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#3082 of 14961 One Avalon and now One Maxima
Mar 18, 2005 (10:05 am)
I went to another Toyota dealer and tried another Limited. It is now apparent to me that for my 6'7" body it is not as comfortable as my 2001 XLS. Also the headroom is considerably reduced due to the sunroof. This I could get around by lowering the seat to the floor. But all in all it seemed like compromising.
I went over to Nissan, sat in a Maxima XL, and believe I have 2" more legroom. Also could purchase without the sunroof so headroom is better. Although this is not the "sporty" model, it is a much more sporty feel than my XLS. Lots of power, some of the dash materials seem just a little too much plastic like. But the "burl" "plood"(plastic representation of wood") is actually quite nice. I got the car for $500 over invoice and $1000 Nissan rebate on top of that.
I hope when it is time to trade in my 2001 Toyota that they start to realize that the population actually continues to get taller not shorter. Also that if they extended the front seat rails another inch, they could accomodate the DRIVER and the rear seat passenger. As it is right now I can sit behind the driver seat set in my driving position and fit comfortably. I do not know why the front seat could not be more accomodating. I am disappointed about the Avalon. However, I am very happy with the Maxima. I think the new Avalon is great, and wish you all a lot of enjoyment with your new cars.
#3084 of 14961 Re: Avalon Lovers [ronharv]
Mar 18, 2005 (10:58 am)
We've already addressed this issue - keep reading from that post forward. I hope we've moved beyond the personal confrontations as well. They do not belong here.
#3085 of 14961 Re: One Avalon and now One Maxima [tallguy]
Mar 18, 2005 (11:09 am)
I agree, driver legroom in the Avalon is OK, but not great. It's not as good as my Passat. I don't understand why they build an enormous car and not make more of that room accessible to a tall driver by extending the seat tracks back another couple of inches. Maxima does this, as does Mercedes and most VW's.
#3086 of 14961 Avalon body is fiberglass/plastic?
Mar 18, 2005 (11:24 am)
In a previous post someone mentioned that the Avalon's body is fiberglass/plastic! Surely he must have been kidding -- or was he? Anyone have any insight on this?
#3087 of 14961 Re: TRANSMISION [williamt]
Mar 18, 2005 (11:28 am)
Thanks williamt, I thought at the time I wrote the original post I should have said that I had checked and it is in the regular "D" mode so it should be in overdrive. It seems like it's dragging even below overdrive speeds though. I'm used to a car feeling like it's rolling freely as if in neutral. P.S. the parking brake isn't on either.
#3088 of 14961 Re: Gold Package [mikes.]
Mar 18, 2005 (11:44 am)
Mike, I will post that info as soon as I get it. You may contact any Toyota dealer and they will put you in contact with the person that does their gold packages. Another route is to look up independent stereo shops as there are plenty that do all types of work not just stereos.
#3089 of 14961 Laser Cruise Control
Mar 18, 2005 (11:58 am)
Took my new Limited out for its first extended spin yesterday (about 250 miles) and had a chance to check out the Laser Cruise Control performance.
Overall, it worked as advertised. You set both a speed AND a distance, and the system works to give you the speed while maintaining the distance. If you approach a vehicle that is going slower than the speed you set, your vehicle will slow down to match the speed of the vehicle ahead. If that vehicle speeds up or goes away, the system increases your speed gradually back up to the point you set.
Once a large truck cut in front of me, cutting the distance suddenly, and also going slower than I was, so the distance was also decreasing (now why would he do that? Another story). The system cut the throttle and applied the brakes, and also beeped and flashed, indicating that I needed to take over. Just as it was susposed to.
My impression is that the system will be useful in situations where cruise control is feasible--i.e., reasonably light traffic on highways. It will take away the need to continually make small adjustments to keep a safe distance from the car in front. However, it will NOT eliminate the need to pay attention to what is going on, i.e., it is not an "auto pilot".
#3090 of 14961 Re: Avalon body is fiberglass/plastic? [star51]
Mar 18, 2005 (12:07 pm)
The Avalon's body is stamped from rolled steel.
#3091 of 14961 Re: Waiting for 06 model [gschultz3]
Mar 18, 2005 (12:16 pm)
Yesterday I test drove a Touring (no vsc) and an XLS (w/vsc) back to back within a half hour of each other and took each on a familiar 25mph off ramp and found that the touring's handling is only marginally better (I do mean marginally), but only up to a point. In the touring I had to brake hard and scrub off speed at 35-37 mph to prevent a too-close encounter with the guard rail because the rear tires were breaking loose (fishtailing). However, with the xls, I took the same line on the same off ramp, and sailed through the turn at 40 mph with little drama and fanfare - safe and secure.
No, I do not attempt to drive the Avalon like that on a regular basis, but how else can one determine a car's emergency handling traits? That having been said, I've decided that I cannot purchase any car without vsc. I took a BMW 3-hour driving course in which I was asked to try and flip an X3 suv with vsc and could not do it.
What a nice car the Touring would be with with the safety benefit of VSC. Oh well.