review of my Solara
By jmeitzen on
2002 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Very pleased. The 5th Toyota I've owned has the most power AND gets the
best gas mileage of them all, plus is safer, smoother, and roomier. Wish I
got a sunroof though. The back seat is a little hard to get into from driver's
side, but roomy for a 2-door, but a little short on head room. Needs option for
a graphic EQ & a deck that plays a CD w/MP3's but sound system is still
above avg. I prefer rear wheel drive. Torque steer not bad; level largely
determined by tires. Turning circle not as tight as a 96 Camry's. Anyway, I'm
not selling the car anytime soon. Excellent value for quality, comfort, and
power for the price.
Engine has great power. Transmission more responsive than my friend's '02
XLE V6 Camry but at times it shifts early; low end torque makes the problem
small. Trunk large & back seats can fold down. Extremely reliable. Stereo's
As it comes from the factory are 1) the relatively thin exterior body metal,
which dents easily, 2) the less than good handling tires and lack of 17"
wheel option (both of which I've changed and saw immediate handling
improvement). Can't turn headlights off @ nite.