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The Difference Between A Toyota Camry And A Toyota Solara

Between 1998 and 2009 Toyota had two models of its best selling car the Camry. There was the standard Toyota Camry and the Toyota Camry Solara, also known as the Toyota Solara.

While these two cars share similar features, there were also several notable differences. This article will cover the history of the Solara and how it is different from the Toyota Camry. Here is what you need to know.

Toyota Solara Beginnings

Toyota began manufacturing the Toyota Solara in 1998 as a two-door, sportier version of the Camry. The Toyota Solara was a replacement for the Toyota Camry Coupe. Toyota created the Toyota Camry Coupe four years earlier, to provide a sportier option for people considering buying a Camry. Its main competition was the Honda Accord Coupe, a mid-sized car with sporty features.

As a replacement for the Camry Coupe the Solara featured a four cylinder engine with slightly more power than a standard Camry engine. The model also featured an upgraded stereo as well as sport options. A few years after introduction, Toyota added a Solara convertible to its lineup of mid-sized cars.

Toyota Solara Performance

As noted earlier the Toyota Solara had slightly more power than the Camry. Toyota also offered a V-6 option in 2002 for better performance. In terms of gas mileage a typical Solara got between 19-23 miles per gallon for city driving and 26-33 miles per gallon for highway driving.

By comparison, the latest Toyota Camry gets similar gas mileage. It gets 22 miles per gallon for city driving and 33 miles per gallon for highway driving.

Toyota Solara Exterior

The most notable difference between the Solara and the Camry was the exterior. The Solara was a two door car whereas the Camry was a four door car. The Solara also featured more sportier trim options. The Solara also had a more streamlined look to its exterior.

As mentioned before the Solara also had a convertible option. The convertibles typically had V-6 engines in them.

Additional Features

With the Toyota Solara you could also get some additional features. Options included sport suspension and performance tires, leather upholstery as well as a six-disc CD changer. You could also get 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Later models of the Solara, featured Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, navigation systems and MP3 support.

Toyota Solara Discontinued

Despite its unique style, Toyota decided to discontinue the Solara from its Camry lineup in 2009. This was due to dropping sales over the years. There was not much demand for sportier mid-sized cars with convertible options.

How Your Surroundings Affect Your Life

To live a balanced lifestyle, you need to understand that your life is not only a reflection of your environment but also a response to it. Just like a mirror, what you do in the outside will affect what happens to you in the inside. And, just like the Law of Cause and Effect that you learned in physics, what you do will come back to you with the advantage that the repercussions of your acts will come back to you multiplied. Think of a boomerang. You throw it far away, it gathers energy and comes right back to you.

There are many examples of this fact, the more visible one being that if you eat healthy it shows in your skin, your hair, and your nails. They shine and exude life. On the contrary, if you drink too much soda and eat junk your skin breaks out, your nails break, your hair falls.

Whatever you eat will have its consequences not only on your skin but to your insides as well: your digestive system suffers, your liver poisons your blood, you arteries clog up, your whole system complains; chances are you may get sick, really sick.

Just like you do to Mother Earth, you must do to yourself. As a conscious person, you eat well, mostly organic; you recycle; your reuse your stuff; you donate that which you don’t need any more; you originate less garbage; you compost your discarded food; you respect the animals; you consume less; you lead a simpler and slower life; you use environment friendly cleaning products; you have a fuel-efficient automobile, and so on. In other words, you do your part as best as you can.

So what can you do for your immediate environment? Take a look at your life: are all its areas working as they should be? Like an engine, if one is not functioning properly, all others will suffer. So pay attention to your surroundings.

Regarding your living arrangements and your affairs, is your office clean of clutter or do you have paper all over the place: tables, chairs, desks, floors? Can you walk to your desk or do you have to jump clusters of papers? Is your correspondence in order and your bills paid? Is your sink filled with dirty dishes? Is your fridge clean? Do you clean after your pets or does your house smell of your pets’ urine? What covers your walls, pleasant pictures or nasty posters? Are your plants dying for lack of water?

