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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#2027 of 14965 Re: Add-ons [hawk1eye]
Feb 27, 2005 (9:59 am)
Yes, I am in the Des Moines area. Retired here in 2001. Grew up in Fort Dodge.
I love my Limited, which I purchased on Feb. 10 from Toyota of Des Moines. It was their first Avalon, but was exactly the color and had the options that I wanted: VSC/Traction Control/Brake Assist & Carpeted Floor & Trunk Mats. I had the dealer add XM Radio. It does not have the NAV or Laser Cruise Control. I now have almost 300 miles on the odo. It is much tighter and not as mushy to drive as my 2001 Avalon XLS, which I owned for 4 years. I loved my '01, but the '05 is incrementally better in every way. I am very happy with my purchase
#2028 of 14965 jluther2...Re: No New Specials [agent]
Feb 27, 2005 (10:13 am)
Jluther, thanks about the paste, I already purchased the NXT next generation wax. I will wash my car in a week or so and apply it. I like waiting a month or three weeks with a new car before waxing it. I was the first to get it at my dealer. It was probably shipped to him around 2/6 I picked it up around the 18th of Feb. AGENT. This is going to sound crazy, but once you decide and go for your purchase of the Avalon, if your like me you will be very impressed with the aluminum saddle as you open the door with the Avalon name imprinted on them. It's neat and for me something else to keep shining clean, so it will also be waxed like my chrome. It makes you feel like you really are driving a Lexus but not having every one gawking at you which I love. Make your decision and for once in your life treat yourself to something special. Thats what I did. I used to go for the XL and add the luxury package etc. I told my wife it's time we accomodate our desires after scrimping and saving all these years. I couldn't have made a better decision, I love our car. I don't have the hesitation Future speaks of with my tranny, so maybe it was the car he tested when checking them out. By the way, I love the new design. Also people keep referring to the side molding now and then. If you look at some of the newer cars, Mercedes and Jags and Porches included even a Bentley, they have no side moldings. Take a look while driving down the highway and see cars with the moldings and some still have dings. What I do which is good for my health (because I have to walk further), I always park my car far away from the store and on the end. Still no guarantee of no dings. There are ding removal shops around now that work if the paint isn't chipped. Anyway, it looks like your on the edge of your chair ready to make your move, Good Luck, you won't be sorry and we can't take it with us.
Feb 27, 2005 (10:16 am)
for me (VSC) stability control & traction control with brake assist are something I would want especially since all wheel drive is not available, I live in the Northeast. It has been mentioned here, in this forum, that the (VSC) in someway might interfere with the "sport" style of operation the Touring is intended to provide. I don't agree I think Toyota just cheaped out. You ask is it needed, that depends on you, where you live and the type of driving that is normal for you. It is a personal observation but I think you will see (VSC) on all models later this year.
You might want to follow the suggestion made in post 1673 which is based on 1672.
#2030 of 14965 mackabee and board
by prime time
Feb 27, 2005 (10:27 am)
Which colors look good on the new Avalon. I'm leaning toward the Blizzard Pearl with ivory interior but haven't seen one yet. What's best product to keep ivory leather and interior looking good?
Does brake dust on new Avalons stick to the open wheels? I hate it when it does.
Also I've seen this asked but didn't see an answer: what grade gas is needed?
#2031 of 14965 Re: agent, [buckwheat]
Feb 27, 2005 (10:29 am)
Buckwheat, I forget who advised me to get the VSC, probably good advice, but since I live in South Carolina close to the Savannah, GA border, I decided to save the money. I am living down here now 9 years and never had to drive on icy or snow covered roads. So the couple of times a year I may visit family in NJ I try during better weather when snow isn't anticipated, so as you say it depends on where you live etc.
#2033 of 14965 The bad guy
Feb 27, 2005 (11:00 am)
I hate to be the bad guy here, but I have been contributing for sometime now, and had time to stop into the local Toyota and Honda dealership.
First: Whoever wrote about the reduction in headroom or rather access for people over six feet tall, I have to agree. Although, it may be bigger, and stronger, and I do like the telescoping wheel now, I gotta tell you that the roof rise is lower, and anyone who is over 6 feet will probably not appreciate banging there head everytime they get out of the car.
In addition, the absence of the bench seat, puts that wasteful console (I know I am getting a rise now), right into the lateral aspect of my knee cap now. Sweeet. And I am not such a large specimen, 74 inches and 220 lbs.
So...those that are that size or larger, and are expecting to get alota more room, don't let the numbers fool you, it just ain't so.
Now, while I have your attention, whatever automotive genius thought of putting the XM antenna on the side of the truck, must really be at the top of the class. What a just poorly thought of thing to do. And all they had to do, was to copy other companies for instance, such as the Honda Accord. Midline antenna, right at the top of the roof at the back window, color color coordinated. I have an aftermarket XM on my 02 Avalon, and the instructions clearly state that on the roof is preferred, but you can put it on the trunk, albeit wait until you are stuck between two large vehicles. You are going to get poorer reception for sure.
I hope you people are enjoying the new Avalon. Buyer beware.
#2034 of 14965 prime time - just me
Feb 27, 2005 (11:08 am)
Toyota must think that color is exceptional on the Avalon as it is the only one, I believe, that has an additional premium charge.
just me, snow/ice are the main culprits which as you say, 9yrs. no problems but as you know rain slick driving conditions anywhere could be improved by VSC.
Feb 27, 2005 (11:29 am)
Well, now I have to get over to the dealer this week to check things out. I have sort of been avoiding it to keep hope alive that I would be comfortable in this car. Hopefully once I am inside the car I will not hit my head.
Along with the poor option decision list is the the power tilt along with the moonroof. Gee, let's see somewhere in the design/sales/marketing/product development departments at Toyota "Maybe tall folks do not want to lose the headroom and do not want a moonroof, but need the power tilt to help dodge the little bit of room left by the console? NAH!"
I like the idea of driving an ultra low emission vehicle, but at this rate to match performance and be able to fit I have to consider the Chrysler 300 hemi? And with the chopped look, not real great on seeing the world around you from the inside.
Also, what is up with the $449 charge for XM radio? Does this include a one year subscription? Is this factory installed?
#2036 of 14965 Oh my oh my. What to do?
Feb 27, 2005 (11:33 am)
OK The lease on my current car is up in 3 months so I'm just going to wait this out. I have finally read every last post on this thread and have come to a few conclusions and thoughts. Let me start with some random statements and we'll go from there.
I'm a 29 yr old male
I live on the border of VA and NC so I'll have easy access to whatever incentives (tax, dealer, etc..) are in the two regions.
I'm a real estate Agent so I plan to put a LOT of miles on this car pretty quickly.(25k/yr)
Most of my miles are highway.
I've lost track of my previous planned format for this post so I think I'm just going to start rambling. The touring model I test drove was reading 16 average mpg. What's up with that? As I stated earlier, I will be doing a lot of highway miles but if this thing won't average at least 25 mpg then I need to look elsewhere. Anyone??
I do have a Delphi XM Radio and being the frugal something that I am, I would rather just install that in one of the up front consoles so I can take into my office and home whenever I want. Can that be done?
If I were to order one, how successful is Toyota at delivering the car on time?
Here's something that you all can do if you're looking for the best deal and a little excitement. I test drove the avalon from one dealership and pulled right up to another dealership. The look on their faces was absolutely priceless. The two dealers that I was working with were very reluctant to discuss discounts in front of each other but damn was it funny to watch. Needless to say, I think I'm going to get my $3,500 off the MSRP after all. Now I just need to pick out what I want and place the order.
What to do, what to do.....