Used Toyota Solara Convertible

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A: thats pretty high dollars for a car with 115,000 miles but then again it is a toyota so it will last you along time if you baby and take care of the car and i wouldnt recommend getting a convertible unless its hardtop because someone car rip through it or it gets old and crunchy either way you would be paying for another soft top

Q: Does anybody know when the Toyota Solara Convertible was redisgned? I don’t like the sloped back.?
I want to buy a used solara convertible before the redesign.

A: The redesign was in 2004. The oldest solara convertible you can get is 2000. So, you’ll be looking for 2000-2003 convertible (2002 and 2003 are designed slightly differently than 2000 and 2001.)

Q: Should I get a used Toyota Solara or Nissan Maxima?
I can’t afford a new car right now, so I would like a cheaper used car. I really like the Toyota Solara (not the convertible) and the Nissan Maixima and have found some with low miles and great prices. Which is a better choice?

A: do you need 2 or 4 doors ?? the maxima is a larger car . the Solara comes in 4 cyl and v6 trim levels so do you need power or better gas mileage. the v6 in the 02 -08 Maxima is a very powerful engine .
i agree with others the Solara is more sporty looking .
don’t forget to check car insurance rates before you buy . many happy miles to ya !!

Q: 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible Top Rear Window Stuck?
I bought a 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible a few months ago (used, as is – no problems so far) and I yesterday when I went to put the top back up, the rear window got stuck and tore from the top. I tried putting some epoxy glue on it but the glass was too heavy, it didn’t work. I was out of town and didn’t want any rain coming in so I taped it up with some Gorilla tape and that held it up for the majority of the 10 hour car ride home. My question is how do I go about getting this fixed. I do not believe I should need a new top or new window, as they are both in good condition. Is there a stronger glue I can try or who do I take it to (what type of auto repair shop, glass or upholstery or someone else) get it fixed? Also, about how much should this cost? Thanks for the help.

A: Let’s lay some groundwork here. Your top and window unit are two separate parts. If you removed the top, the entire window unit would remain on the car. The window unit consists of the glass and the material surrounding it that enables one to attach the glass to the car.
You say that your window got “Stuck” and “Tore” from the top. Was the glass unit in good shape? If so, the first step is to find out why it got stuck. Did it really “Tear” the material? If so, you need a window unit and some frame repairs.
Was the glass coming loose from the cloth and jammed somewhere? That is not unusual and is addressed by replacing the window unit, about $225.00, in the box at info@topgunwon.com. Re-gluing it almost never works. When it does, it seldom lasts long. If you insist on trying it, this is how you do it. Remove the window unit from the car. On a workbench, position the glass in the cloth pocket of the window unit. Fill the pocket with the same urethane adhesive that is used to glue windows to cars. Get it from a glass shop. Clamp the material to the glass. How you do that is your call. You will probably have to be inventive, Let it set for 36 hours. Reinstall the window unit.

Q: HELP please! 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible SLE w/72,250 mi for $7,300 with clean title/history. Should I buy?
My current car is not dead, but is having problems. I used to have a Toyota and I loved it so I was thinking about purchasing one in the near future. I looked around and found a nice-looking convertible Solara with 72,250 miles on it through eBay for $7,300 (about $2000 below Bluebook. I ran a car history report and it was clear and I’ve asked the seller a bunch of questions and he seems nice and answered all my questions. But the car is 1,300 miles away and I’d have to buy it without seeing it. I really want the car, but I am extremely nervous about purchasing it this way! Do you think I should go ahead and buy it???

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280335995410&sspagename=STRK%3AMEDWX%3AIT&viewitem=

Here is the link to the car. I have checked kbb.com and ran a car history report and read reviews on reliability and it seems like a good deal. I can’t find many Solara convertibles for sale in my area.

A: Yeah, never a good idea to buy a car without test driving it. I’m sure the guy is nice, but you’re not gonna know if the brakes suck or if the windows don’t work or open or if there’s rust or any of that stuff unless you check it out yourself.

