"I bought my 2000 Solara used with 113,000 miles on it. I have replaced the shocks, front tie rods, water pump and thermostat (preventative), and the cam cover gaskets. I can't think of anything else beyond plugs, oil, filters, brake pads, battery, and timing belt maintenance. Original parts include the starter, AC, automatic transmission, exhaust system, and the engine itself. The interior is leather and has also worn very well. I change my own oil and estimate it may burn 1/2 quart between 6,000 mile oil changes. I'm shooting for 400,000 miles."
Pros: "Mileage, almost all inclusive option list on SLE model"
Cons: "back seat entrance and exiting for taller people"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This has been the most amazing vehicle I've ever owned. It's been with us for 6 years (second owner) and not one time has it left us in a bind or wondering how quickly we should get rid of it. Terrific gas mileage, more than adequate amenities and power, and my favorite thing... Not one dollar spent on anything other than normal maintenance since the day it was brought home!!"
"I bought my 99 Solara in 04, with 96K miles. It is now over 355K miles. I have had to replace the motor for the power window on the driver's side, the starter once and other than the regular wear and tear on any vehicle it has been great having it. I just keep the regular oil changes, and it hasn't broken down on me (knock on wood). Everyone that drives it, loves it even though it's 15 years old. Drives smooth and for the price, I have definitely spent my money well. :)"
"Love Love Love this car. Only service beyond normal maintenance happened 1.5 years ago, had to replace the engine, cost about 1700.00 for a used one. Been running like a top otherwise before and since. Lots of get up and go, quick pick up - surprising for a 4 cyl. Gas milage is amazing - I averaged about 32 mpg - on those long trips to PA to visit family I even got 35 mpg! Tight handling, simple lines, comfortable interior, easy controls, cooled or heated up quickly."