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#4706 of 14961 Avalon Remote start system
Apr 21, 2005 (8:55 am)
Last week I finally got my new Avalon. It's a great car in most ways. BUT since I was the first to order one with the remote start system the sales people knew little about it's performance. Having an aftermarket system on a 2004 Toyota that works great I assumed the unit offered from the factory would be as good. WRONG! It lacks range, only 50-80ft, so it won't start the car in the parking lot like the brand added to the Highlander. And it shuts the car off when you approach it to unlock the doors. Both the sales and service staff verified it's working to spec, as did the Toyota factory rep. Most agreed that it's not as good as other aftermarket products, even though it costs considerably more. Plus, since it's factory installed I was advised that an aftermarket product might be more difficult to install. Anyway, for those who want a remote start for your 05 Avalon, make sure you know what you're buying for the $500 MSRP. It will start your car if it's next to you, but not when it's over 50-80 ft away. In my case it was definitely a mistake to add the remote start. The dealer and factory person said they're sorry that the Toyota system doesn't meet my needs, but it just wasn't designed to do that.
Apr 21, 2005 (9:00 am)
You are welcome, Pat.
Also, since design74 had difficulty posting new photos for us, I googled design74 and under the 4th. entry I found new photos posted elsewhere on April 18. Others may want to try this, too.
#4708 of 14961 To Ronn, Just Me and other Avalon fans ...
Apr 21, 2005 (9:01 am)
Just so you know ... I was not trying to ruffle your feathers or disparage the Avalon with my forum posts about seeking objective product reviews. Even if you don't like the tone of my messages, I must tell you that I enjoy your posts and all others on this forum. I like your enthusiasm for the Avalon, but I look for all news (including negative reviews) to help me decide on spending $30,000 or more on a new car. I hope you understand.
I appreciate the civility on this forum. Sometimes we may have to agree to disagree, and I hope it can be done respectfully. I read other automotive forums, and I frankly get disgusted with foul language and needlessly angry tones in some of them. One Toyota forum now has more political bickering than car talk! So keep up the good work in this forum, with the helping hand of Pat, the host/moderator. If there is some honest, critical news/opinion about Avalon problems, let anyone feel free to bring it up, and openly discuss and debate it. That's all I ask. Impartial
#4709 of 14961 Re: Interior XM Antenna [3puttmax]
Apr 21, 2005 (9:35 am)
RE: "The antenna is mounted INSIDE the car, underneath the windshield, on a small flat spot at the right end of the windshield defrosting vents. The new antenna is about 1 inch square and 3/8 inch thick."
Can you give us a brand and model number for this XM antenna? It sounds nice!
#4710 of 14961 Re: Soapy taillights [perico1]
Apr 21, 2005 (10:07 am)
perico1.......I have washed mine many times, and haven't had the taillights collext water or suds. Mine is also Black......hope you can find the problem. Have a great day,
#4711 of 14961 Re: Top Speed [groza]
Apr 21, 2005 (10:16 am)
groza, I said I knew the Corolla and Solara were governed at 127mph not that all Toyotas were! I'll check with my master mechanic and he will look this up for me and give you the actual governed speed.
#4712 of 14961 The Mystery of the Shrunken Trunk
Apr 21, 2005 (10:20 am)
Reviews (such as the link posted in #4703) typically point out that "The redesigned sedan is longer, taller and wider than its predecessor is, and although the cabin gains space, the trunk actually shrinks from 15.9 to 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
Several among us have suspected that this difference is related to the reclining seats, but is this the whole story? I haven't seen this solved before, so I took some simple measurements and calculated the volume of the wedge-shaped space that is taken up by the reclining seats.
The seat backs recline about 5" at the top (5/12'), are about 2' 3" tall and 4' wide.
Wedge volume = dead space behind seatbacks = (1/2) (5/12) (9/4) (4) = 1.9 cu ft.
So this is where all that missing space went!
Actually I was surprised that 5" of reclining travel accounts for a 12% reduction in trunk space. I wonder whether Avalon owners think it is really worth it?
Reclining seats are great because of 1) comfort for occasional back-seat riders, 2) distinction -- only car within $50K with this feature (so far) and 3) added rigidity (it appears that the structure is reinforced behind the seats).
A larger trunk and/or collapsible back seatbacks would obviously be preferable to occasionally carry large/long loads. The 2005 trunk is about 6" too short to fit 4 golf bags length-wise, and too narrow between the wheels to fit more than 2-3 bags across. I haven't tried to see how many golf bags can fit if oriented diagonally in the trunk. Does anybody know?
#4713 of 14961 Re: To Ronn, Just Me and other Avalon fans ... [impartial]
Apr 21, 2005 (10:24 am)
Thank you impartial......I guess we were too hard on you as well. I guess I am soo wrapped up at the fact that this is the greatest car I have ever owned. I tryed so many of the name plate cars, and they didnt come close to this one. I have not had any problems, even minor ones that some have had. I do hope we can win you over with this car. I do think you would be very happy with the choice.
I am totally blown away at the gas mileage this car gets with the horses it has.I am averaging 22-23 in town using premium gas. While many are using regular, I want to put the best in it.
I have a friend that has moved over from lexus to Avalon this go round, because he honestly said it rides better than his. He has the 330. he also likes the looks.
While I drove BMW, and Acura, and still found the Avalon to be more comfortable, quiet, and I think it will be a better car with less problems. The reviews on the recent BMW and Mercedes have not been good, and I was very leary of the Chrsyler 300 after reading folks who have had major problems with them.
I'm not as daring as some on here, I havent driven over 80 yet....Where I live, it's not a good thing to do.
Have a nice day,
#4714 of 14961 PAT- Reviews?
Apr 21, 2005 (10:38 am)
Pat...Have you heard any recent news as to when the Edmunds reviews from all of us will be out. It seems so long, and it is still bare? Of course, most oof the reviews have been here anyway! LOL It would be nice to see the results and scores though. If you can get them on soon, we will see to it that you get a raise in salary!!!
#4715 of 14961 Re: Extended Warranty on New Limited [ecar]
Apr 21, 2005 (10:38 am)
REF. Msg #4671
For me, McGeorge priced the 7/100,000/zero Platinum Warranty at $1691.