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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#1609 of 14965 Re: teereeves [mcardle]
Feb 15, 2005 (6:12 am)
Hi mcardle, you are not sounding like a jerk, you're just being curious. I currently own a 1995 Avalon, I said a couple of years ago, that for my next car, I want a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Bluetooth Handsfree communication, for me, those are very important safety items, and for the new Avalon to be a flagship, it should have those at least as options, if those are being offered on lower level Toyotas. Below is an excerpt from the article linked by Post #1575.
Alas -- and someday demand for more safety will change this -- if you want the important features of stability and traction control, you'll have to spring for the $3,000 to $7,000 bump in price the top two models will cost before it is an option. Bastien said it is a situation that Toyota will watch to see if buyers begin to demand safety before luxury.
I am one of those who like to get more safety and luxury. I would love to purchase the new Avalon, but I want to be completely satisfied with my purchase, and I know I wouldn't be completely satisfied without those 2 safety options being offered.
#1610 of 14965 Re: [just me]
Feb 15, 2005 (7:53 am)
You say you saw the darker wood with the gray leather seats. Was the gray a light gray or dark gray which Toyota calls graphite? I was not aware that you could get the darker wood (which I think looks a lot better) with any color leather except graphite.
#1611 of 14965 Re: teereeves [teereeves]
Feb 15, 2005 (8:29 am)
Feb 15, 2005 (8:39 am)
Re: M35 comparison.. I was going to BUY an M35.. I am purchasing the Avalon OVER the M35, thus the unfair comparison.. Yes, the Avalon is $14,000 less, has the same exact horsepower (280), very similar performance numbers, much better fuel consumption (35% better highway); about the only thing missing out of this $14,000 equation is all wheel drive and a backup screen.. Again, my other car is a C5 Corvette and to call this Avalon a luxo-barge is, well, not what I would call it.. No, it isn't a BMW 540 but the AValon not a Buick Regal either! It is one very nice driver, in my humble opinion....
#1613 of 14965 Re: [jordan7]FUTURE
Feb 15, 2005 (8:44 am)
Jordan it was the lighter grey, whatever they call it, graphite if that's it. It was very nice with the darker wood. Mine has the lighter wood, (Birch) in my desert sand mica, I happen to love it, I always loved the lighter wood, I have wood floors in my home and are light color in maple wood.
I JUST LOVE MY CAR AND APPRECIATE IT MORE EVERY DAY. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A LEXUS QUALITY NOW WITHOUT THE NAME PLATE AND 25 THOUSAND LEFT IN MY POCKET.
Future, I don't know what Avalon you drove, but mine does not hesitate, and I'm a lot younger than 79. I do believe you, I don't know if that could happen with some cars, but as you can see here from several posts, so far no one has has that lag you speak of. As honest as you are about that, I am just as honest. I put it through several tests going slowly, fast etc., it just smoothly finds the next gear without me feeling any hesitation with the tranny.
#1614 of 14965 Re: [georgevette]
Feb 15, 2005 (8:51 am)
GEORGE, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. I loved my 04 Avalon, but this 05 is nicer in every way starting with the styling, I won't be trading this one, it's a keeper for a few years.. It feels great when you sit inside. George, if you had an earlier Avalon, I have a question. According to the brochure, the leg room is about a half inch shorter in the 05. But I feel like I have much more room than my 04. What is your experience? Unless my seat goes further back which of course will give you more leg room??? I can really strecth my leg out. Please answer, thanks.
#1615 of 14965 It has to be Both are right
Feb 15, 2005 (9:02 am)
Look folks There are a number of people in here That have driven or bought Avalons. Some swear it has throtel hesitations and a transmission that some times has to hunt for the gear it wants AND SOME THINK THOSE PEOPLE ARE NUTS because they can't see problems all.
Both could be right.
Cars have individual personalites like humons do and will not feel quite the same as the next one that you drive. Also we all know that the transmission programs itself as it buils up a
history of the driving habits it has experienced in fact as I remember You have to reset it by driving it for so many (miles-Minutes- stops or something) if the electronics have been "killed" by a dead battery etc.
The people in here are not stupid or have any particular ax to grind on the subject and they are swearing they are seing different results.
Maybe the throtel body car be adjusted ( not to my knowledge but maybe......
Why can't both be right on the particular car they drove ???????
#1616 of 14965 Re: It has to be Both are right [burl]
Feb 15, 2005 (9:11 am)
I guess it's possible Burl. Have a great day.
Feb 15, 2005 (10:29 am)
And an excellent point regarding the hesitation/hunting; we are talking about early production vehicles here and still somewhat prone to variability.. I have done everything in the world to try and force 'hunting' but to no avail. And I know how to confuse automatic transmissions! This particular car is smoooothe as silk and always in the right gear. And yes, with each Lexus that I pass I smile thinking of the incredible relative bargain that the 2005 Avalon is.... And to think that the new 2005 Lexus GS300 is going to have a whopping 240 horsepower!