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2004 Toyota Solara

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  • sbell4sbell4 Posts: 446
    Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC are pleased to provide you with pricing for the 2004 Camry Solara which goes on sale in mid-August. Pricing for Solara will be announced to the public on July 8th, 2003.

    SOLARA
    Sportier, more powerful, more refined and larger, inside and out, than its predecessor, the second generation Solara is the most American of any Toyota with product planning, technical and styling development managed in the U.S. and production exclusively in Georgetown, Kentucky.

    The 2004 Solara will offer a choice of a 3.3-liter V6 or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The new 3.3-liter V6 generates 225 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, significant improvements from the current 3.0-liter engine. V6 models will also have an all-new five-speed automatic sequential transmission.

    Solara will be available in SE, SE Sport and SLE grades, each with a unique interior treatment and feature content. The SE grade features metallic silver-style trim and includes the following standard equipment:

    · Air conditioning with air filtration
    · 16” alloy wheels with P215/60R16 tires
    · Tilt / telescopic steering wheel
    · Steering wheel mounted audio and multi-information display controls
    · Driver and passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
    · ABS
    · DRL
    · Deluxe AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
    · Color-keyed outside door handles and outside mirrors
    · Fog lamps
    · Power windows with driver-side auto up/down, door locks and mirrors
    · 60/40 Split folding rear seat
    · Tire Pressure Warning
    · Cruise control
    · Keyless entry

    The 2004 SE four-cylinder starts at $19,120 with a manual transmission, $245 less than the 2003 MSRP. With an automatic transmission, the SE four-cylinder MSRP is $19,950, or $215 below the 2003 model. The 2004 SE V6 has been positioned $1,035 below last year’s model with a starting MSRP of $21,450.

    New for 2004, the SE Sport model will appeal to the younger buyer looking for a sportier Solara with a more aggressive appearance and feel. SE Sport is differentiated from SE models by the following equipment (in addition to or replacing SE equipment):

    · Body kit and rear spoiler
    · 17” alloy wheels with P215/55R17 performance or all-season tires
    · Sport-tuned suspension
    · Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle
    · Black graphite-style interior trim
    · Dark charcoal color interior
    · Aluminum sport pedal covers
    · Sport instrument panel with unique sport gauges

    Four-cylinder SE Sport models start at $20,615 with the manual transmission and $21,445 with the automatic. The new 3.3-liter V6 SE Sport starts at $22,945.

    The luxurious SLE grade is available with either a V6 or a four-cylinder engine and includes the following standard features (in addition to or in place of SE grade):

    · Moonroof
    · 17” alloy wheels with P215/55R17 tires (V6 models)
    · JBL 3-in-1 with 6-CD in-dash changer, XM Satellite Radio capability, 270 watts maximum output and 8 speakers in 6 locations
    · Perforated leather-trimmed heated seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (V6 models)
    · Power driver seat (L4 models)
    · Heated outside mirrors
    · Auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass
    · Driver’s side outside electrochromic mirror
    · Auto climate control with air filtration
    · Homelink
    · Anti-theft system

    Despite significant increases in standard equipment, the SLE V6 starts at $25,995, or only $1,320 above last year’s model. The newly available SLE four-cylinder model has a base MSRP of $22,995.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Thanks sbell, as usual, you are very helpful.

    Impressive list of std. equip for the price-even more so than the Camry 4 door. Any word on equip upgrades for the 4 door for 2004? Can you confirm the 3.3L V6 going into the Camry SE model. Sorry to pick your brain!

    ~alpha
  • Thank you for the wonderful information sbell. Now I just have to decide if I can wait it out until March to get the new convertible.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    woodgrain trim on steering wheel, doors, or dashboard? Thanks for the info.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Get the Chrysler Sebring. It is the BEST convertible!!! It is luxurious in Limited and LXi. It is beautiful and is available NOW. Plus it has LOTS of room.
  • scottdudescottdude Posts: 177
    Great info. Interesting to see they're offering the steering wheel stereo controls. This is a nice feature on the Accord.

