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#73 of 154 Many Cars I've bought
Jul 26, 2005 (7:18 am)
In august 2004 I bought a '04 Nissan Maxima, nice car, traded it in for a 2005 Chrylser C Hemi in May of '05. Yesterday I bought a Toyota Avalon XLS. Reason, the Hemi went through gas like crazy, and frankly I'm a believer it's headed to $3 a gallon before it gets to $2. In purchasing the Avalon, I figure I can get 150 miles per tank full more bang for my buck. I put a lot of miles on a car, and need some relief from what I'm spending on gasoline. I spent $400 last month on gas, and I think it may get worse. Hopefully I'm wrong. The 300C was an awesome car, and it really isn't fair to compare the 2, but there are some really nice things about the Avalon I like. Gas mileage would be number one, followed by 280 h.p. reclining back seats, even my 13 year old son thinks that rocks, the upgraded JBL stereo is awesome even better than the Boston Aucustics in the 300C. Anyway, if you own a 300 you've got a great car. If you have a Maxima you have a very nice car, but the Avalon so far appears to have ALL the components of a quality car.
#74 of 154 Re: Water sloshing around in door of '98 AVALON [toyotaken]
Jul 26, 2005 (11:07 am)
Thanks, I saw an oval crimped covered hole, looks to be about 1/2" at the botton right inside part of the door, but this looks like the crimped metal would need to be knocked out with hammer/screwdriver...it's not something that could be cleaned out without knocking the metal piece out, so I guess I'm looking at the wrong thing.
Is the small oval hole you're talking about close to the bottom edge of the door??
Thanks for your help!!
Jul 26, 2005 (11:56 am)
My name is John, I'm 62 and live near Seattle, WA. I just passed 5000 miles on my 2005 Blizzard Pearl, Ivory interior, loaded Limited. Prior to buying I put around 100 miles on three different test drives, so absolutely no surprises when I took delivery this past April.
I spent one year researching new cars and test drove around 30 vehicles before deciding on the Avalon. I started my search test driving all the Lexus models, but the Avalon won out.
I had been a loyal Buick guy for the past 25 years, but the fact that the Avy is 100% American built, and came equipped with options important to me, made my cross over to Toyota an easy decision.
Now, someone up here in the Pacific Northwest should start a 2005 Avalon club. Lunch at Dick's anyone?
#76 of 154 Re: Water sloshing around in door of '98 AVALON [burch]
Jul 26, 2005 (2:09 pm)
There should be 2 of them. They may be rectangular in shape. The first should be at the bottom edge of the door furthest from the hinges. You should be able to see where the two pieces of sheet metal are bonded together and there should be a raised edge all along the bottom edge on the inside of the door at the bottom. Where it riases up is where the drains are. The second drain should be about halfway along the bottom edge.
Hope this helps.
#77 of 154 Re: Water sloshing around in door of '98 AVALON [toyotaken]
Jul 28, 2005 (8:41 am)
I found them! There are 2 round plugs about 1" from the bottom edge of the door (it's beyond me why these holes would be plugged since they are drain holes), I removed the plugs and water came flowing out!
Thanks so much for your help!
#78 of 154 05 Avalon - DVD option
Jul 28, 2005 (8:51 am)
Anyone out there get the DVD option on the new Avalon...if so....where are player/screen placed?
Can you get it with the moonroof?
#79 of 154 Re: Water sloshing around in door of '98 AVALON [burch]
Jul 28, 2005 (9:48 am)
You're welcome and glad it worked. The water that comes into the door is usually from the water running down the windows. It also comes in around the edges of the trim at the bottom of the window, so if you park under trees or in a dirty area often, sometimes they get debris built up inside of the door. Glad it worked out for you after finding where they were. I usually use a toothpick to clear them out each time I wax my cars as a suggestion.
#80 of 154 Re: Nummi tours [paul_p]
Aug 06, 2005 (3:13 pm)
We toured the Georgetown plant about 5 or 6 years ago, and it's one of the best manufacturing tours I've ever been on. One of the things I love to do is go on factory tours -- especially cars, but have toured manufacturing tours for pretzels, guitars, crayons, cigarettes... I highly recommend the Georgetown tour. You ride on trams and get to see fairly close up. I was most impressed with how many of the workers are on chairs that travel along with the car and allow the employee to maneuver easily around and within the car. I think the seats were an employee innovation. I remember the doors following the car body as the body goes down the assembly line.
We didn't own any Toyota cars when we toured...now we own two. We're planning to take the tour again.
#81 of 154 An intro..
Aug 06, 2005 (3:25 pm)
Hi, I'm Debi, 54. My husband and I live in southwest Ohio and have three sons. The oldest is in college, and two still at home. Since two of them are well over 6' tall, the interior room of the Avalon had major appeal for us. We just picked up our 2005 Avalon XLS last night. After driving Chrysler minivans for the past 20 years, I finally feel like a grown-up! LOL.