Are your walls clean or do they need painting? Do you have any junk in your yard? How is your car? Cleaned outside and inside or do you have papers, old food, and empty water bottles all over the place? Is your house well ventilated and brightened by sunlight? Do you sleep with clean sheets? Do you spend your hours watching garbage on TV or doing something that is really good for your mind?

Regarding your appearance and your body, are your clothes clean and mended or are they missing buttons and have holes in them? How about your underwear? Do you fit your clothes? Do they reflect who you are? Are your shoes shining or do you have mud all over them? Are you fit to be seen in public, meaning, dressed appropriately? Do you wear caps when you go to the theatre? Do you wear sweats when you go to church? Do you chew gum outside of your home or car? Are you teeth cleaned and properly cared for? Do your gums bleed? Do you floss? Do you shower and groom yourself so you are a pleasant sight? Do you eat well?

And the list goes on and on. Once you realize how important it is to live well and do so accordingly, you will notice that many other areas of your life will come into place: you may find a better job, get a better salary, have fabulous friends and a perfect loving relationship, shed the pounds that were clinging to your body, and so on and so forth.

A balanced lifestyle greatly depends on your surroundings because they will bring about the delicate balance of your inner environment and consequently, your life.

Benefits of Car Service/Repair Works at Customers’ Doorstep (at Home/Office)

The cars we drive say a lot about us. – Alexandra Paul

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. – E. B. White

From the time humans evolved till time recent, where the world is on your fingertips via a mobile, many inventions assume great significance. Among the many, fire can be touted as the first best discovery and the next can be invention of the wheel. Invention of wheels modified to carts, then to cars and in modern times, a personal car has become the best form of transport. However, keeping it in good condition is cumbersome and will involve precious time at least on the weekends.

Cars are wonderful assets and make your life’s journey enjoyable, but similar to all living beings and machines; even they become prone to damages such as breakdowns and faults.

Since some hours of your daily life are entirely dependent on commuting in a car, it is mandatory that you keep your treasured four wheel family member in good condition. Else, a drag in the engine or a punctured tyre may wreak havoc on your precious daily day schedule. But do not worry!

Time and technology has evolved, and customer services have come to the phase, where traditional methods (owner takes his/her repair car to the mechanic) have been replaced with services coming to the customer’s doorstep.

Door step services for a car are very popular and the reasons are the many benefits given below:

a) A call to the service center, the response is promptly given, the details taken by the executive, visiting time for the repair mechanic and approximate timeline is also given

b) The door services are preferred because of four valuable factors – transparency, simplicity, quality and convenience

c) Based on the requirements and emergency, expert professionals are deployed for the job. The problems are identified, resolved and the vehicle brought back to fine condition before the timeline

d) You avoid unnecessary hassles, and the car is back to working condition while you do your normal duties at office or at home. Money is time! And vice versa! These service centers save your time and do not force you to scorn other priority tasks.

e) There are attractive packages to choose from, and depending on the services you choose, the prices will vary.

f) Bachelors hate cooking and washing the utensils, car owners put off washing their cars and checking if it is in perfect condition – proverb. This is where door step services step in to make a mark and give the best quality service.

You just have to know a few basic details on operating the internet or making the call in your mobile and your car is in safe hands. From external challenges to every internal problem, you have the services at your doorstep.

Rover P5b Engine Conversion

If you own a Rover P5B V8 model like me, you probably love the car but could do with more power. The original engine in the P5B is of the 3500cc variety. The good thing when it was first launched was it had a higher compression ratio than some of the later engines, but because the heads had smaller inlet and outlet valves it still limited the power some what. The other disadvantage was the problem of leaded fuel not being available so you have to keep adding lead additives to the fuel which many a P5 owner knows is a bit of a pain as you are always down the fuel station with such a big motor.

