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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#13404 of 14955 Re: alan [tjc78]
Feb 02, 2007 (9:49 am)
The day I bought my Avalon I was disappointed in the road noise. It had the Bridgestone EL400s.
I drove a new Buick Lucerne, also with the EL400's and interestingly it was much quieter than the Avalon.
With less than 30 miles on them, I asked the dealer to switch me to the Michelins but they refused.
I called Toyota Customer Service and they blew me off too.
I went to a Bridgestone/Firestone dealer who were very helpful and they gave me a full credit on the EL400s towards a set of Bridgestone Turanza LS-V's.
The LS-V is a VERY quiet riding tire but is only available in 17" sizes of 225/55R17 or 225/50R17, no 215's.
I installed the 225/55R17 and the Avalon was much quieter but the larger tire diameter does not fit in the spare wheel well
so you would have to keep one EL400 as the spare. My Avalon always rode very hard and had non-tire related quivers, and the LS-V's did not improve that.
I am convinced that my particular car had a problem with the suspension or shocks.
Anyway, my point is that you could switch out your EL400's for Turanza LS-V's for a fairly low cost. Bridgestone are very accommodating.
I recently put GoodYear Assurance ComforTreds on my Altima 3.5SL. Discount Tire traded the OEM Crapinentals which were impossible to balance.
I cannot say enough good things about the ComforTreds. They are extremely quiet and smooth running.
My Altima now runs as quietly and smoothly as my sadly missed old 2002 Avalon - and that is a compliment. (Why oh why did I trade the '02 for the '05 )
The Comfortred is also available in a 225/55R17 so this may be an option for you if you are willing to go down to an H rated tire.
Discount Tires were very helpful, and trading the old tires considerably reduced the cost of getting into the ComforTreds.
Tires really can make a big difference.
#13405 of 14955 scraping sound...
Feb 02, 2007 (10:12 am)
Has anyone else noticed a scraping sound when accelerating.
It happens most when coasting at 35-50 mph, and then accelerating sharply.
It is a short (1sec) scraping sound from up front. Toyota dealer has had the car for a week. They replaced the front exhaust pipe, dut to it seperating, but this did not solve the problem.
Now I am being told that "after test driving a few other new Avalonís, the shop foreman says itís normal to like models."
#13406 of 14955 Re: alan [tjc78]
Feb 02, 2007 (12:45 pm)
tic: The Michelins on our 06 Limited are great and quiet. Agree about Bridgestones--had some on wife's Grand Cherokee Limited and besides being very noisy---they were CRAP--only got 26,000 depite rotating and balancing every 5,000 miles and having the front end aligned yearly. Put on Michelions and what a difference. i told my salesman when I bought our Avalon, that I would not take it if if came with Bridgestones--they'd have to change them to Michelins. I believe we have Michelin Pilots if I'm not mistaken. I'd go look, but car is at the dealer getting the 3M Protective Shield installed--tired of all the rock chips and pits!
#13407 of 14955 Re: Maint Requr light [blutoy]
Feb 03, 2007 (8:56 am)
My dealer forgot to reset the maintenance light.It was reset by turning on the dash lights, then pushing the odomer pin until it shows ODO. Turn off the dash lights. Hold the ODO pin about four seconds. Start the car. This worked for me.
My avalon has Michelin tires and the road noise is real bad and annoying on certain pavements. On groved concrete. I gret my teeth and wait for diferent roadway. I think the road noise is built in and deeper tire thread might help, but this is one more small annoying item.
With GM and FORD trying to get better cars with better gas mileage we can expect Toyota to listen or else. Because of my same car problems that everyone is commenting about, I bought my wife a Nisson. I was close to buying a Camry and heard about transmission issues and I since we one avalon, I didn't need two transmission issues. This isn't much of a way telling toyota we am not happy but is one small start. ange3
#13408 of 14955 Re: Maint Requr light [ange]
Feb 03, 2007 (2:10 pm)
Yes...Thanks, It worked for me.
#13409 of 14955 Re: Maint Requr light [ange]
Feb 04, 2007 (12:48 pm)
Good luck with your Nissan. I replaced my cursed '05 Avalon early last year with an Altima 3.5SL and it has been faultless. It is very well built, has no rattles, doesn't sound like a diesel and has a real transmission that does what it is told. A nice surprise is that it gets 2.5 mpg more than the Avalon under the same driving conditions, and the Nissan dealers don't have the same snarky attitude as Toyota.
#13410 of 14955 Re: Maint Requr light [alan_s]
Feb 04, 2007 (2:22 pm)
Amen to the attitude, it seems to prevail through the entire company as in, don't you know this is a Toyota, it sells itself. My 99 Camry was an excellent car, my 06 Avalon Limited,so far has been great but the snotty attitude from corporate & the car stores is ticking me off. The 07 Altima is a slick looking car, maybe I'll take it for a drive. As you know number two has to try harder as in Avis & Hertz. All of you who are complaining on this blog, try sending the complaints listed to corporate and the car store manager as do I, they might start listening.
#13412 of 14955 Seat belt alarm
Feb 05, 2007 (1:09 pm)
I have read the suggestion for disarming the alarm by using the odometer button but I cannot get it to work for me. My 2006 Avalon Limited has the push button start. Seems like it wouldn't make any difference. What could I be doing wrong? Has anyone used another method?
#13413 of 14955 Re: alan [alan_s]
Feb 05, 2007 (2:26 pm)
I never thought of going to a Firestone dealer and exchanging them. Right now I have 8900 miles and am just going to stay with them. I had Bridgestones on my '00 Solara and don't remember them being noisy, although that was a while ago now. I lease my cars (36 months) and haven't had to put tires on a car in a really long time. I just hope that I get at least 32K out of them. I would not be happy if I had to put tires in the last year of my lease.