Sayonara Solara - What do I get next?
My 2008 Solara SLEv6 is the sweetest. She's been so good to me over the years. Never complained, low maintenance, never cried, never wanted for much. She never asks me to spend money on her. She has always been very contented and the perfect companion.
Well, unfortunately I feel it might be time for us to break up
As you are aware, 2008 was the last year for the coupe, and having had a 2000 and 2003, I just had to get a hold of one of these gals before they were gone. So in 2009 I found a 2008 all alone just waiting for me to take her home.
I have had ZIPPO problems with her since the beginning. I'm very big on preventive maintenance, and so keeping her purring like a top was not that hard at all. Brakes, regular oil changes, tire rotations and replacement (once). The most expensive 'repair' that I had was replacing the one HID bulb - about $225 at the dealer. The next most expensive item was either the brakes (did them myself for about $100 in parts) or the terrific battery I got at COSTCO for $90 (I LOVE COSTCO!!!).
These Solaras are all terrific. Toyota made a terrific vehicle with this one. So why did they discontinue it? I can never figure that one out.
I have 94k miles on her, and I just feel I'm due for a change. She also feels that she's ready to move on to find a home with someone who has a lower budget than I, but wants a really great car.
So here's my dilemma - WHAT DO I GET NEXT ???
I've actually wrestled with this for the last 12 months, and I still don't have an answer.
Here are my requirements / desires:
- Coupe (or a VERY sporty looking 4-door).
- Quality vehicle that will be reliable and spend no/little time in the shop.
- Under $50k cost (inclusive of taxes, etc.)
- Brand new OR not very old AND in pristine condition.
- Known for getting to 150k miles with no problem, if I want it to.
- Not too small, interior about as large as Solara. I'm not a tiny guy and I need room.
- Decent sized trunk, perhaps as large as Solara.
- Moon roof that opens.
I didn't get to the car show, that might've helped. But so far here are the ones I'm considering:
Lexus RC 2015
I am DYING to see/feel this car when it gets to the showroom. This is BY FAR my number 1 choice. There is no question in my mind that Lexus = quality/reliability. I have two big concerns about this car: First is price - will it be under 50k? I see some suggestions on the web that it will price between 45k and 70k. That throws this one out the window:( Second concern is interior room. I cannot tell from the photos just how much less interior/trunk room I'm going to get in that car. If the car prices at 50k or even a tad more AND has decent interior/trunk room, I'M IN !
I've always LOVED the way this car looks. VERY sporty yet luxurious. For this one I would need to get a 2011/2012 CPO to keep it in my price range. That would come to around $30-$35k. One drawback is that the moon roof doesn't open completely. I test drove it and didn't feel it had much pep from stop. Of course I was very careful with it since the car doesn't belong to me, so it was not that easy to tell. Not a major issue, however. I'm just concerned about reliability. I KNOW my honey Solara can easily reach 150/180k miles. But can a GM Cadillac do that just as easily? I also found that the visibility was on the poor side, but that in itself wouldn't be a deal breaker for me.
Infiniti EX35 (2011/12)
It's a 4 door, but really neat looking
I think this is also a HOT looking 4-dr. But I am reading that it is not a very comfortable ride. I need to be comfortable when I drive.
Honda Accord Couple
Just toying with this as an option. I kinda feel that getting this would be a bit of a step down for me and so I'm a bit hesitant.
I also test drove the Lexus IS (4-dr sedan) but it felt too much like a sports car where you felt the road. It was also too snug in the driver's seat.
What do you think?