2003 Toyota Camry Solara Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
This car is awesome. Fun to drive, easy to handle. Brakes last a long time compared to my 99 Camry) Gas mileage zipping around town and freeway is 27 mpg with the 4 cyl 2.0 L has just enough power for me. I think Toyota missed the boat not offering a 4 cyl convertible anymore. I was really disappointed by this when their new convertible design came out.
The body style is classic and sleek. Convertible is fun, and gas mileage.
I love the car but do not drive it as much as I would like because of the safety issue. Extremely bad blind spots in trying to see what is behind you because of tall rear head seat supports and because of view from narrow rear window.
Do what it takes to give clear rear view with no blind spots.
Don't let the fact that the top goes down down fool you. Terrible JBL radio, lousy seats, lots of wind noise with the top up, busy HVAC controls, no stick, so so gas mileage, crappy center console is an elbow rest not an arm rest. Purchased this car for the wife cause she liked the way it looked with the top down, but after spending an hour driving it, she would rather drive her 10 year old jeep with 150,000 miles on it. This car may or not be reliable down the road, but it's a lot to put up with just for the sake of reliability.
Old Gen 1 styling, nice dead pedal even though no stick is available. Just goes to show, lavish fluff with little thought to practial excution.
See review. The gen 2s may have addressed some of these issues but the styling of the 04 and up leaves me numb.
This car is a blast. You cannot
believe how much car for the money.
Only complaint-lotsa problems with the
stereo. It was recalled for too much
base. They replaced the radio twice-
still sounded bad. Now they
disconnected the subwoofer and it is
tinny and not good. The dealership has
been wonderful but they dont know what
else to do. Also the hood paint chips
easily and the interior noise is I
guess somewhat typical of a
convertible. The car has a rear
blindspot too. If anyone has a solution
for the stereo problem please post!! Or
email me at Rbroesle@esboces.org
comfortable seats, roomy trunk, sporty
style, big backseat
I just wanted to share my experiences
with this car, it's so comfortable to
drive. My wife and I took a vacation
last year along the California
coastline, we took the scenic route with
the top down, driving this vehicle for
long periods of time was just a pure
pleasure, no backaches or problems with
I have to say it's just a wonderful fun
car to own, Toyota's legendary
reliability takes the worry away, the
depreciation is pretty low too.
Great Stereo system and wonderfully
Automatic roof covering system to
replace the manual wind cover.
Cruise Control re-sets when vehicle
stops, should remain in memory until
Rear passengers complained of seatbelts