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#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.
#216 of 266 Re: Pressure Washing at Car Wash? [ntassistant]
Dec 26, 2009 (3:27 pm)
You are more than welcome.
I am just sure to use a good wax on my car to help protect the underlying clearcoat and paint.
I've tried many different brands and after doing some research have stuck with using "Nu Finish".
It has done a good job of protecting my underlying clear coat and paint thus far and its easy to wipe off any brake dust/road dirt. (does leave a nice shine and is easy to wipe off once set too).
Good luck with your Avalon, it is a really nice car.
#217 of 266 Re: 2010 Avalon Valet key/trunk access [popsavalon]
Dec 26, 2009 (3:32 pm)
Thanks for your post, this has interested me as I've never thought of it.
I did some digging around online and found this:
From what I read, if you lock your glovebox, this then sets the trunk to be locked unless the master key is used.
I'll have to give it a try on my 2007 and see.
Let us know if you beat me too it