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#206 of 266 Re: 2nd Gen (00-04) vs 3rd Gen (05-10) Avalon [stormin800]
Dec 21, 2009 (2:02 pm)
I bought the 2008 Toyota Avalon Limited and I now have 25,000 miles on it. It is the best car I have ever owned. It is extremely quiet and I consistently get between 30 and 35 miles to the gallon doing 65mph with the air on. I have had no repairs and zero complaints. There is also the feeling of luxury when you drive this car. You could pay more for so called luxury cars, but you would be wasting your money. Read the latest Consumer Reports on large size vehicles, which this car is.
#207 of 266 Re: 2nd Gen (00-04) vs 3rd Gen (05-10) Avalon [stormin800]
Dec 21, 2009 (3:48 pm)
We have owned one of each of the 3 generations of Avalons. The first two cars lasted about 4 years and 90k each. They were near perfect, two of the best cars we have ever owned and looked great when traded. The 2007 Limited is the same so far, 50k and a great car.
The first two models were very similar except sheetmetal. Moving to the 2005 and up is totally different experience. Everything has been changed. The view out and the front seats are better in the '04 and earlier but engine and suspension changes make the '05 up an overall superior car, my opinion. Hope this helps...
#208 of 266 Re: 2011 Toyota Avalon? [ntassistant]
Dec 21, 2009 (3:51 pm)
I don't think this site is reliable. They have no new information and simply retread or speculate about the future. I think we are all in somewhat disbelief that Toyota could have a new model intro in the next few months but there is no info. on it. Seems crazy in this day and age that they would not avail. themselves of the multitude of ways they could leak something. Still Toyota is struggling these days, and I think they don't want to do anything to kill the sales of the 2010 in its' last few months. Plenty of people would wait for the 2011 if they new for sure it was coming vs taking a "leftover" 2010. Besides Toyota does not want to closeout 2010 cars at distressed pricing, they want to produce only what they can sell at full margin for as long as they can. IMO.
#209 of 266 Pressure Washing at Car Wash?
Dec 24, 2009 (9:46 am)
I live in New England, and we had 20+ inches of snow this past weekend! My car is filthy and I am tempted to take it to the car wash to pressure wash it. Over the years, I've heard negative things about these pressure washers as they may cause more fine surface scratches. Also, I am concerned to wash it this way because I have the clear paint protection "Road Guard" on the front end of my new Avalon. Is it safe to pressure wash the clear protectant, or will the water pressure lift it? If anyone has any advice or tips, please post! Merry Christmas to everyone!
#210 of 266 Re: Pressure Washing at Car Wash? [ntassistant]
Dec 24, 2009 (10:02 am)
I too live in New England (Maine), and must deal with the washing issue daily. All I know is not washing it, isn't an option.
I've been through both pressure washes with and without brushes, and well, the car gets some fine scratches.
I get it detailed in the spring and in the fall, and hope that helps.
My car is Black so you know every little thing shows up:(
#211 of 266 Re: Pressure Washing at Car Wash? [ncee]
Dec 24, 2009 (10:11 am)
Yep, you folks got wacked with a winter storm! We got 5" in my area of Nevada, and thought that was a lot. Thank goodness the roads are generally not salted here, but they do sprinkle gravel which plays heck with windshields and paint nicks. I refuse to use a car wash with automatic brushes, as the car preceding me may have been some hunter's truck with an inch of mud and grit on it. I will use a manual brush following close inspection.
#212 of 266 Re: Pressure Washing at Car Wash? [ncee]
Dec 24, 2009 (2:04 pm)
I have never had an issue with the touch free pressure washers, I tried out one of the old fashioned roller types when I first got my car and it took all my clear coat off my mirrors, I was lucky that my dealer replaced both at no cost.
Since then I have only used the touch free pressure type and so far have not had any complaints.
The Avalon does have a pretty thin layer of paint compared to many other models which is quite a shame, but I do still love my 2007 XLS
Hope yours comes out of the washer problem free as mine has so far.
#213 of 266 Re: Pressure Washing at Car Wash? [necro1234]
Dec 25, 2009 (2:37 pm)
Thank you for your advice! Yesterday I took my car to the car wash and used the manual power washer with plain water, just to get the excessive salt off of the paint. This method did a great job of removing the salt. Not removing the salt is more harmful than an occaisonal trip to the car wash to power wash the car. I am so glad that I chose silver for my new Avalon! Swirl marks and fine scratches don't show as much as a dark color!
#214 of 266 2010 Avalon Valet key/trunk access
Dec 24, 2009 (9:35 pm)
Does anyone know how to lock out(deactivate) the interior trunk switch next to the driver's seat on a 2010 XLS? It seems to me that as soon as you hand off your key to the valet, they can enter your trunk simply by hitting this switch. Is there a lockout for it? I understand that the valet ket doesnt necessarily open your trunk, theres no key slot anyway. I havent been able to find anything in the manual about this.
#215 of 266 Re: 2010 Avalon Valet key/trunk access [danklin24]
Dec 25, 2009 (6:56 am)
The manual for my 2007 Avalon says that the valet key coding will not allow the trunk to be opened via the trunk switch. I assume it is the same for your vehicle.