2006 Toyota Solara Reviews

2006 Toyota Solara from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

Very nice

Faults:

Nothing yet.

There is however a flat spot in the accelerator at low rpm/ low gear.

General Comments:

This is a sweet ride. It handles well. It's quiet and comfortable.

The lines are pleasing, and people say it has style.

Everything works flawlessly. The JBL sound system sounds great. The climate control is brilliant. And better yet, it looks very similar to my buddy's Lexus. Best 10 grand I spent this month.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2010

2006 Toyota Solara Conv from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know

Summary:

Can't see to back up or change lanes..awful

Faults:

Nothing yet...its brand new.

General Comments:

I wish I had never got this car. It is the cutest car ever, but you can't see to back up or change lanes. Big Big blind spots .. the window is not to small but the headrests take up the little window you have and you can't remove the headrest cause there are roll bars in them ..tried that. UHHHH..it only has 500 miles on it and I can't wait to get rid of it. What a big mistake I made test driving with the top down...then buying it on a whim

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

24th Mar 2006, 16:07

The rear window is small. Take off the rear headrests (there is a roll bar inside). It opens up the view. I've got mine off with no blind spots, if you use the mirrors!

25th Mar 2006, 10:49

I cannot believe the original poster bought a $30K+ car without fully test driving it.

With few exceptions (old Mercedes SLs), ALL convertibles have horrible blind spots and the buyer should have been fully aware of this going in.

It is not Toyota's fault.

10th Sep 2008, 21:02

This person never said it was Toyota's fault.

Everybody makes mistakes, have some mercy.

High pressure sales people can often cause you to make decisions without considering all the factors, even though you try to think of everything your judgement gets clouded.

30th Jan 2009, 15:47

I drive one a hard-top Solara on a semi-regular basis -- purchased by another member of my family.

I agree that the rear visibility is pretty pathetic. We use those little stick-on dome mirrors on the side view mirrors, which seems to help immensely for changing lanes. If you can bring yourself to trust them.

I have not yet found a solution to my inability to back out of parking spaces, though. I am pretty sure I scratched the paint off the rear bumper in a recent attempt; I was going slow, figuring if I brushed against the car behind me I would notice, but I didn't feel anything.

Also the interior ceiling with the sun-roof seems to be really low. I'm not a tall person (5'6) and I find my head brushing against it frequently.

Other than that, it's a really nice vehicle.

2006 Toyota Solara LE V6 V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance4200 miles
Previous carChrysler 300M

Summary:

I love the car, but wish I could get a V6 with a manual transmission

Faults:

Piece of trim gasket above the telescoping/tilt steering wheel came loose. Was easily fixed by dealer.

General Comments:

I love the styling. The best part of the car is the V6- serious power and great acceleration. The engine works well with the transmission and both are very smooth. The 4 cylinder engine was not nearly so smooth on test drive and did not have nearly the power. I am not impressed by the premium JBL 6-disc changer and sound system- the speakers don't sound that great. Car handles exceptionally well and rides fairly firm but very smooth. Overall, the car purrs like a kitten over most roads but can give you an exhilerating ride if you put your foot into it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2006

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews