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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#3547 of 3978 2006 4-cylinder engine change?
Apr 25, 2005 (6:58 am)
I just noticed that the 4-cylinder Solara's (2005 1/2?) now have a 5-speed automatic transmission instead of 4-speed (see Toyota's web site, and I've seen them on the lot).
Does anybody know if the "official" 2006 4-cylinder Solara (coming out in the fall) horsepower will be increased to that of the 4-cylinder Camry? Right now the Solara is 157 HP and the Camry is 160 HP. I am just wondering if they will have the same exact engines in them.
Apr 27, 2005 (8:28 pm)
Any comments on the windscreen?
Is it quick to take off if you need to use the backseat for passengers? With the windscreen in place, can I still put items in the backseat such as briefcase, etc. or is access completely restricted?
I never thought they made much difference, but saw a few posts here indicating otherwise... Is sounds like the car my dealer was able to locate with the color and options I am looking for includes this, as well.
#3550 of 3978 Re: 2006 4-cylinder engine change? [hoosier]
Apr 28, 2005 (11:27 am)
What's 3 HP? The loss could be from the hood creating slightly different flow of air into the intake. In 1994 Chevy had the new Impala SS rated at 265 HP with the same motor that put out 300 in the Camaro and it was due to altered routing of the air intake. My point is you probably won't notice anything with a 3 HP difference. Now the 5-speed auto is a huge upgrade. Came from the 4Runner so it should be plenty stout and improved mileage too!
Oh, if you want HP don't look to get it from the 4. It's better to start with something that already has some horsepower to begin with, ie the 6 cylinder. Back in KY we would say, "You can't polish a turd." Nowadays it may be more PC to say, "There is no replacement for displacement." If you look at the MPG the 6 is only down by 3MPG. If you can't afford it right now then it's better to wait and get exactly what you want. Blah Blah!
#3551 of 3978 Curtain Side Airbags Option
Apr 28, 2005 (2:47 pm)
Has anyone had any trouble finding a Solara with the curtain side airbag option? I've had 2 local dealers tell me they can't locate an SE with curtain side airbags anywhere in my state or several surrounding states.
Am I the only one who cares about curtain side airbags? It's only a $400 option, so i was surprised I couldn't find one that had had it added.
#3552 of 3978 Re: Curtain Side Airbags Option [evilolive]
Apr 28, 2005 (4:00 pm)
I live in TX now and noone here seems to get ABS, traction control, or air bags. All things I would think are desirable, even without snow, but I guess when left up to the customers most didn't pick those things. Looks like one has to get a car or trim level where those things come standard.
#3553 of 3978 Solara SE Sport Gas Mileage
Apr 29, 2005 (5:35 am)
I have a 2004 Solara SE Sport that has the V6 engine. After 4000 miles, I am only getting 17-18 mpg with a mix of driving on the sideroads and freeways here in town. Have not had a chance to take a long roadtrip yet.
What are others getting for MPG on this model?
#3554 of 3978 Re: 2006 4-cylinder engine change? [hfpieratt]
Apr 29, 2005 (2:15 pm)
I think you're right about the 3 hp not making much of a difference. However, I don't agree that it's from the hood design or air intake, because the Camry prior to 2005 had the same exact hp at the same RPM's and now it's 160 HP at different RPM's. And I agree with you about the 5 speed auto.
However, power is relative. Right now I own a 1998 4-cylinder Camry rated at 133 hp - obviously underpowered and sluggish. My mom got a 2002 Camry with the upgraded 157 HP 4-cylinder and it's like a rocket compared to mine. I'm sure that if you've been driving powerful 6 cylinders the 4-cylinder 157 HP will seem very sluggish, but to me, it's more than enough power - I mostly drive it by myself or with one other person. And besides, the 3 or 4 mpg difference adds up for someone who doesn't make a fortune, especially at today's gas prices having to drive long distances to and from work.
So again, it's all relative to your "power" orientation.
#3555 of 3978 Re: Solara SE Sport Gas Mileage [jsvanguy]
Apr 29, 2005 (10:55 pm)
My 2004 SLE V6 mileage has never been less than 24 in mixed driving and has been as high as 35 hiway. Something tells me you like that sound when you stomp on the pedal.
#3556 of 3978 Re: Solara SE Sport Gas Mileage [jsvanguy]
Apr 30, 2005 (8:51 pm)
I've only had the car 48 hours (SE V6), but mine is around 27.5 mpg. So far I've driven approximately 250 miles - mostly highway.