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#1341 of 14965 second trip
Feb 05, 2005 (8:01 am)
The completely remodeled 2000 Avalon showed up in the showrroms on February 18h, 1999. I went to see it, and liked it. I wanted a black XLS. When I got home I called five dealers in the area and asked them to call me when they had a black XLS. The next day I received a call from one of them, and they had a black XLS on their lot. I said, I'll be right down. He said, I can't do much on the price. I said, whats much? He said $1000 off the MSRP. I said, we can deal. I went down got the KBB price on my trade-in, which was a 1996 Avalon. I drove home with the new car.
Yesterday, I made my second visit to a different dealer. They had an XL on display. It was loaded with options, both from Toyota and the southeast distributor. The latter stuff pure rip-off. They are asking MSRP, so the XL was $32,100, An incoming XLS, all kinds of extra stuff, $37,800,
an incoming Touring model, which I was interested in, again all kinds of extras, $35,500.
I'm sure all this will shake down in a couple of weeks. After all, how many suckers can their be.
I passed on the Acura TL six months ago because I wanted to wait for the new Avalon. However, I now think I will revisit that situation.
#1342 of 14965 Re: second trip [ellis1]
Feb 05, 2005 (9:15 am)
ellis1, I'm sort of in agreement with you. I also passed on the Acura TL, because I wanted to see what the 2005 Avalon would offer, even though the Acura TL is smaller, it is a high tech vehicle. I was sort of disappointed with the 2005 Avalon, because of features it does not have but its siblings does, like Bluetooth enabled communication for cell phones(something the Prius offers) and Tire Pressure Warning(something the Solara offers). So I'm now going to wait for the 2006 Avalon and the 2006 TL, my final choice will be between those two.
#1343 of 14965 Re: Purchased 2005 Avalon [dshimkat]
Feb 05, 2005 (9:47 am)
Hello Nice People
This is a well Hosted & Brimming with Information forum.
Have enjoyed "all" the comments ,Excellent Information and much more current than the other Forums Thank You One And All
The St. Louis Auto Show is in town this week and 2005 AVALONS are being deliverd to local dealers this week (still can't believe they did not call them 2006's, talked to Zone Manager about that, He had a logical but Feebel Explanation) I Saw 8 in most colors and levels yesterday.
I asked my wife to go along as she drives our current Avalon (she loves it) and has impecable taste and anything we manage to agree on has got to be a winner. Took her threw the other comparable cars first, then to the Toyota location and Looked at the 3 they had at the show (Titanium
XLS with ligh Gray interior, Black Touring with the Black interior, and a Pearl White Limited with the Tan interior) She said - I said at the same time
"The White with the Tan is Georgus"
In 2004 I was dead on the operating table for 3-4
minutes, (Yes, I saw the white light, and Henry Ford came to Me and Whispered in my ear"Go Back Go Back and Buy The Avalon") that was good enough for me LOLOL.
My take on this matter is, I am 61 this week (interesting Demographic) and I can Guarante, You can't take a dime with you to where I went.
I have seen the trunk, yes it's a little smaller
than I would prefer, it should be a 2006 and has a number of other "inconqencial" things I would change in a perfect world.
I will drive one today although I would buy it having seen it without driving it. I and dealing politely with 3 local dealers am asking $2000 off. I will be some what suprised if I don't get it because While I was talking to Zone manager told HIM that was what I would do right now and to PLEASE use his leverage to get an extra car for 1 of the 3 dealers Allocation that I am talking to get more Avalons on the road (best advertizing they can get) and that as a zone manager he can get what ever he wants done........PLEASE
If you can't bet on Toyota to do it right and/or fix the problems if needed 99% of the time......... I give up.
