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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

9.4

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,249 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 brakes problems

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 262008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 270 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Pontiac Solstice - 2008 gxp after my car has sat for a period of time when it is started up again the car over revs and the brakes to not work. The first time I noticed it I was putting down the top and by the time I was done it has stopped revving. The second time a day later I was pulling out of my parking spot and headed toward a gate. The brakes would not work almost causing me to hit the fence. After I let it sit for a while it started working ok. Third time my wife was pulling out of our garage while backing down the driveway. The brakes did not work causing her to roll into the street. Good news is she did not get hit. Took the car to the dealership. Took 4 days to figure out the problem. I was told they had to reprogram the car but it should be fine now. After I picked it up from the dealership and drove home. The engine fan ran for 5 minutes after it was turned off.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 182008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,200 miles
Lack of braking after a cold start - vehicle inactive for a few hours. Intermittent problem.

- New Baltimore, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 202008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 450 miles
I just purchases a 2008 Pontiac Solstice gxp last week. Since the first day, I have been experiencing major difficulties with the brakes. This morning, I was backing down my driveway and the vehicle would not stop. I just missed hitting another car by an inch or so. I called Pontiac concerning the problem this morning and they related to me that they were not aware of any brake problem with this vehicle. I have an appointment with the dealer in the morning. I'm very concerned and afraid to drive the vehicle.

- Stollings, WV, USA

problem #5

Mar 132008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased a 2008 Pontiac Solstice gxp. I am having problems with the brakes. If I take off right after I start the car, the brakes do not stop the car. I must wait a while before driving or pump the brake 3 or so times to get them to work.

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 292007

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a brake failure problem on my 2008 Pontiac Solstice gxp with 2.0 turbo engine. After starting car I proceeded to back out of garage, after backing up 5 to 10 feet I stepped on the brake to stop car and car would not stop. Had to push on brake pedal several times very hard and to pull on the emergency brake to finally get it to stop. If there had been anyone on sidewalk behind my at the time it could had resulted in a bad accident. Then I took my car to dealership and they told me they had never heard of this happening. After leaving car at dealership a day or 2 I went back and they had found a service bulletin ( document id# 1982132 ) dated 6/04/2007 about this problem which stated that this was normal on the Pontiac Solstice gxp and the Saturn sky and there was nothing they could do. After that I spoke with the General Motors rep. And the service manager and he told me the same thing but he would check in to the problem and get back with the service manager with the findings. After a week I received a call from the service manager and was told that General Motors was writing a new software program and that it would not be ready for 2 or 3 months. That was on November 3, 2007. After waiting for 3 and did not hear anything from dealership I called they and was told that the software was ready and I could bring my car back and they would install the new software to solve the problem. The new software was install on 3/3/2008. I returned to dealership to pick-up my car only to find that the "new" software did not solve the problem and was told by the dealership that they could not do anything and that they were at the mercy of General Motors to solve the problem. This braking problem was not a one time occurrence and it happens every time you start the car when it is cold, even after driving car and the letting it set 4 or 5 hours it does the same thing. So I consider this a safety issue and would like to have it resolved before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 142008

Solstice

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Lack of braking ability with my 2008 Pontiac gxp upon startup, occasionally. No sensation of having brakes for first 3-5 seconds, then brakes kick in. Does no matter if backing up or pulling forward.

- Elkhorn, NE, USA

problem #2

Nov 132007

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. While driving 3-5 mph, the contact heard a grinding noise when the brake pedal was depressed. He had to shift into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The dealer stated that there was a service bulletin for the failure, in which the manufacturer recommends not to repair the vehicle. As of November 20, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 20 and current mileage was 550.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 312007

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
1) started car and proceeded to back out of garage. Applied brakes to stop car. 2) car would not stop and continued to roll down driveway. Nearly hit family car parked behind. Brakes failed to stop the car until there was constant "pumping" of the brake pedal. 3) car brought in to dealer and described problem with brakes. Service advisor said the dealer will not fix. Service advisor said there is no "fix" for this problem. Service advisor admits this is a dangerous situation and someone can get seriously injured during this brake failure. 4) vehicle is a 2008 Pontiac Solstice.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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