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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#435 of 3978 interior noise; vibration; remote locking and security system
Jan 07, 2001 (6:26 am)
I have to say I've been unhappy with the Solara since day one. It's a 2000 which I bought in December of '99. I was having an anxiety attack when I sat down to sign the contract. I now wish I would have paid more attention to that feeling. My other car is a 1996 Camry Coupe which I was fairly happy with. But this Solara... It's really noisy on the inside. It sounds like a lot of air is coming in and sometimes the windows sound like they are going to pop out or something. There is also this constant creaking noise coming from the dash. I've taken it to the dealer three times and they can't seem to repair it. There is also this slight vibration I've noticed since day one. I've taken it to the dealer three times for this also. The other thing I'm unhappy with is the remote security and locking system. This was installed by the dealer (I think) and both doors open at the same time. Which I don't think is such a great security feature. When the salesperson was explaining how to use the system, I was told that you press the remote once to open the one door and twice to open both doors. But that didn't happen that way. I asked the dealer about it when I brought it in for the other problelms and they told me that it only worked by opening both doors and it couldn't be programmed to open only one door. So overall, I'm unhappy with the Solara and I doubt very much that I will buy a Toyota again. Does anyone want to buy it? I'm thinking of trading it in or something for a Volkswagen Passat or a Honda Accord.
#436 of 3978 Anti-Lockout Workaround
Jan 08, 2001 (10:29 am)
Cliffy1, your suggestion to avoid the anti-lockout feature while warming up the car does not seem to work for me. I think you suggested to lock the door before inserting the key into the ignition. No luck so far but I will try it again later with different permutations. Perhaps pulling the exterior handle while closing the door would make a difference as someone else suggested or using a second key to lock the door. I would prefer not to have to carry 2 keys. Has anyone else conducted any experiments on this?
Another issue has arisen that I would like people's opinion on. I bought my 2000 Solara SLE as a demo with approx 6000 miles. I have since put another 10k miles on the car without problem. During the last routine service call at the selling dealership, I learned that the car had been involved in a minor accident at around 2500 miles (an insurance claim # printed on the service receipt and I followed up with a few questions). As a result of the accident, the left rear wheel was replaced and the associated quarter panel and wheel housing panel was replaced. The repair bill was approx $800. The repair work was done at the same dealer that sold me the car. However, the car was sold to me as a new car (for $23,700; list price was $29,700)and titled as a new car, and I am sure the salesman told me (in response to my question) that the car had never been involved in an accident. But given the volume of cars this dealer sells, I am not sure if each salesman knows the history of each car. Anyone have thoughts on this. I have spoken with the dealer about the facts but have not pushed the issue so far. The dealer initially thought the work was only a "bumper job" but the facts now show a little more than that (but probably not much more). I can't find anything wrong with the car (it even drives straight with no pulling). The repair work seems well done (they even redid the corresion protection). I suppose the resale value of the car might be affected but I plan on driving the car for many years to come. In summary it appears to be an honest mistake and I don't think there was any intentional coverup by the dealer. What do y'all think? Thanks again.
Jan 08, 2001 (10:35 am)
First, if you lock your door with it running, you need two keys anyway.
Next, you may have a legal issue here. There are damage disclosure laws that may have been broken. This varies by state but I think in VA it is if the damage is more than 2% of MSRP, we are required to have a customer sign a damage disclosure statement. If this has not been done the car is a "full recourse" which means we would have to refund the entire purchase price at any time the customer wanted it. Even 10 years down the road you would be entitled to your original purchase price.
As I said, this varies by state so see an attorney. The $800 might now have exceeded the limits in your state for legal disclosure in which case you are out of luck.
#438 of 3978 Warming up the car...
Jan 08, 2001 (10:54 am)
You need 2 keys. I use my valet, which I hide in the car anyway. (1) start the car, (2) turn on heat, (3)get out! (4) turn key towards front, or counterclockwise to lock doors.(5)get ready for work, and hope somone doesnt break your window and steal your car!
#439 of 3978 i thought remote starters
Jan 08, 2001 (11:15 am)
can't you buy a remote starter that starts the car by remote control? kinda like, you aim this remote gizmo at your car from the comfort of your home or apartment or condo, and the car starts, and then when it's warmed up, you unlock the door, enter, insert key into ignition and turn just partway, not all the way (since the car's already started), and off you go. am i imssing something here?
#440 of 3978 Speakers and Warranty
Jan 08, 2001 (2:35 pm)
Does anyone know what the warranty is for speakers? I purchased my Solara in Sept of 1999 and have noticed that the tweeter (I Think) on the passenger side now ticks a bit (primarily when listening to a someone speaking on the radio, but I do notice it with songs as well). It's really starting to annoy me, especially since I rarely "crank" the stereo up. Has anyone else had this problem? Does someone know if the warranty covers this? Cliffy?
Jan 08, 2001 (2:59 pm)
They are covered under the 3 year or 36K mile warranty.
#442 of 3978 rear speakers
Jan 08, 2001 (7:31 pm)
Hi. i was wondering if anyone knows how to replace the rear 6x9 speakers. the stock ones are okay but i have a better pair of cerwin vega's i like to replace them with. I can't seem be able to get the grill off. I don't know where to start. does anyone out there have any help for me. thanks.
#443 of 3978 Remote Starters
Jan 08, 2001 (7:53 pm)
We got one for my soon-to-be mother-in-law, so I can help with this question.
With any good remote starter, there's no need to point the remote at the car--it works on radio frequency (like car radios) not infrared (like a tv remote). The one we bought also has a remote entry feature, so when you start the car, it automatically locks the doors. This is not really necessary to prevent theft, which I'll explain later. Then when you go out to the car, you push the Unlock button on the remote and get into your warm (or cool) car.
The starter has a timer in it that will turn the engine off after 15 minutes of running so you don't accidentally run it out of gas.
Here's the anti-theft feature that I referred to above: if you depress the brake pedal before inserting the key into the ignition and turning to the ON position, the remote starter will kill the engine. The thought here is that you have to depress the brake pedal to shift out of Park, so you can't drive it away without having the key.
And some have a starter saver feature so that if you hop in the running car and try to start the engine, it will keep the starter from grinding.
And here's a funny story just to tie it all together. Mom-in-law used the remote starter to warm up her car, but when she went to get in it, the remote's batteries had died. Naturally she was concerned because she thought the car would run out of gas (she didn't know about the 15-minute limit) before AAA could get there to open the car. She went back into the house to call one of her daughters, who responded, "Why don't you just use the key?"
#444 of 3978 Remote start
Jan 09, 2001 (6:16 am)
You can't get this if you have the engine immobilizer. Well, you can but it requires disabling this anti-theft feature.