Last post on Dec 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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Toyota Camry Solara, Convertible
#1147 of 1166 Re: Checklist of items when buying used 06 Convertible [frogham]
Sep 17, 2008 (8:06 am)
Re: your checklist:
I've got a 2006 convertible. I'm not planning on selling it until Toyota comes up w/ a hybrid version.
1) What I've learned on this and other channels is that a fast way to start a convertible leaking is to take it to a car wash. The water pressure is just too much I guess. IMHO a garden hose would be more reasonable.
2) It's there but it's minor -- not a big deal unless you've got a lot of bad roads in your area.
3) This is a function of the transmission as readers of this forum know. The workaround is to use the manual function. That eliminates the hesitation.
4) Thank goodness, we've never experienced that problem. That tells me not all Solara's will have that problem.
Questions for Edmunds:
Has anyone ever done any science on that problem? Were those cars all built in the same plant perhaps? Did they all have some other characteristic in common that could isolate the cause such as glue lots, upholstery or carpet lots that could have gotten wet and developed mold? Toyota ever come back w/ an explanation?
#1149 of 1166 2007 Convertible Solara
Sep 18, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I purchased a convertible Solara last April. Since that time I have had to replace my top twice due to the defroster not working in the rear window. Both replacements were before I had 12,000 miles on my car and within 6 months of each other. So now with my third top I questioned the warranty on my replacements since my purchase came with 36,000 miles bumper to bumper. I was told that Toyota only guarantees this part for 12,000 miles or 12 months. So if at 36,000 miles this problem occurs again, the problem and costs are all mine.
If anyone else has had this problem please speak up. My problem could be due to water creeping in and shorting out the wiring. At this point I just don't know. But I am highly frustrated.
#1150 of 1166 Re: Checklist of items when buying used 06 Convertible [gened1]
Sep 19, 2008 (8:22 pm)
Actually, I am pretty sure my Uncle is pretty straight up with me. I know he's not lying because he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. I am just wondering about any future problems that might come up.
It's currently at 31 K, which would be below the 36 K he's capped at. I can easily get his maintenance records. He's gets his oil changed every 3K.
Thanks for the advice.
#1151 of 1166 Re: Checklist of items when buying used 06 Convertible [meegwell]
Sep 19, 2008 (8:24 pm)
Thanks for the response. I just read about a defroster in a following message. Let's hope every thing checks because I want this convertible and am too cheap to buy a new one!
#1152 of 1166 Re: Radio Problem [a58]
Sep 24, 2008 (11:32 am)
Hi, I am having the same problem. Did you ever get this resolved? My dealership can not find the problem!!! Please help.
#1153 of 1166 No roadside assistance
Sep 25, 2008 (6:08 am)
I was very surprised to find that my 2008 Solara convertible did not automatically come with roadside assistance (Unless I bought the expensive maintenance package). Do all Toyota's not come with roadside assistance? I know my old Lexus did. My wife's Impala does. It even had Onstar for a year! My old Ford 500 did and every car I have owned in recent years has. To be fair I don't remember ever having to use roadside assistance but it was convenient knowing that if I ventured away from home I would have help if I needed it.
#1154 of 1166 Loose steering wheel when turuning
Oct 05, 2008 (9:02 pm)
We own 2004 Solora Convertible
The steering wheel is loose when turning left or right.
Does any one experience the same problem? Is so what was replaced?
Thank you for your time
#1155 of 1166 Re: Hesitation problem [oicjkj]
Nov 04, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I have the same problem! My 2004 Solara V6 SLE is doing it all the time, the jolt when the power comes back is so strong it moves me in my seat. I have had the car for 4 months and it has been into the dealership three times already for this, most recently yesterday. They tell me it's an issue and that unless Toyota comes up with a fix that can be updated on the computer there is nothing they can do.
I am really worried about how this is going to impact the car's performance in the winter. I will have to drive in snow and ice and know this is going to cause big problems in messy weather. If Toyota has made a fix for this issue in other cars why not this one? I bought a performance vehicle that does not perform. It is a great car other than this, but this is a huge issue. What can we do to make Toyota fix this?
#1156 of 1166 Noisy bushes or defective "struts" when driving over speed bumps
Jan 16, 2009 (8:52 pm)
What kind of value deal did Toyota bought back your car? I have a 2008 Solara XLE convertible, bought brand new. After one year old I started experiencing a noise from the back every time I drove over a speed bump. After taking the car to the dealer for a test driving with a technician, I was told that they would have to replace the bushes (struts)... When I went to get my car after they were supposed to have fixed it, I was told by the service manager that warranty did NOT authorize the replacement because the part was not broken and instead of replacing the parts, they only lubbed and did not charge me for my oil change to make me feel better... The manager also told me that he went for a drive in 2 other Solaras and they all did the same noise and was kinda normal with these cars for a lack of extra weight for not having the heavier top. I now am dealing with a "Factoty Representative" who is from outta town and I feel they are ALL trying to BS me. Has anyone experienced this issue? Please feel free to contact me at robmellomsn.com. My car now is only 12,000 and I am looking into having Toyota buying the car back from me. Any feed back is welcome. Tks a lot!!