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#3342 of 3629 Re: Shocks Bushing 
Aug 22, 2006 (7:50 am)
You will notice quite the difference with the KYB GR2's, big bang for the buck. I am genuinely interested in your comments once you get the car back. Again, I do not think Toyota makes a 17mm front sway bar bushing, as they are 18 or 19mm. Mine was 18mm (XL) and besides being a pain to get at, it fit perfect. As long as you genorously clean and grease the ID and OD (inner and outer diamter) of the bushing and bar interface.
Let me tell you about the difference in the 325 and 330. Again, it is somewhat subjective. My best friend, among other autos, bought a brand new 04 330cic 6 speed with the performance package/sport package . I bought a used 325ci 2004 325ci (coupe) with the sports package. He paid 50K, I paid 28K. He drove both. Although, I cannot put the top down, he looked at me and said that mine drive better. Only a friend would say that after spending 50K on a car. Now you know, you have to drive these vehicles before really buying them. A convertible, along with 18" rims(instead of the 17") is way heavier and much less rigid. Even with the extra thrust of the 3.0 motor, it doesn't make up for it. Then laden it with all the motorized seats, top, etc. and you could have a weight bias easy exceeding 500lbs. The same with the Xi. Your are pushing another transaxle, 200lbs. You can also bump up the price another 5K, and more maintenance costs. So.....just may two cents. In the year and 1/2 I have owned my BMW, it has been much less maintenance than my Avalon. Every year, I have to redo my Avalon's brakes. And it is garaged during the winter up here. This year, the freakin rotors were frozen to the rear E brake drums, and I had to wind up having a military mechanic help me physically bust through the drum hats with a sledge hammer to take off the rear rotors. Fun huh. Not at all. Every year I have to do those Avalon brakes. The metal is inferior. And Toyota knows it.
Believe it or not, the mechanic even said that my Avalon under 50MPH, handles as good as my BMW. So the struts and the bushing will make a big difference without changing the ride height, something I do not like to do. They do make springs now that can lower the Avalon, but that is not what I use it for. I need the ride height to remain for the snow and tranversing the trailer across the lawn.
Let me know how things turn out.
#3343 of 3629 SPYWARE ON YOUR PC
Aug 24, 2006 (11:28 am)
Interesting. I selected to be notified by Spybot if there is a download. Guess what? When I went to this forum, I got a message that says "Spybot S&D reports that you want to download DoubleClick. This is a known threat" What are you tracking in our PC's Edmunds? I do not appreciate spyware being installed on my PC. How about the rest of you?
#3344 of 3629 Re: Shocks Bushing [abfisch]
Aug 24, 2006 (11:35 am)
AB. Finally got a reply from customer support on what sway bar bushings to order for MY application, which appears to be unusual. I just did a search for used Avalons in my area so I could measure their sway bars and could not find one less than 100 miles away. I'm still going in to check the parts catalog. I see some have grease zerks. It wouldn't be difficult to install on your brackets. Have you considered it?
Here is my reply.
That is a strange combo your Avalon has. Order a 9.5121 for the front. For the rear, I would just order the 16mm set and sand the bushing out to 17mm using a dremel type tool with a 60 grit drum on it.
You need to grease either color, so get what ever color you like. There is no graphite in swaybar sets.
Steve, Customer Service"
#3345 of 3629 Oxygen sensor replacement
Aug 24, 2006 (11:52 am)
My 2002 Toyota Avalon has an error code that says Air/Fuel Sensor heater Circuit Bank1, Sensor2. This sensor is in back of the cat. converter, with wires going up into the floor boards. Does anyone know the procedure for getting to this connector. It is under the passenger side front seat as diagram in manual shows, or is it onder the console? What has to be removed to get to it?
#3346 of 3629 Re: SPYWARE ON YOUR PC 
Aug 24, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I have the same settings on the most current version of SpyBot as well and, while I've seen similar messages on some other sites, I've never see that here in the Forums. Go to the Forums Software discussion and ask about it there.
