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#390 of 3978 SLUDGE in the ENGINE: Solara, Camry, Avalon, and Sienna
Dec 28, 2000 (9:52 pm)
To: alt.autos.toyota; alt.autos.toyota.camry
The quality (or lack there of) issue in the Toyota is significant. Toyota's hallmark has been long-term reliability. I believe this is NOT the case now. It may well be a myth perpetuated by Toyota. Owners are likely to have false hope based on this myth.
Did you know that some owners are experiencing sludge in the engine and being denied warranty claims? Did you know that these same owners are paying $5,000-8,000 for new engines? Did you know that some 2000 Sienna owners are having torque converter replacements within the first few hundred miles of driving? Did you know that others have had total transmission failures after after a few thousand miles? Did you know that there are other problems common to this vehicle? Have you had:
1) Persistent drifting/pulling to the left or the right
2) Uneven wear of tires with need for early replacement
3) Premature brake component wear, including rear brake drums
4) Power steering problems, including inner tie rod or total rack and pinion replacement
5) Vibrations, esp. at speeds above 50 MPH
6) Premature transmission problems or failure
7) Torque converter replacement, sometimes just after delivery
8) Sliding door latch problems with sticking and difficulty opening
9) Oil sludge in the engine related to a contaminated system
IF you have experienced these problems, please write to the following agencies and file a report detailing your case. THEN, network with others by visiting sites where owners post experiences.
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Defects Investigations
400 7th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20590
Center for Auto Safety
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-5708
The Complaint Station--click "T", then "Toyota"
Car Trackers Discussion Forum
Phil Edmonston's Lemon-Aid Car Guides
Also, use the USENET groups:
#391 of 3978 Advertisement?
Dec 29, 2000 (11:39 am)
Answer 1-9 - NO
'99 Solara SLE
Dec 29, 2000 (6:04 pm)
give it a rest please. You seem to be the only person on the TH who has any complaints like this. In no other topic has a person come forward to coroborate these assertions.
#393 of 3978 Seems a litle strong doesn't it?
Dec 29, 2000 (8:15 pm)
I don't know what to make about cblake's posting. It almost seems commercial in some way. Hey - no car is perfect - take a look at some of the other forums!!
Dec 29, 2000 (10:09 pm)
Had the "strut mounts" replaced on my '99 SLE, heard the clunking noise every time I went over a bump. The service rep said there is a TSB out on the problem and they did pick up the tab. Ride is back to normal. Can't complain about overall quality, especially since I was considering a 300M before choosing the Solara. One of my better decisions given the horror stories I've heard about Chrysler, though I still think Toyota's product is better than their service.
#395 of 3978 Slude in engine solution
Dec 30, 2000 (3:05 pm)
uh...try changing your oil 3000-7500 miles, depending on the severity of your weather.
#396 of 3978 My 2000 Solara V6 Automatic gets 13-15 miles per gallon.
Dec 30, 2000 (9:17 pm)
I'm an intern here in Boston, MA, and since the purchase of my Solara 6 months ago I have been averaging 15 miles per gallon. I live in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston and have to commute to the Brigham and Women's hospital everyday. I don't use the AC unit while driving, and I admit that I haven't had the opportunity to drive on the freeway yet. But averaging 15 miles per gallon on non-hilly roads is not what was advertised for the unique car. I don't drive aggressively and I adhere strictly to the local speed limits, so I don't know why my car is consuming so much gas? I would appreciate any advice on this matter. Thank you. Happy New Year to everyone!
#397 of 3978 Re:Scotlaw
Dec 31, 2000 (12:13 am)
about the strut mount replacement, was is under warranty? I have the same clunking noise when I go over bumps and I took it to my dealer and they told me it might have been my CD's in the center armrest.....Do I look that dumb?? Without a word I left the dealer. They are so uncooperative. Are there any disadvantages to my solara if I don' fix the strut mount if I can deal with the noise?
Dec 31, 2000 (5:57 am)
Please take your axe and grind it somewhere else! You have flogged this sludge problem of yours (And it seems exclusively yours!) to death.
Sludge is directly related to the way the owner drives and maintains the vehicle, and is not, repeat, not the fault of the manufacturer.
Do some research on oil changes and how driving habits affect engine life expectancy before plastering these obsessive/compulsive postings in every Toyota topic in the Town Hall!
#399 of 3978 Lint on Cloth Seats
Dec 31, 2000 (8:06 am)
I have an '01 Solara SE V6 with cloth seats. Car has been great, but the cloth seats are serious lint magnets. I have found that tape style pet hair removers will work, but at the store the other day I saw some anti-static spray for clothing and was wondering if anyone had ever tried this? I don't think it would hurt the seat material any because it is made for clothing and maybe it would help keep the lint from sticking so bad.
Anyone else have any other suggestions for lint removal/prevention on the cloth seats? Thanks