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5 reasons to love and hate Lifan Solano

On the one hand, it seems everyone knows that the Chinese cars of “zero” years suffered from mediocre reliability, while pleasing with good equipment for little money. On the other hand, Solano specifically bribes with what is essentially made on the basis of the old Corolla and has a Toyota engine under the hood. Should I mess with such a machine? We study the reviews of the owners and traditionally divide them into 5 “love” and 5 “hate”.

Important dates, prices, equipment
Lifan Solano (at home – Lifan 620) was born in 2007, when a young company, inspired by success in the domestic market, rushed to conquer near and far abroad. The car was somewhat larger and more powerful than the first “export” model Lifan 520 (in the Russian Federation it was sold from that very year 2007 under the name of Breez). However, the novelty reached Russian buyers only in March 2010, although its assembly was arranged at the Derways factory in Cherkessk back in 2009.

The car went on sale with a single body type (sedan) and the only engine option: the 16-valve “four” LF481Q3 1.6-liter and 106 hp. The motor represents a kind of development of the good old Toyota 4A-FE: in particular, Chinese engineers replaced the ignition distributor with an electronic module. However, the size of the cylinders, the piston stroke, and the timing mechanism of these engines are the same. Initially, paired with him offered only a 5-speed manual gearbox. Actually, the Chinese designers themselves created the car, starting from the Toyota Corolla with the E120 body (2002 model), and a number of spare parts and components for these models are interchangeable.

Lifan Solano was offered in two versions: basic DX (with fabric interior) for 395,000 rubles and top CX (with perforated artificial leather interior and a number of additional options) for 420,000 rubles. In this case, already in the basic configuration, the car was equipped with air conditioning, heated rear window and power windows of all windows.

In 2014, the car underwent a restyling (in China, the updated version received an index of 630). The 1.5-liter (103 hp) and 1.8-liter (125 hp) engines added to the gamma of engines (later they had to completely displace the 1.6-liter unit), a version with an automatic continuously variable transmission appeared. However, this update coincided with the onset of the economic crisis, and sales of the model dropped sharply.

In 2016, the second generation of the model was presented (in China – Lifan 650, in the Russian Federation – Solano II), and the first migrated to the secondary market. It is worth noting that many owners note the low liquidity of the car and the fact that already during the first year of operation the car lost at least 100,000 rubles in price. Today, used Solano is not in great demand in the capitals and large cities, but in the regions there is a steady interest in this model, because the car is sold at prices ranging from 45-75 thousand rubles (for cars of 2010-2011 with over 150,000 km mileage) to 400-450 thousand (for cars of 2015-2016 year of release with runs of about 50,000 km).

Considering the simplicity and maintainability of Solano, for many residents of the Russian regions who have a limited budget, the purchase of such vehicles becomes one of the few available options to acquire their own wheels.

The reviews on Lifan Solano are very mixed. On the same resource, there can literally be a number of reviews entitled “The best car in our time” and “Damn bad car”, and the range of opinions is from “the next car will be the new Solano” and “I recommend, you will not find better money” “I’d rather have bought Priora” and “think a hundred times before you buy a Chinese car.” But it is even more interesting to find out why the owners of Lifan Solano praise it, and what shortcomings they find.

With the first congenital sores Solano owners encountered even in the cabin. First of all, almost all cars had very poor rear doors.

WITHOUT A GOOD KICK ON THE NEW MACHINE THE DOOR DO NOT CLOSE.
BACK DOORS CLOSE AS IN THE TRACTOR “BELARUS” AND IT IS NOTHING TO DO ANYTHING WITH THIS!
And this is a constructive flaw. The secret knowledge of adjusting the doors is not available not only to the majority of owners, but also, which is worse, for service workers, both official and not so.

Someone thinks that the situation can be improved by providing the doors with a double layer of soundproofing material – they say that they will become heavier and the metal rumble will disappear when closing. Someone says that the whole thing is in excessively hard rubber seals, which over time are crushed, and the severity of the problem subsides. But anyway, even owners of seven-year-old cars complain about problems with the rear doors, and even those who, in principle, are quite satisfied with them.

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