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Toyota Solara

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  • hoosierhoosier Posts: 6
    I noticed that there has been a mid - year change to the 4-cylinder Solara - it now has a 5-speed automatic transmission rather than a 4 speed. The highway gas mileage estimate has now been changed from 32 to 33. However, it still lists the horsepower at 157. Does anybody know if the "official" 2006 Solara coming in September will have the increased horsepower (160) that the 2005 Camry was upgraded to?

    Thanks in advance.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    I went to my local dealer to drive a 05 V6 to see if the throttle lag had been fixed (i drove a 05 V6 Camry and it was fine)but they were out of stock and won't be seeing any untill next shipment in 3 weeks wich will be 06 models.As soon as they arrive i will drive one to check for any improvments on the drive by wire lag that plagues the Solara and will report on this thread.
  • hoosierhoosier Posts: 6
    I just noticed that the 4-cylinder Solara's (2005 1/2?) now have a 5-speed automatic transmission instead of 4-speed (see Toyota's web site, and I've seen them on the lot).

    Does anybody know if the "official" 2006 4-cylinder Solara (coming out in the fall) horsepower will be increased to that of the 4-cylinder Camry? Right now the Solara is 157 HP and the Camry is 160 HP. I am just wondering if they will have the same exact engines in them.

    Thanks!
  • nicolemnicolem Posts: 5
    Any comments on the windscreen?

    Is it quick to take off if you need to use the backseat for passengers? With the windscreen in place, can I still put items in the backseat such as briefcase, etc. or is access completely restricted?

    I never thought they made much difference, but saw a few posts here indicating otherwise... Is sounds like the car my dealer was able to locate with the color and options I am looking for includes this, as well.

    Thanks!
  • hfpieratthfpieratt Posts: 11
    What's 3 HP? The loss could be from the hood creating slightly different flow of air into the intake. In 1994 Chevy had the new Impala SS rated at 265 HP with the same motor that put out 300 in the Camaro and it was due to altered routing of the air intake. My point is you probably won't notice anything with a 3 HP difference. Now the 5-speed auto is a huge upgrade. Came from the 4Runner so it should be plenty stout and improved mileage too!

    Oh, if you want HP don't look to get it from the 4. It's better to start with something that already has some horsepower to begin with, ie the 6 cylinder. Back in KY we would say, "You can't polish a turd." Nowadays it may be more PC to say, "There is no replacement for displacement." If you look at the MPG the 6 is only down by 3MPG. If you can't afford it right now then it's better to wait and get exactly what you want. Blah Blah!
  • Has anyone had any trouble finding a Solara with the curtain side airbag option? I've had 2 local dealers tell me they can't locate an SE with curtain side airbags anywhere in my state or several surrounding states.

    Am I the only one who cares about curtain side airbags? It's only a $400 option, so i was surprised I couldn't find one that had had it added.
  • hfpieratthfpieratt Posts: 11
    I live in TX now and noone here seems to get ABS, traction control, or air bags. All things I would think are desirable, even without snow, but I guess when left up to the customers most didn't pick those things. Looks like one has to get a car or trim level where those things come standard.
  • jsvanguyjsvanguy Posts: 14
    I have a 2004 Solara SE Sport that has the V6 engine. After 4000 miles, I am only getting 17-18 mpg with a mix of driving on the sideroads and freeways here in town. Have not had a chance to take a long roadtrip yet.

    What are others getting for MPG on this model?
  • hoosierhoosier Posts: 6
    I think you're right about the 3 hp not making much of a difference. However, I don't agree that it's from the hood design or air intake, because the Camry prior to 2005 had the same exact hp at the same RPM's and now it's 160 HP at different RPM's. And I agree with you about the 5 speed auto.

    However, power is relative. Right now I own a 1998 4-cylinder Camry rated at 133 hp - obviously underpowered and sluggish. My mom got a 2002 Camry with the upgraded 157 HP 4-cylinder and it's like a rocket compared to mine. I'm sure that if you've been driving powerful 6 cylinders the 4-cylinder 157 HP will seem very sluggish, but to me, it's more than enough power - I mostly drive it by myself or with one other person. And besides, the 3 or 4 mpg difference adds up for someone who doesn't make a fortune, especially at today's gas prices having to drive long distances to and from work.

    So again, it's all relative to your "power" orientation.
  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 79
    My 2004 SLE V6 mileage has never been less than 24 in mixed driving and has been as high as 35 hiway. Something tells me you like that sound when you stomp on the pedal.
  • nicolemnicolem Posts: 5
    I've only had the car 48 hours (SE V6), but mine is around 27.5 mpg. So far I've driven approximately 250 miles - mostly highway.
  • hfpieratthfpieratt Posts: 11
    Hmmm...typically anyone who is concerned over HP is interested in going faster than they currently do. So I figured you were in the same category. If you ever do decide that you want to go faster by yourself or with one other person and you would like to keep high MPG then may I recommend a motorcycle. Nothing on 4 wheels is as quick (acceleration) gets better gas mileage or costs as little as a motorcycle.

    About the 157 HP being more than enough for you, I'd say you're exactly right. When I drove a 4-cylinder Tacoma a few weeks ago I noticed it would be perfectly adequate for any and all driving conditions, and in this case 3-HP will definitely not be noticed.
  • orrjorrj Posts: 2
    I have the same problem with the grill peeling on my 2001 solara convertible. I saw the dealer today and we are suppose to talk to a rep about having it fixed. How did you make out with your repair? Did they cover it, or how much did it cost?
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Congratulations on your new car! I hope you'll also post in the Solara: Prices Paid and Buying Experiences discussion to help out folks who are considering buying a Solara.

