15th May 2005, 11:44
Took delivery of my 2006 Solara SLE convertible four days ago and have driven 425 miles so far. Totally different car, ride, feel than my Honda S2000. I was ready for more comfort, cabin room and storage. The Solara ride is quiet and smooth. Happy so far!
23rd May 2005, 16:29
Our 2004 Solara SLE convertible has approx. 7000 miles on it. No problems whatsoever. Tight, quiet, leak-free top, powerful engine, great stereo, and gorgeous red paint. My wife absolutely loves this car. We think we made a great buy.
24th May 2005, 16:16
I bought an 05 in November of 04. My first Toyota. I have been delighted with the performance, quiet ride, and smoothness. The rear view is limited, but no problem if you use your side mirrors. I have been getting about 25 mpg. People yell "nice car" at me all the time. My buddies don't believe I only paid 30K, they think it looks like a 60K type of vehicle. Rock.
26th May 2005, 21:16
All cars have problems when they are 3 years old or more, but Toyota would have less problems than other manufacturers.
19th Sep 2005, 09:29
Almost every convertible I know of vibrates and leaks. One of my relatives went from a Mustang convertible to a Jaguar XK8 convertible, and while there was a HUGE difference, I still prefer driving my hardtop BMW on a long trip. The Jag is far superior to the Mustang, but it still flexes over bumps and there is still some wind noise, although not nearly as much as the Mustang. If you want an airtight car, buy a Solara coupe, which I think is a better looking car anyway. No convertible is perfect.
14th Nov 2005, 09:53
I have had my 2002 Solara Convertible for 3 years and I absolutely love it. In fact, I am planning on buying an '06 soon and will give the '02 to my son who will be driving soon.
9th Mar 2006, 03:11
I have a 2001 Toyota Solara SLE... bought it used with 55,000 miles on it... Have driven it everywhere, with basic maintenance. at 100,000, I replaced the timing belt/belts, and the car is as smooth or smoother than the day I bought it, over 2 years ago.
The only cons (nothing mechanical), are that the paint on the hood chips easily when on the highway (dealer said cuz of the swooped shaped of the front end?), and the chrome plated alloy rims, they chrome plating chips away and causes the tire to not be seated right. The tires lose air unless it's heavily glued/beaded right. : (
Stay away from chrome plated rims.
11th May 2007, 21:59
Just bought 07 convertible in March. I have driven the car for a total of less than 2 weeks. Main problem: it leaks when it rains - from where the window meets the door at the corner, both sides. I am quite dissatisfied with the time and energy spent with the dealership. They are also having a hard time fixing the alignment; the car pulls to the right. anyone else with similar problems - possible solutions?
20th Aug 2007, 21:31
You can get a lemon with anything, be it a $20k Toyota or $500k Rolls Royce. I have had far less problems with Toyotas than with any other makes of cars I have owned, but not every one of my Toyotas has been 100% trouble free. Definitely one of the lesser of the evils out there, and during the time owned with considering resale, possibly one of the cheapest cars to own.
20th Jan 2008, 13:49
We bought our 2006 Solara Convertible SLE in July 2005 for 32K. It took 2 months to get, but was well worth the wait.
We have had zero problems with the vehicle. The view is limited with the top up, and must use side view mirrors, but not a problem.
We have a 1995 Corolla that has not needed any unusual problems, just the normal wear of tires, brakes, battery.
Would never own another American made Union driven vehicle until they learn how to make a vehicle with low maintenance. Keep up the Great work TOYOTA!!!
11th Apr 2008, 12:01
I bought a 2008 Solara Convertible. Currently I have 6000 Miles (10000 Km). The only problem I've had is squeaking because of misalingment in the passenger door window. The Dealer zeroed in on it and recognized that it was the window actuator. This caused the window to rise up slightly out of alignment with the rear quarter window and created a continuous squeak on the weatherstripping. It's being replaced today. All other Toyota convertible owners I spoke with said they don't have any of this type of noise. I'm very confident in the dealer.
My convertible is a dream come true. This car is very quiet. I agree with the quiet motor comment earlier. It's as quiet as my friends Lexus SUV. (Top up of course). The trunk is very big and I've stuffed lots into it. The speed of the top allows me to take the top off even for just short trips yet close it for security easily.
If your thinking of buying one of these... I highly recommend it. It's suppose to be the last year for them.
24th Jun 2010, 22:57
I have a 2005 Toyota Solara convertible, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! 147,000 miles and going like a champ. Averaging 24 mpg with top down around town. It's so quiet I can't tell if it's running, smooth riding, no leaks or problems EXCEPT you can't see to back up - Yikes, but I'm getting better :0)
I love my sweeeetttt Toyota. No repairs or concerns - knock on wood.
I go through tires and have a regular oil change, alignments etc. IF I ever get rid of this car, it will be to my daughter and I'll buy a new one.