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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#199 of 1539 2003 Avalon, 30,000 miles, smog problems
Apr 18, 2005 (11:39 am)
First, we love our Avalon and all the other Toyotas we have owned. The MSRP on mine
was 36,927 and we paid 32,058 plus doc fees ($45); Sales tax, license fees, etc.
Final cost was $34, 848.98. It is paid off now.
My question for the group is your smog equipment. Around Jan 1, 2005 my check engine
soon light came on. I called Folsom Lake Toyota (where I bought it - and our other Toyota) and they said bring it in. We took it in at 7pm on Jan 6th and got it back about
a week later. They were still not sure exactly what was wrong, but they replaced a few
parts and the light went off.
On April 16th the light came on again. I had just completed the 30k maint. with the
dealership, so they may have twisted the wrong thing, who knows??
My question to the group is.....does anyone else have a smog problem??
The reason I am asking is that I have a 1997 Chev K1500 pickup that had smog problems for about 4 years. Chev even put a new engine in it, but no luck. They put
the "sensor machine" in it so that when the light came on I could punch the button and
store the info. Now - - here comes the interesting part. General Motors sent me a
letter stating they were have fuel injector problems on engines from ....uh...1995 thru
2001 or something like that. I called the Calif. Air Resources Board to see if they had
a copy of this letter and was told no. I faxed it over to them. They were delighted.
Does Toyota have a problem we don't know about? Don't get me wrong, I have been
a loyal Toyota owner since 1977. We have bought eight or nine Toyotas in that time,
so I don't want anyone thinking I am bashing Toyota. Not at all. I am simply asking if
anyone else has this problem, and if so, how did they cure it? My dealer is very nice,
and the service dept is trying, but I don't want to spend the next 3 years taking my car
Thanks for your time......dllfo">
#200 of 1539 Re: New Avalon Owner [cappy4103]
Apr 18, 2005 (2:27 pm)
YOU did a great job posting the pic. Would you say the pics are true to color? The car looks a blue gray metallic
I cannot believe how pretty it is! I wish I had seen one before I ordered the Titanium
What part of the country are you in . You got a beautiful car and a great deal Best of luck and thanks for sharing the pics!
#202 of 1539 Re: avalon shopping [bigdogsailor]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:57 pm)
I live in MD. I accept no offers from any dealers. I would suggest you research all your options with MSRP and Invoice costs for each. Total the vehicle costs and make an offer that splits the difference between MSRP and Invoice. Then make this your offer to the dealer. You may want to negotiate an extended warranty option as part of your offer. I have been successful at this scheme during my vehcle purchasing history.
#203 of 1539 Re: New Avalon Owner [analyticangel]
Apr 18, 2005 (8:16 pm)
Thank you Angel! I live in upstate NY. In the daytime, the car looks like a tasteful light blue in color. At dusk or on a cloudy day, to me the color looks darker, more blue gray metallic. I guess the pictures really didn't do the color any justice, but I tried We are happy with the color...something different from the earth tone beiges, and our 2005 Sienna is Phanton Gray Pearl, which we like. But we wanted something different already having one gray colored car in the garage. You won't be disappointed with the Titanium!
#204 of 1539 Re: New Avalon Owner [cappy4103]
Apr 19, 2005 (8:09 am)
ooooo she's pretty! What's her name? Is she single? Maybe she and my Touring can be playmates.
#205 of 1539 Lease an Avalon
Apr 19, 2005 (11:45 am)
Has anyone tried leasing the Avalon? If so, any advice.
#206 of 1539 Re: Lease an Avalon [pwein1]
Apr 19, 2005 (6:49 pm)
I'm going to do this within a couple weeks.
You can use leasecompare.com to get a rough idea.
There are no special lease incentives at all, but that's no surprise.
Go to the Lease Forum for more info...
Apr 20, 2005 (3:07 pm)
I recently picked up my 05 Avalon Limited. this is my 3rd avalon. I passed my 99 and 02 down to my sons.
I paid $ 33,631 at Lee's Toyota in Queens, NY. I got the all the options including the Navigation system, Mats Trunk curtain and a full tank of gas.
#208 of 1539 Re: My 3rd Avalon [avalonman]
Apr 20, 2005 (8:48 pm)
How much above invoice?