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2004 Toyota Solara



  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    My 2004 Sienna instruction manual says 87 octane is required, 91 octane is recommended for improved performance.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    congrats on the Sienna! Midgrade is rarely used.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I buy gas exclusively at Costco, since they are nearby and always are cheaper than anyone else. They don't even offer mid grade. I use their premium in the Sienna, even though I know that I would probably be just as happy with regular. Just a hang-up that I have.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    If you want midgrade, may as well buy inexpensive premium from Costco.
  • I am in the market to buy the 2004 Toyota Solara V6. I am interested in knowing the price you paid for your new solara with what type of option(s). This will greatly help others who also interested in. Plese also specify which area you live. It doesn't need to be exact. It can be like southern CA or northern Chicago. Thanks for your input.
  • If Toyota has not improved their seats, I dont recommend a Solara. My passenger is rattling and my drivers is rocking...again! I am a hearty 6ft, 175lbs, 112% muscle, 17% fat, on an electronic BMI! These seats suck!
  • Webguyster: Can you be more specific on the rattling problem? Is it only happen when making a big turn or even when driving straight? Did you send back to dealer and have them to probe and fix it? I just like to know it's design issue or assembly defect. Thanks.
  • The passenger seat rattles when hitting small bumps. There is a TSB, but I have had it in 3 times, and the problem returns. The drivers side seat rack has been replaced already , and is starting to slip or rock when accelerating. The dealer sends it to a trimshop to fix. The TBS is for shrinking the cables on the passenger side. IMO it's s design problem, and the last time I brought it to the trim shop directly, the man there told me that Camry's do that. It is just annoying at this point.
  • Webguyster: Thanks for your detailed description! May I know which type of seat you have? Leather or fabric(SE or SE Sport)?
  • I can't find the '04 buit did find the one on '02-'03 Camry. They have modify the seat assembly sub since Feb, 2003. I wonder is anyone else has the issue? Webguyster: Have you talk to your dealer about the lemon law. They should buy it back or replace it and send back to Toyota for research. You can call Toyota customer service too to complain this porblem.
    Here is the link to that TSB if anyone is interested. 01369-1498.pdf
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Took Freehold Toyota in NJ nearly the entire business day to complete, and that is with an appointment ONCE the part had been ordered as per the TSB on our 2002 Camry.

    Be prepared.

  • The Accord EX V6 coupe does have XM radio standard, but it comes with this ugly pimple on the back of the roof, whether you want it or not. I guess Honda figured it hadn't made the Accord ugly enough so they gave it acne.
  • The seat problems are on my 2000 SE V6. They are the standard Camry cloth seat, and I do not know if Toyota has a new design. I was almost in arbitration until Torrance, Toyota stepped in, years ago. The quality of my 2000 Solara in not 1/2 the quality of my 1981 Corolla!

    Aplha01....Your seat fix......"It won't last!".. Kathern Tramell, Basic Instinct"

    I cannot imagine a radical seat rack redesign.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The problem wasnt a major issue anyway, and I'm not sure that it is even the same issue you were having in your 2000 Solara. The fix has worked for the past 5K miles, so its all good.

  • I got call from Car Direct for the options I want. The Rep told me there isn't a XLE V6 doesn't came with Spoiler if ordering Stability and Tracking control options. I never like the spoiler and think it break the curve of the line and doesn't help in control. I wonder if anyone has a XLE V6 with Stability and tracking but no Spoiler?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    So. At least your seat doesn't rattle comin down the road.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    your dashboard doesn't have to be destroyed to install XM, they do it at the factory under warranty for you!!!!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    taken apart.
  • I give it 10,000 miles and you will be back to get it repaired. It was still issue enoguh for you to post it here.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    It is not installed at the factory. The dealer has to install it. It is not as if all they have to just slide out the factory radio and connect a few wires. They have to dismantle the dash and spend hours of labor because it doesn't look like the car was originally designed with the XM dealer-installation in mind. It is supposed to cost somewhere around $500 or more after the labor charges. It probably would have added less than $200 to the cost of the JBL system if it was integrated at the factory. Since they already require the JBL system if you order Nav, they might as well have added the XM at the same time. (The XM and Nav might even be able to share the same antenna if they had planned for it) Maybe the 2005 models will have XM integrated into the factory stereo on Navigation-equipped models at least. You won't have to spend the $10 subscription fee if you don't want, but it will be there if you change your mind later and at resale time.
    At the very least, for 2005, they should modify the factory radio so an XM upgrade will be a quick plug an play install that takes only a few minutes labor at the dealer.
    I like XM, but it isn't worth $500 plus the risk of interior damage and rattles caused by the dealer installation.
  • Dont understand all the jibberish here on the xm radio (read my post #268), but it works and sounds great. I agree, and even brought it to their attention, that the wiring necessary should be 'prewired' at the factory, which would greatly reduce the cost and labor involved, but their argument was that 'maybe' 1 out of 30 buyers will opt for the XM radio.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    With that cost and installation hassle, of course!
  • The XM radio install is just more typical Toyota crap. Do they polyglycoat it too?? If they do,I am sure that it costs another 100 bucks.
  • I got the 04 SE V6 Sport there for $1,700 off msrp. No hassle at all.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Want XM Radio on a car? Why spend $25,000 on a Solara that is not prewired when you can spend $14,995 on a Chevrolet cavalier that has XM installed at the factory.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    Hmmmmm tough
  • I would get the Cavalier for $14,995. I still have at least $10,000 left for a used Cavalier for back up when my new Cavalier is in the shop.
    Guys...This is America and I truely believe that you will get what you paid for.
    I used to have a 93 Camry with 165,000 miles(sold last week) until I got my 04 Solara . I could not find any excuses to get rid of it. Still running strong without any problems. So I finally sick of it because it still running so I went out and got a new one.
    Toyota has been known for build to last....
  • That price is good if the car did not have a bunch of dealer adds on it which came to the same l700 dollars. The typical junk on cars here are about that price, and the adds are worth about 50 bucks. What was on the car you bought? I have tried to find a base SE V6 but every car I have seen has all of the port adds and stuff the dealer sticks on it, driving the price to 27000 or so, and considering that the base V6 SE is 21450 plus delivery of 550 the car is not a bargain at a 2000 price reduction. I could not believe my eyes when the dealers added enough junk to the port adds to raise the price 5000 bucks, but they did. I had decided to buy a 04 V6 Accord, but I gave that idea up when I looked at the G35 base coupe for 29000. I am thinking that that car is probably worth the extra money, but I have heard some bad things about the suspension wearing out the tires in just a few miles and Nissan not doing anything about it. Does anybody know anything about this? I am really trying to buy a new car, but I will not be ripped off, so I am looking carefully. As you can guess, Toyota really ticked me off.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I'll pick up my Cavalier LS Sport with the XM radio installed at the factory along with the $3000 rebate. Also, I'll buy a nice Aveo to back up my Cavalier in case it needs some shop time. If the ports add so much crap, just order one.
  • I tried ordering a Solara SE V6 with nothing extra added, and that was in August, and Toyota has yet to accept the order. The dealer said that I should not hold my breath as this car is unlikely to ever appear. So much for ordering one. If you can do something about this, please let me know.
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