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#1438 of 1735 The face of the car, that huge grill
Apr 11, 2012 (3:21 pm)
Here is an excerpt "And speaking of faces: is that a gigantic chrome egg-crate- textured, horizontal water-melon hanging out of the front of the “all new, emotional” Toyota Avalon? Yet another “all new” Toyota face, another brand striving for consistent visual identity?
“Faces” on cars do matter, folks! And not that many car companies understand that."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/boblutz/2012/04/11/how-designers-put-a-face-on-cars/- - 2/
This is the part of the new design I can't warm up to, it's overdone. I might stay with my 2011 Avalon.
#1439 of 1735 Re: The face of the car, that huge grill [marv15]
Apr 11, 2012 (3:28 pm)
I wish I could see it. I'm not connected to face book.
#1440 of 1735 2012 Avalon Grill
Apr 11, 2012 (3:37 pm)
I'll wait to see the final production, but it's KIND OF growing on me:) Of course that might be me hoping the final version is a bit smaller.
#1441 of 1735 Front grill
Apr 11, 2012 (9:49 pm)
Now let me know what everyone thinks of the 2013 Avalon front Grill. Is it a face only a mother can love? hmmmmmm, it's certainly different!
#1442 of 1735 Re: Front grill [nan48]
Apr 12, 2012 (3:56 am)
I really don't like it, buuuutttt if the car was great in every other way it could be liveable.
#1443 of 1735 Re: Front grill [tjc78]
Apr 12, 2012 (7:13 am)
I think Toyota developed a bumper into a grill. I haven't looked at one in person but it looks like it's a grill, perhaps to let the engine cool better and give it better MPG. ?? It's different. Unless it improves the proformance, I personally don't like the new grill but I would have to let you know for certain when I see one close up.
I did read articles that said "Toyota was trying to appeal to younger group". One article said Toyota's Avalon comes with a free membership to AARP. And so on.
For now all I can say it's a change. I'm not sure how that plastic shinny so called crome would hold up to 80 MPH bugs slamming into it, in the country. Any thoughts on that. Knowing Toyota they tested for that.
For now, my 2011 Avalon LTD, with 16 thousand miles is just fine. I paid 3.66 per gallon for gas yesterday, OUCH! My next car might be a Prius. MIGHT!
#1444 of 1735 Re: Front grill [nan48]
Apr 12, 2012 (9:48 am)
From this picture I think the front grill is absolutely ulgy! Also, it does not look practical. Damage would be major with the least little incident to the front. The rest of the car especialy the side view looks pretty good. I was hoping for a more conservative grill something like on the front of the Lexus. Just my two cents!
#1445 of 1735 Not practical
Apr 12, 2012 (5:06 pm)
I don't mind a couple of dings on my front bumper, but now there is none. Also, if in NJ, where do you put the front license plate, unless they did away with it. Make the grill a little smaller, move it up to take the place of where the Toyota insignia is, and center it (replacing the smaller grill opening) between the head lights where the narrow smaller opening now is. Then you have an overall winner, and a car with a bumper returned (slightly ahead of the grill so if touched by another car, in parking, the bumper is touched first, not the grill) and a place to hang a plate. Just my humble thoughts. Other then that, this sounds like the best Avalon to date. If they do this, I'm a buyer. I hope they see the light and make the change. That seems to be the major complaint from all I've been reading, hopefully they read it too. As it is, I won't buy it, it's not practical. They didn't think it through. When they got rid of the old real chrome steel bumpers, to plastic that was one thing, but to get rid of a bumper in the front is nuts. Good luck to all.
#1446 of 1735 Steering column loose
Apr 26, 2012 (10:20 am)
I remember a few pages back about some speaking of a slight loosness in their steering columns. My wife started noticing a slight click in the column and you could feel it move when you drove, so I thought it was just a loose adjustment. Took it into the dealer, who agreed that there was a looseness; however, the senior mechanic said the click that came with the slight (1/8th inch or less) movement was a defect and they are replacing the entire column under warranty.
Will keep the board informed once it is replaced. The Service Manager did not respond when I asked them if their was a TSB out about this...and I'm truly surprised at how fast they are just replacing the entire column.
#1447 of 1735 Re: Steering column loose [robsis]
Apr 26, 2012 (10:53 am)
I had the slight movement but no clicking. I mentioned it to the dealer but they checked the front end. It's only moving a little and only notice by me. With that said my wife said she finally notice it the other day. Please keep us update on your steering problem.