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#115 of 3629 Brakes- 1997 Avolon
Aug 13, 2000 (12:19 pm)
I presently have 105,000 miles on the car. At about 95,000 the brakes started to "shatter". Going down long hill and applying the brakes, I would get a lot of vibration. Went to some local brake folks and they said this is "typical of Toyota and Honda cars". "The discs heat up and become distorted, and then you get the vibration type feeling."
Now this happens often enough to have us thinking whether we want to buy Avalon again. We are presently shopping to replace this one.
#116 of 3629 Leather for Cloth Seats
Aug 13, 2000 (2:02 pm)
I believe there are companies that make leather upholstery kits for the Avalon. A friend of mine recently bought a new Camry with cloth seats. The dealer arranged a leather upgrade, having a local upholstery shop install an aftermarket kit which included new door panel inserts. The dealer remarked that the aftermarket hides were higher quality than the factory-installed leather interior. The results look terrific, you'd never know the car came with cloth. Bharat, I'd recommend calling the dealer and area upholstery shops and see what they say. You may have to purchase the kit yourself (check the internet) and have it installed.
Aug 13, 2000 (4:17 pm)
Thanks for the response. I have looked and do not see anything that would cause this damage. (No poles, wires, etc.) The paint appears to be brittle? and is peeling off.
Aug 13, 2000 (4:21 pm)
Thanks for the response. I just noticed a paint chip on the hood.
I also have the problem with the drivers door popping as you open/close it. The screw that holds the door works loose and has to be tightened periodically.
I also have the radio problem. Nice to know I am not the only one with these minor problems on an otherwise awesome car.
#119 of 3629 Avalon 2000 mudguards available:
Aug 13, 2000 (9:03 pm)
For others who've been looking - I've just installed original Toyota Mudguards for my 2000 Avalon. They went on easily and fit well. I
e-purchased them from Metro Toyota of Michigan at http://www.toyotapart.com for $80.00 (yikes!) and $8.00 shipping.
#120 of 3629 Window rattles?
Aug 13, 2000 (9:24 pm)
Recently purchased a 2000 Avalon and a week later had the dealer service department look at several issues. All were declared "within normal tolerance". Now I'm waiting for a call from the regional Toyota rep. I've already posted my complaint about the three holes in the rear of the vinyl steering wheel. Second biggest irritant is window rattle. Both front windows rattle on even slightly bumpy roads. And if you have the window anywhere but closed when you shut the door, the window visibly shakes and really rattles. Actually, my brand new expensive Avalon has more creaks and rattles than the eight year old Camry it replaced! Do others notice rattling in the windows while driving? Is this truly within "normal tolerance?"
Also - no clear coat on the right insert where the fog light would be. Wrinkled finish at the edge of the right rear wheel well. There's a gap (over 1/8th inch) where the front bumper meets the fender - again on the right. You can push the bumper in with your finger and the gap closes.
#121 of 3629 Tire Pressure -15 inch wheels
Aug 13, 2000 (9:59 pm)
My XL came in with Dunlop tires and I have them all at 32 lbs. COLD.
I have read other posts about higher pressure being better.
Any opinions based on experience with this car?
#122 of 3629 re: 2000 mudguards
Aug 14, 2000 (1:00 am)
Where you able to get the mudguards in different colors or only in black? Did you have to drill any holes to install them? I'm glad to see they are available now. I was in Atlanta last month and i saw 3 avalons that had mudguards and they looked sharp.
#123 of 3629 2000 Avalon Paint Chips
Aug 14, 2000 (3:13 am)
For those who have noticed paint chips, what color is your car? Just wondering if it is with certain color(s) or all cars. What has dealer done to remedy this problem?
#124 of 3629 re:rattle from window(mmcf)
Aug 14, 2000 (8:53 am)
Yes, mmcf my Avalon was delvered last week.I have noticed an intermittent rattle on front passenger side only- it doesn't occur in All bumpy road situations- but maybe 75% of the time. Checked that door for any loose screws, attachments, lock and window but they all seemed tight.
Any suggestions, cliffy?
BTW this has got to be the best car I have drove at least for this first 150 miles.
Very smooth & quiet. Had never seen silver spruce but ordered it based on the catalog/internet appearance. Have held brochure sample to hood and the hood and rest of car seem darker. But still a very elegant shade of grey.
I really love the car so far but i must include some annoyances.
1 Have to take car in for service already bec. the airbag sensor is flashing a warning.
2. Found one chip spot along trunk edge. Already painted with dab of primer, need to get touchup % clearcoat
3. Abovementioned door rattle.
But still overall after these few miles I would recommend the car to anyone who can buy it. Good luck!
Also need to know if anyone has used or applied the 3M masking product retailed by Clearmask or X-pel. It seems some areas on the Avalon already have it-the rear bumper and two small patches near lower quadrant of both rear doors. Tried to apply the free door guards from Clearmask as a way of practicing, couldn't get rid of all the bubbles, afraid to move up and try to install the already received hood protector. So far unable to find any Hawaii(Oahu) installers.
Any hints or tips would be gratefullu appreciated.
ThanK you in advance.