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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.
  • dellwelldellwell Posts: 27
    I was wondering if there were anyone who has gotten a 2001 Solara SE-V6, 5-speed in Canada and if they would like to share what they paid for it? I was at my local dealer on the weekend and took one (automatic) for a spin. Very nice!!! Dealer's first price was $33,500. I have not started to haggle yet but I know that this amount is way to high. I was thinking around $29,500 + taxes would be a fair price for this car. Anyone with a little more experience (1st time buyer)lend me some advice. Thanks in advance for the info...
    P.S. In the same day, I also drove the Sebring LXi and I don't think it is in the same class as per driving impressions. Solara felt much nicer!!
  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780

    I am also interested in wider tires. I believe that we can go to 215's easily. If you go to the lower profile 55's, I believe that you don't need to worry about the speedo. Here's a nfity tire size calculator that can show you the effect of different sizes, and the speedo error.
  • bwiebebwiebe Posts: 27
    Don't know what part of the great white north you are from but I am from Winnipeg and in Manitoba we are part of a test Toyota is doing on non-negotiable pricing called Access Toyota. Basically they are taking a page out of the Saturn dealership model. Generally speaking you get $500 - 700 off sticker price. I went in armed with all the info you could imagine from internet searches and had the dealer price, etc. Didn't help one bit. They basically are sticking to their Access Toyota guidelines. I did manage to get a bit of a discount by buying a demo which had about 6,000 km on the vehicle. The vehicle had everything I wanted plus .9% financing so I figured with the discount and the low rate financing I saved a couple of thousand $. It seems that Toyota can sell most of the product they can get in so they don't appear as willing to deal and the NA dealers. I would be interesting in hearing how much you managed to negotiate off if you decide to buy. The solara is a great car. Rides like a dream and I haven't been subject to the pulling problems you might read about in earlier messages. ( I have the Michelins). If you want to check out the Access Toyota price pull up the Toyota Cdn website. YOu can then build your vehicle and it will show the sticker and access price side by side. Good luck.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    New and improved Zaino on the way! Look:

    The new Zaino product will be an accelerative additive that can be mixed
    with Z-2, Z-3 or Z-5....

    Below are just a few of the improvements....

    1. When mixed as per directions, you will not need to apply Z-1...

    2. It will reduce the drying time, thus making the polish more user friendly in damp environments...

    3. It will increase the gloss factor and extend the durability level..

    4. It will have an instant cure time, so you can immediately apply multiple coats.. No more waiting between coats...

    5. And more........

    Sounds good to me! Increased gloss factor and multiple coats in one day! No release date yet, but soon I think.

  • book6783book6783 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2001 Solara 4 cyl a month ago. I commute 60 miles a day and after a few days I found the seat very uncomfortable and my tail bone was sore. The vibration and the design of the seat seemed to be the problem. The dealer had a factory rep come and check the car and he told me the tires were over inflated (that's how they sold the car to me). After deflating the tires the ride is better, but the seat is still very uncomfortable and my back still hurts. CONTINUED NEXT POST
  • book6783book6783 Posts: 2
    Continued post: I thought about trading it in but the dealer only wanted to give me what a 2000 model traded for. Is there anything I can do to remedy my situation? I've tried the back store for adaptive devices which haven't helped. A friend suggested having a custom seat installed. Do you think the dealer should be more cooperative? Thanks, DD
  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780

    I am very surprised to hear your complaint about the seat. I find the Solara seat very comfortable, in fact that is the reason I traded in my Lexus - the Solara seats are better!

    Maybe you are trying to sit in the seat the same way as your previous car seat, and this isn't working? A little too upright will put pressure on the lower back. I have a bad back, and try to use the seat with as little pressure on my lower back as possible. I have the front raised as much as possible, the rear as low as possible, and the back at about 90 degrees with the seat bottom. Your weight is now spread along your back, instead of just at the bottom. It is VERY comfortable this way for long drives, and the way most race cars are set.

    You can only lose a LOT of money to change the car at this time. If you cannot find a new position that is comfortable, perhaps a trip to a good car upholstery shop that can modify the seat is in order? Good Luck!
  • Hi, I am looking to buy either of those two cars and was wondering if you guys could offer me your opinions. I am a grad student who's looking to buy his first new car. Unfortunately, I will have to park this car on the streets...yikes!! I was wondering, which car is less likely to be stolen or broken into? Oh yeah, I am also interested in hearing about the respective merits of these two cars. Personally I place more emphasis on reliability and ride quality, but CL has been my dream car for 2 years. There won't be that much of a price difference if you compare the base CL model with a loaded SLE, so how about it? Any opinions? Keep in mind that I am more interested in getting a car that's reliable and easy to maintain. Thanx a lot!!
  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780
    That is a tough comparison!

    The Acura is probably a higher end car, but you are looking at the cheapest Acura vs the top Solara, so it may be moot.
    The CL may handle better, but the Solara ride is hard to beat.
    The Solara's back seat is bigger than some 4-door sedans and almost any other coupe, if that is important.
    They are BOTH of equal reliability and susceptibility to being stolen. The Solara uses a special "immobilizer" key - the car cannot be hotwired and started without it, I don't know about the Acura.

    Drive them BOTH a lot, and don't be rushed or swayed by the dealers.
    Good Luck!
  • dellwelldellwell Posts: 27
    The MSRP for a Solara with the options I want (Leather....) is $31,566 and. The first price given by the dealer was for $33,500. I was looking to pay $29,500. But now that I have the MSRP and the MSRP on the options I want, what do y'all think would be a good place to start my negotiaons? In Canada, we don't have a web site that openly lists dealer cost so we have to guess or pay a fee to get the invoice price. I was now thinking of starting at $28,000 thinking that $28,500 +taxes would be a fair price. What do current Solara owners think??? Thanks.
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