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You are in the Toyota Solara
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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#2711 of 3978 NY Auto Show - 2004 Solara
Apr 22, 2003 (6:29 am)
My observations: I'm certain that this will be a superior car with both 4 wheel disc brakes and side air-bags standard across the board, not to mention a stiffer chassis and reduced body and interior panel gap tolerances. However,.........
in their "infinite wisdom", the marketing "geniuses" at Toyota have made some blunders IMHO. Just as in the Camry they believe every customer wanting a European feel must advertise it as in mandatory trunk spoiler/wing in the SE packages, here in the SE SPORT package the customer must be acceptant of a ridiculous looking five piece ground affects kit (air dams, ground spoilers whatever - i.. TRD after-market). This reduces the ground clearance (speed bumps!!) and gives the car a pyramid look - i.e. a pup-tent or Darth Vader helmet. I hope the car will look more stylish in the SE plain or SLE. Further, if this is Toyota's "sport specialty segment" automobile ["Consumer appeal in Solara will range from style, to design, to impressions, to excitement. The Solara buyer will want something extra in life regardless of their age or life stage."], then why doesn't the company offer a manual transmission with its V6 engine - i.e. Accord Coupe, Maxima SE, Mercedes C230, BMWs, etc. Reps at the show stated that the 4 cyl will be available with a stick, but that their research showed that only 6% of their first generation Solaras were built with the stick (or stick with V6). When I rhetorically asked how many of those V6 5 speeds were still on the lots unsold, there was no reply).
Styling is a subjective thing and the rear light treatment is very Lexus SC 430 -ish. The front end looks like a cross between an ES-300 (or is it now 330?) and an Acura RSX, and in my view pales in comparison with its predecessor.
As stated above, I'm sure this is a better car, but aesthetically, at least in its Sport configuration, I believe the first generation Solara, especially the 99-01s, are more classic in their apppearance.
#2712 of 3978 Dindak and NASCAR
Apr 22, 2003 (8:07 am)
What!?!? Are you saying that Toyota will be in Nascar soon? *drool*
Apr 22, 2003 (8:12 am)
Toyota is joining the Craftsman Truck Series with the Tundra in 2004, the Camry (Solara) will follow a year or two after that.
#2714 of 3978 thanks for the info!
Apr 22, 2003 (8:16 am)
It'll be interesting to see how Toyota and its Solara will fare with the Chevy/Ford/Chrysler boys.
#2715 of 3978 Oxygen Sensor
Apr 22, 2003 (11:55 am)
My check engine light recently came on and I took my Solara in for a checkup. The technician said that the oxygen sensor in the emissions system had gone out and that it would cost around $300 to replace. Since they did not have the part, I think I will get it replaced at the next oil change. He also said that there was no problem driving the car without the sensor and that he has seen the sensors go out in less than 20k miles. Seems like an unreliable part. Has anyone had similar problems? Thanks
Apr 22, 2003 (1:28 pm)
I think the styling of the vehicle, even with the 'ground effects' is much improved. Doesnt look nearly as cookie-cutter. I dare to call it sexy.
Apr 22, 2003 (8:02 pm)
O2 sensors go out all the time. Did you get the extended warrenty?? otherwisw, its a Toyota, just ignore it! Unless you got extra bucks!
Apr 23, 2003 (4:49 am)
Toyota will reportedly be joining NASCAR in 2006. The similar lines the car has to the Monte Carlo are likely no accident. Since NASCAR mandates certain dimensions, Toyota had no choice but to re shape the car. I personally think they did a good job aside from the Tiburon look in the back.
#2720 of 3978 2004 Solara on Toyota.com
Apr 24, 2003 (10:22 am)
toyota.com now has pictures and more information on the new 2004 Solara.
Some interesting new and standard features:
Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
It looks like some features that use to be options, like the sunroof, are now standard on the SLE.