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#1572 of 1645 Bye 2011 Ltd.--Hello 2013 Ltd.
Dec 20, 2012 (11:57 pm)
Have 2011 Ltd., 33,000 miles, White, great car.....bought at a better time in my life, then wife died....need to move on. This was my 2nd Avalon, 1st was 2003, put 110,00 miles worry free miles. I have decided that there are enough new options on the 2013 Ltd., that now is a good time to make the change.
Have spend the past few months looking at different cars Nissan Maxima, Infinite, Lexus....all have strong points, all nice cars.....but when you consider all the Deluxe features, that are standard, not many options and runs on "regular gas"...Toyota Avalon Ltd. is the best value for my dollars.
Champagne Mica, Technology Package, paint protection film, rear bumper applique, all weather floor mats. Interior color, not decided yet.....local dealers only have 1 Avalon a piece.....what I can't believe is that the 2013 Avalon brochure HAS NO INTERIOR COLORS OR A OPTIONS PAGE.
Will keep you posted.
#1573 of 1645 Re: 12 [rotterdam6] Updates: [ncee] [geo123]
Dec 21, 2012 (5:30 am)
Hi. You can see some pictures at:
- 2011 larger inside
- A bit more cushy of a ride
Much more luxurious inside and out. The fit and trim is very well done. The paint seems to have much more or a much better grade of clear coat on it.
Fuel economy is hard to judge right now, with Winter in Maine, but I DON'T like that the fuel tank is smaller:( I drive a lot, and can really appreciate not having to stop as often to get gas. It's only 2+- gallons smaller, but on the highway that 60+- miles.
#1574 of 1645 Re: 12 [rotterdam6] Updates: [ncee] [geo123] [ncee]
Dec 21, 2012 (3:17 pm)
I appreciate your comments and pictures. Your new Avalon looks very nice. My local has two or three that I plan to go see. I am anxious to see the new interior. Just hate to walk on the lot and have to deal with the sales people. My wife still has her 2000 Avalon that she loves and it still rides and drives great. But, it time for a change. We are in our seventies and want something that is nice and comfortable to drive and ride.
Again, thank you for your updates and comments.
#1575 of 1645 Going to buy a used 2011 Limited
Dec 23, 2012 (8:07 am)
My 2002 Lexus ES - loaded with Levinson - is at 148k and it was a company car that I was just given as part of retirement package. I was CEO of a small business - still am on the board - and retired for 1.5 days - I'm only 46 - to take over as sales leader for a 220 EE company. while I always buy my wife a new car, I have always boug pre owned as I throw miles on like a mad man - sales culture. We purchased the Lexus in 2007 with 40,000 and it has served me well. I always had it looking like new and even had it painted in 2010 so many people unfamiliar with it asked it if was a new car. That always made me feel good.
So, keeping to my M.O., I was looking at 2010 ES models and while I obviously like the brand, the update as snot that significant from my 02 and the MPG was the same. That is when I ran into an 11 Avalon Limited all black with the black/Bordeaux seats. love the LED taillights and incredible roominess. I will be driving many clients and employees and the back seat legroom is impressive. Most impressive is the MPG gain. The new 13 ES is awesome, but I am not spending $40k plus when I can drive the Avalon for three years and then get the ES at a discount. With my trade, I have a total deal pending for $19,998 and 2% financing ( I could pay cash, but would rather make a hire percentage with investments ) for the black 2011 Avalon Limited with 32,000 miles. I like the fact that E previous owner had also paid for the extended warranty, but even if they had not, I have time to check on the few issues that you have listed here - wipers/arms, steering column, and I'll have to scheme the seats again since they cool have cooling.
I want to thank all of you for posting here. It truly helps in the decision making process. It has also helped with maintenance issues, TSBs, recalls, warranties, dealer spiffs, pricing, etc.
Thank You! if I pick up the Avalon next week, I be sure to post on if I noticed any of the issues previously reported. Peace!
#1576 of 1645 Re: Going to buy a used 2011 Limited [gentlemanjohn]
Dec 23, 2012 (12:58 pm)
I guess I'm slow and truly didn't understand what you are saying. If I do understand you right, YOU CAN buy a Avalon but was wondering which one to buy? Is this correct.
If I understand you right then I'm always about cruching the numbers and saving a dollar. I would buy an 011 or 012. But that's just me. All cars go down in value and it won't be long before your 2013 will be old news. SOMETIMES car hold value better simply because the company did change things on the newer one. I hope this is the case. The new Avalon, I am told is smaller. I suspect that's why it gets better MPG with viturally the same engine. I have a 2011, LOVE the car, LOVE the back seat. Other people might feel different though. I have 22 thousand on my car and honestly 30 grand couldn't buy it.
I found out there are a few issues with the 2011. Poping in the steeriing column happened on my car and the dealer liked to never found it. Other owners out there reported the same problem, some didn't. Took about 4 or 5 tries before a tech knew what it was. I think they replace the entire steering column, problem fixed. ONLY a few of them had this problem. Sweaky wiper blades was a big problem but my dealer found that problem first thing and change my wiper arms, not just the blades but the whole wiper arms, problem fixed. Hope this helps. Sounds like you have a great job to give you a car.
#1577 of 1645 2012 toyota avalon
Dec 24, 2012 (8:48 am)
i got a 2012 limited.2013 disappointed me.trading it in for a 2013 es in march
#1578 of 1645 Re: Going to buy a used 2011 Limited [gentlemanjohn]
Dec 30, 2012 (2:13 pm)
but would rather make a hire percentage with investments
Seriously? "hire percentage"? Most CEOs (including me) can spell "higher".
#1579 of 1645 Re: Michelin Tires [ncee]
Dec 30, 2012 (6:03 pm)
'11 Avalon with under 20K miles and Bridgestone Turanza EL400 Tires. Not favorable impressed with these in snow (first experience since purchase in 8/12. Both Michelin and Dunlop tires much better grip on snow/ice as used on '95, '98, '04 prior owned Avalons. Agree with others Bridgestone tires don't see to give the traction and wear of Michelin and Dunlop tires.
#1580 of 1645 Re: 12 [rotterdam6] Updates: [ncee] [geo123] [ncee] [geo123]
Dec 31, 2012 (8:58 am)
I went to the San Diego auto show this Sat 12/29 and had a great look at the 2013 Avalon. First impression was great styling. However, the interior is far less roomy than my 2011. I am very disappointed in the interior room or lack of room.. especially the rear seat. in my 2011 you can comfortably seat 3 large adults. The 2013 cannot accommodate the same people.
Comfort and room was the selling point for me as my first Avalon was an '07 followed by the '11. It's highly doubtful that I will buy another.
#1581 of 1645 Re: Going to buy a used 2011 Limited [nvbanker]
Dec 31, 2012 (4:20 pm)