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#3054 of 3629 Re: six-pssenger [deepan]
Jun 08, 2005 (5:45 am)
perhaps in canada the 6ers were only offered as XLs...just last week, i was reading a review of a 2003 model i picked up on google...the reviewer described the car as an XLS with leather seats and stability control....
of course, he may have been mistaken, but i doubt it...still, i can't really be sure since i can't seem to get any straight info on the "sixer" from anyone, including toyota...
over the past six months, i have looked at every parked avalon i've seen and tried to view all i pass on the road...to this point, i have seen NO "sixers" at all -- of any trim level...
the only reason i know that the car isn't mythical is the fact that about two years ago, my toyota dealer had one on his lot...
alas, though, my search continues...fortunately, i'm in no rush...perhaps one will find me in the days ahead...
#3056 of 3629 2003 Avalon - Tires and Rotors
Jun 08, 2005 (6:42 am)
My 2003 Avalon is currently in for regular service, Oil/filter, etc. When inspecting the tires they tell me thay are at 3/32 tread when PA state minimum is 2/32. This car has only 17,500 miles on it. Anyone else have experience with these OEM tires wearing out so soon? About half the miles are highway and half around town. Recommended replacement tire?
Other issue is front rotors. Recently have felt a slight vibration on light braking. Dealer tells me that the front rotors and pads need to be replaced, but they will do it on warranty. Anyone else with experience with rotors going so soon?
#3057 of 3629 Re: six-pssenger [deepan]
Jun 09, 2005 (10:44 am)
That is a false statement in the USA. 00-04 Avalon came in 5 or 6 passengar configurations in both model types, XL and XLS. I just saw one in Vermont over the winter, a grey XLS with a bench seat. Maybe it was not available in Canada, but it was here.
#3058 of 3629 Re: 2003 Avalon - Tires and Rotors [kkovak]
Jun 09, 2005 (10:51 am)
Have an 02. Although, I change to snow tires on separate rims for the winter months, the OEM were average at best. They worse and started to squeel around minor turns. Best OEM's for the price!!!, is Falken Ziex 510's??. Made in Japan. Some road noise at high speeds but the price and sturdiness of the tire is big bang for the buck.
Front brake rotors are a cheap part on our cars. IMO, recommend replacing them with aftermarket rotors of higher quality. Don't be fooled by "Toyota Quality". They don't make the part. I put on cross drilled and slotted discs in front and back with a change in pads. Remarkable difference.
You should also know that the dampers or shocks in the Avalon are quite weak. Now, it is a very good car, but certain parts they cheap out on. The front brakes overheat overtime, as the quality of the OEM discs and the excessive dive of the front end contribute to front end load. I changed the shocks (OEM), to premium aftermarket shocks, with a result of much more limiting nose dive at all speeds. This will balance the car better and you will achieve more balanced braking lasting quite a bitter longer in the fronts.
Hope that helps.
#3059 of 3629 Re: 2003 Avalon - Tires and Rotors [kkovak]
Jun 09, 2005 (6:27 pm)
Rather than a lengthy post, let me "second" the post #3058 above. Original front brake pads, rotors and even the whole front suspension are all a little weak on the 2004 and prior Avalons. The original front pads on my 2003 XL went about 30k with mostly suburban and interstate driving. The second set of pads, from Toyota, have gone 24k already and look like almost new. The rotors are fine. Go figure..... But Avalon is a great car, all things considered. Enjoy yours.
#3060 of 3629 New" 2001 XLS by johncmoore
Jun 09, 2005 (9:50 pm)
"I just bought a 2001 XLS as a replacement for my Solara. I really like the car and have learned a lot from this forum. The car has 42K miles. Does anyone have advice with regard to what I should anticipate/look our for with the car? The car did not have an owner's manual "
John, I have both a 96 XL and an 05 Limited. My 96 has 160K miles on it and still has the original front brakes. I have done oil changes every 3 - 5K miles, have replaced the blower fan motor, the timing belt 2x and have done the rear brakes once. The driver seat motor had to be replaced once. I've changed the tranny filter and fluid about every 40K miles.
At about 150K I had to add power steering fluid to the resevoir. I hadn't seen any leaks and when I took it in for the next oil change my mechanic couldn't find any leaks.
When my oldest daughter rides in the back of the 96 she complains of a rough ride. No one else does and the mechanic says the struts are still fine.
My 05 is 4 months old today and has 6.5k miles. So far I've had a TSB on the steering column, NTF, and have had a problem with the driver door not unlocking all the time. A minor annoyance.
These cars have been really dependable for the vast majority. Pretty much take care of it and it'll take care of you.
#3061 of 3629 Re: 1996 Avalon [zmanjohn]
Jun 09, 2005 (9:53 pm)
" just purchased a 1996 Avalon and love the car to death. But I was noticing that when I start the vehicle it revs up to 2K rpm. stays there for about 3 minutes and slowly comes down to 750-1K rpm. Does anyone know if this normal?"
Yes it is normal. I too have a 96 XL and it has always done this. It lets the engine come up to operating temp. faster which means better emissions.
As to finding an owners manual, sorry no help there.
#3062 of 3629 Re: 1996 Avalon [mikes.]
Jun 10, 2005 (4:30 am)
Thanks for your help Mike. I figured this was normal, but as I said I have no owners manual so I could not look it up.
#3063 of 3629 TRANNY FLUID CHANGES
Jun 10, 2005 (7:37 am)
Please can you comment more on the tranny fluid changes you do yourself. I change my fluid on the first 50K, and then thereafter every 25K. It is easy for me to keep those numbers in my mind. I do the PS fluid at the same time for the Avalon as you know the fluid is exactly the same.
I have not yet, taken down the pan, cleaned the magnets/filter for the tranny. Hope much of a mess and pain is this to do??? Do you have any techniques you have to share with us who perform the maintenance ourselves to do this??