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Toyota Solara



  • gdanczykgdanczyk Posts: 26
    webguyster- I remember seeing this problem in this thread. You might want to look back. If I recall, there is a Technical Service Bulletin about this problem and it is an easy fix. The dealer will probably have to order the part. The replacement should be no-cost, covered under the TSB. BTW, mine does the same, it just doesn't bother me that much so I haven't complained yet. I'll make sure to do it at the next oil change.
  • kwylliekwyllie Posts: 13
    I had the same problem with my 99 SLE. The seat would shift back just slightly when accelerating. My dealer fixed it, no questions asked. Your Toyota manager's statement about normal wear and tear sounds like a bunch of hooey to me.
  • Actually my post #1099 should have been addressed to silversolara, but I saw your name in the subject line and it ended up in my post. Sorry to annoy you.
  • radracerradracer Posts: 96
    Toyota follows a 5 year pattern, so we'll see the new Solara in 2004.
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    I called Toyota customer service, and they are going to have some area, or regional person get back to me. They asked what I expected from them, and I replied I expect a seat to be repaired, free of charge, as I have never owned a car that has done this. I buy a new car every 1-2 years, so I do not but into the wear and tear thing! I have had every prob with the Solara posted, as a my old screen name was Solara11, and I know from past dealings with Toyota, not to expect much.
  • solara11solara11 Posts: 78
    Before I go in complaining about my moving seat, I have developed a new problem! When turning, my parking brake warning light goes on. Goes off when turning is finished, and car is straight again. Where and tear, or bad sensor, or some other defect. I'll wait until Monday to see! I think my dealer, Schaumburg Toyota, is either poorly trained, or doesnt like warrenty work. I know from experience, that it takes at least 3 trips per problem to get any decent fix, or repair. M friends 99 Camry was in a collison, and they installed her seatbelts backwards, tighting when acellerating, and losening when applying the brakes!?! Took another delare to find this error.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    You don't have a new problem,add some brake fluid to the resevoir.The level is getting low and sets off the light when the fluid sloshes around.
  • decondecon Posts: 56
    When I turn off the radio and just have silence after I start my car...I can hear a sound similar to the CD changer moving.

    Anyone get weird sounds from the dash? Happens about every 5 seconds for 1 minute then stops.

    Also, anyone hear a click after you turn off the car. The click sounds like the daytime running lights clicking on/off.
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Thanks for the suggestion! I will check it ASAP! I hope I dont a leak in the brake lines!?! Don't get me wrong, with all the complaining, I still like my Solara, not LOVE anymore, but still like! The dealers stink around here, as they are soooo busy. I am still waiting on my call from the rep from Toyota, that the customer service person promised that I would get. Go figure. All I am asking for is a seat that doesn't move back when I accellerate from a stop, and thats wear and tear! I am up to 28,000 miles now, and I am not a large person, where the seat may develop wear and tear, like break from too much weight. I'm 165lbs, so the wear and tear thing is silly to me!
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    As the pads wear down,the fluid drops in the biggy :)
  • Finally got the car in May, after about 10 weeks of waiting for a special order to be delivered. Apparently, the Leather package with the V6 in standard just isn't done in the northeast. Crazy thing was, after all that waiting, when it finally arrived, it didn't have the Leather! They ended up sending it back to port and putting in aftermarket leather there. I was annoyed at first but they assured me they'll cover it like original equipment and I think I like it better than the factory leather (is the factory leather two-tone?) mostly because it's darker.

    I LOVE how it rides! I drove to NYC from Boston recently and have never enjoyed the Merritt parkway so much before. No obvious left pull. I wouldn't nominate the coin box for an award, but geez, what's the big deal?

    Main problem: The paint and body surfaces seem to be very delicate. What are my best options to "touch up" small scratches? As this seems likely to be an ongoing issue I'd like to have an easy solution for minor cosmetic blemishes. Any tips?

    P.S. Thanks to the regulars - you guys have been an invaluable resource before and since my purchase. Especially Cliffy for keeping a thick skin and coming back for more.

    2001 V6 5 spd SE Leather
  • gdanczykgdanczyk Posts: 26
    I found the TSB for the "Rocking Seat" at

    Service Bulletin Number: BO01100

    Bulletin Sequence Number: 109

    Date of Bulletin: 0003

    NHTSA Item Number: SB610957

    Make: TOYOTA

    Model: SOLARA

    Year: 1999



  • if you check out some other forums (ie. accord coupe, BMW, lexus) there is quite a bit of complaint regarding 1999 cars on up and their respective paint jobs.
    the standard excuse is that a lot of manufacturer's have gone from a lead-based paint to something else.
    i use touch-up paint (from my dealer) on my 2K Solara - no big deal.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    If it's anything like thepaint issues we have in the airplane industry, switching over to more enviro-friendly paints has made them more brittle, so the chip very easily. It also makes it more difficult for us to get certain color mixes.

