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Toyota Solara



  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Congrats on your purchase of a 2002.

    I drove my gf's '02 4-cylinder today. We had a dicey merge onto busy I-95, and without flooring it, I found the power to be impressive for a 4-banger. Not a problem.
    Lots of back seat/leg room for her dear Mom (Mother's Day, after all) and Dad.
    Nice car all around.
  • nrl76nrl76 Posts: 30
    Check the seat belt against the side of interior. It is plastic on plastic and I have heard that before. If you pull the seat belt out a little, it should sit away from the side. Obviously, after people use the belt it will go back to the original position against the side.

    Hopefully, that is causing of the rattle.

    '99 SLE
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Some features that I don't think have been mentioned yet for the new 2004 Solara are:

    Seamless passenger side airbag (so you don't see where it comes out)

    Tilt/telescopic wheel

    belt operated sunroof

    adjustable pedals

    There are some more features that I can't think of off the top of my head. The colors for the new Solara will be white, black, lunar mist metallic, sand color, light blue and dark blue, as well as red. The interior of the SLE looks great with the navigation. It's exquisitive, very ES300-like.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    17 inch wheels will also be available. The two blue colors are Blue Metallic (similar to Camry's Catalina Blue) and Oceanus Blue (similar to Camry's Stratosphere Blue). All auto transmissions will be gated on the 4 cylinder model with a 5 speed sequential shift on the V6. Expect a convertible six months after the initial production of the Solara begins in July.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Expect a much better initial quality from the new Solara compared to recent new vehicle launches by Toyota (ie Camry and Corolla). The word is that the boss of TMMNA is extremely uphappy about Toyota's dip in quality and has met with the Toyota's North American company presidents/leaders.
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    "TMMNA is extremely uphappy about Toyota's dip in quality "

    I am glad you said it, and not me!
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    no effect on the rattle. Seems to come from under the car, passenger side, rear. I guess I'll have the dealer look for it at the 15,000 mile service next month.
    Thanks for the effort.
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Have your heat shield and exhaust pipe been ruled out. I started getting rattling when accelerating under my car. My catalytic converter started spitting chunks into the exhaust pipe, and got stuck in the pipe under the car, the part that hangs low, like a trap under a sink, when looking at the car from behind. Simple fix, they just replace the pipe and/or exhaust.
  • i_luv_toyotai_luv_toyota Posts: 350
    "The word is that the boss of TMMNA is extremely uphappy about Toyota's dip in quality and has met with the Toyota's North American company presidents/leaders."

    What took them so long?

    IMHO, Kentucky built Toyotas are far below Japanese built Toyotas (and even OH built Hondas) in terms of quality, and seems to have been this way for quite a while (since early-mid 1990's).
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    TMMK was still winning JD Powers quality awards up through 2001, then it dropped off. Notice how each time a redesigned Camry was introduced (92,97,02) TMMK either didnt make the list, or barely did.

    This is what it says on Toyota's website:

    Eight J.D. Power and Associates Plant Quality Awards: four Gold (1990, 1993, 1994, 2000), two Silver (1991, 2001); and two Bronze (1992, 1997)

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Can you provide a link to interior pics of the Solara with NAV? I've only see pics of the 04 Solara that traveled the autoshow circuit (which I believe was an SE.. not sure if it was the SE Sport model)

    Also, I think its good that Toyota is making ABS and side airbags std, with curtains optional.

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Sorry, I don't have a link. I saw the picture in a newsletter.
  • gpoltgpolt Posts: 113
    Does $16,000 sound correct for a 2002 4 cyl auto, certified with pwr seat, alloys, spoiler, ABS and 10K miles? Anyone like to take a stab at what the same car in a 2004 will run?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    JUST A GUESS: probably 21K-22K- (side airbags, ABS standard, pwr. seat too, i believe).

  • maui2k3maui2k3 Posts: 13
    Any guesses for a 2004 Solara SLE with all the bells and whistles including Navigation? Under 30k?

    By the way, are there any pics floating around of the dash with the Navigation System?
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    What Says: Toyota didn't exactly turn up the excitement meter much, but the Solara should continue to offer coupe buyers a well-built and luxurious ride for a good price.

