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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#1546 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [pmcb48]
Feb 12, 2005 (3:31 pm)
Yes, there is a small black box that was placed on the passenger side of the trunk lid for the XM Radio. It is about 2" square and 1" high. The cable runs over the side edge and then down the trunk hinge. This is the one thing that I am not happy about with my new Avalon - the placement and look of this little black box. When I negotiated the deal, I did not confirm with the dealership where the black box would go on the car and just learned of it's placement when I took delivery. I knew there was a need for a black box, but I assumed it would be placed at the middle rear of the trunk lid, which it was not. When I took delivery, I questioned the placement and my salesman said "that is where Toyota told us it should go on the new Avalon". They even sent a template to show the dealer where it should go. I am going to go back to the dealer next week and ask them to relocate it to the center rear of the trunk so at least there is some symetry to the trunk lid.
Here are some pictures I took this afternoon so you can see for yourself:
I love the XM service, as I previously had it on a 2002 Chevy Tahoe, which I don't have any more. I took the Tahoe from Iowa to Phoenix in Nov. 2002, and enjoyed uninterupted XM Radio reception the entire trip. All kinds of commercial free music, news, comedy, sports, etc, all for only $9.95 per month.
I chose the Desert Sand Mica again, as it does not show dirt and always looks classy.
If you have any other questions, just let me know and I will reply.
#1547 of 14965 Touring and VSC
Feb 12, 2005 (4:24 pm)
Does anyone know if for the 2006 model year Toyota would offer VSC on the Touring trim? With the touring trim admittedly more sporty doesn't it make sense for it to get VSC?
It is offering VSC on all Camry trim levels!
#1548 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (4:49 pm)
Wow, I have to admit if it has to be outside, it should be in the center of the trunk at the rear near the windshield. Seeing this now, I'm happy I didn't get the satellite radio. Good luck, hope they move it back for you.
#1549 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (5:27 pm)
It does look a bit awkward. Maybe they should place it near the windshield as "Just me" is suggesting.
Feb 12, 2005 (6:10 pm)
Now, now, no need to hide the rest of that beauty away from us. Any pics of the rest of the exterior and interior.
Regarding the XM reciever. It would look much better in the center or on the roof top without any ugly wires but that's impossible. Center trunk will be best.
#1551 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (6:31 pm)
2 rear shots too dark, but closeups were good. I agree that the box would take some getting used to, and center rear would be better than right middle edge. Best would be center above rear window. I wonder where the factory install placement (coming in 2006) will be. Hope you do get it changed. Thanks for taking the pictures.
It is interesting that you and another poster who are 6'4" or more think there is plenty of front and rear headroom, and a couple of 6'1" people don't.
I am torn between desert sand mica (have had 3 cars that or similar color) vs mirage blue. Had you considered any other colors?
Feb 12, 2005 (6:41 pm)
Mirage Blue Metallic, a light blue that is a bit darker compared to other cars. A very classic color with the chrome on my Sienna and I can only imagine it should look as well on the Avalon. Hides dirt very well and in fact, if your car hasn't been driven through snow, it should look clean even with dried rain on it.
I personally go with Indigo Blue or just plain black which looks sharp on the Avalon.
Anybody know if we can have Birch with Graphite Leather? My favorite combo on the Black Exterior.
Feb 12, 2005 (7:43 pm)
Anyone notice any torque steer on rapid acceleration on the new Avalon?
#1554 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (9:00 pm)
I didnt even read your post about the placement of the XM sat receiver, I just looked at the pictures.
And the first thing out of my mouth was, "They put it THERE?!!". You should tell the dealer that they should be ashamed of themselves. Template Shmemptlet. They should have a little common sense.
That is such a stupid place to put it, it almost makes me mad.
I'm glad that you are going to have them fix it, and you didn't just go along with it.
Why didn't they just mount it to the middle to the driver's door? Or how about the middle of the hood? Perhaps on the alloy wheels? Sheesh...
P.S.-Nice Corvette (I can see a sliver of it in the pictures!)
#1555 of 14965 Re: What color did you get? [dshimkat]
Feb 12, 2005 (9:12 pm)
I was concerned about the placement of this box myself. The dealer assured me that the box can be mounted on top of the roof above the rear windshield. Also, the box can be color matched to the rest of the exterior paint. Based on this info I ordered the XM radio, however he will call me back on Monday with the installation details.