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#114 of 1735 March 2010 Promos
Mar 17, 2010 (9:50 am)
I thought I would add one more thing about the Promos that end April 5...and how they were explained to me.
1. 3000.00 discount applies only to 2010 models...and you must sign all documentation for purchase by April 5.
2. The 2-year Maint. Plan promo includes all 2010 Avalon models (you show proof of registration of your current Toyota vehicle...picky about the fact that address must match drivers license. Something to consider or ask about if your addresses don't match.
The plan includes routine maint. at each 5000 mile interval (includes oil change, tire rotation, tech analysis) up to 25,000/2 years (whichever comes first) It also includes the required 15,000 mile Maint. Service.
3. Since it looks like the 2011 isn't going to hit the dealerships until after the
April 5 promotion...those hoping to buy a 2011 MAY miss out on this promotion. I do think though that there is a good chance they'll keep it..just to get the 2011 sales off to a good start. Doubtful they will provide a cash rebate, but you never know...... All that will be hush hush until April 6. They even keep the sales people in the dark about the next promos.
Nice "chatting" this morning.....
#115 of 1735 Re: March 2010 Promos [cmb08]
Mar 17, 2010 (10:45 am)
Thanks for all the info, that was great. I really liked the comparisons. I really wish the Nav system were just a touch better on the old model. Can you do voice commands while driving or is the whole system locked out?
I'm going to push for the '11 LTD for $34,600...I'll see where that goes. That would put it at $3K more than the '10 (the rebate) but it wouldn't have the laser cruise which I think costs $600 or so. The upside is that I do get the new body and new features. The ones that are most appealing to me include the sliding armrest and rain sensing wipers. Once you've had those, it is hard to go back. I'm completely lost in rental cars! The dealer with whom I'm working has a Blue Zephyr with Light Gray in LTD due to arrive at the end of March so if we can agree on price, then I might get it in time for the maintenance special.
I play in a lot of tennis tournaments and the Avalon is the only car that can get 4 6'+ guys and all their tennis gear in comfortably enough to go 300-500 miles non-stop. I'm thinking of getting a spoiler on this one to make it look a bit younger!
Thanks again for the info.
#116 of 1735 Re: March 2010 Promos [bergamini]
Mar 17, 2010 (11:06 am)
Glad to help clarify differences (at least what I have researched them to be).
You can still do SOME voice commands with the NAV in 2011 while driving...may possibly have a few more voice commands than 2010..you'd have to check that. It may just be that you can't reprogram a new route while driving. Others have found overrides on this in other models...someone will probably find one for the new GEN too....if that is important to you. However, I have had a few nightmare rides with friends who are driving and programming their NAV systems and/or searching for restaurants at the same time....and I couldn't wait for the trip to be over!!!! And I thought cell phone use while driving was bad!! Messing with NAV while driving is worse.....especially because the "ease" of the touchscreen models make drivers think they aren't really being distracted "that much". LOL
What I find with the dealers in CA...that the "arrival" date of the 2011s keeps getting pushed farther into April..so don't be surprised if there is a delay in your area too. Hopefully the 2 yr. Maint. promo will continue on for a while.
Bummer that you are having to use a rental in the meantime. That makes for more pressure to make a decision. As for the Avalon's back seat legroom....you are right...it just can't be beat. I can't see ever settling for any LESS legroom in the back, regardless of any bells and whistles that can be thrown in on other models.
That IS the deciding factor for me. The Lexus 350 doesn't have it......you'd have to upgrade to the 460 for that (and I don't like that price tag). Avalon isn't perfect, but it is pretty darned good.
Let us all know how things go!
#117 of 1735 '10 vs '11
Mar 18, 2010 (9:03 am)
I'm surprised that some of you are still talking about the '10 models. Here in the mile high city there are hardly any tens left, I've only seen two in dealers' websites.
I see the '11 Ltd comes with 17" wheels standard rather than 18", 5 spoke diamond finish rather than 6 on the base model. Details details details. Personally I don't want a nav system, and I don't especially like the wood steering wheel, cooled seats & push button start but the rear sun shade is a big plus. These are the nitty gritty things that drive my wife nuts; "go into a showroom, see which color combos you like, take a test drive, and get one that has the basic stuff you need" she says. She's probably right. Hell I remember when the only decision to make was whether or not you wanted air, power steering, and automatic trans, even the color wasn't that crucial. Wonder if we've become spoiled in our old age?
For those who haven't seen it, here's a link describing the new car features:
#118 of 1735 Re: '10 vs '11 [twinb]
Mar 18, 2010 (9:40 am)
Thanks for the link and the information, now everyone should have a better idea of what the 2011 offers.
#119 of 1735 Re: '10 vs '11 [fin]
Mar 18, 2010 (8:18 pm)
I stopped into a Toy showroom today and they have printed brochures for the '11. Interesting new exterior color - sizzling crimson mica - not red, rather like a burgundy with a purple grape shading; to match it the Ltd. has a black bordeaux perforated leather, kind of like a black cherry color. I'd like to see them in person. The base Avy offers only black interior, besides light gray & ivory; looks like the dark gray graphite has been dropped.
The Ltd. also has auto dimming side view mirrors on both sides, don't know if both were available before or just the driver's side; that really helps these old eyes at night. And I see the HID headlamps have the auto level control but it doesn't say whether they still turn 15 degrees when you're going around a curve. Anyone know about that feature?
#120 of 1735 Re: '10 vs '11 [twinb]
Mar 19, 2010 (4:16 am)
The Ltd. also has auto dimming side view mirrors on both sides
On my '06 it was only the driver's side.
#121 of 1735 Re: March 2010 Promos [cmb08]
Mar 19, 2010 (7:53 am)
I only used a rental for a weekend trip while I had the airbag light on mine fixed. I still have mine and will sell it right before I take delivery of the '11. I have definitely decided on the Zephyr Blue with Light Gray. The dealership is about $950 higher for the LTD vs. XLS so, to me, that is a no-brainer because I love those automatic wipers. I am not a big fan of the Smart Key but I guess I will figure it out. The question for me now is if I wait a few months and see it drop more or if I buy now because I really want it. If they offered the 60 months / 0% APR on it, I would buy now but I doubt it. Right now the quotes from my dealership are $4K higher on the '11, similarly equipped. That's a lot but the problem is that with the old gen Nav system, the '10 is simply not an option. They are currently about $2800 off the sticker price on either the LTD or XLS for '11.
#122 of 1735 Re: March 2010 Promos [bergamini]
Mar 19, 2010 (10:10 am)
Hey Berg, I know a couple of guys who use the Garmin or Tom-Tom instead of the factory Navi; what's your opinion on that?
#123 of 1735 Re: March 2010 Promos [twinb]
Mar 19, 2010 (10:23 am)
For $4K, I'm seriously considering it. But I really, really, really want the built-in Nav with the touchscreen. Maybe I should wait for the prices to drop on the '11. What have people seen on that historically?