quote - "Thanks to a poor design, the latch hook that secures the roof to the windshield frame can be bent easily when putting the roof down for storage. We did it about a dozen times."
What are these guys? Morons? Seriously, my 5'3, 110lb wife did this on her own and she's no rocket scientist. I'm seriously ashamed of edmunds. I will note their over-exaggeration and won't rely on their info as much as I had in the past. I would have to say that I have a Sky RL and there has been one fit and finish issue. When I first got the car, apparently one of the trunk alignment adjustments was off and this caused my convertible top to squeek. Other then this, it has been fine. As far as the noise with the top up: they must have gotten the solstice top with no sound deadening, my sky which has the sound deadening is whisper quiet at 65-75mph. They failed to mention this. They also like to do reviews of the base solstice all the time. Nothing against the base solstice, but when have you ever seen a magazine get the base Z for review? The base mustang? COME ON....please! I have never seen such a railroad job as I have with this car. I was a subscriber of all three major car mags. When the sky/solstice came out. They showed only the base solstice, no sky (for a long time). When the RL and GXP came out. All 3 mags gave the performance versions a tiny article in the BACK of the mag! When have you EVER seen them do this with ANY other sports car? Not one mag made the RL and GXP a front page issue as the first - true amercian sports car in decades. When they do a "comparo" they always bring out the Z track edition, the mustang GT, etc. Where is the Sky RL, or the Solstice GXP?! No for some reason we are lumped in with the miata?! PLEASE! This is like having the mustang V-6 as the only mustang shown, comparos with the tiburon....
The Sky RL and Solstice GXP can blow the doors off the miata. I run with Mustang GTs and track Z's, and you name it. It's time we see some unbiased comparos......until then, I have cancelled my subsciption with all 3 major magazines, and will no longer trust these publications, as they have a hidden agenda. I don't want to make aquisations like: they get paid under the table by foreign car makers, so I am sticking with "hidden agenda". I am sure the rest of you feel the same way. When I see the RL and GXP in the comparos, maybe I'll change my mind.
LAST THOUGHT: - all the mags did the same thing when I bought the first PRIUS in the state. They said how it really didn't get the MPG it said it did, and it was a waste of money. NOW they love it, because I get 52mpg, it has run for 8 years with zero maintainence other then oil change (yes no new brake pads). I bought the car in 2000 as a 2001 for $19,000, got a refund from the gov for $2500 ($16,500) and was offered $17,000 for it by the coca-cola company a year ago. Yeah, the mags were spot on with that one right? I've learned how "spot off" they really are. By the way, the PRIUS has saved me enough money in gas a maintainance, that I will be buying another when this one dies, how's that for "waste of money".