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#1269 of 3629 1996 Toyota Avalon
Dec 09, 2001 (9:55 am)
My grandmother has a 1996 Toyota Avalon with only 24,000 miles. She was the only driver and took extremely good care of the car. Problem is that the car has been sitting around for the last 2 years without being driven hardly at all. Should someone be concerned about buying this car since it has not had any road time in two years? If so, what could potentially be wrong with the car having sat around for this long?
Dec 09, 2001 (11:36 am)
I have a 00 xls. Came from a 96 Chrysler LHS. Where the external noise was unbearable. But no inside noises ( or you couldn't hear them ). The xls is the the other way around. But they were fixed by dealer. First make sure you buckle the front seat belts, they giggle on the door piller. Have dealer take right foor kick panel under the glove box and make sure the wire bundles don't hit any metal mine were against. They wrapped these in foam tape. Cured noise. Next the center consol squeeks. Try not having any arm pressure on it. Mine was quiet then, so I put foal tape on the bottom of lid. squeek gone. Now I have the quietest car I have ever owned. Any time we have passengers they remark how quiet the car is. Good fuel mileage Pa - Ind 30-31 mpg with a/c and 68-72 mph, around home 22-24 mpg all on reg. gas.
#1272 of 3629 Dash Noises
Dec 09, 2001 (2:06 pm)
You said "Have the dealer take the right floor kick panel under the glove box and make sure the wire bundles don't hit any metal mine were against. They wrapped these in foam tape".
I will take your suggestion to my dealership because that's exactly where I am having the squeaking sound on my 00 XLS. Somehow the noise disappears when the weather gets real cold or when there is a passenger sitting in the front seat. Otherwise the XLS is a joy to drive and the subject of many compliments.
Dec 10, 2001 (7:19 pm)
It sounds like the Avalon gets some pretty high ratings around here. I have the opportunity to buy a 98 XL with 45K miles and new tires for about $11K from a colleague who is moving overseas in two weeks for a couple years. I wasn't exactly in the market for a car right now, since the van isn't paid off yet. Since I am currently driving an 85 Cressida with 110K miles that I bought used 10 years ago, this is starting to sound like a deal I can't refuse (assuming the car is in good shape, of course). Plus, I'd get air conditioning in the summer, CD player, ABS, air bags, and one of those new-fangled brake lights in the middle of the rear windshield! Anyone know a new driver that needs a "birth-year" car?
#1274 of 3629 RE: #1224 How much and any alternatives? by corliss1
Dec 11, 2001 (9:56 am)
Just picked up my 2002 Avalon XLS, fully loaded; GV, VD, SR, options etc . I paid $300 over invoice. My dealer showed me the invoice and it all added up. I also verified against edmunds.com's invoice. Plus i bought a $150 manufacturer rebate from edmunds.com for $50. Good deal!
#1275 of 3629 kkee, Great Deal
Dec 11, 2001 (4:55 pm)
Great deal on the '02 XLS. Could you tell us more about the rebate that you bought from Edmunds. I tried to find it, but came up blank.
#1276 of 3629 2002 Avalon Reg or Prem
Dec 16, 2001 (3:05 pm)
I am looking at purchasing a 2002 Avalon XLS. Tired of the idiot treatment from the dealer! One simple question they can't answer. Does the V6 need regular unleaded or premium unleaded. Some trade pubs say premium, dealer guesses regular. Dealer will not let me look at owners manual.
#1277 of 3629 Dealer will not let me look at owners manual
Dec 16, 2001 (4:07 pm)
Because the owners manual says premium.
Dec 16, 2001 (5:18 pm)
Read back a couple of hundred posts. This issue has been discussed at length on several forums. My 2000 Avalon XLS runs perfectly on 87 octane unleaded gas. So does my 2002 Camry XLE V6. I can't even tell the difference using premium, either in performance or mileage.