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8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
94,557 miles
Total Complaints:
12 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. replace the dash (3 reports)
  3. toyota should own up and admit they have issues (2 reports)
2004 Toyota Solara accessories - interior problems

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2004 Toyota Solara Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 012009

Solara SE Sport 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased this 2004 Toyota Solara in September 2003 on a whim... It looked futuristic and much more expensive than the Corolla / Corolla Matrix I had originally come in for. This car was the envy of my friends and coworkers and I loved driving it till one day, a tiny crack formed on the binnacle right above the gauge cluster. Within 6 months the cracks appeared and made my car look like an 84 instead of an 04 from Arizona.

The car was garaged for 75% of the time and seemed to get worse once the car was no longer garaged. Shame on Toyota for cutting corners in materials and craftsmanship. My 1993 Camry XLE in tuxedo black was never garaged but the dash looked like brand new until the day I sold it. Toyota you need to admit the problem and offer us owners some compensation for driving an embarrassment on wheels.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 022013

Solara SLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,232 miles

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cracking dashboard cracking dashboard cracking dashboard cracking dashboard cracking dashboard

I am very disappointed that my dashboard looks this bad, my car Solara looks great on the outside, but the inside is awful. I have low mileage on this car, less than 90K and I bought it in 2003...but looking at the interior you would think I left it out in the sun in the middle of the desert for 30 years!! I bought this car and expected to drive it for years but I am too embarrassed to let anyone ride with me in this vehicle anymore.

Toyota needs to step up and admit there is an issue, whether it is a design issue, product issue, etc. With the internet, I will make it my mission to post these photos and tell everyone I can reach about Toyota's lack of ownership to correct the obvious defects in their product!

- , Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #10

May 272010

Solara SE2doorcoupe 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,957 miles

MY ---- DASH LOOKS LIKE SH*T. IT IS UN-CLEANABLE, LOOKS SO BAD THAT I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO RIDE IN IT.

- , Blue, Springs, USA

problem #9

Oct 112013

Solara 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Poor workmanship as there are cracks appearing on the dashboard and glovebox area.

- , AZLE, Texas, USA

problem #8

Apr 102008

Solara SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

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cracking dashboard cracking dashboard

Same disgusting cracked dashboard on my 2004 Toyota Solara SE as thousands of others have reported. This was a beautiful car, seemingly a great deal for me, from my neighborhood used car dealer. Bought it in 2008. Approx 3 months after purchase, and it was still SO cherry, a small crack appeared from A/C panel to gauge cluster. From that day forward, it seemed to worsen from minute to minute. If I had been able to stay in the car and stare at it, it probably would have happened before my eyes...that is how fast it progressed. It was scary how fast this gorgeous car was ruined, despite all of the care taken. The dealer was not a Toyota franchise, so they said they could do nothing for me, Toyota, as everyone knows, refused to consider it anything to do with them. Beside the unsightly ruin of the interior of the car, you can see by the picture I included of the glove box and passenger side of dash, that this is a safety issue as well. This is the cover of the air bag. Would you like THAT coming at you on top of the air bag? Would it cut the bag, making it useless? Would it cut your neck or face? How deep do the cracks go? Will it affect the air bag's deployment in the time of need?

Sure we can cover it up with a dash cover and hide most of the ugliness. But what about the reduced value of cars we bought in good faith?

Auto manufacturers have taken care of cosmetic defects less severe than this in the past. Why are we being ignored? While this is a big ticket fix for us, the consumer, it probably isn't very much at all for them to take care of. What about a credit at trade in if we use a Toyota dealer? Something could easily be done for all these loyal Toyota families if only someone at the company would just step up.

- , Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

Solara

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Same complaint as others. The car has been garaged and has a dash sun visor in place every day while at work. All of a sudden the dash cracked next to the glove compartment. (The car only has 58,000 miles on it!) I took it in and the dealer said it's my very expensive problem, about $1200 just for the part! The entire dash has to be replaced. I'm not paying it! No more Toyota's for this gal if Toyota doesn't change its policy not to fix it! This is obviously a manufacturer's defect!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 102012

Solara LE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I called the dealership and it costs $1400.00 for a new dash and that does not include labor. A dashboard cover has not been molded yet. And all of the repair kits on the market have failed to make it look right. I love this car but that cracked dash is driving me crazy. I cannot justify putting that kind of money into a cosmetic issue.Toyota should really stand behind this problem.

- , Dinwiddie, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 302012

Solara SLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,500 miles

Cracks in dashboard in two places on passenger side. They are ugly and reduce the resale value of an otherwise beautiful car. There is one vertical crack about 3 inches long and one horizontal crack just above glove compartment running the entire length of glove compartment. After researching online, I see that many Toyota Solara, Sienna and Avalon owners are complaining of same problem with cracks in dashboard. It seems to be mainly the 2004 models, but same complaint with 2005, 2006, 2007 models.

Obviously, problem is in the vinyl material of dashboard and it seems to me that since I'm not seeing newer model owners complaining about this issue, possibly Toyota figured out the problem existed and changed suppliers or materials for dashboard. I feel like Toyota owes it to loyal Toyota owners to replace the cracked dashboards since it seems to be a trend in the '04 - '07 Solara, Sienna, Avalon. This is my 2nd Toyota - 1st was a brand new '95 Camry Coupe which I kept for 10 yrs and 120K miles and traded it in for the '04 Solara SLE which now has 112K miles. Mechanically, both cars have been great and the interior of the '95 Camry Coupe was in perfect shape when I traded it in for the '04 Solara.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012012

Solara

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

This roadmap defect in Toyota's dashboards is showing up all over the internet for various model cars.....I've NEVER had a problem like this on a car, excellent condition and covered parking for vehicle. Could this affect the airbag as well? It's embarrassing, but disappointing if Toyota doesn't stand behind this defect.

- , Tierra Verde, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 082013

Solara LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

We brought this vehicle for our daughter to travel back and forth to school. After buying the car, I noticed the dash had a large crack near the passenger airbag and I'm afraid it could affect its operation. I'm sure it's going to cost too much so it's going to stay like this for now.

- , Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #2

May 142012

Solara SLE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

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cracking dashboard

I've attached a photo of some of the cracking, the dash is cracked like that in various locations on the dash. it is extremely annoying because I'm quite the perfectionist!

- , Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 202009

Solara LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Toyota had my vote until my 3rd vehicle, the Toyota Solara 2004 was purchased. Problems with Tire light always coming on as well as the entire dashboard being ruined (cracked spiderwebs everwhere including an intricate pattern traveling perfectly from one side of the car to the other side of the steering wheel. Its just quite embarassing. To keep customers, problems as this should be fixed! I will NEVER buy another Toyota...period!

- , Pensacola, FL, USA

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