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Toyota, Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#36 of 672 Solara Convertible
Jul 10, 2003 (9:02 am)
Recently, I went to Chrysler's website and priced a 2003 Chrysler Sebring GTC convertible. It was $28,000 for a convertible with cloth seats and an automatic. I think the Sebring LXi starts at $27,000. Now, if the Solara SE Convertible starts out at $24K like the Sebring LX, it should be a hit. The Sebring isn't great when it comes to reliability, but it's OK. So, a Solara SLE V6 convertible, in my opinion, should at least start at about $28K to get close to the Sebring LXi. Then again, Chrysler is offering killer cash back deals and financing, and Toyota isn't offering any kind of cash back on the Solara. The resale value on a Chrysler Sebring isn't good, because a lot of Chrysler Convertibles go to car-rental agencies and fleet management corporations. From what I've seen, only 2003 Solara SE Coupes go into a rental fleet. (I don't get why Toyota is starting to sell 4Runners, Camrys, and Solaras into car rental fleets and fleet management corporations)I read a Motor Trend article in May 2001, when the Solara convertible just came out and MT said that the Solara had a lot of wind noise that wasn't apparent in the Sebring. I like the Sebring and the Solara, but the Solara convertible (next gen)has me rethinking my like for the Sebring Convertible. Anyone have spy-pics on the Solara Convertible?
#37 of 672 coolguyky7
Jul 10, 2003 (3:52 pm)
Does it look good in real life? The car seems to look better in pictures without the body kit.
#38 of 672 icangelat03
Jul 10, 2003 (4:01 pm)
I don't think leather-trimmed means anything except that they are leather seats just like any other car. Alot of companies use the term leather-trimmed. The back of the seats probably aren't real leather so maybe that's where the trimmed part comes from, but I'm not really sure.
Unfortunately like most cars there's always complaints about how cars are equipped and what kind of options there are. I don't want a moonroof under any circumstances so that limits my choices a lot. If you don't want leather seats get the SE 6-cylinder. At $21,450 it seems like a great bargain. Then simply add a moonroof or whatever else it is you want and you'll be able to avoid the leather. I know the SLE has certain stuff that you probably can't get on the SE but it seems to be pretty minor stuff.
#39 of 672 libertycat
Jul 10, 2003 (4:06 pm)
If you go to the toyota site it has a picture of the woodgrain SLE interior. I'm assuming from that picture that is all the wood that will be put in the car at least as standard equipment.
#40 of 672 scottdude
Jul 10, 2003 (4:20 pm)
The only pictures I've seen are the same old ones they released when it was shown at the autoshow. Since it is in production now it probably won't be long before Toyota puts more pictures up.
Jul 11, 2003 (7:10 am)
Thanks for the input. I'm looking into getting the SE Sport V6 convertible and then adding all the options except the leather. I just don't know if I can wait till March
Jul 11, 2003 (7:14 am)
You had some good points about the sebring. I did basically the same thing that you did, I put in all the options that I wanted on both cars and then compared prices. Its true that the sebring has a higher MSRP, but they do have more deals going right now. If solara wasn't coming out with a new model, I would definitely go with the sebring, but the new choices make it difficult. My younger sister is currently waiting for my car now ('96 chevy cavalier), so I don't know if i can hold out until March, I may end up with the sebring anyway Haven't seen any pics of the convertible yet, just the coupe.
#43 of 672 icangelat03
Jul 12, 2003 (11:08 am)
You make some good points also however, keep in mind the Convertible Solara was limited production. Only about 5000 per year if that many as opposed to the mass produced Sebring.
Jul 13, 2003 (9:36 am)
The shape of the new Solara, especially in black, makes the car look low slung and very stealth.
Jul 13, 2003 (10:43 am)
I believe Consumer Reports said the Sebring had good reliability. The Limited gets higher than $28K, the LXi is less. Like I said, the Solara SLE is equal to LXi not the Limited. Actually, the Solara convertible SLE V6 starts around $30K not $28K so that really makes the Sebring less.