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2004 Toyota Solara



  • It is unbelieveable. Now the dealer tells me that the car is due in Jan or Feb of 04. How could it take 3 months to ship a car from Ky to Texas?? I wonder if these people are putting me on, and are trying to keep me from buying another kind of car. In my brochure, the split spoke wheels are standard on the SE V6, with the l7 as an option. Does your brochure show that these wheels are only standard on the 4 Cyl as stated in your last post? Could it be that there are really two different brochures on the 04 Solara? It just gets worse and worse. I am not sure of what course I should take.
  • I know you all are talking about the '04, but we've got an '00 SLE V6. It has pulled to the left for 4 years and the Toyota dealership says it is perfectly aligned. Love the car, but that left pull is a real aggravation. If I ever get a new car that is aligned properly, I won't know how to drive the darn thing.

    Of course, the salesmen and techs all drive it and they refuse to say that it pulls left. They blame it on wind gusts! But other than that, the car has been great.
  • Is it possible to get an SLE without a sunroof/moonroof via a factory order?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Well, I guess there is more than one brochure out there. e-mail me it's on my profile.
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  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Marty, in our region CAT. The moonroof is standard on the SLE.
                       : )
  • It is more an issue of safty and quality that seems to be on going. Weather its a 2000 or a 2004 and your car pulls, you just bought $25,000 worth of aggravation, and depending what alignment macjine and software is used, it may show it is aligned, but the new laser alignmant machines ahow Dangererpose potentially hazardous for the SAI.
  • It is more an issue of safty and quality that seems to be on going. Weather its a 2000 or a 2004 and your car pulls, you just bought $25,000 worth of aggravation, and depending what alignment macjine and software is used, it may show it is aligned, but the new laser alignmant machines ahow Dangerous potentially hazardous for the SAI. My opinion is the strut towers and poor quality bushings, and the older Camrys even had a recall on them.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    webguyster, what year Camrys had the recall for the struts and bushings? I'm just curious as we've owned two in the last 12 years and I never got a recall notice or special service campaign on either one.
                             : )
  • cooldad24cooldad24 Posts: 163
    I don't have nor heard any recall ont he Bushing and struts. I own a camry and many of my co-worker and friends own one too. Can you be more specific? Or point out the details if you can.

    The SLE has Sunroof not the moon roof. Th edifference is the sun roof has a tint glass while the moon roof has not. So the sun roof allow sun pass thru the tint glass while the moon roof can be open or close completely. It's standard on the SLE.
  • swan898swan898 Posts: 15
    sorry for delay getting back to you. We wanted and got the oceanus blue. think it looks great. Had to look all over Wash.state but worth it. The ivory leather with it was icing on the cake. We're very pleased with the whole package. The 4 just hums along. plenty of power for all the hills in Wash. good luck Andy.
  • I hope Toyota got all the bugs worked out of the 2004 cuz it looks sweet...

    Make : TOYOTA Model : SOLARA Year : 2000
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 00V154000 Recall Date : JUN 02, 2000
    Component: SUSPENSION:REAR
    Potential Number Of Units Affected : 541

    Audio system: The CD player may not accept or eject CDs. (1997)
    Brake noise: Original-equipment brake pads are noisy causing groaning, grinding, squeaking, and vibration. A revised lining is available. (1997-98)

    Doors: The fuel door does not open when the release is pulled due to weak spring. (1997-98)

    Power seats: The front power seats may chatter requiring replacement of the seat-adjuster assembly (1997-98) or manually operated seat cushion on driver's side moves. (1997)

    Sunroof/moonroof: The moonroof may rattle when it is opened about four inches or the glass panel may get skewed and will not retract. (1997)

    Suspension noise: Noises from the front end when driving over dips in the road are a result of defective upper strut-tower cushions. (1997-98)

    NHTSA Recall History

    1997: In extreme cold for an extended period, accumulated moisture can temporarily freeze in brake-vacuum hose, resulting in elimination of power-brake assist. 1997: Accumulated moisture can temporarily freeze in brake-vacuum hose. 1997: Ignition key can be removed even when gearshift lever is not in "Park" position. 1997-98: Insufficiently tightened steering-wheel nut may cause steering vibration and looseness; nut could eventually come off, leading to separation from shaft. 1998: Audiovox Securikey+ Security System can malfunction causing electrical failure; can cause engine to run poorly and stall, and electrical components can intermittently fail. 1998: Some wheel lug nuts are defective, causing loss of torque, fatigue fracture of wheel, and possible loss of wheel. 1998-2000: Accelerator-cable housing could be deformed at the cruise-control actuator-to-throttle body connection. The accelerator inner-cable could wear away and eventually break, increasing the risk of a crash. 2000: Due to improper heat treatment, certain rear-axle shafts could fail or break after extended use. 2001: Front-subframe assembly was not adequately welded. This condition could cause failure of the assembly, increasing the risk of a crash.

    as well as these...

