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2003 Toyota Camry Solara - Consumer Reviews

2003 Toyota Camry Solara

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Mixed review!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Alyssa
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2003 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my '03 Solara from a private party. Within the ten months I had it, I put 34,000 miles on it. When I quit driving it, it has 237k miles! My car was my daily driver, about 80-100 miles a day from school/work to home. There was a major problem with the front end, and it would shake uncontrollably around 70mph, but I would just cruise at 80 to make the shaking go away. My heater was a LEMON, It took twenty minutes to warm up.
BIGGEST PROBLEM was, I had a had on collision with a full size pickup going 65mph. My car was totaled and I walked away with only bruises after spinning 5 times and etc. MY AIRBAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. I had a head on collision, I spun, hit things, my front of my car was demolished, yet my airbags DID NOT DEPLOY. Other than that, I actually was amazed at how it sustained the crash! My windshield and back glass shattered and came in the car, and my rearview mirror shattered and flew past me, and the panel that was on my ignition fell off. other than that, the interior looked as if I hadn't even been in a wreck, while the outside was pulverized. I had to put a quart of oil in it a week.
Personally, I would not buy one again because we had a lot of maintenance but it was used with high mileage, but if you want something SAFE for a teen or young driver, definitely get a Solara. Gas is amazing. I would be on EMPTY and only pay $25 and have full tank. I'm a very short girl (4'11) and I had virtually no blind spots.


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Solara
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By glam1
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2003 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Still chugging along at 120,000 miles.
Reliable; no major repairs needed. Changed battery twice.
Needed idle valve control cleaned about 5000 miles ago.
Getting only about 20mpg, though.


Best Features

Probably burning a lot of fuel, but this car has enough power to zip me through traffic.


Worst Features

Maybe move the trunk release to somewhere outside of the glove compartment. It is safe to have it in there, but I once locked my keys in the trunk and even AAA couldn't save me then.


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Bad Blind Spot & Sound, No trunk release
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Thang Nguyen
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2003 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Don't take me bad, I really like the car for both performance and exterior design. However, blind spot is really big problem, you should buy extra blind spot mirror. Don't trust advertised JBL sound system, I give a 6 on 10 scale. No trunk release inside the car, very inconvenient. Also, you can't read the sound system face plate when there is sunny because of the weird angle.


Best Features

Excellent acceleration, braking is above the average


Worst Features

Blind spot. Trunk Release mechanic inside the car. Angle for the driver to be able to read the sound face plate.


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Good Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Gary
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2003 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Just purchased with lots of miles. Car was a 1 owner with lots of TLC. Only complaints so far is the gas pedal sticks, and vibration in the steering wheel when applying the brakes. Overall very nice ride.


Best Features

6 disc cd player, interior layout.


Worst Features

Toyota has to look into consumer complaints.


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Good for daily driver, but not a racecar
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By atclate
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2003 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Bought this car used last year, and I've been driving it daily. Quite reliable, especially because the engine has been used by Toyota for quite some years. However, since the engine is old technology, there are much more powerful engines and transmissions out there. Gas mileage is not good enough, compared to the new V6s out there. Automatic transmission is not responsive enough, loses power starting second gear. Interior is very comfortable though. Cannot find another car this soft and comfy except maybe American cars. Sound system is only better than average. Ride is floaty at high speed, suspension is comfortable but too soft for spirited driving. User features are limited.


Best Features

Comfortable seats. Smooth acceleration. Quiet interior.


Worst Features

Larger armrest. Manual transmission for V6. Sports-tuned suspension. Steering wheel stereo control. Telescopic steering wheel.


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