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Toyota Solara Convertible - 2004 and Newer

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  • "with better build quality, better resale, better interior.... The only place you'll see Sebring Convertibles will be in the Avis Rent A Car lot"

    Amen to that!
  • when Toyota is goign to update their website so that you can build and price the convertible???
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    expect it to be updated at the end of the month- Toyota is a bit slow at updating their website.
  • According to the business section of this mornings paper, Toyota announced anticipated pricing for the Solara Convertible. Supposedly pricing will start at $25,950 for the SE, for an approximate 7.5% reduction from the 2003 price levels. By my math, the convertible is about $4000 over the coupe. Anyone else have additional or different information?
  • svevarsvevar Posts: 160
    "with better build quality, better resale, better interior.... The only place you'll see Sebring Convertibles will be in the Avis Rent A Car lot"

    "Amen to that!"


    ...assuming, of course, that the public decides to abandon style in favor of a droopy-looking SC430 knock-off. But then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
  • Further info on pricing for Solara convertible.

    Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2004 Camry Solara Convertible, the 2004 MR2 Spyder mid-engine sports car and the 2004 Celica sport coupe equipped with the Action Package. The MR2 Spyder and Celica with Action Package go on sale at the end of February while the Solara Convertible will arrive at dealerships at the end of March. The improved value of the 2004 Solara Convertible is reflected in its pricing. The 2004 SE starts at $25,950, which is $2095, or 7.5 percent, less than the 2003 model. The SLE with all of its standard equipment is positioned $1075, or 3.5 percent, less than the 2003 model with a base MSRP of $29,450.
  • Just wondering where you got this information from...a website? toyota dealer?
  • kenitzerkenitzer Posts: 19
    According to an article in the paper a few days ago, Solara Convertibles are coming of the production line in Georgetown, KY. The article focused on the fact that the Georgetown facility has excess capacity and is possibly a site for production of the Highlander which is now manufactured in Japan but primarily sold here in the US. As part to the article they mentioned the Solara Convertibles were coming off the line.

    Still no updated Toyota web site, anyone know when that might happen.
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    The cars are in production. I have the first one my local dealer is getting reserved. It should be in by the last week of March. That is the good news. It is black with a stone interior. That is the bad news. Wife would prefer tan interior. Might be waiting for a tan interior.
  • kenitzerkenitzer Posts: 19
    Tyresmoker: Are you just first on a list, or do you actually have a contract with pricing etc. from the dealer?
  • hapunahapuna Posts: 16
    Similar to Tyresmoker, I have already ordered my convertible. I have ordered an Absolutely Red SLE with tan interior/top and the NAV system. Mine will be out of production March 22 - should arrive at the dealer in the beginning of April. I have a good relationship with the dealer, he had to do quite a bit of work to get the exact car. According to him, 1 out of every 20 will have the NAV system. In addition, most of the models arriving in the dealerships soon will have the stone/black combo. If you are interested in the light interior, place your orders now. With respect to pricing, I have put money down and did not care so much about the price - this order was placed mid-February.
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    I have a very similar arrangement w/a good relationship with a local dealer. It is a navigation SLE Black and stone. My gut is telling me once this car is seen on the street, you will not be able to get one.
  • as do tyresmoker and hapuna, I have a prearranged agreement with my local dealer. I was given a general price and put a down payment on the car the second week in february, immediately after I saw the car at the auto show. as hapuna says, most of the cars are being made to prearranged specs, so if you want something specific, get in good with a dealer. I have ordered a SLE cosmic blue with dark stone interior, no Nav. The dealer actually called me the other day and said that he had one switched from black to cosmic blue. No exact date for arrival, but I'm hoping by the end of this month (I'm at the front of the list)
  • hapunahapuna Posts: 16
    Great to hear there are others out there ordering the vehicle. I think it will be a hot item. Couple of questions:

    1. I am switching from a Benz SLK230 to the Solara and I am not used to the soft top. In the pictures of the Solara, you see that cover over the top when the top is down. Is that something you put on manually? Anyone know?

    2. Has anyone seen brochures specifically on the convertible? It is still hard to find specifics on the car (i.e. the Toyota site, auto mags).

    I am really looking forward to getting this car. I know there are mixed reviews on the design, but after seeing it at the Chicago Auto Show, I am convinced that this is a well-designed car. Much improved over prior years - I would not have even considered it before.
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    If you search around the Solara boards there is a link to 32 press photos with the car in various "poses"...I actually based my purchase of the car on these photos as the ones on the Toyota.com site are really poor..I am glad to hear you say that the car looks really good in person.
    Back to the photos.. a few show the car with the top folded in the boot w/o a soft toneau..my assumption..it is a soft boot cover that will store nicely in the garage. My dealer (talked to him yesterday) says there is still no info, he has my production date and anticipated arrival. Will have the vin by next week.
    I am rolling the dice on this: as the "actual" cars show up on the allocation sheets, I am hoping I can get a better idea as to the color availability..we will see what happens...Still not quite ragtop weather here in New England..so if we have to wait a few weeks, we will..
  • sazaman1sazaman1 Posts: 22
    are you reserving the first-in models at MSRP?
  • kenitzerkenitzer Posts: 19
    My 17 yr. old son can take his test for his drivers license in August. He will inherit my Honda CRV and I will be looking for a new vehicle. I had been planning on getting a 01 or 02 Saab 9-3 Convertible until I saw the Solara. I am now leaning strongly towards the Solara. I drive 25,000 miles a year and need something that will go 150,000-200,000 miles and will be very reliable and dependable, hence my interest in the Toyota. I really like the look of the Solara, I only wish they made the SLE with a 5 or 6 spd manual, as opposed to the automatic. I am hoping by August or September that the newness will have worn off some and that dealers will have several to choose from on their lots. Also by early fall, people aren't quite excited about convertibles. Around here, the dealers have between 12 and 20 of the Solara coupes on their lot, and are offering incentives. Also, by waiting I might be able to get a deal an 04 or pick up one of the first 05 models.
  • cooldad24cooldad24 Posts: 162
    Please try this one: http://www.conceptcarz.com/folder/vehicle.asp?car_id=7849&pri- ntAllPictures=&whichPage=&pagesize=&autoshowID=&v- ehicleTypeID=0

    I can't tell how the soft top being covered. Like a cover will be raised and drop back when the top is up and down.
  • Sounds like the hype is building. I guess I'll have to put off any purchase of the Solara Convertible till much later.

    I refuse to pay MSRP+ or accept some other color/interior combo that I don't want. I understand the "buzz" and it's going to be popular car, deservedly so. Still it sounds like one of those cases where it may be a good idea to take a deep breath and relax.

    It's been 18 years since I bought my last new car. I think I can wait another year for the burn off. :-)
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    I was crunching some numbers last night using the production numbers from this weeks Automotive News. Currently, the Solara is running at a 42k annual production rate. Toyota is forcasting upto 25% of production dedicated to the ragtop. That is about 10k units per year. For comparison, the 2004 Thunderbird is running at a 10.8k annual rate.
    What's my point? It will be a very long while- prehaps never, that these cars will be stacked up and heavily discounted...Or even discounted at all.
    In the Northeast, the last generation ragtop was very rare, and usually sold at sticker or above for its entire production run. Also, the first generation recieved warm reviews at best, being a true "hack job", with ASC doing the conversion. They certainly do the best they can do, but the first generation was not designed to have its roof sawed off, so there only so much one can do to an external structure.
    Take a look on Autotrader, do a nationwide search for a first generation convertible, first, note the lack of NATIONWIDE inventory, also note the asking prices. Simple supply and demand economics.
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