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#230 of 965 '08 Avalon Issues
Dec 13, 2007 (2:10 pm)
Issue #1: Transmission
My transmission is slipping. Not always and not always the same gear, but mostly 1st - 2nd or 2nd- 3rd. It has slipped from 3rd -4th though not often.
Issue #2: Gas mileage
I got the car in Sept. and was running the A/C and getting 25-26 MPG. It has now cooled off and the A/C is hardly used at all and I'm getting 20-24 MPG ( mostly 22).
In the beginning I thought I was nuts, but the tranmission problem continued so about 1000 mi. I called the dealer about the tranmission and was told to drive it for about another1000 mi. and then bring it in.
At 2000 mi they said they were unable to duplicate the problem and to drive it for another 1000 mi. and bring it back.
At 3000 mi. the transmission problem continues and now my gas mileage is down. I was told Toyota might be coming out with a download to fix the transmission problem, that they still can't duplicate.
Also that the gas mileage was with in the stated range 10-28 and that was why it was a range and not a set mpg.
So, I should drive it for another 1000 mi and come back.
At 4000 mi they didn't bother to write it up they just told me that Toyota hadn't come out with a fix yet and I should check back in another 1000 mi.
This is outrageous so, I got the 1-800 # and called Toyota. Bottmline was that no one else was having any problems like this and I should take it to another dealer and get a second opinion.
At 5000 mi I took it to another dealer (oil chg & tires rotated) ck transmission and gas mi. I was told that they drove it and were unable to duplicate the concern withthye tranmission and that the gas mileage was within specs. ( I did notice that it was checked in with 5085 miles and when I checked it out it had 5085 miles on it. Doesn't take long to find nothing, Iguess.)
Drive it for a 1000 mi and bring it back.
It goes back next week.
#231 of 965 Re: '08 Avalon Issues [arthuro8]
Dec 13, 2007 (2:45 pm)
Can you say stonewall?
Make sure that everything (with odometer reading and dates) is documented at the dealer(s) (and have a copy for yourself) and familiarize yourself with the Lemon Laws in your area.
The troubles that you are describing are the same that the 07 Camry and ES 350 have experienced already; check the respective forums for info.
Hope it all works out for you.
#232 of 965 08 Avalon LTD with engine problem
Dec 15, 2007 (3:41 pm)
I have my 08' Limited for almost two month now and only 750 miles on it. Have engine replacement when car has just 570 miles (crack in the engine block). Car was in repair shop for two weeks. They dropped new engine and car runs like new anyway. Still waiting responds from Toyota, if they can provide me with additional warranty for car/engine. Hope they will. I am a half way toward one month, until car can be cold a lemon. Have a few questions if you please:
1. Have anyone experienced such problem with brand new car under 1k in Toyotas?
2. My fuel consumptions are always about 17-19 mpg, even on freeway for 15 miles drive. Dealer told me that this is normal for new car.
3. I always have some strange sound - like a servo motors runs - behind the dash. Is that normal? What it can be?
4. MP3. When playing MP3 discs, it does not shows on display which disc is in use at the moment, only when you change the disc. It shows what file is in but you will have no idea which disc is playing. Is that just in my car or it has been designed this way?
Hope someone have an answers on my questions. Thank you guys.
#233 of 965 Re: Been there way up the ladder [burl]
Dec 15, 2007 (7:34 pm)
Are the cloth seats on your 2008 comfortable? I have had my 2008 XL for only one week and find that the driver's seat is not comfortable. My back aches. I previously owned 1996 and 2003 Avalons with cloth seats and the seats were comfortable. That is why I went with cloth again.
#234 of 965 Re: Been there way up the ladder [sandydee1]
Dec 23, 2007 (2:02 pm)
I've got a 2008 XL with cloth and love the texture. The lumbar support with my drivers side seat has made driving more comfortable.
#235 of 965 Body Side Molding
Dec 23, 2007 (2:08 pm)
Has anyone got a good price and installation on the body side moldings? I purchased mine from Sport Wing/Dawn Enterprises (Ohio) for less than a $100 and had it installed by the dealer for a negotiated price.
#236 of 965 RE:Body Side MOLDING
Dec 24, 2007 (9:05 am)
I'm getting a set installed on my '08 XLS for $200 out the door in about two weeks. We had to order them. A local automotive specialty store is doing the work. (Southern Automotive)
#237 of 965 Wind Deflector
Dec 27, 2007 (11:11 am)
My '08 LTD came with a wind deflector already installed by the dealer. It rattles quite a bit. I tried tightening the two screws but it continues to loosen and then rattle. I have two questions: (1) is there a way to tighten it so that it will no longer come loose and rattle; (2) will there be a problem if I take it off in the winter and then reinstall it in the spring each year?
Thanks for anyone's help.
#238 of 965 2008 MPG & iPod ?'s
Dec 29, 2007 (9:41 am)
I've had my 2008 XLS for 1 week now. Questions on 2 issues.
1. The MPG shown on the screen is low, ranging between 20 to 22. What should I expect? So far I have only 200 miles on it.
2. I got an iPod for Christmas, so I am newbie on learning how to use it. I have loaded songs on it and want to be able to use it in the car. Is there a way I can use it by plugging the iPod into the audio auxiliary plug? Do I need a special cord and if so, where can I get one?
#239 of 965 Re: 2008 MPG & iPod ?'s [jmbklj]
Dec 29, 2007 (11:13 am)
On my '06 XLS I average between 21 - 22 MPG consistently. My driving is about 25% open hwy and the rest is either city or gridlocked hwy (gotta love Jersey). On any trip with extended hwy I have acheived a high of 31 and a low of 28 at speeds of at least 70 or higher.
As for your Ipod you need a male to male 3.5mm cable. Same plug as on your Ipod headphones on both sides. Then you can connect it right to your car. Check the manual you will have to push a button on the radio to activate the AUX jack. I know Radio Shack sells the cable, and would think Best Buy/Circuit city would have it too. I wish my '06 had the Ipod jack, I had to have an interface installed to make mine work.