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Toyota Solara

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  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    That was a lot of posts ago, a long time ago, but I believe a replacement computer?? Anybody...anybody??? Canc??? Anyone rememeber Canc's chugging problem, that seemed to go on forever?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Ka9zyw and bwiebe, I'm sorry to hear that you guys have had this problem too. Bwiebe, you describe the exact problem I had. It seemed like it disappeared in the winter and then when summer began, so did the chugging. It was even worse when it was really hot outside. Weird.

    The techs at the dealership and at Toyota couldn't figure it out. The dealership even went around town with my car with their computer attached to my car's ECM and couldn't find anything. They eventually changed the whole ECM, thankfully under warranty, and the problem stopped. I came back from a 1300 km. trip where it was really hot all the way and it didn't do it once. Get your ECM changed, it seems to do the trick.
  • What are the chances of the convertible being shown in Detroit in January and early spring launch? Likely or unlikely?
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    I would guess a debut at Chicago - that is where the first one was shown as a concept.

    Arrival is supposed to be in March-April time frame.

    (waving at Jack)
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Anyone interested in the 04 Solara should check out the "Short Take" in the Oct. issue of Car and Driver. They seem really impressed by the redesign. The new 3.3L V6/5sp auto combination moves the car to 60 in under 7 seconds- besting Car and Driver's initial test of the 98 Solara SE V6 Manual, and not surprising given that the 3.3L can move the RX330 AWD and Sienna 8-pass to 60 in 7.8 by the the C/D stop watch.

    Does anyone know if Toyota is dumbing down the output figures of this engine?

    By any means, this is an AWESOME, stylish car, and an excellent value at an as tested (SE Sport V6) price of 23,380.

    ~alpha
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    We need to wait until winter! YIKES!!! Brrr!
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 854
    ...to 60 with only auto available.

    ..wonder what a decent Honda-type clutch and manual could do for this.

    Oh, well: I'm part of the two per cent that Toyota can do without. Really (looking at the bottom line as they must) hard to fault 'em..ez
  • Why would anyone want to spend $25,000 for a mid/entry vehicle, "luxury" sport coupe, and not get auto? Toyota should keep the sticks in the little sports cars, so the kids can torque em out, and burn out the clutches, like they seem to like to do in their Hondas. It's like wanting manual roll up and down yourself windows, instead of power windows. Seems like the deomographic for the Solara is the empty nester, or the working perosn that wants a nice car to drive, not a car to work at driving. Keep the sticks in the sports cars, for high performance autos. I would tend to believe most Solara owners would be suburban people, often sitting in grid lock traffic.
  • I know this issue was addressed many years (???) ago but I forget what the resolution was regarding a rattling sound coming from the front passenger seat. I don't know if there was a TSB addressing this issue or what the fix was. I have a '00 Solara and I am getting an intermittent rattle coming from the front seat when I go over some but not all bumps. I think it is more pronounced now than it was in the past. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Anyone have excellent interior photos of their 2004 Solara online?
    The pics on the Toyota website and other places are pretty small and not very high resolution.
  • The cables are bad, and need to be "shrunk" with a heat gun, or the seat rack replaced. Mine has been fixed 3 times so I just turn up the radio now. The local mechanics won't fix it, but will send it to their trim shop to fix or replace. Good luck getting a service advisor to acknowledge your issue, and expect to be with a car for a day if they send it out, unless your buddy buddy with the service advisor, and get their 1st thing in the morning.

    At 48,000 miles my 00 SE V6 has a noticable drop in engine power. I have always used good ol' midwestern premium. Is it time to bring it in to the dealer again, or is the car getting old. Example, from stop to go, it feels slugish as if the parking brake was on, then gets good acceleration.
  • For some great pictures, go to http://www.wieck.com

    Click "Public" and then type in "Solara". There should be a ton of great images that show up.
  • #2995 of 2996 RE: Intermittent Passenger Seat Rattle - '00 Solara by webguyster Sep 12, 2003 (1:52 pm)
    The cables are bad, and need to be "shrunk" with a heat gun, or the seat rack replaced. Mine has been fixed 3 times so I just turn up the radio now. The local mechanics won't fix it, but will send it to their trim shop to fix or replace. Good luck getting a service advisor to acknowledge your issue, and expect to be with a car for a day if they send it out, unless your buddy buddy with the service advisor, and get their 1st thing in the morning.

    At 48,000 miles my 00 SE V6 has a noticable drop in engine power. I have always used good ol' midwestern premium. Is it time to bring it in to the dealer again, or is the car getting old. Example, from stop to go, it feels slugish as if the parking brake was on, then gets good acceleration.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    I should have my 04 SLE V6 in about a week or so and was wondering if anyone has gotten a new one yet to talk about...
  • Go to the 2004 Solara discussion, there are a few people there that have bought '04s and are talking about it.
  • Hi, I am new to this so please forgive me in advance if I drag out issues that the rest of you are through with - but I am confused about the engine oil sludge issue. The Toyota statement in the dead discussion says their SPA applies to 99-2001 models. Did they do something different in the 2002 model to fix this problem?

    Also, were there any changes to the 02 affecting the "cowl shake" and paint chipping problems, or are you 2002 owners having those problems as well?

