Alright, here you go. This is from my local GM Parts:
Attached is a picture of the official GM Part for the upper rad hose on a 09 Solstice Coupe. You will notice it comes complete with the sleeve. Of course, this is NOT
the part number they show for my 08 Sky. And I would bet you anything the 08 Sky part does not come with the sleeve. And of course, the Sky part costs more.
I even drug one of the service writers outside and had him look at this hose compared to the OEM installed on my car. Just so I had one more set of eyes to confirm. We both concur that this hose looks exactly like the one on the car, except it also has the sleeve. And both the OEM and this one have stamped "Made in Brazil" on the hose.
I have purchased two of the 09 Solstice Coupe hoses. I plan on having that hose replaced on both of our Skys when we get around to doing our first Coolant flushes at some time in the future. For now, both cars have the OEM hose adjusted so it is sitting well above the shroud. I will monitor and make sure there is no additional damage in the future.
Here are the part numbers and prices (before sales tax) that I paid. Please, no one go ballistic if these prices are lower than what you are being quoted. Please keep in mind that I live in a fairly small area, and I am sure the overhead costs for my local dealership are lower than most. And they also give me a 10% discount because I buy a lot of stuff from them, including 3 cars in the last 5 years.
What I paid at my local GM Parts.
2008 Saturn Sky Redline: GM Part #19129905 $58 and change
(forgot to write down exact amount)
2009 Solstice Coupe GXP: GM Part #19130593 $23.89
GM Parts Direct Prices, as of today:
2008 Saturn Sky Redline: GM Part #19129905 $44.93 + $12.95 (Shipping,Processing,Handling)
Total Cost shipped to you: $57.88
2009 Solstice Coupe GXP: GM Part #19130593 $18.52 + $12.95 (Shipping,Processing,Handling)
Total Cost shipped to you: $31.47
You just have to love it......