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2004 Toyota Solara

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  • cooldad24cooldad24 Posts: 163
    There is 4 way twist switch for the light control so it could be one of the four selections:

    1. OFF: everything is turned off. No light will comme up.

    2. AUTO: DRL is on all the time and the light will be automatically tunred on when dark.

    3. Doom or PARK: Only turn on the panel backlight and parking light.

    4. ON: Manually turn on the head light and Panel backlight.

    The Fog light twist switch is underneath the light swich at the same stalk. It only comes on when head light is on.

    Hope this clear the confusion.
  • Just wondering if anyone knows about any pictures of the new convertible available anywhere on the web? Thanks in advance
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    I am curious why folks are so opposed to DRLs on vehicles. We have had them here in Canada for a while now and I rather like them from a safety viewpoint; particularily if you do a lot of higher speed driving (and passing) on 2 lane roads. You can see oncoming traffic so much better with DRLs. They use little juice to operate (are not the full illumination of the lights) and have caused me zero problems on my last 2 or 3 cars that had them. Just wondering??
  • In my opinion most seasoned drivers here in the U.S. have not been raised driving cars with DRLs and which have only been introduced in the last 5 years (?) or so. To most Americans, headlights on in the daytime hours meant that you were part of a funeral procession. I am not going to dispute the safety they add, but I personally think they take away from the look. However, with all of the nuts out there you need all the protection you can get these days!
  • Turning on headlights on a bright sunny day is as silly as, well turning on headlights on a bright sunny day.:) All kidding aside, the lights on GM cars especially are on high beam, and they are set too high, and cars are constantly flashing at you. Go to a drive in restaurant in the hot summer, and leave your car running for the A/C and your DRL's are in the opposite drivers face. He does not like that and you get his brights right back. Also, just suppose you want to sneak up on someone at night, can't be done with DRL's, that is why the cops disconnect them or the dealer renders them inoperative. Any way I am not in a funeral and the car looks stupid with the lights on in bright sun. Also, I dont like them coming on in my garage. When the weather is bad I turn on my headlights, and if necessary the fog lights also, so I do not need automatic lights, or DRL's.
  • Many thanks for clearing up the way the switch works. I got it now, and I can't believe I did not understand it in the first place. I was having a bad day. :)
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    I forgot all about sneaking up on someone. How stupid of me - LOL :>)). On a serious note, I know this topic has strong opinions on both pro/con sides and I don't think either side is going to change their minds. I just feel (based on Canadian experience since model year 1990) that the benefits outweigh the negatives. And, yes, the early GMs were too bright (error in execution, not concept).
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    have had DRLs, and I dont recall ever being "flashed" by other drivers who thought I was driving w/ high-beams. One time, I was happily "flashed" by ..ahem....a friend... but thats a different story.

    :)

