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#12246 of 14955 Re: My experience with a 2006 Avalon [mstem]
May 02, 2006 (12:35 pm)
I am having a similar experience so far as well. I have only had the car a month but so far I am extremely happy. No trans issues, no rattles, etc. Before my 2003 Av went off lease I started reading this forum and was a little nervous about buying one. After I drove the competition (Lucerne, 500, 300, Maxima, TL) I ran back to Toyota. IMO nothing comes close. The only thing I can say bad about the car is it isn't as quiet as my 03 (probably the tires) and I could do without the cover on the radio. As for features, my XLS is equipped enough for me. I didn't want NAV and really don't think I would miss anything on the Limited except maybe the rain sensing wipers (if they work as designed). Just my two cents.
#12247 of 14955 Re: My experience with a 2006 Avalon [mstem]
May 02, 2006 (1:03 pm)
I could not agree more. I purchased my 2006 Limited in late January and now have almost 4000 miles on it. No rattles, no hesitation, no problems. Period.
I also agree that that NAV system needs work. The controller is too fussy and the voice recognition seems to be there for comic effect most of the time. However, I WOULD buy the NAV again. I've used a 3rd party NAV system and while it worked better in some ways -- it was a pain to deal with the dash clutter, wires, and loss of a power outlet.
At this point, I would definitely buy this car again. But, I'm one of those that drives a car 10 years so I'll report my long term road test in 2016!
#12248 of 14955 Re: Problems with other models [fsmmcsi]
May 02, 2006 (1:27 pm)
fscmmcsi - you either need to do a little more research or share whatever it is you are smoking:
Car recalls TSBs
2005 500 1 22
2005 Lacrosse 1 40
2005 Avalon 1 11
2005 Camry 1 18
2005 Malibu 0 78
2005 Impala 0 45
2005 Accord 4 80
2005 Maxima 1 10
2005 Altima 0 17
2005 Sonata 0 4
2005 300 4 42
The Sonata, Accord, and Altima are not truly 1st year models.
And the surprises should be the Accord and the Sonata but certainly not that the 'Detroit' iron still lags. And, thanks to Volvo, the 500 is Ford's best effort in years and likely the best choice from an inferior group. Keep waiting on this imaginary new engine, then you can have even more problems - at least the 3.0 has been around long enough for even Ford to get the kinks out of.
#12249 of 14955 Re: My 06 Avalon Experience [endovit]
May 02, 2006 (1:43 pm)
My BMW had same problem...walmart had some you can cut to size. or BMW sites had some
#12250 of 14955 Re: My experience with a 2006 Avalon [mstem]
May 02, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I must agree, I have limited and have followed the forum. My car has been rock solid. I looked at Infinity M35, boy for 50K+ car it has issues...low mpg, high reving engine in place of our low reving engine. Other issues with the car as well. I was unsure after my BMW, but it is right on and great value. Others can go ahead and pay 15K more for same stuff!!
May 02, 2006 (2:32 pm)
I purchased my 2005 avalon xls last june (2005). I have put in 17000 miles on it and I would like to say that it is a really wonderful car. It is very fast, very quiet, with a wonderful ride and has pretty good handling It is better than a lexus Rx 330 and almost as good as the Lexus LS 430. If you are looking for a nice car without the great looks of a BMW, Mercedes or Lexus (and without the premium price) I think that it is the best deal you can find. I see a lot of Toyota bashing on this site and I can only sympathize with these people. I also own a 2001 Sequoia with 116000 miles on it. Again I wouuld only trade it in for the next sequoia.
#12252 of 14955 Re: For $30,000+, Toyota not offering usual quality... [captain2]
May 02, 2006 (3:39 pm)
Hey! For that amount of moola, I'd beat up my grandmother! I owned an '85 Cressida for ten years, and my present Avalon is now eleven, and I've loved both of them. Does the fact that these cars are a completely new design, radically different, etc. excuse Toyota from problems two years down the line from their introduction?
#12253 of 14955 Re: Avalon Limited over 04 Lexus 330 [dandydon2]
May 02, 2006 (4:42 pm)
dandydon2: Good luck with the Avalon Nav Systtem----it can't hold a candle to the Lexus--I'm soooooo sorry I got it. A $700 Garmin would be much better!! Other than the Nav--I love the Avalon--what a machine. I looked at the ES 330--too tight--G35--too noisy and rough riding--TL--again too smal and then the Lucerne--another GREAT car--my biggest worry--1st year reliability. Goo luck with your Avy!
#12254 of 14955 Lost key/remote
May 02, 2006 (5:36 pm)
Lost the key and remote. Toyota wants $300 to supply and program a new one. Is there a cheaper way to go?
#12255 of 14955 Re: Problems with other models [captain2]
May 03, 2006 (5:35 am)
The recals are one item re design gliches but the , I use the word "cheap", regarding the covers around the front parking lights and the laser areas. I had the dealer do the toyota fix and they wobble still. I wash and wax my car and when you do these things you notice many things. Some people who do little "at home work" don't get close enough to notice the "irritations" that others do.
Overall the car is a good car but they had sales and they ran them through the assembly line. I believe this is one reason the little things that the toyota flagship car is, what it is. I really had higher expectations with this car.
The comment by John Hansen re "irritation more than anything else" was was a dumb statement comming from toyota, regarding their best toyota line car. If he want's to call them irritations, I wonder how many irritations he would be proud to live with. I am irritated about some things , including the navigation system, but what can I do about?
I think the average car owner buys a car and want's to proud of his car. I like my car but I am not proud of it.
I owned a 66 Mustang convertable and was proud of that car.