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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
May 02, 2006 (1:32 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 14965 Re: For $30,000+, Toyota not offering usual quality... [captain2]
May 02, 2006 (2:39 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 14965 Re: Avalon Limited over 04 Lexus 330 [dandydon2]
May 02, 2006 (3:42 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 14965 Lost key/remote
May 02, 2006 (4:36 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 14965 Re: Problems with other models [captain2]
May 03, 2006 (4:35 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.
#12256 of 14965 Re: My 06 Avalon Experience [endovit]
May 03, 2006 (4:56 am)
Have you tried looking to blades made by Valeo?
#12257 of 14965 Re: For $30,000+, Toyota not offering usual quality... [54gradsteds]
May 03, 2006 (5:43 am)
No, of course not - but you need to understand that the 'problem' that remains not addressed and the one that is largely the subject of the article and Mr. Hanson's comments, is NOT mechanical. It simply has to do with a silly software program that control how the transmission operates, some folks (Alan certainly) find it objectionable, the most of the rest of us not nearly so much. And understand that many, many other cars (the 500 6 speed, the VW Tiptronic, about anything MB makes, Lexus, the 300 etc.) also have some strange 'algorithms' that lead to some unusual tranny behavior. And, I don't think any of these mfgrs. consider this to be a defect either - which is what surprised me about Mr. Hanson's comments.
If Toyota does end up issuing some sort of TSB on the ECU for the transmission behavior (which I think is doubtful) I would be willing to bet there will be a tradeoff off in the mpg dept. - IF we elect to have the chip reprogrammed or replaced given the option.
Bottom line is not the time frame involved here, but a recognition from the mfgr. that the problem even exists. Toyota and many Avalon owners may contend that it doesn't.
May 03, 2006 (6:48 am)
Whether the current programming of the Avalon transmission is a "defect" or not may be a subjective issue, hence Toyota may legitimately elect not to change it. What is definitely NOT subjective is that if you don't step on the Avalon's accelerator pedal just right, the car doesn't behave properly. This can and should be fixed.
#12259 of 14965 Re: My 06 Avalon Experience [joe369]
May 03, 2006 (7:33 am)
I checked the Valeo site. They have a wiper that LOOKS like the Avalon but is not listed past 2004. I wrote them an email to ask about the newer Avalons. Will post an answer when I get it.
#12260 of 14965 Re: My 06 Avalon Experience [joe369]
May 03, 2006 (8:08 am)
I haven't looking into wiper blades by Valeo.
This, while trivial, is very irritating. All I want is refills for the wiper blades. Can't believe Toyota wants to sell me the entire arm. The darn thing pops right off. And I can't believe I'm the first one who has a bad wiper blade. The 2006 Avalon is the same car as the 2005. Somebody out there has worn out wiper blades and replaced them. Wonder if they all just replaced arm and all. What a waste.