Last post on Dec 06, 2013 at 1:02 PM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#5590 of 14965 New Limited
May 12, 2005 (12:41 pm)
I'm about 2 hours away from picking up my new titanium metallic Limited...I ordered it March 3...In Los Angeles the all came with navigation and lazer cruise, but I was able to order without each! I'm in Torrance , Toyota Motor Sales corporate headquarters is located here...I work for the city, and work with corporate a great deal on public safety items...So i see a lot of new Avalons...Never thought I would ever buy one based on the old looks...Every big wig ( VP's) I talked to at Toyota said in Decxember, "Wait till you see the new one" They were right! So I didn't buy the new GS Lexus...American Honda's Corporate Headquarters is also in town...Since 1997, I have leased 3 new Acura 3.5 RL's...Great car but didn't like the new one...So Honda is unhappy with my new lease...Can't wait to report on my experiences with the car, but have fully enjoyed this forum and all the information...Oh buy the way, some one I know took there limited to a major southern california track and produced a top speed of 146...I don't know if I'll ever go that fast though!
#5591 of 14965 Re: Trunk [cafpaf]
May 12, 2005 (12:48 pm)
The tray is just like the one in the Camry. Actually Toyota designed it specifically to hold 2 1gal. jugs of milk or 2 2liter bottles of soda pop so that they don't roll all over the trunk. Good ideas for the alternate uses though. hehe
#5592 of 14965 Re: Trunk [dajab]
May 12, 2005 (1:34 pm)
Does you car have a Nav system. I would like to cover that well over and maybe I can just get a nav cover.
#5593 of 14965 Colors & Regions
May 12, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Does anyone know the location of a listing of the colors available by region and a listing of the areas covered by the regions? In the region I live in, Chicago region, only six of the 9 colors are apparently being offered. The regional brochure is the basis for this conclusion. My sight unseen preference is for the blue mirage which is not available. It seems to be available in Iowa, not a terribly long drive but maybe there are other locations that might be more convenient.
May 12, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Bakeroid...I pick up my Cassis Pearl Limited tomorrow!! Did you get yours yet? The dealer is throwing in painted pin stripes for me because it took so long. I ordered it on Feb 25th and I'm getting it tomorrow Friday the 13th (hope that isn't an omen). Can't wait!
Ronn and Just me...come back on board.
#5595 of 14965 Re: knick knack holder [havalongavalon]
May 12, 2005 (2:41 pm)
If you don't want to use the cell phone holder for your phone, it easily slides up and out thereby giving you more room and easier access to the compartment.
#5596 of 14965 service bullentins
May 12, 2005 (2:53 pm)
Does anyone know where to access service bullentins?
Also, just a note, I have been have problems on my remote start.
#5597 of 14965 Re: Sometimes Indecisive Transmission [pricecutter]
May 12, 2005 (3:05 pm)
I appreciate your comments. Except possibly for the color of mudflaps, this may have been the most controversial issue in the Avalon forum so far, so I "hesitate" to approach it again in the absence of more data. For the moment, this term seems to describe the observations reported by a number of Avalon owners, my own included. For me, the occasional cases of transmission indecision have been no more than minor hiccups, a benign sign of an adaptive system, and at no time have constituted a safety issue.
#5598 of 14965 Transmission indecision is a sign of an adaptive system at work
May 12, 2005 (3:09 pm)
I'd like to share the following theory I'm chewing on, to help understand why the transmission may sometimes seem "indecisive". Others have posted related thoughts in this forum or others, which have helped me shape these views.
We are told that the Avalon has an adaptive transmission that "learns" the driver's patterns/habits and can modify the car's responses and performance accordingly. It is important to remember that during learning tasks, initially one may make mistakes. The Avalon's occasional shifting indecisions may be a reflection of this learning process when conditions are changing.
An example: suppose you suddenly change your driving style, say from conservative, gas-saving to more agressive if you realize that you are running late, or if the road opens up ahead of you. It could take the transmission some time to catch up with your change in driving style and it may seem indecisive for a while.
Another example: you leave home with a full carload in the morning, drop off the four teens and slowly leave the School Zone, then suddenly you step on it to catch up with the 300C you just saw waiting at the next stop light. How predictably will your Avalon respond to these changes in payload AND in your driving style? Couldn't it possibly shift into a "wrong" gear at that initial moment?
Here is another thought: In cars with two or more regular drivers, different drivers may have very different driving styles. So, after you switch drivers, initially the transmission may need some time to catch up with the change. There could be what you could consider an inappropriate response to your foot's wishes, a momentary hesitation, before your Avalon realizes who is the new rider on the saddle.
What all this seems to mean is that the Avalon's learning period may never end, it could and should go on forever. As is the case for us evolving people, this should also be the case for a flexible, adaptive electromechanical system. So if you are a sole, very consistent and very predictable driver, your Avalon will have figured you out right away and has probably performed flawlessly ever since. But if you have variable driving conditions, or change your style often, or are one of several drivers, your Avalon will need to be continually adapting to the changing conditions and may sometimes seem to be indecisive while in the process of adapting.
For me, the occasional cases of transmission indecision have been no more than minor hiccups and at no time have constituted a safety issue. On the contrary, this adaptability should allow the car to perform in a safer manner in the presence of typical changes in conditions, demands or driving styles.
Some cars used to come with a two-position switch: "Power" or "Economy". The Avalon appears to do this and more, in a subtle way.
Hope this helps,
#5599 of 14965 Re: My New vehicle [prakrama]
May 12, 2005 (3:11 pm)
I don't get why people ask if they got a good bargain AFTER they've purchased.