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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
May 02, 2005 (4:43 pm)
ryandse, welcome to Avalon Country. You may be a demographic outrider for now, but this is changing fast; you may be mainstream before you know it! You said in post #5130:
"Actually, one thing that concerns me (a little) is that the Toyota Avalon Limited has perhaps the most sophisticated collection of electronics than their other vehicles, thus increasing the chances of electrical failure. ... So, yes, I have faith in Toyota's reliability: but with the level of complexity in the Avalon Limited and the fact that I am a believer in extended service plans, I will probably get Toyota's "Platinum" plan with mine."
Agreed. The 2005 Avalon is my third Toyota. I bought a 7-year, zero-deductible warranty even after 17 largely trouble-free years owning a 1988 Corolla and later a 1997 Camry. Still, things can break down and if they do, repairs can be really expensive. The Camry needed replacement of 4 warped rotors after 4 years (covered), blew a sensor in its 8th year (I wish it had happened earlier; cost me $500) and developed the suspension wear and noise typical of this vintage (I didn't fix it; traded it instead).
Toyota is famous for its reliability, but is not infallible. With all the new technology in the Avalon some things will break down. Avalon may have sophisticated technology, but fortunately for us, this pales compared to Prius. Last week (I was reading about fuel efficiency) I scanned the Toyota Prius forum. The Prius is really loaded with complex new technology and is a hot seller, so I was shocked to read about the occasional but very serious, potentially very dangerous and expensive failures that are reported there. So if you expect to own a Toyota (or a Lexus) beyond its standard warranty period, the extended is a must. If you decide to sell it before it expires, it is usually transferrable, so this added peace of mind should be worth more bucks to the next owner, as well.
May 02, 2005 (4:49 pm)
njny said in post #5134:
There seems to be a squeak on or about where the right passenger side of the dashboard meets the windshield.
Do we have a seconder? I think it should take a 2nd independent observation to add a new defect to the official list.
May 02, 2005 (4:56 pm)
perico1, you told us in message #4694 that"
accumulation of soapsuds under the plastic of the taillights when you wash the car....maybe, it's a design flaw. I have water dripping down the back bumper for hours after I wash my Avalon.
So far, we don't have a seconder. Anyone saw this also?
I washed my car yesterday and looked carefully, but did not see either of these problems. perico1, it could be that your car has defective taillights or installation, you may want to contact a dealer. Please let us know the outcome.
#5153 of 14965 Re: New Avalon Photos [just me]
May 02, 2005 (5:04 pm)
Just Me...you might not be aware of this but you can make changes to your post up to 30 minutes after you post it by clicking on edit.
May 02, 2005 (5:18 pm)
It seems to me that when the Azera comes out dealers will get a lot more aggressive with pricing the Avalon. This late in the season I think if it were me I'd wait if I could, both to just check out the Azera, and to let it do its work on the Avalon price. Plus, gives Toyota a chance to fix the little bug or two that are inevitable with a new model.
#5155 of 14965 Re: A Little Help [havalongavalon]
May 02, 2005 (5:41 pm)
I too noticed that one of the fog lights is a little loose.
#5156 of 14965 Rubber Seal In Engine Compartment
May 02, 2005 (5:53 pm)
I noticed that there a rubber seal under the hood and above the firewall. It runs the width of the car and seals the engine compartment when the hood is closed. My concern is that it sets in a very shallow channel and had partially come loose. It is not very well secured at all. Seems to me that it should be glued in place. Has anyone else found the same situation?
#5157 of 14965 Re: Puddle Lights [prime time]
May 02, 2005 (5:58 pm)
Hi Prime Time,
I pasted this from the Toyota website: Maybe someone has already answered your question.
"New Exterior Features
The Avalon brings several "firsts" to the Toyota lineup. Side mirrors on the Limited grade feature Toyota's first "in-glass" LED turn signal, and a LED puddle lamp that illuminates the area along the side of the car when passengers approach the vehicle. The Limited grade also features side mirror memory."
I assume they come on when your key fob gets near the car, or when you unlock the doors.
#5158 of 14965 Re: Extended warranty purchase option [lnt]
May 02, 2005 (6:41 pm)
I just returned from my midwest Toyota dealer, where we talked about an extended warranty for a new Avalon. A rep advised me that the extended warranty sold for $985 by a Massachusetts Toyota dealer is NOT the factory backed warranty from Toyota Financial Services. Can anyone who bought a warranty from Greenfield Toyota or elsewhere for under $1,000 confirm that the warranty was or was NOT the true "Toyota Extra Care Platinum Warranty"? My local Toyota rep says the Massachusetts warranty plan selling for $985 is probably not backed by Toyota Financial Services. Those of you who have purchased through Greenfield Toyota - please respond. Thanks. Bob
#5159 of 14965 Re: rewop' comments [havalongavalon]
May 02, 2005 (6:43 pm)
I do think hesitation should be put on the list. Unlike my previous
Avalon, I notice considerable pronounced shifting of gears at different speeds:
when stopping after a fast speed and starting to move forward again; when changing cruise control to a faster speed going uphill. I haven't a clue of whether these should be considered problems or simply a function of the new higher horsepower engine.