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#1536 of 14964 Re: What color did you get? [teereeves]
Feb 12, 2005 (3:16 am)
I took delivery of my 2005 Desert Sand Mica Limited with Ivory interior on Thursday and now have about 100 miles on the odo. Compared to my 2001 Avalon XLS (also Desert Sand Mica w/Ivory interior) this car is much improved. The ride seems a little firmer, which I like. It takes corners and curving interstate on-ramps with less body roll than my '01. It also seems to be a little quieter inside, with no wind noise or other noise/vibration/harshness. The power is amazing, with no discernable transmission lag from any speed. The only options on my Limited were XM Satellite Radio (installed by Dealer), VSC, and Cargo/Trunk Mats. I did not want the Nav or Laser Cruise Control.
Because I intend to keep this car for a while, and it is a new model year, I also bought the Toyota Platinum 6 Yr/75K mile 0 deductible extended warranty. That way I will have peace of mind with bumper to bumper coverage beyond 3Yr/36K miles. They had a special on the extended warranty, which was normally $1,200. I got it for $900. Even though I never had any problems with my '01 Avalon, and Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability, I felt my peace of mind was worth the price.
The sound system in the Limited is also great. Having the added HVAC and radio controls on the steering wheel is a nice touch, after not having them on the prior model. It will take me a while getting used to not reaching for the controls on the center dash.
My friends really like the reclining seats in the rear. They all wanted to set back there when we went to dinner last night. The HID lights are nice and bright, and always dip down and up when you turn them on to self level themselves. I have never had them on any of my prior autos and really like them.
I am 6'4.5" tall and have no problem with head room in the front or back, even with the sunroof. I just adjusted the seat height and recline position in the front to find the right fit. I don't feel like I am reclining too far back, and I have a great view of the road. The extending drivers seat provides excellent thigh support.
I can't think of any other comments right now. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to many years of happy motoring in this new vehicle.
#1537 of 14964 Re: Smart Key [autoguy1]
Feb 12, 2005 (5:56 am)
No the car does not shut off if you walk away. It "rings or dings" at you several times than stops, as to not annoy your wife who is still in the car as I run into the bank with the fob in my pocket.
The black sensors are touch and not push sensitive. And if another fob is not in/around the cars perimeter it works perfect. Often, but not always, you do not even need to touch the black button, just the handle.
The trunk opens via touching a similar black button located at the very lower passenger side of the trunk lid.
I love this car. Still figuring out the ins and outs of the smart key, but it is a great feature.
The Buick LaCrosse is no competition. BUT the new Lucerne coming this fall from Buick looks sharp, and has almost the exact same rear window design. Maybe it will come down to Buick and Toyota in my book.
The Toyota feels so big inside. The visibilty is great. You practically do not see the hood at all when viewing outward.
#1538 of 14964 Re: Black and Tan [fd1000]
Feb 12, 2005 (5:59 am)
I would be happy to post pictures. How do I do this? Sorry, love the internet but not too savvy at it.
The black helps hide some of the lines on the side I do not like, PLUS it gives it a long and narrow limo like look. Gonna tint the windows I believe.
#1539 of 14964 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (7:02 am)
Very good comments. I would be very interested in what the outside installation components of the XM radio look like. I have heard of a "black box" on the trunk lid, with a cable running over the front edge, and possibly an antenna on the rear window. Are you happy with the installation? Also, how are you liking the XM service? Congratulations on your new car; I am also leaning toward Desert Sand Mica and Ivory, although thinking about Mirage Blue and Ivory as well.
Feb 12, 2005 (11:22 am)
Thanks a lot. One more, though. Is there any key hidden in the fob? I keep my cars for a while and all electronics start to screw up after a while. What happens if the key fob fails? How do you turn the car on? How do you even get into the car?
Question for XLS-below owners. How do you get into the trunk then? Or is it the same is the black button on the Limited? On the Sienna the rear hatch is opened via a little electronic rubber handle. I love those kinds. Very modern.
