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#3086 of 3629 Re: 2003 Avalon XLS/2005 Avalon Limited [jluther2]
Jul 12, 2005 (12:15 pm)
There is not alot of difference in ride quality or handling. I bought my Tokico's on the net, but I cannot recall from where. You can go onto there website or do a search and put your car info in. First, find a good shop that deals with axle, suspension, alignment, etc. Do not take it to a muffler shop. Unless you have the heavy equip to do yourself, you will probably not be happy.
I too feel the same about the new Avalon. I would rather buy a Honda Accord with folding mirrors and be done with it. When changing the struts, also change the strut rubber mounts, gotten at a local Toyota dealership. You might as well since tthey are going in there.
You will notice quite a difference. To bump it up another notch, some have changed the rubber sway bar bushings to PU(poly urethane) with remarkable handling results.
#3087 of 3629 Garage Door Opener Getting Weak
Jul 13, 2005 (1:50 pm)
We have a 2000 XLS and it seems to us that the garage door opener is getting weaker. It's been used alot over the 5 years we've had our Avy.
Does the garage door opener have a battery? Is it replaceaable?
Thanks In Advance
#3088 of 3629 Re: More Problems with VSC lights [greenbelt]
Jul 15, 2005 (12:58 am)
I also have a 2000 Avalon XLS with 64K MI with the same problem. Here is what I did to fix the same problem.
1. Replaced plugs with same type as originals
2. Replaced fuel filter
3. Replaced PCV valve
4. Replaced Trans. fluid
5. Replaced Anti-Freeze
6. Replaced engine air filter
7. Added 2 tanks of fuel with bottle of Chevron Fuel Injector Cleaner
I think that is about all I did. The steady burning check engine light, VSC, and VSC OFF lights no longer come on. I have driven it over 250 mi and no problem YET. One of the trouble codes showed lean burn on the frond bank of cylinders. This led me to believe that either it was a Fuel Injector problem or spark problem. I also had an engine stumbling problem when hitting passing gear at high speeds. I believe that the gas I get now days is of poor quality and deposits are a problem. Don't know if this helps you but it is my 2 cents worth.. I sure wish they still made the RWD Cressida. It was far superior to the FWD Avalon. I will not pay the inflated prices for a RWD GS Lexus.
#3089 of 3629 Re: More Problems with VSC lights [pcp2]
Jul 15, 2005 (7:31 am)
I too liked the Cressida way back in the day, although the plastic dash was cheaper, and there was no bench seat. Without Traction Control, it wasn't a 4 season car either. So, back in the day it was nice, but it cannot take the place of our 00-04 Avalon now. Thanks for your comments above. I have 60K on an 02 Avalon without VSC, so I do not have to worry about the light although I am unsure how some of them are interelated.
#3090 of 3629 Re: More Problems with VSC lights [pcp2]
Jul 15, 2005 (5:49 pm)
We scheduled an appointment for Monday of this past week. However, last Saturday night when I started the Avy, all of the lights went off normally.
I think it was the "loose" gas cap induced problem because my neighborhood mechanic read the OBD II codes as 'evap container problem' which has to do with the fuel recovery system.
Things have been normal all week (knock on wood).
Thanks for your suggestions, though.
#3091 of 3629 Passenger Mirror Replacement
Jul 19, 2005 (2:30 pm)
Well when I came home this afternoon, my wife was in the garage beside her Avalon, tinkering with the passenger side mirror. She was trying to get the white paint from the garage entry off of the mirror. She had brushed the garage as she was parking it after work.
Since our 2000 XLS doesn't have fold back mirrors, it flexed a bit then evidently popped loose, with a small hole now visible in the 'crotch' of the mirror where an interior screw formerly held it tight to the body from the inside.
I cleaned off most of the white paint from the garage with rubbing compound but I think the whole assembly needs replacing since its loose and no longer water tight.
* How easy is it to take off the mirror - so interior panel must need to be removed?
* Where is a good place to get a replacement
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Jul 19, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Thanks all. I have enjoyed your posts and found useful information here. My 96 XLS suffered a transmission failure a few weeks ago. Only 73,000 miles on the car. The transmission fluid had been changed about 35K ago. Car had been running well and gave no indication there was a transmission problem. According to two shops, apparently one gear stripped, a very rare situation. The gear was probably defective since day one.
I was starting to have electrical problems with the car. No electrical parts failed, but apparently corrosion was forming inside connectors. Just unplugging and reconnecting takes care of the problems, but following the procedures in the service manual can be expensive if not DIY.
Decided not to fix the transmission. I was looking at a lot of preventive maintenance due and the thought of putting more into the car than the car was worth (if sold) didn't seem like a good idea, especially in a ten year old car. The new car is not as roomy, doesn't handle as well, does not accelerate nearly as well, but is at least as quiet (quieter I think), rides nearly as well, and gets, over all so far, 48 mpg vs.18 or so for the Avalon.
#3093 of 3629 Automatic Trans Fluid Reading
Jul 19, 2005 (11:11 pm)
I just drained the Auto Trans fluid. Removed plug and drained 3 gts. and replaced with 3 gts of new fluid. When I take a fluid level check with dip stick it reads all over the place. Sometimes it shows 1 Qt over full than just a few Oz. over full. I have been checking it when engine is hot. When I check it after the car sits overnight (cool) and engine OFF it still reads over full not in the COOL range on the dip stick. What am I doing wrong? Should I check it with the engine hot, engine running, in gear? out of gear neutral? I can not find the instructions in the owners manual. Can anyone help?
#3094 of 3629 Re: Automatic Trans Fluid Reading [pcp2]
Jul 20, 2005 (10:08 am)
Transmission Fluid Check:
The car should be at normal operating temperature, on level ground, engine running, shift lever in Park. Remove dipstick, wipe clean with lint free rag. Insert stick, remove slowly. Hold rag under dipstick to avoid fluid drops on hot engine. Read level on the stick. Anything between the marks will work, but if near the LOW end you may want to add a little. Never overfill.
Hope this helps. Remember that you have only replaced a small part of the fluid capacity. Most of the old fluid remains. At some point in the future you will need to drain it all for maximum transmission life.
#3095 of 3629 Re: Automatic Trans Fluid Reading [fin]
Jul 20, 2005 (8:57 pm)
Thanks for the info. Understand I only changed part of the fluid. How about running the car for a few weeks than changing part of the fluid again? That would flush more of the old stuff out. I had a complete fluid and filter change 30K miles ago by dealer.