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NHTSA — Engine Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,600 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 engine problems

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 142014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


On a trip 6/14/14 half way to my destination, there was a light on the instrument panel showing a car/lock symbol. I checked all doors, trunk and hood, all were closed. Appx. 10 miles later I felt the power suddenly stall. The speedometer, tachometer and gas gage were all going up and down. The fuel light came on and started a warning signal. All system lights were flashing on and off. I pulled over and waited for a few minutes. In about one minute the lock symbol came on again. As I proceeded the same gauges started to go crazy. On approaching my turnoff, I eased off of the gas pedal and started to apply brakes. About mid-brake, the brakes suddenly locked and I was jolted. The following 2 stops were a repeat. I drove home next day at about 35 mph. A normal trip of 2 1/2 hours took over 4 but I was afraid of having the brakes lock on me. The local GM dealer was contacted for recall. It took from mid-June to Sept. 12 for the parts to come in and be installed. The trip home was uneventful except for the key being very hard to turn. On 9/22 I had to make an approx. 400 mile trip. Feeling assured that all problems had been fixed, I drove the normal speed limit. Upon reaching my first destination the brake seemed to stop sharply. Believing that I was just overly concerned I continued to my 2nd destination. About 20 miles later lock light turned on followed quickly by the other monitored system lights flashing. The brakes locked as soon as I applied pressure. I was unable to use my cell or on-star. I went to the nearest GM dealer in pueblo. I had no money to pay for a diagnostic check. I was told by the same service agent that had changed dealerships that I would be safe as long as I didn't do anything "wild". I made the same 4 + hour trip. As I reached my home the car was breaking by itself. Replacing the recalled part didn't fix the problem. A recall on the recall?

- San Luis, CO, USA

problem #4

Jul 152014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle decreased in speed to 15 mph and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine and the power train computer module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 252014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
Ignition repair is still pending parts 6 months after recall is unacceptable for safety issue. Day for day penalty should be imposed on GM for unacceptable delay is completing recall repair.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #2

Mar 012014


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Solstice. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system) however the manufacturer had surpassed the reasonable amount of time for repair. The both manufacturer and dealer stated that the parts were not available and declined to provide estimated time frame for when the parts would become available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 18,000.

- Greendale , OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 152014

Solstice 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Pontiac Solstice. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch, air bag and check engine light problems. The consumer had to replaced the ignition switch, the air bags did not work, the check engine light illuminated, and the radio would come on and go off by itself. The dealer cleared the computer for the engine light, and informed the consumer there was nothing wrong. However, after driving less than 10 miles, the check engine light illuminated again.

- Holiday, FL, USA

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