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Old 04-22-2005, 09:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy 2005 Solara SLE and seatbelts

Hi. I just purchased an 05 Solara and for the most part I am very happy with it. However, I find the seatbelts to be very uncomfortable and tight. I was wondering if anyone else has the same compliant and if they can be adjusted (I know they are not user adjustable). I was so excited to buy a new car, but because of the seatbelt, I am disappointed.

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Re: 2005 Solara SLE and seatbelts

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Hi. I just purchased an 05 Solara and for the most part I am very happy with it. However, I find the seatbelts to be very uncomfortable and tight. I was wondering if anyone else has the same compliant and if they can be adjusted (I know they are not user adjustable). I was so excited to buy a new car, but because of the seatbelt, I am disappointed.

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Know nothing about seatbelts BUT--what do you think of Solara ride? Feel bumps easy? Sound like something is not right in rear underside of car? Bottom out sound on some bumps? Ride is much worse than Camry. Much worse than I expected.
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My seatbelts are working out for me. They are not tight at all.
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Re: 2005 Solara SLE and seatbelts

Bring it back to the dealer with your complaint. They will adjust them if they are in the mood.
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Know nothing about seatbelts BUT--what do you think of Solara ride? Feel bumps easy? Sound like something is not right in rear underside of car? Bottom out sound on some bumps? Ride is much worse than Camry. Much worse than I expected.
The general rule is you should take a car out for a significant drive before you buy it to listen and feel for characteristics you don't like.
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Hi. I just purchased an 05 Solara and for the most part I am very happy with it. However, I find the seatbelts to be very uncomfortable and tight. I was wondering if anyone else has the same compliant and if they can be adjusted (I know they are not user adjustable). I was so excited to buy a new car, but because of the seatbelt, I am disappointed.

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Yes, the tension is adjustable. Bring it back to the dealer and they should adjust the tension on the belt for you. Sit in all the seats of your car so that you can judge whether all the belts in your car need to be adjusted or just the driver's belt. You want your passengers to be comfortable also.

Try another Solara and see if the belts in another car feel the same as yours. If so, they may be normal tightness. You may have to talk long and hard to get the dealer to adjust them to a lower tension if they are normal. Also, there is probably a minimum seat belt tension required by law. They may use that as a reason to not adjust them.

Don't forget, belts loosen up as they get older and the spring tension in the tensioner decreases.
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Yes, the tension is adjustable. Bring it back to the dealer and they should adjust the tension on the belt for you. Sit in all the seats of your car so that you can judge whether all the belts in your car need to be adjusted or just the driver's belt. You want your passengers to be comfortable also.

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HI Brian, thank you for the response and the welcome. I already had it in for service and they claim, "there is nothing wrong with it". I have a call into the corp. office to get a senior person's assistance, but if the belts are adjustable, I fail to see why they did not tell me this. Like I said, I am deeply disappointed with this dealer. Will I get in trouble for posting the name of the dealer with a negative comment??

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Re: 2005 Solara SLE and seatbelts

I apologise for seeming so certain about that. I am only going by other cars and people's ability to modify the tension. It may not be a Toyota-approved procedure, so the dealer may not know about it. They may only be able to replace the tensioner mechanism totally. Unlike other parts of the car, seat belts and airbags have alot of procedures that are fixed by law since they are safety-related items.

If you want to post a negative comment about the dealer, then post it in the appropriate forum.
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