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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#1322 of 3978 Canc
Oct 29, 2001 (10:48 am)
If the new Solara has the same interior as the 2002 Camry, than I'd definately wait! I took a look at the new Camry the other day. Wow! The leather seats seem to provide much more support and are firmer, plus you don't slide off them! The radio looks much more sleek, not bulky like my current Solara. The fake wood actually looks like real wood, as opposed to the fake wood in my Solara now. Now the wood just looks like what it is, face plates of plasticky wood glued on top of the dash or other areas. Whereas on the Camry I was in the wood around the radio actually looks like wood (i.e. it was very nicely 'form' fitted instead of looking glued on). I'm really not impressed with the current wood package at Toyota! Also, the doors now have leather (or leather looking material) on the upper half where the door handle is, instead of the plastic we have now.
I'm not impressed with the look of the dash, but then, the look of the current dash is pretty plain anyhow.
The exterior hasn't changed much but, is still nice none the less.
The ride now is great (would have liked tighter steering and less 'bumps' whenever you hit something in the road), so if it gets any better in the new Solara that's great!
If you can wait a few months, do it. Oh well, I guess this happens with most cars! I should have leased!!
Oct 29, 2001 (1:22 pm)
The word is that the 2003 Solara will be the same as the 2002. Toyota supposedly has a five-year product lifecycle. It has been said that the 2004 Solara will be all new and will be released mid-year 2003. Unless things have changed since I heard this info, you will have to wait at least a year-and-a-half for a redesigned Solara. I just bought one, and it has improvements that are in the new 2002 Camry, such as a remote keyless trunk release, a more powerful 4cyl., daytime running lights you can turn off, and multi-reflector headlights. I also still think that the Solara has a much nicer interior than the new Camry. But if you can wait a long while, I'm sure the new Solara will be even better. Just keep in mind that they may likely get MSRP for a Solara at least 6 months to a year after that, as they are in much shorter supply than Camrys. If they are that nice, I'll buy another in few years, when I can get one at a discount. Cars are CHEAP now in this current economy. By the way, I think the Solara is the best deal out there. It is a LOT of car for the money.
Oct 29, 2001 (11:01 pm)
I just had my Solara in the shop for front-end noise over large bumps. The dealer claimed they couldn't hear anything. I'm hearing loud and clear on the right side. Is there a service bulletin for this? Why do I have to do the research? I love this car! It has some minor flaws, but this is by far the finest automobile I have owned in 20 tries! Thanks for any help!
Oct 30, 2001 (11:41 am)
The rocking seat TBS only covers specific VIN numbers. I have a 2000 made 9/99, and it doesn't fall under that catagory. My response from Toyota, and my dealer is wear and tear. Get used to it! Unless the TBS is expanded, it wont probably get fixed.
#1327 of 3978 30,000 mile service???
Oct 30, 2001 (3:50 pm)
What does anyone think. I have just done my 30,000 mile service, with cooent change, but Toyota replaced my red long life coolent with green!?! Are they different? The advisor says its the same stuff. Any comments?
#1328 of 3978 Part 2...THE COOLANT MESS...
Oct 30, 2001 (7:16 pm)
After getting home, reading my manual, and surfing the web I called the dealer about the green coolant. He said they are the same. I called another dealer, and the service guy said to bring it back immeadiately and get a flush and refill. I am now concerned about the possible damage, such as warping, and the reside from the green coolant may have on the alluminum radiator, and the engine. Smelled like oil burning on the way home!?! What could this do to the engine/radiator??? ANYONE THINK IT IS TOO MUCH TO CALL TOYOTA CUSTOMER SERVICE AND/OR THE DEALER TO COMPLAIN???
Oct 30, 2001 (9:54 pm)
Mark, Thanks for the input. I just went over 36K. I will fight with Toyota if it becomes more of problem, than just noise. It doesn't appear to affect the handling so far.
Oct 31, 2001 (9:36 pm)
Did you take the service writer with you for a drive to show him the noise?
Meanwhile, the actual movement of the strut in the tower is SO SMALL that it will never really affect the ride or handling, so don't worry about it too much. Enjoy your fine Solara.
As I was leaving the department store today, I happened to admire this great looking car in the distance in the parking lot, and it turned out to be mine! This IS a terrific car.
Nov 01, 2001 (3:42 am)
"As I was leaving the department store today, I happened to admire this great looking car in the distance in the parking lot, and it turned out to be mine! This IS a terrific car."
LOL....you're worse than I am! I've done the same thing!