About Toyota Solara
Toyota Solara, also known as Toyota Camry Solara is a mid-size coupe and convertible manufactured by Toyota from 1998 to 2008. The first Toyota Solara was introduced in 1998 to replace the Camry Coupe. Its design was mostly based on its Camry parent. Until Solara was discontinued after the 2008 model year, it had been produced through two generations.
The first generation Toyota Solara (XV20; 1998-2003) began sale in the third quarter of 1998 as a 1999 model. There were SE, Sports Package, and SLE trim levels offered in it. Toyota Solara also got facelifted in 2001 and its engine was upgraded to 2.4 L 2AZ-FE inline 4-cylinder engine from a 2.2 L engine, 3.0 L V6 engine was available as well. 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed manual transmission were also available. The second generation Toyota Solara (2003-2008), based on the 2002 Camry sedan, debuted in 2003 for the 2004 model year. It carried over trim levels SE and SE Sport from previous generation. Main power sources were 2.4 L inline 4-cylinder and 3.3 L V6 engine mated to 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed manual transmission.
Toyota Solara Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even backed by famous Japanese automaker Toyota who is famous for excellent craft and advanced technology, Toyota Solara would still encounter problems such as:
First, engine related problems. I believe every drivers have already think engine highly of enough, which still could not avoid problem coming for it. In Toyota Solara, owners put forward that not only annoying squealing or ratting noises coming from the engine would distract them while driving, but reduced engine performance such as slow acceleration, bad gas mileage as well as difficulty starting, roughly idle would also impair their driving experience. If you do not want your Toyota Solara to suffer from these, oil filter, oxygen sensor, timing cover, timing belt tensioner or timing chain tensioner, timing belt and timing cover gasket need to be maintained well.
Second, electrical issues. It is not rare problem in most modern vehicles. Toyota Solara drivers said the door jamb switch and power window switch are auto parts that go bad most easily. Normally, once you find dome light does not come on, flicker or not turn off, you can check your Solara's door jamb switch; and if windows appear similar symptoms, then check if power window switch is failing.
Routine maintenance you are practicing well, but do you really know which auto part needs? Seat belt is used in daily driving, protecting you any time if encountering any sudden movement. Emblem is the signal of your Toyota Solara, people recognize your Solara through it. And antenna is a key part in your infotainment system. So these auto parts should be also on your maintenance list.
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