    TSB Number Issue Date TSB Title EL008R-02 FEB 03 Keyless Entry - Transmitter Programming & Identification
     EG003-03 FEB 03 Exhaust System - Sulfur Smell
     AU001-03 JAN 03 Audio System - Excessive Bass
     EL008R-02 JAN 03 Keyless Entry - Transmitter Programming/Identification
     EL003R-00 DEC 02 Instruments - Speedometer/Tachometer Needle Movement
     PG027-02 DEC 02 Steering/Suspension - Ball Joint Inspection
     TC001-02 MAY 02 A/T - Fluid Requirements
     BO010-02 MAY 02 Child Restraint - Seat Top Strap Installation
     EG003R-02 MAR 02 Emissions - OBD II Readiness Monitor Drive Patterns
     EG007-02 MAR 02 Valve Cover Oil Baffle - Damage Prevention
     SU001-02 MAR 02 Rear Hub Bearing O-Ring - Service Tip
     PG008-02 JAN 02 Certification Label - Replacement Availability
     PG009-02 JAN 02 VIN Plate - Replacement Availability
     PG003R-01 DEC 01 Service Manual - Corrections Index
     ST008-01 DEC 01 Front Suspension - Squeaking Noise
     BO030-01 DEC 01 Windshield Wiper Blade - Maintenance and Cleaning
     BO023-01 SEP 01 Seat Belt Extender - Increases Belt Length
     NV006R-01 AUG 01 Audio - Rear Woofer (Speaker) Noise
     NV007-01 AUG 01 Convertible - Popping Noise While Opening Top
     BO020-01 AUG 01 Sliding Roof - Diagnostic Tips
     SU001-01 JUL 01 Wheel Bearing Dust Deflector - Ticking Noise
     BO004R-01 MAY 01 Convertible - Boot Separation/Tearing
     BO017-01 MAY 01 Power Seats - Movement/Adjustment Inoperative
     EG005-01 APR 01 EVAP System - Supplemental Operation/Diagnostics
     BO011-01 MAR 01 Seat Belt Tongue Plate Stopper - New Parts
     ST001-01 FEB 01 Steering Wheel Nut - Torque Standardization
     BO002-01 JAN 01 Seat Belts - Extenders
     BO034-00 DEC 00 Convertible - Pull Down Handle Uncomfortably Warm
     SS004-00 DEC 00 Diagnostic Tester - Communication Error With TIS
     NV016-00 NOV 00 Convertible - Center Rail Rattle
     BO032-00 NOV 00 Convertible - Wind Noise/Water Leaks, Top Alignment
     BO028-00 NOV 00 Trunk - Water Leaks
     BR004-00 OCT 00 Brakes - Pad Clicking Noise
     NV015-00 OCT 00 Convertible - Popping Noise From Back Glass
     EL011-00 OCT 00 Daytime Running Light - Disabling Procedure
     SS003-00 OCT 00 EVAP System Pressure Tester - Improvement
     AX007-00 SEP 00 Alloy Wheel - Identification and Application
     SS001-00 SEP 00 Special Tools - 2000 and 2001
     ST004-00 JUN 00 P/S - Power Steering Rack Squeaking Noise
     ST002-00 MAY 00 Repair Manual Corrections -Torque for Steering Wheel Nut
     SU002-00 MAY 00 Suspension - Rear Axle/Shock/Coil Reminder, ABS
     AX005-00 APR 00 Antitheft - Automatic Door Lock Feature Programming
     PG006-00 MAR 00 Emissions - CA/50 State Certified Emission Control Label
     BO015-00 MAR 00 Mirrors - Installation of Door Mirrors
     AX001-00 MAR 00 Vehicle - Towing Guide.
     BO008-00 MAR 00 Body - Exterior Rear View Mirrors Made More Durable
     PA001-00 JAN 00 Paint - Codes & Code Label Locations
     BO002-00 JAN 00 Seat Belts - Extenders Available
     SU001-00 JAN 00 Suspension - Front Support Change Reduces Noise
     PG001-00 JAN 00 Technical Service Bulletin Information
     EL011-99 DEC 99 Windows - New Regulator With Motor Reduces Sticking
     PG032-99 DEC 99 Year 2000 Readiness Disclosure
     PG031-99 OCT 99 Wheels - Tire Inflation & Wheel Lug Torque Chart
     PG021-99 SEP 99 PDI - Worksheet/Explaination of Changes
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    cooldad, a moonroof is one that has glass on the cut out portion of the vehicle's roof. Be it tinted or not. A sunroof is one where the cutout has no glass.

