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#14897 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [jlsexton]
May 23, 2011 (11:55 pm)
I purchased a 2005 XLS with 83,300 miles in January, 2011 after having owned a 2004 XLS for 15 months. According to the window sticker this car was #3023 of all 2005 Avalons. Luckily, I bought it from the original dealer (previous owner has had 3 Avalons and now owns a 2011) and could access all service records at Toyota.com. A salesman still at this southern Ohio dealership still remembers my car as being the 1st 2005 they had. Anyway, I recognized the idiosyncrasies of the transmission after merely a few hours/miles of driving. Only once, "flooring it" from a stop sign, has the transmission/engine not done what I wanted it to do. I've read this forum from post #1 and I'm now up to #13,500! I personally feel that the 2005 is "twice" the car that the 2004 was. However, there were some puzzling deletions/changes from 2004, but of no real significance IMO. I've had the 4 recalls done since January and all I have now is an oil drip that started with the warm weather ( but is still not a good thing.) I would recommend this car to anyone!
#14898 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [mark268]
May 24, 2011 (6:01 am)
If your recalls did not include replacement of the VVTi rubber oil line on the engine, the oil drip could be a forewarning of a complete rupture of this oil line which could result in the loss of all engine oil while driving down the road.
Your dealer is very aware of this particular problem on all V6 Toyota engines prior to 2008.
#14899 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [popsavalon]
May 24, 2011 (4:09 pm)
That was one of the recalls that was done. The dealership says that spilled oil on the frame during that procedure is causing the very minor drip. They even cleaned the nooks and crannies during my last oil change (to no avail). And it's been stated in this forum before, but they only put in 5 quarts of oil, as I only discovered after I got home! But they did apologize, at least.
#14900 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [jlsexton]
May 25, 2011 (8:14 am)
I kind of disagree based on my own experience.
We had/have owned 97 Camry, 01 and 07 Highlander, 04 Sienna, 05 and 06 Avalon. I really have NO "1st year" car problem at all. I guess it's hit or miss and some time luck plays a role as well.
I do agree 1st year model might have higher % of failure.
Too bad, some newer Honda and Toyota are starting to go with mass production with lower quality. Isn't it how old the big 3 failed?
#14901 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [loucapri]
May 25, 2011 (9:59 am)
IF "ALL THESE VEHICLES WERE "1ST." YEAR PRODUCTION MODELS, THEN PLEASE PICK THE MEGA MILLIONS NUMBERS FOR ME BECAUSE YOU ARE EXTREMELY LUCKY. I WAS REFERRING TO A COMPLETE, AS IN MOTOR, TRANSMISSION ETC, NOT A STYLING CHANGE. 2005 WAS SUCH A MODEL, MINE SAYS 2006 BUT IT WAS DELIVERED IN JULY, SO IN ACTUALITY IT IS A 2007, AS IT WAS PAST THE PRODUCTION DATE.
#14902 of 14963 Re: Steering box on our 05 Avalon! [jlsexton]
May 26, 2011 (5:52 am)
Bought a 05 Avy new and last Oct. bought a 2010 Subaru Outback, which was a total makeover from the prior models, including a CVT transmission. Both have been great cars, so loucapri has a point.
#14903 of 14963 Oil Line Recall Reminder
May 27, 2011 (5:52 am)
If you have an Avalon with an oil line recall, get it fixed! Put mine off as I did not want the other recall work.. accelerator, floor mats, whatever..... done and did not want to argue about it with the dealer. The line failed in my garage, had a quart of oil on the floor in 2 minutes or less. I was lucky... recall work finished, including a steering bracket I had forgotten about. The car runs as it did before, perfect. Lesson learned, get it fixed....!
#14904 of 14963 Re: Oil Line Recall Reminder [fin]
May 27, 2011 (6:55 am)
Exactly. My oil line failed while I was driving. Luckily it blew in front of my house after driving 150 miles home....Lost all the oil on the street in front of my house and driveway. Had the car towed to the dealer and fixed.
The vehicle had less than 1,000 miles on it when it blew. The windshield washer reservoir also has a recall as the connector hose fails. My car was 2 months old when it failed.......
#14905 of 14963 Re: Oil Line Recall Reminder [davepiszyk]
May 27, 2011 (12:08 pm)
I must been lucky, my 06 didn't have either of those pop up while I had it, of course, I only had it 3 years and 30K miles.
#14906 of 14963 Re: Rear window shade repair [davepiszyk]
Jun 08, 2011 (9:44 am)
Has anyone found a self-help fix for this? Mine stuck in the up position and the dealer gave me the $1300 estimate, but put it down for me. I didn't touch that button, but after a couple of months I started getting the 20-second buzz when I go into reverse the first time. I have not yet tried to disconnect it.