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Cons: Limited spaceGreat 2nd vehicle!
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Cons: Limited space/room.Excellent 2nd vehicle for recreational use. Drives well, cheap on gas. However, it's not very sensible for shopping, traveling (for more than 1), etc. Because of limited space.
Pros: The way it looks
Cons: The trunk
Advice: Buy it! The best value in the sports car worldThis is one of the most enjoyable cars I have ever owned. Timeless looks, outstanding handling and a great value for a sports car. This car feels very comfortable hanging with cars substantially more expensive. Even though it is 4 years old, it still evokes comments and questions every time I go somewhere.
Advice: just Do it!What does a 63 year old guy weighing 230 do with a GXP Solstice? HAVE A BALL! And scare myself. Remember I grew up with Shelby's original Cobra, Junior Johnson and Ralph Earnheart, (Dale's dad for you kids!) Nothing has ever matched the jump for 60 to 80 like this. Your mind cannot keep up so be careful and legal. Anyone know where I can go to learn to drive this beast? Get yourself in one! And dont worry when the slow short trips flood the engine. They send 3 or more trucks to get it going!! And it does.
Pros: Interior feels like a cockpit dedicated to the driver. Great driver position.
Cons: Trunk, Cupholders behind driver position, window controls too far back.
Advice: Fun, fun, fun!!! If you need to haul stuff you will need a second vehicle.I purchased my 2006 Solstice in November 2006. I have driven 7,000 miles since then. The Solstice is great personal transportation. The car is the most fun I ever had behind the wheel. It handles like a dream. Get used to talking to strangers because everyone wants to know what it is. Old, young, and everyone in between like what they see. I drove the car on two long trips last year and it was a blast driving through the twisting Vermont mountain roads. Some say it doesn't have enough horsepower, but I say this 4 cylinder is deep. Drop it into forth for passing at highway speeds and tell me this car is not powerful; I bet you can't. It's not a race car anyway; it just looks like a racecar. Get used to taking drives for no reason other than having a fun day in the Solstice. Spring is coming and I will be cruising top down again soon. Solstice is top rated for resale, limited numbers will keep it that way. Not that resale matters to me because the Solstice is my long term fun car. Solstice surpassed the Miata in sales first year, and the GXP version will keep it that way. I purchased a small used wagon so my Solstice wouldn't be on the road in winter. 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway (top down all the way). I enjoy watching people in much more expensive cars staring enviously at the Solstice at stop lights. Over a year later the Solstice is still a rare sight on the road which works for me.
Pros: The body style/look.
Cons: The amount of space in the car/trunk. The water leaks from the windows and in the trunk
Advice: DO NOT BUY IT!Another Buyer Beware. I've had nothing but problems since purchasing this car in June. The convertible top would not close properly after the first day and eventually has been replaced. Water from rain or carwash leaks heavily into the trunk collecting near near the tire pump and the windows leak. Dealership tells me they fix the issues but nothing is ever fixed. I'm considering legal action.
Pros: the handling
Cons: the trunk
Advice: Get one as soon as possible.I've owned mine for less than a week and can't get over how wrong all the pre-purchase reviews were about the quality of the car. One thing they had right on..NO Trunk space! I expected that. What I didn't expect was a crisp, smooth shifter, comfortable seats (even for my 200 pound self), great visibility, great cornering, plenty of power (for a 4 cylinder), no rattles and gorgeous styling that gets compliments everywhere!