I purchased my Solara about five years ago when it had 74,000 miles on it. The timing belt/water pump had just been replaced. Since then I have put an additional 70,000 mile on it and have only changed the oil and filter, the front struts and strut bearings, and one set of tires. Brakes have over 70K on them and are still not totally worn out. This cars continues to amaze me with the build quality. I have owned 6 Hondas and 4 other Toyotas and this car is the best by far. Since it is coming up on ten years old, I want to replace it, but cannot justify that when the car runs as well as it does. Averages about 20mpg in the city and 25-27 on the highway.
Reliability, looks... still looks great and not at all dated for a 10 yr old car. Interior layout. Seats are much larger and more comfortable than Hondas. Huge trunk. 200 hp and good gas mileage, runs on 87 octane. Big sunroof.
Too dark of an interior. Lack of manual transmission on V6 models.
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