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#11258 of 14961 My Avalon Wish List
Jan 31, 2006 (9:57 am)
I am new around here. I have been reading this loooong topic for a while now. I benefited from it a lot. So big thanks to everyone. I am planning to buy an Avalon this coming fall. Hence, I will be getting the 2007 model. Hopefully, I will have enough saved for the Limited trim.
With the all-new ES 350 hitting the road soon, the gap (both in price and quality) between it and the Avalon will increase dramatically. Heck, even the new Camry has got some cool features not available in the current Avalon model. For these reasons, I hope Toyota will add more features (even if as optional). Here is my current wish list. I will love Toyota forever if all of these were included, but I am being realistic and a few of these will satisfy me.
1) A coverless stereo system. I don't see the benefit (or the gain in styling) from having a cover on the stereo system. It isn't like thieves wouldn't know the car has one. I could be very wrong, though. What is your opinion/experience with that?
2) MP3/WMA In-dash DVD Changer. The new Camry will get an MP3/WMA CD System so why shouldn't the Avalon have a better deal? Okay I will settle for MP3/WMA In-dash CD Changer. But the latter is a must.
3) LED taillights and these are a must. I mean everyone got it; Accords, Azeras and many others. So please Toyota... please!
4) Signal indicators on the outside of the side mirrors case. These seem like common sense. The signal indicators currently available on the Limited trim are quite nice but why not have the more useful formal? I guess I can always have these installed by some customization shop but it wouldn't hurt if Toyota decides to include them.
5) I don't think this one will materialize, but... just to get it out of my system; a bigger trunk. Sigh, I currently drive a 1996 Lincoln Town Car Signature which has a 22.3 cubic feet trunk. The Avalon has a 35% smaller trunk. This will be the hardest part for me to adapt.
Hmmm, that is it for now. I will add to the wish list as I dig up more information on the upcoming ES and Camry.
Have a nice day
#11259 of 14961 Re: New reworked computer? [retired7]
Jan 31, 2006 (11:53 am)
Can not give you times but if I were to guess I can say either at 6 or under seconds 0 to 60.The air filter is a K&N filter and you can write 2005 toyota avalon on ebay and see the one they have there.
Mileage wise I can see an improvement in town of maybe a 1/2 more to the gallon but on the highway the gain is considerable but at higher speeds,like 85 mph.I had to send the computer to be recalibrated, it is not a chip.
Any other questions feel free to ask.By the way this is for the old at heart so you have to have enjoyed the late 60 or 70 to rekindle some type of performance twicking to do this.
#11260 of 14961 Re: Convice me to still buy the AVALON. [j_hbrock]
Jan 31, 2006 (12:40 pm)
doesn't sound like you need any convincing - in fact, if you are looking for 'value' (as you perceive it) you probably need to look past the Camry as well and into some of the Korean and even the US brands.
It wasn't until the 05 Avalon that there really was any significant difference between the Avalon and Camry - in the spring the '07 will blurr that difference back to what it always has been. The same 'problem' exists with Altima/Maxima, the Accord/TL, the Passat/A6, the Lucerne/DTS etc. etc. etc. Doubt very seriously that you will be able to get a loaded '07 Camry XLE for under about $30k, perhaps 3 grand or so below a comparable XLS. But, if you want a Toyota and want the best, then you buy the Avalon and don't worry about an extra few thousand or so.
#11261 of 14961 Re: My Avalon Wish List [musouka]
Jan 31, 2006 (2:36 pm)
With all the LED bulbs that you see burned out on 5 year old or less cars, I want as few of these as possible. Look at third brake lights on low and high cost cars. I like several of your other suggestions.
#11263 of 14961 Re: My Avalon Wish List [limiteddriver]
Jan 31, 2006 (10:30 pm)
Hmmm... yeah, I haven't thought of that. Thanks for the insight. Again, what is the difference in cost between LED and normal brake lights?
#11264 of 14961 Re: My Avalon Wish List [musouka]
Feb 01, 2006 (5:57 am)
LEDs are brighter unidirectionally, so a bunch of them would be very, very bright. The upfront cost for the LED-style will be higher, but LEDs last a heckuva lot longer than incandescent bulbs.
#11265 of 14961 Re: My Avalon Wish List [limiteddriver]
Feb 01, 2006 (6:13 am)
LEDs typically have a life in excess of 100,000 hours, so it's unlikely the device itself has failed. I work for a company that uses tens of thousands of LEDs, and we have not yet encountered a failed LED in our products. Most "burned out LEDs" typically are the result of a failed solder joint where the device is connected to the circuit board. This is particularly prevalent if the circuit board has copper on only one surface as opposed to a board with 2 sided copper and PTHs (plated through holes), which provides a significantly more robust connection.
Feb 01, 2006 (11:13 am)
According to Edmunds' review, 07 Camry V6 is getting 6sp automatic transmission. When will the Avalon be getting the same 6sp?
Feb 01, 2006 (11:43 am)
I am back.....here is my report on our ordered 2006 Avalon XLS, that we picked up last Thursday. I have been holding my breath, until I could drive it and see if it had any of those problems that some people have talked about. I am relieved to report that the Blizzard Pearl color with a gray pin stripe and Light gray interior, is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! It drives like a dream and so far, IS PROBLEM FREE! (NO SQUEAKS, RATTLES OR HESITATION! We took it for a short trip, breaking it in, and LOVED IT! Left in the rain and came back in the sun shine. According to the car computer reading, we averaged 31.4 mpg (did not need air). We have not checked it manually yet, with the gas input, but hope that it will check out the same. I did not expect a good reading, so soon. Thanks to messages that I read on Edmunds.com, I too, contacted Champion, Toyota in Austin, Tx. and could not believe the price he quoted me over the telephone. Barely over invoice and I ordered it the way I wanted it. He gave me NO HASSLE, just a FANTASTIC DEAL! It was worth the two hour drive to go pick up the car, when it came in. We are thrilled with our choice. This is our first Toyota.