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.
1.NO TAPE DECK! Tape deck removed and
replaced with useless map guide.
2. Passenger front seat is not
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
6. Coffee holders not
firm and secure. Coffee always spills
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
9. CD only plays one CD at a time.
This is my second Solara Convertible. First was a 2001. The car is beautiful, dependable, and always attracts attention. Only real downside is the rearview visibility. Rear window is too small and the rear seat headrests are too big.
Bought previously owned (certified). Car drives/looks like the Lexus. I get lots comments from people mistaking it for the Lexus. I have noticed body shake/roll over rough roads but it is not uncontrolable. Better tires (V or Z- rated) make it more manageable. It's fun to drive, has lots of zip and still delivers around 25.5 mpg using regular/87 octane fuel (though the owners manual "recommends" 89 octane or higher). I usually put a tankfull of premium fuel once or twice a month. I only notice a slight difference in total performance (power & mileage). Overall, a very nice combination of great looks, excellent performance/handling and super reliability. Definitely would purchase again.