Laser Cruise is very useful on straight roads. I love using it on the Sienna. Takes a while to get use to though.
#1541 of 14964 Re: Black and Tan [tasso]
Feb 12, 2005 (12:08 pm)
Download and install FilePC.
Get it at FilePC.Com
Then send the pictures using the software.
Then post in this forum the URL it gives you for the picture you uploaded.
For instance, this is a link to a picture of my 2001 Toyota Avalon (Black).
Can't wait to see the pictures! Thanks!!!
#1542 of 14964 Disappointing Head Room
Feb 12, 2005 (12:14 pm)
Got to see one at the dealer today. An Limited. Unfortunately, it was sold, so I could not drive it. It was also inside a poorly lit showroom, so I did not get a real good look.
The interior quality seemed quite good and the seats were very comfortable. Plently of room inside except for head room both front and rear. I know there were other posts from tall drivers claiming good headroom. Maybe I'm an oddly shaped 6'1", but my head hits the roof in the rear and had about 1" in the front. The reclining rear seat didn't help.
The dealer assured me If I bought an XL or touring without a moonroof, I'd get another inch or so. Maybe in the front, but I doubt it would have much more in the rear.
Quite a disappointment in a car this size.
#1543 of 14964 Avalon 2005 + Test Drive
Feb 12, 2005 (12:15 pm)
Went to Toyota this morning to check the new Avalon. Big disappointment inside especially the silvery, plasticy covers for the radio, cupholders ,..., the white buttons on the side: looks cheap and flimsy. The wood trim color on the limited appalling: vomitrocious.
Trunk is definitively small (like my Honda Civic's) Reclining of the back seat is a joke (one inch at most)
Otherwise drive is smooth, silent as expected from a Toyota sedan. Very comfortable
Price are out of reason when I compare to an Acura TL with Navi at 34k$ with much better finish, touchscreen navigation system,....
#1544 of 14964 Re: Engine braking [mikes.] Just Me
Feb 12, 2005 (12:22 pm)
Mikes, thanks for the update and happy motoring. My XLS doesn't have the nav system or laser, and I won't miss it. I don't think I would like my car slowing up if a truck pulls into my lane, I want to b e alert to control that even though I understand the logic and safety feature behind that. When I'm tired I don't use the cruise control realizing I might fall asleep, this way I can just pull over and get 15 minutes eye rest which is all I need, than back to cruise control. I love the controls on the steering wheel, something also additional over the 04 and I don't have to reach for the changing of stations. The other thing we forgot to mention Mike is the sliding arm rest, isn't that cool, a really nice place to keep the arm when extended and it seems to be really built this time for my arm, perhaps it's slightly higher. They thought of everything, just another plus. Mapquest is good enough for me after all these years of driving with just a regular map. If I were a wealthy man maybe I would think otherwise, but even than just as a toy, because even than I don't need it since my trips are basically to the same place over and over again. Anyway, what is your overall opinion of the handling of the car, engine lag etc., without considering the Nav or laser. I'm extremely happy with mine even more so than my 04. It seems to handle better perhaps because of the larger wheel base and the 17inch tires?? The power is OH BOY, I have to be careful to stay in legal limits, my car just wants to go. I don't sense any lag, how about you. Thanks Mikes, I look forward to your response.
#1545 of 14964 Re: Avalon 2005 + Test Drive [minsnow]
Feb 12, 2005 (1:02 pm)
I agree the silver covers are not my favorite, they fingerprint easy. BUT they are not cheap you guys, just light feeling. The white buttons grow on you at night they are different but cool. And do not feel cheap. But I see your points.
Just for the record I reclined my seats just a little over 3 inches in travel, not 1. You do have to push a little to get them all the way back. And as the recline, obviously the headrest region will travel further than the bottom of the back, as the top of the arch has to travel further. But mid seat it is about 3 inhes.