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#1367 of 1735 What else besides an Avalon should I look at?
Feb 21, 2012 (8:58 am)
Toyota Sienna LE 2009
Subaru Forester S 2002
3 kids, and all are getting bigger
I would like to replace the Forester.
I am having issues with getting the kids to fit in the back of the Forester, or, if I need to pick up my oldest from high school and her friends. A new car has to solve that problem, or its pointless.
Another way to put it, if the minivan was broken, we could still take a trip from Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and not have kids complaining they are uncomfortable. Not to Colorado, but a day trip length. Or say kids to college.
I would like to replace the garage, but it looks like it isn't going to happen. I also question that even if I do replace it, I still would have a problem with larger vehicles, because I have to make a sharp S turn to get in.
I like many cars, for instance, Subaru Outback, Highlander, 4Runner, Camry, RAV4, Venza, Honda Pilot, and now, the Avalon. But some of them are too big. I am now willing to give up AWD.
I like the heated seats (like my Sub), full size spare (like the Sub), heated mirrors (like the Sub), large back seat with a comfortable middle seat. Other things too, folding mirrors, hands free, heater vent towards the back seat. Much to like, not many objections.
Reviews of the Avalon say they are pricey, so I have to ask, if I am willing to purchase an Avalon, are there other cars in that price range, for instance some of the Nissan or Infiniti cars, that might be suitable. Honda Accord? Any opinions?
#1368 of 1735 Re: Extended Warranty [tjc78]
Feb 21, 2012 (9:10 am)
Many thanks, made contact with Jerry
#1369 of 1735 Re: What else besides an Avalon should I look at? [illinoiscentra]
Feb 24, 2012 (10:24 am)
I had a 2000 & 2004 Forester, both of which I liked. I know what you mean about the terrible backseat in the Forester, one of the few downsides of that car. I now own a 2005 Avalon Limited and a 2010 Outback, both purchased new. The OB is very nice, much nicer and more refined than my Foresters. However, it can't touch the AVY, which is more powerful, rides better, more comfortable with a limo like backseat. And it is very easy on gas for a big car. It has also been very reliable. And remember, I really like my OB.
BTW, I live near Pittsburgh and have never had a problem in the winter with the Avy, which has about 96,000 miles on it. The redsigned Avy, which is due out in within a year, will be on my short list when I trade in my current AVY.
I've also test driven a Venza. It reminds me of an Avy SUV. But I did not think it was worth thousands more than the OB, which I think the Avy is.
#1370 of 1735 Re: Extended Warranty [douglas1]
Feb 24, 2012 (10:54 am)
See comment #708 on Pg 36 !
#1371 of 1735 I give up
Feb 26, 2012 (9:42 am)
On the turn signal lever you can turn your lights on, turn to automatic, turn off DRI and turn your lights off.
Closer to the steering wheel on the turn signal lever is a control where you can turn SOMETHING? on and turn SOMETHING? off. I can't determine what this something is. I've looked in the manual with no luck. Can someone explain this?
#1372 of 1735 Re: I give up [gramz]
Feb 26, 2012 (10:20 am)
I'm pretty sure that's the control ring for the fog lights.
#1373 of 1735 Re: I give up [daktari]
Feb 26, 2012 (10:50 am)
Thanks, that's it. Found it in the manual also.
Something I've never used.
#1374 of 1735 Re: I give up [gramz]
Feb 26, 2012 (11:11 am)
Yes, it's definitely the fog light switch. Nice thing is that one doesn't have to use the fog lights when they're not needed. Many cars have them integrated into headlights so that they come on every time the lights are turned on. The Avalon has a better system and will allow them a longer life before replacements are needed.....at least it would seem that way.
#1375 of 1735 2011 Maintenance light at
Feb 26, 2012 (11:27 am)
#1376 of 1735 2011 Maintenance light issue
Feb 26, 2012 (11:35 am)
Picked up a new 2011 Avalon on Saturday, Feb 25. They had to change the battery saying it had sat in the showroom for a long time, which seemed odd. I signed all the papers and supposed to go by and drop off my check tomorrow. I drove it 150 miles on Saturday with no problem I get up this morning and the maintenance warning light is on. Owners manual says to take it to the dealer. I'm wondering if I am getting a lemon and do I have any recourse to cancel the deal since I haven't paid? It may be something simple and I don't want to be unreasonable, but what are my options here?