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You are in the Toyota Solara
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#2079 of 3978 Canc....My Solara days are drawing to an end...
Aug 12, 2002 (8:00 am)
It's a Toyota! I think all the little annoyances, are designed into the car, to separate it from the other car manufacturers!?! IMHO, still say you got a bad solenoid.
Really Canc, I believe you should not have to deal with the problem any longer. Although I believe you purchases your car used, Toyota should fix it properly. Although I don't know you, Canadians in general seem to be very polite compared to many Americans, say from major American cities (not the people who relocated from small towns to big cities), but it's your money, time, and your car. Have the dealer take it until it is fixed properly.
As much as I liked this car, then became disenchanted with it, I was trying to tough it out until the wheels fell off, and not just the little caps in the center. I don't think thats going to happen. This is the 2nd worst quality vehicle I have owned since I was a teen with a Ford Festiva. Even that car did not have any "quality" issues, other than being too small, and very ugly, and rusting prematurely!?!
I feel like I got robbed this time around. Going to see what the dealer will give me for a trade... LOL, and/or put a sign in the window soon! My friend unloaded her Camry, 1999, 50k, LE, as it was already falling apart, literally! Lost a bumper on the highway, and I believe she lucked out and got $5000.00 at a dealership, and only ripped off an extra 2 grand on her new car! The dealer was never able to fix her interior light so it stayed off, so she drove without the fuse for the last year and 1/2 to prevent the light from intermittantly coming on, and draining the battery! I should be soooo lucky!
#2080 of 3978 webguyster
Aug 12, 2002 (8:15 am)
You're right... I don't have to deal with this any longer, and I'm not going to accept the "we haven't found anything, drive it for another 1000 miles and then come back to see us" excuse.
On another note, that whole story of your friend losing her bumper and the interior light is really something. That sounds like a complete lemon! What did she trade it in for?
And you say that your Solara days are coming to an end... what are you thinking about getting?
#2081 of 3978 Window spots
Aug 12, 2002 (2:21 pm)
I know this issue was from late last week, but I haven't had time to post recently. Those spots are part of the HSEA window treatment (High Solar Energy Absorbing). They are much more visible when viewed through high quality sunglasses, especially polarized. Canc is correct that this is present in high end cars.
An odd effect happens when viewing another car with this treatment through your treated windows. You get a really strange checker-board effect as the "spots" go in and out of phase with each other.
#2082 of 3978 New car, glass, etc...
Aug 13, 2002 (6:04 pm)
Not sure what car I am going to get. I am looking at the Matrix as a small practical car, but the price is premium for a Toyota Focus!?! The MSRP at the local dealership all start at $20,000, and I have not even test driven one yet. It is more practical, and I will have no expectations that I purchased a "NICE" car, like when I bought the Solara. Otherwise going to look at BIG SUV's GMC!
As far as the glass spots in the rear window, they are visable without glasses, and as far as other cars having them, I am sure some do, but while walking the grounds of the development where I reside, 1500 units, I did not see any others. I drove a buddies BMW 7 series, and after having to be shown how to get it to go, I took a look-see at the rear window, as this is a more expensive car. NO spots.
#2083 of 3978 Used Solara purchase - Need advice
Aug 14, 2002 (9:01 am)
I have been researching the Solara for awhile. I am ultimately looking for a 2000 or 2001 white SE with moonroof and spoiler with low miles.
I haven't been able to locate the right year and was debating whether to look into the '99's. For all you '99 owners, have you been satisfied with your car? Any major problems?
Also, if you purchased used, can you give me an idea of what the total cost of the car was (SE or SLE)?
Aug 14, 2002 (9:13 am)
Although I have a 2000, my advice would be to keep on lookin' beyond the Solara, and keep some of your premium Toyota Solara dollars. My experiance, this car is a headache!
I did see a few cars with spots on there windows this morning, a Honda Civic, and a Honda Accord. The more expensive cars!
#2085 of 3978 To Webguyster
Aug 14, 2002 (9:41 am)
What problems did you experience with the Solara?
I am real curious, as I researched Consumer Reports and the overall rating was very good.
#2087 of 3978 Oh, Oh! cats10
Aug 14, 2002 (10:59 am)
You've opened a can of worms there - brace yourself for the litany of complaints/problems and general misery.
Aug 14, 2002 (12:40 pm)
IMHO, Cats10 should check every post made by WebG and Canc. It's only fair that a decision be made with all of the pertinent info available...
However, Cats10 should keep in mind that reading about the riding/ownership experience is nothing like the real thing. Cats10, you sure you don't know anyone who owns a Solara? If not, take a long test drive in a new one. Also, since you're getting a used car, may I ask what the other cars U are on your 'counter-shopping' list?
Finally, Cats10 should check out this entire 3 yr-old forum. He'll note that peeps like me and Ral also have valid opinions of their cars that don't match up with other opiners.