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#1271 of 1735 Re: play in steering wheel [silverfocks]
Nov 23, 2011 (1:01 am)
I have had it with the so-called engineers at Toyota. My 2011 Avalon has the weakest remote key fobs EVER. In trying to get my remote start to work, I had to be the one to tell them it wasn't just the starter, the problem was with the key fobs. After four visits, I have problems with navigation, passenger side windows that don't open, Blue Tooth for the phone, door alarms that work only half the time, puddle lamps that work at 1 foot, the key fobs sometimes won't work at only 15 feet, the list goes on and on. Even though the fobs don't work, the "Engineer" said they're fine and he won't check the car again. Toyota is supposedly refunding the $500 for the remote start. The engineer even said the phone Blue Tooth is supposed to change phones due to stronger signals of the phones. What a load of crap. The car is supposed to use the phone that I tell it to. Changing phones is a 5 step process. I've also noticed that the car tries to take over the phone while I'm on the second floor of my home!
The field techs and engineers have no idea what they're doing.
Toyota said the key works at 60-70 feet UNDER OPTIMAL CONDITIONS, LESS IF THERE IS INTERFERENCE. AVERAGE IS 25-40 FEET. Why sell a remote start if the key fob works at 25 feet? In my case, not even at 15 feet. I have never once been able to start the car when I want it to. If it works, it doesn't start until I'm next to the car, then the engine turns off when the door is opened. It's ridiculous.
I have certainly lost interest in Toyota. May as well buy American.
#1272 of 1735 Re: play in steering wheel [robin5]
Nov 23, 2011 (7:46 am)
If I was that unhappy with my car, then I probably would sell it. I have minor problems. Problems that probably no one would pick up if they drove my car. Like a slight movement in the steering wheel.
No electrical problem at all. None! I don't have a remote start though. Electrical problems can be a big thing. We once bought a used jeep. The jeep would stop for odd reasons, AC would not come on, heater would not work then work, etc. A big hassel. We took it to a good electrical shop. Notice I say good electrial shop. They (three men) spent hours going over the jeep electrical things. It was a LTD jeep. Top of the line. Finally they found a short in the tail gate. All the problems I had came from one short. A short I thought NO ONE would find. Plus of all places, in the tail gate. When they fixed the short all my electrial problems went away. I was very happy to pay the 300 plus dollars. To this day I don't know how they found it. Trial and error, I guess. I had plenty of electrial problems too but all of them stem from ONE problem.
Even though my Jeep was top of the line. It doesn't have near the electrial stuff our Avalon's do. If I was you, I would not be a happy camper. I do think it's an isolated problem and NOT a problem with Avalon's in general. I know this does't help you but it might get you to thinking about getting rid of the car you have.
#1273 of 1735 Factory Nav or Plug in?
Nov 24, 2011 (8:59 am)
In the market for a new Avalon, but i have almost decided to order one without the Nav system. Two reasons, I plan on keeping the car quite a while and am sure the technology will be out of date within several years and the associated cost for repair and update. I have been buying a Garmin GPS unit every couple years for my limited use of GPS and has severed me well, with a known replacement cost of $100.00. Also the Nav. on my smart phone works great and can be turned on in seconds.
Is this a dumb move for a car I will keep for 5-7 years?
#1274 of 1735 Re: play in steering wheel [robin5]
Nov 28, 2011 (10:52 am)
Do you have a Lemon Law statute in your state? If so, you have a perfect candidate, but your dealer sounds like a putz too.
On the electronic transmission of signal issue, if you live near a military base, and they have their scrambler on, the signals in the entire area can be supressed, but everyone on most frequencies should be affected. That happened here with our Air Force Base. Someone turned on the scrambler, and failed to turn it off, and it stayed on for months, until there was enough outcry from the community that nobody's garage door openers or key fobs worked, they finally figured it out. Turned it off, everything went back to normal.
OR, your battery in your car could be weak, it would cause most of these same problems if so.
At any rate, with that many problems, I agree with Nan, get rid of it, give it back to Toyota. My dealer here would kill themselves trying to help me and run this down, so I think your dealer sucks. Try another one?
As for the Bluetooth, what it's doing connecting from far away is normal. Mine does that all the time, in the car wash if they turn the car on, or following my own car in another car, the bluetooth will take over my phone. It's the one thing that is working normally, it sounds like.
#1275 of 1735 Newly desined 2013 Avalon
Dec 10, 2011 (10:11 am)
I spoke with my dealer last week. He assured me that they will have the new Avalon in their showroom the end of February/beginning March 2012. They placed orders for them and the delivery to the dealer after processing, total time approx 45 days to dealership.. He still hasn't seen any pictures of the newly designed Avalon, but after seeing it at the Vegas dealer show in 2011, he says it will really make you take a long look. So can't wait to see it.
#1276 of 1735 Wiper problems
Dec 11, 2011 (8:43 am)
Still having problems with the wipers. The dealer first replaced the blades, didn't work for long. then they replaced the arms with the new improved ones. Worked great for quite awhile, but have gotten noisy, again. Very frustrating, to say the least. I called Toyota customer service and they contacted my dealer. They have an engineer coming out from Toyota to meet me at the dealers on Tuesday. How many of you folks have, or had, noisy wipers on your Avalon? Just curious as to how widespread the problem is. Thanks for the input.
Dec 11, 2011 (9:07 am)
I, too, continue to have noisy wipers. They have been replaced by the dealer twice. Still noisy under all conditions other than very hard rain during which they are less noisy. If I know ahead, I always drive my Camry in rainy weather. I LOVE everything about the Avalon, but these wipers set me crazy with their noise, skipping, and skidding. Please keep us posted about what the Toyota rep has to say. Thank you.
#1278 of 1735 Re: Wiper problems [jim3]
Dec 11, 2011 (9:18 am)
Yup, My wipers skip too, not on hard rains but they skip pretty bad on light rain. Very annoying with a light rain, I usually just cut them off. They do not skip in a hard rain. I have not complain to any dealer yet. Next oil change I might mention them and the slight movement in my steering column.
Over all, I'm very happy with my Avalon. I don't drive much. I have 13,700 miles on my car. We love to take trips but we've only made trips to Birmingham AL. from GA./SC line, it's usually to a doctor but the Avalon makes the trip easy on my back. MUCH better than any other vehicle's we've drove. We take very good care of our investment.
I am amazed at the MPG. The power, how quick the car is for the size. Amazed on the comfort. My opinion, 5 stars for the 2011 Avalon. Handling is so so. I know it's not a race car is cushy on the curves.
The best improvement could make this car an AWD. (all wheel drive) Of course we wouldn't see 30 plus MPG then but it would handle much better. Now this is my opinion of the 2011 Avalon.
#1279 of 1735 Re: Newly desined 2013 Avalon [marv15]
Dec 12, 2011 (4:40 am)
My dealer also has some 2012 Avalon's coming in, but it's the 2013 I CAN'T wait to see.
The 2012 isn't mch different according to my dealer, BUT the 2013 is looking like it will be a head turner:)
Dec 12, 2011 (10:26 am)
I am a huge Toyota fan, have had 3 Lexus and a Camry Hybrid. (no more Hybrids for me though, but that's another topic.) I can't believe this wiper business? None of my Toyotas have ever had such a problem, and I can't understand why this can't be remedied very easily and quickly! Unbelievable. The Avalon is such an outstanding car, this problem is very frustrating.....