2000 Toyota Solara Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2000 Toyota Solara

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2000 Toyota Solara Problems

Excess Engine Oil Consumption

Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.

Rough Idle and Backfiring Engine with Check Engine Light

The Toyota Solara 2.2L 4 Cylinder and 3.0L V6 engines have a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. 

The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed open by the camshaft, and closed by springs. When valves are closed, they seal against a valve seat. In this vehicle, the valve seat is too soft, so after the valve contacts it thousands of times, it becomes crushed. Once it is crushed, the valve can no longer make a proper seal, and the valves erode due to extreme temperature (burnt valve).

Symptoms related to this issue:

To repair the burnt valves, the cylinder head must be removed and rebuilt, which is a costly internal engine repair, however, this issue can be prevented through inspection and adjustment of valve clearances every 40,000 miles.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed EVAP Purge Control Valve

Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.

 

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2000 Toyota Solara Questions

ABS and cruise control light flashing then ABS turns off and the other doesn't ? (1 answer)

What could be causing this the abs turns off when I'm driving but not the cruise light but when you apply the brakes the abs light comes back on then goes off I don't know what's causing the problem the brakes seem to be fine and the cruise is off but the light continuously flashes th...

The blows no heat and has no leaks. What could it be? (1 answer)

The thermostat has already been replaced. The temp gauge is normal.

I am having trouble with my 10A tail light fuse. It blows when headlights are on (1 answer)

I recently discovered my tail lights are not turning on when I turn on my headlights. The 10A fuse keeps blowing every time turn the headlight switch. I have replaced the turn signal switch but I am still having problems with the fuse. I have checked all the wires in the trunk and they are in g...

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2000 Toyota Solara Recalls

Toyota Recalls 2000 Vehicles Due to Weak Rear Axle

Toyota is recalling 2000 Avalon, Camry, and Solara models because an improper heat treatment may cause the rear axle to be weaker in some areas. After extended use of the vehicle, the rear axle shafts could fail or break. Dealers will inspect and replace the rear axle hub assemblies.

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2000 Toyota Solara Reviews

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I love my 2000 Solara and am VERY upset that Toyota quit making them AGAIN!!!! My next one would be the convertible. How can we rally to get them to produce them again????? 103K and going strong!!!
If you have a Solara with California emissions you are charged up to 30 times the normal cost for emission repairs. Toyota dealerships seem to control this situation which in turn continue to give Toyota a declining public image. The dealerships are turning into a version of GM arrogance. After many years with Toyota I am turning elsewhered.
I have a 2000 Toyota Solara SLE (V-6) and I love this car!! It has 224k. and still kickin!! Of course all of the standard maintance needs have been met when they were needed. (oil, fluids, etc.) Only real thing I have had to put much money on has been my front tie rods but that has more to do with MI roads!! :) But I am in love with car! I love it and suggest it to any person!! Or at least this...

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