bought it used in 2004 for 12k with 76000 miles. 6 years later it has 169 000 miles. changed a radiator few years ago for $400 and a sensor for $180 last year. oil change every 3 months at $19.99. been in 4 accidents - 2 rear, 1 front and back (changed front bumper for $600)
I've always owned Ford products until this Toyota, and was expecting great things. Bought it with just over 35,000 miles on it. At 55,000 miles, had to replace the engine after a broken push rod destroyed the lower half. Thankfully, the local dealer was able to arrange "good will" coverage, as the warranty had just expired. I've never been able to keep an alignment on the car for more than a few months, and have major vibration through the steering column at highway speeds. It handles well but lacks any power, as you might imagine with a 4-cylinder. I'm sorely disappointed with my first Toyota.
Gas mileage - I went from a V8 Ford Crown Vic to the 4-cyl. Solara - big difference at the pump, even before $4 gas. Also has a surprisingly big trunk.
I may be the first person to ever say this, but the reliability on my Toyota is what needs the most improvement.
interior is roomy and comfortable.
however, ever since i bought the car
brand new three years ago, i have had
it fixed at least $2000. besides the
36,000-mile only tires, all four of
the suspension had to be replaced when
it was about 42,000.
better quality control. should
assemble in japan instead of states. i
like the new 2004 future model though.
hope it's better.
I was excited to finally have a
toyota that wouldn't be in the shop
all the time. I have had the car
almost a year and it has had to have
the passenger seatbelt replaced, the
convertible top replaced, the front
calipers replaced, the wheel bearring
replaced, the rear speakers replaced.
Needless to say the it has been in and
out of the shop all year and to make
matters worse Toyota nevers gets it
completey fixed the first time so you
have to keep taking it in, and the
won't give you a renta car unless the
keep it over night, and the dont' they
keep it all day and rent it to you and
ask you to bring it back another day
My favorite feature would be the the
stereo when it's working.
They should have had wood grain around
the stereo and all the deatials of the
car should have been better put
together. I feel like i got a lemon!
41,375 miles on this 5-spd manual now.
The only miscue during our three+ years
was a faulty drivers side electric
window switch (replaced under warranty
at 13500 miles). A recent trip of about
4500 miles resulted in about 31 MPG
overall. The only negative would be the
suspension under hard driving - - which
is less and less of a negative as I age.
Toyota: ya done good.
Reliability: motor runs, a/c works
good, CD/cassette ditto.
Economy: oil changes are < 25 at the
dealer; fuel economy is akin to 4-cyl.
Flexibility: huge trunk, large rear
seat area holds my fat sister, manual
shift good for snow.
For '04, I think the suspension has
been re-tuned. But the point is moot
since the manual shift is no mo'.
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