My first trick was to replace the heads with heads from the Rover SD1 which with the bigger valves and unleaded valve stems saved me the job of putting in the fuel additive each time but I didn’t really notice much extra power. The Rover P5B is a very heavy car anyway and I suppose your not supposed to drive it fast but I was hoping for a little change in performance. I then added a Weber Carburetter and changed the ignition to a Lumenition electronic ignition system to get rid of the old points system. This made a bit of a difference but the performance was not what I would call startling.

Then I decided to dig deep into my pockets, rob the piggy bank and opt for fitting the 4.6 ltr engine from the later Range rovers. Now this engine is really the same original block as the 3.5 ltr from the Rover P5, so actually it is nearly a straight swap. If you are keeping the original distributor from the P5 then you have to keep the same front cover from the engine because the oil pump teeth are different for each model. Apart from that everything goes in nicely. The engine mounts line up and all the exhaust manifolds go back together just as the old one. If you trying to keep your Rover looking original, you can even use the original rocker covers so even the insurance man couldn’t tell the difference. Until he drove it of course.

How does it drive? Well, between the two engines is like between day and night. You will be grinning from ear to ear for days afterwards. So if you have a few spare bob and need your Rover P5 to pick up its heels and go. Your only option has to be the 4.6Ltr V8.

Make Money By Selling Your Junk Car

Do you have a car that is just sitting on your lawn, or in your driveway, and doesn’t get used? Perhaps you have a wrecked vehicle or an old car that doesn’t run anymore, and you don’t have the cash to fix it. It probably isn’t even worth fixing it. Did you know that you could just call number, and then magically a tow truck will come pick it up, and pay you cash? I’m not kidding! Sounds too good to be true, but it is very true. There are actually companies in your local area, that will literally pay you green paper for you to let them tow your junk away.

You can get rid of that ugly hunk of metal and replace it with cold, hard, cash! The neighbors will be happy, you will be happy, the environment will be happy, and the tow company will be happy. It’s a win, win, win, win! All you have to do is hop on the internet, and Google search to find a local company to come remove your junk car.

Your probably wondering what hoops you will need to jump through in order for someone to come do this service for you. Well it is actually extremely easy. There are only a couple things that you need to do to get this service.

#1. You need to have a junk car, or a car that you no longer want to own.

#2. You need to have the title of the car.

#3 You need to actually pick up the phone and call to give them your address. You can also visit their website and fill out a form if you don’t want to call. Most of the companies give you online quotes now.

It is really that easy. Right now today you could be a few hours away from having extra money in your pocket.

So clear off your lawn or driveway. It’s time to free up some room, and get rid of that eye soar that you have been holding onto for so long. Plus it’s so easy, why wouldn’t you do it? It will take the tow truck about 5 minutes tops to hook it up, pay you cash, and be outta your sight. So enjoy your new junk free life and fatter wallet. It really is almost too easy to get rid of your junk car now a days. So give it a shot because you have nothing to lose…except for that junk that is collecting dust and rust.

Top 10 Driving Distractions That Cause Accidents

We have all been driving at some time in our lives when something off the road has caught our eye and we have been distracted from the road for a split second or longer. Here are some of the more common reasons why you may get distracted:

Use of a mobile phone – this is still by far the most common reason for a driver to be distracted, whether they are actually using the phone of just seeing who is calling / reading a text.

Eating – the authorities are now clamping down on people who eat while they drive, arguing (quite rightly) that they cannot be in full control of the vehicle.

Changing the radio – we have all done it, reached down to change the radio station and taken our eyes off the road for a split second, but that is all that it takes.

Retrieving something from the back seat or floor – many people have been caught out reaching into the back seat of their car, or bending down to pick something off the floor. Absolutely crazy!

Lighting a cigarette – while this is not as common occurrence as it once was, many drivers can be easily distracted while lighting up a cigarette.

A simple conversation with a passenger – these have been the reason for many serious incidents, and are so simple to avoid. You should never distract a driver while the vehicle is in motion.

Shaving or applying makeup! While this may seem unbelievable to the average driver, many people have been caught and prosecuted for either shaving or applying make up while driving!

