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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#14742 of 14965 Re: 2000-2004 vs 2005-2009 
Aug 31, 2009 (8:05 pm)
As one who has owned an Avalon of each generation, let me assure you there are differences each five years. Most things improve because it's a Toyota. But not everything, depending on what you need in a car.
The post from *tjc78* is very accurate. The '03 seats were a lot more comfortable on long trips than my '07 Limited seats are. But the power train, gas mileage and suspension are far superior in the '05 up models. My only real complaint is that the trunk has gotten slightly smaller with each generation even though the overall car is slightly longer. There is also a little less outward visibility in the latest model and that might make the car seem larger than it is.
As for Lexus, the ride is pure luxury, very soft in the corners. No sport or driving feel at all, small rear seat and outward visibility limitations. Great car, just not for me, I like a little feedback from the road but nothing really stiff and the '07 Limited has that. It's fun to drive, along with being functional, as we travel to FL a lot.
As a group, these three Avalons are among the best cars I have ever owned and that spans 50 years of legal licensed driving.. and the 3 years before that we won't discuss here.. Hope this answers your questions..
#14743 of 14965 2005-2008 How to tell if your car has VSC or not
Sep 08, 2009 (7:05 am)
I'm shopping for avalons and most dealers don't list if the car has VSC or not. On the 2000-2004 it was easy to tell if the car had vsc because of the vsc off button below and to the right of the steering wheel.
On the 2005-2008 (vsc was standard in 2009) is it true that you can tell if the car has vsc by the VSC light illuminating when you first turn on the car? Or do all avalons do this regardless of VSC? Is there another way to tell?
#14744 of 14965 Re: 2000-2004 vs 2005-2009 [jlsexton]
Sep 13, 2009 (12:53 pm)
The main differences are the Genesis is RWD, which is an advantage or disadvantage depending on your needs. Also, I looked at Genesis and immediately ruled it out because it's really a 4 passenger car. Try out the middle of the back seat if you have any questions about that. I also found Genesis less smooth and less vibration free than Avalon.
#14745 of 14965 Wiper Blade Noise / Replacement
Sep 13, 2009 (12:58 pm)
The wipers are horribly loud on my '09 Limited -- very bad thing in a car that is otherwise so smooth and quiet. Any recommendations on blade replacements that are quiet and effective??? Thanks.
#14746 of 14965 Re: Wiper Blade Noise / Replacement [1lotlizard]
Sep 13, 2009 (3:08 pm)
Probably made in CHINA like my so called OE replacements, not JAPAN. might just put back the originals because these, as you say, are noisy, sounds like hard rubber.
#14747 of 14965 Re: Wiper Blade Noise / Replacement [jlsexton]
Sep 13, 2009 (8:48 pm)
Don't know where mine were manufactured, but they were put on by a dealer since the original ones on the new car were already decompsing and leaving smears of rubber on the window the day after I bought the car. That's why I'd like to know if anyone has found a non-Toyota replacement for these wipers.
#14748 of 14965 Re: Wiper Blade Noise / Replacement [1lotlizard]
Sep 14, 2009 (4:39 am)
Most of the big chains (Advance Auto, Auto Zone, etc) have them or can order them for you.
#14750 of 14965 Floor mats and navigation discs
Oct 09, 2009 (7:45 am)
The recent recall about floor mats sliding forward and causing the accelator floor gaget to jam wide open on toyotas is surprising. My 2005 limited has holes in the back end that fasten to hooks on the floor and the driver side mat cannot move. This seems like an easy thing to do initially. I had an accelator sick during a winter icy condition when the linkage on turnpike driving formed ice and would not release. I pushed the gwearshift into neutral and left the engine roar. Then turned the key off.
Does anyone have a navigation disk to update the the maps.? My 2005 had mapes 2-3 years old to start. Toyota wants $275 to update the navigation computer. Anyone find a disK available elsewhere that is more reasonable.
#14751 of 14965 Re: Floor mats and navigation discs [ange]
Oct 09, 2009 (3:50 pm)
Ye I have a 2007 XLS, I got the rubber all weather mats.
I dont see how that pedal can come close to jamming if you use the hooks, my guess is people are not and the mats are pushing forwards.
When those hooks are in place, the shoulder of my mats has about 4 inches of space to the closest point the pedal even comes near to when fully depressed.
I'm thinking this is more than likely user error in the fact that if the hooks where used, this would not have happened.