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Toyota Solara



  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    All of this new and improved town hall still leaves me with a lame coinbox in my solara...

    The Subscriptions is a reasonable Placemark idea, I guess; about the only thing missing is a "flag" to indicate something new has been posted since you last read through messages...unless I'm missing something--- in other words, I have subscribed to all my favorite topics-- similar to placemarks-- but there is no indicator when new messages have been posted since I last read through a topic. am i nuts?
  • Is everyone practically on vacation or the demise of townhall has already begun?
  • Hey Guys and Gals - I hope that you all come back! I see action on the other forums now - they are getting the bugs squashed! I do have to log into each forum separately to post, however. "Autologin" is not recognized yet by many forums.

    Well, the dealer has just replaced my front strut towers - a warranty issue that may require a recall, according to the service writer. It is not a big problem, but the holes are just a little oversize, so there was a little "clunk" once in a while when going over bumps. Now, that is gone completely. Also - they had said that my struts were leaking a little, and had replaced those a few weeks ago.

    The car seems to ride even better and more solid now - it is really a pleasure. Also- they have ALMOST eliminated the left pull, it is just a slight drift now, and easy to ignore. Hooray! This time the dealer and service manager will get GOOD marks on the review!

    So - If you get a little "clunk" in the front end once in a while, talk to your dealer about replacing the strut towers.
  • decondecon Posts: 56
    I took my car to the dealership and they fixed the car door not closing properly problem.

    They stated the window regulator was loose.

    I wish Town Hall would switch back to the old style, this one doesn't work as well
  • nrl76nrl76 Posts: 30
    I sometimes hear that clunk that you are talking about. I took the car in to Sheridan Toyota in Santa Monica and they found nothing. It seems to happen more when it is cold. Is this correct, or was it happening all the time? If you have a TSB number could you post it. Next time I am there for an oil change I will ask them to check the Front strut towers.

    I also hope that everyone comes back to play.

    PS - Has anyone done the 30K mile

    '99 SLE
    27400 miles
  • qibbleqibble Posts: 26
    Hello all,

    FYI - If anyone is interested in factory chrome wheels then give this link a try . It will run about $600 and you have to send your old set back to them. I have not seen the wheels in person nor have I dealt with these people so I can't back their product. But I am interested in them. If anyone has dealt with this company please post your experience?

    99 silver SE
  • hotanhotan Posts: 3
    hi. I just got a new 2001 DE V6 Manual transmission Solar. Silver with leather. I love it! a couple a questions for you guys.

    Number 1: I am not the best stick driver yet. I am good, but not great. So my engine is a bit loud now. So I think it could just be my driving ability or the cold weather or the fact that I am breaking in the engine.

    Number 2 : My passage door needs to be slammed shut in order to close properly.

    Number 3: My brake peel use to make a squeaky noise. but not any more. I was wondering if anyone else's did and if it may come back.

    Number 4: I have to really press on my clutch to start my car. I am talking really far down to the metal.

    Are these things normal. I can live with them, except for the passage door.

    Other than that, I love this car. I have been Eyeing it since it first came out in 1999. My next step is to tint the windows. I still have paper tags on it. I don't want real tags yet, because here in Maryland, I will need to have real tags on the front and back bumper. Now that I have paper tags, it is only on the back. I think all cars look better without the stupid tag on the front. But oh well. Love this car.
  • Hi Neil - Good to hear from you. According to my service rep at No. Hollywood Toyota, the problem with the towers is that the mounting holes are just a teeny bit to large, and the strut may move from time to time - giving the "clunk". It seemed to happen all the time, but now that you ask, I am not sure. It was only over certain types of bumps. It is not a functional problem. I will ask if there is a TSB next visit.

    Hotan - Welcome to the Solara forum! You have made a great choice. Maybe we can help with your questions -
    1. Loud Engine - Maybe you are letting it rev too high before you shift. Get an experienced stick driver to show you. While you are breaking it in, it is good to keep at 2500-3000 or less rpm's at all times.
    2. Passenger Door - Some have found that the window glass is a little too high, preventing the door from closing easily. See #386 above. It is easily adjusted by the dealer.
    3. Brake Pedal Squeaking - Do you mean the pedal, or the brakes themselves? Disc brakes can squeak from time to time if they get dirty, it is no big deal, and usually goes away.
    4. Clutch - Do you also have to press the clutch all the way to shift? Get the dealer to look at it - see if the cluch is adjusted properly. Meanwhile, start the car in Neutral.

  • To:;

    The quality (or lack there of) issue in the Toyota is significant. Toyota's hallmark has been long-term reliability. I believe this is NOT the case now. It may well be a myth perpetuated by Toyota. Owners are likely to have false hope based on this myth.

