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Old 02 Jan 2005, 11:37 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I just purchased an almost new (3,500 miles) pearl white Solara SLE
convertible. I test drove several other brands, traded in a 96 Sebring conv.
at 135,000 miles, and this car had the least number of annoying design
features of all of them.
One is the use of those head rests in the back seat. Nice size rear window,
like my 96, but only about 1 sq ft is visible. No one ever sits back there,
can they be removed temporarily, store them on the floor and reinstall when
someone gets back there?
The other thing is the total lack of a door bumper strip. The sides of the
car are completely nude, waiting for someone to drive the edge of their door
into it at the shopping center first chance they get. I was thinking of
having one put on at a body shop. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
Rick


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Old 02 Jan 2005, 03:20 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I've used Dent Wizard for dings when paint isn't damaged. They guarantee
perfection or you don't pay. So I don't worry about dings any more. Most
of the time paint is not damaged.


"Rick" <rich-not-@rauth.com> wrote in message
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> Hi all,
> I just purchased an almost new (3,500 miles) pearl white Solara SLE
> convertible. I test drove several other brands, traded in a 96 Sebring
> conv. at 135,000 miles, and this car had the least number of annoying
> design features of all of them.
> One is the use of those head rests in the back seat. Nice size rear
> window, like my 96, but only about 1 sq ft is visible. No one ever sits
> back there, can they be removed temporarily, store them on the floor and
> reinstall when someone gets back there?
> The other thing is the total lack of a door bumper strip. The sides of the
> car are completely nude, waiting for someone to drive the edge of their
> door into it at the shopping center first chance they get. I was thinking
> of having one put on at a body shop. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
> Rick
>



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Old 03 Jan 2005, 12:30 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Sun, 2 Jan 2005 12:37:16 -0500, "Rick" <rich-not-@rauth.com> wrote:

>Hi all,
>I just purchased an almost new (3,500 miles) pearl white Solara SLE
>convertible. I test drove several other brands, traded in a 96 Sebring conv.
>at 135,000 miles, and this car had the least number of annoying design
>features of all of them.
>One is the use of those head rests in the back seat. Nice size rear window,
>like my 96, but only about 1 sq ft is visible. No one ever sits back there,
>can they be removed temporarily, store them on the floor and reinstall when
>someone gets back there?
>The other thing is the total lack of a door bumper strip. The sides of the
>car are completely nude, waiting for someone to drive the edge of their door
>into it at the shopping center first chance they get. I was thinking of
>having one put on at a body shop. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
>Rick
>

If the headrests are held by metal posts and can be raised up and
down, they can be removed.

As for the door guards, it's a concern for me too on my cars. If you
decide to have one put on, keep in mind of the aesthetics. I don't
know what color your car is, but an all black guard may be the least
obtrusive looking.
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Old 03 Jan 2005, 06:24 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Viperkiller" <nothing@nunya.net> wrote in message
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On Sun, 2 Jan 2005 12:37:16 -0500, "Rick" <rich-not-@rauth.com> wrote:

>Hi all,
>I just purchased an almost new (3,500 miles) pearl white Solara SLE
>convertible. I test drove several other brands, traded in a 96 Sebring
>conv.
>at 135,000 miles, and this car had the least number of annoying design
>features of all of them.
>One is the use of those head rests in the back seat. Nice size rear window,
>like my 96, but only about 1 sq ft is visible. No one ever sits back there,
>can they be removed temporarily, store them on the floor and reinstall when
>someone gets back there?
>The other thing is the total lack of a door bumper strip. The sides of the
>car are completely nude, waiting for someone to drive the edge of their
>door
>into it at the shopping center first chance they get. I was thinking of
>having one put on at a body shop. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
>Rick
>

If the headrests are held by metal posts and can be raised up and
down, they can be removed.

