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Toyota Solara



  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    jmbc: Yeah, I don't doubt that mechanics change their own car's oil more often.

    If I had still the time and inclination for working on cars, and/or worked in a car shop all day, the cost and convenience would make it an easy choice to change oil more frequently than recommended. And I'd probably do it, too.

    But I don't, so I don't.

    Again, your mileage may vary.
  • Thank your for the responses, people. I guess it all depends on how I want to take care of the car. If I want to baby it, do it at 3000miles. If not, 5000 miles. Maybe I will settle it up the middle at 4000 miles. :D

    What about those BMW and Mercedes? Some models don't need oil changes until 15,000miles and others don't even need any changes. Wonder what type of oil those cars run on? Hmmm... Thanks. :)
  • have built in sensors to determine the viscosity, and cleanliness of the oil. Even the Honda Civic and many American cars have reminder lights that get tripped at certain milage for service. The German engineering is somewhat different, better, but you pay for the difference up front, with the purchase price. Moreover, most people do not purchase BMW or Mercedes new, they lease, so by the time the lease is over, the cars usually get reconditioned for future lease or sale. Not like a less expensive vehicle that just gets washed and a for sale sign put in the window. They also come with pre-paid maintenance, so the driver just drives in when he/she is supposed to and the service is done "free"!
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Apparently, the 2004 Solara is being shown to employees at Toyota's Georgetown facility. I've been told it looks Chrysler-like.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    As long as it only LOOKS Chrysler-like and does not turn out to have the same lack of reliability they do, it should be okay.

  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I've always thought of Chrysler as being one of the industry leaders in terms of styling.

    I bet nobody will be allowed near the car with a camera...
  • Apparently nobody has been able to sneak a picture of the new Solara! Chrysler's are sharp the first few years, then look like antiques, very soon. That darn planned obsolecence. I wonder why the Georgetown plant is so blessed, and not Ontario, Canada?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    " I've always thought of Chrysler as being one of the industry leaders in terms of styling."

    You're right! That's about all they have going for them, except maybe the big rebates and the 7/70 warranty. If their styling keeps going the way of "cars" like the Pacifica, they won't even have the looks either.

    Just my .02 as usual.

  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    I spoke to a Toyota salesperson who said the new Solara might sport a retractable hardtop!? Anyone heard of this?? Seems like a pricey addition that would push the sticker into Lexus-land!
    IMO a retractable hardtop on a car this size would be a hot seller though. (Lexus SC430 too small and too pricey)
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Chrysler has come a long way since the K-car era. A recent JD Power's survey even ranked Chrysler cars as having the fewest defects of all other North American companies. Their powertrain warranty outmatches Toyota's, probably as a way to let people know that Chrysler's reputation with bad transmission is a thing of the past (hopefully).

    A retractable hardtop would be very nice, but like toydriver said, this would push this car into Lexus land... it would be a hot seller for Toyota nonetheless, and will perhaps address the rattle issues that some have had with the ragtop.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    The survey posted above was not from JD Power, but from Consumer Reports.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    Has the production on 2003 Solaras stopped?
         Can anyone tell me the rpm at exactly 70 mph with the 4-cylinder automatic (SE)?
         Is it possible to get the ivory cloth interior with the Lunar Mist exterior(SE)?
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    ...stopped in December. They are moving production to the Georgetown, KY plant. The all-new 2004 coupe will arrive late this summer, convertible in late winter/early spring.
  • svdavesvdave Posts: 1
    Late winter/early spring? So there will be few or no Solara convertibles available for the next year?
  • No convertibles for this sumer, and production moving from Ontario to KY!
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Does anyone know or can think of any reasons why Toyota moved production from Ont. to KY? The Ontario plant has won so many awards!
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    The Sienna left Georgetown for Princeton IN, the Lexus RX330 is going to be be built in Ontario. (The first Lexus built in North America)

    The KY plant has won numerous awards also. I'm sure there are numerous reasons to switch plants, and Toyota doesn't make decisions like this on a whim.
  • It will be very interesting to see how the Solara behaves with new size tires. What kind did you decide to get?
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I'm really surprised anyone has yet to find a spy photo or at least any detailed info about the new Solara. It's being shown at TMMK, so I can't believe it hasn't leaked yet somehow.
  • Exterior:
    Artic Frost Pearl
    Lunar Mist Metallic
    Absolutely Red
    Desert Sand Mica
    Cosmic Blue Metallic
    Oceanus Pearl

    Dark Stone

    Also, 5-speed automatic available with 5 manual
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    What's your source and do you know anything else?
  • bezaharbezahar Posts: 20
    Thought I'd post a final update on my Solara, insurance declared it totaled -- 2000 Solara SE, 5 speed, all options but leather & side air bags with a little over 44000 miles (still a baby.) Insurance gave me $16,829.050

    Had it for almost 3 years, cost of ownership not including insurance, but including financing, maintenance & tires (should have waited) $12,160.75, came out to 28 cents a mile or $360 a month.

    Wish I could have had it longer, definitely would have lowered the cost. Well I've now got a new Infiniti G35 Sedan, very nice car. Still anxiously awaiting to see what they do with the new Solara.
  • coolguy-same one I had for the Sienna info. Hasn't failed me yet. More will be released soon I promise.
  • Did you request more from your insurance company, since it was babied, with new tires, and all? Any reason you chose Infinity, as opposed to a new Solara? You probably could have gotton a deal on the 03's.
  • bezaharbezahar Posts: 20
    Well the main reason I didn't go with current Solara was the fact that I've now got a girl friend with 2 teenage kids, so I was looking for a 4 door. With that in mind I started looking at the Camry same car after all just 4 door, just not quite the same though. Then looked at 03 Maximas again not really impressed. Then I started looking more at sport sedans. Sort of narrowed it down to Lexus IS300, Audi A4, and the G35. I was really pretty tightly split between the Lexus and the G35. Ended up picking the G35 mainly on styling, both extremely nice cars.
  • bezaharbezahar Posts: 20
    As far as the value I wasn't complaining too much since I could have easily taken what they gave me and got the same car off the lot (true it wouldn't have been my baby!) I actually saw a couple that were nearly the same (year and milage for less then what they gave me.) The difference would be extra mony was for (possible repairs/extended warrenty.) Got a call a few days ago asking if I wanted an extended warrenty on the Solara. That made me laugh bit.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    ......420 AA rated tires mounted today. Seems to have reduced nose dive under hard braking only slightly . Cornering, however, much improved with no squeal(as with the OEM Potenzas). Regret delay.
  • bartalk2bartalk2 Posts: 326
    Who said a redesigned Solara will be at the New York auto show, and how do you know?
  • tk865tk865 Posts: 52
    I talked to a factory rep who's seen the car. He said to look at an SC430 and squint. He also said the hardtop convertible will not be an option, and convertibles will not be available until next year.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    In a Toyota employee newsletter it was stated to look for the Solara at the April auto show. Just a little while longer! When exactly during April is it?
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