Thank U all for your time, interest and information
#1344 of 14965 Another first drive
Feb 05, 2005 (10:34 am)
I test drove an XLS today. It had NAV & JBL audio but not VSC. It was equipped with dealer junk such as toyoguard, tinted windows, fancy wheels, etc. Overall, we liked the car, but want to look at a Limited which will be in next week. I tried to get the trans to hesitate, but couldn't. I tried stomping on accelerator from about 5-10 mph and also from about 40-50. All I noticed was a very, slight hesitation, probably from the wire-by-throttle. The programming does seem to be more towards smoother acceleration - you don't get a big surge. The sequential shift worked well, though I'd seldom use it. There was more road noise than I expected. The trunk is a disappointment. It seems to be the same width as the 2004 Avalon but not as deep. The audio sounds very good but didn't knock my socks off; but I'm not an audiophile. We weren't able to test the NAV because we couldn't figure it out.
Compared to the Montegos(6 spd and CVT) I've driven, I give the nod to Avalon. The ride is better, quieter, nicer interior materials. But, it's also more expensive with a much smaller trunk.
#1345 of 14965 Re: Sale Price [littlejohn600]
Feb 05, 2005 (12:47 pm)
Let me guess littlejohn600, you work for this dealership. This is a thinly veiled disguised post to solicit business which is against town hall rules which you agreed to when you signed up. I'm surprised the hosts have not deleted your post yet. I've seen them on the Sienna boards also. Shame, shame.
#1346 of 14965 Just Me..Re: Purchased 2005 Avalon [burl]
Feb 05, 2005 (2:04 pm)
Hi Burl. I made my purchase of the Avalon as earlier posted on the board. I think overall with the new power plant it's a nicer car overall. I do however feel they should have included that compartment that closed and opened on the front doors, and a molding trim on the side of the car for ding protection, yet when viewing the car from the side it flows smoothly without the molding and no more wax getting caught in it that's hard to get out.. Those two things didn't stop me from purchasing the car. Toyota didn't raise the car by much and perhaps they saved some money this way. The smaller trunk space is hard to notice, it was probably a little deeper on the 04. For a large family this space wouldn't work, but for people like you and me Burl this is a wonderful car. If you need a nameplate because you need to impress people then the Avalon won't work. But you sound mature and are more interested like myself in buying a fine riding automobile for 10 thousand less and more over a fancy name that doesn't give you a better ride, and we both feel smarter for saving the bucks and knowing it's a quality automobile and anything on this new 05 will be promptly fixed if need be. I would rather impress me than anyone else. Isn't it crazy the way people will spend thousands of dollars to satisfy their egos by thinking they have impressed others that can't afford it when all they really are doing is making them jealous. I don't have to impress my friends, if I did then they aren't friends after all. Burl I got a little more than 2 thousand off the MSRP, so hopefully they will do it for you. Good Luck and Healthy driving.
#1347 of 14965 Re: second trip [teereeves]
Feb 05, 2005 (2:04 pm)
What? No low tire pressure warning system?
I'm very surprised considering all the safety features! Is this confirmed?
Feb 05, 2005 (2:10 pm)
Just for the record, someone posted that the pass thru from the trunk to the interior doesn't have a lock, that is false, I pulled the arm rest down in the center of the rear seat, and sure enough this is the lock that needs to be unlocked with your key to have the pass thorough work for you.
#1349 of 14965 Just viewed one for the first time
Feb 05, 2005 (3:09 pm)
A green 05' XLS and I didn't drive it. Nice car, bigger than I expected it to appear. The doors feel a bit thin but thats typical of a Japanese make.
I don't like the little instrument covers on the radio and tape deck, I can see leaving them open all the time, so why bother having it. I can also see the one in console getting busted at some point in time, these and the ones in the Nissans feel flimsy.
Trunk seemed a bit smallish but OK for my needs. The back seat had plenty of room except for head room but I'm not sitting back there.
The engine was very quiet.
I'd rather have power tilt and telesope than a manual steering wheel.
The glove box seemed a bit small.
I might be in the market for a Touring if they ever came with VSC, TC, heated seats and seat memory..
#1350 of 14965 Re: Another first drive [johni]
Feb 05, 2005 (4:37 pm)
I'm trying to compare the Montego all-wheel with the Avalon. Ride and road noise are important to me. And, johni, did you drive the Montego all-wheel...and any other comments on comparison?? Plus, how does Mercury do on service/long-life and other Toyota pluses...Thanks...Wes