Controversial billboards – Surprisingly there have been many accidents which have occurred due to a drivers attention been distracted for a split second by a billboard.

Checking out an accident! As mad as it seems, the sight of an accident on the other side of the road / motorway has often resulted in a mass pileups as other drivers stretch their necks to see what is happening.

Waving to pedestrians on the side of the road has often been the cause of many accidents – whether it be family friends or someone you like the look of.


Even though you can probably relate to some of the reasons why drivers become distracted, there are some which are plain crazy such as attempting to shave or apply makeup while driving! How many accidents a year would be avoided by using some common sense?

Power Tools History

Since the ancient Egyptians began using a hand-powered lathe centuries ago, man has striven to make arduous building and assembling tasks easier, quicker, and more efficient through power tools. We’ve come a long way from those sand-covered turning machines, but the end goal is no different from our desert-dwelling ancestors. Today, nearly every home in every industrialized country houses and uses power tools.

Even though the concept of the power tool has been around for a long time, it wasn’t until the late 1800’s when the first modern-era power tools became possible. The advent of electric motors made highly-efficient stationary and portable power tool technology a reality, and high-speed assembly lines made power tools both affordable and profitable.

The Bosch company was at the forefront of power tool technology in those early years. Founded in 1886 Germany by Robert Bosch, the company initially focused on automobile components with integrated electric parts, and was responsible for such developments as the first low-voltage magneto ignition. Before long, companies in other industrialized nations began developing the first electric power tools, and Bosch introduced its first power drill in 1932. Today, Bosch still engineers and manufactures automotive parts, and its power tool division has grown to include nearly every household and assembly tool on the market – including power drills, belt sanders, circular saws, and more. As part of the company’s growth, it has acquired other successful power tool manufacturers that started during the same early 20th century era.

In 1923, American inventor Raymond DeWalt introduced the world’s first radial arm saw, a sliding circular saw that could make long cuts with accuracy. One year later, he founded the DeWalt power tool company in Baltimore, Maryland; another company that has grown substantially over the last 85 years. At the forefront of portable power tool technology, DeWalt’s power tools are revered by carpenters and homeowners alike for their long-life, durable cordless battery-styled power drill, circular saws, and other power tools; and the company currently manufactures over 200 types of power tools worldwide.

Founded in 1915 in Japan, the Makita Corporation has also staked its reputation on cordless, battery-powered power tools – most notably, the hand-held drill, which Makita introduced in 1978. Nine years later, the company had a full arsenal of cordless, professional-grade power tools for contractors. Today, Makita manufactures over 350 different power tools, both portable and stationary, and the pronounced teal color emblazoned on all of their tools is often mimicked by others trying to capitalize on Makita’s reliable name.

The early 20th century proved to be a hotbed of power tool advancements, and many companies worked hard to develop profit-turning innovations that moved their products off store shelves and into people’s homes. While the term power tool traditionally conjures thoughts of electric drills and sanders, machines like the pipe threader and utility pump are also considered power tools. This is the area the Ridgid company focused on when it was founded in Elyria, Ohio, in 1923. Still a leader in the plumbing tool industry, Ridgid now has a power tool division that focuses exclusively on contemporary power tools and has released its own saws, drills, and even air tools.

A.F. Siebert founded the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company one year later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for manufacturing heavy-duty power tools, Milwaukee is best know for the ‘Sawzall,’ one of the most widely-used reciprocating saws in the world. Like their power tool manufacturing competition, Milwaukee currently produces portable and stationary power tools like circular saws, drills, band saws, grinders and sanders – over 500 different models in all. Unlike their competition, many of Milwaukee’s power tools are released in both 120 and 230 volt models, drawing the line between household and commercial/industrial power.

Best known for the Skilsaw they invented in 1924, the Skil power tool company evolved out of the Michel Electric Handsaw Company when they entered the power tool market. Fueled by the ingenious circular saw invention, the company elevated itself to the upper echelon of the small power tool industry with jig saws, grinders, sanders, and a whole slew of handheld, cordless power tools. In 1996, the Bosch company purchased Skil but still keeps its power tools on shelves worldwide as one of the most popular power tool lines on Earth.

