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2008 Toyota Camry Solara

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08 Solara SE 4 Hardtop
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Rob from Martinsburg
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


Review

I bought this car for a great price towards the end of February. It's not the top of the line model but it has the moonroof, 6 disc, and the alarm system. Yes, there is some tranny lag and no, I haven't yet taken it in for the re-flash as I don't think that it will affect it much anyway. I've found that the slow shifts do not occur when the shifter is in manual shift mode & I'm having a blast shifting in manual through town and when merging. Gas MPG has improved @30 MPG combined with 4200 miles which is very acceptable being that my 05 XB gets 33 mpg. The Solara rides very smooth, the front strut tie bar keeps the front end flat and the trunk is huge. Headlights are great & cd display dim.


Favorite Features

Seat comfort, ride, handling, and MPG. I like that the gas tank is 18.5 gal for extended cruising. Headlight distance is excellent. Very quiet ride with the windows and roof closed. Lighted Gauge display is cool and 6 disc is good for road trips. LED tail lights and the exterior styling superb.


Suggested Improvements

Dim radio display, tranny lag, and no standard power seat on the SE model. USB input for the head unit should be standard. Rear seat armrest would be nice addition. Stock Michelin MVX4 tires are middle of the road performance at best. They don't grip particularly well in hard turns but ride smooth.


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End of the line
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By GM
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I had reservations about buying a car I knew was no longer being manufactured. However, there simply is not a convertible out there that provides the smoothness, comfort, feature set, and room anywhere near this price point. And the close-out incentives were certainly compelling. This car is not about driving excitement. Freeway curves easily taken at 80 in my 3-series need to be adjusted down to 60 in the Solara. Acceleration is good, but not dramatic. However, everything about this car exudes refinement - whisper-quiet Lexus grade engine, solid thunk of the trunk, smooth switch gear, damped cup holder cover, efficient top mechanism.


Favorite Features

Feels rich, high feature content, expected Toyota reliability, quiet, comfortable, roomy, smooth, night sky above


Suggested Improvements

Massive blind spots, small rear window, need automatic panel to hide folded top mechanism (like my old Audi)


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Auto Trans lags badly
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By Torx55
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


Review

The auto trans is very very slow to downshift, in fact, there is at least a 2-3 second lag when you push the accelerator, to the power getting to the wheels. The motors revs then trans engages. Dealer loaded the new ECM software, but it made little if any difference. Dealer said he did all he could and the trans is considered fixed and normal by Toyota. Sure shocks me if Toyota engineers consider this normal. If you get one, be careful when pulling into traffic or when quick acceleration is necessary. The trans will scare you. I won't keep this Toyota for 150K miles as I did with the car I sold to get this 08. Very disappointing.


Favorite Features

Exterior, quiet ride, looks.


Suggested Improvements

Badly needs a redesigned auto trans. Radio dial hard to see during the day.


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Comfortable Convertible
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Former Bmwer owner
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is a very comfortable convertible and can actually hold two people in the back seat! The car has enough power for most situations. The trunk is great (roomy) for a convertible. Needs automatic seat adjustment, larger rear window, and a better navigation system. The navigation system will tell you to turn once you are past the turn!


Favorite Features

Comfort of the seats, roominess of the trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Have to continually adjust the seat if there is more than one driver. Visibility is POOR through the back window. Wish it had the navigation system in my Toyota Avalon - the one in the Solara is not good!


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Somewhat Disappointed
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By xwxman
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


Review

Disappointed that the new engine and trans needs a TSB update (0068-08) to fix poor shifting and acceleration. Disappointed that the radio display is very weak/dim and unviewable with sunglasses. Disappointed that the brakes grab and are noisy. Disappointed with rattles and squeaks that have already cropped up.


Favorite Features

Looks and style, good MPG, minimal maintenance required and large trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Make the radio display brighter. Bring back the coin holder. Turn signal flasher needs to be louder.


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