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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#929 of 3978 Just picked up 2001 SLE V6
Jun 02, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I also have a 95 Camry LE V6. I figured out that in constant 95 dollars, I paid about the same for the Camry as I did the Solara, yet the Solara has so many more features such as slightly more powerful engine, leather interior (cloth on Camry), alloy wheels (steel on Camry), JBL stereo, power driver's seat, ABS braking, fog lights, heated mirrors, auto dimming mirror, side air bags, auto climate control, better sound insulation, 16" vs 15" wheels, etc. These added features must be worth thousands. Of course, the Camry has two more doors (power window mechanisms, etc). How does Toyota do this?
#930 of 3978 changing to a new tire size
Jun 03, 2001 (11:29 pm)
I am looking to get wider tires for my 99SE. I have the OEM 205 65 15 tires. I would like to know if 215 can fit on the OEM 15 inch rims and if I have to do in speedo modifications. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#931 of 3978 Solara se-V6 in Canadian Dollars??
Jun 04, 2001 (2:16 pm)
I was wondering if there were anyone who has gotten a 2001 Solara SE-V6, 5-speed in Canada and if they would like to share what they paid for it? I was at my local dealer on the weekend and took one (automatic) for a spin. Very nice!!! Dealer's first price was $33,500. I have not started to haggle yet but I know that this amount is way to high. I was thinking around $29,500 + taxes would be a fair price for this car. Anyone with a little more experience (1st time buyer)lend me some advice. Thanks in advance for the info...
P.S. In the same day, I also drove the Sebring LXi and I don't think it is in the same class as per driving impressions. Solara felt much nicer!!
Jun 04, 2001 (6:31 pm)
I am also interested in wider tires. I believe that we can go to 215's easily. If you go to the lower profile 55's, I believe that you don't need to worry about the speedo. Here's a nfity tire size calculator that can show you the effect of different sizes, and the speedo error.
#933 of 3978 Solara in Cdn Dollars - Dellwell
Jun 04, 2001 (6:48 pm)
Don't know what part of the great white north you are from but I am from Winnipeg and in Manitoba we are part of a test Toyota is doing on non-negotiable pricing called Access Toyota. Basically they are taking a page out of the Saturn dealership model. Generally speaking you get $500 - 700 off sticker price. I went in armed with all the info you could imagine from internet searches and had the dealer price, etc. Didn't help one bit. They basically are sticking to their Access Toyota guidelines. I did manage to get a bit of a discount by buying a demo which had about 6,000 km on the vehicle. The vehicle had everything I wanted plus .9% financing so I figured with the discount and the low rate financing I saved a couple of thousand $. It seems that Toyota can sell most of the product they can get in so they don't appear as willing to deal and the NA dealers. I would be interesting in hearing how much you managed to negotiate off if you decide to buy. The solara is a great car. Rides like a dream and I haven't been subject to the pulling problems you might read about in earlier messages. ( I have the Michelins). If you want to check out the Access Toyota price pull up the Toyota Cdn website. YOu can then build your vehicle and it will show the sticker and access price side by side. Good luck.
Jun 05, 2001 (5:46 am)
New and improved Zaino on the way! Look:
The new Zaino product will be an accelerative additive that can be mixed
with Z-2, Z-3 or Z-5....
Below are just a few of the improvements....
1. When mixed as per directions, you will not need to apply Z-1...
2. It will reduce the drying time, thus making the polish more user friendly in damp environments...
3. It will increase the gloss factor and extend the durability level..
4. It will have an instant cure time, so you can immediately apply multiple coats.. No more waiting between coats...
5. And more........
Sounds good to me! Increased gloss factor and multiple coats in one day! No release date yet, but soon I think.
#935 of 3978 2001 Solara 4cy
Jun 05, 2001 (1:01 pm)
I purchased a 2001 Solara 4 cyl a month ago. I commute 60 miles a day and after a few days I found the seat very uncomfortable and my tail bone was sore. The vibration and the design of the seat seemed to be the problem. The dealer had a factory rep come and check the car and he told me the tires were over inflated (that's how they sold the car to me). After deflating the tires the ride is better, but the seat is still very uncomfortable and my back still hurts. CONTINUED NEXT POST
#936 of 3978 2001 Toyota Solara 4cy.
Jun 05, 2001 (1:05 pm)
Continued post: I thought about trading it in but the dealer only wanted to give me what a 2000 model traded for. Is there anything I can do to remedy my situation? I've tried the back store for adaptive devices which haven't helped. A friend suggested having a custom seat installed. Do you think the dealer should be more cooperative? Thanks, DD
Jun 05, 2001 (6:34 pm)
I am very surprised to hear your complaint about the seat. I find the Solara seat very comfortable, in fact that is the reason I traded in my Lexus - the Solara seats are better!
Maybe you are trying to sit in the seat the same way as your previous car seat, and this isn't working? A little too upright will put pressure on the lower back. I have a bad back, and try to use the seat with as little pressure on my lower back as possible. I have the front raised as much as possible, the rear as low as possible, and the back at about 90 degrees with the seat bottom. Your weight is now spread along your back, instead of just at the bottom. It is VERY comfortable this way for long drives, and the way most race cars are set.
You can only lose a LOT of money to change the car at this time. If you cannot find a new position that is comfortable, perhaps a trip to a good car upholstery shop that can modify the seat is in order? Good Luck!