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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#9154 of 14964 Re: Navi System Avalon 06 [lbs1]
Oct 03, 2005 (7:46 am)
I can't speak for the Avalon navi system, but my 2004 Solara has a navi system that works well. A few months after purchase I received a recall notice from Toyota which said they weren't happy with the accuracy of the navi system in the Solara. They sent me to the Toyota dealer for installation of new software (a new DVD, I assume) which fixed a couple of minor glitches in the maps that I had noticed, and, I assume, other problems.
Avalon owners with gripes about the navi system should complain in writing to Toyota, and maybe an update will be issued at no charge.
#9155 of 14964 Re: First oil change [johni]
Oct 03, 2005 (8:52 am)
Thanks for your time. It makes things easier to decide.
#9156 of 14964 Re: HID headlamps [regis]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:10 am)
You're comparing base to base? Here are the basic reasons why. Dual heated color-keyed power outside mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming feature, Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade and indirect lighting, AM/FM Cassette/6-disc in-dash CD changer with nine speakers, in-glass antenna and FM diversity reception, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink®  universal transceiver, and a BIG ONE FOR SOME. Voice-activated DVD navigation system that you can't get in the Touring. With all this said, Toyota DELIBERATELY left out the HID lights in the XLS but put them in the Touring.. go figure.
#9157 of 14964 Re: No Avalon ... thanks to this forum [clipper1]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:36 am)
It will be your lost. I never drove the LTD until after I purchased it! I had surgery and was unable to drive so I took my husband's word for it (He can be very critical and he is a big and tall guy). I must say also that I've never owned a Toyota before. I love this car!!!!! You can tell from my name. From now on, the way things are (I've never had any of the problems posted here - Thank God.) I will probably become a loyal Toyota customer. This baby is sweet.
#9158 of 14964 Re: HID headlamps [regis]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:46 am)
In US - Base Touring = 29415.00, Base XLS = 31615.00, Canada is different?
#9159 of 14964 Re: Lower console and NAV door removal [n0v8or]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:57 am)
Could you please send me the info that you sent ange? I am in the process of trying to do the same thing, and any added instructions and pictures would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,
#9160 of 14964 Re: HID headlamps [beeman4u]
Oct 03, 2005 (10:05 am)
I too have an Avalon XLS without the HID headlights. I sure wish Toyota had included the HID lights, however there are some aftermarket replacement lamps which can help to get brighter lighting for a reasonable cost. If you log on to www.sylvania.com you can go to their product comparison page and see how much brighter their selection of aftermarket bulbs are. They have the standard halogen bulb, the xtravision bulb, the cool blue, and the silverstar bulb. The silverstar gives off the brightest light and according their photos of light output, is close to that of the HID lamps,however the bulb life is somewhat shorter than a standard bulb. I personally am considering changing my low beam bulbs to the xtravision bulbs which should give a good increase in light output.
They also show an aftermarket HID kit (X1010) which is priced from $299.99 to $499.99. I don't know if this is a separate complete light or a replacement light assembly. I had the HID lights on my 02 Acura TL and they were very bright in comparison to the 05 Avalon. Just thought I'd pass on this info. for those of you who might desire more light from your avalon's headlamps.
#9162 of 14964 Radar Detector installation
Oct 03, 2005 (11:46 am)
I'd like to hard-wire my ESCORT radar detector directly to the inside fuse box. However, all 3 "spare" fuse slots are not switched. I'd prefer to use a connection that powers off with the ignition.
Also, is there an easy way to fish the power cord down behind the dash, without extension dash removel? I have my radar detector position just above the center speaker.
#9163 of 14964 Re: HID headlamps [beeman4u]
Oct 03, 2005 (12:13 pm)
My touring actually stickered for the same money as the XLS base because it does have everything on your list except, of course, for the NAV which would be extra on the XLS anyway. Less the NAV, then the difference between the 2 cars is the wheels/tires and the suspension tuning (a question of how you like the car to drive) , the 'real/fake' dual exhaust (2005 models), and the real/fake 'aluminum' vs. real/fake 'wood' interior trim - neither of which likely has a significant impact on how much it actually costs Toyota to build the car. My point is that the HID lights are a desirable feature to most of us and Toyota can not have more than a few hundred dollars cost difference in putting the HID on the Touring - but no, let's charge those XL/XLS owners 2 grand or so (on a replacement parts basis) . Sure seems to make the XLS appear to be a relative ripoff (and probably encourages more Ltd. upgrades) if you want the HID - some people don't because of the sharp cutoff in the light patterns.