2005 Toyota Camry Solara
There are 10 user reviews for the SLE Convertible trim shown below
- Best buy in the convertible market
- HORRIBLE, DANGEROUS rear headrests - obstruct visibility big time
Love solara - just bought my second, a 2006. Runs like a top and incredible manufacturing. Also incredible that its engineers cannot figure out the above defect - risk for blind lane shift accidents far exceeds any rollover risk, imo. Make it smaller; hollow it out; recall and fix it, but do something....read morehide
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- looks good
- You get completely drenched if the window is a crack down during a light rain because it streamlines
The tire got a bubble in it after 9 months and only having 5800 miles on it. They wanted me to pay for this when the tire was obviosly it was defective. The anti-lock brakes come on when driving over speedbumps, railroad tracks, manholes, etc. to the point where I practically lose control of the car. You can't see at all out of the back window. The seatbelt on the passenger back side flaps in the wind and they refuse to fix it. It is so loud that I do not drive with the windows down because it is distractive. When accelerating on highways there is a rotten egg smell. The dealer admits that this is a problem said by other purchasers but there is no fix for it. All in all, not such a great purchase for the price. Toyota is not helpful with service at all to fix such problems....read morehide
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- Nav system is great, smooth ride, spirited acceleration. Great CD sound from the Stereo system.
- Poor FM stereo signal pickup, rear visability
I love this car! This is nothing like a Camry, but hopefully my insurance carrier doesn't find out!
There are some great features in this car which set it apart from other convertibles. The Toyota quality and styling is expected and appreciated. Of course, resale value of Toyota is always a plus when you have to justify the higher sticker price vs. competitors.
The Nav system is excellent, and a reasonable $1300 option. (it was standard in my model) I would highly recommend this for anyone who frequently travels.
The stereo produces excellent sound from CD's - even with the top down while driving on the highway. The bass is crisp & tight. Very impressive since the biggest speakers are mounted in the doors. My FM reception is not very good, however, and sound quality suffers.
The sport tuned suspension is great - the car hugs the road on corners and steering responds perfectly to every move. It is much tighter than both the Mustang & Seabring I have driven. This car wants to "go" at every opportunity, and is engineered to do just that!
The accelleration is excellent, particularly going from 50-80MPH. This is NOT a "muscle car", like the Mustang. It is quiet, and the front wheel drive means you won't be turning many heads at stoplights.
The trunk is roomy and still leaves plenty of room when housing the "boot".
I do not get anywhere near the gas mileage posted on the sticker, but with the way this car drives me, I didn't expect to.
Some areas which I would like to see improved on future models:
The heated seats have only "On" or "Off". Some other Toyota models have a variable control to keep the seats from becoming too warm.
There is not a Dual Climate Heat/AC feature, which would be handy when crusing with the wife, who likes it a few degrees warmer.
The rear visibility is not very good with the top up. Toyota could have easily solved this by installing proximity sonar or a backup camera. (The Sienna offers both, and they are both great when parallel parking or if there are children nearby).
When my 5 year old first saw the car, she exclaimed to my wife, "You're the coolest Mommy in the world!" How can you resist?...read morehide
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I bought a new 2004 Toyota Solara V6 SLE, which I have had several problems with water leaking into the vehicle from the windows.
Also I had to have my covertible top entirely replaced including all cables, bars, etc...which took 26 days in the shop with no explaination why the top needed to be replaced!
If it happens again, I have no protection once my warranty is up!...read morehide
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- Comfort, refinement, appearance, size
- Rearward vision (top up), plastic wood trim, paint quality
I am enjoying this car very much. I decided to buy this car because I have really wanted to have a convertible, but was limited in choices by my size. I am 6'3" and the only convertibles that I could find that I could reasonably fit in and afford were the BMW 3-series and the Solara. I opted for Toyota reliability.
Overall, the car has been excellent. Many other people have complimented me on this car. The only complaints that I have are about the cosmetics (the paint quality has been disappointing and I don't like the artificial wood), but realistically, the car was relatively inexpensive at $30k so I think the quality is actually good value for the money.
The other major complaint is about rear vision with the top up and the fact that the rear headrests are not removable. I don't understand the other reviewers complaints about the handling/acceleration, but their is a delay sometimes in the acceleration. I have read about the shaking in the cabin, but I have found the car to be quite solid.