    Are there any good pics of the new Solara anywhere (other than the Toyota web site)?
  • liberty, I've heard both good and bad about both the solara and sebring. I'm kind of going with the toyota name (camry especially) and the higher resale value on the solara. Also the sebring is more expensive. What makes it so much better? I'm hearing lots of complaints on the message boards. Another thing is the lack of Solaras out there, I don't know whether to take that as if they are not good cars, or that people just don't know about them - there are a lot of sebrings on the road now.
  • bartalk2bartalk2 Posts: 326
    Thanks. Any option packages on the SLE? Memory seats, dual climate control? Do you have the dimensions and weight?
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Belive me, everyone knows about the Solara. It is a Toyota and everyone always looks to Honda and Toyota first (except me). The Sebring has had great reliability and is selling well due to its beautiful styling, roominess, luxuriousness, and cheapness. It is a lot LESS expensive similarly equipped to a SLE (the LXi trim is equal to SLE actually). The Sebring also has the largest trunk of any convertible out there. Go with the Sebring, you'll LOVE it.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Try and make claims then cite sources to back up your claim. Can you name a publication or cite which substantiates your claim that the Sebrign has outstanding reliability. And watch out on pricing- the new Solara SLE V6 is 26K with nearly everything standard (NAV and curtains are options). I would expect that the convertible be about 2K more, bringing a very well equipped model to 28K base. Sebring convertibles def. get that high.

    ~alpha
  • Another option on that price is the leather seats. I personally hate leather seats, especially in the summer, when I stick to them. Both convertibles now have a sportier option, with the solara being less expensive. True, the higher models may have the sebring being cheaper, but in my comparisons, with the options I want, the solara is a few thousand less. Any one else out there have an opinion?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    "perforated leather trimmed heated front seats" are now standard on SLE V6 editions.

    The hardtop 2-door SLE V6 is $26,480 including destination, which, given the equipment upgrades, really a good MSRP. By comparison, a similarly equipped Accord 2-door EX V6 auto is $26,360.

    ~alpha
  • True, the heated seats would be nice in the winter, but I'm still going to be sticking to them in the summer if they're leather. And what does "leather trimmed" mean exactly? (sbell maybe you could help me out)
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I saw a black 2004 Solara in a secured area at the Georgetown plant yesterday. Great find!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Recently, I went to Chrysler's website and priced a 2003 Chrysler Sebring GTC convertible. It was $28,000 for a convertible with cloth seats and an automatic. I think the Sebring LXi starts at $27,000. Now, if the Solara SE Convertible starts out at $24K like the Sebring LX, it should be a hit. The Sebring isn't great when it comes to reliability, but it's OK. So, a Solara SLE V6 convertible, in my opinion, should at least start at about $28K to get close to the Sebring LXi. Then again, Chrysler is offering killer cash back deals and financing, and Toyota isn't offering any kind of cash back on the Solara. The resale value on a Chrysler Sebring isn't good, because a lot of Chrysler Convertibles go to car-rental agencies and fleet management corporations. From what I've seen, only 2003 Solara SE Coupes go into a rental fleet. (I don't get why Toyota is starting to sell 4Runners, Camrys, and Solaras into car rental fleets and fleet management corporations)I read a Motor Trend article in May 2001, when the Solara convertible just came out and MT said that the Solara had a lot of wind noise that wasn't apparent in the Sebring. I like the Sebring and the Solara, but the Solara convertible (next gen)has me rethinking my like for the Sebring Convertible. Anyone have spy-pics on the Solara Convertible?
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    Does it look good in real life? The car seems to look better in pictures without the body kit.
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    I don't think leather-trimmed means anything except that they are leather seats just like any other car. Alot of companies use the term leather-trimmed. The back of the seats probably aren't real leather so maybe that's where the trimmed part comes from, but I'm not really sure.

    Unfortunately like most cars there's always complaints about how cars are equipped and what kind of options there are. I don't want a moonroof under any circumstances so that limits my choices a lot. If you don't want leather seats get the SE 6-cylinder. At $21,450 it seems like a great bargain. Then simply add a moonroof or whatever else it is you want and you'll be able to avoid the leather. I know the SLE has certain stuff that you probably can't get on the SE but it seems to be pretty minor stuff.
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    If you go to the toyota site it has a picture of the woodgrain SLE interior. I'm assuming from that picture that is all the wood that will be put in the car at least as standard equipment.
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    The only pictures I've seen are the same old ones they released when it was shown at the autoshow. Since it is in production now it probably won't be long before Toyota puts more pictures up.
  • Thanks for the input. I'm looking into getting the SE Sport V6 convertible and then adding all the options except the leather. I just don't know if I can wait till March
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