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  1. #1
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    Smile 'NEW' 2007 GXP Solstice

    Well, I guess it's time to start this thread. I just traded my '05 GTO off for a Solstice GXP Roadster (Agressive Red w/Black top). I've wanted a convertible for some time now and the Solstice model in particular. I enjoyed the GTO for nearly three years and would recommend it to anyone who wants a thoroughly exhilarating ride. But, it was time for me to move on - I'm not getting any younger and besides I still have the '70 GTO, 455 HO, 4 speed car. Oh, it too is for sale.
    The Solstice is a different experience (all positive, at least for me). The 5 speed Aisin manual is crisp and short throws and the turbo spools up very quickly - it seems to do so as soon as you give it throttle, and the 260 lb. ft. of torque range is quite extensive - 2500 to 5250 rpm. This places it very much in the desired area where you will shift for maximum performance which will get you 0-60 in just under 5.5 seconds and 99 mph in the 1/4 mile. Not bad for a little 2.0 litre (122 cu. in.) 260 hp! engine propelling 2976 lbs.of car w/155 lbs. of me behind the wheel. Highway cruising will get you 30+ mpg to boot.
    The new 2009 coupe should really be dandy (it looks as though it wll be produced).
    I hope we get some more Solstice owners here on the POCI BB. Maybe even start a club of our own (within POCI, of course).
    Frank Hummel

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    Default POCI Solstice Chapter

    Great idea Frank - I think a POCI specialty chapter for Solstice owners is overdue, I will offer to help on the charter paperwork / organization side of things, just let me know!

    Paul Bergstrom

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    Quote Originally Posted by POCIadmin View Post
    Great idea Frank - I think a POCI specialty chapter for Solstice owners is overdue, I will offer to help on the charter paperwork / organization side of things, just let me know!

    Paul Bergstrom
    Paul,
    Let's see how many responses we get on the BB before we head off in the 'Specialty Chapter' direction. I agree we should have one, but also don't have much of a feel for the depth of interest. I think they are great cars and I'm gratified to see that Pontiac seems set on retaining the model as one of the four recently named to continue the marque. What a shame it would be to lose it after all these years, like happened to the Oldsmobile.
    Just an old man's opinion. By the way my first car was a 1940 LaSalle 4 door sedan - that name only lasted from 1927 through 1940. They did resurrect it briefly in 1956 as a two seat sport concept car with a V6 (the Solstice reminded me of that). You see, I have been around for a good bit of car history.
    Frank

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    I'll chime in. '07 Deep. Soon to have GM Performance Upgrade kit installed.
    Have you guys checked out the Solstice forums yet?

    http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/

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    Default PMDJIM - glad you chimed in!

    Quote Originally Posted by PMDJIM View Post
    I'll chime in. '07 Deep. Soon to have GM Performance Upgrade kit installed.
    Have you guys checked out the Solstice forums yet?

    http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/
    Yes, I have been frequenting the forum. Lots of good info there. I have installed an additional horn (the Hi-Note) and it has made quite a difference - it 'speaks' with authority now. Also have added the side-marker-to-blinker mod using the relay method. I like the results of that setup rather than the 'simple' hookup performed by one of the other respondents.
    I, too, am adding the stage II turbo upgrade in the near future - 15% more hp and 30% more torque (with the 5 speed manual trans) with the surprising addition of more mpg.
    I also have added (changed out) my floor mats (Kobalt originals) for some red ones to go with the Aggressive Red paint - it brightens up the interior nicely.
    I simply enjoy this 'little' car - it is a great performer just as it is and a couple of tweeks make it just that much better.
    I hope more Pontiac folks will chime in on this web site. I think the Solstice addition to the Pontiac line is most appropriate.
    PMDJIM - tell us about your car!.

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    As a 2009 HHR SS blue flash owner - I know it's not a Pontiac - these upgrades sound interesting!

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    Default be glad to share what I know

    Quote Originally Posted by TININDN View Post
    As a 2009 HHR SS blue flash owner - I know it's not a Pontiac - these upgrades sound interesting!
    Dave,
    I can give you the info if you desire to do these mods. I know at least one will work on the HHR if you have the 2.0 litre turbo as does the Solstice GXP. GMPP has the turbo stage II upgrade kit (only for the 2.0 turbo). They list for $650.00 but you should be able to get it for about $550.00 plus the ECM reflash by the GM dealer - about $150.00 labor - so $700.00 total.
    If your HHR has only one horn then you can get the other horn/kit from your Chevy dealer (about $65.00) and the if the side markers on the HHR do not blink I can give you the info to perform that mod; using two automotive relays and some wire splices, etc. (relays cost $10-$20 depending on where you get them.) Just let me know. email me direct at: fghjr@bellsouth.net
    Frank

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    Default Solstice GXP update

    I am (not so patiently) awaiting the arrival of the turbo upgrade kit for my new toy. The kit is produced and warranted by GM (warranty goes right along with the original) and really provides an honest boost to the already great performance. As most of you probably know the GXP 2.0 ltr. turbo puts out 260 HP and 260 lb ft of torque in stock form. An amazing aspect of the torque is the wide range it is available: according to the factory test graph the torque is a nearly flat 260 lb ft from about 1500 rpm to more than 5300 rpm! The kit adds another 30 HP (15%) and a 'modest' 80 lb ft (30%) of torque and increases the redline to 6500 rpm from the stock 6200 rpm giving extended use of 1st and 2nd gears where it is needed. This is real seat-of-the-pant's power gain! Prices vary with the dealers, but generally is in the $670.00 to $750.00 price range. Most dealers will sell the kit for $550.00 (MSRP is $650.00) and install it for the hourly shop rate - generally takes about 1.5 hours.
    Reviews by other fortunate owners are very good to great!

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    TININDN Guest

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    Got my kit today -

    Hope to have it installed tomorrow -

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    Wow!!!!!!!

    Breaks the front tires (HHR SS) loose from a 30 mph roll!!!!

    The kit is a real seat of the pants performance increase - dash monitor shows just short of 300 HP!!

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