The Pontiac Solstice Was a Better Miata from General Motors 

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The Pontiac Solstice was a Mazda Miata from General Motors -- except I think it was better. Today I'm reviewing the Solstice GXP to explain what was and what I think about it, and I'm going to take you on a tour of the Solstice. I'm also going to drive the Solstice GXP and show you what the Pontiac Solstice was like on the road.
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4 aug 2020






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firstbaldwin Pirms 16 Stundām
well, since how it is really a corvette with less than 8 cylinders and rounded fenders instead of pointed ones .....it's only natural that it would be better than a miata
Joshua Foster
Joshua Foster Pirms dienas
So the Vauxhall VX220 was not a rebadge of the Opel version?
Jack Anderson
Jack Anderson Pirms dienas
We have a silver one like Jazz from transformers. Rip lol
Lance Peltier
Lance Peltier Pirms dienas
The GXP is obvious from the front. Regular Solstices have chrome grills and GXPs have black.
erich84502ify Pirms dienas
Low power for such a sporty car, Saturn Sky alert
ronch550 Pirms 2 dienām
8:22 - it says Solstice GXP just in case you get confused and think you're in a Miata.
ronch550 Pirms 2 dienām
Cupholders - because you just CAN'T ride in your car without having a beverage with you. No you just can't. Really.
Eon plz
Eon plz Pirms 3 dienām
2002 jeep is very cool.. write that down!
Brody Harris
Brody Harris Pirms 3 dienām
Saturn sky looks so much better...
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
@Brody Harris , they sold more Solstice than Sky. Case dismissed.
Brody Harris
Brody Harris Pirms dienas
@Ed Straker Absolutely not wrong. I think the Saturn sky is mucho sex. The Pontiac is incredibly bulbous...
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
Le Oben
Le Oben Pirms 4 dienām
More Road Junk and happier Junk yards for fools. Not worth the money or tuning stress, I have enough women like that😒😒
QuestionReality Pirms 5 dienām
You couldn't take 10 minutes and clean up that area on the trunk/roof lid, yellow panel on the interior and gauges? Wow. Could do so much better to present such a cool car.
Keith McIntyre
Keith McIntyre Pirms 5 dienām
It's a rebadged Opel. Saturn and Vauxhall also had rebadged versions....Doug is an idiot, he could do just a little research and find this out.
Melanie faulkner
Melanie faulkner Pirms 6 dienām
I had this car in navy blue. I had the automatic GXP. Fun car, great gas mileage. I loved it CA where there wasn't much rain. When we moved to TN the roads were fun, the rain was not. So I sold it.
Jose Bernal
Jose Bernal Pirms 6 dienām
Ah man. TY. I actually asked you to do a bit on the Saturn Sky, but this is close enough. 🙏🏼
samuel lopes
samuel lopes Pirms 6 dienām
if the top isn't electric what is that big hump in the trunk?
samuel lopes
samuel lopes Pirms dienas
@Ed Straker dam, that's weird.
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
The gas tank. Seriously.
Elisa and Greg Iles-Sabol
Forget about it.....Get a Honda S2000.....it blows away both the Miata and the Solstice....and it's value goes up....not down!!
Edward Thurston
Edward Thurston Pirms 7 dienām
I always thought this car looked like a bar of soap
JB91710 Pirms 7 dienām
2008 Corvette steering wheel so it can't be all that bad! I saw better inner door panels on trucks in the 60's.
Go original n buy dis
Mister Lackey
Mister Lackey Pirms 7 dienām
I bought an '06 Solstice in '08, with 15k miles on it. It had some problems due to GM bean counters doing their best to kill their customers and their own company, but I straightened 'em out. Between me, my daughter and son, we've put 170k miles on it, driving throughout the southeast US. My son still drives it, and has the top down every moment he can. We all love it. The Solstice was and remains the best "driver" I've ever encountered, quirks and all.
Pickle Supply Company Yep!
Build quality was super terrible, which is unfortunate. GM sorta gave up on this, but I think they could have built a better car and bought a priceless amount of political capital/customer loyalty.
John McCague
John McCague Pirms 8 dienām
Farms Grace
Farms Grace Pirms 8 dienām
I wanted a dodge razor, but all I ever saw was the Chrysler crossfire.
Jason Williams
Jason Williams Pirms 8 dienām
I love me a great Pontiac. But I find the saturn sky was the better looker.
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
IRMacGuyver Pirms 8 dienām
I could never stand the look of the Solstice. The waste line is too high. It looks frumpy.
