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#14561 of 14965 Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL?
Sep 01, 2008 (9:22 am)
I am new to this forum and have never owned a Toyota before. I am considering purchasing a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL with 42,000 miles on it. The big attraction for me is the roomy back seat which nicely accommodates the incredibly large car seats for my two young children. It has had one prior owner. On a test drive the other day in the dealer lot (i.e., at slow speed), I noticed an audible clunk coming from the vicinity of the steering column, and you can feel the wheel shift a bit. It happens all the time when turning the wheel at slow speed. The dealer said that this was a common problem in various Toyota models. Is it? Is it a serious problem or just a nuisance? Has Toyota come out with any TSBs on this problem and come up with a permanent fix? Does the problem exist in later model years? Any other issues with the 2005 Avalon? Any alternatives to the Avalon with roomy back seats? Thanks.
#14562 of 14965 Re: Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL? [mh70]
Sep 02, 2008 (3:30 am)
Has Toyota come out with any TSBs on this problem and come up with a permanent fix?
There was a recall about a missing weld on the steering column and a TSB about the symptoms you mention. If that is the only thing bad about the car, tell the dealer to get it fixed for you as part of your negotiations.
#14563 of 14965 Re: Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL? [tjc78]
Sep 05, 2008 (10:31 am)
Thank you for your response. The dealer I am going through is not a Toyota dealer. I spoke with the service department at a local Toyota dealer and described the steering problem, and the mechanic said it was the steering shaft, not the steering column, and it would cost about $420 (including parts and labor) to have it fixed. Does this diagnosis sound correct?
#14564 of 14965 TSB For Steering Column Clicking Noise
Sep 08, 2008 (8:51 am)
My Feb 05 LTD has ~35K miles and I'm just starting to get the previously reported clicking noise when turning the steering wheel. I have the 100K Platinum warrenty and steering column is still listed under coverage. About ready to take it to Toyota dealer; anyone know what the TSB number is for replacing steering column? (tried word search but no luck!)
#14565 of 14965 Re: Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL? [mh70]
Sep 09, 2008 (3:40 am)
I had the same problem at 32k and the Toyota dealer fixed it with a steering shaft replacement and all is well now. It took about 1 hr and no cost as was under warranty.
#14566 of 14965 Re: Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL? [algee]
Sep 09, 2008 (9:45 am)
Thanks. What mileage are you at now? For me, I'm beyond any warranty and my main concern is that this problem is going to return after another 30 thousand miles.
#14567 of 14965 Re: TSB For Steering Column Clicking Noise [retired7]
Sep 09, 2008 (11:31 am)
The TSB for the ticking noise is ST002-06, which was issued March 14, 2006. There was also a TSB for the Touring edition concerning a pull in steering. That is ST-003-06, which was issued March 30, 2006.
#14568 of 14965 Re: Should I Buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon XL? [mh70]
Sep 11, 2008 (4:26 am)
I am now at 35K and all is well.
#14569 of 14965 2006 Avalon OE Tires P215/55R17 93V
Sep 19, 2008 (4:37 pm)
My 2006 Avalon came with Michelin tires MXV4 S8 that have a 440 treadwear grade ,Traction Grade A and Temperture Grade A.
The tires revolution per mile was measured at 789 at 45 mph.
Its now 35,000 miles later and I'm looking for replacement tires with a 60,000 mile warrenty.
Michelin has a new tire called Primacy MXV4 in my tire size P215/55R17 but the Service description is 94H instead of 93V.
That means the max speed and weight specs. are different.
This tire comes with a 620 Treadwear Grade,Traction Grade A and Temperature Grade of A. The tire revolution per mile is measured at 791 at 45 mph.
The overall performance ratings are much higher in wet,dry,winter and comfort than the Original Equipment.
Has anyone purchased these tires for their 2006 Avalon ?
What do you think about the ride comfort, noise comfort, overall car handling and gas mileage when using this new tire?
#14570 of 14965 Re: 2006 Avalon OE Tires P215/55R17 93V [johnl13]
Sep 19, 2008 (5:11 pm)
I too have a 2006 and notice high wear on the same tires. Look at your new tire at tirerack.com and read the reviews. Looks like lots of them available. Tire is rated good but for deep snow.