Used Solstice Convertible

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A: here in s.w. missouri u can buy a convertable new beetle for under $10G, but it won’t be a new new beetle. ur prolly looking at an ‘03.

try looking at e-bay or calling a few dealers in ur area and ‘put out the word’ as to what ur looking for, they have the resources, they can find u what u want.

Q: How can I repair my convertible top? My neighbors cat used it as a scratching post!!?
Its a brand new car! I’ve had it for a month! Its a black top on a GXP Solstice. I would kill the cat, but that wouldn’t fix my car. Also, there is the fact that my neighbors refuse to pay for it even though I caught the cat doing it, and carried it over to their house and showed them what their cat had done. It’ll cost me like 2k to replace it… how can I fix it? OH.. and reporting it to my insurance isn’t an option… I am 19.. my insurance will go up tremendously with even a small claim.
I’m talking about repairing my top people.. not taking someone to court. Is there any way to repair my top?

A: Sue your neighbors. Seriously, that is what you need to do. Check for the small claims limit in Ohio; I’ll bet it’s around $2,000, so you can sue them for up to that much without lawyers involved. Just get three estimates, then go to the county courthouse and file a small claims suit. The clerk will hep you with the paperwork.

Send the notice of the court date certified mail, along with a polite letter and the estimates, letting them know they can avoid the suit if they just act reasonably and pay up.

If you win, and they don’t pay, you file a motion to have them held in contempt, and then they get carted off to jail until they comply with the judge’s ruling.

Your insurance probably won’t go up as much as you think, though – a cat scratching your car is not a moving violation, which is what raises your rates. See if it’s covered, then make a claim and let the insurance company sue your neighbors.

Q: Help! I just bought a new G6 Convertible, got 0% interest and now they are saying can’t do 0%, bring it back.
I purchased this G6 Convertible under the terms of 0% interest last Tuesday. Today I received a phone call from the finance manager saying I need to bring the car and back redo paperwork because they cannot do 0%. I think the reason is.. Pontiac is offering 0% interest this week on there cars. Well in the fine print on the website it states the G6 convertible and Solstice are not included in this deal, and they just caught their mistake. I have to drive 200 miles to return the car and look at the financing they are proposing. I asked if I could just have my car back (03 Accord) and they said *probably*. The paperwork says if they do not meet the finance terms the contract is null and void. When I return the car it will have 1000 miles on it and be ranked as Used (in my opinion). So does anyone have any bargaining ideas for me or ever dealt with this situation before? I really like the car and would like to keep it but not for alot more money.

A: You probably should contact an attorney. The dealer has some liability in this matter, and a week is a little long to find this out.

Alternately you can use Capital One on-line and get a great rate (if you qualify) and use the rebate to pay down the purchase amount if there is a rebate. But if you go in looking desperate to keep the car, they will win and sock you with a higher than necessary rate because you let your emotions rule over your head. Keep things in prospective!

Q: should i buy a boxster, z4 or solstice?
i have just under $23,000 canadian and with that money i can buy a used 2000 porsche boxster with 122 000 km on it or a 2003 bmw z4 with 74 500 km on it. or the 2006 pontiac sostice the one my dad wants me to get but i prefer the porsche. he says porsche is too old and too costly to maintain and he doesnt like bmws he says solstice cause its new and only has 14 000 km on it but i think the old boxster would still be able to out perform the solstice and will be worth more than it by next year. but my dads says if i follow all the rules of the streets i wont need speed or race performance i wud just need a good looking car at this age(16).

what do you guys think who have experience with convertibles
i see what my dad is saying about me being 16 and shouldnt worry about brand power and performance but i dont want a short end of the deal.

thanks alot for ur input

A: buy a copy of Consumer reports auto issue

and show him how the 2006 Pontiac Solstice is on the used cars to avoid list.

the z4 has a lot of miles on it.

the porsche is getting old.

are you able to do any work your self or have a good mechanic? if your going to the dealership the service and parts will break you.

for $23K you should be able to find a 04 Z4 with less miles,
02 Porsche Boxster, Honda S2000 05 or a mazda miata.

the solstice has a poor engine and gearbox and a poor reliability record.

