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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
Nov 20, 2003 (2:03 pm)
for anybody who has been lurking and is put off by the negative posts:
J.D. Power and Associates Award - 2000 IQS Awardee - Best Premium Midsize Car: TOYOTA CAMRY SOLARA SE/SLE
This award is based on the results of the Initial Quality Study, which is based on feedback collected from new vehicle owners regarding problems experienced within the first 90 days of ownership.
This was on CarFax.com. Granted, it's a number of years later, but my 2000 SE V-6 still runs like champ.
#3052 of 3978 Silversolara ... ours also
Nov 20, 2003 (2:53 pm)
Our '99 SLE has never missed a beat and we bought it out of the lease recently and will be keeping it. I think most people who review this site regularily are smart enough to realize that one problem Solara/one problem owner doesn't flavor the entire barrel. It's only a car; it is designed and manufactured by man; bound to the odd one that's a dud. Overall, an excellant machine (and I've had over 50 vehicles since age 16).
#3053 of 3978 CR was right..
Nov 22, 2003 (5:52 pm)
..and after 48k trouble free miles, the choice has been revalidated in spades. Fuel efficiency with the manual/two overdrives is great. Would you believe beating EPA Highway rating by over nine MPG? Oil/filter + a car wash for under 24 bucks AT THE DEALER. I had a Supra for over 10 years; perhaps the Solara will emulate this....ez
#3054 of 3978 04 SLE update
Nov 22, 2003 (11:00 pm)
Finally passed the 1000 miles break in period. Used the sequential shift. It sure does need some time to get used to it. And it sure doesn't shift like a manual. I used it to pull away from a previous model Solara at the stop light, and I guess that will also be the last time I use it. It just doesn't feel like driving a stickshift My next car hopefully will be a stickshift again.
Another thing I noticed is that there might be something wrong with the air control system. Seems like the car won't remember the previous settings. A lot of times when I start the car, all the settings are different. This evening, when I was driving, I have the re-circulate in the off mode (sucking air from outside). I then opened the sunroof, the next thing I noticed is the re-circulate is in the on mode. That sure does kinda pissed me off. Anyone else experienced this same problem?
#3055 of 3978 No Problems here either
Nov 23, 2003 (7:11 pm)
I have a 2001 Solara SLE and have had 0 problems with it over the last three years. I'm pretty picky about things and really can't find much to complain about. One thing to note is I always change the oil at 3000 miles and for the heck of it I had it analyzed this last time. Analysis came back saying all was perfect, and if I'm interpreting the TBN correctly I could safely go 6000 miles without a change. Interesting how this is 1500 miles less than what Toyota says you can do. Lesson here is change at 3000 or so miles, don't go the 7500, their engines are somehow tough on the oil.
As far as the climate control system goes, it is "smarter" than us owners, and chooses fresh or recirculate based on some magic formula I've yet to figure out. This really does not bother me, if it picks the mode I don't want, I just hit the button to change it.
Nov 23, 2003 (7:49 pm)
If you haven't figured it out, then how can you know it's some "magic formulas" and not computer glitches. The salesman told you that? But since it doesn't bother you, please don't bother figuring it out.
I couldn't find anything in the manual that refer to some "magic formulas" for the air control system. Maybe I missed it cuz it's boring materials to read. If anyone finds it, please tell me what section it's under.
Nov 23, 2003 (8:11 pm)
04 Solara owners please verify this for me. I just went to Toyota's website and saw some pictures of the Solara's interior. On the 5th picture from the left, it shows the Power Moonroof. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the sun block is extendable. The one in my car is not extendable. Can someone please tell me whether the sun block they have is extendable or not? Thanks.
Nov 24, 2003 (9:30 am)
Are you saying that your interior sunroof cover doesn't open?...it should just slide back into the roof.
Nov 24, 2003 (9:54 am)
I never notice this issue, I will try on mine. The Air control should remember the last setting in Salara but not 100% sure. I always left it on the auto mode except adjust the air volumn. I will check on the re-circulatation mode next time.
Nov 24, 2003 (12:17 pm)
2k1trd: I was referring to the sun block visor thing for both the driver and passenger. Not the one for the moonroof. I saw the sun block visor in the pic seems to be able to extend to a longer length, while mine is just one length. But sorry for the confusion.
cooldad24: Not only the re-circulation, the modes, like front, ground, front/ground, and ground/defrost, are not the same at all. I usually have the air set to re-cir off and front. Most of the time when I start the car, the re-cir is ON and the mode can be anything, either front, ground, front/ground, or ground/defrost. Please check yours and let me know. Thanks.
BTW, I was "sandwiched" between 2 cars on the freeway this morning. Glad it's not my car.