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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
Mar 11, 2003 (9:00 am)
About 3 percent of Toyotas engines in Camry, Solara, Lexus RS300, Sienna and a few other models had a problem with sludge when following the maintenance outlined in the manual, so stick to the 3,000 mile oil change, although, Toyota motor Corp should have notified you of their Special Policy Adjustment, 8 years from date of purchase, unlimited milage if the owner can show "reasonable" maintenance. The SPA covered the model years still covered under warrenty, but other websites say the problems originated in 1992. The subject boards are archived, and most are not accessable to new subscribers. Toyota has made modifications, to make the engines less prone to sludge problems. If they have not notified you, give them a call, on their toll free 800 number. It almost sounded like a bait and switch, printing up the annual maintenance cost on the window sticker, then telling people to double it! If you love your car, then change the oil. Heres a good place to start.
hjr2 "Toyota "sludge" problem acknowledged by Toyota." Feb 11, 2002 5:45pm
Mar 11, 2003 (11:02 am)
I stopped at my local Toyota dealer today and asked about the release date for the new Solara. The dealer said they had no clue nor had they seen any photos and he suspected it wouldn't be before october! QUESTION: is the "sludge" problem with both the 4 and 6 cylinder models or just one of them? Has the problem been cleard up for the 2003 models? thanks. JJ
Mar 12, 2003 (5:11 am)
I believe that 2002 Solara 4-cylinder was different from the 2001 (slightly larger displacement, for one thing). Presumably the necessary changes were made, as the problem was known well in advance of the 2002 release.
#2605 of 3978 Toyota Owner's Manual......................
Mar 12, 2003 (5:35 pm)
.indicates 7500 mile oil change interval for normal (non stop and go, not pulling a trailer, etc) driving. My '00 SE V6 stick-shift is approaching end of warranty (36,000) with essentially zero maintenance problems. Soon, the 205/60HR16s will give way to 215/55s. Hopefully this will help attenuate the 'floaty' suspension travel when pushed some.....ez
Mar 13, 2003 (10:19 am)
if you have one int the area. The Toyota Camry line, and others are the only cars that when they purchase, they pull the valve covers to make sure they are not buying a sludged engine. The salesmen and mechanics will tell you their horror stories. If anyone waits 7,500 miles, between oil changes, with the older engine confiruration, troubles waiting down the road. In the Edmunds synthetic boards, some peoples engines sludge with synthetic oil! Stick to the 3,000 miles or "less", like most mechanics do anyway.
Mar 13, 2003 (10:35 am)
I don't know that anyone who had the sludge problem kept to the recommended oil-change intervals.
The one case I know of, the guy was using a major-name mystery oil, and went over 15k between changes. I've got no sympathy for him.
I realize the sludge problem may have affected people who went with 7500 mile (or fewer) changes. But I don't know that.
I think the 3000 mile interval is overkill, something of a hoax perpetrated by the oil companies and the oil change outfits. Maybe it made more sense with older engines.
If 3000 mile changes are good, why not 2500 mile changes? Or maybe 1500 mile changes?
I read people raving that they went with 3000 mile changes, and they got xxx,xxx miles without major engine work. But how do they know how well that same engine would have held up with 5000 or 7500 mile changes? They don't.
I've settled on 5000 mile changes (the recommended "severe" interval in the manual).
In the end, it's your money, your time, and your peace of mind.
Mar 13, 2003 (2:52 pm)
Believe it or not, but if you ask an auto mechanic, the kind that drives a nice car (i.e., grease monkey, gear-head, HOT RODER), about oil changes, and how he/she personally maintains there car, and many will tell you they do NOT even go 3,000 miles between changes. The engine in this car is a really good engine, IMO, almost too good for the maintenence sloppy consumer. I believe it has 2 sets of gears, twice the amount of a similar power engine. The tolerances are very tight also, compared to say an American V-6 found in a Ford Taurus. With the Taurus, the engine will run long after the rest of the car has died, or been recalled to death, whereas the V-6 in this car will be shot long before the body and rest of the car, without a bit of pampering.
#2609 of 3978 JD Power Spring 2003
Mar 14, 2003 (3:37 am)
JD Power gave Solara #1 for Customer Satisfaction Index.
#2610 of 3978 Support Your Local Oil Change Company?
Mar 14, 2003 (10:14 am)
jmbc: Yeah, I don't doubt that mechanics change their own car's oil more often.
If I had still the time and inclination for working on cars, and/or worked in a car shop all day, the cost and convenience would make it an easy choice to change oil more frequently than recommended. And I'd probably do it, too.
But I don't, so I don't.
Again, your mileage may vary.
#2611 of 3978 those damn oil changes...
Mar 14, 2003 (6:13 pm)
Thank your for the responses, people. I guess it all depends on how I want to take care of the car. If I want to baby it, do it at 3000miles. If not, 5000 miles. Maybe I will settle it up the middle at 4000 miles.
What about those BMW and Mercedes? Some models don't need oil changes until 15,000miles and others don't even need any changes. Wonder what type of oil those cars run on? Hmmm... Thanks.