1999 Toyota Solara SE V6 - 1MZFE from North America


Reliable, fast and safe


Battery was gone at 20K miles.

Oil pan silicon leaked at 60K miles.

Car doesn't seem to align correctly.

Driver side window regulator broke at 155K miles.

Rear oxygen sensor broke at 165K miles.

Clutch started to slip at 175K miles.

Mass flow air sensor is broken at 175K miles.

General Comments:

I am the first owner of this vehicle, and it has served me well. The V6 + 5 speed combination offer a great sports experience and the reliability is superb. It has over 185k miles and it should hit 200K by the end of this year.

The first sets of front brakes were replaced at 120K (yes, it lasted 120,000 miles on my first sets of brakes)

After 165K miles, I have to replace a few more items, but the car nonetheless hold up pretty well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

1999 Toyota Solara SLE 6 from North America


This is one of the best cars I have ever owned and I couldn't have asked for more


Leather seats are showing wear.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and ergonomic cabin.

Great fuel economy and performance.

Outstanding reliability - owned since 99' and no problems at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2008

6th Aug 2008, 15:18

You are one lucky guy! I have owned my Solara since 1999 also and have had millions of problems. I can type a 2 page report of all the problems I have had on it. Aside from that the car is the best, I essentially love it! It's fast, smooth, powerful, big for a coupe in comparison to cars of todays generation of coupes and has the best acceleration!

5th Jan 2009, 22:11

Bought one last may. Showroom condition.

After 20,000km, now 95000km EGR faulty.

It's not stopping me, so I like it. Still, I prefer my old Celica 93 convertible in summer, but in winter an SLE Solara is very nice to have!

1999 Toyota Solara SE V6 from North America


Good, but not perfect. Good value for the money, however


The only problem has been front end noise with the strut mounts. Had the struts and strut mounts replaced ($1500) at 105k due to sloppy ride and some minor rattling. Ever since, rides like new, but struts bang and rattle terribly.

Repairs are difficult to get firm solutions to and are costly. Other than that - plus numerous squeaks and rattles - has been a pretty good car.

Oh, there was also $800 bill for 2 new oxygen sensors. But my old '96 Civic commuter with 142k on it now rattles far less on bumpy roads than the Solara does.

General Comments:

It's a very lovely car and the V6 engine and A/T are very smooth. Ride is not that hot and much noisier than when it was new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1999 Toyota Solara SE 2.2 I-4 from North America


Near perfect


Absolutely Nothing! One set of tires and front brake pads/rotors at 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

The best car of the 20 or so I've owned. Very quiet and smooth with reasonable handling. Routinely gets 30-32 mpg on the highway. Even the standard sound system is very good. Single women ages 19-50 consider it a "fly ride", yes that's a quote and yes I've conducted a statistically significant sample. Huge trunk, though the opening is a bit small. 3 models fit comfortably in the back seat. Only improvements could be a better mount for the throttle and improved rear cup holders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

1999 Toyota Solara SE V6 3.0 V6 from North America


The car is very enjoyable to drive, but I would not buy another due to the maintenance problems


1) The vanity mirrors fell off (25,000 miles).

2) The fresh/air recirculation switch broke (15,000 miles).

3) The gas pedal and steering column develop squeaks that need regular lubrication (about every 30,000 miles).

4) It has a poor quality paint job resulting excessive paint chips and rust (30,000 miles).

5) The cover panel under the dash on passenger side fell down due too broken brackets (35,000 miles.

6) It had defective brake rotors/pad. The rotors developed grooves even though the pads still had good life on them (50,000 miles).

5) The oxygen sensor needs replacement (100,000).

General Comments:

The car has excellent handling and acceleration.

It is very comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

The drive train is very smooth and quiet.

Scheduled maintenance is quite expensive.

The car which was obtained in the first model year has had several problems (above). It has spent more time in the shop than my 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier that had over 200,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

6th Jan 2005, 13:52

This was very helpful. One of my vanity mirrors fell off too (the driver's side) while I was driving. The struts have always been noisy. My brakes have 50% still on them and are making a terrible grinding noise. I finally gave up and had new pads installed. I'm glad to know it's probably nothing I have done to my vehicle. I do love my car.

Thanks for the support out there.

Sue in Portland, Or.