Picked up a 2006 Solara SE 5-spd

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Old 29 May 2006, 01:23 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Picked up a 2006 Solara SE 5-spd

Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..

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Old 29 May 2006, 02:40 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Never love something that cannot love back.


"steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
> I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
> camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
> adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
> every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
> Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
> a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
> downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..
>



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Old 29 May 2006, 08:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
> I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
> camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
> adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
> every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
> Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
> a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
> downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..


Yeeha! Good to see others still enjoy driving a 5-spd (manual). Were you
able to find it or did another dealership do a locate for you? Was it a
good deal on the 5-spd?

Enjoy the new ride!
-Dave


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Old 30 May 2006, 12:12 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Picked up a 2006 Solara SE 5-spd

On Mon, 29 May 2006 11:23:39 -0700, steve-o wrote:

> Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
> I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
> camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
> adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
> every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
> Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
> a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
> downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..


Boy, are you asking the wrong question!

I still have my '85 Hachiroku (Corolla GTS twin cam...) and an '85 Celica.
The Celica will go if I can find someone to buy the engine, but the
Corolla will get restored probably next year. Best car I ever owned; I do
have an emotional attachment to it, and it is also a bit of a collector's
item (they are still very popular). Just can't bear to sell it off...

I believe the older Toyotas especially had a 'personality', and that each
model's personality was different. I like the 'personality' of my Corolla.
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Old 30 May 2006, 09:13 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Dave L wrote:
> "steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
> news:1148927019.568523.83910@u72g2000cwu.googlegro ups.com...
> > Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
> > I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
> > camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
> > adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
> > every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
> > Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
> > a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
> > downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..

>
> Yeeha! Good to see others still enjoy driving a 5-spd (manual). Were you
> able to find it or did another dealership do a locate for you? Was it a
> good deal on the 5-spd?
>
> Enjoy the new ride!
> -Dave

It was on the lot. the Dealers I contacted couldn't locate and told me
that none where built in APR or MAY.. I paid 20k including the platinum
-0 deductible warranty. I gave up the camry with the deal. It kept
going back and forth till I got up to leave and struck the deal. So I
did good. Ive been looking for a while now and I notice that they are
not flying out the door except for the convertible.. I test drove
accura, infiniti, accord coupe, both 4 and 6 cyl, civic. Just didn't
match the comfort/drive fit and finish of the Solara.

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Old 30 May 2006, 10:11 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> Dave L wrote:
>> "steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
>> news:1148927019.568523.83910@u72g2000cwu.googlegro ups.com...
>> > Finally bit the bullet, had a tough time finding the elusive 5-spd but
>> > I landed a silver (they call it Lunar Mist..)SE and traded in my '96
>> > camry coupe w/ 255,00 miles. Visability issues are remedied by
>> > adjusting the seats and steering wheel. Put around 500 miles and lovin'
>> > every minute of it. A true blast to drive with the stick. Kinda miss my
>> > Camry.. Is it wrong to feel a bond between an inanimate object such as
>> > a car that one owned for 8 years 255,000 miles and very little
>> > downtime? ..Keep in mind I'm forty-something..

>>
>> Yeeha! Good to see others still enjoy driving a 5-spd (manual). Were
>> you
>> able to find it or did another dealership do a locate for you? Was it a
>> good deal on the 5-spd?
>>
>> Enjoy the new ride!
>> -Dave

> It was on the lot. the Dealers I contacted couldn't locate and told me
> that none where built in APR or MAY.. I paid 20k including the platinum
> -0 deductible warranty. I gave up the camry with the deal. It kept
> going back and forth till I got up to leave and struck the deal. So I
> did good. Ive been looking for a while now and I notice that they are
> not flying out the door except for the convertible.. I test drove
> accura, infiniti, accord coupe, both 4 and 6 cyl, civic. Just didn't
> match the comfort/drive fit and finish of the Solara.


Yeah, some dealers are more willing to locate than others. I imagine the
5-speed definately would not be flying out the door. Fewer people know, or
are learning how to drive a manual nowadays. Newer shifting without the
clutch is not the same.

Often the dealers would rather strike a deal and make a small profit vs. no
profit. Situation would not be the same if the particular model was selling
really well.

Other cars you mentioned are excellent brands but the ride/comfort are tuned
differently. My guess is the other cars were a bit stiffer and less smooth
than the Camry.

Happy motoring!


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Old 31 May 2006, 06:00 pm   #7 (permalink)
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steve-o wrote:
> A true blast to drive with the stick.

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Since you've got the SE (sport) model with manual transmission, thought
you might like to see these comments which I found very helpful to
increase cornering control and improve handling plus general driving
enjoyment overall (not my words):

===================================
If weight transfer did not occur, traction would always be consistent,
and the car would be easy to drive quickly. Since weight transfer is
unavoidable, the next best thing is to cause the weight to transfer as
predictably as possible. This is done by driving smoothly. When you
apply the brakes, don't slam them on, progressively squeeze them on.
Squeeze into and out of the throttle. Turn the steering wheel gently,
and try to make only one turn of the wheel to achieve the arc you want
through the corner. As you accelerate out of the corner, unwind the
wheel as you squeeze on the throttle.



TRANSITIONS


The above does not mean that you do not use the brakes, the gas, or the
cornering ability of the car to their limits. It means you transition
between them gently, with touch, and in a way that minimizes how they
upset the car. In order to go really fast It is essential to first
become smooth and consistent in your handling of the car.

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Old 01 Jun 2006, 06:24 am   #8 (permalink)
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How much was it and how bout ur trade in price.

congratz

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http://www.golfer-review.com/m_toyot...camry-2000.htm

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Old 02 Jun 2006, 03:20 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
I paid 20k including the platinum
> -0 deductible warranty.

I would like to know more about this warranty. Many of them are not
worth the paper they are written on. They seem to promise everything,
but when they are needed, the insurer finds a catch clause that allows
them to avoid responsibility.

Will do a web search.


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Old 02 Jun 2006, 04:01 pm   #10 (permalink)
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<HLS@nospam.nix> wrote in message
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> "steve-o" <igt123@optonline.net> wrote in message
> I paid 20k including the platinum
>> -0 deductible warranty.

> I would like to know more about this warranty. Many of them are not
> worth the paper they are written on. They seem to promise everything,
> but when they are needed, the insurer finds a catch clause that allows
> them to avoid responsibility.
>
> Will do a web search.
>

Check out Toyota's Extra Care extended service contract - they do not have
nearly as many loopholes as the aftermarket ones do.
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