The Pontiac Solstice Was a Better Miata from General Motors

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Doug DeMuro

Пре 5 месеци

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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Wesley W
Wesley W Пре 14 сати
Cant beat the original miata because it doesn't have pop up head lights
Adam Kent-Isaac
Adam Kent-Isaac Пре дан
The body design is excellent but the interior fittings are appallingly cheap.
LES Пре дан
Riiight... That's why the Solstice is in Jay Leno's garage/museum, and the Miata is in showrooms, dealership lots, and streets everywhere.
jaime leiva
jaime leiva Пре дан
eocll Пре дан
missed a version, the Vauxall in the UK
NorthernZeus Пре дан
Dougs Girlfriend: Honey. Do you like this dress on me? Doug: Now it’s time for your Doug Score.
David silva
David silva Пре 2 дана
a jackass that drives with the top down and the windows up doesn’t deserve to own a convertible
Dom Marston
Dom Marston Пре 2 дана
With the roof down this car has *no* boot. How can you score it's 'practical' the same as a roadster with a permanent boot?? I think if the miata is a 2 then the Solstice has to be a 1. Come on Doug, don't be disingenuous 😀
kieras gaming channel
kieras gaming channel Пре 3 дана
World class engine. My dad had one only he got the correct color. Black. Thing literally picked up woman.
Simon Paillé
Simon Paillé Пре 3 дана
If you want a new miata for cheap but without the dorito motor, this is a car for you
menacebcs Пре 4 дана
I am 100% certain the License plate says "shart cat" kinda gross, but I dig it
Kiril Jerigin
Kiril Jerigin Пре 4 дана
8:24. sorry what?
Kiril Jerigin
Kiril Jerigin Пре 4 дана
supra dash , version simple
AmanOU2be Пре 5 дана
If anyone wants to see how insane the Kappa platform was about to be, check out the Breckland Beira.
AmanOU2be Пре 5 дана
Dual tips, not dual exhaust. "Neesh" not "nitch"
thomas aquinas
thomas aquinas Пре 5 дана
If you are all for US manufacturing, you have to read the history of the big 3 and only sigh. GM had 1,000 chances to maintain their greatness, only to put out cars with flaws, some of them easily fixed. The Corvair, the Vega, the Solstice, all of these and more had all the sinews of a market leader. The Solstice didn't have to do much to be a sparkling presence on the sales floor. Instead, it just quietly faded away, never properly promoted.
My New Life
My New Life Пре 6 дана
David Meier
David Meier Пре 6 дана
Always loved the looks of this car, but the GM badge is off-putting.
Gun Monkey
Gun Monkey Пре 7 дана
There are other reasons that people preferred the Miata. Pontiac is the same stellar company that brought you the Fiero and that is not going to help your brand. Also, in that line, maintenance (though the Miata never needed much) for the Miata would be cheaper and needed less frequently. Moreover, the Miata’s size made it more fun to drive, though quite scary when passing a 18 wheeler knowing you could literally be sucked under it.
Jeremy G
Jeremy G Пре 8 дана
I have a 2009 Solstice GXP Coupe #339 for sale if anyone is interested. Only 1266 coupes made before they shut down Pontiac. Mine is white with a painted blue strip on it. Message me for info. (Today's Date 1.18.21)
Adam Matis
Adam Matis Пре 9 дана
This is legit my wife's dream car. She had posters of it in high school.
noraneko nekomatagi
noraneko nekomatagi Пре 9 дана
15:50 SHA❤CAT
New World Disorder
New World Disorder Пре 10 дана
Bring back Pontiac!
S J Пре 10 дана
I only watch this video for the voice crack at 3:16
1994 Honda Civic GLi
1994 Honda Civic GLi Пре 11 дана
...And Jeremy Clarkson hates it.
Cynical Sayonara
Cynical Sayonara Пре 11 дана
I remember when this car came out. It was so damn girly looking. Bought another Trans Am and forgot about this “gay best friend” car.
Rogred Пре 12 дана
Why would you let someone review your car when it's this dirty?
Tayd0g Пре 13 дана
“Want a piece of me!?” “I’ll take two!”
