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#7267 of 14965 RE: 2006 Avalon (Gladiator 99).... [priggly]
Jul 09, 2005 (9:33 am)
Thanks for the information. I did the comparison on Canadian Vs US pricing earlier and found out the same savings. Although I didn't know if we would be subject to additional duties etc. I know we have to pay the PST and GST when we register the vehicle in Canada. I just liked some of the options on the Limited model that we couldn't get in Canada. I would like to find out how many Avalons have been sold in Canada so far this year. I know that some of the Toyota dealers
didn't even stock the avalons last year because of declining sales. It was time for a redesign and total update which they did very successfully. I love the new styling and new engine. Our new Blizzard Pearl XLS Avy get lots of good comments and everyone asks what kind of car is that. I do believe that our 1995 Avalon was a better built car in terms of fit and finish but I do like the styling and drivetrain in our new one. I have experienced some minor initial quality problems, but I am willing to overlook these as long as my dealer addresses these to my satisfaction. On the pricing issue, The price I paid was exactly the same as that listed on Toyota Canada's website as MSRP price. I agree with many that at least everyone pays the same price, however when I read in this forum that many US dealers are discounting the prices by close to $4000.00 I wonder if we paid too much here in Canada. I realize that PROFIT is not a dirty word, but GOUGING the customers may be. Toyota dealers remind us of how well the Toyota products hold their value, then comes trade in time and they want to give you $6000. below current market price. Doesn't seem fair to me. Thanks again to all those who have responded to my earlier post and enjoy your new Avalon's.
#7268 of 14965 Aftermarket Navigation
Jul 09, 2005 (10:14 am)
I just bought a 2005 Avalon limited, but did not get the Navigation. Is there somewhere on the web to buy an Aftermarket Navigation Unit?
#7269 of 14965 Re: Door Jammed [dcjm]
Jul 09, 2005 (10:20 am)
The parts finally came in. They had to replace the entire door latch unit from the door panel. It took almost 2 hrs for them to do it but it works perfectly now. I guess toyota has enough of complaints that they are making the parts for it now. My advice is to take it back to them and tell them to replace it.
#7270 of 14965 Re: Who wants foldable mirrors? I, for one! [haggis]
Jul 09, 2005 (10:57 am)
Don't forget the black helicopters, and blame Hillary for this, too!
#7271 of 14965 Re: Aftermarket Navigation [dmp2]
Jul 09, 2005 (11:26 am)
I, too, have a LTD W/O Nav. I did a "google" search to find the Magellan and Garmin websites. Both companies offer a model that seems to function as well or better than the built-in and at less than half the price of the factory unit.
#7272 of 14965 Re: Who wants foldable mirrors? I, for one! [rwb2]
Jul 09, 2005 (11:34 am)
Buy your Ford and be happy.
Friends don't let friends drive Fords.
#7273 of 14965 Re: Aftermarket Navigation [jicka]
Jul 09, 2005 (11:47 am)
I was also interested in an aftermarket nav system. There are some good reviews and information on the website "gpsinformation.net". They gave a great review on the Garmin streetpilot 2610, whish sells for $824.95 at GPSCITY.CA Canadian. I imagine there are many retailers in the US. Some of the reviews on this site examined how visible a lot of popular units would be under various lighting situations on the dash of your car. Many units were very difficult to read in bright sunlight or glare. They also discuss performance and ease of use. There are so many automotive gps systems out there that makes it confusing when trying to choosing a system.. You want to do a lot of reasearch and read the reviews .
I hope to purchase one very soon and am still researching them. I'll post my impressions when I purchase one.
#7274 of 14965 VERY SATISFIED SO FAR
Jul 09, 2005 (11:59 am)
I've been closely following this forum since Feb. because I had to buy a new car this summer. I previously owned a 99 Avalon & was very satisfied with it. (It's still running well at 100,000 miles.) So the 05 model was on my must drive list. I also considered a Lexus 330, Acura TL & Caddy CTS, which I think is a great car for the money with the GM discount.
Last week I took delivery of a Limited with all options except NAV. I have about 600 mis. on it & so far it is running flawlessly. I'm aware of the problems others have reported like hesitation, transmission problems, loose fog lights, stuck doors, uneven exhaust pipes, etc. & I hope all of you who aren't as lucky as I've been get these issues resolved.
The only negatives I can come up with are that I find the front passengers seat uncomfortable. This may be because you can't raise it or adjust the seat cushion angle. (I could do this on the 99 model.) I do wish the rear view mirrors would fold down. The lower half of the dash & door panels are cheap looking, similar to the Ford 500. Fortunately, my eye is drawn to the wood trim on the upper half of the dash & the wood trim steering wheel. (I also like the look of the silver panels that cover the audio system & cassette.) The owner's manual is poorly written. There is distortion in the rear window, but I only notice it when I make an effort to look for it. It doesn't bother me as I only take quick glances out of the rear window when I'm driving.
All else is first rate! Fit & finish, acceleration, comfort, ride, Smart Key, gas mileage (28 in mixed driving with first tankful). I could go on, but I think you get my drift. Even my buying experience was excellent. I put $500 down & had it in 2 weeks. Even got the nice zip document folder & the CD, all for $33,050.00. (Rohrich Toyota, Pittsburgh, PA) I have no regrets about choosing the Avalon over the other fine cars I considered.
#7275 of 14965 Re: Aftermarket Navigation [dmp2]
Jul 09, 2005 (2:35 pm)
Same situation I'm in...I'm looking at the Clarion N.I.C.E. system - a 7" touch screen nav unit; comes with suction mount for the window and entirely portable. Also has Sirius interface, 20gb storage and other features. Lots of Garmins & Magellans, etc., but they're too small to see, especially when you're driving. The Clarion unit also has suction mount but I spoke with Clarion and told them I don't want a unit hanging from my windshield - looks tacky. They referred me to a company they deal with - Panavise - which makes a mount for installation on the Avalon. I spoke with them and the install would be pretty slick in the 05; the Clarion unit is $1299 and the brackets for mounting would be around $50. I'm still thinking about it. Lowrance navigation has a 5" touchscreen and will be coming out with a 10" (too big!) and I think an 8" screen in the fall. I may wait to see what they look like and cost before deciding. So in answer to your basic question, there are LOTS of aftermarket units with more coming. You can go crazy looking!
#7276 of 14965 Re: Aftermarket Navigation [zekeman1]
Jul 09, 2005 (2:59 pm)
I have a Garmin Streetpilot 3 - screen size does not matter- it talks to you- "Turn right in five hundred feet...three hundred feet..." I put it on a mount on my air outlet just past the right hand on wheel. Works great.