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Toyota Solara Convertible - 2004 and Newer



  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    When driving my 2008 Solara convertible with the top down, the rear seat belts start to flutter and make noise because of the wind. Does this happens to others or is there a way of stopping this short of putting the top back up? If I buckle the belts I don't think that would solve the problem.
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    Can someone point me in the right direction to find the build date for my Solara? I did a search but to no avail.
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    Incase anyone else needs to know.

    The build date is located on the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Plate located on the drivers side door frame.
  • I recently had the air bag light stay on and had it checked at the dealer. They said the side air bag was bad and must be replaced ($1450). A day later they said further tests with the new air bag installed showed the main computer was bad. The computer is still under warranty, but I'm wondering if I'm getting scammed on the airbag.

    If the computer was bad, how reliable is its analysis of the original air bag? I'm supposed to believe that an air bag went bad, causing a 'short' that fried the computer. Is this believable to anyone else? Or do you also smell a service dept. covering its [non-permissible content removed]?
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    You didn't say how old the car was but I do smell something with the dealers answer. I think being a safety issue the main computer and airbag would both be under warranty if they truely are related. How did they test the new airbag with the old fried computer? And if the computer was fried then wouldn't that show up the same day as when the old airbag tested to be bad? Sure smacks of coverup to me.
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    My 2008 warranty information states that the restraint system is warrantyed for 6 years or 60,000 Miles. Maybe your car is covered by this as well.
  • moms_maxmoms_max Posts: 62
    I experienced the same thing. I tucked the rear belts in along the sides of the seats, between the seat & the 'wall'. Solved the problem! I can't take credit for the idea, tho...I think I remember reading it somewhere on one of these forums.... :P
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    I did tuck the belts in as you described and so far so good. I just was wondering if that was the only solution.
  • moms_maxmoms_max Posts: 62
    Hi topgear - long time no post!!!
    Due to LOTS of 'out-of-state parent medical issues' and resulting travel, the purchase of my backup camera has been postponed. But...I AM READY!
    I went to the Crutchfield site, saw the BEC106 that you have...and also saw a 'Boyo License Plate Camera' (I think these are new....)
    What do you think? My initial impression is that it might be too noticeable (possibility for theft) - do you agree? Is your unit pretty well incognito??
  • I am considering buying a used (slightly) '07 or '08 Solara SLE. However, after reading about the water leakage problem, I am very concerned. Is this still a problem on the '07 or '08 models? Does anyone know if there are any huge differences between the two model years?
  • My uncle has a leased 2006 SLE convertible expiring in January. I was thinking of buying it from him and wondering if anyone has a good check list of things to watch. In searching these forums, the following have been the big things that I am going to look for.

    1) Leaking roof. Says he hasn't had a leak so far. Is there a way I can confirm this without taking the car to the car wash? :-)
    2) Body shake. This is pretty easy to confirm/deny.
    3) Hesitation on acceleration. Again-pretty easy to confirm.
    4) Odors. Didn't smell anything when riding in it.

    What other major things could I be missing? BTW, from what I have seen, my uncle takes very good care of his leased vehicles and doesn't gain anything to profit.
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    How about mileage and that would determine major maintainence if needed, also check tire condition. It sounds as though you aren't quite sure that your uncle is giving you the straight scoop as to the condition of the car so run a carfax inquiry or bring it to a mechanic that you trust to check it out..
    Can you get the maintanience history from your uncle or the dealer/service station that he had it serviced?
  • Hi Frogham,
    Re: your checklist:

    I've got a 2006 convertible. I'm not planning on selling it until Toyota comes up w/ a hybrid version.

    1) What I've learned on this and other channels is that a fast way to start a convertible leaking is to take it to a car wash. The water pressure is just too much I guess. IMHO a garden hose would be more reasonable.

    2) It's there but it's minor -- not a big deal unless you've got a lot of bad roads in your area.

    3) This is a function of the transmission as readers of this forum know. The workaround is to use the manual function. That eliminates the hesitation.

    4) Thank goodness, we've never experienced that problem. That tells me not all Solara's will have that problem.

    Questions for Edmunds:
    Has anyone ever done any science on that problem? Were those cars all built in the same plant perhaps? Did they all have some other characteristic in common that could isolate the cause such as glue lots, upholstery or carpet lots that could have gotten wet and developed mold? Toyota ever come back w/ an explanation?

  • I purchased a convertible Solara last April. Since that time I have had to replace my top twice due to the defroster not working in the rear window. Both replacements were before I had 12,000 miles on my car and within 6 months of each other. So now with my third top I questioned the warranty on my replacements since my purchase came with 36,000 miles bumper to bumper. I was told that Toyota only guarantees this part for 12,000 miles or 12 months. So if at 36,000 miles this problem occurs again, the problem and costs are all mine.
    If anyone else has had this problem please speak up. My problem could be due to water creeping in and shorting out the wiring. At this point I just don't know. But I am highly frustrated.
  • Actually, I am pretty sure my Uncle is pretty straight up with me. I know he's not lying because he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. I am just wondering about any future problems that might come up.

    It's currently at 31 K, which would be below the 36 K he's capped at. I can easily get his maintenance records. He's gets his oil changed every 3K.

    Thanks for the advice.
  • Thanks for the response. I just read about a defroster in a following message. Let's hope every thing checks because I want this convertible and am too cheap to buy a new one!

  • Hi, I am having the same problem. Did you ever get this resolved? My dealership can not find the problem!!! Please help.
  • gened1gened1 Posts: 256
    I was very surprised to find that my 2008 Solara convertible did not automatically come with roadside assistance (Unless I bought the expensive maintenance package). Do all Toyota's not come with roadside assistance? I know my old Lexus did. My wife's Impala does. It even had Onstar for a year! My old Ford 500 did and every car I have owned in recent years has. To be fair I don't remember ever having to use roadside assistance but it was convenient knowing that if I ventured away from home I would have help if I needed it.
  • We own 2004 Solora Convertible

    The steering wheel is loose when turning left or right.
    Does any one experience the same problem? Is so what was replaced?

    Thank you for your time
  • I have the same problem! My 2004 Solara V6 SLE is doing it all the time, the jolt when the power comes back is so strong it moves me in my seat. I have had the car for 4 months and it has been into the dealership three times already for this, most recently yesterday. They tell me it's an issue and that unless Toyota comes up with a fix that can be updated on the computer there is nothing they can do.

    I am really worried about how this is going to impact the car's performance in the winter. I will have to drive in snow and ice and know this is going to cause big problems in messy weather. If Toyota has made a fix for this issue in other cars why not this one? I bought a performance vehicle that does not perform. It is a great car other than this, but this is a huge issue. What can we do to make Toyota fix this?
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