Last post on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
What is this discussion about?
#1487 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [nan48]
Jul 21, 2012 (5:22 am)
The steering column has some sort of poping
A 2011 is doing this? I thought this was limited to the 05s and 06s. Toyota replaced mine no questions asked when I brought to the service manager's attention.
It was a fairly common problem with the Avalon.
Also here is a note for all you 2011/2012 Avalon owners. If you are considering selling/trading in your cars do it now. National rental car just made a HUGE purchase of the last 2012 Avalon Limiteds for use in their fleet. In a year or so when they hit the market, the used car values for the Avalon will drop.
Avalons at National
#1488 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [tjc78]
Jul 21, 2012 (5:38 am)
I would guess this will depend on how many they purchased and where in the country you live.
Yes National has a place in damn near every state, but where it being the larger airports, cities away from the airports shouldn't be hurt by this.
National will likely sell them piece meal, so that should mean, fewer hit the market all at once.
National likely has auctions where and when they sell cars, which means, some larger dealer gets a bunch, and well, if said dealer is in Texas, then folks in Vermont don't have to worry to much.
Now the good news is, that many more folks will get to drive an Avalon and that should be good for Toyota.
I want to know why they are only renting until August, or is it that they will be the only ones to have Avalons until then?
#1489 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [ncee]
Jul 21, 2012 (6:00 am)
A poster in another thread here on Edmunds, said he read 5000 units. That is alot!
I took the August 2012 as the "exclusive" time frame. In others words if some other rental company wants to buy Avalons to rent them, they will be able to.
Jul 21, 2012 (8:18 am)
I don't know if you were referring to the used 2011 Avalon I bought with a bit over 8000 miles on it or not but the one and only owner was the Porsche Dealership in Greenville SC. I guess they used it for a loaner car for people getting service. I was initially looking at a new 2011 but my husband suggested looking at what they had used. They had 2 used. Mine and another 2011 with 12000 miles (another dealer owned one). They were selling them for the same price, $28,991. I noticed they dropped the price of the other one 2 weeks after I got mine. Made me mad but it is what it is.
I am thoroughly enjoying it. Beautiful roomy car.
#1491 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [tjc78]
Jul 23, 2012 (8:07 pm)
They'll drop anyway, as the 2013 will be new, and kill the value of the old one, so to speak.
#1492 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [steering column noise)
Jul 30, 2012 (4:04 pm)
That seems to happen all the time. You buy something, only to find it cheaper later on. I can't tell you why that happens but it does. As we all know, cars in general lose value. At least your happy with your new purchase.
Steering column problem:
For some time I have complained about a poping noise coming from my steering column. I took it to the same dealer several times. The dealership said they couldn't find the problem. In fact they never admited there was a problem. The dealship was nice enough to say they would fix it *IF* I could tell them what was the problem.
So as months went by the noise got worse. At first it was ONLY me who notice the steering column noise and the clicking sound it made. Finally my wife noiticed it but when we took it to the dealship we never was able to dublicate the problem. FINALLY the noise got so bad the dealship did notice it, and after 3 days at the dealership they replaced the whole steering column. No noise these days. Plus the steering column seems tighter too.
I guess my only complaint was I didn't get a loaner. I'm happy though. So if you suspect or hear a noise coming from your steering column then I would stay on top of it till it's fixed. The noise is only slight at first and only happens when you turn the steering wheel a certain way. The actual problem is the column itself. It's loose.
My biggest problem the noise came and went. I hear the 06' had a problem like this. Any feedback that will help others should be posted.
20 Thousand mile check up:
Oh another note, I got a letter saying I need a 20 thousand mile check up. What's that all about? Anything I should be concerned with? Someone stated earlier the dealship will want to change the cabin air filter with the check up. Any feedback on this?
#1493 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [steering column noise) [nan48]
Aug 06, 2012 (4:20 pm)
At 20,000 miles, the cabin air filter probably is ready for a change. You can, however, do it yourself cheaply and easily. Buy one at your local retail, chain store parts house, or wherever, and take the panel out of the back of the glove box, and replace it. The manual will show you how. It's easy. Or let the dealer do it for $75
#1494 of 1645 Re: 2011 Avalon [nvbanker]
Aug 06, 2012 (5:39 pm)
Thanks, I know Dealers have to make money but I like to save money. A cabin filter is something I can change. A timing belt is something I would want them to change. I know it won't need a timing belt at 20 thousand miles. That was just an example. Again Many thanks!
#1496 of 1645 New Avalon 2013
Aug 06, 2012 (9:43 pm)
I watched the youtube video. I am very impressed by the few extra safty features. I'm not so sure about the front grill. For me, that will take some time to get use to. I guess it's a face only a mommy can love.
I wish they compared REAR seating room. I also wish they had the specs on the MPG, torgue, and horsepower. I'm afraid they are not telling enough about this new Avalon to make me RUSH out and buy one.
I understand they are trying to appeal to the younger people. I respect that but Toyota should be very careful not to lose loyal buyers. A fastback is a bold move for an Avalon. All of this is just my opinion. If the rear seat is smaller, then I certainly would never buy one. EVERYONE loves the leg room in my rear seat of the 2011 Avalon. Again just my opinion. Here in Evans Ga. they should have one very soon. I will take a look.