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.
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!
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.
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.