    webster, thanks for the info on the TSB's. Neither one of my Camrys were affected.
                   : )
  • cooldad24cooldad24 Posts: 163
    I went to the NHTSA web site and only can find the first recall on the Solara. Some of the others are from Camry in 1997-98, the first year problem on the ex-ex model. I couldn't find those TSB since the Doc number is invalid. And I believe you list all models from Toyota in the list. Most the recalls I have read are on small QTY from 2 - 16,000 comparing to 220K+ units sold each year. By your concern, none of the brands today should be considered since they all have a lot of recalls and TSB crossing all models. It's over react IMO. If the problem is severe, costomers will dump the brand like the big three in late '80 and '90. No brand produce 100% trouble free cars and minor defects is unavoidable. If Toyota can't fix the problem in such a long time, I will not buy from them in the future. But at least at the present time, they are better bet than those with worse reputation in reliability.
  • Wow, all those recalls, sounds like a Chevrolet I once had. I cant believe this is from a Toyota car. I am beginning to wonder if I even want a Solara.
  • Doesn't deem like a lot but if you have one of the cars affected, hmmm......

    Thats the list of the model year 2000 probs! Any problem finding the info, call NHTSA and they will look it up, as I had to have 1 problem fixed that way, as the Toyota dealer didnt have the TSB in there data base!

    When you talk about dump a brand, ask yourself, how many of your neighbors keep a Toyota longer than 3 years these days as opposed to 10 years ago, or before the decontenting that started in 1997.
  • What do you mean all related to year 2000 model? Some recall is for 1997, some for 1998, 199,2000, 2001 and 2002. Also only 3 recalls I can identified associated with Solara and some are with Camry/Avalon. I can't confirm does all the problem associate with Camry only or cross all the models. We need to be carefully verify these issues. Or it will be like link one most troublesome model to most trouble-free model. And then we miss the accuracy and will mislead others. My 1999 Odyssey has been through 5 recalls and none of them cause me problem but all have been taken care by Honda. My ex-coworker has all the problems on his 1999 odyssey of the recalls but never cause any problem ever since the fix. So recalls and reliability may not necessary the same. So when you cite the recalls and TSB not necessarily prove the poor reliability. On the other hand you can interpret the manufacturer really spend time on the problems reported by their dealers and find the solution. If it's critical, issue a recall to prevent accident. I own a 94 camry and only replace temp sensor besides routing maintenance. Like my friends and coworkers who also own a toyota, never heard a complains nor severe problem.
  • The auto industry is far more likely to offer a TSB than a recall and they are often made aware by NHTSA and others like Alldata. It is far less costly to TSB than recall! Thus the numerous SPA's! A recall means they are required to fix ALL cars that have a problem, or will potentially develop a problem, whereas a TSB is for those that do develop the problem or may have a potential flaw in the production of the car until the car company starts a running production change to prevent such an occurance. I am still a Toyota fan, thanks to my 81 Corolla that is probably still driving across South America somewhere! The newer cars, especially American built don't compare to the old quality standards. I have only seen 1 new Solara on the road, but it is sweet!
  • We got our 04 SLE a week ago and couldn't be happier. The fit and finish couldn't be tighter, no matter where built. It shows what Americans can do when they try. It is very quiet and as fast as anyone could want on our highways. One feels very secure in it. Only thing I have to get used to is the rather high window sill. I'm 6 ft and have to reach up to rest my arm on the sill.
  • Congrats! It's a new should feel like one. First year cars usually have far too many bugs, and the Camry/ Solara prices dropped dramamatically the 2nd and 3rd years.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Bill, did you e-mail me? My e-mail is on my profile. Just click on the user name on this post.
                 : )
  • Do you know if the pulling fix is for all Solaras, many, that have that problem, and are out of current specs...SAI!
  • Jerry,

    I just got off the phone with Darrin and he couldn't tell me the exact spec's of what they did to fix the alignment on your car. He said if you look at the paper you received when you got your car back... it should say what the specs were for the alignment.

