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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#9 of 1559 2003 XL Purchase
Aug 23, 2003 (4:23 am)
Just purchased a 2003 Toyota Avalon for dealer invoice. The XL Lunar Mist with the LP, carpet and trunk mats, and moonroof $26,202. The dealer got me for $180 for paperwork fees, but I also get free tires for as long as I own the car. I have a 1996 Avalon XL with 120,000 miles. Except for routine maintenance, I have only replaced the starter and recharged the AC since I have owned the car. Sandydee1, I can't believe your 1996 only had 36,000 miles on it. Your daughter is very lucky to get that car.
#10 of 1559 jwsbnd007-Post #9
Aug 24, 2003 (7:36 am)
I am looking for an avalon identical to yours in color and equipment-could you tell me where you got it? Thanks!
#11 of 1559 pgabob47-Post #8
Aug 24, 2003 (7:57 am)
I read the above and noticed your other discussion about buying 16" wheels on E-bay. In the above post you state the 2002XL had leather seats. Since you are buying alloy wheels and since I have been looking on autotrader also-my question is: there does not appear to be a Toyota factory package for leather seats and no alloy wheels. I have contacted several dealers with cars that have leather seats and after many questions have found that it is an "after-market" leather package. This means that the steering wheel is not leather stiched and there is no power passenger seat. You seem to have gotten a good price-does your Avalon have the passenger power seat and the leather steering wheel? Thanks!
#12 of 1559 mikem30 - Post #11
Aug 25, 2003 (11:56 am)
Mike, Definitely an interesting question. The car has both driver's and passenger's power seats. The leather interior includes the door panels and the seats. The gear shift lever and steering wheels are not stitched leather. Your point is well taken. I have looked at many other Avalons with gray leather interiors and it looks the same. I agree with your observation about the various option packages. Could it be an after market job ? (Rhetorical) I guess. If it is, it's a good one. The Lexus dealer I bought it from seemed reasonable straight. But, as you know, you never really know for sure. The steels 15 inch wheels and wheel covers appear to be stock. So, for me, I will soon have the new 16 inch 2003 Avalon alloy wheels on the car and it will, maybe, appear more "legit". Other than that, the car had 12,000 miles, fully documented, drives like a dream and is everything I expected. I am very happy with it. The price took a bit of grinding, they were asking $24K. None of my local dealers (East Coast Florida) were close. Thanks for your input, it sounds like I have a rather unique Avi. Bob
#13 of 1559 Where I purchased my 2003 Avalon
Sep 01, 2003 (4:13 am)
mikem 30. I purchased my 2003 at Tri-City Toyota in Bay City Michigan. Just to bring you up to date, I have been having a few problems with them. First on the tires for life deal. They neglected to tell me that I was required to have THEM rotate my tires and align my font end every 15,000 miles to qualify for the tires for life deal. Pretty slick on their part. Also have a few paint chips that have to be repaired. The salesman offered me a tube of touch-up paint. I told him I wanted it repaired not touch-up paint. I'll let you know what happens. Always read all the fine print before you buy. They caught me on the tire deal, but I did not get the paperwork on that until after the purchase.
#14 of 1559 Good Price on 2004 Avalon
Sep 20, 2003 (8:16 am)
In today's Dallas Morning News, there is an ad from Toyota Vandergriff in Arlington, Texas. It says it has a 2004 fully loaded Avalon available for $26,995. The fine print says that the MSRP is $30,285. That seems like a great price for the new model year.
#15 of 1559 2003 XLS
Sep 25, 2003 (9:49 am)
FE/NV/VD/GV/SR being sold at local dealer for 29796. Not sure if that includes freight or not. Even if not, that looks like a powerful deal to me. This is not a demo because I've been looking at this car as it continues to sit on the lot. If only I could get a decent price on my 02 Envoy.......
#16 of 1559 2004 XLS
Sep 29, 2003 (12:38 pm)
I'm no good at this negotiating. I know what I want and will probably have to order it because my wife wants bench seats in her XLS. What would be a fair price to pay with the following options: GU(Premium package), SR (sun roof), MG(mud guards), M5(5 piece mat set), WL(wheel locks), D(Door edge guards), TS(custom stripe).
#17 of 1559 Suggestion: Put on accessories yourself
Oct 03, 2003 (9:45 am)
I am not sure how much time you have in your life, but the accessories you mentioned in #16(except) the stripe and the package, can be put on in about 1 hour. They probably make 100% profit on the items. Just a suggestion but you could order the items over the web.
I usually order my Toyota parts for www.brandsport.com Ask for Larry, he is very knowledgeable and pleasant.
#18 of 1559 Good prices on 2004 Avalon?
Nov 22, 2003 (5:26 pm)
In today's Dallas Morning News, there is an ad from Toyota Vandergriff in Arlington, Texas( suburb of Dallas). It says "save $4,000 off MSRP on '04 Avalons in stock. We've got 30 Avalons in stock." Unless it is a trick, it sounds like they have some good deals. This dealership was not open when I bought my 2003 Avalon in July for $ 3,361 off MSRP. (See my posting # 2 above)