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#9064 of 14955 Re: 2006 model [hoop43]
Sep 30, 2005 (5:49 am)
Now why would they introduce the 2007 in January 2006. If they aren't making a drastic model makeover, why come out almost a year early with the 07. The only time I see that happening with cars is if they come out with a totally redesigned car. So don't count on it.
PS: I may be buying a black 2002 300M Special today so I will probably be putting off a purchase of an Avalon anytime soon. I decided to go with handling and style over cushiness. The 300 Special has most of the toys that the Avalon has and I'm saving over 20G compared to a Limited Av.
The Av is a bit more refined than the M and gives a quieter ride. It's a tradeoff with the M--great seats, great handling, lots of room and comforts, but louder noise level and harsher ride.
I would like to see Toyota address all the issues mentioned here, especially the tranny issue. I may be interested in the Av in 2007.
#9065 of 14955 Re: How long does it take to get a Ltd when ordering? [mstem]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:05 am)
I don't know where you guys are from but in my neck of the woods, eastern Iowa, there are more Limiteds on dealer lots than anything else. The XLs, and XLSs fly off the lots as fast as they come in and it seems like the Limiteds and Tourings are plentiful and not as much in demand here. I was lucky to nab my '06 XL when I did. I know if I was looking for a car with the options and price class of an Avalon Limited, I'd be shopping at the Lexus dealer first. A few more bucks will buy you better warranty, service, features and overall refinement.
#9066 of 14955 Re: How long does it take to get a Ltd when ordering? [jayvis]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:16 am)
If only it were "... a few more bucks..." I did shop Lexus, as that has always been my dream car. Guess it will have to wait and I can dream some more. Here is how I saw it: the "little" Lexus is nothing more than a high-end Camry. The real Lexus, the LS430, is the car I wanted. I shopped them, with the nice options you are looking at a sticker of just about $65K. My Avalon Limited, with every option I could cram on it, stickered for just a little below $40K. Many folks, including some of the car magzines, consider the Avy Limited to be ninety-some per cent of a Lexus LS430. That's how I justify a loaded Limited, I was willing to settle for ninety-some per cent of my dream car. Saving $25K was real sweet... Your mileage may vary, this just works for me right now.
#9067 of 14955 Re: Question: Mounting front license plate [regis]
Sep 30, 2005 (6:45 am)
i have bolted my front plate to the bumper without a mounting bracket. it looks far better than having a large black bracket on the front of your bumper. it is of course a personal preference.
#9068 of 14955 Re: Question: Mounting front license plate [jordan7]
Sep 30, 2005 (7:36 am)
Looks just fine on a Black Car
Sep 30, 2005 (8:09 am)
I have been looking for a one-piece rear floor mat that covers the whole floor to protect the carpet in the middle of the two rear factory mats on my 05 XLS without any success. Any ideas?
#9070 of 14955 Some Avalon Insight
Sep 30, 2005 (8:38 am)
My wife's Avalon LTD. Blizzard/Charcoal will be built on 10/3. The Limited models are a little harder to get right now, as demand has been strong. I'm sure Toyota will respond with a supply to meet demand. We own a company which is a supplier to Toyota facilities. I am inside the TMMK (Toyota Kentucky) plant often, as we are located in Lexington, KY., so I might even get to see her car being build next week. Our company is a supplier of automation and robotics at Toyota plants. These cars are truly a great automobile, built by some of the best people, at the finest facilities in the world. Yea, I'm a bit pro-Toyota, but I have been in allot of manufacturing plants, and Toyota's factories, and the parts supplier's plants are top notch. Toyota builds agreat product, and I am looking forward to our 2nd Avalon.
#9071 of 14955 Re: Question: Mounting front license plate [msavalon]
Sep 30, 2005 (11:12 am)
Msavalon, On my car the dealer just drilled 2 holes in the bumper for the plate. Can you tell if the factory front plate bracket would use the same holes my plate now uses or would I end up with additional holes in my bumper if I wanted to use the bracket? I think it might give it a more finished look, plus I don't like the idea of the metal plate rubbing on the painted bumper. Thanks.
#9072 of 14955 Re: How long does it take to get a Ltd when ordering? [mstem]
Sep 30, 2005 (12:24 pm)
No disrespect intended mstem, but I have to question your reasoning. Comparing an Avalon to an LS430 is like comparing a 3 series BMW to a Mitsubishi Eclipse unless you are only concerned with cushy creature comforts, which the LS430 is leaps and bounds ahead of the Avalon. But, for the added asking price, it should be. Did you consider the new Lexus GS300? It's in the same price territory as the Av Ltd, has all and more of the glitzy options you can get in the Ltd. The Ltd probably has more interior room and 23 more horses under the hood but the GS300 handles so much better, still has a comfortable ride, super cabin isolation, and has the sexier Lexus look. That's the piece I'd be looking at in the $40k ball park.
#9073 of 14955 Re: Question: Mounting front license plate [jt7]
Sep 30, 2005 (12:25 pm)
Toyota Canada delivers to Alberta (no front plate required) a black mounting bracket in the trunk of every new Avalon, and probably every other Toyota sold here.