2001 Toyota Solara SE 2.2L I-4 from North America
Reliable but vanilla
No major issues with the car, which is why I gave it a reliability mark of 8. Most issues I am having are with interior trim components breaking loose, like the wood grain. I also have considerable squeaks and rattles, most of which are coming from the sunroof area.
From a mechanical standpoint, very reliable. Trim components and interior have let me down.
The car even seems considerably more worn than my 2004 Pathfinder with similar miles. Granted, there is 3 years difference, but the Nissan vehicles that I have owned in the past seem to echo their "newness" for a longer period of time than this tired old Camry that has incredibly low mileage.
I'm working on a massive refinery upgrade, so I am driving in and out of one of the largest construction projects in North America. Because I travel a bit over 100 miles each week to and from home, I wanted a commuter car that was good on gas and reliable, without shelling out a drastic amount of money for a 3rd vehicle.
A family member sold me this Solara (2 door Camry). I own a high performance sports car, so I am biased towards its horsepower, so my impression of the 2.2L I-4 is one of fairly weak, especially considering I've driven hundreds of rental cars. Though I do take into account the fact that modern 4 cylinder engines make similar gas mileage with more horsepower, my rating of 6 on Performance Marks is meant to compare this car with other cars of the early 2000's time period.
I think that at the time Honda made a much better motor compared to this Solara, and would recommend the Accord over the extreme vanilla offerings of Toyota. I personally prefer edgy Nissans to either of the two. Plainly speaking, this car is reliable with a bit of blandness. It's probably best served as a city commuter where the limits of interstate performance are minimum.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2011