    He did tell me it was something with the camber bolts, but couldn't tell me exactly how they fixed it??? Is there anything on that paper that says exactly what they did?


  • Don't believe it is as true anymore about first year models. We got one of the first 98 concorde's in Wash. Had 6 perfect yrs with it. Never saw a shop. There are to many fine cars now. If they want business they have to try harder. There w/b the exception. Make sure you have a dealer that will take care of you.
  • The local dealer is one reason I keep my car, open til midnight no appointment, and they stock EVERYHING. I wonder if that is a sign of good service, or poor product??? This was the first car I bought for cash, and I have refused to take the loss on a trade in again, now being a 30 something, and then found I bought a potential lemon, or a car that MANY people have had similar problems with. I followed word of mouth...Toyota and Honda the best quality for the inexpensive cars, but IMO, I had less problems with a Chevy than a Toyota. I am following the 2004, because I am at 50,000 miles now and may want to get a new car, but I am still trying to resist the urge to throw my money away without a bit more research. When I originally started reading the threads, their were mostly car salesmen, and Zaino salesmen posting, so the threads read somewhat bias. Now it seems like mostly consumers are posting...I hope.

    Anyone Zaino'd their Solara yet???
  • You may have to hang on to your present car for quite awhile. Nobody wants the tradein. To many rebates and lo,lo entice the new car sale. They really loballed us when we got our car. had to really fight with myself to go ahead with the deal. we are retired and just don't need a big car. After 6 yrs you figure that one is going to start having expenses and they can get very high very fast. We pd cash also and that is sort of a no,no. they want the paymts.We did haggle and I feel we got the car for a fair price,They are in very short supply in Wash st. Had to go 150 miles to get it, our nearest dealer hadn't even seen one. Having after hour repair srv can be very handy if you work during the day.
  • Haven't Zaino'd my Solara yet... but will spend a full 2 days in middle December, washing, claying, washing, and then Zainoing my car. My new Solara is black, so it should come out sweet! I bought my Zaino products for my last car... stuff works great. The only I problem I have with Zaino is that I think it is way overpriced... I've seen people use other products at half the price and it works just as good...
  • Hope you enjoy your black beauty as much as we like our oceanus blue sle. Not sure what Zaino is but assume it is a wax of somesort. I just finihed puttling Meguiar's gold class on,and it looks just great on the pearl color. really sparkles. cost was around $7.00. Quite easy to apply. Have fun!!
  • Zaino is a great wax (which many will swear is far superior to any other wax). It runs about $20 for the polish, but they usually try to sell you the entire step system which in total can be around $150.

    The Meguiars is very good as well... probably won't notice much of a difference.

    I love my Black SE Sport! The only problem is I think someone was painting a white car near mine at some point in time before it left for the dealers. On the drivers side (and nearly half of the hood) I have little white spec's all over the car... VERY hard to see, but I'm a fanatic about my car... so when I go home to visit my family over the holiday's I'll be claying my car...

    Claying is WONDERFUL... gives you car that silky, smooth feel. Then you put a fresh coat of wax on it and it's wonderful!
  • I know this isn't the Zaino board (I think there is one), but it is all I use on our 2000 Red Solara. After 4 years, you would be hard-pressed to find a swirl/scratch mark on the car. I think Zaino is initially on the high-cost side, but I think it lasts longer than anything else I've ever used. You can clay, wash and wax it early in the year and in the fall it still beads up after washing. There are times when I put on a fresh coat of Zaino Z-2 polish when I really wonder if I need to.
  • akc10akc10 Posts: 21
    I remember the test drive I had a few weeks ago. The salesman and I were standing next to a red and I noticed and pointed out that it had little white specks of paint on it. He was standing there scratching them off with his fingernails.
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