Airport Expresso
Airport Expresso Пре 4 дана
@Tayd0g If you want to get pedantic, it is "No, I'll take two!"
Tayd0g Пре 5 дана
@AmanOU2be yay someone got it
AmanOU2be Пре 5 дана
Awwwww, Jazz..........
Brad Wolf
Brad Wolf Пре 13 дана
Yellow is in. - Eugene Kwok
fastyguy99 Пре 14 дана
Doug, wash the man's car, np to send you coins for next time...
gmhummerh2 Пре 15 дана
It's not a MIATA. Stop saying that, please!
big spicy wiener
big spicy wiener Пре 15 дана
Saturn Sky > Pontiac Solstice Fight me
yoav shavit
yoav shavit Пре 17 дана
I’ve seen just about all of your videos and this is one of my favorites! Keep on the enthusiasm about cars! I enjoy every second of it
Zedament Пре 18 дана
I own a Saturn Sky. I am pretty happy with it. I'm glad you gave it such a good review.
nostickpeople Пре 22 дана
The scion Skye was a better version. Had a Honda v6 and no nasty retro grill
No Name
No Name Пре 7 дана
I hope you're joking
NYOB0001 Пре 22 дана
I also prefer the Saturn version.
jnicholsonjr Пре 23 дана
My friend had this exact car in GXP trim, and myself a NC miata in GT trim... We both preferred the Mazda for its refinement, character, and practicality. The fun we had with the solstice was related to its speed and the fact that its a head turner driving slow on a local strip. The GXP was less exciting to drive despite its straight line speed, and at times felt cheezy, under engineered (parts bin heavy, limited chassis design/suspension testing) and as a result the end product feels rushed. You buy this car for the look. I know the GM engineer in charge of translating the concept to production, and I can assure you the achievement with the solstice was bringing concept car styling from sketch to showroom through a bureaucracy like old GM. Some really innovative panel shaping techniques were invented for this project also. It's a shame the volt didn't have the same luck in translating from concept to production and now GM has to learn the hard way, by stick from Elon Musk. It would have been nice to see a second generation solstice GXP but GM's north star is to lose its way over and over.
Ko Lay
Ko Lay Пре 23 дана
Dough Mario in every video be like:Thisss...
Skyler Lucky
Skyler Lucky Пре 23 дана
Hummm, is this a Canada car gauge was in kilometers per hour
Skyler Lucky
Skyler Lucky Пре 23 дана
You compare it to a Miata, a Miata is like Chuck steak, and the GM roadster is Porterhouse. No comparison. That’s like saying a Porsche Cayenne is like a Ford Explorer .
Skyler Lucky
Skyler Lucky Пре 24 дана
I love my Saturn Sky Redline better, it is my baby Vette, Miata doesn’t hold a candle to my Sky factory coil overs spaceframe. It’s my baby Vette. Most people have no clue what it is. And some think its a Vette, it only has 42,000ish miles
Adam Newlan
Adam Newlan Пре 25 дана
I think there wasa Holden version in Australia for a very short time
No Name
No Name Пре 7 дана
you're thinking about the tigra
El Rafa
El Rafa Пре 26 дана
Miata is a Grrrlls car
biochem70 Пре 26 дана
$10k? The same era Miatas, 350z convertibles and even my BMW Z4 are going for half that now.
Jose Rivera
Jose Rivera Пре 27 дана
I just love early 2000’s cheap GM plastic.
Panah Пре 28 дана
Fantastic aesthetic, unfortunately the plethora of malfunctions and issues would lead me to pass it as a car to own personally. I'd rather not be turned into another statistic due to the cars faulty Ignition locking system.
Padraic McDonnell
Padraic McDonnell Пре 28 дана
Bob Lutz ordered the first prototype made and Franz von Holzhausen designed it.
Jackson Пре 28 дана
Angel Alejo
Angel Alejo Пре 29 дана
Got this recommended after watching Adam Lz LS swap his moms car
PhoenixUltraMotive Пре 29 дана
Impossible. Nothing can be better than Miata
Raeshon Hernandez
Raeshon Hernandez Пре 29 дана
Who is here after Adam Lz LS swap his mom own😂
George Harley Rider
George Harley Rider Пре 29 дана
General motors should make another two seater to compete with the Mazda Miata.
