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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#1905 of 3978 New Solara for 2K+3?
May 29, 2002 (5:26 am)
Is there any info on whether Toyota will introduce a NEW Solara for MY 2003 or will the current model soldier on for another year? I know that the MY cycles are 5 years and the Solara is just completing it's 4th year so another year of the current style would be understandable. Yet again, the Solara is built on the 'old' Camry platform and it might be more cost effective to move it to the 'new' Camry platform.
BTW, I've followed this paint issue and must say that my 2K SLE (Silverstream) paint is still very glossy and near perfect (Zanio since new) except for a few (maybe 5) very small chips in the leading edge of the hood. I was told that the Solara's paint is 'water based' (no it will not wash off) due to the environmental constraints that Canada has(where the Solara is built). Maybe that is why it is more vunerable to chipping.
M. M. McCloskey - 2K SLE
#1906 of 3978 Chugging Part III or IV
May 29, 2002 (5:41 am)
Just wondering, how many miles on your car?
I had that before on my old Camry....went out on a limb and replaced the fuel filter (clogged beyond belief) and it solved it.
#1907 of 3978 8u6hfd
May 29, 2002 (5:53 am)
I only have 24850 miles on my car, and my dealership doesn't want to change it, stating that Toyota fuel filters don't need to be replaced, or hardly ever. They don't even carry the fuel filters in stock. Was your Camry chugging constantly? Mine only does so intermittently, and at certain speeds. I've also noticed that it does it more frequently when I've been driving the car for some time. It will never do it when the engine is still cold. Weird.
Now why would a Toyota never need a fuel filter replacement? I was under the impression that this was just part of regular maintenance every 50,000 or so miles.
May 29, 2002 (12:32 pm)
If Solara paint is water based that would explain the chipping. I know that Volvo used water based paint on their vehicles sometime in the 80s due to environmental concerns. The paint on these cars did not hold up well (my brother had one and it eventually had to be repainted).
May 29, 2002 (4:47 pm)
Hey, are you saying that your car "chuggs" from a standstill, while accelerating, or are you having a loss of power, while keeping your foot on the gas pedal? I have noticed an intermittant loss of power, very rarely, on the highway, like at 70-80mph, cruising along, them it almost like it changes gears, or something like that, seems to lose compression, and then is fine again. It's almost like a Solara hiccup!?! This has happened a few times, but few enough where I dismiss it as somehting that will never be reproduced, nor in the computer in the car.
May 29, 2002 (4:54 pm)
The Solara paint is also not of the quality of other Toyota vehicles, according to the guy at Torrance CA, USA, HQ. I don't believe it has to do much with environmental concerns, or every car out there would have this problem. I am not one to make any excuses for the quality of this vehicle, as I believe it is a true testament to the North American/Canadian work ethic, and the auto industries planned obsolesence for all vehicles! ;^)IMO, the Solara was designed for the empty-nestors, or the self indulgent 30 to 50 year oldish , baby boomers, and is designed to fall apart just as quickly as any other car! Difference with this car is the people who buy this car, IMO, are not looking for a practical vehicle, but a NICE car, and after it stops being nice, will be replaced with another NICE new car, maybe the next Solara model!?!
May 30, 2002 (5:15 am)
Toyota claims a lifetime fuel filter.
It's filter...it's supposed to clog eventually. When it's clogged you don't want to see the crap that comes out.
Back when I had my Camry, the dealership did stock them, which costs $30 for the filter.
So I went to Pep Boys and picked one up (Purolator) for $20. For the first time you change, it let a shop do it (nuts are one super tight).
My before was severely hesitating....did all the tune-ups (including distributor cap, rotor, & wires) with not much success. So I got the fuel filter replace (after several failed attempts), and my usual mechanic didn't even think about the fuel filter....I just took a wild guess -- seeing the electrical system was fine....time to attack the fuel system.
#1912 of 3978 webguyster
May 30, 2002 (5:58 am)
It does it when I'm either accelerating from 0-10 MPH, or cruising around 50 MPH. Dirty fuel injectors are probably the cause.
thanks for the info 8u6hfd!
May 30, 2002 (9:35 am)
Hope you are correct. I did the fuel injector cleaning and throttle body cleaning at around 30,000 miles, and got a speech that it's more than just pouring some cleaner in your gas tank. I did it when my car was idling rough, but that did not seem to do anything for the rough idle, and was IMO a waste of money, at the time. Maybe down the road it will pay off! LOL!!! I later dismissed it as bad winter premium fuel, or just the way Toyota's soon to be enhanced, less sludgable, V-6 operates. Intermittantly bad!
#1914 of 3978 webguyster
May 30, 2002 (10:22 am)
I'm grateful to say that my Solara purrs like a kitten at idle.