2003 Toyota Solara Review

2003 Toyota Solara SLE 3.0 V6 gas from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 gas Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carAcura Legend




Full maintenance at 100,000 km.

R&R timing belt, inspect water pump.

Change brake fluid, power steering fluid, anti-freeze.

New Bridgestone Insignia tires.

Check engine light at 120,000km.

Replaced thermostat, engine wasn't warming up properly.

Brakes all around at 130,000km.

Normal maintenance, and oil changes every 5000km with high mileage oil.

Normal washing and waxing on a regular basis has this car looking and smelling like new still. Interior is always clean and shampooed, smells like new still.

General Comments:

I am overall very happy with the car. Has that Lexus feel and quality without the price. The bullet proof 3.0 DOHC is awesome, smooth and quiet, and achieves up to 36 MPG highway.

As this is my secondary vehicle, it doesn't handle as well as my 09 Accord coupe. Interior pieces aren't as solid as the Honda either. I do however, like that parts are cheaper for the Toyota, and there are less goodies to go wrong than the Honda.

Very good car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2012

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review