    Oh well, that's just how it is nowadays.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    At first glance, the new Solara really looks ugly. The current Solara looks much better.
  • curlyqcurlyq Posts: 54
    3M Automotive makes an invisable car bra product called Scotchcal. It is offered pre-cut to fit the Solara by several companies. One is called Invincashield I believe.
  • evaddaveevaddave Posts: 156
    I don't know if you consider Pennsylvania the northeast, but I had more of a problem finding a V6 with a 5-speed than one with Leather. I'm happy I waited. :)
  • Canc -
    Having not seen one in person yet, I will hold my opinion, but the pix I've seen of the new Solara allow me to REALLY enjoy my 2K Solara.

    Evaddave - I had a tough time finding a V-6 manual with regular seats here in So Jersey. The dealership I went to had two manual trannies on the lot, both with leather seats. After some debate, I figured that I would learn to enjoy it. :)
  • wree7777wree7777 Posts: 26
    If I special order a car (2002 SE V6 5sp leather, heated seats with invoice of right at $23K), how much over invoice would be reasonable to pay? For sales off a lot, it seems like I keep hearing about $300 over, but I'm not sure how dealer holdbacks and the like are affected by special orders. Also, how long does it take for special orders to arrive?
  • Hi. I was planning on buying a Mustang GT this month but some co-workers convinced me to go for a Japanes car (like Toyota or Nissan) because of thier strong track record. I thought about it and come to realize that I will be happier in the long run. I've decided to go with the Toyota Solara. It will cost me more. At least I know I will be getting alot more car for the money. From the pictures I've been looking at, it looks pretty classy (don't like the spoiler though).

    How's your Solaras doing? What do you like or don't like about them? What improvements do you think should be made? How's your gas milage? How many days (or weeks) go buy before you have to gas(city)? How is the interior in person? How good is the sound system? How's the legroom? Thanks for any info.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I've only seen the recent posting here about the 2003 Solara, which is a bit similar in styling to the next generation Celica (see this month's Car and Driver). I think the current Solara looks more upscale, whereas the new one is more focused on being a sports coupe.
  • vz18wpvz18wp Posts: 20
    Please tell me (Cliffy?) that the upcomimg newly redesigned 2003 Solara will have a key-fob remote trunk release!!!!! PLEASE!

    I really do like the new look. Much sportier!
  • rsblaskirsblaski Posts: 68
    FYI, I was poking around on the discussion group menu and came across a group dedicated to Solara droptops at /direct/view/.ee9229e/517. It only saw entries from June through July and then went inactive. It did have a couple of interesting items not addressed here.
  • radracerradracer Posts: 96
    The Solara is going to be redesigned in 2004. This 03 Solara picture is a FAKE photoshopped image. The guy circulating this picture, Vince Burlapp, has been banned from many other sites. He is known to produce fakes.
  • The Solara is a much more refined car than the Mustang, and is also a LOT more reliable, based on the bulletin boards and car forums. It is more comfortable, it is better looking, it is quieter and more roomy inside - The back seat is huge! The interior is very well done with quality materials. I especially like the perforated leather used on the seats. The Solara will hold long-term value better than the Mustang as well. The JBL stereo is pretty good for a factory system, but I would add a subwoofer down the road. I get 20-29 mpg depending on how I'm driving (V6 auto). Based on these forums and the fact that there are hardly any used ones for sale, I would say that most Solara owners are VERY happy with their cars. I keep saying I need to sell mine because I really need 4 doors, but is is such a darn good and comfortable car, I just can't part with it yet. Nearly 3 years - not a single repair.

    You MUST go drive one - be sure that the silent, super smooth ride is what you are looking for. If you want more sporty handling, you may be happier with the Acura CL or CL-S. Of course you can easily add some of the TRD racing parts from your Toyota dealer as well.

    p.s. - I like the spoiler.
  • I was thinking about going for the TRD suspension, but I hear that the ride is a bit harsh, so I will keep suspension stock. However, If there is a way to get rid of the wallowing over bumpy roads without giving up much of the ride quality then I will go that route. Anyway, I think I will go for the TRD supercharger. I will go in test drive one within the next couple of months.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Does anyone know if Toyota has changed the cupholders for the 2002 year? Also, apart from the exterior styling cues, has anything else changed for the 2002?

  • radracerradracer Posts: 96
    I have the TRD struts and just can't take it anymore. So I'm going to swap over to Tokicos. Order the ones for the Camry or Solara v6 and they will fit. They will be a little more stiff than stock but will handle better and won't float over bumps. You can get them at, use coupon code 260101 for 30% off.
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