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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#14783 of 14955 Re: VVTi [popsavalon]
Dec 10, 2009 (1:48 am)
Hi.. and thanks.. I hear your concern.. all avalons are made in Kentucky you are right there.. A delegation of Toyota staff from the Kentucky plant came through Dubai and I told them about the many problems I was having. They took it for a drive and said all was as expected (obviously some faults are intermittent in nature, like the vibrations in the car at a certain speed/gradient/loading, the steering wheel clamp coming loose, the wipers cancelling the cruise control etc etc......). However, one of the main issues (low frequency humming/vibration/noises inside the car above 120kmph) was fixed by a staff at Al futtaim a few weeks AFTER THE TEST by the Toyota team (by refitting the doors)...?!?!?
So I have NO confidence in Toyota cars or their "system".. I have been screwed from both ends, that's it, 2005 Avalon my first and last toyota...
If you have a suitable contact for TMC corporate in US??.. I might give that a go..
BUT, I have been already faxed the chairman of Toyota directly in Tokyo.. of course I don't know if he actually read anything.. but I was replied to by fax from the manager of regional distribution or something like that..
He just referred me back to Al Futtaim.. blah blah blah..
#14784 of 14955 Re: VVTi [doobre]
Dec 10, 2009 (1:20 pm)
No, I'm sorry I don't. No vehicle is perfect, the first year is always a crapshoot, I've had good & bad GM's, Fords and Chrylsers. My Camry was great for the 7 years I owned it, my daughter has it now and has had to replace the struts but those are a wear item. My Avalon's keyless ignition acted up for awhile, disconnecting the battery cleared it up.
As I said in prior responses, I would sue, I don't know your laws but those problems are not normal, if they were, they would be on every vehicle. See if you can make a deal for a newer Avalon as a pre-owned, preferably certified, not that you should have to BUT piece of mind is sometimes worth the bucks. Do you have a consumer advocate on a television show, if so threaten them with exposure, I did that and got 1 1/2 years off my home mortgage as my mortgage was sold to another bank who had no real record of my payments, just a thought. In closing, I sincerely wish you good fortune in this endeavor.
#14785 of 14955 Re: Seatbelt Chime [retired7]
Dec 30, 2009 (5:12 pm)
Thanks for this tip. It worked for me - and in case it's not clear to others, there seems to be a slight variation in the sequence of steps to disable the seatbelt chimes depending on whether or not they have ever been disabled previously. If disabling the chimes for the FIRST time, I believe you follow the instructions posted elsewhere on this board, which say to press and hold the ODO reset button BEFORE you turn on the car's electrical system (either by pressing the engine start button twice - or by turning the key to the Accessory position - so that the instrument panel illuminates, but the engine doesn't start) - and THEN buckle the seat belt. However, if (for example) you disconnect/remove/replace the car's battery after previously disabling the seatbelt chimes, I believe that you will only be successful in disabling the chimes once again by FIRST turning on the electrical system (i.e. illuminate the instrument panel, but don't start the engine) and THEN press and hold the ODO reset button for 10 seconds before buckling the driver's seat belt. (I recently put in a new battery, and was unable to get the ODO to display "b-on" & "b-off" until I finally tried the second approach described here.) Bottom line: if one of these approaches doesn't work for you, the other one very likely will.
#14786 of 14955 Re: Seatbelt Chime [gohawaiian]
Dec 31, 2009 (2:28 pm)
Just curious, WHY would anyone want to disable the seatbelt chime. Sometimes it does drive me crazy, as when my wife forgets to put it on or she takes it off before we stop BUT it is a safety reminder. I see too many people not wearing one, my nephew at 18 didn't, he's been in a wheelchair for the past 22 years, can only use his arms slightly, went out the windshield during a crash. Happy New Year.
#14787 of 14955 Re: Seatbelt Chime [jlsexton]
Jan 04, 2010 (5:39 pm)
Speaking only for myself, I disable the chimes because I always wear my seatbelt and I ensure that any passengers riding with me do so, too. Therefore, I judged that I don't need the annoying reminder, since I am doing what I'm supposed to do.
Jan 05, 2010 (8:50 am)
It's been a while since this issue has surfaced. Since I haven't done anything about my problem, I am bringing it back up.
I have an 06 XLS. The clunk, which sounds like it's coming from the steering column, is worse during warmer weather, and doesn't "act" like a steering problem. By that, I mean that turning the steering wheel doesn't always produce the problem. It acts like more of a suspension issue -- in a turn, if I accelerate or decelerate, it's likely to clunk.
There are a couple of TSBs having to do with the intermediate steering shaft and the steering box. Has anyone had this repaired and gotten a permanent fix?
Thanks in advance.
#14789 of 14955 Re: Steering clunk [branch15_5]
Jan 06, 2010 (1:14 am)
My 05 had the clunk noise, a muffled sort of knock when turning sometimes.. but it did not effect the operation.
The intermediate shaft was replaced.. no more clunking..
#14790 of 14955 Re: Steering clunk [doobre]
Jan 06, 2010 (5:51 am)
Same in my '06 fixed under warranty.
#14791 of 14955 Re: Steering clunk [branch15_5]
Feb 01, 2010 (7:16 pm)
Had exactly the same problem on my '05. The car was no longer on warantee and the service dept. said that the steering probably needed lubrication and to diagnose the problem they wanted to charge me $90 which would be applied to the repair of $270. As you can imagine, I decided to live with the clunking and will never go back to the dealer unless it was for warantee service.
#14792 of 14955 steering problem
Mar 02, 2010 (3:47 pm)
I have 06 with this problem. Replaced under warranty at 30k miles. At 45k doing it again. Replacement part only warranted for 12k. Dealer said lube problem with steering. Want $189 to lube. I've had dozens of cars, some with as many as 250k + . NEVER had to have steering lubed. Needless to say not happy. If I buy a new Toyota, part of the new deal will have to be that any warranty repairs will be warranted for same as original warranty 3 yrs/36k miles.