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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#2236 of 14965 Re: rick8 [rick8]
Mar 04, 2005 (1:04 am)
"Can anyone till me how the 2005 Avalon handles in winter driving conditions. I have not seen any comments. I plan to buy a 2005 Toyota Avalon Limited to replace my 1998 XLS. Any comments?"
I've had mine for 3 weeks now and we've had about 9" of snow in that time. The car handled very well in slushy, partly scraped roads and on packed snow.
I lived in Calif. for 41 years and hadn't had to mess with snow until 7 winters ago. It's not my favorite thing to do. I fell much better with the VSC.
#2237 of 14965 Re: HID headlamps with auto leveling [hutch34]
Mar 04, 2005 (1:07 am)
"Will someone who has taken delivery of an 05 Limited, please explain what self leveling HID headlamps means. I am familiar with HID but not self leveling!"
When you turn on the headlights they automatically level themselves to the ride of the car at that time. You can watch them adjust height in the first few seconds when they come on. I park in front of a white garage door and in the evening it is very visible to see them adjust.
#2238 of 14965 Re: Just can't wait (Just Me) [williamt]
Mar 04, 2005 (1:16 am)
"You're right, I am very eager to acquire this car. For one thing, I have YET to see a Limited in person. Dealers can't keep them in Northern Virginia."
If you check the dealers websites you'll see that they continue to show some of the Limiteds available. Koon's shows 3 currently and Fitzmall has one, Younger shows 3. So if you look around you'll find some available.
I bought mine on 02/10 and there were several in the region then.
#2239 of 14965 Re: Laser Cruise Control any good? [3puttmax]
Mar 04, 2005 (1:21 am)
"Has anyone actually used the laser-guided cruise control? Is it helpful, or a nuisance? If you do use it, which setting do you use?"
I have used it on my LTD and have mixed feelings about it. I usually use the closest setting but I find that it leaves several car lengths between us. Other drivers feel fine changing into this available space and the car winds up going slower & slower on you. At night, or in light traffic I'm still using it. Otherwise I wind up putting it into "Normal" mode and control spacing myself.
#2240 of 14965 TMMK Website
Mar 04, 2005 (3:39 am)
The link to the Kentucky manufacturing plant has a LOT of info on the new Avalon. Be sure to follow the link to the magazine on the lower right side.
#2241 of 14965 Re: XM Trunk-Mounted Antenna [agent]
Mar 04, 2005 (5:47 am)
As far as the radio sound is concerned I'm sure the one you drove needed the tone controls adjusted. When we picked ours up the bass was set to minus 5 so I needed to crank it up. There are adjustments for bass, midrange, treble, and for fm stereo "surround" on or off. I like it set to on. I think you'll find once you adjust it to suit you you'll be amazed at the quality of this radio. The adjustments are done by pushing in and turning on the right round knob. We picked ours up at night and couldn't find any adjustments until the next day.
#2242 of 14965 Re: Just can't wait (Just Me) [mikes.]
Mar 04, 2005 (5:50 am)
"If you check the dealers websites you'll see that they continue to show some of the Limiteds available."
Thanks, Mikes; I'll see if that works. Kay Jennings website has not been kept up to date and doesn't reflect what's really there (my only complaint about this dealer).
On the issue of the XM radio, it was listed as retailing at $449, as others have noted. But some folks have been charged an installation fee above that. I don't think that's right--the price I was quoted included installation and activation.
Mar 04, 2005 (6:27 am)
Does anyone know if you can put 20" wheels on the new Avalon? I have the limited on order.
Mar 04, 2005 (6:53 am)
Because this board has a good rep, I thought I would post a few things here to see if anyone else has given them any thought, or found any reference.
1. I have read several reviews, but have found little reference to the NAV system that is offered. Past reviewers of the Toyota NAV system have been less than kind. Is the NAV system good?
2. On Consumerguide.com, they rate the fuel system of the car as a 4 on a scale of 1-10. Yet, other cars that get less than the 22/31 get higher ratings. Is there something here that I am missing about the fuel system of the Avalon.
3. This is car is about foot longer than the car I am driving now. I have never driven a car of this size before. I have heard that it takes a bit to get use to, yet the salesmen tell me that with the Avalon you do not notice the size difference.
4. I compared this to a Acura TL, and can get one with a NAV system, and fully decked out for just over 34000. Yet, the Avalon, decked out minus the cruise control is just over 36000. My question is not about which is the better deal, but in the decision to buy the Avalon what did you find that represented the Avalon as a better value in class for your comparisons.
#2245 of 14965 20" Wheels
Mar 04, 2005 (7:10 am)
Just curious -- why in the world would you want to put that size tire on a sedan?