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#1220 of 1686 Re: Nearing 25,000 [ncee]
Oct 01, 2011 (8:16 pm)
Wow, we're heading out bright and early tomorrow, for a trip of 2500 - 3500 miles, and Branson is on our list of stops as well.
Now that's what I call a trip. I wish my wife would go on a trip like that.
As for the MPG guage. I reset mine every fill up. Log everything into a book and keep the receipt. This really adds for your resale value. People love records. Naturally I keep all other records too. I even log when I clean the car.
I also received the survey from Toyota. One thing I wish I had mentioned is that the 2011 Avalon doesn't have any sensor's to show another car in the blind sides. Other cars like the Buick have this feature. Plus if it's raining, the back up camera is hard to see out of. VW has a flip up camera. I think this is an excellent idea.
2012 Avalon Peak------------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou2I2YsvI68
Stay safe on your trips everyone.
#1221 of 1686 Re: Nearing 25,000 [nan48]
Oct 02, 2011 (6:06 am)
Just watched the video once but didn't see or hear anything new.
Here is a video that shows you how to adjust your rearview mirrors that will completely eliminate your blind spot. At my age it took some getting used too but it really works and now I would never go back to the way I used to adjust them. This is also taught by the senior driving course.
#1222 of 1686 Re: Nearing 25,000 [gramz]
Oct 02, 2011 (7:17 am)
I'll have to try this. I understand the concept. He's basically saying adjust your mirror out a little more by leaning your head.
I don't think our cars adjust the mirrors when it's automatically adjust our seats. Does it? Toyota should ad this.
I have to agree with you on the video. I didn't see any difference in the 2011 and the 2012. ONLY the steering wheel. The buttons are different. They HAVE to change something. I didn't see a review on the Avalon. It was very good. Here it is for all interested
Another review site said the Avalon got 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.
My wife went with my mom the other day. My mom (Bless her heart) didn't know how to adjust her side mirror. She has a small car, Sentra, LTD. It's a nice car and very quick. I couldn't believe Mom was driving around that small town of her's ONLY using the rear view mirror. The two side mirrors where pointing up.
You take care Gramz! How many miles you have on your car now? 25,000?
#1223 of 1686 Re: Nearing 25,000 [nan48]
Oct 02, 2011 (8:25 am)
It ends up that you adjust your mirrors more than just a little bit. When you get them adjusted and sit normally in the seat it seems you're looking at nothing.
If's very hard to leave them in this position but if you do and get into a lot of traffic with lanes on both side of you I think you'll really like the vision you have. I never consider changing mine back now. The first time in in 45 years of driving that I don't have to turn my head to check traffic and I feel confortable not doing it.
Yes, when you open the doors with your fob the side mirrors adjust.
#1224 of 1686 Re: Milage Update [fin]
Oct 06, 2011 (7:48 pm)
I tested my 2011 over 50 miles on the interstate. The odometer was 2.8% shorter than the actual mileage (as indicated by mile posts). This is about the same as on my 2007 Avalon and similar to everyone else's reports.
Now I am curious as to why this situation exists. Certainly Toyota would be aware of it and is OK with it. For what reason? Is it just a little extra cushion in the customer's favor (1,800 miles on the 60,000 mile powertrain warranty) to avoid being called miserly, if they get challenged on a warranty claim denial?
#1225 of 1686 Re: Milage Update [nan48]
Oct 06, 2011 (8:02 pm)
Yesterday I took a 200 mile round trip on a flat to gently rolling interstate highway and got average mpg computer readings of 34+ in both directions, using cruise control, 70 mph (2000 rpm), no a/c, in perfect 70 degree weather with no wind, and just golf clubs and one piece of luggage in the trunk. Grooving to the tunes of the '50s and '60s courtesy of XM radio. The car is a real joy.
#1226 of 1686 Vertical Play Through Steering Column
Oct 09, 2011 (6:15 pm)
We have noticed an unpleasant sensation, through the steering wheel of our 2011 Avy Base model. My best description is it feels like the steering column is loose, not tighten up and has a little play of just a few CM. It seems to bottom out but recovers. My bride and I have noticed it is duplicated when we are turning, either left or right, and only when we hit the transversal street where there is an uneven height of the roadway. Sometimes this can be just the slight dip on residential streets where there is a concrete gutter 2 or 3 feet wide...more like a strip or swale of an inch or some before the asphalt meets it on the other side. Maybe its in the suspension? We are pleased with the car. overall performance, ride and features but we are just a little North of 15K on a full wrap warranty and it doesn't appear anytime else while driving and its beginning to bother me. Has anyone else had this situation? I don't seem to find any service bulletins...any comments?
#1227 of 1686 Re: Vertical Play Through Steering Column [southcentralks]
Oct 09, 2011 (6:36 pm)
I have noticed some very SLIGHT movement in my Avalon I (LTD model). After adjusting the telescopic steering wheel, AFTER the adjustment I notice some very slight play. I adjusted it out.
Recently I adjusted the steering wheel back in. I haven't driven much since I did this but I think it's gone. I do not believe MY problem is with the front end but in the steering column.
My movement in the steering wheel was very slight. Not enough for my wife to notice. I'm the primary driver and maybe that's why. There is NO clucking noise, only a very slight movement.
I will keep you updated, since I did adjust the steering wheel to much further in. Hope this helps.
#1228 of 1686 Re: 2011 Avalon, ugly grill [nan48]
Oct 09, 2011 (6:33 pm)
Marketing REO FC properties nan48.
Whether I am in the office, at home or in the Avy I am on the laptop 70 to 75% % of the time. After 23 years of reporting to Clients on marketing their assets if I couldn't use my fingers now...I would have to retrench and get some voice activated software to type on the tablet. Back in the day it was Kodachrome, 1 day PhotoMat, Fedex and then fax machines came around...but that went the way of the internet and email over the past decade.
I can say I have had more compliments about the roominess of the back passenger area in this 2011 model and how comfortable the reclining back seats are than I could imagine. Which is good because it takes a little time writing the offers up with all that bank paperwork.
#1229 of 1686 Re: 2011 Avalon, ugly grill [southcentralks]
Oct 09, 2011 (6:41 pm)
Thanks, I was just curious. I know hands are very important. My wife recently lost some function in her right hand. She is limited on what she can pick up.
I never thought her work would fire her because of this. She's a Chemist not a brick layer. We are in litigation over this. We have been for a few years now.