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#540 of 1166 2005 Camry Solara Convertible SLE
Jan 04, 2005 (7:29 pm)
After reseaching this vehicle for the past 6 months and reading messages in the discussion group, I decided to purchase a 2005 Toyota Camry Solara Convertible SLE model. I wanted Cosmic blue metallic exterior color with tan top and Ivory interior along with three options: vehicle stability control, windscreen and the carpet/mat package. I started with 6 dealers with 4 of the 6 wanting sticker or thereabouts. I worked two dealers back and forth and settled on $29,178 which is a few hundred dollars above invoice, I believe. I closed the deal on Nov. 2. The car is scheduled to be buiilt on Jan. 17 and should be in the dealership by end of Jan. I'm looking forward to delivery and hope things go well.
FYI, I vacation in southern Florida several times a year. The dealers there are asking $3,ooo-$7,000 above sticker, depending if SE or SLE model.
I also wanted chrome wheels but this option is not available, except after-market. I plan on ordering them from Wheel Concepts in California at a great price, even after paying for shipping.
#541 of 1166 2005 Solara Convertible Purchase
Jan 06, 2005 (5:58 pm)
I just completed a purchase of a 2005 Solara SLE convertible in the Los Angeles area. Here are the features:
Arctic Frost White Pearl exterior
Tan top and interior
Vehicle stability control
Carpet/Cargo mat set
(Accessory codes: FE NV PC VS CF)
Purchase price was $30,353 plus
Sales tax ($2504.12)
CA license fee ($262)
CA tire fee ($8.75)
Document fee ($45).
MSRP was $32,596, so purchase price was 93.1% of MSRP. I contacted six online car purchase sites, and this was the only deal I could find below MSRP. These cars are in very short supply right now, and the dealership I used had to do a trade with another dealer to get the car.
I bought from Toyota of Glendale through their Internet Sales unit. They offered the final price on their initial response. No haggling, since I couldn't find another offer even close to this one. Their standard offer on the convertible is $800 over "invoice", although their definition of invoice includes dealer holdback and wholesale financial reserve. Here's the breakout of "invoice":
Pearl paint $187
Carpet/cargo mat $114
Fin reserve $296
I'm pleased with the deal...all discussions by email and phone, and in and out of the dealership in 45 minutes.
#542 of 1166 Happy, with only a couple of issues
Jan 07, 2005 (9:55 am)
Bought my black on black SLE December 4th in Raleigh, NC. Got as good a deal as can be expected, even at the beginning of the cold months. I even tried going through the AAA buying service and they couldn't do much. The dealer I went to matched the AAA deal though so I can't complain.
My only two issues are 1) The rear headrests as people have mentioned. They block 50% of the rear window. I had a Celica convertible before this and I'm used to the major blindspots in convertibles, but the headrests make a tricky situation worse. And 2) the acceleration hesitation that is experienced when in the process of slowing down for a yield for example and then accelerating when you aren't quite stopped. I find that to be quite annoying. I'll try using the manual shift but I really don't like the idea of having to do that as 'workaround'. I wonder what the reason is for that delay/hesitation. It's as if the gears aren't actually engaged until the accelerator is depressed and when it does "catch", there's a lurch.
I'm a major Toyata fan, loved my Celica and am very happy with my Solara. I couldn't wait for them to come back out after the short hiatus they took to re-vamp them.
#543 of 1166 Re: Happy, with only a couple of issues [nc_scott]
Jan 08, 2005 (5:54 am)
If you search the boards, I think there was a pretty active discussion on the Avalon- future models board regarding the "lag" in the trans. It is a common complaint that has to do with the drive-by-wire (throttle) that the car is equipped with. It is annoying and I do not think there is a fix for it. I do not drive ours that often so I definitely notice it every time I get behind the wheel.
#544 of 1166 Reverse Sensing System
Jan 08, 2005 (7:45 pm)
I would be interested to know if anyone has added a reverse sensing system to their Solara. Before purchasing my Solara, I read the many posts concerning limited rear visibility so I was aware of this concern. I have a Cosmic blue SLE with VSC, mats, windscreen, 18" wheels, black top/gray interior. The service manager tells me adding the backup warning system will not void the warrenty.
#545 of 1166 Thanks tyresmoke
Jan 10, 2005 (8:16 am)
Thanks tyresmoker for pointing me to the Avalon discussion forum about the transmission hesitation/lag issue. Very interesting. It's quite annoying but I'm figuring out how to get used to it and how much and when to press the accelerator in those "not quite coming to a stop" situations.
#546 of 1166 Hesitation problem
Jan 10, 2005 (11:57 am)
Based on discussion of the hesitation problem in the Highlander Problems and Solutions forum, the Edmunds hosts have opened a forum for this problem. It is supposed to be for all makes and models. Because the Solara problem is most likely the same as the Highlander, Lexus, Sienna, etc. hesitation, it may be beneficial to discuss this with owners of other models. The forum can be found at "Engine Hesitation (All makes/models)"
(please ignore that the title says "engine" hesitation -- it was definitely intended to address the tranny hesitation problems)
I also would like to direct you to this article about hesitation:
http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/04345/424551.stm -- this is referencing just the Highlander and Lexus, but any resolution that Toyota comes up with for the problem should apply to all models, or so I would think.
#547 of 1166 Solara vs Mustang
Jan 13, 2005 (5:49 pm)
Has anyone driven both the Solara convertible and Mustang convertible or read a review comparing the two? I rented a Mustang coupe back in the mid '90's and was not very happy with it. You sat on the floor with a high dash and it was cramped and had a fairly hard ride.
#548 of 1166 Re: Solara vs Mustang [dispencer1]
Jan 14, 2005 (5:15 am)
Depends on what you are looking for. They are completely different cars ('05 vs. '06, yes, the Mustang droptop will be introduced as an '06). For me, I would trade our '04 Solara ragtop in for a 'stang in a New York minute, but it is not my car, my wife is the primary driver. The thought of rear wheel drive in New England weather and a clutch pedal in New England traffic does not fly anymore.
The Solara is a GREAT car, and a very good value. It offers plenty of power and refinement. The Mustang is more of a statement. The interior is great, but the materials used pale in comparision to the Toyota.
One thing I really like about the Toyota is the relative rarity of it. Most people have no idea what it is as most have never seen one. With the Mustang, there is a very good chance that you will see yourself "coming and going" in no time.
As a past Mustang GT owner, well, it is still not out of my system.........
#549 of 1166 Looking in NYC for Solara Conv. Help!
Jan 14, 2005 (11:48 pm)
Trying to get a good price on an 05' solara SE conv. I live in NYC and have only seen one on the road. Can anyone give me an idea of how much I should pay here in the city and also any recommendations on dealers.
Friends have told me it's not a good idea having a conv. in the city, but I cannot think of good reasons for not having one.
I fell in love with the car when I saw it on the road and decided to trade in my 2002 Sebring coup. for the Toyota. Now I just have to find one.