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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#2052 of 3978 2002 Camry LE...Lighter, ashtray...
Aug 04, 2002 (8:43 am)
The 2002 Camry LE is a 4 banger, no?W/O the frills of the older design Solara, like stra-foam in every crevice. Cigarette lighter and ashtry, please! Who uses the ashtry anyway. I am constantly dodging flying lit cigarettes, especially at rush hour!?! Ash tray is probably one of those parts Toyota cut back on, to make the car with half of the number of parts as their previous, better rated models. Ashtray! LOL!!!
#2053 of 3978 31,898 '00 SE V-6 5-SPD...................
Aug 04, 2002 (7:32 pm)
............miles and the only problem to date has been a defective driver's side power window switch (warranty replaced at 8500 miles). No sludge, no surge, no cheet. 35 miles per gallon Twinn Falls to Sacramento.....top two gears are overdrives, right? My sole negative would be the stock shocks tend to permit bounce/dive under spirited driving conditions. $24980 OTD in Placerville = few regrets.
#2054 of 3978 Transmission Problem?
Aug 05, 2002 (1:03 pm)
I have a potential problem and want to know if anyone else has seen this.
I have an 02 SLE ragtop. If I do not drive it for a week or so, I experience this problem. I start the car, and when I put it in gear, nothing happens! It is like the transmission or torque converter has failed. In a few seconds, the car starts to move, but sluggishly. In thirty seconds to a minute, or so, the car operates fine.
I took the car in to be looked at by Toyota for this problem. The senior tech told me that this is normal. That the new technology transmissions require a warm up period for 30-60 seconds after being idle for a few days. I have never had a car with this problem (?). Comments?
Aug 05, 2002 (1:19 pm)
"The senior tech told me that this is normal. That the new technology transmissions require a warm up period for 30-60 seconds after being idle for a few days."
Sure sounds like a load to me.
But I really don't know. Maybe someone else here could explain why (if it's true).
Aug 05, 2002 (4:05 pm)
Where are you? True or something you would MOST likely hear from an "award-winning Chrysler 5-STAR" dealer?? They all do that!! ))
#2057 of 3978 maemark
Aug 05, 2002 (4:10 pm)
I fortunately haven't had that problem... maybe others here will say otherwise about their car.
Aug 06, 2002 (4:43 am)
You need a second opinion from a good transmission shop.
The dealer is true about the warm-up, but it is mainly for the heating up the catalytic converter. It does it by not shifting into overdrive for the first few miles.
Aug 06, 2002 (7:22 am)
I bought I 2002 Black SLE Solara in October. Took it in yesterday to Firestone to have tires rotated (12,000 Miles). They called and told me that the front tires were badly worn on the outside (alignment/toe issue). Since I bought the car, I too have noticed that it drifted side to side (drove me crazy) but got use to it over the past 9 months and assumed it was normal based on other comments from Solara drivers. The dealership is looking at the front end this week.
1) Has anyone had this problem with the front end alignment balding the tires?
2) Should Toyota replace my front tires since their alignment issues caused the balding? I don't want to spend money on new tires in 2 years due to premature wearing. Thoughts?
Other than that, 0 issues with my car. I agree, paint is soft and scratches/chips easier than most cars, but oh well.
Aug 06, 2002 (8:11 am)
I'm here. I lurk more in this topic than I post but I'm here. As for the transmission delay, that actually is something I am aware of and it is normal. The tech in question overstated the time, but if you jump in, start the car and immediately put it into gear, it will crawl. If you let it idle for long enough to put your seatbelt on, it will not happen. I discovered this while selling cars and moving them around the parking lot. Minor adjustments to driving habits overcome it.
#2061 of 3978 maemark, 2002blksle...tranny probs..tires..Cliffy..
Aug 06, 2002 (8:57 am)
If you think that is normal, it's time to test drive another car! I have never had a car that had that problem, not even with a Chrysler transmition!?! Good thing none of us seem to be using our Solaras for get-away cars, cuz while waiting for the tranny to warm up, nobody would get anywhere! ;^) IMO, there giving you the shaft!
Tires bald at 12,000 miles!?! My input about the drift/pull, and alignment issue is it will never go away, as I have found at 38,000 miles. I did not get premature wear from it, as it was aligned about every 6-8 weeks for the first year, and I just gave up. Michelins are shot at 40,000 miles, but what did I expect!?! They retail for around $130.00 to replace, per tire, if I chose to use the same brand. I posted about my last alignment, with the dealers new $80,000 something $$ machine,which gives them a printout of the specs using lasers, etc. The "SAI" (I believe) was out of spec (see GOOGLE), and highlighted in RED as it was recommended by the new machine that those specs were dangerous and could cause loss of control of the vehicle. That was after the alignment!!! The service advisor told me they could not fix it, cuz they did not know what it was. I drives straighter for a few hundred miles after alignemnets, but never like any of the loaner cars I get, or renatl cars I use frequently. My 2 cents, get used to it, or sell it.
Cliffy, since my transmition does not seem to have this crawl, is there something wrong with it????When I returned from Europe after being there a week, I had the taxi drop me at my car, I jumped in, and headed out for a soda with ice, as I had difficulty find ice cubes in Europe (Super size Coke Lite)! My car started and moved with no hesitation. There was a loud bang when starting, but no tranny hesitation!