James Barros
James Barros Пре 29 дана
Oh... compared to an NC.... it all makes sense now.
Tendra Delrissian
Tendra Delrissian Пре 29 дана
All drivetrain and major mechanical parts are off the shelf GM items used in a variety of vehicles. The LNF engine has been upgraded by a couple generations, and the new version (LDK) bolts in with little modification. Transmission is just an Aisin (either auto or manual), used everywhere. The rear diff is a Caddy mechanical limited slip. Replacement sheet metal is a problem, and don't bend the frame. LOL As long as you don't actually wreck the car, there should be no reason you can't keep it running for a very long time. That being said, I have enough spare parts to practically build another one, including a spare engine.......
Charles M Rinehart
Charles M Rinehart Пре месец
Good luck finding parts for any Solstice.
Ed Baker
Ed Baker Пре месец
They should have rebranded it and kept it going after they shut down Pontiac.
Tendra Delrissian
Tendra Delrissian Пре месец
Doug: GM offered a GMPP dealer installed tune for the Pontiac GXP and Saturn Redline. For about an extra $1,000: The car's power was turned up to 290 HP and 340 lbs of torque. That extra 80 lbs of torque turned these into real little rockets. I have the Sky Redline version. Mine has the GMPP tune plus a couple additional mods, now running approximately 350 HP and 400 lbs of torque. In my humble opinion, the Kappa platform was one of the greatest designs that GM every came up with, and then they kicked it to the curb. They should have kept the platform and moved it to a different division, instead of just tossing it. This is a full boxed frame, with the Body welded-glued to the frame, and true independent suspension with coil over shocks. GM also offered an "off road" suspension upgrade that lowered the car another 1/2 inch and stiffened up the ride even more, which I also have installed on my car. Even the body panels were innovative, they were manufactured via hydro-forming instead of stamping. I am sure you can find someone in CA with one of these tuned up, there are plenty of aftermarket tuners running the power up as well: You will be amazed how well they run with the bigger power.
Slays Media
Slays Media Пре месец
Swap an LV3 4.3 v6 into this and it becomes a lighter, faster, and better handling car with improved fuel economy.
Christopher R.
Christopher R. Пре месец
Likes GM product better than Miata. /looks up to see who the author was again.... Huh.
derwin gaming
derwin gaming Пре месец
miata is better, take it back 😡
hondagang59 Пре месец
I'm looking at getting one are they safe in a car crash
armando chirino
armando chirino Пре месец
There’s a supercharged solstice nearby with only 35k miles...
zoiks 66
zoiks 66 Пре месец
I owned a black 2007 Solstice GXP I bought brand new. It was a great car. Very fun to drive, and I only had to have a few minor repairs done. I owned the car for 10 years. After an optional GM performance upgrade that cost $750 along with a couple other minor aftermarket upgrades, the car did 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds.
Rui Cameira
Rui Cameira Пре месец
a better miata, so they filled for bakruptcy after making the best car in the world, if you never drove a manual how can you say that, bi-turbo ,one cylinder miata wankel engine is worse than this ......what?i doubt it ,one of the best cars in the world and can be tuned till 300 h.p. a second fiero wanna be
Rowan Cucanic
Rowan Cucanic Пре месец
Me: **sees title** “nononononono”
Rads BossCraft
Rads BossCraft Пре месец
honestly if i had to choose i might pick this over a Miata as i find the Miata a bit of a boring pick and i like more unique cars.
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson Пре месец
"Better than the miata" oh no Doug, the JDM dorks and weaboos are gonna be mad at you.
James Raymond
James Raymond Пре месец
When did Billy on the Street start reviewing cars??
Ray Gun
Ray Gun Пре месец
My neighbour has one of these in dark blue, and I’ve always thought it was the ugliest, beady eyed little bug I’ve ever seen.
Colin DuBord
Colin DuBord Пре месец
I love my Solstice GXP! I recommend to try one before getting a MX-5.
Funky' Furballs
Funky' Furballs Пре месец
Taller and wider than the Miata and S2000, it seemed to be in a unique size class.
AngPur Пре месец
They're never bringing this back. They rebadged it as a saturn for a short while, but the plant they made this was left to languish for yeeeeears... Then they tore it down and a new amazon warehouse is going up in it's place.
