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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
May 15, 2006 (11:22 am)
I'm due to take delivery of a Limited sometime this week and I'm a little nervous about it. The alternative for me would be an ES350 at an increased cost of $5,000. But I'm going to stick with my Avalon decision and hope I join the ranks of all you who have trouble-free cars.
My 2004 ES 330 is my first Toyota product and has been bullet proof, so I expected the Avalon to be just as good. I must say that I'm surprised to read the many discouraging reports about that company. The Lexus was made in Japan, while Avalons are made in Kentucky I believe. I wonder if the problems stem from the Avalon's design or the employees who build it.
#12384 of 14965 Transmission Hesitation - GOT IT!!
May 15, 2006 (1:35 pm)
Pulled out to pass, stomped the accelerator and experienced what's been described here over and over: engine races to the red line while the wheels seem to be totally disengaged from anything resembling power and I get this sickening "I'm not gonna make this" feeling. FINALLY, the engine seemed to be re-introduced to the wheels and the car started to pick up speed.
It wasn't familiar to me because this has NEVER happened in my 06 Avalon but this is EXACTLY what happened in the 06 Lincoln Town Car I rented this weekend. (I won't go into the zillion other things about the Lincoln that make it a sad joke when compared to the Avalon I'm driving.)
Thankfully, I'm back home and happily driving my Avalon again.
Just thought everyone might benefit from some PERSPECTIVE on the whole issue of transmission hesitation.
#12385 of 14965 Re: Transmission Hesitation - GOT IT!! [tstrick320]
May 15, 2006 (1:39 pm)
Actually no. I haven't read anyone saying the engine revved but the car didn't move. What has been typically described with the Toyota/Lexus 3.3 liter engine is a 1/2-1 sec delay before the downshift occurs and acceleration begins. My 2000 Olds had as much delay as my '05 Camry but less than our '04 Highlander.
#12386 of 14965 Re: What's with Toyota management??? [petl]
May 15, 2006 (2:02 pm)
I am wondering how many Avalon owners have registered these complaints on the Toyota website which is accessible only by owners. if so, do any of you get any meaningful responses about problems?
My observation has been that complaints in these types of discussion usually have a pretty sound basis in fact, even if problems show up on relatively small percentage of cars. i read 2 comments about Lucerne seat heaters and then saw the same problem in the Edmunds Full Test Drive report.
#12387 of 14965 let's try this
May 15, 2006 (2:22 pm)
Why don't we take the rattles, transmission hesitation, etc., issues to a separate discussion and let the good folks who are not having problems talk about their car without having to deal with some of what's going on here.
Toyota Avalon Quality Control Issues
#12388 of 14965 Re: Transmission Hesitation - GOT IT!! [tstrick320]
May 15, 2006 (2:44 pm)
and you are absolutley right, likely the majority of all new cars these days do have some sort of tranny idiosycransies - VW's 'Tiptronic' is much advertised and turns out to be a bear to live with. All somewhat common problems, especially with DBW.
That said, there are some mfgrs. out there (eg Honda, Nissan, and BMW) that seem to handle the 'programming' better. Shouldn't we expect Toyota to handle the problem at least as well as these mfgrs and certainly be that much better than FoMoCo?
#12389 of 14965 Re: Transmission Hesitation - GOT IT!! [captain2]
May 15, 2006 (2:53 pm)
Let's call off the posts about hesitation issues and what Toyota should do about it here and take it to the discussion I just linked. It's time to separate these issues from the cars that don't have them.
#12390 of 14965 Re: let's try this [pat]
May 15, 2006 (4:02 pm)
I will definately try it butI have to tell you...the reason I took it to this thread in the first place was because I really need help and this tends to be the only thread anyone reads that is specifically for 2005 plus Avalons.
I am not complaining about the car. If I had to do it again I would absolutely by another Avalon. If I didn't like it I can assure you I would find a way to make them take it back. But I am confident Toyota will figure it out eventually. I just need help from others that have had the same rattles as my dealership actually has never heard of this site and they said they will read any suggestions I give them.
I totally understand that people might be frustrated by someone having a rattle problem and having to read about it, when they don't have any problems, but if you have noticed I always say I still love my car despite the problems I am having.I am not bad mouthing the car or trying to bring anyone down.
I really hope that I will get the same helpful suggestions on the other threads, when I take my difficulties elsewhere. Sorry.