Overall, I am very satisfied and I highly recommend the navigation system....read morehide
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- Nice looking and roomy.
- Car does not accelerate/shift correctly especially when turning at slower speeds.
This faulty throttle/shifting especially when turning at slower speeds is extremely hazardous. The car will lunge unexpectedly in the middle of the turn almost causing the car to run off the road or into on-coming traffic. Toyota does not have a fix for this condition and all of the 5-speed automatics do it. Ask any Toyota shop repairmen and they will admit it....read morehide
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- Value znd beautiful interior.
- Almost no rear visiblity due to large headreats on backseats.Can be dangerous with top up.
Rear could be better looking. Maybe they will realize that rearview vision is more important and change headrests.
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- It's a really quite convertible top, and comfortable beyond that ...
- I agree with the comments about the shifting can be rough ... not bad, just a little rough
I was in the market for a four-seater convertible. In most cases, the back seat is a token bench that is more for storage than people. This convertible actually has a back seat in which people can sit comfortably. The car rides beautifully, and is quiet. The noise level on the freeway is SLIGHTLY noisier than my previous Honda Accord. Basically -- it's a great car. The only downside I see so far is the shifting of the gears. I feel it most between 1st and 2nd. Its a little rough -- not bad, just a little rough.
Basically - I love this car. I'm enjoying it, and believe it is one of the more comfortable four seater convertibles out there....read morehide
21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Smooth Ride, Quiet Powerful Engine, Comfortable Seats and Nice Interior
- CD behind navigation screen, poor rear visibility (top up),
Being over 40, I have driven or been driven in, many different cars. That said, this car rides and drives as one of the best I have been in so far. The engine is very quiet and smooth and more than powerful enough to handle itself on the freeway. The suspension is firm enough for handling, but soft enough for Chicago pot holes. The fit and finish of the interior is about as nice as you will find in any car. The seats are very supportive yet cushy soft (using some new core foam of some sort, (reminds me of that temperpedic mattress material). The navigation system is relatively easy to use and is like having a friendly companion telling you when to make the next turn (and politely telling you to make the subsequent turn if you missed the correct one). Most of the interior controls are easy to find and use and appear to be well crafted.
That all said, there are some shortcomings with ths car that are obvious when you think about them (and a car this nice looking can make you forget to think about them!). There are only 2 doors. Because of this, and in order to gain access to the back seat, they are longer and heavier than you may expect, which can cause problems getting out of the car when there is a high curb or narrow parking spot. Also, rear seat access is difficult for most people and near impossible for anyone over 65. The convertible top rear window is smaller than most hardtops, so rear visibility is not as good as you may be used to (again, with the top up). Actually many of the shortcomings disappear when the top is down, since rear access becomes easier because you do not have to bend down and rear visibility also is not restricted. Of course one could complain that with the top down they would get wet when driving in a rain storm, and these are the type of shortcomings that you will notice when you read about this car by expert reviewers (for example, rear seat head room with the top up is a problem for taller passengers, problem goes away with the top up, etc). For me, having a large usable trunk and a back seat in a convertible overcame the compromises that Toyota made to make them possible.
Toyota should have illuminated the "convertible raise lower" and "all window" dash buttons and moved them to a better location. The CD player is behind the navigation screen, so its an extra step to change out a CD, and the Navigation option elliminates the 6 CD changer. One pet peave I have had with car stereos for the last 5 years (even longer) they should ADD AN AUDIO IN JACK so you can plug in an MP3 player or portable DVD to the cars sterero directly. I know some manufacturers have started but they should all have this feature. And an 110V AC outlet would be nice as well.
Overall, if you are in the market for a Lexus quality convertible at a Toyota price, and want the benefit of a full size back seat, and a willing to overlook some inherent compromises that needed to be made, you are going to love this car....read morehide
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- Extremely quiet ride--top operation very smooth and quiet. Styling attracts favorable comments.
- Automatic trans. upshifts and downshifts abruptly.
Rear seat headrests block rearward vision to the point of being dangerous. Dealer was surprised they were fixed---and dangerous. Switches for top and windows are hidden by steering wheel. Cruise control not as easy to operate as some other cars.
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