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#182 of 266 Re: Buying a 2010 Toyota Avalon [norbat]
Dec 02, 2009 (4:00 pm)
I definitely would NOT purchase the extended warranty for your new Avalon. Speaking for myself (I also just purchased a 2010 Avalon), I don't think I put on enough mileage in one year (between 7k-10k) to even require a need for the extended warranty. Depending upon how much mileage you put on annually, should help you decide if the extended warranty is worth the extra money. Being a current Toyota owner, I'm sure you're well aware of the fabulous reliability of these cars!
I personally think all of the extra packages, warranties, etc. offered by dealers are a complete waste of money! Save the money and do not get sucked into these offerings! Please keep us posted on how you like your new vehicle! Good luck!
#183 of 266 Re: Buying a 2010 Toyota Avalon [norbat]
Dec 02, 2009 (4:20 pm)
Most of the consumer mags suggest not buying the extended warranty if you are buying an otherwise usually reliable (nothing is perfect) car such as the Avalon. As above, you can wait till the factory warranty is almost expired to decide. Cost is about $900. at the right Toyota dealership, you can buy from any.
Toyoguard basic has been on all my 3 Avalons. The wax is great and the finish on the cars has always been first class. I like it, glad I paid for it, but others may feel differently. Extra paint sealant, undercoating and leather protector are not necessary on an Avalon. Good luck, hope this helps....
#184 of 266 Re: Buying a 2010 Toyota Avalon [norbat]
Dec 10, 2009 (8:34 pm)
I don't know where you are, but if you live in the snowbelt buy the 3M shield.
#185 of 266 Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse
Dec 15, 2009 (5:11 pm)
Since the Avalon is sometimes referred to as a Japanese Buick, are any current Avalon owners taking a long, hard look at the new Buick LaCrosse, which has been garnering praise as a very successful new GM product, and which is taking on the Lexus ES350 in recent advertisements & TV commercials?
#186 of 266 Re: Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse [gohawaiian]
Dec 15, 2009 (6:12 pm)
I have taken a pretty good look at my neighbor's new LaCrosse. It appears to be a nice GM car, but I wouldn't trade my Avalon for it just yet.
Buick's design criterion seems to be closer to Japanese standards, but not quite there yet.
As an after thought, I wouldn't spend the difference to go from an Avalon to a ES350, either!
#187 of 266 Re: Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse [gohawaiian]
Dec 15, 2009 (7:26 pm)
There's a Lacrosse on display in the mall where we have lunch several times a week. Nice looking, but if you check out the trunk you will find a major shortcoming in this model. It looks like a Honda coupe....no space at all. We could never travel in this car.... but it does look impressive both inside and out.
#188 of 266 Avalon vs. LaCrosse
Dec 16, 2009 (12:07 am)
I am a long time Buick owner who switched to Avalons a few years ago. I have no regrets on that. I recently decided to check out the new LaCrosse at my former Buick dealer. The car was nice but does not compare to an Avalon. Try getting in the back seat. Unless you are a pint sized adult, which I am not, you can't get in it. The rear passenger compartment is more restricted than a Lexus ES350 and that is bad. The person who commented about the trunk space is also correct. It is pitiful. The two Avalons we own are spacious and comfortable cars. The LaCrosse does not compare at all.
#189 of 266 Re: Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse [gohawaiian]
Dec 16, 2009 (2:49 am)
I'm a big boy so the LaCrosse isn't for me. However if I were looking at what I consider a comperable buick I would be looking at the "lucerne". I'm assuming they still make them. When I bought my 07 Avalon I was actually about to sign the paper work for a new Lucerne, but my wife talked me into going down the street to "just look" at the avy before I committed to the Buick. Now between those two cars, I do think the Lucerne had a better ( softer ) ride and the one I was about to buy had the V8 Northstar in it so it would get up and run. Nice looking inside, but when it came down to it, I actually had more room in the avy, not to mention V8 performance with v6 fuel mileage. Recently took the avy on a quick trip to the ozarks and we got 29.2 mpg, and that's including alot of "hill" driving.
#190 of 266 Re: Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse [rpfingsten]
Dec 16, 2009 (3:30 am)
I too had been a Buick man before my Avalon. I can't say as I'm real happy with that.
Let me explain a bit.
I had 3 Buick Park Avenues before getting my Avalon (and 4 Toyotas and still have the 03 Camry), One of the Park Avenues had 337,000 miles on it and I LOVED it, but time was starting to wear on the car, and it wasn't worth fixing anymore:(
My second Park Avenue, was a very nce car, but while driving one day, I saw a Beautiful Park Avaneu Ultra for sale, and bought it right then and there! Well it was just beautiful, smooth, quite, comfortable, but some 15,000 miles later, the Super Charger blow, and well, that's when I purchased the Avalon (because they no longer make Park Avenues).
I look at a Lucerne, but wasn't real impressed (it was a base model).
I will say, the new ones look very nice, and I'll likely take one for a drive some time.
What I'm really waiting for, like everyone else, is solid information on the next NEW Avalon.
PS But I've got my eyes open for a nice LS 460 L:)
#191 of 266 Re: Avalon vs Buick LaCrosse [gohawaiian]
Dec 16, 2009 (9:56 am)
I have taken a long hard look at the 2010 Buick Lacrosse and here are some basic metrics:
2010 Lacrosse CXL
//2010 Avalon Limited
MPG: city - highway 17- 26
Cargo volume: 13.3cu. ft...//14.4 cu. ft.
Exterior length: 196.9"
Exterior Width: 73.1 "
Exterior Height : 59.2 "
Front Legroom: 41.7 "
Rear Legroom: 40.5 "
Front Headroom: 38.0 "
Rear Headroom: 37.3 "
Front Hiproom: 55.2 "
Rear Hiproom: 53.9 "
Front Shoulder Room: 57.4 "
Passenger Volume: 102 cu.ft
Although the exterior dimensions of the cars are similar, that is not true for hip and shoulder room. Nonetheless, the Lacrosse has more interior room than the 00 - 04 Avalon. Still, the Lacrosse is one beautiful car that makes the Avalon look downright dated and dowdy.
I am definitely leaning toward the Lacrosse and I will probably make a decision during the President Day sales in February when better deals will be available.