Pontiac Solstice 2005-2012 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the 2005 and 2012 Pontiac Solstice.
ADD DUPLICATE KEY (Requires at least one working key):
1. Verify that the new key has “PK3” or “+” stamped on it.
2. Insert the original, already programmed key into the ignition lock cylinder and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn the key to LOCK/OFF and remove the key.
4. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to ON/RUN within 10 seconds of removing the previous key. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the security light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed. (If your vehicle does not have a security light (04-07 Grand Prix, Bonneville, Impala), wait 10 minutes 45 seconds to make sure the key has been programmed).
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 if additional keys are to be programmed.
About Pontiac Solstice
Pontiac Solstice is a sports car manufactured by Pontiac. The Solstice roadster, which debuted at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, began production in Wilmington, Delaware, in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. It is powered by a 2.4 L I4 naturally aspirated engine that produces 177 hp (132 kW) and 166 lbft (225 Nm) of torque. The exterior styling of the production Solstice is similar to that of the preceding 2002 Solstice concept. The Solstice was supposed to be in production by summer 2005, but delays at the Wilmington plant pushed volume production into the fourth quarter. In mid-2008, the new hardtop targa top 2009 model was announced. The Solstice is built on the GM Kappa platform, which also serves as the foundation for the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, and Daewoo G2X. Since the Pontiac Fiero was discontinued in 1988, it was the brand’s first two-seater.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) nominated the Solstice for North American Car of the Year and Design of the Year in 2006. Pontiac had a runaway success, with 7,000 orders in the first 10 days of availability and another 6,000 orders before winter. Although 7,000 units were planned for the first year, GM apologized to customers for the delays and increased production, delivering 10,000 by March 1.
Following the 2008 economic downturn, GM shut down the Pontiac division. The Wilmington Assembly plant closed in July 2009, bringing production to an end.
In January 2006, the Solstice GXP made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s propelled by a new 2.0 Liter (121.9 cu in) I4 Ecotec engine with a dual-scroll turbocharger. The engine produces 260 hp (194 kW) and 260 ftlbf of torque (353 J). At 2.1 hp (1.6 kW) per cubic inch, this engine has the highest specific output of any engine in General Motors history, and it is the first gasoline direct injection engine from an American automaker. The GXP accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than 5.5 seconds, according to pontiac.com.
Standard Stabilitrak traction control, a limited-slip differential, and anti-lock brakes round out the GXP’s features. Summer tires are standard on 18-inch wheels. A modified computer tune and two new sensors were available as dealer installed options, resulting in an increase in output to 290 bhp (216 kW; 294 PS) and 340 lbft (461 Nm), further improving the performance of the GXP model.
At the 2008 New York Auto Show, a targa coupe version of the Solstice was unveiled. The engine options are the same as for the convertibles. Although the roof can be removed, the hard roof cannot be fitted into the trunk. There is an optional cloth top that can be fitted into the trunk.
The car was released in early 2009. The Pontiac Solstice Coupes are considered quite rare: there were a total of 1,266 Solstice Coupes manufactured before the Wilmington, Delaware production line was shut down: 102 pre-production 2009 models, 1,152 sequentially vin’d regular production 2009 models, and 12 pre-production 2010 models. This is in contrast to the over 64,000 Pontiac Solstice Convertibles that were produced.