    What We Know: Toyota is especially proud of the fact that the new second-generation Solara was conceived, designed and will be built in the United States at its plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. This cut the development time to 19 months, a company record. The new coupe is more refined, more powerful, larger and sportier. The featured power plant is an all-new 3.3-liter V6 that generates 225 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm -- that's 27 more ponies and 28 more lb-ft than the current model. There will also be a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 157 hp and 162 lb-ft available.

    The extra power of the new V6 will be handled by the new performance-tuned suspension -- Toyota repositioned and recalibrated every mounting and pivot point on the suspension, added specially tuned struts and new front and rear springs. It claims the result is better ride quality, less body roll and pitch, better feel and increased response. "

    Was there really any room for improvement? Aparently TMMK doesn't look at Consumer Reports, or J.D Power if they feel that the American built cars from Kentucky are not being built as well as they could be.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    "Aparently TMMK doesn't look at Consumer Reports, or J.D Power if they feel that the American built cars from Kentucky are not being built as well as they could be."


  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    I second that.

    It almost reads like a compliment!
  • webguysterwebguyster Posts: 434
    Seems like TMMK does not listen to the praises of Consumer Reports, or JD power, or they would not be expecting Japan quality form Kentucky! Theses magazines LOVE Toyota, and sing praises, regardless of what people say! Why does Toyota expect more!?!
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    CR's review of the Tacoma? Not a good word since 1995. I personally like to believe, even if I am incorrect, that magazines choose vehicles based on their ratings systems. Car and Driver has an affinity to BMWs and Hondas, CR to Hondas and Toyotas, based on their preferences and ratings systems. As long as I feel the ratings systems are sound, and that the magazines adhere to them time and again, I think bias is a bunch of BS.

    I will tell you though, that I think ratings system for comparisons is absolutely horrid, and I dont put any credence in their reviews whatsoever, regardless of who they put on top. Example of why- in the Economy car comparison test, they have a ratings area called "Ride". But no where in that section do they actually rate a vehicle's ride quality?! Why call the heading "Ride" if you dont evaluate that! Additionally, 30% of the final score is based SOLELY on price- LAME- it doesnt factor in value, quality or performance, its just a simple caluclation based on MSRP. Also, the glowing review of the new Sienna- how can they assess Acceleration and Handling, and call it a "Full Test" if they have no instrumented numbers?

    I'd gladly pay a subscription fee to if they stopped posting henious reviews.

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Don't get them any ideas! haha
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    ...2000 SE V-6 5-speed manual: 4620 miles over the Rockies into Kansas and Nebraska thense south and west to Colorado, New Mex, Arizona, SoCal and home to California's capital (I'll not comment on politics now).

    A. 150 gallons of fuel @ 1.55/gal average. That's just under 31 miles per gallon.
    B. Didn't miss a beat. Oversize tires (215's) worked fine. Wheel squeal at cornering time much reduced. Still get chirp during rearward weight transfer seen under hard accel.

    Webguy, sorry to have missed you. Holler prior your next sked Freeport excusion....ez
  • 99solara99solara Posts: 51
    ezshift5 do you run 215/60/16 or 215/55/16? What brand?
  • earlgrey_44earlgrey_44 Posts: 21
    Ez, how does this good mileage number compare to what you saw before the tire upgrade?
  • sazaman1sazaman1 Posts: 22
    Any news about the upcoming convertible or it is going to be discontinued? please help....
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Expect the 2004/5 convertible to come 6 months to a year after the coupe. I'd say it's closer to six months though, just in time for spring and summer weather.
  • maui2k3maui2k3 Posts: 13
    Any word on pricing for the new 2004 Solara? Top out for the SLE with Navigation around $30k? Seems like the only pics floating around are of the red which is not the best color for this car.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 857
    ....following a quick check in the garage:General Exclaim 215/55R16 91H. Got 34 and change with the old 205's Sac'to-Burbank a few years ago. Best to date is 31.2. Tirerack sez they are essentially the same size. I'm lusting after the RX8, but this Solara lives my grandfather's creed: never sell a car what's running good.....ez
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I believe Toyota said pricing would be able the same as the current model. It may, in fact, be less as Toyota's recent cars have been priced lower than their predecessors. From what I understand, only the SLE will have a V6 and that will be optional. I'm almost certain that it's optional on the SLE, but not sure if it is also available on the SE.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    NO! Dont say that.

    I think the V6 will be optional on the SE grade. Neither the 4 or V6 will be available with a manual transmission, however.

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