Q: Should i buy a BOXSTER, Z4 or SOLSTICE?
i have just under $23,000 canadian and with that money i can buy a used 2000 porsche boxster with 122 000 km on it or a 2003 bmw z4 with 74 500 km on it. or the 2006 pontiac sostice the one my dad wants me to get but i prefer the porsche. he says porsche is too old and too costly to maintain and he doesnt like bmws he says solstice cause its new and only has 14 000 km on it but i think the old boxster would still be able to out perform the solstice and will be worth more than it by next year. but my dads says if i follow all the rules of the streets i wont need speed or race performance i wud just need a good looking car at this age(16).

what do you guys think who have experience with convertibles
i see what my dad is saying about me being 16 and shouldnt worry about brand power and performance but i dont want a short end of the deal.

thanks alot for ur input

A: The only one you could even come close to being able to afford the maintenance/repairs on would be a Solsice and even that may be pushing it.

I would go with a car you can actually afford rather than trying to impress people by buying a used luxury vehicle to give off the impression that you have more means than you actually do.

Q: 2 seat convertible question..?
so out of these cars, what would u say would be the best car to buy used, with 50K miles on it

http://www.goldenstatecars.com/

BMW Z4
BMW Z3
Audi TT (almost 2 seater)
Honda S2000
Pontiac Solstice or Saturn Sky

let me know what you think, the years would be around because i want it under 20K
and for the Sky and Solstice, of course the 2006 version being its the only one
and Z4 2003 being thats when it came out

A: I would say the S2000 for reliability , The Z4 for comfort and the Saturn or the Pontiac for looks. And i’m not to fond of the old TT and the Z3 isn’t any better So I would go with the Z4 out of what you listed but I’m personally a Porsche guy and have owned three now and for what your looking for see if you can find a nice boxter.

Good Luck

Q: pontiac solstic fabric roof top in extreme winters?
i am newbie in auto convertibles , i am about the buy a Pontiac solstice 2007 and will be using it in my daily routine ( as a first car ) . I was wondering whether leather roof top works in toronto extreme cold weather ?what about the heat temp and leakage ? and will it damage the roof top if i park the car in open air .

A: I can’t tell you about the cold, but the Solstice roof handles hard rains well, if you take care of it. Make sure you attache/detach it carefully because you can slice the roof seal with the prongs on the roof. That will cause a leak.

You can join the Solstice Forum group and get in contact with a Canadian owner who can give you more detailed info.

Q: Any good Sports car for big & tall drivers?
I’m 6′9″, 350 lbs and I love sports cars. I’m sick of being stuck driving my SUV or Truck around all the time, and want something I can have some fun with.

I currently have a 3000GT VR4 Spyder, and I fit in it fine and I love it, but I’m looking to pick up another fun car.

I used to own a Datsun 280zx and I fit in this fine too. I also recently test drove a C4 corvette and I fit, but not if I was wearing long pants- that close.

I don’t fit in the cadillac CTS, and I don’t fit in the Viper. I also don’t fit in my favorite car- the Saturn Sky, nor do I fit in the solstice (clearly), or the Mazda Miata.

a two door convertible is my first choice, but I can probably give up on the convertible part , but it’s got to have some level of rarity or prestige- I don’t think a camaro or mustang is quite what I’m looking for, although I do fit! Initially I was going to say it has to be between 5 and 20 years old, however, I’ll even relax that- ANY year sports car that is good for big and tall drivers!

Thanks!

A: Well…
I personally believe the Aston Martin V8 vantage is Extremely Comfortable for Big and tall Drivers.
It has a vast amount of legroom and is very spacious.
Check it out!

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