Here, I found a Solara in my zip code, not as cheap as that price, but plug in your zip code for accuracy. At least with this, you can see the car in person before buying and still save some money:

http://www.carsala.com/configurator/#Config=03e563befb60abca033e6e135f8bef5d%2Cindex

Q: Is $21,000 a lot for a car for a 16-year-old?
Many of my friends have cars that are 40k, and my parents are arguing about 21,000.

I wanted to get a used Toyota Solara Convertible.
Is this a lot of money for a car?
I guess I’ll have to wait a while for a car then. I don’t have TIME for a job. I’m in 5 AP classes, 2 honor classes, and 6 clubs.

A: I personally think it’s really fun to find a cool used car with money you saved yourself. When I was 16 I had saved up about $2000 and I found a really nice 1990 Ford Mustang GT for that price. I had so much pride since I saved up for the car myself.

Q: Used (2005-2008) Toyota dealers in California?
Im looking for a solara convertible, I need to find a dealership that sells pre owned cars other than carmax…..

A: Go to any Toyota dealer. All Toyota dealers sell pre-owned & Toyota certified pre-owned cars. Solara convertibles are hard to come by. Therefore, there may be a premium on getting one. Your best bet with getting any deal would be to go there toward the end of the month (when the dealers are trying to clear stock). Good luck, and I hope you get the one you want!!

Q: Toyota convertible top care?
The owners manual warns do not use water resistant sealer on the convertible top. Why? Should the water just soak into the fabric and not bead up? 2004 Solara

A: If it is a canvas-type fabric top, I would recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant. It’s available at many marine outlets and pool/spa stores. It’s a great product for rubber, vinyl and outdoor fabrics.

Q: which is the better car for a girl?

http://autos.yahoo.com/used-cars/ford-mustang-cars321657766?page=15&modelyearlb=2009&askpriceub=any&askpricelb=any&deliverymileageub=any&deliverymileagelb=any&sortcol=price&sortdir=up&location=Conyers%2C+GA+30013&listingtype=used&model=mustang&make=ford&distance=75

or

http://autos.yahoo.com/used-cars/toyota-camry_solara-cars316608386?bodystyle=convertible&sortcol=price&sortdir=up&modelyearlb=2005&askpriceub=any&askpricelb=any&deliverymileageub=any&deliverymileagelb=any&location=Conyers%2C+GA+30013&listingtype=used&model=camry_solara&make=toyota&distance=50

I am 17 years old and im looking for my first car. I want a car with good gas mileage and a good price.

A: For a girl, both cars are fine. But I’m sure you can find nicer cars in your price range. By my observation you live in Georgia so Ive found some luxury cars that you might be paying the same for as the Mustang or the Solara. I’m assuming your price range is $16,000- 17,000 by the price tag of the cars you have shown us so here’s a few, hope this helps or at least gives you new ideas.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/ctd/1381148213.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/1374255146.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/1378119975.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/ctd/1381854223.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/ctd/1380589602.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/1371770571.html

Q: Whats the best first car for me?
What is the best first car for me?

I have narrowed down my selection to a couple used vehicles and a couple new vehicles. I love sporty convertibles but will not get one unless it comes with a power retractable hardtop. I live in washington otherwise known as the rain state so that is why I want the hardtop. Power is not important to me. I want a reliable vehicle that gets above average gas mileage.
I have chosen a used 2006 Lexus SC430 used for $22,000.00 with 9,000 miles, a used 2006 Lexus RX400h hybrid $ 24,500.00 with 15,000 miles, a used 2006 toyota highlander hybrid $26,000.00 with 22,000 miles on it, for new I have a toyota solara coupe, Volkswagen eos, or the ford escape hybrid.
I love the idea of a hybrid but love a convertible hardtop. I have saved my money since I was 6 and I am now 15 so this car is important to me. Any opinions

A: hybrids are very good vehicles
and convertibles are pretty much summer cars
when buying a car…. u have to consider every aspect
gas prices are goin up
and convertibles arent too good to drive in the winter
but it depends on where ur living
honestly i would go with the highlander hybrid
theyre good suvs and reliable, also parts are cheap

Q: What is the best first car for me?
What is the best first car for me?

