8th Feb 2005, 11:18

My '99 Camry was purchased brand new end of '99. It doesn't seem to matter that I've always taken it for its scheduled check-ups because after 34,000 miles I had to replace the tires, battery, alternator, water pump, timing belts and air fuel ratio sensor along with new front brakes at 47,000 miles. Most of this work was done by a Toyota dealer and most of it was not under warranty. Now at 55,700 miles I'm told I need another air fuel ratio sensor replaced. I am frustrated; have thought of selling it, but feel I've now invested too much money into it to do so. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has had similar problems. Phyllis J.

22nd Apr 2006, 21:13

I purchased my '99 used (leased car) and love it! Haven't had any problems except... replaced the struts, thinking that was the problem; it wasn't. Seems to make a "clunking" noise when I go over the slightest bump or man hole and the ride isn't what it was originally. Are there shock absorbers or springs that need attention? (I obviously don't know much about the mechanics). If anyone else has had front end problems or know what I'm talking about, I'd sure like to hear about it.



25th May 2006, 13:56


I just bought a Solara SLE with the same noise you're talking about. I've been told and am fairly sure correctly that it's actually the strut mounts making the noise. After replacing them, you'll need a four wheel alignment. Hope this helps.


28th May 2006, 11:37

I bought my 1999 Solara in April of 1999. I have only had to replace one O2 sensor, and am now at 66,000 miles.

I too lost the vanity mirror on the driver's side after about the second year, but was able to reattach it, albeit, not well enough for the light to work unless I press on the structure to hold it in.

Other than some letting go of the plastic cover over the trim in the middle dash the car has performed very well.

I replaced the brake pads on the front only when the car had nearly 50,000 miles registered. The rears are still doing well.

I didn't replace the original battery until after the 6th year, but I had to replace the stock tires earlier than should have been expected.

I suspect that I would buy another Solara, however, I don't care for the newer design. I certainly would buy another Toyota based on this ownership, and having had a used Cressida in the past that gave many carefree miles.

20th Jan 2007, 17:07

Mike and David, I have had the same noises occurring on my Toyota Solara SLE V6. I took the vehicle into Toyota for a check up, and found out that the suspension needed a replacement. Previous to this decision, I had the struts and the alternator replaced because Toyota told me the sound was coming from there.

I hope this helps.


20th Jan 2007, 20:35

Moe, I think your service department is taking you for a ride. The alternator would have nothing to do with a clunking noise from going over a bump. When you say they replaced the suspension--that would be a huge job, and frankly I doubt they really did that. I hope they didn't just replace some strut bushings and charge you thousands to replace the suspension. I hate to see people getting ripped off on cars.

6th Feb 2008, 11:09

I know what you are talking about. I used to have the same problem with my 2000 Solara SLE. The noise was coming from right rear strut so I changed it and noise is gone.However, have checked your bushings, they might be loose...

1- Check your bushings (simple job.. Takes 3 minutes)

2- Check your strut.