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#90 of 154 97 Avalon
Sep 11, 2005 (6:47 pm)
Wow I believe I might be the youngest person here. I am 17 years old, obviously I don't own the car, it is my fathers. We are a throughly at Toyota family and our past and present car list includes a 96 Camry, my 97 Avalon, a 98 Avalon, a 2000 4Runner, a 2002 Camry and a 2005 Highlander. Obviously we do not own them all at this point but all of them have served us very well. The Avalon I drive is a XL with leather seats, accent stripe, and alloys in addition to the factory standard features. It has 148,000 miles but still idles like a Lexus and drives like one too. I have been looking for an Avalon fourm for awhile, and while I was hoping for a more performance oriented place, my 200 HP mini-supra engine will do just fine and I am very happy to be here. Hope I didn't bore you with my long post.
#91 of 154 Tom33
Sep 28, 2005 (5:09 pm)
I am Tom and we have 24 hours with a new Silver Pine Mica XLS with VSC, JBL upgrade. Love the sound system and love the color. Evidently not many Silver Pine Mica's are sold - even fewer in the Sienna. Had to travel to get a deal, and used half tank of gas to get the deal completed. Filled new XLS with 87 octane - hope that was ok. Haven't had time to read the manual thoroughly, but my intentions are good. Any recommendations about care and upkeep from other Avalon owners out there?
#92 of 154 2006 Avalon XLS - and I LOVE IT!
Sep 29, 2005 (2:08 pm)
I am Jason, 31 years old, and this is my second Avalon. I had a 2000 Avalon XL when it just came out in late 1999. I loved her, and she was beautiful. When my lease term was up, I caved and got a 2002 Sequoia XR5. While I did like the Sequoia - it just wasn't an Avalon. When the lease term ran up on the Sequoia, I went back to my true love.
She is a 2006 Avalon XLS, Silver Pine Mica, Ivory Leather, Upgraded JBL Stereo, and all the trimmings. I have had her for about 2 weeks now, and I look forward to the drive to and from work...
#93 of 154 Avalon Ltd.being born 10/3
Sep 30, 2005 (8:22 am)
My name is Dennis, age 43. My wife and I will be married 25 years on 10/4/05, and a new Blizzard Pearl/Charcoal with everything but Nav. is being built for her on 10/3. This will be our second Avalon. We own a company that is a supplier to Toyota, so I may just get to see this car in person at the Georgetown plant while in production. Would that be cool?
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) is an amazing facility. The quality, engineering, and Team Dedication to produce the finest cars in America is alive and well there. We are proud to be a Toyota Business Partner, and enjoy a great relationship as a supplier to help build these cars. As mentioned in a previous post, anyone can arrange to have a tour of the Toyota Facilities. It is impressive. I tend to take it for granted, as I am there so much. All of you Avalon owners would enjoy seeing the birthplace of these great cars in Georgetown, Kentucky.
#94 of 154 Re: Tom33 [tom33]
Sep 30, 2005 (11:05 pm)
In So. FL, my dealer recommended regular gas. Have had my SPM since June 17 and using regular, I average 31.4 mpg. Just waxed a second time using Maguires products from Advance Auto. I have not seen another new Avy on the road since I got mine.
#95 of 154 Re: Greetings from North Atlanta [rosie19]
Oct 01, 2005 (1:31 pm)
"So far all i've seen on this forum is kids! I'am 79, course down here we all live longer! The keyless thing-a-bob worries me."
Ol' Bill. I'm witch you, brother. Th'o that there thing-a bob in the dumper. What I wouldn't give to git back to crankin' em up from the radiator.
What part of TX you from? Hope old Rita was kind.
#96 of 154 Hi, How do you do???
Oct 04, 2005 (6:38 pm)
Hi, my name is Deven and I am 31. I dont have my 06 silver pine mica Avalon Limited yet but the deal is done and i should be receiving her by October 21st. I am excited about the car because this is my first toyota ever and i have heard great things about the Avalon and her tranquil manner. I put a premium on a quiet ride so i am sure i will love this car. I hope the Avy is treating everyone else here well and oh i am from Massachusetts.
#97 of 154 Greetings
Oct 19, 2005 (11:36 pm)
I'm 59, a retired scientist, and live in Maryland. I just bought our second Avalon ('06 Limited) for my wife and I have mixed emotions. Lots of value for the money (lots of room, and everything but Sat Radio for $34,400 OTD), but I find it a bit staid (I'm 25 at heart) and not the handler my '02 BMW 330Ci is. While the mileage is good considering the HP & torque, it's certainly not a hybrid. We've had a '98 XLS since new (now with 112K) and it's had the rack and pinion replaced, as well as the front struts. The HVAC controller really should be replaced, too, but the system only quits once in a while and replacement is $1,000, and now there's a 5" crack in the windshield. The steering is much too spongy. It rattles, too. In sum, the car has been OK, but not great.
I considered many alternatives (of various types) before choosing the Limited; a BMW X-3, Accord Hybrid, Prius, Acura TL, RS-330 Hybrid. My wife refuses to drive any SUV on principle. In short, I chose the Limited because it splits a lot of differences, not because I'm passionate about it. It's reasonably powerful, efficient, roomy, comfortable, and elegant without being showy and overpriced. I hope it's more solid that the '98. If I could change anything about it, I'd put a hybrid drive system in it. I sure hope that's in the planning stages. I'd gladly trade the HP for the fuel efficiency.
This is a good board. Folks are quite helpful.
Oct 30, 2005 (6:02 pm)
We purchased a 06 Avalon XL. I traded a Lexus RX 300 2002 with 80K miles, trouble free. However I wanted something with better mileage that was roomy and quiet. We just came back from Great Barrington MA. to CT. and the average MPG was 33.1 at 50 MPH. Driving at 70 MPH was giving 29 MPG. So far we hit a high of 35.1 MPG.
It is a big car and does not handle like a BMW, but it rides much better, always a trade off. I have a 01 Porsche Boxster S and when I want fun I jump in that.
My wife drives a Acura Legend 92 with 47K miles, the Avalon is luxury compared.
It only cost me $4000 to leave the Lexus and get a new car, and with 7 air bags, I feel I at least have more safety then before.
I'm a car nut, and have had a Ferrari, real Cobra, many Vets and Porsches, and read all the car mags.The Avalon is so close to Lexus, same switchgear, 3,5 engine and muched shared equipment. I thought is was very good value for the money. My daughter has 04 BMW 525 with electrical glitches, great handling, but not worth the money IMHO.
I have the car a month with 3200 miles and not a problem. I do my own oil changes and noticed they did away with the metal filter and went the way of Porsche and BMW with a paper element that slips into the engine.
Bill , CT. -- PS, Great board for info.
#99 of 154 Re: Greetings [06ltd]
Nov 28, 2005 (5:33 pm)
Hi, I read your blog saying you had a 5" crack in the windshield. Did you know that driving with such a crack is illegal in most states, and that you must fix it ASAP. A big bounce in pothole or rut can crack the glass the rest of the way and become quite dangerous. Don't you have "Glass Breakage " insurance? In NY it is mandatory.