Last post on Jun 17, 2013 at 4:20 AM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
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#1457 of 1686 Re: 2013 LTD Avalon [_bill_wa]
May 19, 2012 (2:59 pm)
What I learned from wholesaleing cars is this. The MORE expensive the car is, the faster in value they drop.
For this reason I almost didn't buy an Avalon. However, we could afford it and I wanted to treat my wife. I knew we would lose on the money end of the deal if we chose to sell.
As a driver/owner of almost all kinds of nice cars out there at one time or other. I think Avalon deliverers a lot of bang for the buck as any other car. I'm not just saying that because I bought one. I choice the Toyota because of quality, and resell value.
I don't think I could buy a car were I had to put high test gas in one. I mean, I wouldn't. Other people might but not me.
If I drove more than I probably would look at a prius C. I got 17 thousand on my 2011 Avy and love it. I forgot when we bought it but when they first came out. I don't know the value of it today but I'm sure I would lose plenty if I sold it. Hope this helps, But hey, it's not for sale. Well, I shouldn't say "not for sale", EVERYTHING is for sale in my house, except the wife and dog hmmmmm, maybe the dog
#1458 of 1686 Re: 2011 Avalon steering wheel noise problem
May 20, 2012 (11:50 am)
I want to also document the steering wheel clicking problem. My 2011 now has 19000 miles and what once was a brief clicking sound starting about a year ago is now very noticable turning the wheel in any direction. My wife does not notice it and it was initially so intermittant that I could not demonstrate the problem at the dealership. I believe it is now noticeable enough to be able to demonstrate the problem to the service advisor. When I can spare the vehicle for the day, I will schedule a service appointment.
#1459 of 1686 Re: Steering column loose [nan48]
May 20, 2012 (3:46 pm)
Well, you could 'feel' and visibly see a slight movement in the column, no matter how you adjusted it. Not horrible; however, enough to be annoying. Then, my wife started to hear a clicking sound. I never heard the clicks, probably because I'm deaf in one ear and mildly hard of hearing in the other (no pun!). When we took the vehicle in for service, we described it as such. The service writer drove the vehicle to the service bay and said that he had driven hundreds of Avalons (mostly at slower speeds in the service area) and that "there is something not right in the steering...I hear a click, too, and that's not normal. I'm going to have a senior tech check it out." When we picked the car up later, he said the tech was going to replace the column, and that was that.....and all covered under warranty.
Haven't looked back since and, 2000 miles later, I still notice how much tighter the column is, and the wife says: "No more clicking."
#1460 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [potat0e]
May 25, 2012 (4:28 pm)
I bought a 2008 Camry Hybrid. I ran it 70,000 miles and couldn't wait to get rid of it this spring. It was typically reliable as all Camrys are, the mileage was ok, (around 38 in town), but even that doesn't pencil. At $4 a gallon, you still have to drive it about 75,000 miles before you break even from the premium on the car when you buy it. My biggest complaint was the miserable lack of power at any speed, and the roughness of the start-stop all the time. Very annoying. I have no interest in any more hybrids. They'll have to do something better than that to attract me. Considering the Ford Ecoboost next time.
Love the Avalon - but won't get one in the Hybrid flavor if they make one.
#1461 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [nvbanker]
May 26, 2012 (6:21 am)
Thanks for the update. I drive 35,000 miles a year, and unless you are getting some 20 - 30% more mileage and or the car is REAL comfortable, REAL quiet É REAL nice, in the end you don't save enough going with another car in a cars class just because of gas mileage, especially if you need to use premium fuel.
Recent 2300 mile trip
2011 Avalon - $259.00
2011 Camry Hybrid - $228.00
2011 Prius - $179.00
I don't see a big enough difference here, to go with anything but the Avalon.
- More Comfortable
For me, the difference needs to be $150.00 or more to even consider a different car for a trip like this.
PS I just want more info on the 2013 Avalon, the Hybrid was never a consideration for me. Now AWD, this I might consider.
#1462 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [ncee]
May 26, 2012 (9:10 am)
Thanks skip, I'm glad other people have thought about this MPG savings. I have 17,800 on my Avy, LOVE it and I'm getting pretty great gas milage for such a big car.
#1463 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [nvbanker]
May 27, 2012 (12:52 pm)
Thanks for the info.
I just turned 35,000 miles and I can't say enough good about the Avalon. I haven't reset the MPG since purchase and it now sits at 27.6. I usually lose a few tenths in the winter when I go to the Phoenix area, but gain it back when I return to the Dakotas.
I just returned from a 1,000 mile trip and I kept track manually of my mileage and it was 29.7 which included one tank into a headwind. For the cabin size and the power, I can't think another car can come close to this.
Now for a problem. I sometimes would like to leave my cell or ipad in the car charging but haven't been able to figure out a way. When I shut the car off I lose power and if I leave the ACC on I can't lock the car. Any suggestions?????
#1464 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [gramz]
May 28, 2012 (5:39 am)
The solution would be to have a *dumb* copy of the ignition key made at any auto, locksmith or box store that cuts keys.
In my line of work I rarely turn off my base model Avy 2011, winter or summer, having all sorts of power hungry items plugged into the power sockets or converter. I can lock the single driver side door leaving the car running or with the ACC switch on with no problems go on my inspections comming back to a nice and warm or cool cabin depending on season.
I have several copies, one in by wallet, another in my laptop/tablet sleeve, and yet a third in my satchel or oversize bag. The *dumb* key copy cannot start the car nor open the boot...just unlock/lock the door.
#1465 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [southcentralks]
May 29, 2012 (9:21 am)
Hey, thanks a lot. I didn't even think about trying the key that's inside the FOB. It works.
I really can't see a reason for getting another one made unless I'm missing something? I would use the one in my FOB and then keep the FOB with me?
#1466 of 1686 Re: Nice article on the 2013, possibly a hybrid to come [gramz]
May 29, 2012 (12:38 pm)
Perhaps, if you are thinking of taking your key out of the spare FOB? A key copy is $2.95 to $3.00 as opposed to opening the spare FOB up and taking the key out and ruining it. I don't know what the limited model FOB looks like as I did not purchase that model though I believe it had an onboard sensor to unlock the doors and a run/start button and my slaesperson said I would not have to take the key out of pocket.
My Toyota dealer told me it would cost around $295.00 to replace any key FOB if I lost or damaged it so it made sense to me just to have a flat metal ( no plastic end) to lay tighter in my wallet.
Hope this helps?