The Delta company has changed hands several times since it was founded by Herbert Tautz in 1919 in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin garage. Tautz focused on small tools but when Delta was purchased by Rockwell in 1945, the company made a profitable shift to the stationary tools – like planers and bench sanders – it’s renowned for today. Delta isn’t the only name this line has carried, however; Rockwell enveloped the company on takeover before selling it to Pentair, which re-introduced the Delta name before selling out to Black & Decker in 2004.

A veritable power tool power house, the Craftsman brand was coined by the Sears company in 1927. At first, the company primarily manufactured common hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers; but soon jumped on the power tool bandwagon and is now one of the top-selling producers of all power tools, both stationary and portable.

S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker founded the Black & Decker small machine shop in 1910 in Baltimore, Maryland; and the duo found their niche in the power tool industry by inventing the electric drill seven years later. The pistol-grip and trigger style drill became popular and is now a staple on construction sites and in households alike. Realizing the profit potential of power tools, Black & Decker has grown and acquired several other popular power tool brands, including DeWalt, Porter Cable, Delta, and Kwikset.

As industrialized nations become increasingly technology-driven, power tool production stands to increase as lightweight, powerful, and longer-lasting batteries try to match the power and reliability of corded power. Versatile contemporary models and thousands of accessories continue to make everything from woodworking to metal machining easier, more efficient, and more profitable for manufacturers, contractors, and homeowners alike. As power tools have become affordable for nearly everyone, only the hammer has resisted an electric redesign destined to change the way we work forever.

Thank You For Taking The Time To Read This Article.

Make Cash Selling Other People’s Cars

Have you ever been to a virtual auto dealership? Chances are you haven’t but you probably will very soon. In fact if you would like to earn a great second income for just a little work, you could have a virtual auto dealership of your own. Here is how it works.

You set up a classified ad type website to list vehicles for private owners selling there vehicles. You list all info on the vehicle, and show pictures. If you have the know how you can offer to take the photos for the listing within your local market for a small fee. Using tools like mapquest you can even show to your websites viewers exactly where the vehicles are located. As far as payment on your end you can charge an upfront fee which is the preferred method by operators of these sites, or an after the sale commission.

The latter of these may make you more money but be sure to have an agreement in writing. These sites work well if you limit yourself to your local area, and try to keep the site looking fresh. Shuffle the order of the vehicles from time to time and change home page messages at least weekly. This let’s repeat viewer know that this is an active site, and worth looking at. It takes a little computer know how to get this up and running, but several website providers offer templates that allow you to simply fill in the blanks. This can be a wonderful and easy side business to earn extra income.

Secret Cleaning Techniques from a Retired Detailer; Lipstick, Ink and Shoe Polish Stain Removal

So you have found this page searching on the Internet and wish to figure out a way to remove Lipstick Stains from car seats. I bet a certain former president wishes he could go back in time and remove all traces of any lipstick stains from anywhere? Why are lipstick stains so hard to get off. Not that you are trying to get rid of candy cane strips on anything that personal. But when it comes to fabric, it can be a real challenge as you well know. What does lipstick contain? Well the basics are simple enough;

“Dyes and oil-like substances”

is the easy answer. The more involved answer can be better said by the experts in the Cosmetic Industry. Here is what they told us, don’t quote me on it and you may want to think twice next time you are kissing someone or something that is wearing Tangerine Lipstick or lipgloss: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octydodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben. May Contain: Mica Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 5. Yuk !!!! And you can see why the chemists in the auto detailing, on-site detailing industry have tough time with it. Any dermatologist will tell you this is bad news;


Now then you have this on the car seat of a customers car. Why? Well they did not kiss the seat, their purse fell over and spilled out and the cap popped off and it was a hot day and the lipstick melted onto and into the fabric on the seat. Now it is your problem as a member of the Car Washing and Professional Detailing Industry. So what do you do?