    Did you know that some owners are experiencing sludge in the engine and being denied warranty claims? Did you know that these same owners are paying $5,000-8,000 for new engines? Did you know that some 2000 Sienna owners are having torque converter replacements within the first few hundred miles of driving? Did you know that others have had total transmission failures after after a few thousand miles? Did you know that there are other problems common to this vehicle? Have you had:

    1) Persistent drifting/pulling to the left or the right
    2) Uneven wear of tires with need for early replacement
    3) Premature brake component wear, including rear brake drums
    4) Power steering problems, including inner tie rod or total rack and pinion replacement
    5) Vibrations, esp. at speeds above 50 MPH
    6) Premature transmission problems or failure
    7) Torque converter replacement, sometimes just after delivery
    8) Sliding door latch problems with sticking and difficulty opening
    9) Oil sludge in the engine related to a contaminated system

    IF you have experienced these problems, please write to the following agencies and file a report detailing your case. THEN, network with others by visiting sites where owners post experiences.

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Office of Defects Investigations
    400 7th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20590


    Center for Auto Safety
    1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
    Suite 330
    Washington, D.C. 20009-5708

    The Complaint Station--click "T", then "Toyota"

    Car Trackers Discussion Forum

    Phil Edmonston's Lemon-Aid Car Guides

    Also, use the USENET groups:

    Charlene Blake
  • nrl76nrl76 Posts: 30
    Question 1-9
    Answer 1-9 - NO

    '99 Solara SLE
    27,400 miles
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    give it a rest please. You seem to be the only person on the TH who has any complaints like this. In no other topic has a person come forward to coroborate these assertions.
  • I don't know what to make about cblake's posting. It almost seems commercial in some way. Hey - no car is perfect - take a look at some of the other forums!!
  • Had the "strut mounts" replaced on my '99 SLE, heard the clunking noise every time I went over a bump. The service rep said there is a TSB out on the problem and they did pick up the tab. Ride is back to normal. Can't complain about overall quality, especially since I was considering a 300M before choosing the Solara. One of my better decisions given the horror stories I've heard about Chrysler, though I still think Toyota's product is better than their service.
  • uh...try changing your oil 3000-7500 miles, depending on the severity of your weather.
  • I'm an intern here in Boston, MA, and since the purchase of my Solara 6 months ago I have been averaging 15 miles per gallon. I live in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston and have to commute to the Brigham and Women's hospital everyday. I don't use the AC unit while driving, and I admit that I haven't had the opportunity to drive on the freeway yet. But averaging 15 miles per gallon on non-hilly roads is not what was advertised for the unique car. I don't drive aggressively and I adhere strictly to the local speed limits, so I don't know why my car is consuming so much gas? I would appreciate any advice on this matter. Thank you. Happy New Year to everyone!

  • nori10nori10 Posts: 24
    about the strut mount replacement, was is under warranty? I have the same clunking noise when I go over bumps and I took it to my dealer and they told me it might have been my CD's in the center armrest.....Do I look that dumb?? Without a word I left the dealer. They are so uncooperative. Are there any disadvantages to my solara if I don' fix the strut mount if I can deal with the noise?
  • pilot13pilot13 Posts: 283
    Please take your axe and grind it somewhere else! You have flogged this sludge problem of yours (And it seems exclusively yours!) to death.
    Sludge is directly related to the way the owner drives and maintains the vehicle, and is not, repeat, not the fault of the manufacturer.
    Do some research on oil changes and how driving habits affect engine life expectancy before plastering these obsessive/compulsive postings in every Toyota topic in the Town Hall!
  • JGT74JGT74 Posts: 28
    Hi all,

    I have an '01 Solara SE V6 with cloth seats. Car has been great, but the cloth seats are serious lint magnets. I have found that tape style pet hair removers will work, but at the store the other day I saw some anti-static spray for clothing and was wondering if anyone had ever tried this? I don't think it would hurt the seat material any because it is made for clothing and maybe it would help keep the lint from sticking so bad.

    Anyone else have any other suggestions for lint removal/prevention on the cloth seats? Thanks
  • JGT74JGT74 Posts: 28

    On any new manual transmission car I am pretty sure you will have to push the clutch in fully for it to start. The clutch pedal has a safety switch that will not allow the starter to operate if the clutch is not fully depressed. I do not know for sure if putting the car in neutral will defeat this feature or not, but I think its a good habit to fully press in the clutch in any manual transmission car anytime you start it (ask the wall at my parents house that I tapped one morning when I wasn't in neutral, LOL).
  • also push it all the way down when you're shifting too. this will extend the life of your clutch
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