    Thank you for any responses, I am planning to buy my 02 on Monday and if I need to change my mind I hope someone will tell me soon!
  • ezshift5: I know it's not the same, but the "manumatic" 5 speed on the '04 is at least better than an auto-only.
    '04: Ours is on the way, expect delivery later this week.
    For those (like us) concerned about the lack of protective bodyside moldings on the '04, check out www.trim-gard.com. They have OE style moldings in several popular colors. We ordered their BT90 that perfectly matches the "Absolutely Red" color of the SLE we have coming.
  • i was able to drive my girlfriend's 6 cylinder last week. my (somewhat biased) impressions:

    wonderful acceleration. 240 hp is a good thing. relatively quiet cabin. from all the bouncing & jittering due to road conditions/suspension, it felt like i was back in a Mustang - not a good thing. also - the stock stereo was nowhere near as good as the JBL in my car. but the kicker: even with the seat back and the telescoping steering wheel set away and high - i still couldn't get my legs under the steering wheel. i'd hate to think of how this would have worked if the car had a manual transmission.
    overall: i still love my car.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 854
    ....while I think the '04 - with the nice manu you've indicated - is a nice car..........

    I will continue with my '00 DWP SE's clutch, shifter, 2l5's and such for a bit longer.......

    ....better MPG, less maintenance, more involvement (but less resale) sums it up........

    best, ez
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    Thanks for the note...
    The new Solara will replace my wife's 2001 Chrysler Sebring LXi w/Autostick ... the sequential shift is more for me than for her.
    We have the Autostick on our Chrysler Pacifica also, and I use it often.
    For pure fun, however, I still prefer the 5 speed manual on our '90 Mazda Miata!
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    We bought 4 16" wheels to mount winter tires on our '04 Solara SLE (picking it up tomorrow).
    The wheels are 16 6.5, sparkle silver finish, with Toyota center caps. Price was $350 the set of 4, delivered, no tax, plus $26 for wheel lugs & valve stems.
    Anyone interested can find them by typing "Toyota Solara Wheels" in the E-Bay search engine.
  • I took a 2001 Solara SLE that I am considering buying into a trim shop and he recommended against buying it saying that Camry can't make a decent convertible top. Anyone out there had trouble with leaks, bent frames, and/or clanking when it opens? How well have your tops held up to the weather and UV? Thanks!
  • I have a 2001 SLE convertible that I bought about 30 months ago. I have had no mechanical problems with the top. It has never leaked (although here in southern Nevada we don't get much rain). I haven't noticed any particular problems with rattles. Being a convertible, there is more wind and road noise than you will find on a hardtop, but nothing that makes ordinary conversation difficult.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Is is just me, or has anyone else found that the Toyota logo on the trunk of the new Solara disproportionately huge?
  • mogal1mogal1 Posts: 9
    I totally agree. The rear logo on the Infiniti G35 coupe is even worse--splayed double-spaced across the entire rear end--it ruins the look of the car, IMO. (They also have their name/logo imprinted prominently on the interior leather seats, btw...At least Toyota is exercising some restraint.)

    This seems to be a growing trend, in-your-face marketing. I think it detracts from the class of the car. Tacky tacky tacky.
  • Mine is a 2000 camel top and I've not had any problems. I clean and treat it about twice a year with Ragtopp cleaner and protectent so it repels water, bird dropings, etc. BTW, the material is acrylic which is impervious to UV rays.
  • ragtopragtop Posts: 35
    Hi Everyone, I haven't been here in years and I know this issue was addressed back in 2000 and that a TSB has been issued but guess what. It finally happened to me. The Bass on my radio has just started to boom and I hear a bad rattling distortion coming from the back seat. I assume it is from the subwoffer. Since the car is not longer in warranty. (I tried to get the dealer to take a look at it but no luck) I think I remember reading that some one on this board disconnected their subwolfer all was well again. Right now, I am looking for a quick solution. Anyone still round that owns a 2000 convertible ?
  • Hey ragtop, good to see your still checking in. I've got a 2000SLE convertible and had problems with my sub. The TSB was for adding foam between the sound chamber and the frame to prevent ratteling. Your problem sounds like mine, a blown sub. The dealer replaced mine while under warranty and they had the whole backseat and trunk apart. I'd never disconnect the sub, it just wouldn't sound the same. Good luck.
  • ragtopragtop Posts: 35
    Hi cooldude, yes it's been a while since I've been over on this board. I've been mostly hanging out in the Accord and Odyssey board since we just bought those cars.
    I found the references on the radio in the now "read only" solara convertible board and I read your post back two year ago. I think your right and the sub woofer is blown. I tried to disconnect the subwoofer but couldn't find the connector. For now I adjusted the radio to fade to the front speakers only and they work fine. When I have time, I'll have to take apart the rear seat and see if the sub is truly blown. Thanks for the help.

    The solara board seem to be a little quite. Not many posts. Two or three years ago, this board was so active. Guess we've all moved on.

    Jimmy.....2000 Solara SLE Conv with only 23,000 miles.
  • JGT74JGT74 Posts: 28
    I have a 2001 Solara SE-V6 with the manual air conditioner. The light behind the fan and temp dial has recently gone out. It is more of an inconvenience at this point, but will probably get it fixed the at the next major service (60k). My question is if anyone else has had this problem and if so, is this a do it yourself type fix or is it one better left to the dealer? My main concern is how difficult it is to open up the center stack to access the A/C control panel, which I know can be a bear depending on the vehicle.

    Also if you had this problem, is the fix as simple as changing out a light bulb or is it more involved (like changing out the A/C control panel). My recirculate button has been on the fritz as well, so a replacement of the panel may be in order anyway.

    With 51k on the odometer I am over all pleased with this car. These electrical glitches are annoying, but hardly a condemnation of the car itself. Besides this, the only other problem the car has had was a bad passenger seat track that was addressed under warranty.

    Just sat inside an 04 Solara. The exterior will have to grow on me, but the interior is a very nice evolution of the previous model. Must resist temptation... LOL
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