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
tekarts Pirms 9 dienām
GXP = black front grille. NA = silver grille. Wash the car you noob!
minicollective.org Pirms 9 dienām
this car was originally released in the UK as a Vauxhall VX Lightning
Ted Harvick
Ted Harvick Pirms 9 dienām
I like the looks of the Sky over the Solstice. Would have loved to see a turbo version of the Fiero's 2.8L V6 in it. I had a 86, and loved the exhaust note.
Neil .Connolly
Neil .Connolly Pirms 11 dienām
You cant wash the car first??? All the grime detracts from the narrative
Shawn Raymond
Shawn Raymond Pirms 11 dienām
This family of cars was conceived ...Dec. 1986
Simon Pirms 12 dienām
Small correction.. there’s one more way to distinguish the gxp on the exterior: the front grille. There’s a tiny extra little grille way on the bottom and also there are extra vents by each of the blinkers which deliver air to the brakes.
John Allen
John Allen Pirms 13 dienām
If I had an unlimited budget for an unnecessary car, I'd get the Saturn Sky version of this and (somehow) convert it to a coupe (only the solstice came as a coupe). Then I'd get a better transmission and mount it in the rear, like a corvette. I'd either build the turbo 2.0 or swap in a newer 2.7 turbo 4-banger. I know what you're thinking, "Just swap in an entire corvette drivetrain, or better yet, just buy a corvette." And to that I reply "Go jump in a lake. I'll waste my money however I want."
Vaibhav Kumar
Vaibhav Kumar Pirms 13 dienām
Jazzzzzz autobotttt
Tom Brown
Tom Brown Pirms 13 dienām
My wife had a GXP. One big quark that Doug failed to pick up on was the battery was located on the passenger side tucked down low. Great for the CG but required removing the lower quarter panel behind the front tire to change the battery. Additionally, the car had no spare tire but did come with a can of fix-a-flat and a battery operated air pump. A fun car overall. We hated to part with it.
hack daniels
hack daniels Pirms 14 dienām
Of course, the very best General Motors sports car is the Vauxhall VX220.
Dono Pirms 9 dienām
The best? Not even close.
hack daniels
hack daniels Pirms 14 dienām
So you have to get out of the car, open the 'trunk', undo three clips etc etc etc to get the roof on and off? Sorry, no.
Nanna Goop
Nanna Goop Pirms 14 dienām
It's not a GM Miata, it's a US available Opel GT. GM owned Opel and produced this for the US that's the only reason we were blessed with the KAPPA
Marc Lacasse
Marc Lacasse Pirms 15 dienām
This car is just one of many sad examples of what went wrong with the American car industry.
Joseph Paul
Joseph Paul Pirms 15 dienām
Could have at least cleaned the car first
progressive gen x'er channel
Got an ad every 3 minutes...lol
John Heckman
John Heckman Pirms 16 dienām
What about the much more rare Solstice GXP coupe??
Red pill Crusader
Red pill Crusader Pirms 16 dienām
If it wasn't for the great depression , GM would be cranking out really good Vehicles with ground breaking tech.
John Werner
John Werner Pirms 17 dienām
So what's wrong with GM if they can make a better roadster yet Mazda is still selling theirs about two decades + on?
Luis Hernandez
Luis Hernandez Pirms 17 dienām
4:03 10 Points to the Filthy Dog Score
cyberfrank 2010
cyberfrank 2010 Pirms 17 dienām
it should come back again, but with a more retro look, like the old curvy ferraris. just like mazda, it s a long term plan, it gets very cheap to produce the same model unchanged, over 20+ years. if it s done right, it ages very well, I d still crave for a 55 chevy coupe, but with modern mechanics. the curves are still quite appealing to me, like for the mini or vw bug and the van, it s just timeless as looks go. as it is, I like the s 2000 way more, I guess I will always love this car. good show Doug!!!
G. SPEED Pirms 18 dienām
pfffft it will NEVER be better than any miata....hell i doubt its even as good as one of the old Mazda Autozams
Eric Daniels
Eric Daniels Pirms 18 dienām
No, it wasn't better. Exterior styling? Yes, GM hits it out of the park. Interior? Poor. Handling? OK, but not Miata. From someone who has owned a Miata, and used to build the Solstice.
Stefan Stefan
Stefan Stefan Pirms 19 dienām
🤔🤔🤔 Doug! What about the last Naturally Aspirated V8 SLK55 AMG!?!?!? 🤔🤔🤔
Mark Painter
Mark Painter Pirms 20 dienām
I bought an '07 GXP new in Spring 2008. Sold it in '16 and regret the decision. It was beginning to exhibit some weird drivability issues and was using some oil and I was afraid it would end up sticking me with costly repairs. Supportive seats, but otherwise horridly cheapo interior. Ugly, scratchy, hard plastic everywhere. Top never sealed well and moisture would creep into the cabin and perpetually fog up the windshield on rainy days. Engine sounded pretty crappy. It was such a good looking car though and really fun to drive on twisty backroads. In retrospect, it was worth keeping for the long haul.
