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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,229 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 #13

May 012012

Solstice

  • 39,800 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice gxp. The contact stated that while reversing at 5 mph, he applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floor. The contact had to shut the vehicle off and restart it to regain brake control. The failure occurred at least three times. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who inspected the brakes and could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 39,800.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #12

Mar 062010

Solstice

  • miles
Everytime I start the car in the morning or when it has been parked for about 4-5 hours brakes fail to work, I have to leave the transmission on "parked" for about 1 or 2 minutes or else I would have to press the brake pedal very hard to keep the car from moving, this almost caused a crash the first days I had the car, this is a very dangerous issue.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #11

Oct 112009

Solstice

  • 3,000 miles
I purchased my 2008 Pontiac Solstice on September 29, 2009. I didn't have a problem until I started it up and began to pull out of the nearby mall parking lot and as I went to press the brake, it made a low grinding noise, almost like the ABS was locking up except the light wasn't on, and I was merely cruising, not even on the gas pedal. I rear ended the person in front of me - not bad, just knocking off my Pontiac emblem on the hood, and denting it in slightly. The very next day, the same incident occurred. From these two wrecks alone, I received four tickets, resulting in my license being suspended, my insurance canceling on me, and setting me back a good couple of thousand dollars in court fees. I filed a claim with General Motors in January once I did some research and found a bulletin on here about the brakes. They still have yet to do anything, even after I have faxed them numerous documents including my tickets, the bulletin, bill of sale, paper stating my license being suspended, and so on. Also, I even broke my toe from one of the collisions from where I had actually pushed down harder on the brake to make it stop. Robert bronson, my claim adjuster for General Motors has spoken with me since January, (when I am able to get in touch with him) and has done absolutely nothing to solve this problem.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 192009

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 17,046 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The rear brakes had poor functionality during brake application. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection, but the technician could not determine a remedy. The current and failure mileages were 17046. Updated 3/4/2010 updated 06/18/10.

- Hippo, KY, USA

problem #9

Apr 162008

Solstice

  • 550 miles
2008 Pontiac Solstice has no brakes when you first start up early morning Pontiac say`S this is normal for this type vehicle. When is no brakes normal for a new car to have no brakes when you first apply.

- Washington, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 162008

Solstice

  • 550 miles
2008 Pontiac Solstice has no brakes when you first start up early morning Pontiac say`S this is normal for this type vehicle. When is no brakes normal for a new car.

- Washington, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 012008

Solstice

  • 6,000 miles

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

I own a 2008 Pontiac Solstice gxp. When the car has not been driven for a while and it is started.. the brakes do not work! I have almost rear ended other motorists before and I have almost backed my car out of my driveway into oncoming traffic because I have been unable to stop! major safety problem!

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 192008

Solstice

  • 0 miles
Brake issue - I had no breaks when the care was cold. The dealer "reprogrammed" the brakes last week (7-19-08) however the reprogramming has made the brakes unusable when the care is cold. Dealer said I just have to live with it, the car is a turbo and that is how a turbo works! please do something.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 282008

Solstice

  • 22 miles
The brakes on our car have been an issue since day 1.  they pulsate, don't fully stop at times and in a panic stop pull the steering wheel severely to the left, almost out of your hands.  the dealer has tried, unsuccessfully, a computer download and telling us to warm the car up for 45 seconds before driving.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #4

May 102008

Solstice

  • 1,000 miles
Brakes, system on Pontiac Solstice.

- New Braunfels , TX, USA

problem #3

May 282008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 0 miles

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

Brakes require excessive pressure on cold start. Brake is spongy at first then becomes hard causing the car to creep. Upon harder application they then snatch. Feels like that you don't' have full control of the vehicle and fear that you are going to hit something. After driving 100 yds the breaks function as normal.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #2

May 222008

(reported on)

Solstice

  • miles
2008 Pontiac Solstice with brake problems. Consumer states that the brakes do not work first thing in the morning. Dealer told him it is due to rust on the rotor that needs to burn off. They also stated it was from being parked outside.

- Springhill, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008

Solstice 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Poor cold start braking on our 2008 Solstice. If you forget to let the car warm up there is hardly any brakes at all.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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