2006 Pontiac Solstice @ TCC

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Wahsapa

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mazda did(intentional it seems) 'copy' the lotus. the lotus had a big rep as being 'the roadster' which mazda wanted. the miata 'concept' was "lets make a mazda lotus"

the solstice seems to be competition for a miata, the miata still looks like its going to win... just to much(decade+ of) design has gone into the miata for gm to break on to the scene like they would want.
 

PlatinumGold

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Originally posted by: Wahsapa
mazda did(intentional it seems) 'copy' the lotus. the lotus had a big rep as being 'the roadster' which mazda wanted. the miata 'concept' was "lets make a mazda lotus"

the solstice seems to be competition for a miata, the miata still looks like its going to win... just to much(decade+ of) design has gone into the miata for gm to break on to the scene like they would want.

the solstice is the best competition for the miata i've seen in recent years. name one roadster that has even come this close?

Toyota MR2? nah.
 

CFster

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Originally posted by: Ronstang
Originally posted by: nourdmrolNMT1
Originally posted by: Ronstang
It is a Pontiac, enough said. Nothing more than a polished turd. Pontiac has not made a decent car since the early 70s.

G6, GTO(bah)

both nice cars.

you obviously would buy a MB since their cars used to be reliable, and obviously still are :D

I would not have a Mercedes Benz for any reason, and the GTO is junk with a big engine. Ugly, GM had a chance for a homerun and simply hit a foul ball. GM makes nothing but junk anymore. They used to make some good cars but that was over 30 years ago. They go well with the Budweiser beer you like so much though....about on the same level.

Agreed.
 

iamwiz82

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I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(
 

CFster

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Originally posted by: iamwiz82
I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(

You've seen somebody driving a Solstice?
 

iamwiz82

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Originally posted by: CFster
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(

You've seen somebody driving a Solstice?

Yes, dozens. I'm in SE Michigan. I am seeing new Impalas everyday. My wife just saw the Dodge Caliber last week. I have seen 2-3 C6 Z06's in the last week. In this area you see a lot of not-quite-out-yet cars.
 

CFster

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So you're seeing engineers and corporate executives driving these cars?

Hardly representitive of it's target market.

 

iamwiz82

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Originally posted by: CFster
So you're seeing engineers and corporate executives driving these cars?

Hardly representitive of it's target market.

Actually, A number of them were sold. My wife's knows a woman who has one. She isn't an exec and was going to sell it because she was afraid of the stick, but she kept it. :( I was going to jump on it too.
 
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Originally posted by: NFS4
So if you're going to say that the Solstice is a copy of the Miata, you have to go back to the original source.
That's pretty funny, considering your (and others) comments in this thread.

The Solstice seems like a great car, though I'm not too fond of the interior design. I can't wait to see some head-to-head comparo's with the Miata.
 

halik

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Originally posted by: iamwiz82
Originally posted by: CFster
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(

You've seen somebody driving a Solstice?

Yes, dozens. I'm in SE Michigan. I am seeing new Impalas everyday. My wife just saw the Dodge Caliber last week. I have seen 2-3 C6 Z06's in the last week. In this area you see a lot of not-quite-out-yet cars.

I've seen at least 5 of em on road already. Theres one always parked at St. Joe's hospital in Ann Arbor.
Around here (SE michigan) we get a lot of prototype and camo cars ands such, though all the Solstices I've seen were fully registered and all (no dealer plates)
 

iamwiz82

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Originally posted by: halik
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
Originally posted by: CFster
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(

You've seen somebody driving a Solstice?

Yes, dozens. I'm in SE Michigan. I am seeing new Impalas everyday. My wife just saw the Dodge Caliber last week. I have seen 2-3 C6 Z06's in the last week. In this area you see a lot of not-quite-out-yet cars.

I've seen at least 5 of em on road already. Theres one always parked at St. Joe's hospital in Ann Arbor.

A red one went by me yesterday. At least they have their tops down.

 

halik

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Originally posted by: iamwiz82
Originally posted by: halik
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
Originally posted by: CFster
Originally posted by: iamwiz82
I don't think I have seen one person driving around here with a Solstice that wasn't a 40+ year old balding male :(

You've seen somebody driving a Solstice?

Yes, dozens. I'm in SE Michigan. I am seeing new Impalas everyday. My wife just saw the Dodge Caliber last week. I have seen 2-3 C6 Z06's in the last week. In this area you see a lot of not-quite-out-yet cars.

I've seen at least 5 of em on road already. Theres one always parked at St. Joe's hospital in Ann Arbor.

A red one went by me yesterday. At least they have their tops down.

I've seen a red one and bunch of black ones. Sharp looking cars imo
 

Aharami

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ok this is just damn sexy. change that grille to a black one for a more stealthy look...and bam...instant panty remover
 

Wahsapa

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Originally posted by: PlatinumGold
Originally posted by: Wahsapa
mazda did(intentional it seems) 'copy' the lotus. the lotus had a big rep as being 'the roadster' which mazda wanted. the miata 'concept' was "lets make a mazda lotus"

the solstice seems to be competition for a miata, the miata still looks like its going to win... just to much(decade+ of) design has gone into the miata for gm to break on to the scene like they would want.

the solstice is the best competition for the miata i've seen in recent years. name one roadster that has even come this close?

Toyota MR2? nah.

right, gm totally gets points for trying. what im really looking forward to is the next gen solstice. i think mazda kind of rested on their larules with the miata and now this gm roadster is competion to heat things up. but miata killer it is not(yet). i do think the solstice looks better or atleast more modern(which i like), miata still looks like its stuck in the early 90s(not any more, just read mazda picked up the guy who designed the solstice)

and thats just the point i think. what HAS been competition for the miata? not much. is it because the miatas so good? or that nobodys wanted to invest the bank needed to trade blows.
 

mercanucaribe

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Originally posted by: Ronstang
It is a Pontiac, enough said. Nothing more than a polished turd. Pontiac has not made a decent car since the early 70s.

I don't understand this mentality. A carmaker (or in this case a brand) makes a brand new car. That brand happens to have sold (not made) crap for a couple decades, so somehow that means that the *brand new* car is a "polished turd". What is the turd here that is being polished? It's a brand new car on a brand new platform, and it's GREAT.
 

NFS4

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Originally posted by: TuffGuy
Pontiac is said to be working on what might be dubbed a track model, stripped of all sound-deadening, air conditioning and other weight additives.
That sounds pretty sweet. I wonder if it'll be cheaper than the regular model (like Mitsu's Evo RS), and if it will bring the weight down near the Miata's.

They'd have to get rid of a lot of sh!t to lose between 300-400 lbs.
 

GTaudiophile

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Miata vs. Solstice "comparisons" are in both the latest issues of C&D and R&T. If I recall, the Miata wins objectively, but they give the Solstice the subjective vote.