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Toyota Solara



  • jimikimjimikim Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 1999 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6. It has all the options EXCEPT for leather seats. The advertised price is only $13,995. The catch: it has 87,000 miles! I'm wondering if I should buy this car! Please I wish to have your feedback on this deal. I've been told from my friends that Camry's go 200,000 without any problems, given it is taken care of well. I'm not going to drive it much (probably less than 4000 miles a year) but is 87,000 miles too much? Also the KBB trade-in value is $11,910. What do you think about offering $12,500 for the car? Much appreciated...
  • dellwelldellwell Posts: 27
    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone on this board has driven both the Solara and the Sebring and what your impressions on them were? I was very interested in the Sebring but I have been doing some thinking about the Solara and now I don't know what I should do!!! The one concern I have with the Solara is that its handeling is not as tight as it could/should be. Owners, what do you think? Thanks for the info.....
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    If you can find a copy of the April 20th edition of the newspaper USA Today, you will find a review of the Sebring Convertible. I think if you read that you will definitely choose the Solara!

    Just my 2 cents.


    PS Chrysler is NOT my favorite company.
  • reticent1reticent1 Posts: 70
    Is a Car and Driver rating of a few ragtops: Sebring, Mustang, Solara, Camaro... and the Solara came in dead last. The Camara was tops! Shows you how much faith one can put in motor rag reviews. Use them as an opinion - not the Bible of what is best. Drive whatever cars you want to look at, and drive them on your own roadways - not some dealer-designated path for smoothness and no jiggles.

  • hud116222hud116222 Posts: 46
    After researching and driving several cars, I narrowed my choice down to the Solara and the Sebring. While the Solara is more expensive, a major deciding factor for me was the Sebring has already had four recalls. None of them were major; nonetheless, it does point to some quality issues. As to handling, I guess that is personal preference. I don't do much tight cornering, so I am totally happy with the smooth and quiet ride of the Solara. 1,000 miles of pure driving enjoyment so far. 2001 Solara SE V-6
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    I agree with you. Take the reviews as a GUIDE. Did you ever read this?

    Makes you think.


  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780
    jimikim -
    This sounds like a great deal if the car is is good condition. It's not the number of miles, it's how they were driven. If you drive a LOT, this may not be a good deal, but if you drive only a few thousand miles per year, this can be a GREAT car for a few years. Be sure that you have all the service records, and that the timing belt was replaced on schedule.

    mag reviews -
    Any magazine that takes ads is held captive by their advertisers. This is true of car mags, hi-fi mags, photo and computer mags, etc. - When have you ever seen a BAD review? Only Consumer Reports and a very few others are unbiased by their advertisers. Ya gotta take it all with a large grain of salt!
  • bwiebebwiebe Posts: 27
    I have a 2000 Solara and am loving it. No pulling, coin tray is no problem and the shine with the Zaino polish is great. I even got stopped by a road repair crew today to ask how I liked my car. That never happened in my Taurus!! Back to my reason for writing. I plan on keeping my Solara for 8-10 years and should put on over 200,000 KM (120,000 miles). Should I switch to Synthetic oil. I am coming up to my second scheduled service at 16,000 KM (10,000 mi) and the cost of an oil change with Syn is double regular Oil. Could I stretch my servicing out with Synthetic? What would be the benefits of SYN over regular oil. Any preference on the type/brand of Synthetic.
  • hydrozzhydrozz Posts: 22
    i dont know if anyone of u guys have noticed before....but if u look at the driver side door and the dash (concentrate on the fake wood trim), you will notice that they arent flsuh with anyone else's car like mine or do i have a defect??
  • rubicon52rubicon52 Posts: 191
    The article in which the Solara finished last was a comparison of convertibles. The Solara convertible is not one of Toyotas best efforts. I believe they contracted the installation of the convertible out to another company and had some problems with loose fitting tops, etc. I would only be concerned about this if you're planning to get a convertible. I think the Solara coupe compares very well to other coupes. The Auto Pacific review on the Kelly Blue Book website said it was number one in customer satisfaction among twenty sporty cars.
  • justinl1justinl1 Posts: 4
    I was bored and looking up different reviews for Solaras and happened across this one on the web.

    This guy is reviewing a 4cyl 2000 Solara he rented. He gave this car 1 out of 5 stars. I own a 2000 V6 SLE Solara that I love so I know I am just a bit biased but 1 out of 5 stars??? lol...

    Once you click on the link and read his summary make sure you click down below for the FULL review and laugh some more. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion I know...I just can't imagine anyone being this dissatisfied with this car. Enjoy!


  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780
    What a silly review! Can't imagine what this guy was expecting from a full-sized car with a 4-cyl. engine. I think he belongs in a 20 year old Sentra.
  • luphyluphy Posts: 31
    My '00 Solara SLE also has the side panels that are not perfectly lined up either...on both sides. But I haven't noticed any problems with the door itself being out of alignment or any wind noise from potential misalignment.
    It is a bit surprising considering how upscale the rest of the interior is, isn't it?
  • decondecon Posts: 56
    I have noticed a lot of "creaking" and "crackling" when I open either door.

    I had the car doors totally re-lubed at the dealer and I still get the problem.

    Anyone else experience this?
  • Anyone heard about the 2002 Solara and if Toyota will be tweaking it all? I recall hearing a while back that it may get a little HP increase, but that was about all.
  • oilers1oilers1 Posts: 17
    Don't forget that Toyota calls for oil changes every 8k km, therefore to protect that 100k km powertrain warranty that is what has to be done. Generally speaking oil change intervals are quite conservative and when my warranty expires I will change the oil at 15k km intervals as it has been run on Mobile 1 since new. The best reason to use synethtic are those winter morning starts.

    '00 Solara SE V6 55000km
  • hydrozzhydrozz Posts: 22
    thats comforting to hear that it isnt only my car....well it seems to me that the driver side is more severe than the passenger side, another weird thing is that my drive side door is hard to close....maybe its out of alignment???
  • Just my opinion, but that seems a bit high given the mileage. I don't think you should worry too much about problems if it was maintained and driven reasonably, especially with your mileage forecast. I think of the KBB value as a starting point, which is then adjusted by condition, mileage, added equipment and so on. If the KBB is for the V6, then a lot of the options are likely covered. 45k/year is well above average and the price should be discounted for that. If the KBB doesn't cover the options this car has, then figure the difference b/w a new car with and without these options and depreciate that number roughly the same as the KBB price has from a new car price. Add that to the KBB and discount some for the mileage, and start wheeling and dealing from there. If you're not in a bind, it pays to negotiate until you're satisfied.

    best of luck!

    2001 V6 SE 5sp leather
  • rubicon52rubicon52 Posts: 191
    I also have a 95 Camry LE V6. I figured out that in constant 95 dollars, I paid about the same for the Camry as I did the Solara, yet the Solara has so many more features such as slightly more powerful engine, leather interior (cloth on Camry), alloy wheels (steel on Camry), JBL stereo, power driver's seat, ABS braking, fog lights, heated mirrors, auto dimming mirror, side air bags, auto climate control, better sound insulation, 16" vs 15" wheels, etc. These added features must be worth thousands. Of course, the Camry has two more doors (power window mechanisms, etc). How does Toyota do this?
  • qibbleqibble Posts: 26
    Hello all,

    I am looking to get wider tires for my 99SE. I have the OEM 205 65 15 tires. I would like to know if 215 can fit on the OEM 15 inch rims and if I have to do in speedo modifications. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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