#3347 of 3629 Re: problem w/ 2000 xls instrument cluster [deepan]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:33 am)
Deepan......just wanted to know your advice to cbutler may have saved me hundreds of dollars. On 8/21/06 about 6am I was browsing this forum and just happened to see your response to the other poster on how to get the instrument cluster gauges working again. I had recently purchased my car ( 2003 XLS ) at an auction where you dont get to look very closely at the cars. So when I went to pick up my car at the lot, and saw the dashboard gauges didnt work, I took that as just something I would have to fix. I didnt know that when the car was left on the lot with it's interior lights on ( which killed the battery ), that could short circuit the instrument cluster gauges, odometer,clock and outside temp. My mechanic didnt figure it out, so I made an appointment with Toyota. I even asked a Toyota rep for advice on what may cause that and how to correct it. He didnt know, or wasnt telling. If I had kept that appointment, there is no telling what this Toyota dealership would have come up with or charged me.
Thanks so much Deepan. And if there is anyone else out there with the same problem ( instrument cluster gauges dont work ) try disconnecting the battery for a few seconds, and reconnecting. That might get them working again. I also ordered blank transponder "chip" keys, and received the programming instructions. So I'll be saving money instead of wasting it at the dealership.
Aug 27, 2006 (6:51 pm)
It took me 4 weeks to read all of this forum. Wow. One of the posts awhile back asked if there was a way to tell if the car had bucket or bench seats by the vin#? I've been spending 2 months researching cars for my self to buy a 95-98 avy. Since I'm retired disabled, I can't afford a new one (see my post on meet the members which I will repost after this one but updated). As I looked at all the cars, I think I may have found the answer (could be just a coincidence). The 10th digit on the vin is the check digit. From what I have seen so far, check digits 0-4 seem to point to a car with bucket seats floor shift. Check digits 5-9 seem to point to the bench seat column shift. This seems to hold up on the 96-99 vins. Can anyone check this out for themselves? Look at your vin#. If you have 0-4 for your 10th digit, do you have the floor shift? If you have 5-9, do you have the column shift?
BTW, new to the forum.
Aug 27, 2006 (7:02 pm)
Here is a copy of the message from meet the members: I updated it a little bit from the original post.
My Name is Steve, from MA. I'm a retired 48 yr old and awaiting a small settlement very soon. All my adult life I've driven mostly GM cars, the latest a 90 Celeberty Wagon w/ a modified engine It's been a good car. BUT, I am now ready for a "Real Car"! A few years ago, I got to ride in a 98 Avalon XLS. I was like "WOW". I haven't to this day forgot that. I swore from that day on that if I ever got the opportunity to get one, I will. Although I can't afford a newer Avy, I have researched 7 candidates ranging from 95-98. One of them has very high mileage(212k) but I hear 200k is like 100k on a GM in comparison. Some of the other candidates are 120-188k. You can't find an Avy in New England in good shape for less than 5k no matter what the year or mileage. I found ones in NJ, NY, VA, & FL for between 2900-4200. It's worth the 400 in gas to go to FL and back if necessary to save 2k if not more. Of course if anyone one this forum who lives within 400 mile distance wants to sell me their 95-98 XLS for the same range of the candidates found, I would like to talk to you. Be advised though that I have a few prerequisites. 1 a bench seat w/ shift on columm because my wife & I are large people and the buckets won't cut it for long. 2- CD player (At my wifes insistence - sorry). 3 full maintanence records w/ good carfax history which is important so I can determine how much $ I will need to refurbish if need be. I prefer any color but green but will still consider it if other conditions are met. BTW 4200 assumes less than 120k mileage. Looking forward to being an Avy owner VERY SOON! I'm counting the days and believe me it's getting hard. "I WANT MY AVALON"!
#3350 of 3629 Vin# didn't pan out.
Aug 27, 2006 (8:49 pm)
Sorry about the vin post. I scaned a few more cars tonight with the vin 10th check# 5-9 and sure enough they do also have bucket seats. Thought I found the solution. Sorry, I was wrong.
#3351 of 3629 2001 Avalon air condition filter replacment
Sep 05, 2006 (5:26 pm)
Hi, my name is David and I lives in Chicago. I have a 2001 Avalon that need to have its air condition filter replace. I did a search online and all the instructions I found said that there is a screw on the right side of the glove compartment to be remove in order to lower the glove compartment. The problem is that I don't see any screw on the right side of the glove compartment; all I see is a plastic cap-like thing that is holding the hinge. I try to turn it and it just won't move. Is there a way to reach the filter without damaging anything in the compartment? If this question has been answered before, I'll appreciate a direction/link to the post(s). Thanks a bunch!