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You are in the Toyota Solara
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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
Apr 18, 2003 (10:53 am)
You may want to call Toyota customer service and ask for a brochure. Since the car debuted at the NYC auto show, there is a chance that a brochure was printed with the specs. One thing for sure, is its bigger and has more horsepower. Pricing is always an uncertainty depending on what Toyota feels people will want to pay for the car. Look at 04 Camry and add $5,000, probably. That seemed to be how a comparable Camry was priced to the Solara without the rag top. The 1999 Solara was much more expensive than a comparable Solara in 2001. First year new production is when people tend to wait for all the kinks to get worked out of the car. The old Solara has all the kinks worked out, as it is on the early, mid, late 90's Camry platform, using proven, easily accessable parts, should your Solara need some repair. The 03 should also be less expensive as Toyota will be trying to get rid of them before and during the 04 debut. The drawback is with 03 style will look like your car is 5 years old, compared to newer cars on the road. If its more about money, wait and see, but if it about style, get the one that floats your boat.
#2701 of 3978 My thoughts on the 04
Apr 18, 2003 (7:11 pm)
As an owner of the current model, I must admit that I was hoping for something a bit more radical for the 2004 redesign. I guess all the talk about an SC430 influence had me fantasizing. However I do think the outside of the 2004 is attractive and cleaner than the current model, but some of the lines still evoke the current model as well. Which is probably what Toyota wanted.
Like other posters I'll have to wait until I see one in the flesh before passing judgment, but I'm not crazy about the interior based on the photos. I know it's the SE Sport version rather than the full SLE, but it looks like there's a more overt use of hard plastic this time around. I continue to be impressed with the ivory interior of my 2001.
I think the Solara has evolved from Camry-esque luxo-coupe to a bigger Celica. Whether that's a good thing I don't know, but I'm looking forward to seeing one myself. If anyone goes to the NY Show, please post!
#2702 of 3978 overt use of hard plastic this time around.
Apr 18, 2003 (7:56 pm)
There is always exoticwoods.com!!! And Zaino! LOL! Can't wait til the new model comes out, and everyone starts trying to push Zaino, and new interior accessories on the site! That was like the first few thousand posts of old Solara postings!
Apr 19, 2003 (5:38 am)
Kinda dissapointed about the new 3.3 engine not haning more power,i mean the new Accord has 260!...come on Toyota get with the program.I was relly hot on getting a 04 untill seeing the pics and now i'm not sure.Maybe i'll just s/c my 00 and put some 17 or 18 inch wheels on it...
Apr 19, 2003 (6:51 am)
The Accord has 240hp doesn't it?
Apr 19, 2003 (8:44 am)
The Accord has 240, which is only 15 more. But the Toyota has 240 lb.ft. of torque and the Accord only 212. Plus the Toyota peaks at a lot lower RPM.
Apr 19, 2003 (12:46 pm)
And Toyota will likly have a TRD package to upgrade, but usually not in the first year.
#2708 of 3978 Taichi Ono...The Toyota way...
Apr 20, 2003 (1:54 pm)
Taichi Ono introduced lean production, and a highly disciplined approach to engineering and manufacturing. He imposed strict scheduling, small-batch production and low-cost flexible machines in place of the large stocks of parts and dedicated manufacturing tools that characterized American auto production for decades. This is one reason that we can all look forward to the new Solara, depite the earlier posts about the new Kentucky Camry's rattling.