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#25 of 42 Re: 2009 Avalon wind noise [DB_BB]
Dec 28, 2008 (7:00 am)
My 2008 seems to have tis issue, above 75 MPH on the highway. Something I too, I'm not happy about, but maybe that's Toyotas way I keeping me driving the speed limit:)
At highway speeds of 65-75 it's fine.
This is the one thing I don't like about any car. I'm an on the road salesman, and if there is one thing I REALLY like, is piece and quiet when I drive.
From what little I've read, about the only vehicle that si real quiet is the Buick Enclave, which several magazines have said "Is one of the quietest car I've ever driven". I didn't drive one, because it was more then I was looking to spend at the time. Now with all of the money problems they are having, this car can be purchased at a very reasonable price.
#26 of 42 Re: 2009 Avalon wind noise [ncee]
Dec 28, 2008 (8:03 pm)
"'..there is one thing I really like, is peace and quiet when I drive..."
Try driving an early model LS400 with air suspension and summer only Bridgestone Turanza tires, now that's REALLY quiet, peaceful and comfortably riding.
For even more quietness apply a thin, VERY thin coat of NAPA Sil-Glyde to all of the rubber door and window seals.
#27 of 42 Is ziebart gold shield worth it?
Mar 21, 2009 (2:53 pm)
I just signed on the dotted line for an 09 ltd. Now they want me to spring for the ziebart gold shield package for a mere $899.00. Any thoughts?
#28 of 42 Re: Is ziebart gold shield worth it? [marks2512]
Mar 22, 2009 (4:20 am)
Too much money. All of these dealer add ons are good for one thing. Additional profit for the dealer. Wax the car twice a year with a good quality wax. Keep it washed, especially in northern winter salt road areas and save your money.
#29 of 42 Re: Is ziebart gold shield worth it? [bdyment]
Mar 22, 2009 (10:03 am)
That is sort of what i think too. The catch is that i intend to keep this car for a very long time, and that is what they said it's really good for. Also "Quiet" is important to me and the undercoat is supposed to help with that.
It just scares the heck out of me to have some unknown person drilling holes in my new car and spraying "stuff" around, hopefully getting it where it belongs and not where it does not belong.
And doesn't Toyota undercoat, or rust proof their cars at the factory???
By the way I am located in upstate NY. RUST BELT.
#30 of 42 Re: Is ziebart gold shield worth it? [marks2512]
Mar 22, 2009 (11:27 am)
Some manufacturers state in their owner's manuals that they do not recommend after market rustproofing. If it is not done correctly, it can do more harm than good. I am not sure what Toyota states in their handbooks. Do you have to pay for an annual inspection service for the Ziebart package? If so how much? I live in a similiar area to you. Southern Ontario, Niagara Peninsula. Lots of salt and slush.
I haven't bothered with after market packages for the last fifteen years. Cars are well rustproofed now.
#31 of 42 Re: Is ziebart gold shield worth it? [bdyment]
Mar 22, 2009 (1:20 pm)
I am replacing a Dodge intrepid ( 2000) with 170,000 mi onit and the only a very small amount of rust is starting to show where the outer skin of the doors wraps around at the bottom, can't be seen from outside. Never even waxed it.
I think this dealership is, as you suggested, is looking for more profit.
#32 of 42 Re: Is ziebart gold shield worth it? [marks2512]
Mar 22, 2009 (4:35 pm)
The price you've been quoted is outragous; & Toyota already has a 7 year rust warranty on the car. I wouldn't do it; but, if you really want the car undercoated take it to an independent shop.
#33 of 42 Any problems with the 09 Nav system including it's voice recognition?
Jun 25, 2009 (3:24 pm)
I see tons of posts with major complaints thru the 08 Avalons, and then there are almost no posts beginning in 09.
Did Toyota change/upgrade the Nav system including the voice recognition?
Just test drove an 09 Avalon Limited with nav and loved it, but now considering passing if the Nav system is still a piece of junk.
09 owners - are you happy with it?
Oct 06, 2009 (1:36 pm)
My wife just called and says her '09 Avalon has a red light in shape of a car with black line thru it. Only on when car is Off! It's in upper RH corner of instrument panel.
Anyone know what this is? Said she checked owners manual but did not find it.