First we recommend using a plastic razor blade and scrapping as much as you can first. Then you need a quick dry solvent, we choose lighter fluid, it evaporates fast and dissolves quickly with little odor. If you have no plastic razor blades use a business card to scrape it. If you fold the business card in half it works best. This way you get a double edge close shave and can scrape most of the lipstick off first. Many high-end car manufacturers like Audi, Porsche, BMW, Cadillac, Volvo, Mercedes recommend their own brands of cleaners for interiors, which are generally made up of Powder to Suds cleaners. Well let us warn you that your wonderful intentions will not work on Lipstick. So you can kiss that idea good bye. If you find a fabric is somewhat faded you may wish to dab the solvent or put it on the corner of a towel first, not paper towel, use terry cloth. Then pat the stain gently and see if it is removing the stain without taking away the coloring.

By the way this will also work on Afghanistan Shoe Polish Sandwich stains on the seats of their cars. Shoe polish sandwich is a way that the locals can get an alcoholic buzz, by putting BLACK (only) shoe polish on a piece of bread letting it soak through filtering out the alcohol to get high. The bread is then discarded into a local Humvee owned by the US Forces. The black shoe polish when it gets hot melts into the vehicle, Great!!! But remember back shoe polish can leak when taken to altitude on a salesman’s road trip on the back seats or in the trunk. We once cleaned it from a golf bag when the operator of the car forgot to take it to his locker at the Local Country Club, it leaked all over his favorite golf bad, Loud golfing shirt, wild socks and interior truck area. We were able to get it out of the trunk and off the golf bag for a handsome tip.

Felt markers also can leave stains and these procedures will work well on them too. Best of luck, you are starting to become a great Professional Detailer.

Guide to Buying a Pickup Truck

Sales of pickup trucks are for more significant compared to car or auto sales than most people realise. Pickup trucks are a huge part of the auto vehicle industry, and the process of buying or leasing one can in many ways been a lot more expensive than that of simply buying a car.

Anyone looking to buy a pickup truck can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer volume and choice that is available, not simply in terms of manufacturers, but in terms of type of truck and interior features as well.

The mechanics of buying a pickup truck are in many way similar to that of buying a car, in terms of arranging finance, deciding whether to buy or lease, and arranging insurance. Where it can differ is that a pickup truck will normally be used for someone’s business, and additional factors will then apply.

Anyone requiring finance will need to undergo a credit application and be assessed for a credit check in order to evaluate whether or not the manufacturer or lending institution will consider lending them money. If the pickup truck is required for a business, then additional enquiries and questions will be asked regarding the nature and financial health of the business. Many businesses decide to lease vehicles because the uncertainty of long-term business prospects can sometimes make the option of leasing a much more attractive one.There may also be tax advantages to leasing a vehicle which should be investigated prior to arranging any finance.

One of the most important things when deciding upon what type pickup truck the individual wants to buy is a careful assessment of what the pickup truck will be used for. Many trucks are used for carrying loads as well, and the type of load and over what distance it will be carried will determine how sturdy and powerful a truck the individual needs.

This will not only determine whether the individual wants a two or a four-wheel-drive, but will also determine what type of cab and interior the individual wants as well.

Pickup trucks tend to be classified as light duty, medium duty and heavy duty. This is not an ideal system of classification, but does help from a manufacturers point of view in terms of categorising vehicles into a particular order. From a point of view of deciding which truck to purchase, the individual can use this guide as an indicator of the sturdiness of the vehicle that they are going to require.

Many people who are thinking of buying a truck automatically assume that they want the most powerful engine there is, that they effectively need as much power as they can get from the truck. Whilst this is true in many ways, it is also often an association with really powerful trucks that they consume an horrific amount of gas. Whilst this certainly used to be true, manufacturers have gone a long way to hugely improve fuel efficiency in pickup trucks, and when someone is deciding what size engine they need, this should be done in association with other factors concerning the reliability and road worthiness of the vehicle involved.