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Toyota Solara



  • canccanc Posts: 715
    My service rep. didn't specify, although he said there were no reports in their database about similar problems, so I'm guessing this is a one time thing. One question though, when they say they'll replace the main ECM, does that include the ECM that tells the transmission when to shift?
  • bezaharbezahar Posts: 20
    Just thought I'd bring this up, thought I'd seen someone else mention it a little while ago. About a week ago when it got really hot outside 100+ the driver's side window would not go down. Took about 3 minutes or so of driving with the AC on before the window finally decided to go down. The passenger’s window and sunroof worked fine just the driver's side that wouldn't work.

    Well that's about the only problem I've had with the car so far.

    2000 Red SE-V6-5speed 38.5k miles, averaging about 26 mpg on premium.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    ..........2000 SE V6 5-speed.........driver's side window switch failed (replaced under warr.)..Toyota will probably make good on it (it ain't nothing new, right?).........ez
  • I really have no idea, but I would expect that since unit to be completely replaced, the tranny ECM would be included (providing that the ECM is one device that controls everything). As I said before, though, I don't really know for sure.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Yeah, I'm pretty sure the main ECM is one device that controls everything. Thanks for the input.

    P.S. Where are you in Canada?
  • No prob... :)

    I'm in Kanata, Ontario (near Ottawa). But I'll be moving out to Kingston (university-land for me this fall...) in September.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I'm in Ottawa! Best of luck at Queen's...
  • Cool... :) Thanks... :)
  • alexhhoalexhho Posts: 5
    I have a 00 V6 Solara, and don't want to mess around with stock items. I'm just wondering if by adding a front strut brace or a rear sway bar or both would increase the car's handling significantly? And does it matter what brands of bars? Any recommendations and where to get the parts? Thank you for your time.

  • bwiebebwiebe Posts: 27
    Brought my 2000 SLE in for them to have a look at my chugging problem. Dealer advised that it was because I had my Traction Control on and the computer was sending the car wrong directions as it had too many things to think about (traction, ABS, etc!!!!!! Suggested I keep the Trac Control off unless its icy on the roads. Now I'm no mechanic but this seems like a load of crap, pardon my french. Can you tell me what the ECM is and what it does. I would appreciate it if you could report back in when you have had a chance to see if that works. I plan on writing Toyota with my dealers explanation and see what they say. I've had the Trac on since I bought the car, almost 2 years ago and the problem was non-existant for the 1st year and it has been getting steadily more persistant in the 2nd year. Nowhere in the instrucion manual does it suggest to leave the switch off unless its icy. Any other comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I don't have trac control on my car and it does that. I think they're just trying to think of an logical explanation for your problem, but can't put their finger on it. Anyway, I don't go for that kind of answer--like the ECM has "too many things to do at the same time"!!! LOL! The ECM isn't a human brain, and can process many many different instructions simultaneously.

    I'm no mechanic either, but from what I gather the ECM is the car's "computer". Everything from ABS brakes to sensors to traction control has to do with the main ECM (Electronic Control Module). My dealer explained that they believe the ECM is sometimes sending the wrong signals to the transmission solenoid and that's what makes it "chug".

    I'll definitely give you an update on this whole thing when I bring it to the dealer sometime next week.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    I'm no mechanic either, but I think your observation is correct- it's a bunch of crap! The traction control SHOULD be on all the time! Sounds like something an "award-winning Chrysler 5-STAR" dealer might say! LOL......

    cliffy1- where are you?? Any suggestions?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I agree, its garbage. I don't know enough about an ECM to comment on its functions, but I know the TRAC system should have no effect on other vehicle functions.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Thanks. Maybe I should trade in my CL-S and buy a Toyota? ;-)) At least I know I can get honest answers here even if we don't agree on those customer surveys! ;-)) BTW- 17 months old, 18,000+ miles and not ONE problem with the Acura. Just like MOST Toyotas. VERY reliable and not the "perceived" reliability that someone in the Chrysler 300M group threw in my face one day. Guess I rubbed him the wrong way or hit him on a day when he had made one too many trips to his "award-winning 5-STAR" dealer and got no results! LOL................

    FWIW- also have a 94 Corolla, 39,000+ miles, outside 24/7, no rust, only replaced tires and battery last year. Except for oil/filter and other fluids, everything else is original- brakes, spark plugs, wires!! Great car.

  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    are just rumors.

    While it is true, we should expect the new Solara in 2004 (based on the 5-year cycle) and moving to the new platform (along with the Avalon, RX300, & Sienna when they get redesigned also, as only the Highlander and Camry are on the updated platform, which the Highlander got before the Camry).
  • Hi. My wife currently drives a 1997 Camry V6 XLE that we bought 2 years ago, and so far it's been a great car. I drive a 1983 Celica GT with 253,000 miles on it and I can't seem to kill this vehicle no matter how much I abuse it. My family has owned several Toyotas as well and I'm sold on their superior build quality and reliability.

    Although I still love my Celica, it is starting to get long in the tooth and I'm only really considering 2 cars as a replacement. An older Lexus SC400 or SC300 or the Solara. These really seem to be the only two upscale sport coupes Toyota/Lexus have had out in the last 10 years. I just would like to believe that Toyota is not letting their quality slip in the cars built here in North America (Solara).

