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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#1592 of 14965 Re: New Avalon has hesitation issue, too, says USA TODAY [future1]
Feb 14, 2005 (12:48 pm)
My other cars are a 2000 Corvette, 2001 Toyota Sequoia, 2000 Chev Duramax diesel and this is the most seamless shifting transmission I have ever driven.. It never hunted or questioned during the 200 miles I drove in combined city, highway.. A LOT of stop and go traffic.. Shifts were just undetectable except for the tach moving around...
The 280 horses are quite real.. I would not hesitate in putting "high performance" next to the Avalon... Especially when compared with its much higher priced brethern such as the yet to be released 240 HP GS300 Lexus at $50,000, Infinity M35, at $48,000..
I went out last week with the goal of purchasing an Infinity M35X.. I only stopped in at the Toyota dealer as a whim on the way back from the Infinity dealer... I am sooo glad I did!
#1593 of 14965 White Plastic Buttons?
Feb 14, 2005 (1:59 pm)
I am really warming up to the new interior on the 05 Avalons but whats with the plastic "washing machine" white buttons on either side of the radio. They really do not match the otherwise nice interior. In my opinion, they really cheapen the new look. I think raised black or silver buttons would look better.
#1594 of 14965 Re: Smart Key Question [douglas1]
Feb 14, 2005 (2:17 pm)
Yes, there is something similar with the Smart Key. Here is how it works:
1) Open glove box and hit the button to the left side of glove box door to turn remote trunk lid access off.
2) Lock the glove box using the small mechanical key that is inside of the Smart Key fob and pops out via a small button on the side of the fob.
3) Using the same mechanical key, lock the trunk pass through small door in middle of back seat behind the pull down arm rest.
4) Give fob to valet to park your car, but take the small mechanical key with you.
The fob will allow the valet to start and park the car, but the trunk will not open using the remote trunk release button to the left of the steering wheel, nor the button located on the passenger side rear tail light, nor the trunk release button on the Smart Key fob.
When the valet returns your car, just unlock the glove box with your small mechanical key and push the button on the left side to turn remote trunk access back on. Then put the small mechanical key back inside the Smart Key fob.
#1595 of 14965 Re: Headroom in 2005 Avalon XLS [abfisch]
Feb 14, 2005 (2:45 pm)
Personal attacks? Impressive, and classy.
Here were my exact words:
Abfish, I respect your thoughts and opinions, but what I'm saying is that when you make nebulous statements like
"Being pretty sure front diameter are a certain numrical value, and being sure are too different things."
its hard to understand what you mean. In my book, "sure" and "certain" are the same thing.
Also, I dont think we need your condemation. Saying things like "Shame on some of you" isnt exactly the best way to ask your question, if its actually a response you want and you're not looking to assail people, which is how it seemed.
You act as if I have some vested interest in the Avalon- I dont, Im not one of the designers or engineers. I enjoy reading the critique of this new model, both in the mags, on the web, and the folks here.
I think there are many warranted criticisms. And I would recommend that if you feel so strongly on Toyota producing an Avalon with no autoclimate control, more trunk room, rear head room, etc, you should make it know... to them especially. Or, maybe you should also check out the Ford Five Hundred, which has the added benefit of being available with AWD, a Toyota oversight.
#1596 of 14965 Re: Headroom in 2005 Avalon XLS [alpha01]
Feb 14, 2005 (2:59 pm)
Did you get a chance to test drive the new Avalon ? If and when you do, post your comments here. I like your insightful, unbiased opinion. Btw, how do you like your new job ?
#1597 of 14965 Re: observations [fndlyfmrflyr]
Feb 14, 2005 (3:52 pm)
I agree. I do not like the light wood and the metal covers. I wish they would give you more interior color options such as beige or tan to go with the red exterior. I wish I could get the limited without all that ugly wood and ugly metal. I have a 95 avalon and the interior looks much better than the 05. I was all set on buying one until I saw it at the Phila Auto show. Does anyone know if they will offer different color combos, and no wood in 2006?
Take a look at the interior of the new Lexus GS430...now that is a beautiful car.
#1598 of 14965 Re: Headroom in 2005 Avalon XLS [motownusa]
Feb 14, 2005 (4:48 pm)
Motown, how goes it! Thanks for asking about the job, its going well. Good to hear from you. Drop me an email sometime!
Feb 14, 2005 (5:04 pm)
A couple of you who are having a personal disagreement need to take it off-line. It doesn't belong here. Thanks.
Feb 14, 2005 (7:28 pm)
I drove a 2005 avalon limited. It is a fantastic car and drives better than our 2004 lexus rx 330. We also have a sequoia and it is actually a lot quieter (with less wind noise) than either of them. I found it as good as the Lexus LS 430, it has less luxury and perhaps a little less of the power of the LS 430's V-8. IF any of you have leased this vehicle please post the payments you have. I would like to lease one if I can get it around the lease prices for infinite Gx 35's or the Lexus 330.
#1601 of 14965 Avalon vs. M35?
Feb 14, 2005 (7:30 pm)
I don't understand why people are comparing the Avalon to the M. Have you driven both cars? The M blows away the Avalon in almost every way. The M handles like a BMW while the FWD Avalon handles like a Camry. The Avalon is nothing more than another lux boat from Toyota. There's no comparison.