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2004 Toyota Solara

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  • kgw707kgw707 Posts: 19
    I've had 2 celica's and a '99 Solara from the same sales guy for the last 15 years. So I stopped by to see him, went through all regions preallocations, and got him to change the color on an SLE to the Cosmic Blue with Dark Stone interior. It's being built on Aug 18th, so I figure by the end of the month I should be able to SEE it.....just added the spoiler option...everything else standard....will keep you posted.
  • howiebxhowiebx Posts: 20
    Congratulations on your SLE.
    I am thinking of getting one too. I live in NY
    and I was wondering what options you chose and what they are charging.
    Thanks
  • scottdudescottdude Posts: 177
    Why wouldn't the web site be updated the same time brochures come out? I mean, brochures probably take a few months to design and print. A web site page redesign shouldn't take half that long.

    By the way, overall I don't have a major problem with the Toyota web site, but I think they dropped the ball on the Solara re-launch.
  • bartalk2bartalk2 Posts: 326
    Minor quibbles:

    1) no dual climate control on the SLE

    2) no power passenger seat

    3) no Xenons
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I'm surprised by the lack of dual AC, as well. Even the Accord has it. Did the pre-2004 have a power passenger seat available? Even the Sienna XLE LTD doesn't have it. But, then again, the Acura TSX lacks one, too.
  • kgw707kgw707 Posts: 19
    I only added the spoiler...the rest is stock SLE...as far as price, my guy said it comes to 26,680.....LIST....we havent even talked price yet....will keep you posted.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Number One: THE TOYOTA WEBSITE SUCKS! They don't update the cars even after they've gone on sale. Also, they don't list the incentives that are going on during "TOYOTA TIME", they just redirect you to the dealer search page.
    Number Two: Crosstown rivals Nissan and Honda update their sites frequently. (Nissan is a bit slower than Honda- but Honda is really fast. The Pilot page went up a couple of weeks before it went on sale) Also, they have a dealer inventory search system. VERY EASY TO USE! On Toyota's website, when I'm just wondering what Siennas my local dealer has in stock without going to the dealer, I have to go to the dealer's website- which has no inventory search either.
    Number 3: Why can't Toyota just distribute Toyotas in the Gulf States/Southeast region themselves? I'm sure they'd gain some customers who bought Accords and Altimas instead of Camrys because of those aftermarket Alloy Wheels installed by whoever distributes the Toyotas down there right now.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    One thing about Honda's site...their news section REALLY sucks. The freshest story at some points is months old. Toyota really does a good job on its press releases.
  • bartalk2bartalk2 Posts: 326
    With the 5-speed automatic in the '04 Solara, what do they mean by "sequential automatic"? Is that a manual shift mode?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I don't read the news anyways. I get that from edmunds.com and my Motor Trend subscription.
  • howiebxhowiebx Posts: 20
    I only added the spoiler...the rest is stock SLE...as far as price, my guy said it comes to 26,680.....LIST....we havent even talked price yet....will keep you posted.
    Thanks and good luck,
    I went to my local Toyota dealer and they were
    clueless...

    Did $26,680 include NAV? and Do you think
    the dealer would negotiate further.
  • jjgittesjjgittes Posts: 54
    Anyone seen an '04 in a SoCal dealership yet? Also, how are they showing up equipped, and what are they actually being priced at? It will be interesting to see if any pricing pressure is put on 6cyl accord coupes.
  • should send them an e-mail. I sent one today and will post my e-mail and it's response should I get one.

    If you want to email them yourself here's the address: toyota_cares@toyota.com

    Put "website updates" in subject line.
  • "I'm surprised by the lack of dual AC, as well. Even the Accord has it. Did the pre-2004 have a power passenger seat available? Even the Sienna XLE LTD doesn't have it. But, then again, the Acura TSX lacks one, too."

    What do you expect from Honda? LOL! :-)
  • kgw707kgw707 Posts: 19
    The price didn't include NAV....dont need it. Once the car arrives, and I test drive it, then we'll talk price. he will negotiate.....
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and I hope that you are having a great day. Yesterday there was a new gray 2004 at my local Toyota dealership. My take on the styling is very elegant similar to the ES300 but much nicer and sportier lines. The way that the crease along the sides integrates into the headlights is very attractive. This car as others have stated borrows some of the styling cues of the Lexus SC430 and in my opinion with better execution.

      And one could buy the entry level SE with the six cylinder and most options for about $21,000.00. Thankyou goodness for the economic freedom that we have left. This car is an amazing value.

      The interior looks much more upscale than the price class and the satin trim looks great. And there is plenty of luggage room, close to 14 cubic feet.

      A very impressive car that draws with its styling and has to win you over with the finish quality and value.

     I am looking forward to seeing the car in the Artic Pearl and the other great colors.
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    "Why can't Toyota just distribute Toyotas in the Gulf States/Southeast region themselves? I'm sure they'd gain some customers who bought Accords and Altimas instead of Camrys because of those aftermarket Alloy Wheels installed by whoever distributes the Toyotas down there right now."