I have narrowed down my selection to a couple used vehicles and a couple new vehicles. I love sporty convertibles but will not get one unless it comes with a power retractable hardtop. I live in washington otherwise known as the rain state so that is why I want the hardtop. Power is not important to me. I want a reliable vehicle that gets above average gas mileage.
I have chosen a used 2006 Lexus SC430 used for $22,000.00 with 9,000 miles, a used 2006 Lexus RX400h hybrid $ 24,500.00 with 15,000 miles, a used 2006 toyota highlander hybrid $26,000.00 with 22,000 miles on it, for new I have a toyota solara coupe, Volkswagen eos, or the ford escape hybrid.
I love the idea of a hybrid but love a convertible hardtop. I have saved my money since I was 6 and I am now 15 so this car is important to me. Any opinions

A: 1st off cudos for saving ur money for such long time.2nd i would try to test drive a few of those off ur list and see which i would like best as far as the way it handles and etc. Then u might be able to make a clearer choice

Q: What are your top 3 favorite convertibles? Do you like 2-seaters or 4-seaters?
I’m considering buying one. Really, I just commute in this car.
I only want to spend 15-20K on a used with low miles.
Here are some ideas I had.
Toyota: MR2, Solara
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Ford Mustang GT
Mazda Miata
Nissan 350Z
Mini Cooper
Honda S2000
Keep in mind, I’m a 38 year old white collar family man.
We have another family vehicle that seats 7.

A: If owning just one car, I would suggest a 4 passenger model. A two seater may seem sportier, but not as good a choice, especially with a family.
I have owned the Chrysler Sebring Conv., and liked it very much. The Toyota Solara impresses me as does the Mustang.

Q: i was wondering if you all could tell me everything you know about tuning up cars?
i plan on getting a hyundai tiburon gt, or maybe a later years honda prelude. a newish toyota solara maybe.
i’d like to know what any of you guys might do to them, and step-by-step, preferably. what you would change to improve it, preferences on different makes of parts, all of that stuff.

any other cars that could go well under tuning would be good, also…my parents car standards are somewhat strict. i’ll give you the general idea.
-no convertible roof.
-no mustangs, camaros, trans ams, etc. (nothing too “sporty”…i don’t know why they’re considering a tiburon.)
-no luxury cars (bmw, lexus, cadillac, etc.)
-used and within $10,500.
-airbags on front and passenger seats
you get the idea.

A: I could tell you everything I know about tuning up cars… How long have you got?

To a Hyundai Tiburon, or any other front wheel drive car for that matter, the thing you need to worry about most to achieve the best performance is traction – you can hot up the engine all you want, but you still won’t be able to accelerate much quicker than a standard car, because the harder you try to accelerate in a normal FWD car, the less grip you have to do so.

I would start with a good aftermarket limited slip differential centre. Then I would do some serious upgrading to the suspension (customised coilovers set up to your car, replacement of all rubber bushes wth polyurethane at the very least, even better is custom chrome-moly suspension arms with heim joint ends, thicker anti-roll bars, ‘track’ wheel alignment setup) then some lightweght forged magnesium wheels with fat and sticky tyres. Then big brakes and heavy-duty clutch upgrades, After that get into some serious weight reduction (carbon fibre body panelling, lexan windows, removal of un-necessary interior {incl. air-con and stereo} and sound deadening, replace front seats wth light weight race buckets, things like that).

Once all that is done, then go stupid with the engine. A complete build-up with much stronger componentry than stock to handle all the extra loads you’ll be putting through it after you turbo and nitrous the motor. You’ll probably also have to get an aftermarket gearset for your gearbox to cope with all the power.

You’ll be getting the 2.7 litre V6 right? The turbo off a Nissan RB25DETT should do you just fine for starters – with custom manifolding and supporting ancillaries you should be able to see 175-190 kW at the wheels out of the engine before you nitro it. With a bigger turbo and a properly set up nitrous kit, 300-325 reliable kWatw is fairly easily attainable. You just need lots of cash to pay for every thing, and a good workshop and engine tuner.

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