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#162 of 3629 Avalon sales statistics
Aug 20, 2000 (10:18 pm)
It looks like our 2K Avalon is a HUGE success for Toyota. Sales statistics thru July are available here: http://www.ai-online.com/stats/toyota.htm
As I read it, this year is 87% ahead of 1999. Not bad!
By the way, that site has stats for other makes too. Click "home", then "Industry Stats" and "choose an automaker". Buick LeSabre sales are down from last year, but still far ahead of the Avalon, so the Avalon is not the #1 large car. Not yet!
#163 of 3629 Glare fix?
Aug 20, 2000 (10:30 pm)
Some months ago, there were posts here about a glare problem. When the sun is just right (behind you, mid-afternoon high), it shines through the top of the windshield, off the lower dash, and onto the windshield.
It doesn't happen often, but it is really blinding. Has anyone found a fix for this problem?
#164 of 3629 Avfan Lock Problem
Aug 21, 2000 (1:39 am)
As the owner of a 2000 xl I tried locking the car with driver's side window down. Then upon reaching inside to unlock with the switch on the driver's side door I found that avfan is correct; indeed it did not respond. Pressing the lock side of the switch caused a clicking sound as of trying to relock already locked doors. So I would guess that this is just a quirk in the system and not a bug in a particular car.Of course it's just as easy to use the manual unlock by the door handle anyway,isn't it?
#165 of 3629 flashing airbag sensor(II)
Aug 21, 2000 (3:03 am)
Thanx, cliffy for responding. The light will come on at startup, stay on for several seconds, and then begin flashing throughout the rest of the trip.If the trip is interrupted by a brief stop, it will flash upon resumption of the trip. Of say 12 times I have used this car so far, there were only two trips that the sensor did not flash the whole time. Once in the peak heat of our Hawaiian day, it stayed off for about ten minutes, but then began flashing(I did not stop the car). The other time was after picking it up from the dealer (when it started flashing after I stopped to fill in gas. Any additional thoughts?
#166 of 3629 Avalon lock problem
Aug 21, 2000 (2:39 pm)
My avalon also will not unlock by pressing the unlock button through an open window. I believe
this is intentional to prevent someone from taking a coat hanger or stiff wire and pushing it through the side of a window and then using it to press the unlock button. It is much more difficult to move the maunal button this way.
#167 of 3629 Auto-locking
Aug 21, 2000 (3:20 pm)
Is there a way to stop the Avalon XL from automatically locking when put into motion or at least have it unlock all doors when the turned off? Seems like it only unlocks the driver door with turned off, can an option be set to unlock all doors at that point?
#168 of 3629 undercarriage scrapes
Aug 21, 2000 (6:42 pm)
I have a 2000 xls and it seems that the car scrapes bottom much too frequently when driving normally on So. Cal Freeways which have an undulating road bed. Seems to have too low a clearance. Any others with the same problem.
Aug 21, 2000 (9:54 pm)
You have a real problem. Get it to a dealership quickly. I was unclear about when and how long your light came on but from your latest description, you can't wait on this.
#170 of 3629 Suspension & audio
Aug 22, 2000 (3:16 am)
After looking at about every car possible, I'm close to getting an Avalon XLS but two things about it bother me. Any suggestions?
First, I'd like a more sports-like suspension. http://popularmechanics.com/popmech/auto3/9906AUASRM.html suggests that "sportier suspension tuning" is coming. In 2001? Or is there aftermarket equipment that will help? (I really don't want to get a BMW! I've have good luck with Toyota's in the past, one over 100K and one over 200K.)
Second, the audio system doesn't seem to have any form of dynamic range compression on CDs. I listen to a lot of classical music and had to keep adjusting the volume during my two extended test drives. Is there a setting I missed?
I'm resigned to an automatic, although I've driven nothing but stick for decades. Seems like the Japanese has forgotton about manual transmissions in conjunction with 6 cyl.
#171 of 3629 Avfan Lock Problem
Aug 22, 2000 (4:18 am)
Thanx for the response jwalex and n4py. The coat hanger theory sounds reasonable. This is why I like this forum so much. You have saved me a trip to the dealer and a day or two of being without my Avalon.
In regard to UWILSGD Automatic locking and unlocking please note that several months ago someone wrote in a response to a question similar to yours. Look back in the files about 2 to 3 months ago (I don't know if there is a way to search for it). I tried the procedure they reccomended but it did not work. It may be because I have an XL or the fact that I don't have the security system. If you can't find it or no one responds I may have saved the procedure. I won't have time to look for it until the weekend. I'll watch the postings until then.