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 |  Jun 11 2009, 11:26 AM

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Toyota has finally made the decision to stop producing the Solara Convertible. It’s not likely to be missed.

The Coupe model was discontinued last summer (in case you hadn’t noticed), but Toyota decided to keep up convertible production as there were no other drop-top models in the entire company’s vehicle lineup.

A few months later in December of ’08, Toyota then decided to pause production of the Camry-based vehicle, but retained its spot in the lineup, expecting a resurgence in sales for the summer of ’09. That never happened.

“I think there was some hope that eventually during the spring/summer months the market would bear a need,” said company spokesman Rick Hesterberg to Ward’s Auto. “We kept the tooling, just waiting to see, but that never came to fruition.”

The original Solara first came to market in 2000 and a second-generation of the car began for 2005. In that year Toyota sold almost 50,000 Solara models. Demand dropped to 40,000 in ’06, with 30,000 in ’07 and just over 20,000 in 2008.

The Solara Convertible is just the latest drop top to leave the market and is likely to be missed about as much as the PT Cruiser Convertible and Pontiac G6 Convertible. Other models that will bow out this year are the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Honda S2000.

Is the Sebring Convertible next?

[Source: WardsAuto]

  • John a

    Well, I have a 2003 Soara convertible and I love it. I think many of us will miss this car- a reliable, comfortable, near-luxury, 4 passenger, open-topped touring car. Where are the alternatives????

  • Brian

    I agree, the Solara was one of my favorite toyotas at one point. But the rumors were all true, so I guess its goodbye ):

  • ken mitchell

    What does Toyota expect? They have never advertised the Solara so most of those sales were “word of mouth” types!

  • Jerry Johnson

    I have an 06 solara convertible and i love the car. I for one would buy a new one if i could. 60k plus and runs great.

  • Jan D

    I still have my 2001 Solara Convertible w/218,000 miles and it runs great. Yesterday, a 2008 Solara Conv became avail to me through a friend of a friend, and I am considering buying it. I was so disappointed when they discontinued the model. It is a great little car, my all time favorite of cars I’ve had over the last 30 yrs. I find it hard to believe that anyone would knock it.

  • Bruce

    I for one am terribly disapointed that Toyota has discontinued the production of the Solara convertible, I was hoping to either purchase or lease one for my wifes’ birthday this year, we both loved this vehicle.

  • Wanda

    I’m disappointed that the solara was discontinue, what are toyota going to replace the solara with. They have to beat the honda accord coupe.

  • Jonathan

    We are very dissappointed the solara convertible is no longer made. Wife got one in 05 & loved it. She recently totaled it, and so we are looking to get a good used one (since new is not an option). No other convertible is as roomy (we have 2 kids). And the Sebring is not a good car (& is ugly).

  • MARYANN

    I have owned 3 Solara’s over the last 10 years, choosing to upgrade to the newest model every 3 years. I currently own a 2006 Solara Coupe. I only have 24,000 miles on it, and I love everything about it. I would like to buy a new car, but I am partial to Toyota; unfortunately they do not currently have anything on the market that I like. I hate SUV’s, and hate mini van’s even more. I want something that is sporty, but without the Solara in their line-up I guess I will have to go with another manufacturer. Listen up Toyota; there are a lot of people out there who do not have children (myself included) who want a nice sporty, good-looking vehicle like the Solara. Please come up with something comparable, or at the very least, start producing the Solara again.

  • Karen

    I agree with everyone above – it was a major mistake to stop production on the convertible version of this car. Advertising failed miserably. It’s a luxury vehicle at a great price; it gets 31 MPG – OMG!!!, and I can not tell you how many compliments I’ve received for the style alone – both inside the US, and in Europe – everyone LOVES it…BIG mistake. Many of us wanted to upgrade!!! :-(

  • Krish

    i know every one misses solara. as my self i have have 04 v6 solara whis still runs so smooth. runs like sports when you step on gas. saves lot of gas. i saw a review of 2012 solara. its not in production yet but i just dont know what toyota is doing. if they ever take out that 2012 solara, i will sure buy that. but i dont think toyota is going to do that.

  • Svallee69

    I take get offence to this article saying”it’s not likely to be missed”.  I have had my 2000 Solara Convertible for quite some time now and found it to be a wonderful and eye-catching car. Its reliability has been great.  Any half -baked writer could give his opinion without directly assulting a car.
     
    Sean

  • SteveinFL

    I waited years for my kids to grow up and trade my Sienna mini can on the Solara Convertible and now that I am ready it is gone.  Will not squander my money on the Lexus.  Toyota is probably loosing a good customer (my other car is an Avalon).

  • Jane

    I keep waiting for the Solara Convertible to come back. I have a 2000 Camry and my husband has a 2002 Camry. Guess we will go with the VW Eos. Really wanted another Toyota but I only want a convertible this time around.

  • Eeewellness

    I am in the the research stage as to what’s the best convertible to purchase/own.  I do want a Toyota, are convertibles going out of style ?

  • Colum Wood

    There’s aren’t a lot of convertibles on the market and no new ones from Toyota. The VW Eos is also set to be dropped, but will likely be replaced by a Golf Cabriolet. If you don’t go luxury, you’re left with a Camaro or Mustang convertible, Mazda Miata, Chrysler 200 Convertible, some of the MINIs and the Fiat 500C.

  • Krishana Couture

    Count me as disappointed too! In 2008 I drove a rental convertible Solara down the Pacific Coast highway – soooo smoooooth! Now that I’m in a position to buy one, new models don’t exist…guess I have to go back to Ford and buy another Mustang…

  • Robin

    I have a beautiful 08′ red with tan top only 39, 780 miles u can buy from me for $20K. That what the cadillac dealer is offering me.
    Robinstouch08@yahoo.com
    Robin

  • Marianne

    I love my 2005 Solara convertible! I do not want to get anything else, it still runs great and I am so sorry they are discontinued. Who else makes a mid size convertible that is such a great looking car.

  • Cheryl

    I have a 2006 white with camel interior and I love it!! (40,000 miles.) The dealer always wants to buy it off of me……I wrote Toyota couple of years ago when I heard that they would not be making them and said that I could never find or see one on any car lots! Maybe that is the reason for not being able to sell more??? Just maybe Toyota if you make a car that is so sharp than get or make it available to people to see so they can buy!! I saw one on the road and than started checking them out and still could not find one anywhere. Went to a dealer and they just by luck located one in Kentucky, brand new! I was thrilled and still am with the car. Men have come up to me and asked what kind of car is that. Really a great looking car. And women ask me also what kind of car is that??? Sharp. Yes, it tis! Toyota, lets get with coming out with a another beautiful, sexy, good running and riding Solara Convertible Car!!! Seems other car makers are still making convertibles. I will buy another convertible next time and if you don’t have a Solara to buy I will go elsewhere. You will lose this customer because you do not offer any and never advertised or had any on the lots. Too bad. A really great, sexy looking car and runs and rides like a charm. You guys just made one bad call here. Take notes and read all the people who like the car…their thoughts???? Hoping Toyota reads these thoughts from everyone. Once you are a owner of a Solara Convertible you are set in stone for another, and another!!

  • memytgrl1950

    I agree… I hate that Toyota stopped making convertibles and parts for the ones they made! I have a 1995 Toyota convertible, and we love it! We will never sell that car…We were going to get the Solara when it first came out, but had to get a mini van to take the grandchildren to and from school. I have been trying to buy new weather stripping for our 1995 and can’t find it anywhere. If anyone has any idea where I could find some weather stripping, please provide the information. thanks