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LOL - the Miata kicked it's ass. You are so wrong! :-(. Why do you like losers?! Why would I sell my car if you think the Solstice was better than the Miata?! You would probably like the Fiero over the Honda Prelude, Mazda XR-7, etc.... both outsold the pathetic Fiero and Solstice - pathetic cars - low quality, low sales, etc... lame car.
superluig164 Pirms 20 dienām
The Saturn, Opel, and Daewoo versions all look better. Sorry Pontiac.
superluig164 Pirms dienas
@Ed Straker no u
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
Joel pierce
Joel pierce Pirms 21 dienas
This car must live outside. It’s quite dirty.
William Fenton
William Fenton Pirms 21 dienas
in UK GMs Vauxhall VX220. is a rebadged Lotus Elise
In Cognito
In Cognito Pirms 22 dienām
I hope you took the car to the car-wash to get it detailed for them letting you use it....cause it be filthy
Keith Bruner
Keith Bruner Pirms 22 dienām
I remember seeing a Pontiac Solstice parked in front of a Blockbuster Video when it was first released. I had no idea that Pontiac and Blockbuster would both be bankrupt a decade later.
takz07 Pirms 22 dienām
Nope. The fact that Miatas are still selling while this isn't is sufficient proof.
John Poyser
John Poyser Pirms 22 dienām
I really loved the Solstice when it came out ....
dave runner
dave runner Pirms 22 dienām
Ill stick with my BMW Z4.....
Craig Bartley
Craig Bartley Pirms 22 dienām
Yep, the high sales numbers, the longevity of the model, and the storied racing legacy attest to its true status as a Miata killer.
Bondedwithpotatoes007 Pirms 23 dienām
Front Bumper on the GXP is also a bit different.
john mason
john mason Pirms 23 dienām
I dont know if this is a fact but i'm sure i heard that the Opel / Vauxhall euro versions shared the chassis from a Lotus of the same era which would be worth checking out, as if it does then that would be a be plus! GM owned Lotus then,i believe but i've not checked any of this so i'm not sure its just useless information i some how heard along the way.
Mattia Zanni
Mattia Zanni Pirms 25 dienām
9:45 it's more than 3 cup holders crowd🤣😂hahaa
Rachel Black
Rachel Black Pirms 25 dienām
Normally in the comments section, there are lots of people saying, "Hey, this is what I drive, and I just love it...!" and they go on for a full paragraph or two. But the Pontiac Solstice? Hardly a blip. And the few on here that say they have it-- say almost nothing. Humm. Quite telling. I've had an older Miata before which was a bullet-proof car, and I love the looks of the Solstice, but the Miata was my daily driver and did a fine job of it, but as someone else said, what made GM think that they could design a soft-top car that takes up the entire trunk space when it's down???? With my '95 Miata I lost ZERO trunk space with the top down (and the trunk was very reasonably roomy for a car that size). To me, that design feature alone would be a deal-breaker. Also, on the Miata you could put a luggage rack on the trunk lid if desired, on the Solstice that wasn't possible. Truly form-over-function, which I'm all for, but there comes a point were it goes too far, and the Solstice crossed that line, at least a couple of times.
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
Well I still have my 2007 gxp and just love driving it. Mine is in great condition with 45,000 miles on it. I just don't know how I'm going to cope when something eventually happens to it.
HarryBalszak Pirms 26 dienām
My aunt owned a Solstice. After 3 turbo failures, she was able to return it under the Lemon Law. What did she buy to replace it? A Saturn Sky.
Kurt Keiser
Kurt Keiser Pirms 26 dienām
Every guy I know calls the Miata a chicks car. haha. I think this is cooler!
lo1bo2 Pirms 26 dienām
1:38 The Trans Am is a Firebird, not a separate model.
demonic477 Pirms 27 dienām
I had all but forgotten about the solstice I had planed on building one of these when the prices came down. the cheapest one I found is $4.500 bucks and there just the right size for a real sport car build . like a 5.3 litre LS built and destroked to 5.0 with a nice little turbo and a 5 speed manual trans add in a ford 9in with a spool and you would have a weapon that can take out the new Corvette with ease . the sad part is while waiting for the prices to come down I have become totally disabled and unable to build one. I guess it's up to the younger motor heads to build one now .
rickbangkok Pirms 27 dienām
Please Doug. Fiero? Don't do me like that! Peace, out ...
Riddem79 Pirms 28 dienām
You forgot about Spain. They used the Pontiac Solstice GXP and called it the Tauro V8 Spider.
