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#7554 of 14955 Re: Tires and Lousy Toyota Dealers [tony17]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:22 pm)
Bridgestone suggested the LS-V in size 225-55-17. There are very few choices in 215's. Most tire manufacturers do not offer this size. Don't know why Toyota spec'd a tire with such limited choices. The LS-V 225's are designed to fit on the existing 7" rim and the overall diameter, section width and revs per mile are very close to the 215-55-17 EL400, but the actual tread width is greater, largely due to the tire design. It is less tapered at the tread therefore more rubber on the road. Download the specification pdf's from Bridgestone's website.
Car handles much better than with the EL400's with a more "planted" feel, and is very much quieter. The ride is a little hard but my experience with the LS series is that they tend to soften up after a few hundred miles. I have the LS series on my 2002 Avalon, 2002 Sienna and previously a 1997 LS400 and I have always been very pleased with their performance.
#7555 of 14955 Re: If you had it to do over again [allavalons]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:47 pm)
Good to hear some positive comments! I got my LTD in March and everything was OK then and still is OK. It is a great ride.
#7556 of 14955 Re: Avalons and Toyota Georgetown Quality [greenbelt]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:57 pm)
What's wrong with the Avalon? My Avalon does not have any problems. I had a G35 built in Japan which had problems. This forum is not an accurate measure of the quality of the thousand's of Avalons which have been sold.
#7557 of 14955 Rain Sensing Wipers - more on the mystery...
Jul 25, 2005 (7:58 pm)
If the rain sensors are IR (infrared) they do not (exactly) find moisture. They find different heat patterns. The different heat patterns can signify excess moisture. So the wipers come on based on a setting for the pattern read.
If the car has been parked with the windows up in the sun, or even with just the windows up, a little moisture will form on the INside of the windshield. You can't see it. But it's there. The IR can "see" it. The wipers come on at the start..but the air circulation immediately removes the moisture. The wipers go off.
#7558 of 14955 Re: Rain Sensing Wipers - more on the mystery... [fin]
Jul 25, 2005 (8:15 pm)
Sounds logical but you know what happens when wipers hit dry surfaces. It decreases their life and before you know it you need new wipers. Its a small thing but intereresting considering the amount of posts.
Jul 25, 2005 (8:28 pm)
and also if the wipers turn on and your windows are a bit dirty, you could put fine scratches on your windshield--not a good thing. Is there any way to override that feature.
#7560 of 14955 New Avalon Limited owner - taking delivery this weekend.
Jul 25, 2005 (8:48 pm)
Greetings, certainly pleased to have found this forum. I have been an Infiniti Q45 owner since 1991 and am happily trading in my 97 Q45 for a 2005 Glacier White Avalon Limited with beige perforated leather, voice navigation, full mats (with trunk mat), wheel locks, and the intelligent cruise control. I feel like I am leaving a great "marque", having been a loyal Infiniti customer for so very long, but I gave several Infiniti dealers many opportunities to put me into a 2005 Q45 Premium to no avail.
After doing much research and in truth, admiring the new lines of the 05 Avalon from afar, I decided to drive one this past Friday in Arlington VA. Well, Koons in Arlington gave me the same trade-in value as I would have received on a $62,300 Q45, plus discounting the Avalon's MSRP by nearly $2,000 --- much better than any Infiniti dealer could do - on a car costing nearly twice as much! I feel that I am getting a wonderful vehicle, with ALL of the options on a Q45 Premium (Intelligent Cruise, Heated/Cooled front seats, reclining rears, rain sensing wipers, and a superb voice activated nav system) for a net gain of over $25,000 in my pocket --- not to mention 2 years, 25,000 free maintenance (an Internet option).
Also, the Avalon's MUCH better gas mileage (I hope), the driver's seat cushion extender (very nice) and a dealer not more than 4 blocks from my house --- I am really thinking it is a good choice.
My question to the forum, has anyone here "gone down" from a rear wheel drive V8 and how do you feel ? Also, since the dealer is swapping a Glacier white/grey interior for my preferred beige leather interior and will have the vehicle for me this weekend, is there ANYTHING that I should look for or "ask for" before taking delivery ? I'm not much into XM radio as I just don't want another monthly subscription fee for ANYTHING, but is there anything else that I should ask for ?
And what does the "bluetooth" technology do for me ?
Sorry to be so lengthy and if I need to RTFF, please let me know !
Thanking you in advance.
#7561 of 14955 Re: Long Time Reader [easyrider300m]
Jul 25, 2005 (9:10 pm)
Lexus ES-330. My daughter has her second Lexus and now it is a 2006. I thought I woud get a great quality car by getting the Best toyota car, a 2005 Limited, and saving some bucks by not going $4-6000 more for a Lexus. I was sold on the 2005 write ups and the expectation that the Toyota name, alone had quality all over it. The 280 HP also was a great feature.
I parked my Limited next to the Lexus and compared the interior and exterior trim and fit.There certainly is a big difference in quality and alignment control over the seams at all of the doors,navigation door, glove compartment , rear view mirrors,hood, and trunk. My car has 3/4 inch touch up paint at the rear bumper.The Limited emblen is on crocked. Several other items were repaired.Sorry about being so negative,however, I need a h--- alot more positives to change my feeling. Ange1
#7562 of 14955 Re: Tires and Lousy Toyota Dealers [alan_s]
Jul 25, 2005 (9:35 pm)
Thanks for the reply. Will check with bridgestone dealer. Don't know why I can't get a straight answer from Toyota or Tire Rack.
#7563 of 14955 Re: If you had it to do over again [allavalons]
Jul 25, 2005 (9:38 pm)
I have noticed some comments from time to time re the 2005 Avalon air conditioner and gas mileage. The air conditioner compressor runs at the speed the engine runs. You do not use more or less gas if you lower the fan speed, and or it is hot or have high humidity day. The air conditioner is on or off. There is no in between. My wife thinks so on our home air conditioner.
Some of the high end cars may shut down the compressor if the car gets too cold inside and starts back up when it is required to control the preset temperature. You have to be carefull with this control as I tried to control temperature, some time ago, by turning the comprsssor on off while on a Turnpike, and ended up burning up the compressor clutch. There is a small reduction in gas mileage with the air on. I don't know for certain, but I would guess it is somewhere around 1-2 MPG. Ange1