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  • mitchfloridamitchflorida Posts: 420
    We called around to all of the Florida Toyota dealers and they said that they are no longer bringing in the Solara 4 cylinder stick shift into the Southeast states. Automatic transmission only.

    Where can we find a new Solara with the 5 speed manual transmission???
  • jsvanguyjsvanguy Posts: 14
    Just to correct my previous post, I have a 2005 Solora Sport, not the 2004. Sounds like others here are getting much better than my 17-18 mpg in mixed driving. Is this something the dealer can easily troubleshoot and correct?
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 858
    ..that IS sad... I have the six....which really squeezes every drop of regular.....

    ..the 4-cyl with manual should provide outstanding fuel efficiency. Hang in there.

    best, ez
  • solara2001solara2001 Posts: 2
    I haven't had the grill fixed yet. I'm waiting for it to get a little worse before I do anything about it. My car's warranty is up, so I'm not expecting the dealership to cover the repair. Was your dealership able to come up with a good fix for you?
  • 05solara05solara Posts: 1
    Have you gotten any luck on the programming? I wonder whether you have any information about the programming on the transponer key for 2005 Solara?
  • jairossjaiross Posts: 1
    I must admit I haven't read earlier threads re: the Solara BUT looking at this one gives me flashbacks of the reason i traded my beautiful red 1999 Solara so soon (2003 I purchased a camry). I had to replace all 4 tires on my Solara at 30,000 miles because of the unusual wear on the tread. I had my tires rotated a couple of times before that and each time I was told I probably needed to get regular alignments... I don't remember feeling a pull to the left but I do remember everyone commenting on my tire wear. I had other problems with my '99 as well. Starting with the battery dieing at about 10,000k and the final straw was when the water pump went out leaving me stranded on the highway (in 2002) & costing over $500 to replace & repair the residual damage. Toyota eventually reimbursed me for the cost of towing & repair but I decided it was time to let that car go! I have a 2003 Camry now ~ with no problems. Since Toyota has such a great reputation for making reliable cars I thought maybe the problems were "brand new model" issues and by now they'd have all the kinks worked out... what are newer model owners having to say about the Solara?
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    Don't know about newer Solaras; but wife's '99 SLE V6, which we have had since new, is going strong and has never caused any trouble. We have done all the scheduled maintenance and replaced the tires (mostly because we didn't like the OEM tires it came with).
  • kreativkreativ Posts: 299
    Did anyone purchase the VIP Security System (RS3200 Plus) option for the '04-'06 Solara? Do you know what features it comes with on top of what's already standard (engine immobilizer, remote lock/unlock - trunk release - panic button) on the Solara?
  • jkpsarasjkpsaras Posts: 29
    I've heard that there is a software update to minimize the transmission hesitation on 2004 and 2005 5-gear Auto models. It's for both Lexus and Toyota models. Has anyone had this update on their car yet? Have you noticed any improvement.
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676
    It is my understanding that this upgrade is only available for the Lexus models right now (see http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.ef14656/724 for discussion of how it is working out).

    Also, there is an "Engine Hesitation" forum here at Edmunds that includes good information on other models. "Engine Hesitation (All makes/models)"
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222

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  • jsandiegojsandiego Posts: 3
    I drive a 2004 sport and I was rcently rear ended by an SUV doing 30 mph! the first day it looked pretty bad, the rear bumber cover was pushed in and was popped out at the side. I popped the side back in place at the scene of the accident by hand, and by the time I got my estimate two days later, the bumper cover had pushed itself out and I was only left with a scratch in the paint. Im hoping that if I wait a couple more days the paint scratch will heal itself.LOL! By the way, the front end of the ford expedition that hit me looked like he slammed into a brick wall and was undriveable. GO TOYOTA!
  • sandwi54sandwi54 Posts: 1
    After months of driving my Solara V6 SE, I found out that the engine is a little weak when the AC is on, and even less powerful when the AC is turned on before the engine heats up enough. In addition, gearshift takes longer for some reason. Has any of you noticed the same problem?
  • bunner1bunner1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Solara SLE 3.0 which has an intermittent steering wheel vibration at highway speeds. Usually begins after a few miles on the highway, and can last up to 20 miles or more. If i pull over and stop, then reenter the road, often times it disappears. If braking is required during the vibration, the car pulsates badly. Items replaced to date are both front brake hoses, front brakes, left front rotor, and caliper, tires rotated and balanced, and four (4) wheel alignment. Before I continue to put money into this problem with no fix yet, any other ideas as to what may be causing this ?
  • Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I just bought a 01 Solara SE, its a 5spd with the 2.2 four. I really like the car alot, it doesnt have all the power in the world but hey it makes up for that with how good it is on gas. Me and the wife own a 03 Maxima SE and a 89 Pathfinder XE with lots of goodies, mostly in the off road kind, so its not the best on gas, I get about 12-14 mpg in it because of the 33's on it. But back to my Solara, I see alot of people talking about it pulling to the left, I havnt noticed it on mine at all, the suspension is a little soft but that can be fixed. I dont think I am gonna do alot of mods to it but hey you never know with me. Anybody done any mods to theres and if so wich ones? Im just trying to figure out wich mods the 2.2 will like the most. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and say I saw all these people talking about liking the Accord more but everybody and there grandmom owns accords around here along with those damn civics who think putting a intake and a coffe can muffler on it will make them run 11's on the track....LoL...anyway, I like to be different thats why I picked the Solara over the Accord, I looked at a Civic, Accord and a Solara, I test drove all of them, and I chose the Solara to be diferent, it can always be made quicker if I want. Sorry about the long post I tend to go on sometimes
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Welcome to the Forums, whitetrash2775, and congrats on the new ride :-)

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