Ross Pirms 29 dienām
You forgot the Vauxhall VX220 the version sold in the United Kingdom.
skenney41 Pirms 29 dienām
Shart Cat
OmegaCouchPotatoe Pirms 29 dienām
If only GM had a Heart , Courage and a Brain but we are expected to take the garbage they dump on us , : (
G Hart
G Hart Pirms 29 dienām
almost bought one but you have to remove the fender to change the battery 🙄
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
Yeah, my battery finally died after 12 years and it was a pain removing the panel. But it's pretty straight forward once you get started.
Robert B
Robert B Pirms Mēneša
Fair Enough
Marcello Mori
Marcello Mori Pirms Mēneša
Pontiac Solstice GXP was crazy
Benji Miller
Benji Miller Pirms Mēneša
One of my favorite vehicles to ever come from GM. It was breath of fresh air in the soulless era of the 2000s.
LES Pirms Mēneša
Wrong, but nice try. The answer is always Miata.
Johnny Pirms Mēneša
Did he just say “there are two reasons for this” and put up 3 fingers 😂😂
Martmns Pirms Mēneša
I realize that LVlocal needs to have a revenue stream, but the number of ads that LVlocal is now adding to these videos has become way, way beyond being merely annoying....it's now 'EFFING RIDICULOUS!!! GREEDY BASTARDS!!!
RazorOpsRS Pirms Mēneša
Been waiting for this video, ty. Waiting to buy a GXP for a while now
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones Pirms Mēneša
As for the stying, I've never read up on what cues are in the body lines, but to me the Solstice especially has some faint echo of the "Cheetah" of the early '60s. Faint, very faint. but, there. . .
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones Pirms Mēneša
Dude. You used to dress-up a little more, before doing a review. Your clothes might match your precise diction a little closer. My local car-wash men and women and xothers all dress better. The car needs a detail, too. It's really distracting, seeing mung-stains, where the top hasn't been lifted for a time. and, No, it wasn't a better Miata, though it and the Saturn sibling have their charms.
Red Lobster Inn
Red Lobster Inn Pirms Mēneša
Can you ram a V8 under that hood?
Northstar Mangusta
Northstar Mangusta Pirms Mēneša
Look up Mallett LS2 V-8 Solstice
Aristotelis Entertainment
The interior quality looks like shit, much worse than Saturn sky.
J W Pirms Mēneša
Saturn sky was so much nicer
Ed Straker
Ed Straker Pirms dienas
Andre aziz
Andre aziz Pirms Mēneša
You are a airhead furgot the beautyful Gart Top
Hammer Rocks
Hammer Rocks Pirms Mēneša
Another reason you can add to the list why the Solstice wasn't as successful as the MX-5 (even just compared to the NC), at least in the MX-5, I can put up or down the roof without getting out of the car. I was liking the Solstice until I saw how clumsy the roof mechanism is.
Hammer Rocks
Hammer Rocks Pirms Mēneša
This must be the dirtiest car that Doug's reviewed.
drevnykot Pirms Mēneša
I am sorry, does this have the same practicality as 100l trunk, electronically retractable metal roof? seriously? sorry but this one literally doesn't have a space to put purse while going with girl while nd can easily pack 2 ppl for weekend in different city it's not the same class in practicality regards
cuzz63 Pirms Mēneša
When I first saw one I said it was a Miata on steroids.
Steve Prestek
Steve Prestek Pirms Mēneša
A better Miata? I don't think so. I drove one of those turds. The term "agricultural" comes to mind. Rough, noisy, claustrophobic, all of the things a Miata isn't.
Graham Barnes
Graham Barnes Pirms Mēneša
BUT you didn't tell us if it's as cramped for tall people as a Mazda Miata- which is the MOST important thing to me as a 6'3" person. Come on Doug!
Chris Schafer
Chris Schafer Pirms Mēneša
Does this car have more space then the Miata? I just feel like the Miata is just to cramped for me.
David Rutledge
David Rutledge Pirms Mēneša
The fact you're calling it a 'better miata' says its not
Up Noor
Up Noor Pirms Mēneša
Mazda better than this
A F Pirms Mēneša
pretty cold on the acceleration score. 5.3 seconds is father than a lot of cars today
EconAtheist Pirms Mēneša
Bro is it even quirky though
Linda Easley
Linda Easley Pirms Mēneša
My 2010 Accord V6 3.5 liter can kick that car's butt with 270 hp
Lee Gould
Lee Gould Pirms Mēneša
In yellow it looks like a splash after a heavy night out!
Ben Vlogs
Ben Vlogs Pirms Mēneša
Its a rebadged Opel Speedster Doug......