TOM: Third, the Solara’s a little higher off the ground than those other cars. That means you can get into it without having to “fall” down into the driver’s seat, or rappel back out of the car with a grappling hook. That also means you’ll see better when you’re driving. I thought of the Mustang for you, too. But you sit pretty low in the Mustang’s seat, and I don’t know how tall you are (you didn’t mention a playing career in the WNBA), but you may feel a little bit like you’re sitting in a bathtub when driving the Mustang.
RAY: Finally, it’s an easy car to drive. Yeah, it doesn’t corner at 90 mph like a Porsche, but it won’t require constant vigilance on your part to keep it in its lane, either. And with the top down on a nice day, any car is fun.
TOM: I don’t know what you consider affordable, Anne, but for $15 or $20 grand, you can pick up a very nice used Solara. I recommend red. Send us a picture, and enjoy it!
New motor mounts
Dear Tom and Ray: I’ve never given my engine mounts a second thought until my Acura mechanic advised me that my 2001 MDX with 95,000 gently acquired miles was showing “engine mount wear” and that the front and side engine mounts “ought to be replaced.” This is my lovingly maintained and leisurely driven luxo-truck, which has never experienced anything akin to an “off-road” experience or even modest abuse. So, are we talking rational preventive maintenance, or is my dealership’s mechanic looking for something to do to this otherwise problem-free vehicle? Dropping the front sub-frame and lifting the engine to install the mounts sounds like a serious invasion of my vehicle’s personal space, not to mention the $700 lightening of my wallet. — Robert