    ~alpha
  • OK you guys, I promise not to say another word about DRL's, but sneaking up on people is something one has to try to see how much fun it is. Of course, it depends on what the sneakees are doing/ :-)
  • cooldad24cooldad24 Posts: 163
    I think it will be more appropriate to call it Auto mode than DRL. This auto mode will turn on and off the head light when you drive in and out of tunnel, parking building and garage. In the day time, it only turn on the parking light (amber one) as the DRL. Once getting dark, it will turn on the panel backlight and head light automatically. It's a nice feature for my wife who often absent minded forgot to turn on or off the head light. ;^> Shuuu..... she is coming!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Both the SE and SLE have the front strut tower brace. Yes, the 'boys have actually won 4 games this year!
                   : )
                   Mackabee
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I'm closer to getting the answer on the speed limiter for the 04 Solara. I was at the 2004 Prius "ride and drive" yesterday and got to talking with one of the technical trainers (he actually trains the techs that work on your car) that's based out of California. He didn't have the spec book on the Solara only the Prius, but he did show me where to find the information. I talked to my tech today but he was busier than a one-armed paper hanger and promised he would look up the information on their training computer.
                   : )
                    Mackabee
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    Well the 17 tires are Z rated (good to 150)and i'm guessing that the limiter is set that spec.I heard the first gen Solara V6 was set at 130 as the tires were H rated.I never got the chance to get my 01 that fast but i did manage to get it to 120 one night.This new 04 seems way more responsive and way quicker on acceleration than my 01 V6.I'm sure once it's broken in i'll get into some street battles with it and who knows maybe find out where it shuts down... :)
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    Does anyone know if i can delete the auto locking system on my alarm system?I'm not to crazy about the doors locking on there own after exiting the vehicle.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The tires that are on the car from the factory have no correlation to what speed the car is limited to.
            : )
            Mackabee
  • Isn't the governor what controls the speed???
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    The computer is set to whatever the manufacturer sets it to shut the fuel down at a desired speed.My 01 Tacoma V6 shuts off at 110 and thats in 4th gear and it has 110 mph rated tires on it.
  • Many thanks for your efforts. You would not believe how hard it is to get that type of information. It seems that the mfg'rs want to keep it a secret. I called around and had so many answers that I now know less than I did when I started. One company rep told me that the speed limiters on their cars are set in accordance with the speed rating of the tires. Another one told me that sometimes the limiter is set at the point where the drive train or chassis has a problem beyond that speed. That worries me. I got the idea that a n electronic speed limiter is used to mask deficiencies in the design or assembly of the car. What do you think? How about them cowboys. I guess I will have to stop refering to them as fumble fingers.:-)
  • theflowtheflow Posts: 98
    Just bought one yesterday. When turning on the headlight, the remote mirror control buttons don't light up. Is that how it's designed? Just thinking for a $27K car it should be illuminated. Also, anyone knows the make and model of the wheel locks for the 17" wheels? And where I can buy them besides the dealership? Thanks.
  • akc10akc10 Posts: 21
    Yesterday I drove both cars back to back. The Accord had a tighter feel suspension wise but I like the Solara better, just a smoother ride to me. Accord seemed to have more pickup but Solara was adequate. Appearance, hands down the Solara looks better. Even though I drove the SE Solara, I am going to purchase the leather model. I was not impressed with the leather in either car. (both reminded me when my father had me working on his nauga farm, raising naugas.:) Both definitely had a naugahide(sp) feel to them, rather cheap I thought.) The Solara sales person told me the 4 cylinder was not available with leather but I knew better and went in the showroom and checked out the leather in a 6 cylinder. He even looked in the brochure and confirmed that the 4 cyl does not come with leather but it is available plain as day in the brochure. The model Solara I drove had the manual seat adjustment and this was a huge turn-off on the quality one has come to expect from Toyota. The device reminded me of what one might have found on a car from the 70's. Very cheap feeling. Also did not have lumbar support adjustment on this model but the lumbar support was very comfortable. At least I thought so and and this is very important to me. Of course the leather will come with an electric adjustment for the lumbar. I noticed on the sports models on the lot that all come with a trim package that runs pretty much around the bottom of the body of the car. A big lip or shelf on the back of the car under the bumper and basically every one I walked by had collected dust on this shelf. To me this trim does not add anything to the car and the dust collector is just that. I have been reading about how quiet the Solara is. Someone was test driving a 6 Cyl while I was on the lot and when they passed by I barely heard the car running. The car I drove was louder inside than that car was from the outside but the car I was in was not overly loud, just minor road noise. The accord was definitely louder and when stepping on down on the accelerator got rather raspy. The solara was not raspy. I have read on here about some concerns with the transmission on the Solara and I think most has been with the 5 speed auto on the 6 cyl. The 4 cyl has a 4 speed trans, and it was smooth as silk. I have some pricing questions that I will put in another post, maybe Mackabee or some of you can help me understand the difference.
  • akc10akc10 Posts: 21
    A few weeks ago I went on autoconsumerguide.com and printed out model prices (MSRP, Invoice and options also.)

