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#8067 of 14965 Re: Oil Filter and Tool for Avalon [stickyman]
Aug 17, 2005 (11:33 am)
Some manufacturers have suggested not using synthetic oil until the engine is run in because the superior lubrication qualities of synthetics actually slow down the running-in wear process. At 7,000 miles there isn't a problem. When I ran the synthetic oil question by Toyota via their owner's website a few years ago, they had no problem with the use of synthetics.
I ran my 2002 Avalon and 2002 Sienna on synthetics and plan to run my 2005 on synthetics after the next oil change. There really is a difference. The car performs better and uses less gas. Try it and see.
#8068 of 14965 Avalon Summarized
Aug 17, 2005 (11:40 am)
After having my Avalon XLS for a month and done over 1,000 miles I now feel qualified to pass an opinion.
This car is one HUGE bang for the buck. Just like the LS400 was a segment-buster when it was first introduced and redefined the class, the new Avalon redefines the mid-range/entry level luxury class.
For half the price it is a 98% Lexus LS430, and drives with the same "presence", level of refinement, solidity, substance and poise of a very expensive automobile.
It may not be perfect, but it is far and away ahead of any competitor within $15,000 of it's price, and I find it difficult to believe that anyone would be disappointed with it.
To those readers who are on the fence trying to make a decision, I say go for it.
The downside is Toyota service. If you are unfortunate enough to develop a problem, the dealers won't be of much help and rather than attempt to resolve the issue they will insist that you are a blubbering idiot. Toyota Customer Relations will be happy to tell you that wheels are round and the sky is blue and have a nice day, and y'all come back and see us sometime when y'all want to BUY something, ya heeer?
#8069 of 14965 Re: Oil Filter and Tool for Avalon [avaloncruiser]
Aug 17, 2005 (1:08 pm)
"...first oil change I went to Jiffy Lube, got the synthetic oil. Last week I had the second oil change at the dealer as I had to go there to pick up some things at the parts department. The service manager said NOT to use synthetic as it will harm the engine since I only had 7,000 miles. What gives?"
After the engine is broken in - certainly before 7000 miles - synthetic oil is definitely as good as, and likely better, for your vehicle. Toyota sells a synthetic oil carrying their label that is Mobil 1. The service manager at my local Toyota dealership recommends it. It is also not good practice to change back to 'regular' oil after using synthetic - something you should look into... perhaps discuss with the Toyota regional rep.
#8070 of 14965 Pricing/Ordering/Document Fee
Aug 17, 2005 (1:23 pm)
I've been lurking a while and want to say thanks for the expertise and demeanor of the participants. Very helpful info.
I have been looking for an 06 Limited and ordered one today. I spoke with dealerships across western America and was surprised to find how little the salesmen knew about the car...and how they cling to the tired old sales tactics!
I have also been surprised by the "document fee." I'll be paying $60. A dealer in Salt Lake quoted $259 and said he was the lowest in Utah. In Phoenix it was $359. Last night a salesman said, "Yup,...this way we can offer a more competitive price. We make up for it on the document fee." He seemed proud of himself that many people don't consider that when making the commitment.
I haven't seen any comments about this. Your thoughts?
#8071 of 14965 Re: Pricing/Ordering/Document Fee [gypsy13]
Aug 17, 2005 (1:34 pm)
Document fee in Richland, WA is $35. Since the effort involved is miniscule, even this is a little high.
#8072 of 14965 05 Avalon LTD does not come with a cigarette lighter/ash tray?
Aug 17, 2005 (2:14 pm)
My new 2005 Avalon Limited does not have an ash tray nor a cigarette lighter. Is this
correct? I have a cassette player under the cd player. The manual
seems to suggest that I should have a removalbe ash tray that fits into the
cup holder. Does anyone know? Thanks.
#8073 of 14965 Re: 05 Avalon LTD does not come with a cigarette lighter/ash tray? [htsai]
Aug 17, 2005 (3:16 pm)
I saw the same in the book. Thought it was a normal thing. The salesman, after the sale, told me the ash tray is an option at about 15.00. I got something from walmart at 3.00 and it fits nicely.
#8074 of 14965 Re: Haze on the windshield
Aug 17, 2005 (4:14 pm)
55396 writes: "I also have a cloudy haze on the interior windshield"
This gets really bad after I Armor All the interior.
An auto detailer told me the secret a few years ago. Keep a window down at night. It helps vent the chemicals that form the haze. Worked for me.
#8075 of 14965 Re: Haze on the windshield [rewop]
Aug 17, 2005 (4:32 pm)
I thought that keeping the rears down just a 1/4 inch on both sides during the day at work in the sun helped keep the haze from depositing. At home I left windows down even more on my last car that did that. Our 03 car didn't seem to haze up the windows and IIRC there had been changes in plastics to reduce the off-gasing that caused the hazing.
#8076 of 14965 Re: Vent Shades [charlesn1]
Aug 17, 2005 (5:50 pm)
I spoke with WeatherTech and they told me they were in the developement stage and should be ready after September. I have used theirs and they are good. No tape used. Fits inside the window channel.