    This is the way I understand it, and if I'm wrong someone please correct me. A long time ago when Toyota first came to the US, the regions weren't controlled by Toyota themselves. They relied on these investors to help get them going, and when Toyota became successful they started to buy back control. The Southeast/Gulf regions refused to sell out so to this day they are still not under control of Toyota. Toyota builds the cars like any other place but once it arrives at the "port" the SE/Gulf region slaps on aftermarket alloy wheels, adds the dreaded ToyoGuard Package, charges more for floormats and other PIO and any other scams they can dream up. Most cars in the lots will have that ToyoGuard Package and it's difficult to not have to pay something for it.

    From what I understand, it's not Toyota's fault and not the individual dealer's fault, this is something the people in charge of these regions force on the cars and the cost is passed on to the dealers, and in return the dealer must recoup the money they're charged by charging the customer as well.

    This is the explanation I've heard for all the nonsense that the SE/Gulf regions do. Could someone confirm this for me or if it's not true, could someone explain to me why this is going on? I've always wondered if this explanation was true or not.
  • kgw707kgw707 Posts: 19
    There is no "gray" per say on the color chart in the brochure. Could it have been the "steel blue" or Cosmic Blue that you saw ?????
  • Okay, somebody who has a Solara ordering guide, answer this one for me. Everything I've seen indicates that all 2004 Solaras come with alloy wheels. If that's true, then what is this?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&cate- gory=33744&item=2427645296

    I am in the hubcap business and those are definitely not any wheel covers I have ever seen before, which makes me think the description might be accurate. So, what 2004 Solaras come with wheel covers???

    -Andrew L
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    pzev, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with your description of SE/Gulf States distributors. They must be very profitable otherwise they would have sold the distributorship back to Toyota a long time ago.

    Hubcaps, all SOLARA 04'S come standard with alloy wheels. Never seen that wheel cover design before.

    jchan, have you tried using the phone? Works everytime and you get updated information instantly.

                         : )
                         Mackabee
  • Simple question (at least I hope it will be), will I be able to custom order a solara convertable when they become available? or will I have to take from the dealers stock and have options added that way (like it seems you all are talking about)? anyone who can answer my question?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    What do you mean by "custom order"?
                          Mackabee
  • Will I be able to go in and basically say, "This is what I want, with these options only....can you order it for me?" Or do I have to take what the dealer has and then change it?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Well, if past history holds true. You are at the mercy of the distributors in your area. I would take a chance and guess most Solara SLE convertibles will be ordered loaded to the gills! Which really won't be many options available as the car is pretty well equipped. Vehicle stability/traction control, navigation, rear spoiler, floor mats, that's about it in options. If you just want the standard equipment I figure you are looking at around 29k, 32-33k with all the options I mentioned.
                      : )
                      Mackabee
  • kgw707kgw707 Posts: 19
    I'm pretty sure you'll be able to order a convertible the way you want it, since the'll be out for the '05 model year. All these chatterboxes her are refering to the release criteria for a new 'model change' senario....
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I was out shopping today for school clothes, and I went by a rather large Toyota dealership in my area. They had ONE Solara, they had just brought it out. (I know because I had driven by the dealer earlier that day and it wasn't out.)

    It was a Lunar Mist SLE with many options. Nice looking, but I am not crazy about the rear end.

    As expected, it was loaded with accessories.

    Gold trim, sunroof visors, etc.

    Nice though.

    On my way home I decided to stop by another dealership, and low and behold, they had an SLE as well.

    It was black. It also had the gold trim and sunroof visor. It looked better for some reason.

    I really like the interior!
  • jrp6977jrp6977 Posts: 87
    I got a glimpse of a black Solara on a car carrier in Indianapolis yesterday. From what I could tell it looked pretty good. After picking up a brochure and comparing it to the Accord coupe, I think Honda has somthing to worry about. Styling aside, the Solara seems to be a much better packaged car overall. It has more passenger room, more trunk room and a bigger fuel tank. The interior looks even more upscale than the Honda's, which is saying alot. The interior trim is specific to each trim level and is not affected by color as it is in the Honda. For instance, in the Honda EX models, you get metal trim with black interior and wood with ivory. With the Solara, you get BOTH metal and wood trim in all interior colors. It looks great and works well together.With Solara, each exterior color (except one) has a choice of two interior colors whereas Honda only has one per color. The fog lamps on the Solara are integrated and standard accross unlike Hondas tacky looking add ons. The only big Honda advantage I can think of is that it has 15 more horsepower. But, the Solara has more torque and the power comes at lower rpms. I cant wait to drive both cars and see how they compare.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    TOYOTA UPDATED THE SOLARA PAGE FOR 2004
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Sign me up for an Absolutely Red SLE 4-cylinder with leather, spoiler, and curtain airbags! The dark stone leather interior looks magnificent! Toyota should have kept all of the interior lights the same color...ie no blue gauge panel...make it match the radio/HVAC controls.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I am after either an Artic Frost or Lunar Mist SE model.

    Oceanus Blue ain't bad either.
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