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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#241 of 309 Re: 08 Solara purchase [roofie1024]
Jul 29, 2008 (10:37 pm)
I just got a brand new (16 miles) '08 SE Convertible for $23,950. It's the dark metallic gray (the color I wanted), and came with the auto V6. So far, I'm loving it. It's my first convertible.
My "old" car (a 2007 silver Camry LE 4 cyl. with about 2,000 miles on it) was hit and the entire back had to be replaced. The guy's insurance company gave me a good deal on the diminution of the vehicle and I decided to take that money and trade the Camry LE in for the Solara SE. The dealership gave me a really good deal on the trade-in (between diminution and trade-in, I did better than MSRP). I always had "buyer's regret" for not getting the dark gray metallic when I got my Camry, so I decided to try and get the dark gray metallic on the Solara.
I found the deal in the paper with a "one at this price" ad. When I went out there, it just so happens that the "one at this price" was the dark gray metallic I really liked.
Toyota was also offering special financing. After the deal, I wound up paying about $28 more a month (over the same period) for the SE Solara convertible than my old Camry LE 4 cylinder.
I am a little leery after reading the posts on water getting in through the convertible top. I park in an underground garage so I haven't even had it out in the rain. I think I'll go take it for a ride the next time it rains just to see how it does.
ETA: In addition to the $23,950, I did have to pay $645 for the dealer destination charge.
#243 of 309 Re: 08 Solara purchase [newbombturk]
Aug 15, 2008 (10:27 am)
Congrats! She's a beauty....
Don't let all these posts scare you. Most of us don't have any problems with leaks (let's hope it stays that way!), so you should be fine. The only problem EVERYONE has is that, when it is raining and you have to exit the car or roll down the window, you get drenched with water coming over the roof edge...there is no "drip molding" like on hardtops to catch and redirect the rain. So, stash a towel under your seat. Small price to pay for cruisin' in the sunshine
Enjoy your ride!!!
#244 of 309 Re: 08 Solara purchase [moms_max]
Aug 15, 2008 (1:19 pm)
I drove it yesterday in the rain and it was fine. But, since I park indoors, I didn't have to roll down my window or open my door when it was raining.
I'm LOVING this car. Compared to the four cylinder, the six is SO much nicer.
This is my all-time favorite car that I've owned. It's the first time I really got what I wanted instead of what was practical
Driving with the top down is awesome. And, this car gets looks everywhere I go, even with the top up. I bring it in for my first "check up" tomorrow. I've only got 300+ miles, so I don't anticipate any problems.
Nov 04, 2008 (10:02 am)
I'm lookin at a 08 Sport V6. Sticker is just over $29,000. Since these are being discontinued, should I expect the dealer to go below invoice? I don't think there are any rebates on these either. Anyone received any recent deals?
#246 of 309 Re: Solara Sport [mitsurob]
Nov 23, 2008 (7:27 pm)
Towards the end of October, I requested a quote on a new '08 Solara from a local dealer (I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area) and the internet sales rep indicated that since the car was being discontinued (and "hard to get"), that they were going for $1000 over invoice. I didn't try to negotiate or press the issue, but I would assume that you could get the price down to at least close to invoice. I hope this helps! Good luck on your search!
#247 of 309 Re: Solara Sport [swhonda]
Nov 24, 2008 (6:02 pm)
WOW!!! Personally, I think that is outrageous.....
However, that being said, certain areas that sell lots of "verts" will try to milk them for all they are worth. We looked up & down the east coast (back in July '06) and found an SE in Maryland ~ we're in NC ~ with NAV, mats, vehicle stability option, etc. for about $27K. It was worth the 5 hour drive for us, since we wanted an '06, and dealers were getting in '07s at that point.
You didn't state if the one you were looking at had any bells & whistles on it....
#248 of 309 08 and beyond
Nov 25, 2008 (10:16 am)
Toyota will be selling Convertible Solari (sic) for at least the next couple of years. I would think that most Toyota Solara dealers would be anxious to sell any left over 08's at a reasonalble discount. I am very happy with my 08 sle convertible. It is not my only car however.
#249 of 309 Re: 08 and beyond [gened1]
Jan 03, 2009 (4:39 pm)
I see an 08 Salora at my local dealership which has 12000 miles on it. Dealer selling price is 19500. what price would be good enough to get that. it's SE V6 sport coupe, seems the vehicle was traded in. It comes with the rest of the manufacturers waranty left on it (5 yrs/60 k miles Powertrain and 36k miles B2B ).
#250 of 309 Re: Solara Sport [moms_max]
Jan 04, 2009 (11:07 pm)
Hi Moms_Max, sorry for the delay in response....the Solara I was inquiring about (and received the quote for) was a fully loaded SLE with Navigation and all the bells and whistles I could ever want! Happy New Year!