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#34 of 266 re: Avalon replacement … What would you like to see? [wwest]
Dec 11, 2008 (8:31 am)
Could it be a version of this?
I am holding on to my XLS 2000 anxiously awaiting the 2009 replacement to see if I want to stay with the Avalon or go elsewhere. Have received excellent service from the 2000 and looking for about the same type car to replace in a 2010. I am also considering a Lexus but like the extra interior room in the Avalon. Of course, the 460 Lexus is available, but that is more than I want to spend. So the bottom line is, I am hoping and waiting for a new version Avalon with luxury, intenior room, dependability, and new style with quality body side molding.
#35 of 266 Re: Avalon Replacement [popsavalon]
Dec 11, 2008 (10:47 am)
My answer is...
What is the price, ratio, for/between a stripped down Camry vs a bottom priced Lexus ES350..??
While I have doubts about a Toyota "GS350" ever getting fitted with a 4 cylinder it is clearly a possibility. A RWD (maybe even a R/AWD option) with an Atkinson/West cycle (***) DFI 4 cylinder engine mated with a 6 (9) speed automatic just might take the market by storm.
*** HIGHLY FE Atkinson cycle (low torque, relatively) mode ONLY when the lockup clutch is engaged. Or maybe even at WOT when the cylinders are getting a FULL charge and therefore the Atkinson cycle mode will produce a decent level of torque AND still be highly FE.
#36 of 266 re: Avalon replacement … What would you like to see? [geo123]
Dec 11, 2008 (10:52 am)
If you're considering a Lexus then the GS350 might be a perfect fit. The GS350 is RWD so there is also a bit of an additional safety factor involved. But for best FE be sure and get the GS350 with the DFI V6 engine.
#37 of 266 re: Avalon replacement … What would you like to see? [ncee]
Dec 13, 2008 (10:52 am)
Well a few hundred more miles and I have some other things I'd like to see on the next Avalon. Some maybe on the Limited but aren't on the Touring model. So if they are available on the LImited, then maybe I'll have to upgrade:)
- Side Coin tray
- Better roof liner (seems so cheap when sliding out of the way)
- Side lights for when you are turning and have the blinker on.
- Fan Speed control on steering wheel. If you are trying to make it convenient then it's one of the only controls not on the wheel.
#38 of 266 Ride difference between Touring and Limited models?
Dec 13, 2008 (10:58 am)
Hi folks. This might be hard to answer unless you've had both or tried both out well, but is there a difference in the ride between the Touring model (which is no longer made) and the Limited Avalon, and if so, what is the difference?
On a scale of 1-10 softer or harder?
On a scale of 1-10 more comfortable or less or can't tell the difference?
Are the extras worth it?
- Navigation system?
#39 of 266 Limited vs Touring
Dec 19, 2008 (11:36 am)
The Touring model is history, no longer being offered by Toyota. A more firm ride compared to the Limited, not unlike the Touring model of my last Buick Park Avenue. The GS350 provides a similar feel as the Toyota Avalon Touring. A bit more sporty.
My 2005 Avalon with 60,000 miles continues to amaze me with its fine smooth, quiet ride. If you want to compare an Avalon Limited to a Lexus sedan, the ES350 is to small, the GS to firm. The LS460 comes closest to the Avy. Now I'm talking size and feel on the road. As to price, the Limited stacks up against the ES350. If you're into a sporty ride stay with the Lexus GS, however, it cost much more than a Limited. The LS is totally above my budget. For what I want in a solid near luxury level vehicle, the Avalon Limited is number one.
#40 of 266 Limited vs Touring
Dec 20, 2008 (7:13 am)
The one thing I'd love to have is a quiet car.
I purchased a Touring Sedan a few weeks ago, and LOVE the car. I just wish at 7- 80 MPH, it was quieter. The wind noise around the windows is a bit more then I'd like. This is the case, with most cars I tried.
At slower speeds the all seems fine. I guess I'll just have to drive slower (closer to the speed limited) from now on.
I didn't get a change to try the Buick Enclave out, but I'm told it's the quietest vehicle going?
#41 of 266 Good snow tires for Avalon …
Dec 20, 2008 (7:19 am)
in New England? What have folks found they like and why?
I'm looking at the Bridgestone Blizzak, any thoughts on these? I had Dunlop Grasspics on the Camry and they seemed good.
#42 of 266 Re: Limited vs Touring [ncee]
Dec 20, 2008 (12:18 pm)
Lubricate the door and window seals, lightly, very lightly, with a silicon base grease, NAPA Sil-Glyde is what I use.
For the most driving comfort and quietness I aways run on summer only tires, Bridgestone Turanzas, specifically. It doesn't hurt to pressure wash the interior of the wheel well, liner, and then spray a can of undercoat into each wheelwell for sound insulation/deadening.
#43 of 266 Re: Good snow tires for Avalon … [ncee]
Dec 24, 2008 (7:48 pm)
I just had Blizzak WS-60's fitted to my 2007 Avalon XLS, one MASSIVE difference.
Love the tyres, got them at firestone for 113 each, they had no 215/55/17's so they put on 225/55/17's, gives a real good ride.
Very happy with them, I would suggest these for snow/ice.