Last post on Sep 27, 2010 at 4:23 AM
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Toyota Avalon, Suspension, Sedan
#30 of 33 Re: 2001 Toyota Avalon Heater any good? [enoculus]
Sep 23, 2010 (7:57 am)
Sounds as if you haven't driven ANY new car for awhile, especially one of asian origin.
Toyota and Lexus use NipponDenso, or Denso US, for HVAC system design and sub-assembly production, HORRIBLY FLAWED DESIGN.
The heater itself will be more than adequate in your wintertime climate.
Go to the dealer and have them set the two c-best options that allow you to manually turn off the A/C for an indefinite period, throughout the winter period.
When you encounter windshield fogging/misting turn up the temperature setpoint to MAXIMUM and only then switch to defrost/defog/demist mode.
Also close monitor the system and do NOT allow it to autmatically switch into cooling mode during the wintertime, HEATING period.
There is also a c-best option for that function but I don't know what year it came about.
wwest nippondenso windshield -dfg
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#31 of 33 Re: 2001 Toyota Avalon Heater any good? [wwest]
Sep 23, 2010 (8:20 am)
He didn't mention whether or not it was an XL or XLS, so we aren't sure if it has the Auto Temp (and all its faults). My 03 had manual controls and while the heat wasn't fantastic it was more than adequate for a typical NJ winter. My 06 Avalon was much better.
To the OP. I think 12,500 is bit high for an 01 Avalon, regardless of miles. I just looked it up and it comes out to around 9200 dealer retail. That was for a top trim XLS in outstanding condition.
#32 of 33 Re: 2001 Toyota Avalon Heater any good? [tjc78]
Sep 23, 2010 (6:50 pm)
Thanks for the information. I'll check if it is Auto Temp or manual controls. I'm not sure if it is an XL or XLS. I agree that 12,500 is a little high. I'm also very apprehensive about purchasing a toyota V6 from that year due to the oil sludging problems that I've read about. Is the sludging problem exaggerated or something that I should be legitimately concerned about?
#33 of 33 Re: 2001 Toyota Avalon Heater any good? [enoculus]
Sep 27, 2010 (4:23 am)
I am no expert on the sludging problem, however, my best advice would be to ask for service records to make sure the oil was changed regularly. Those engines were fine AFAIK if properly maintained.