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#2916 of 3629 Re: More Comments on Above/2005 Avalon [abfisch]
Sep 05, 2004 (11:29 am)
Im all squared away. I went with what the Japanese seem to do so good, appliance autos. In my case, I got the refrigerator lol, the Honda Element.
I drove the 4 cylinder Nissan Altima, and while it was fast, its dashboard seemed to stress style over function. Performance was nice though, very sweet sounding motor. Yes I know the 3.5 in that car is quite exhilirating.
I would still consider one, but it was also a bit expensive, and didnt feel like begging down te price.
I also looked at the Accord,but its performance wasnt good enough to outweigh the sheer utilitarian beauty of the Honda Element. After all, I have 2 kids, two dirt bikes, and a large dog.
If I get another luxo-cruiser, it will be 4-5 years from now.
I owned a BMW 7 series for years, and it was reliable almost like a Toyota, yet had exhilirating performance...
I owned the big Mercedes sedan ( 1995-S320) prior to the Avalon, and it was a maintenance nightmare, average 300-400 a month in repairs! Too bad too, because it drove like a wet dream when it was running. The Avalon was a huge step down, but I was hoping for reliability return.
Oh well, point well taken about used cars, I have had some good luck with them, but recently have been bitten a couple times, so this time I went new.
#2917 of 3629 Good choice-Honda Element
Sep 07, 2004 (9:06 am)
For what it is worth, I think your new Element is a fine machine. Although, albeit a little too boxy for some, I found the controls excellent with huge knobs while wearing gloves on cold mornings, and extrmely useful interior. I did not take it for a test drive, as there was NOT enough seat travel for my frame, and I felt a little jammed up against the dash. Otherwise, it has been out awhile, and has the typical independent suspension that Honda is know for.
Good luck with the new purchase. I hope this one is better than the Avalon.
Sep 16, 2004 (4:22 pm)
Does anyone have an idea when the new model will come out.Also I noticed that there has been no new messages since Sept. 7th.Has the procedure of getting on the townhall changed in any way.By the way I have had my Avalon XLS loaded for 18 months now with 26 000 miles on it. never had a serious problem.I am using Mobile 1 syn. oil and change it every 5ooo miles.Any info on the above is appreciated. Gerhard Wachsmuth
#2919 of 3629 PIE-TOY aux connector
Sep 17, 2004 (5:03 am)
I have this on a 00 sienna (and works as mentione d above by nomad56) but was told in another forum that PIE hasnt made one yet for the 04. this was about 6 months ago. This may apply to the avalon as well.
#2920 of 3629 2003 Avalon XLS Strut Assembly
Sep 17, 2004 (2:02 pm)
Looking to replace the struts 22,000 miles. Car bottoms out, floats up & down & excessive nose diving when braking suddenly.
I do not expect any help from the dealer as they do not appear to be leaking.
Any comments on Tokico, KYB or Monroe Struts?
I have already replaced the front rotors and brake pads.
#2921 of 3629 Re: 2005 Avalon [gerhard]
Sep 17, 2004 (2:53 pm)
It's due to arrive in mid-February 2005. See the "Avalon Owners: Future Models" forum in general, and post #431 in particular.
#2922 of 3629 Re: 2003 Avalon XLS Strut Assembly [jluther2]
Sep 20, 2004 (6:17 am)
Either one Tokico or KYB will solve your problems stated in your message. I have Tokico's but gerry100 posted good results from KYB's. Have a Wheel and alignement or Frame and axle place do it unless you can yourself. 4 wheel alignment is mandatory after. This will significantly change the handling and braking, still giving you a comfortable ride, although not as soft as previous. If this still is not enough, which it is for most, email me, and there are relatively easy bushing changes, from rubber to PU (poly urethane) that will make it handle more so, but at the expense of increased tranmission of small vibration in the cabin. Alot depends on your road conditions and type of driving in your OWN application.
#2923 of 3629 Re: 2005 Avalon [gerhard]
Sep 20, 2004 (6:47 am)
I believe the new model will come out in Jan 2005. Autoweek, has a picture of it on thier website, I believe, looking IMO (to me) like a baby Maybach and Nissan Maxima cross, very nice. Advice, to anyone, don't judge a book by its cover, and don't buy the first model year.
In relation to your other comments, I don't think the townhall access has changed, contributors are just takin a breather and have nothing new to add.
I only use synthetic oil, during the harsh winter months up here in upstate NY. Other than that, I use blend or regular, whichever I can get a best price for and change too, every 5K. Transmission change every 50K, with Mecron/Dexron III synthetic. My last car, '90 Civic was at 236K, and sold privately, without any problems other than rust. Expect the same if you keep it running well.
54K on my 02 Avalon. Falken tires broken in now. Excellent traction contiues in the rain. Distinct whine almost from them, as they are not a quiet tire. Winter tires go on about 01 NOV 04.
Pulling utility trailer on weekends. Does it good, not well, but for short periods. Using it for fire wood, lumber, garden machinery, etc.
Sep 20, 2004 (3:36 pm)
In your post number 2923 you said about the Falken tires: Distinct whine almost from them, as they are not a quiet tire.
Please clarify 'whine almost' and not a quiet tire.
CR rated these as quiet (compared to what they tested at the same time). Do the Falkens 'sing' on black top and concrete roads?
#2925 of 3629 Re: 4 abfisch [fndlyfmrflyr]
Sep 21, 2004 (7:30 am)
From the OEM tires that came on the car, which were quiet but not very good in the handling, braking department, there is a whirring sound that comes from them at low speed with the windows open. I usually close the windows above 50 MPH so I cannot tell but it doens not seep into the cabin after that speed secondary to other road noise, radio, etc. All I have to go by is the difference on my car, compared to the OEM tires, and unless it is a CV joint going bad prematurely, it is the tires. Not a big deal to me, as it is not driving me crazy, but nevertheless notable, at least in the Avalon. Wear has not been premature, although I did go over a nail and had to get it repaired. Other than that, a good tire for the money. I run winter tires starting in November.
Again, this is not the gospel, just my sensitivity to this machine that I use quite a bit.