I promise to all the TTAC readers out there that the Solstice/Sky is a better car than what is probably perceived. I am an import guy, I had a Solstice and I know. You HAD a Solstice? And now you don't? And it's a better car than what is probably perceived? Yeah, right. And why don't you have it anymore if it was so much better than what is probably perceived?