As for the door guards, it's a concern for me too on my cars. If you
decide to have one put on, keep in mind of the aesthetics. I don't
know what color your car is, but an all black guard may be the least
obtrusive looking.
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The car is a pearly mettalic white. I am looking for a competent body shop
for help in choosing the right one.
The rear seat headrests, at first glance, do not go up or down, and appear
firmly attached.
Other unusual un-features include no trunk keyhole (gotta carry the fat fob
around) and no equalizer or fader controls on the "better" radio. It seems
to have every other control imaginable but those. We tried out the back seat
clearance yesterday and the bottom cushions felt like sitting on slabs of
marble. Not many people will sit back there, but what were they thinking??
Rick


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Old 03 Jan 2005, 07:52 pm   #5 (permalink)
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>The car is a pearly mettalic white. I am looking for a competent body shop
>for help in choosing the right one.
>The rear seat headrests, at first glance, do not go up or down, and appear
>firmly attached.
>Other unusual un-features include no trunk keyhole (gotta carry the fat fob
>around) and no equalizer or fader controls on the "better" radio. It seems
>to have every other control imaginable but those. We tried out the back seat
>clearance yesterday and the bottom cushions felt like sitting on slabs of
>marble. Not many people will sit back there, but what were they thinking??
>Rick
>

A pretty Car If I do say...............
I am a bit put off by many manufacturers doing away with key entry to
all openings...................I see lots of cars with only a drivers
side key locked door. What a starnge thing to cut corners on.
The JBL system is pretty much set for best audio "quality" on the new
Camry. I kinda like to be able to adjust a fader also, as I am 6' and
have to move the seat farther back than lots of folks,...........many
times all the way back. In my camry it's at the rear stop. I
regretfully offer this up as a lame explanation for the hard back
seats.................they built this car for one or two people, with
a pair of ( and I use the term *pair of* loosely ) seats available in
case of *need* , not enjoyment.
What were they thinking?????............I suspect they were
thinking,........"Hell, Who cares what it feels like? Those retards'll
buy 'em anyway."
I am not calling you a "Tard" just giving my impression of their
thoughts............kind of as a joke more than anything, as I believe
they probably did an awful lot of what they call *market research*,
before they actually went to production.

P.S. I might be looking for a solid paintable side mould , or a really
wide *chrome* one to help with the door ding issue.




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Old 04 Jan 2005, 01:20 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I work the uh...."people" that brought you the solara. When We first saw
the thing, We were wondering why they didnt chrome plate the roll bar?
However just "fyi", the rool bars are part of the structural support. The
bars are welded to the flat piece that goes the width of the upper back
that attached to the wheel houses on each side. You would ahve to cut
them out and hope you never roll the car.
As an eployee, sometimes we wonder what they are thinking as well. Any
other question?

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I work the uh...."people" that brought you the solara. When We first saw
the thing, We were wondering why they didnt chrome plate the roll bar?
However just "fyi", the rool bars are part of the structural support. The
bars are welded to the flat piece that goes the width of the upper back
that attached to the wheel houses on each side. You would ahve to cut
them out and hope you never roll the car.
As an eployee, sometimes we wonder what they are thinking as well. Any
other question?

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Old 04 Jan 2005, 06:27 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I'm guessing you mean that the rear headrests are part of the roll bar
structure? They sure feel that way. I tried lifting or moving them, and they
are really solidly in place.
There is no overhead roll bar (as I know them) to be seen on this
convertible.
Dont get me wrong, I love the car, but a trunk keyhole, side bumper strips,
more comfortable seats, and a visible rear window are no-brainers, in my
opinion. Seems style won out over function here.
Rick


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I work the uh...."people" that brought you the solara. When We first saw
the thing, We were wondering why they didnt chrome plate the roll bar?
However just "fyi", the rool bars are part of the structural support. The
bars are welded to the flat piece that goes the width of the upper back
that attached to the wheel houses on each side. You would ahve to cut
them out and hope you never roll the car.
As an eployee, sometimes we wonder what they are thinking as well. Any
other question?


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Old 18 Jan 2005, 01:44 pm   #9 (permalink)
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wait till you see what they did with the new Avalon. uhhhh?

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Old 18 Jan 2005, 06:48 pm   #10 (permalink)
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I have been looking at photos I have captured on the
alt.binaries.pictures.autos group, (take a look , they have several
angles and interior) and am not sure what to think of the Avalon for
'05 yet. I like the rearend.........The front is looking a lot like a
Camry crossed with an Acura product, .........say the TL or something.
Not all that bad outside. Inside however I am not amused with wood
products lately , and this car is no exception. I doubt it'll be easy
to get one without the wood treatments, but I will look into that. I
am certainly interested in the Avalon as a next car............not set
on it, but it is a very luxurious possibility. So far the Lexus ES300
is more likely, unless they munge it up really bad next year.

>wait till you see what they did with the new Avalon. uhhhh?




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