Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara

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2004 Toyota Camry Solara

Pros

  • Unsurpassed build quality, smooth and efficient drivetrains, stylish interiors, high-quality materials throughout, extensive safety features.

Cons

  • Average performance credentials, middle-of-the-road styling, can't get the V6 with a manual transmission.

Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara for Sale

Toyota Camry Solara 2004 SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
93,132 miles
Used 2004
Toyota Camry Solara
SE
List$5,042
Est.Loan: $103/mo
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Toyota Camry Solara 2004
116,025 miles
Used 2004
Toyota Camry Solara
SE
Dotcom Auto
8.3 mi away
List$5,335
Est.Loan: $109/mo
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Toyota Camry Solara 2004 SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
213,247 miles
Used 2004
Toyota Camry Solara
SE V6
List$4,580
Est.Loan: $94/mo
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Toyota Camry Solara 2004 SE Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
118,135 miles
Used 2004
Toyota Camry Solara
SE Sport V6
ListNot Listed
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The new standard for elegance, refinement and value in the midsize coupe and convertible segment, but it's better enjoyed from the inside.

2004 Highlights

The Camry Solara is all new for 2004. It features a sleek new design, a larger optional V6 and a revamped interior with additional features and a more upscale look.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Toyota Camry Solara.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Complete Lemon
KevinP,02/26/2009
The car has been to the shop 23 times in the last 4 years. There was a short in the electrical system in the first month that Toyota didn't find that caused many other problems. Worst Dealer ever, worst car ever. The car understeers heavily, too little grip for fun handling, I average 23 mpg. I bought this because I thought the Passat was unreliable. I will be trading this piece of crap in for a Saab this week. VW and Toyota need to be taught what customer service is.
Design Flaws in my Toyota Convertible
Nancy Yanes Hoffman,09/07/2004
1.NO TAPE DECK! Tape deck removed and replaced with useless map guide. 2. Passenger front seat is not electric. 3. Neither trunk nor passenger door can be opened with a KEY. Can only be opened from INSIDE the car. 4. Huge pillowed blocks bar rear-view visibility. Even with cushions removed, rear bar hinders visibility. 5. Only one electronic key given at purchase. 6. Coffee holders not firm and secure. Coffee always spills over. 7. Clock not brightly back-lit and poorly placed. You can't read the time from the driver's seat. 8. Virtually no room between front and back seats, which make the back seat useless. 9. CD only plays one CD at a time.
Would buy again!
Frank,10/07/2008
Soft ride, comfortable seats, fair gas mileage, not a road racer, great looking, not costly to run or own, the ladies love it with the top down, large trunk space, easy low cost upkeep, always starts, quiet as a convertible can be, 10 second top up or down, interior build quality is excellent.
Toyota Solara SLE convertible
ross333,01/05/2006
There is a problem with rear view visibility from the drivers seat with the top up. The rear seat head restraints all so block vision out of small rear window. The Toyota body is not stiff enough with out the unit body roof, this makes the convertible a bit unstable on all but super smooth road surface. You get a lot of shake car needs improved body supports.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
225 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
225 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

More about the 2004 Toyota Camry Solara
More About This Model

First introduced four years ago as a more sophisticated sister to the Camry family sedan, the Solara coupe has quietly enjoyed the reputation of most Toyota vehicles — reliable, well built and inoffensive-looking. For most types of vehicles, such qualities would be considered desirable, if not optimal, but when it comes to coupes you would hope that sporty, stylish and fun would figure in there as well.

With the debut of the second-generation 2004 Solara, Toyota has made an attempt to bring some of those more desirable elements to its midsize coupe. The suspension has been retuned for better handling, a larger V6 offers more power and, although the looks are still cut to appeal to a wide-ranging audience, there are enough new lines to separate it from the slab-sided Camry sedan on which it is based. The result is a second-generation Solara that manages to add a significant measure of fun without sacrificing the traditional elements that made it so appealing the first time around.

Three trim levels are now offered to better target the Solara's broad-based audience. The base SE can be equipped with either a four-cylinder engine and a manual or automatic transmission or an automatic-only V6. Although well-appointed with standard features like ABS brakes, side airbags, keyless entry and a six-speaker CD stereo among others, the SE is actually $245 less expensive than last year's model, which had a base price of $19,120.