    The SLE 4 cyl auto is MSRP based priced at $22,995. An SE 4 cyl auto is MSRP based priced at $19,950. Add leather seats for $1365 MSRP. This totals to $21,315. The difference is $1680. What does the SLE include as options that are not included on the SE? I added sunroof, spoiler and gold package (MSRP)to the SE along with the leather (total $22,650)and was still under the MSRP price of the SLE. One discrepancy that I thought may be one difference is that even though you add leather seats to an SE, they may not have the electric adjustments or heat unless you add that as an option also but that seems rather pricey. This may be an obvious answer but rather than me racking my brain thru this brochure, I figured someone would know the answer right off the top of their head, like Mackabee maybe? :)
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    The SLE V-6 has "V" rated 17" tires. Generally the manufactures speed limit the car to the speed limit of the tires. I beleive the "V" rating is for149MPH.
    Yes the sport pkg has unattractive, dust collecting, lower body cladding. What was Toyota thinking? Thank god the SLE does not have it.
    As for quiet, the V-6 SLE is extremely quiet and smooth inside & out.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The SE is not available with factory leather. The SLE V6 has the 5spd sequential automatic transmission. There are two versions of the SE, the SE and SE sport. Let me know what questions you have and I'll try to answer them as best I can.
                          : )
                           Mackabee
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Bill, I just read a whole page about speed ratings on tires at tirerack.com. It does says that tires are matched to the top speed of the vehicle they are put on. So according to their logic your Solaras top speed would be 149mph. However I did notice this speed rating (V rated) on both Solara 4cylinder and V6 tires on the cars that are on our lot. I still haven't gotten the "official" word from technical in Torrance Ca. I'll keep you posted.
                     : )
                     Mackabee
  • Thanks again, but I see that everyone seems to have latched onto you for all the info about this car. I do not think that the 4 cylinder car could even come close to l49 MPH, but the V6 might. However, I noticed that Car & Driver uses the term "drag limited" when they discuss top speeds. The other term used is "electronicly limited" and I guess my question should have been what is the top speed of the SE V6 if it is NOT artificially limited, in other words, what is the drag limited top speed??
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    Try checking a V6 Solara with the 16 inch tires and see if they are V rated...I'm guessing that they are not and have a H rating due to the size.Maybe the Bridgestones are V speed rated for the size that they are using and does not reflect the top speed capability of the Solara...
  • akc10akc10 Posts: 21
    The solara brochure (see next to the last page under "available option combinations.")says the SE 4 cyl comes in an SLE 4 cyl and the SE sport does not come with leather. The page before that has the "model grade features" and shows leather standard on the SLE V6 and must/can be ordered as an option on the 4 cyl. The code is LA. Autoconsumerguide.com also says the 4 cyl comes in an SLE. (leather) With you selling them I know you know more than I do but everything I see points to the 4 cyl SE being upgradable to a leather model. (SLE) See this link and it shows the SLE 4 cyl pricing for the [email protected] $1365.

    http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/new/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/- - - 37588#optionalequipment

    The questions I have are in message # 511 and these questions are about the SLE 4 cyl pricing. Of course you cannot answer them if the SLE 4 cyl is not available in your mind. :)
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I never said the SLE 4cylinder was not available. I said the SE and SE Sport are not available with factory leather. Leather is standard on the V6 SLE and optional on the SLE 4 cylinder models. I hope this clears things up for you.
                         : )
                         Mackabee
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    All the V6 Solaras on our lot (SE, SE Sport, and SLE'S) have the V-rated tires on them.
                  : )
                   Mackabee
  • akc10akc10 Posts: 21
    I think what confuses is " not available with factory leather." In my mind, all of these come from a factory and if the leather is not installed there, then where, whether an option or not? After the guy at the dealership told me the same thing "I thought" you were telling me, (leather n/a on 4 cyl)I thought I was reading the brochure incorrectly. Since that is clarified, could you read 511 and answer that question for me?
    I really appreciate you taking time to answer as I am sure everyone else does.
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