Mark Cam
Mark Cam Пре месец
Hmmmm Now wait a minute there mister .... The car does 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and you give it just a (5) out of 10 .... For a $10,000 car that is very fast ....
Robert Wilhelm
Robert Wilhelm Пре месец
Please don't compare this disgusting humonculous to a miata
Skate Raptor 1
Skate Raptor 1 Пре месец
You guys gotta start learning to be more open minded about the doug scores lmao
Danger Dave
Danger Dave Пре месец
The Solstice is the female of the Kappa cars, especially that bright yellow color. And it's disgustingly dirty.(you would think the owner could have cleaned it up a bit for Doug's review). I'll take my black sky redline tyvm... Some simple bolt on's, a water/meth kit and a tune via HP tuners gets me 330 whp and some serious smiles. : )
Everyone: Da-e-woo Doug: Dae-wooooo
Tom Spaulding
Tom Spaulding Пре месец
Actually I thought the Saturn Sky looked better
E. S.
E. S. Пре месец
No other way to tell GXP and base apart, oh only the different front fascia.
TriPyramid Pictures
TriPyramid Pictures Пре месец
Steve Keithley
Steve Keithley Пре месец
That's 2 points higher than your score for the Fiata you did. The antenae looks like it would be real intrusive for the passenger , like inches away from the door. All the raving you did about it while testing surprised me with your final score. I own three Corvettes 82, 96 and 2003 and they all have hoods that open forward.
NF 14
NF 14 Пре месец
I definitely prefer its sister Saturn Sky's aesthetic but it still is a nice car
죠르노버터링 Пре месец
I hope it will resurrect as a Pontiac electric vehicle brand.
Nicholas Bolton
Nicholas Bolton Пре месец
7:05 how to keep your passenger's leg away so you can shift into 5th gear 😂
John Branco
John Branco Пре месец
Maximum Bob Lutz dream child. In 2009, they were selling them brand new for $21K. Almost pulled the trigger but bought a Crossfire instead which was also on he chopping block.
Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez Пре месец
The skyy was a gorgeous vehicle. I'd like to own one
ariel estrada
ariel estrada Пре месец
This car reminds me of Driver San Francisco so much, it was fun to drive when escaping from the cops.
Mark Evans
Mark Evans Пре месец
Unfortunately, they fall apart
Joseph Peoples
Joseph Peoples Пре месец
If you've ever seen the first Transformers movie from 2007, you'll most likely see this car in the movie as one of the transforming vehicles.
I thought Pontiac was dead.
CΣΠTURIΩΠ Пре 7 дана
@No Name ah I see
No Name
No Name Пре 7 дана
the car was built in 2007 but pontiac continued building cars until 2010
Guillermo Ortiz
Guillermo Ortiz Пре месец
It's very annoying to hear you compare it to a Miata so many times
Soda Block
Soda Block Пре месец
better miata... until its wheels fall off
StayWildGaming l
StayWildGaming l Пре месец
Is the license plate Sha ❤️ cat? Or shart cat? 🤔
StayWildGaming l
StayWildGaming l Пре месец
Pozda Miontac
Larry Jepeal
Larry Jepeal Пре месец
3000lbs 260hp vs 2100lbs 170hp pretty close
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson Пре месец
wasn't the Cadillac xlr also based on this platform
Alan Пре месец
The cobalt ss also used this engine
Alan Пре месец
@Bruce Beauvais the later Gen SS is turbo as was the redline. However the first gen SS was supercharged
Bruce Beauvais
Bruce Beauvais Пре месец
Wasn’t the Cobalt SS supercharged as was the Ion Redline? This car and it’s Sky equivelent are turbocharged.
Lone Druid98
Lone Druid98 Пре месец
I can feel the Winter Solstice approaching❄️☃️🌬
Aaron Balchand
Aaron Balchand Пре месец
C u r v e s
Guru4hire Пре месец
The best part of the solstice/sky journey was the dealer installed option for another 30 hp for a total of 290 and obscene amounts of torque. "Whoops our bad guys we left some power on the table, just bring it back in and toss us a few hundred bucks and we will hook you up."
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