For those craving a more involved driving experience, Toyota has added an SE Sport model that steps up the performance quotient with stiffer springs, sport-tuned shocks and standard 17-inch wheels and tires. An exterior body kit adds a few more edges to the outside while the interior gets black graphite trim, a unique gauge design, a leather-covered steering wheel and aluminum-trimmed pedals. Four-cylinder SE Sport models with the five-speed manual transmission start at $20,615 while V6-equipped versions start at $22,945.

The top-of-the-line SLE trim is now offered on both four- and six-cylinder models and features a luxury carlike list of amenities. Automatic climate control, a power driver seat, a premium JBL audio system and a sunroof are just a few of the many features that come standard on all SLE models. Adding the V6 engine not only gets you more power, it also adds full leather seating and 17-inch alloy wheels. Four-cylinder versions start at $22,995; the V6 adds another $3,000 to the starting price.

Front and rear side curtain airbags and a rear spoiler are optional on all trim levels. SE four-cylinders can be upgraded with a power driver seat and a moonroof while the SE V6 and SE Sport models can be further upgraded with an upgraded JBL sound system. All SLEs can be ordered with a touch-screen DVD navigation system but Toyota's electronic stability and traction control system is only offered on the SLE V6.

All trim levels benefit from a new interior design that is both better-looking and more tightly constructed than before. Silver metallic accents contrast with unique green translucent plastic on the stereo and shift bezel to give the interior a noticeably more distinctive look than standard Camry sedans. SLE models are fitted with high-quality wood trim that looks as though it was pulled directly from higher-line Lexus models, and panel gaps are so tight you would be hard-pressed to slide a business card between them let alone find any misalignment or fitment issues.

Materials quality is excellent throughout and the placement of the controls gives little cause for complaint. Satellite steering wheel buttons have been added this time around for easier manipulation of the audio system and the latest Toyota navigation system sets the standard for its ease of use and the sheer amount of information it can provide.

While previous Solaras leaned heavily in favor of ride comfort over performance, the completely revamped suspension of this year's model delivers a more balanced combination of the two. Additional efforts to reduce noise and vibration give the Solara a luxury-car feel while the retuned springs and sway bars reduce the constant dipping and swaying that plagued the previous model. The SE Sport model is particularly impressive as it is able to carve through corners quickly with solid road feel and little body roll while still managing to retain a comfortable ride quality on rough streets. It's still not a performance coupe, but there's some measure of fun to be had should you feel the urge.

The standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is a direct carryover from last year's model and remains rated at 157 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. With the help of variable valve timing, the smooth four provides adequate power over a wide range of engine speeds and up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway when coupled with the five-speed manual transmission.

Bigger news comes in the six-cylinder department as the optional V6 now displaces 3.3 liters and offers 225 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, up from 198 and 212, respectively. Coupled with a new five-speed automatic transmission, the modest gains shave a full second off the Solara's previous 8-second 0-to-60-mph time, according to Toyota.

Pushed hard up a winding mountain road, the Solara moves smoothly through the gears, but there's not much urgency in its pace. With little noise and even less vibration, there's rarely a sense that the engine is working hard, but illegal speeds come quickly enough that careful attention to the redesigned gauges remains necessary. A manual shift gate for the five-speed automatic is a welcome improvement, but until a real shift-it-yourself gearbox is available with the V6, the Solara will be denied true driver's coupe status.

Not that such a shortcoming matters much, as the Solara has never been about appeasing the true enthusiast anyway. It's a car for those who want the dependability and simplicity of a Camry sedan dressed in a more appealing and athletic package. With its newfound power, more elegant interior and sharper handling, the Solara delivers on those promises in a way that will delight repeat buyers and surprise the newcomers.

Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara Overview

The Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A), SE Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A), SE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A), SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M), and SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara?

Price comparisons for Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara trim styles:

  • The Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara SE is priced between $5,042 and$5,335 with odometer readings between 93132 and116025 miles.
  • The Used 2004 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 is priced between $4,580 and$4,580 with odometer readings between 213247 and213247 miles.

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