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#12273 of 14955 Re: Problems with other models [captain2]
May 04, 2006 (1:27 pm)
The Ford Duratech 3.0 24 Valve DOHC was introduced in 1996 in Taurus. It is not 15 years old and was never a "disaster" and has never had any significant reliability issues.
Might I also remind you the Ford Five Hundred is in a much lower price range than Avalon, can be purchased in base configuration for less than $20K real world pricing.
If I was to buy a Toyota product, for the life of me I would much prefer the new 2007 Camry. Much less expensive and about all you are losing is a bit of interior room. Camry has at least as big a trunk as Avalon with less overall vehicle length. Plus you gain the fold down rear seats on all but the SE and hopefully lose the shifting problems that have appeared to be fairly widespread on Toyota 5 speed automatics.
#12274 of 14955 An Expression of Appreciation
May 04, 2006 (7:34 pm)
Toyota Motor Sales USA contacted me today.
Even though I have disposed of the Avalon in question, Toyota has provided me with a very generous goodwill offer in consideration of the difficulties I encountered.
I would like to publicly thank Toyota, who I believe are sincere in their efforts to service and retain their customers. While I was previously very disillusioned with Toyota, their recent efforts have gone a long way in restoring my confidence.
#12275 of 14955 Re: An Expression of Appreciation [alan_s]
May 04, 2006 (7:43 pm)
Wow! No, make that DOUBLE wow !! It sure would be interesting to know how much of a role the Edmunds.com Avalon bulletin board played in all this.....
#12276 of 14955 Re: An Expression of Appreciation [fin]
May 04, 2006 (7:58 pm)
A lot... Thanks Edmunds.
#12277 of 14955 Fusion vs. Avalon
May 05, 2006 (6:50 am)
I just drove to Florida and aback in a 2000 Avalon that is flawless I also drove a Fusion this week and was very disappointed. it is cheap looking and drove like a rental which it is. It was a 4. My other car a Honda Accord will run circles around the Fusion. I am going to look at the Lincoln Zephyr when they make a few of them also Buick Lucerne. Toyota Avalon is and will be my first choice.
#12278 of 14955 Re: An Expression of Appreciation [alan_s]
May 05, 2006 (7:13 am)
alan_s: What problem(s) did you have with your Avalon and what model and year was it? Glad Toyota did the RIGHT thing for you!
#12279 of 14955 Re: An Expression of Appreciation [alan_s]
May 05, 2006 (8:04 am)
You might also be interested to know that I was the other person interviewed for the Automotive News article. I was also contacted by Toyota on Tuesday and they have scheduled an appointment with the Southeast Toyota rep to look at all my issues with the car. Of course the outcome remains to be seen but at least the folks I have spoken to have acknowledged the tranny and engine noise as ongoing problems known to Toyota. Given my past experience with Toyota in dealing with a sludged Sienna van, I feel fairly confident they will work this out as well.
#12281 of 14955 and one can only hope . . .
May 05, 2006 (8:49 am)
that this really signals a recommitment on Toyota's part to better address some of the issues some of us have.
You would hate to think that it takes a 'newspaper' story or a picture of a car on a tow truck to get things done.
I am very pleased that alan_s and also tkevinc1 have or are working things out and that Toyota is apparently listening!
#12282 of 14955 Optima Battery ?
May 05, 2006 (1:19 pm)
Has anyone changed out their OEM battery for an Optima Battery in a 2005/2006 Avalon? If so, which one did you use and how did it fit. The 2005/2006 Avalon is not yet listed in the fitment guides.