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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#14866 of 14965 Re: Rear window shade repair [vbell_gwynn]
Jan 31, 2011 (8:40 am)
After about 4 months of the shade being stuck in the up position it suddenly came down the other day by itself. Backing up one day & it engaged itself and once again working.
When it was non operational I complained via e-mail to Toyota and they agreed to replace the part "for Free", but I had to pay $280 labor at the dealer. I have not done this yet as it has been working.
My Avalon is a LTD 2007 and out of warranty. You may want to complain via e-mail. They do respond.
#14867 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [just__me]
Mar 04, 2011 (2:36 pm)
I know the post I'm responding to is six years-old, but I bought a 2005 XLS six weeks ago after owning a 2004 XLS for for a little less than fifteen months. To me, the 2005 is "twice" the car that the 2004 was! The horsepower, torque, styling, performance (tires, exhaust, 5-speed transmission), and overall "modernness" made my decision to buy the 2005 a "no-brainer"! I noticed the omission of some features, but, that was merely puzzling and not significant. (Also, I had the side molding on the 2004 and the driver's door still got dinged!)
#14868 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [mark268]
Mar 04, 2011 (4:27 pm)
The Avalons are nice BUT need a styling change, as in, DRASTIC. After 11 years (usually 5) it gets old, especially after seeing the new Hyundai.
Standard bluetooth, a GOOD GPS, a remote start that doesn't turn off when you try to open a door. A standard wide-angle backup camera, a coin compartment like the Camry, near the drivers side steering wheel. Just a few changes I'd like.
#14869 of 14965 Re: XM Trunk-Mounted Antenna [boatsman]
Mar 04, 2011 (8:24 pm)
Once again, I realize that the post I'm replying to is six years-old, but I couldn't let it go unchallenged! This JBL Synthesis system in the 2005 model is markedly inferior in both the tuner and CD sections to the Bose system in the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue! I'd hate to compare this JBL to the Monsoon system (which I, admittedly, have never owned.) But, at least, the 2005 Avalon sound is better than the 2004.
#14870 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [jlsexton]
Mar 05, 2011 (8:40 am)
"..a GOOD GPS.."
Neither the factory nor the dealer have cause to install a "GOOD" GPS. The competition is fierce and relatively inexpensive enough that they really can't compete so they just settle for the "leftovers" (dim bulbs?) but at extreme up-pricing.
"..doesn't turn off..."
That's a safety feature to prevent your car from being stolen by the "first arrival".
Obviously this feature could use some improvement, like not shutting the car off if the "pocket key" is present as the door is opened, and remains so.
#14871 of 14965 Re: XM Trunk-Mounted Antenna [mark268]
Mar 05, 2011 (9:04 am)
And what happened to your hearing in those intervening years.
What was different, wrong about the JBL CD section vs Bose...?
"....in both the tuner.."
Due to FCC ruling AM stations have been on the wane for many years now. Has anyone ever encountered decent FM reception, EVER..?
IMMHO the only way to judge the fidelity of ANY automotive audio system is while parked in an underground parking garage, windows rolled up tightly, and everything else OFF including the engine.
Did you by chance measure the interior NOISE level of one car vs the other...? I would find it rather difficult to judge the relative fidelity of two modern automotive audio systems riding along with the ambient noise level at 70-90DB.
Your perception might be false based on the type of tires on one car vs the other. Summer, low road noise, tires on the Olds vs the Avalon...?
As you may have already noted, ALL car manufacturers are now using RECOGNIZABLE brand name, "named", audio products as/for marketing HYPE. That's because audio equipment SUPREME fidelity and performance have become pretty much a constant throughout the industry.
#14872 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [wwest]
Mar 05, 2011 (1:58 pm)
I have a Garmin 265WT, I paid $125 for this 7 months ago, I'm sure Toyota with their HUGE buying power could do better in they WANTED to, they don't, they have run the GM course & gotten very arrogant.
Shutting off is more a liabilty feature, no one car steal my Avalon if I'm not there it would shut off without the FOB anyway, as soon as they tried to move it.
#14873 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [jlsexton]
Mar 05, 2011 (5:09 pm)
"..if I'm not there.."
Are you certain of that...?
It has been my understanding that once the car is started using the "key" you can drive away from the "key" and the engine will continue to run until you turn it off.
Otherwise what about a failing key battery while underway at 90 per...?
The only logical way for these wireless keys to work is for the ECU to only check for key presence to enable initial engine startup.
#14874 of 14965 Re: Just..Re: They're discounting already [jlsexton]
Mar 05, 2011 (5:11 pm)
"..gotten very arrogant.."
Sorry, no, it's just a matter of the long design cycle common to the automotive industry.
#14875 of 14965 Re: geoshill [alan_s]
Mar 17, 2011 (7:11 pm)
The post I'm responding to is 5 1/2 years-old, but I think it's essential reading. I bought a 2005 XLS two months ago (after having owned a 2004 XLS for fifteen months) and started reading this forum from post #1. I feel that this post #9219 is the most succinctly accurate description of this (wrongly)maligned transmission I've yet read. I drew much the same conclusions as alan_s almost from the first few hours of driving (both city and highway). My 2005 has over 84,000 miles on it and I've discovered no problems whatsoever!