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Toyota Camry Solara, Convertible
#556 of 1166 2005 Camry Solara Convertible SLE (Rudy 331)
Feb 05, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I picked up my car on January 26th. It took 12 weeks from my date of order. My wife and I love it! Of course, there are some minor items that Toyota could improve upon, but overall it appears to be a great car for the money. It drives smooth and very quiet for a convertible and is certainly an all weather vehicle. My wife likes the heated seats. I had a Chrysler Lebaron and a 1996 Sebring. So far, the Solara is head and shoulders above the Sebring (unless Chrysler made some big improvements over the last few years).
I'm looking forward to driving with the top down, but not yet here in Michigan. I just ordered MTK chrome wheels from Belle Tire for $572.00 complete with locks and trade in of my Toyota wheels ($40 per wheel). (Does anybody know where I could get a better price)?
Wheel Concepts in California wanted $550.00, but the shipping would have cost $250.00 (both ways), plus $25 for locks and $30-$40 for mounting. Of course the wheels would be factory originals chrome-plated.
I've already had two compliments on the car and I haven't put the top down yet.
#557 of 1166 TOP FALLING APART ON SOLARA CONVERT
Feb 13, 2005 (11:46 am)
I have a 2004 solara Convertible and the top is falling apart, but according to a regional manager this is normal wear and tear for a car that is 6 months old. I now have to go to the dispute board to have the top fixed/replaced. The liner is pinch pleated, the cables are broke, the outside top is pulling up and away and the back window is coming unglued from the material. Normal? Not really impressed with Toyota. They now want to fix the cables due to the tsb report. Not letting them touch this car. Was hoping some of you would share your work order information for when I go to the board. Thank you.
#558 of 1166 Re: XM Radio Capable??????? [napickard]
Feb 20, 2005 (6:28 pm)
I just ordered a SLE convertible and the radio is Satellite capable but you have to buy a tuner which ran three hundred and something and is dealer installed. Look at the Toyota web site that lists costs for options. That's what I paid. I learned many years ago that options -even dealer installed ones - are a lot less if you buy them when you are buying the car.
#559 of 1166 Solara vs Mustang
Feb 24, 2005 (9:06 pm)
The only real competition that the Solara Convertible has is the Mustang convertible which is new for 2005. It looks pretty nice and I wonder if I did the right think by ordering a Solara SLE. Has anyone actually driven one of the Mustang convertibles and compared it to the Solara? The Solara has more luggage space, probably rides softer, and will be more reliable (I've had several Ford lemons) but it would be interesting to see a real test of both cars.
#560 of 1166 Re: 2005 Solara Convertible Purchase [traveling101]
Feb 26, 2005 (12:23 pm)
I have 2005 Solara SLE convertible in white, tan top and love it. If you still need a picture, I have a few good one's I can send you. This car really gets the looks and reminds me of the Lexus SC 430. Great car so far (7500 miles).
#561 of 1166 Solora Convertible
Feb 26, 2005 (4:52 pm)
I am currently looking at getting a
Solora XLE Convertible. I live in upstate
NY. How does this car handle in the snow
and different weather conditions? I am also
looking at Honda Accord and Mazda 6. I would
like to get a convertible, if I could drive it
#562 of 1166 If you want to feel good about your car
Mar 01, 2005 (5:18 am)
then spend a couple of minutes looking at the comments on the Chrysler 300 forum. This car is actually a competitor of the Camry and Accord and the car writers and car magazines love it. Test drives are all highly positive. It is interesting to see what real owners say about it -transmission problems, electrical glitches, pulls to one side, suspension problems. Typical Chrysler Corporation junk. Perhaps this is why Camrys are the the best selling mid size cars in the US.
#563 of 1166 Re: Unimpressed by Solara(tyresmoker) [tyresmoker]
Mar 01, 2005 (12:48 pm)
I am currently shopping for an SLE with everything but navigation and I have received a firm lease price of $399/ mth including tax and GAP Insurance. Rate sounds pretty good to me. I passed on the SAAB because I think the interior is so drab. The dash is too plain for my taste.
#564 of 1166 Solara vs Mustang vs Sebring
Mar 01, 2005 (6:28 pm)
Solara competes with the Mustang convertible and the Sebring Convertible. Has anyone driven these and then the Solara to compare them? It would be interesting to get feedback.
#565 of 1166 Consumer Reports Profile on Solara Conv
Mar 02, 2005 (6:18 am)
The recent issue of CR gives a nice review of the Solara until the last sentence . . ." The convertible model suffers from pronounced body shake." There is no further detail.
I did not see that comment with any other convertibles. Has anyone experienced this?