    I'm torn on whether to buy a 1992-1995 Lexus SC ($10-$15k) or a newer Solara V6 99-00 ($15-$18k). From what I've read and researched, they are both great cars, at least mechanically speaking. Today I found a 1999 Solara V6 SLE with every option available, it only has 10,000 miles and the dealer is asking $17,988 (before negotiation) and this sounds like a pretty good deal for what is practically a new car.

    Or I can spend around $11k and get a '93 Lexus SC300 with 67,000 miles on it in great shape. I guess it matters if that Lexus badge is important to me.

    I remember the Toyota dealer once telling me that the Solara is basically like a Lexus sports coupe without the price tag. I was just wondering if anyone in here has ever compared these two similar vehicles.

    Thanks in advance for any input.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The SC300 has an inline 6 cylinder and is a rear wheel drive car. The Solara is a V6 and is front wheel drive. I personally, prefer the SC but am unsure about paying that much money for something that old.
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    the SC300/400. Lexus builds a very fine car, but when you need repairs you will wish you had the Solara. The engines last a very long time, but things like the exhaust ($1,500), electrical system, A/C, power steering pump, auto-dim mirror, etc. are very expensive to replace.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    mongoose12 -

    automophile has a car for you!! Ever hear of someone buying a house SO CLEAN and perfect that all you had to do is bring your clothes and move in! Well, automophile's white Solara is JUST like that. He's not available right now, but might be checking into this group. I can tell you that he owned a Lexus ES 300 before the Solara and thinks the Solara is better in many respects.

    I'm sure he'll be in touch when he sees this discussion. Wait a few more days before you make any decisions.

    My aunt has a 99 SLE V6(sand beige color) with ALL the options- spolier, traction control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags I think- except the moonroof. It only has 15,000 miles. She wants to buy a Camry because the doors are too big for her on the Solara when she gets out in the garage. She's about 85 years old and wants something easier to get in and out of. ;-)))

  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    If you do, Solara

    If you don't, SC300/400
  • Loucopits, are you referring to what it costs for Lexus to do the work, or is everyone that expensive? I know that Toyota/Lexus dealers are very expensive for repairs in general. The reason I ask is the mechanic I use is a former Toyota mechanic and he seems to always do the work for less than half what the dealer would charge. $1500 for an exhaust system does sound quite expensive.

    I drove the 6 cylinder Solara today, and I have a question. Do Solara's naturally have a much stiffer ride than the Camry's and/or a Lexus? I am used to my Camry and compared to it and the 2 Lexus I drove today it seemed like I could really feel the bumps in the road a lot more in the Solara. Maybe this car had the sport tuned suspension, which I believe is an option on the Solara?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    the "sport-tuned" suspension is standard on the Solara, which also includes a front strut tower brace...little tweaks in the suspension, and quicker steering ratio.
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    the Lexus dealership. Even using a shade tree mechanic, the parts will have to come from Lexus unless you use a junkyard. If you want an SC, I'd buy from a Lexus dealer and form a strong bond with the service manager, hoping for some repairs to be done as "goodwill".
    Price out an inside autodim mirror, a burned out bulb on the climate control, a dual exhaust replacement, A/C compressor and then make your decision. The few things I have had done to a Camry and an Avalon were quite reasonable, but I did not get a free loaner, free car wash, free coffee, nice waiting area, etc.
    How about a used Celica?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    This is something that I've always wanted to ask, so here goes. What exactly is a steering ratio? What do those numbers mean? And the same goes for the automatic transmission ratio. I've tried looking for this on the internet but can't find anything.

  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    the ratio is in terms of gear ratio.

    For steering...number of turns of the steering wheel to go 1 full revolution of the pinion on the rack.

    Transmission, gear ratios, essentially # revolutions of the gear (and engine) to a full rev of the drivewheels.

    I may have things switched....
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    I'll ask a dumb question for sure- WHO would care what they are or what they mean unless maybe you race?

  • canccanc Posts: 715
    True, this may not be info to be considered during a car purchase unless you intend to race. I never paid much attention to it, but thought I should!
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Isn't the Lexus exhaust "stainless" like the Solara's, using 2 of the same mufflers, different pipe??? If it is, it will be very expensive, cuz my "stainless" exhaust, model year 2000, was blown at 25,000 miles, lucky for me under warrenty still. Yet another reason to not recommend the Solara, IMO!

    I would try Midas, before spending that much money on any muffler/pipe! If the quality is seemingly questionable on the Lexus, imagine the planned obsolescense of the Toyota parts!
  • Hi, I have a 2001 SLE. Just some minor problems so far. The performance has been subpar, but I still love the way it looks. Anyways, I am about to seal a hole in my tire, but I remember from discussions in the past in which some posters stated that changing the tires signficantly alleviate the pulling problem. Any suggestions?
  • To Any&All Solara Owners,
    I have 99 Olds Alero that is a piece of crap. Numerous quality problem within the past 2-3 months. So, I'm getting rid of this car and thinking of buying a Solara.

    Question: When I test drive a Solara, what kinds of things should I be looking for? If 99 is the inital year model, should I look at 2000's? After reviewing the Solara postings, it doesn't look like there are alot of problems with them.

    If you had a choice between a Honda Accord or a Solara, which would you choose?

    Thanks for the input(s). I think this forum is the best for car enthusiasts, information, etc..

    Has anybody out there from Calif. used the states "secret" warranty law? If so, how did you make out?
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