Last post on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
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#1649 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [lnt]
Jun 04, 2013 (9:52 pm)
I feel like your haven't even broke in your old car in. I know people like NEW but I plan to drive my 2011 Avalon for a long time. Unless I got my price for it. I would want 30 thousand for my car, which is down from 32, I have the limited edition with all paper work and 24 thousand miles. PLUS, I have an addtional toyota warranty for 8 yr. 100 miles.
Honestly though, it's best to keep your car. I personally would not buy a new 2013 Avalon. I like large cars and the 2011/ 2012 are plenty big enough for me. Other than size and the ride not being as good I haven't heard anything negative about a 2013. The ride IS VERY important for me.
It's hard to say that 28 thousand is NOT a fair price. The price of cars always depends on the part of the country you live in. In this area, I think 28 would be a fair price although I personally have not price any older Alvalon's.
Plus I assume your car is paid for. I tell you, this means a lot. I agree with the fellow above me. Shop around IF you have to have one but it seems you have a lot more life in your old car.
Hope this helps,
#1650 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [neil1]
Jun 05, 2013 (6:39 pm)
I wasn't planning on giving them the $28K. That's what their price was on the website. I want one with a backup camera and six speed transmission, traction control. My '05' is a limited, but back then they didn't have all this stuff standard. I also have to see if the seats are any better. If they have the same seat as mine, then I probably won't trade up. The cooling fan(I think) makes my seat feel hard on long trips. Kind of like sitting on a bowling ball.
#1651 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [nan48]
Jun 05, 2013 (6:43 pm)
Thanks for your advice. According to True Car.com their price was just a little high - about $800 high. When I drove a 2013, the ride and handling seemed very good, but when I tried to adjust the seat, I had difficulty getting my hand down between the seat and the door to adjust it. My hands are that big, but it was not nearly as roomy as mine. My 6'5" son sat in one and said his hair brushed the top of the car.
#1652 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [lnt]
Jun 05, 2013 (8:11 pm)
I can understand trading for safety features. A good reason for trading.
The back up camera is very nice and honestly, I think it should be standard on all cars. Another safety item.
I am told the seats are harder riding than the older Avalon's such as your 2005 but I learn this only by reading the post of other owners. Check back on this blog and perhaps you can find where someone posted notes about the comfort of the seats on the 2011 compared to the older models.
Again location is the best pricing guide. I haven't been in the car business for many many years. I assume they still use NADA books and like I said supply and demand has a lot to do with pricing. Also location. In this area, a 2011 Avalon would probably get sold pretty quick, if it was a clean car. At least I assume it would. Cars/trucks do sell higher here in this area.
Hope this helps,
#1653 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [nan48]
Jun 06, 2013 (2:48 pm)
I am kind of waiting to see if a Cassis Pearl(Bergundy) becomes available. That is what color mine is and I love that color! Next car I get will probably be last car I ever buy, that's the main reason I wanted a newer year model and lower miles. Not that I am THAT old, but when I stop working, I won't have the money to make payments and too stingy to take the money out of savings. Might need it in case of emergency. lol
Jun 06, 2013 (4:04 pm)
You will enjoy the 2011. I love my 2012. BTW, the color you like is called Sizzling Crimson Mica, which is the burgundy.
#1655 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [lnt]
Jun 07, 2013 (5:37 am)
I traded my 06 Limited last year for a new 2011 Limited leftover. I traded for all the reasons you have stated. My 06 had 86,000 miles. I just retired, so I wanted my retirement car. Well, it has been a year now and I like everything about the 2011 EXCEPT the seats are NOT as comfortable as my broken in 06.
It is nice to have no maintenance costs and everything is under warranty as the 06 was starting to need replacing and repairs. Even though I saved 6K off the 40K sticker of the 2011, I could have made a lot of repairs on the 06 for the 10K I have lost in depreciation. Unfortunately, I am already looking at other alternatives with more comfortable seats. I did NOT like the seats in the 2013 any better than my 2011,so I am considering leaving Toyota after 3 Avalons.
Anyway, if you do go for a lower mileage 2011, you should be able to get a used one all day for 25-28K depending on mileage and condition. Otherwise, keep your 05 as 59,000 miles is still low mileage.
#1656 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [stormin800]
Jun 07, 2013 (8:35 am)
FWIW, I sold my 2000 XLS last year with around 130,000 miles and bought a low-mileage (34,000) ES330 from an old lady who could no longer drive. In retrospect, I would have been better off with either a 2011 or 2012 Avalon or at least an ES350. There's nothing wrong with the ES330, but the 3.5 litre engine is a lot more powerful than the 3.3, and the newer transmissions are better too. I'm "only" 6'2" (I notice some on the list are a lot taller), but the ES seemed cramped even after the older Avalon. (A few things were better: leather quality, real wood vs. plastic, better stereo system, self-adusting headlights, more accurate gauges -- and did I mention handling?). So my housekeeper is getting a good deal on it. She can drive a Lexus, and my clients don't have to see me in one.
I bought a RAV4 V6 Sport with under 7,000 miles. Definitely a step down in the luxury department, but it's comfortable and super-fast, plus I can fit some larger items in the back in spite of the right-hinged rear door.
If I can convince my wife to give up her TSX, I'll still be in the market for a 2011 or 2012 Avalon, otherwise the next car will probably be an Accord hybrid.
Good luck to all you retirees! I'm old enough to retire but plan to work less and less forever and buy many more cars before my time is up.
#1657 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [stormin800]
Jun 07, 2013 (11:11 am)
I knew some of the viewers said the seats was as comfortable. Glad to see your post. Thanks!
#1658 of 1735 Re: 05 vs 2011 Avalon [nan48]
Jun 07, 2013 (2:05 pm)
I went and looked at the 20011 black Avalon LTD. It only had 18,000 miles on it and was loaded. My only problem was the black dash. It had the beige interior, but the wood trim (plastic) was a reddish colored wood and the dash and top of the doors was black. I just didn't think I could take those combinations. He said all of them had black dashes. Is that true? Is it true of the 2012's also? To me it just didn't all go together. Plus they only wanted to give me 11K for mine, so I said "No, Thanks." and left when I finally got my keys back. I drove a 2013 Honda Accord. I liked it! Anyway, guess I'll just keep mine.