Difficulty Getting Solara

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Old 11 Jun 2006, 09:32 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Why is it so difficult to get a manual transmission Solara Sport SE? The
default transmission is a manual, but the dealer says getting one is almost
impossible. Why is this? Would it be better to go to Kentucky and pick up
the car from the factory (if made in Kentucky).

Tony


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Old 13 Jun 2006, 11:02 am   #2 (permalink)
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"ajocius" <ajocius@insightbb.com> wrote in message
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> Why is it so difficult to get a manual transmission Solara Sport SE? The
> default transmission is a manual, but the dealer says getting one is
> almost impossible. Why is this? Would it be better to go to Kentucky and
> pick up the car from the factory (if made in Kentucky).
>
> Tony

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I may be able to give some definitive information about these matters,
because about
three weeks ago I took the factory tour at Georgetown KY. 100% of all
Solaras
for worldwide sales are made at Georgetown, as are 100% of Avalons and 80%
of
Camrys....even the right hand drive edtiions made for right hand drive
countries.
All the cars made at Georgetown are sold to the Toyota Sales Corporation,
which
handles distribution, so chances of picking up a car at the factory are none
and none.
If anyone is in the vicinity of Kentucky, it's a real eye opener to visit
the plant and see
how the cars are made....you'll be able to see everything but the painting
department,
which is closed even to other plant "team members", due to two factors - the
fumes
require that only properly equipped (with respirators) employees work there,
and the
second factor is a surprising one - if visitors were allowed in, the
possible fumes from
people's perfumes and aftershaves would possibly contaminate the paints!
They crank out two cars every 55 seconds there, and each operation in the
assembly
is timed to a 55 second schedule, with two exceptions - the painting, which
takes hours
to dry, and the installation of the Solara convertible top, for which ten
minutes is allowed.
It's a great place to work, because among other benefits, if you have a
perfect attendance
record for one year, your name goes into a hat with all others with perfect
attendance
records, and 15 of the names are pulled, and 15 new Toyotas are given away
to these 15,
and Toyota even picks up the sales taxes, and pays the registration on the
free cars!
Over 10,000 people work at the plant, about 1/4 with college degrees, about
1/4 are
female, and less than 1% are Japanese. They make most of the vehicles
there, from
parts made by about 80 suppliers in 33 states of the US. They even
fabricate the plastic
bumpers and their reinforcement at the plant, having found out that they
could make them
cheaper and better than their former suppliers. An amazing place to visit.
They even have
the first car made there in 1988, a white Camry, in the lobby.


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