I recently went on a 3 hour drive in my 2001 Solara V6 SLE and I think I am realizing how bad of a car it is. Now don't get me wrong. I like my Solara, but I recently drove a 98 BMW and a 04 Jaguar x-type and those cars had so much better steering feel and response and they had a lot more low end torque. I honestly don't care about the badge or status, but you can't get away from the fact that BMW and Jaguar make quality drivers cars. Toyota can make sports cars too like the recent LFA and the MR2 and lets not forget the Supra or even the amazing 86 aka FR-S. So, lets get to what I don't like about the Solara. The steering is too "light" I can turn the wheel with my index finger, the steering is less responsive than a drunk homeless guy. The engine's power band is about from 3200 to 6000 RPM so there is hardly any low end torque. The ride is terrible. It's so soft that I'm constantly thinking the car is going to float away. At the same time, when I run over a railroad crossing or hit a pothole, the car bounces pretty badly. I could go on for hours nitpicking at all the things I don't like about the car. I'm even getting tired of the styling. I don't think it would be so bad if the headlights weren't as weirdly shaped. And the fog lights...why couldn't they have been circle instead of a wedge shape. But you didn't come here to hear me complain about the car, you came here to answer my question, and here it is.
Should I spend more money buying a new steering rack, coilovers, mods for a little bit more horsepower, a new exhaust system, and other suspension parts to make the suspension stuffer? Or....should I save my money for 1 or 2 years so I can buy a used BMW or any other car? I mean I don't know if spending all that money on aftermarket parts is worth it or if I should use the money for parts to buy a "new" used car. Please give me some advice and thank you so much!
- Just Licensed SolaraGuy
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