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Toyota Solara



  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Well it seems that the premium fuel has started to settle in and the car doesn't even jerk anymore. I had the chance to take a rather long trip again today and it didn't even do it once. I guess it was just bad fuel, and I won't go where I've been anymore.

    Webguyster: thanks for your comments, but let me clarify that it didn't go back and forth like a newbie on a manual. That's REALLY bad. My "tug" motion was noticeable, especially since this car is so smooth, but now the smoothness is back, and I hope it stays there.

    I'll try and keep staying away from bad gas for a while, and give you an update.
  • silversolarasilversolara Posts: 113
    Check out the Chrysler 300M TSB forum. Also, various complaints from the Honda Coupe forum. Yup, the change to environmentally-safe paints has had an impact on the industry across the board.
    I, for one, do NOT have a problem with trying to make this planet last long enough for my grandkids to enjoy (good grief - 100 more years, and there might not be any polar bears left?!?)
  • radracerradracer Posts: 96
    Do not put ethanol in your Solara. The only cars that should use it are ones made for it. There are a few out there, but the Solara is not one of them. Don't believe what BP says. All alcohol fuels (ethanol, methanol, etc) can damage your engine and deteriorate rubber/fuel lines.

    As for regular vs premium, I would use premium. It does give me better gas mileage (slightly) and power, and probably lower emissions, although I have no way of telling. Using regular is fine, but you'll be overworking the knock sensors, which are expensive to replace.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    thanks radracer for the advice... I've stopped using ethanol and it seems the problem has gone away.
  • joe1srjoe1sr Posts: 1
    Hi! I am in Florida, ready to buy a new Solara SLE V6. My sister in Idaho found out that there is a $1200 rebate on new Solaras. That size rebate does not seem to be available here in Fl. Anyone know a Dealership that offers great prices and the rebates. Thanks. Joe1.
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    Last month I was planning to buy a Solara. I noticed an ad in the Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper for a $1,000 rebate on new Solaras. The ad ran for at least 3 weeks. When I went to the dealership to buy a car, they protested that the ad was incorrect and they would not honor it, even though it had appeared for at least 3 weeks. I called Toyota to complain and they said they had no information on rebates. I also ordered the Consumer Reports stuff on Solara prices which said there was an additional $600 dealer incentive and a $397 dealer holdback. The local dealer denied both numbers. A call to Consumer Reports got me a refund for the report, and they said that rebates are regional programs and they had no way to provide accurate information. I guess all you can do is study the dealer ads and watch for a rebate in your area.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    loucopits -

    Sounds like you should have called your state department of CONSUMER PROTECTION for false, misleading advertising! By not doing that, that's how they get away with this crap!

  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    I cancelled them a while back. For a no non-profit, consumer oriented magazine, IMO, always seem to be spinning everything, in a 1920's Bernay's spin doctor way!

    Seems like all is quiet on the Solara front, sludge fears waining.

    My latest paint story...
    After having my black hood refinished, with Sherwin Williams, and having to have it wet sanded for a 3rd time to get rid of the swirl marks, I was inspecting the hood, paint quaility, worksmanship, etc, I noticed a few imperfections. The body shop advisor said that the tech noticed quite a few small chips on my hood, and managed to wet sand most out. He said they cant warranty the quality of the paint from wear and tear, and I reminded him that the hood was painted only 30 days ago, and that having only driven a couple hundred miles, suburban driving, shouldn't the paint hold up a little better, especially soft, un-cured paint? It's not like I drive behind gravel trucks or something!?! So, my conclusion, is that like the sludge mystery, the paint is a few variables, like paint quailty, and the shape of the car. Unless the new Sherwin Williams paint is bad too. As far as a bra for the car, I would be too concerned that debris would gather under the bra, and make the front end worse. Maybe 2003 will have better paint, or a smaller hood!?!
  • mimi919mimi919 Posts: 85
    I had my Solara SLE 2 weeks today and have about 1100 miles on it and for the first time I had it on the open road yesterday for a 140 mile round trip drive and I noticed a slight vibration in the car as well as a slight shimmy in the steering wheel and it also appears to have a slight bouncing or shaking feel at slower speeds and I was wondering if this was normal on the almost feels like the beginning of a radial tire seperating or a tire in need of high speed balancing.
    2nd have this checked out would I take the car back to the dealer or Bridgestone/Firestone tire store?
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    I just took a 350 mile trip in a new Solara SE (4-cyl). Since the suggested max speed for the first 1,000 miles is just 55 mph it was a leisurely drive on mostly interstate highways, cruise control usually on, only one person in the car and no use of the air conditioning. I was amazed to find the gas mileage was 36+ mpg. I took care to top off the tank before leaving and again at the end of the trip, so I'm very sure of the 36 mpg. Fuel was BP, no ethanol, 87 octane regular.
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Steering wheel shaking at certain speeds, tire balance, but Solaras seem to have various front end issues. Shimmy, do you have a convertable?

    The dealer...yeah got to the dealer. The should fix it FREE! I found that with my dealer, there balancing machine was not the best, and I wanted my weight on the inside of the wheel, so as not to put ugly weights on the iutside. The dealer put the weights on the outside. I asked them about it, and they took them off. Thats it, just took them off. No weights on any tires. I ended up at Sears of all places, got my wheels balanced, the way I wanted, and they actually did a great job. I did get the grill about thats not the preferred way to do it, but it seems they put 'em the right spots. I would not go there for anything else, but a balancing.
  • mimi919mimi919 Posts: 85
    Thanks for your reply....I didn't buy the convertible but on nice days I kind of wished I had.
    I made an appointment for next friday to have the dealer look at my car and hopefully he will be able to correct the shimmy problem as well as the problem I am having with my climate control as I can lower the temp. setting but to raise the temp. setting I have to turn the dial about 20 times for it to work but hopefully they will correct this so I can just go on enjoying my new Solara.
  • rubicon52rubicon52 Posts: 191
    My Solara is my first car with automatic climate control. I've noticed that if the outside temperature is cool (say 65) and I set the thermostat to 72, the auto control turns on the air conditioner (and maybe the heat at the same time). Is auto climate control supposed to work this way? Not clear to me why the air conditioning is needed if the outside air is cooler than the thermostat setting. The only thing I can think of is that the air conditioning AND heat are coming on at the same time to lower the humidity in the car. Any opinions?
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Removes moisture in the air, as well as lubricates parts in a/c compressor, etc. That is 1 reason I chose the SE over the SLE. I like the analog way!
  • ludergirlludergirl Posts: 4
    If you want to protect the paint on your hood and don't want to get a car bra, look into getting a 3m ClearShield put on. It's sealed on so nothing will get stuck underneath, and you can hardly see it unless you really look, and you won't have all those ugly specks on the front of your hood. I had one put on my car and it was around $150- about the same as a leather car bra. Plus, most places will give you a warranty on it. It's really nice!
  • 000007000007 Posts: 1
    Does the Solara convertable have seatbelts for 5 people? The Edmunds description doesn't say so, but I think the consumer reports version does say so. I'm looking for a convertable that will hold a family of 5.
    Thanks in advance for the info.
  • rubicon52rubicon52 Posts: 191
    Are you saying that my auto climate control is working as designed and there's nothing wrong with my climate control?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Correct. Your climate control will normally have the AC compressor running.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The convertible only comes with two seatbelts for the back seat. I sold one about 2 year ago where the guy had to have a third one for infrequent trips with all three of his very small daughters. I sent the car to a conversion van shop and they installed a lap belt in the middle of the back. It is pretty crowded, but it works for occasional use for small kids.
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