I am looking at a 2004 Solara convertible slr to buy and i noticed in consumer reports this is the only year after 2003 that has black marks for "suspension" and "body integrity". Is there a known weakness in these areas of the model that I should be concerned about ?
Actually its the opposite.. the body integrity and rigidity was increased for the gen2 Solaras (04-present) and is better than the gen1 (99-03)... Reviews I have read in Car&Driver and other automotive magazines agree. Almost all of the reviews I have read say that this convertable is the best one you can buy in the price range.
I don't know what suspension problems they would be referring to... I have not heard of anyone having problems with their stock suspensions (other than noise from the rear strut which Toyota issued a TSB for...)
I have had my 04 hardtop for 2 years now and I love it, I would say go for it.