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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#2123 of 3978 Newer Solara vs. and older Lexus SC...
Aug 27, 2002 (2:05 pm)
Hi. My wife currently drives a 1997 Camry V6 XLE that we bought 2 years ago, and so far it's been a great car. I drive a 1983 Celica GT with 253,000 miles on it and I can't seem to kill this vehicle no matter how much I abuse it. My family has owned several Toyotas as well and I'm sold on their superior build quality and reliability.
Although I still love my Celica, it is starting to get long in the tooth and I'm only really considering 2 cars as a replacement. An older Lexus SC400 or SC300 or the Solara. These really seem to be the only two upscale sport coupes Toyota/Lexus have had out in the last 10 years. I just would like to believe that Toyota is not letting their quality slip in the cars built here in North America (Solara).
I'm torn on whether to buy a 1992-1995 Lexus SC ($10-$15k) or a newer Solara V6 99-00 ($15-$18k). From what I've read and researched, they are both great cars, at least mechanically speaking. Today I found a 1999 Solara V6 SLE with every option available, it only has 10,000 miles and the dealer is asking $17,988 (before negotiation) and this sounds like a pretty good deal for what is practically a new car.
Or I can spend around $11k and get a '93 Lexus SC300 with 67,000 miles on it in great shape. I guess it matters if that Lexus badge is important to me.
I remember the Toyota dealer once telling me that the Solara is basically like a Lexus sports coupe without the price tag. I was just wondering if anyone in here has ever compared these two similar vehicles.
Thanks in advance for any input.
#2124 of 3978 Different beasts
Aug 27, 2002 (2:13 pm)
The SC300 has an inline 6 cylinder and is a rear wheel drive car. The Solara is a V6 and is front wheel drive. I personally, prefer the SC but am unsure about paying that much money for something that old.
#2125 of 3978 Mongoose12, Look carefully at repair costs for
Aug 27, 2002 (2:37 pm)
the SC300/400. Lexus builds a very fine car, but when you need repairs you will wish you had the Solara. The engines last a very long time, but things like the exhaust ($1,500), electrical system, A/C, power steering pump, auto-dim mirror, etc. are very expensive to replace.
Aug 27, 2002 (5:54 pm)
automophile has a car for you!! Ever hear of someone buying a house SO CLEAN and perfect that all you had to do is bring your clothes and move in! Well, automophile's white Solara is JUST like that. He's not available right now, but might be checking into this group. I can tell you that he owned a Lexus ES 300 before the Solara and thinks the Solara is better in many respects.
I'm sure he'll be in touch when he sees this discussion. Wait a few more days before you make any decisions.
My aunt has a 99 SLE V6(sand beige color) with ALL the options- spolier, traction control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags I think- except the moonroof. It only has 15,000 miles. She wants to buy a Camry because the doors are too big for her on the Solara when she gets out in the garage. She's about 85 years old and wants something easier to get in and out of. ))
#2127 of 3978 Do you need a backseat?
Aug 28, 2002 (4:36 am)
If you do, Solara
If you don't, SC300/400
Aug 28, 2002 (11:43 am)
Loucopits, are you referring to what it costs for Lexus to do the work, or is everyone that expensive? I know that Toyota/Lexus dealers are very expensive for repairs in general. The reason I ask is the mechanic I use is a former Toyota mechanic and he seems to always do the work for less than half what the dealer would charge. $1500 for an exhaust system does sound quite expensive.
I drove the 6 cylinder Solara today, and I have a question. Do Solara's naturally have a much stiffer ride than the Camry's and/or a Lexus? I am used to my Camry and compared to it and the 2 Lexus I drove today it seemed like I could really feel the bumps in the road a lot more in the Solara. Maybe this car had the sport tuned suspension, which I believe is an option on the Solara?
Aug 28, 2002 (12:47 pm)
the "sport-tuned" suspension is standard on the Solara, which also includes a front strut tower brace...little tweaks in the suspension, and quicker steering ratio.
#2130 of 3978 Mongoose12, I'm talking about repairs done at
Aug 28, 2002 (6:28 pm)
the Lexus dealership. Even using a shade tree mechanic, the parts will have to come from Lexus unless you use a junkyard. If you want an SC, I'd buy from a Lexus dealer and form a strong bond with the service manager, hoping for some repairs to be done as "goodwill".
Price out an inside autodim mirror, a burned out bulb on the climate control, a dual exhaust replacement, A/C compressor and then make your decision. The few things I have had done to a Camry and an Avalon were quite reasonable, but I did not get a free loaner, free car wash, free coffee, nice waiting area, etc.
How about a used Celica?
#2131 of 3978 8u6hfd
Aug 29, 2002 (8:00 am)
This is something that I've always wanted to ask, so here goes. What exactly is a steering ratio? What do those numbers mean? And the same goes for the automatic transmission ratio. I've tried looking for this on the internet but can't find anything.
Aug 29, 2002 (9:03 am)
the ratio is in terms of gear ratio.
For steering...number of turns of the steering wheel to go 1 full revolution of the pinion on the rack.
Transmission, gear ratios, essentially # revolutions of the gear (and engine) to a full rev of the drivewheels.
I may have things switched....