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#1493 of 14965 What were they thinking
Feb 10, 2005 (4:02 pm)
Anybody that knows anything about cars and engines knows that you will have problems if you run a high performance engine designed to run on premium fuel on regular. Maybe not right away but after 10k miles watch out for pre ignition problems. As for door edge guards
my 2001 Avalon has them, the roundness of the doors on the 2005 will be a magnet for parking lot dings. I waited over a year for the 2005's to come out and was disappointed when I saw them and took a test ride. I opened the door over the radio and then it would not close it kept popping up. It rode nice and handled well, but I think Toyota is trying to run with Lexus and Acura. feel that they have lost sight of what brought them to the dance in the first place. A quality auto that was a good ride and and a good deal. I found a 2004 left over with Nav at 6K under list, quote from the dealer I think I will take it.
Feb 10, 2005 (4:08 pm)
Just wanted to let everyone know that it looks like Edmunds has updated their new car section with the '05 Avalon. Looks like it's in the midsize car section instead of the large?
#1496 of 14965 My third visit
Feb 10, 2005 (6:27 pm)
I went to a different dealership. They had two XLS's. Things were quiet so I was able to take my time and go over the car in detail. I sat in the rear seats, the driver seat and the passenger seat. I poked around everything in the car. I stood outside and studied it from every angle. I have to admit the car is definitely growing on me. I have already given it a good test drive last week and I was very pleased with the ride: quiet, smooth, powerful. No hesitation at all, and I have a 2000 Avalon, so I know what it feels like. I spent a half hour with the salesman talking numbers. The five dealerships I have contacted here in south Florida are holding the MSRP price. In addition, as most of you know the cars that are coming in are loaded with options, both from the factory and the SE distributor. So, right now, with no discounting, and loads of upgrades, the prices are off the wall.
I had them do an appraisal on my 2000 Avalon XLS and they offered me $12,000. I took it over to Carmax and they offered me $14,000 cash. If, and when, they start discounting I will be bargaining for a Touring model, not before. Meanwhile, I going to sell the 2000 AVa to Carmax later this week and share my wifes car for the time being. I've let all the dealerships in my area know I'm ready to deal with they are.
#1497 of 14965 48 hours pros and cons
Feb 10, 2005 (6:30 pm)
Thanks for the heads up on the spoiler. I would rather have xm, see if they will include this instead.
No 110 volt plus in in the car. One auto type 12 v in each of the center storage areas. Negative is that there are none I see outside of the storage areas, meaning the boxes need to be open or the cords sort of block closure of the lids when connected
The puddle lights have a "blue" xenon glow, very neat touch.
LOVE driving it. Smart key is great, but has some limitations.
Worth every penny. Quiet car, but like the Sienna a little more undercarriage noise, but not bad at all. Equal to my aurora and denali and sienna.
Gas milage good so far.
#1498 of 14965 Well I did it!
Feb 10, 2005 (8:02 pm)
We bought an Indigo Ink LTD today with NAV, Lazer Cruise, remote start & VSC. We were able to get 500 off MSRP w/o much trouble. Another dealer's website was showing 320 off so I asked Younger to beat that. Most all dealers in the DC area are sticking with MSRP. I had a couple others tell me that they were suprised that I was getting anything off.
They also beat our CU financing with TFS by .2%.
They tried pretty hard to lowball me on my 03 Sienna LE but I had done my homework on it's value with both Edmunds and KBB. Their 1st KBB offer came out at 14,450 and they wanted to only give me 14 even. Tried to tell me that the dealer had to clean it up and stuff. I pointed to the KBB print-out where it says that is already figured into the value given.
Wound up getting 15.5 for it.
I now have 100 miles on this car and haven't felt any kind of hesitation from the throttle or tranny. I was especially looking for this on the test drive a few days ago and again today before we bought.
The NAV is going to take some learning time but we are already starting to figure it out.
The lazer cruise really works. We were driving down the freeway and a big rig pulled in front of us fairly closely. The car immediately deaccelerated and I believe that the brakes came on as well. The alarm went off and I had my foot covering the brake pedal in case it was needed, it wasn't used by me.
The wife likes the "fake" blond wood color and all.
So far, we love this car.
#1499 of 14965 Re: What were they thinking [homer173503]
Feb 10, 2005 (10:39 pm)
Extract more money? Take a look at the standard equipment on the XLS and compare that to a similarly equiped 04 model. I think you'll find that the 05 is about $3000 less.
#1500 of 14965 Just Me..Re: Well I did it! [mikes.]
Feb 10, 2005 (11:06 pm)
I'm Happy for you Mike. You made a good choice, I'm thoroughly enjoying mine. I am enjoying it so much more then my 04. Good luck and happy touring.
#1501 of 14965 Where are the Pictures?
Feb 10, 2005 (11:55 pm)
Strange how I haven't even seen one picture of the XL. (specific ones; only one model lineup photo)