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NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,725 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Pontiac Solstice body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 122016


  • 20,000 miles


The interior trunk release does not comply with 49 cfr 571.401 in that it is not designed to release all latches from inside the trunk. The buttress release cables(2) are connected to a solenoid that must be operated electrically and are not connected to the emergency release cable. It is also a known common failure for these cables to fail and not release the buttress flaps from the exterior. My cables have failed several times and needed to be repaired. The emergency release cable and trunk release design do not meet the safety standards.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 282014


  • 17,901 miles
Driver's side door handle release is broken and no longer connected to release/open door in vehicle. Now only way for driver to exit vehicle is to have to roll down my window-reach outside to open my door with outside door handle. Safety issue, as I cannot exit vehicle quickly in emergency and only can exit if window is down. Have asked dealer to repair multiple times. Have been told parts are on back order, and still not available from GM. It has been over six months with this problem. In scanning Solstice internet forums, this seems to be a substantial issue among owners. My vehicle is low mileage, yet I cannot get the GM/Pontiac dealer to solve the issue. They claim they are still awaiting parts from GM. Forum reference:

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 162013


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the front driver's side interior door handle was peeling and the chrome was razor shape. The vehicle was taken to dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not under warranty. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 052013

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Interior door latch on driver's side does not open latch. Cheap parts components for an essential part on the car is what GM is all about. Car out of warranty.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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