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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder Problems

9.9

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Pontiac Solstice brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 212007

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

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

This complaint is identical to one already filed with the NHTSA, representing a potentially hazardous safety issue. While backing out of the garage from a cold start in my new Pontiac Solstice gxp delivered only one week earlier (mileage at one week=200), the brakes failed with the car in reverse and the car continued to roll backward (fortunately without power applied down a slightly inclined driveway. When put into drive, the brakes responded. Later in the day, from a cold start, the brakes failed again momentarily while pulling out in drive. The dealer service department was very responsive and diagnosed a failure of the valve in the master brake cylinder that allows pressure to build up in the hydraulic lines. The part is on national back order as a stac order. I was told that no spare parts have yet been stocked to fix this problem anywhere in the country. The dealership put me immediately in a rental vehicle at GM's expense until the part comes in, which could be "2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months" as the service manager said. Could this be a manufacturer's defect present in all brake master cylinders, perhaps outsourced, delivered to the Solstice gxp assembly line in Delaware?

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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