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You are in the Toyota Avalon
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May 13, 2010 (7:02 pm)
I used to post on this board some years back when I purchased ,I believe the 2005 Avalon. I owned the very first one Toyota made as well. I think that was in 98. I recently traded in my 2008 yesterday and purchased the Avalon 2011. It is the best of all of them that I've owned. (I definitely like the changes inside on the dash as well as the suttle ones on the exterior) I got it with the Memory which includes the 8 way passenger seat with lumbar support and heated seats to boot.
I compared it to the Ford Taurus, and the new Buick LaCross. Both are nice cars. Also the Maxima. However in comparing all the spec's, fuel miles, rear seat room, etc., etc. I still believe the Avalon (or the Limited for those that want it) for me anyway was the best buy in many ways. The Buick weighs to much and loses it on MPG.
The first time I've used Blue Tooth, ( dial by number) is fantastic. Satellite radio which I never wanted I believe has me hooked . The new color Cypress Pearl is very nice. Already my neighbors asked me about the color. I ordered it without even seeing a paint chip, just from the Avalon brochure and couldn't be happier. This by far is the best car we have ever owned. The back up camera is a dream. As far as navigation, I didn't want it, I use the Garmin which is so easy and mount it when I need to. So for me having the navigation installed is a waste of money. I take my Garmin when I rent a car with me.
This car has it all safety wise, VSC, Brake Assist, Traction control etc. Folding outside mirrors, back up camera, Blue Tooth, all standard, things guests on this board asked for when I was posting, and Toyota made them standard. I'm not one that shows off, so lables like Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes are not for me. If you look at the report on Mercedes for what it cost, the quality just isn't there. Read about it in Consumers. My dealer has been just wonderful over the years. With all the Avalons I've owned I think this is the 5th one, I've never had a problem. It's one very comfortable car for me.
Good Luck to every one, whatever you decide on.
#218 of 1735 Re: floor mats: true or false? [twinb]
May 14, 2010 (6:43 am)
Mine are black and provide a nice contrast to the light gray interior. FWIW, my salesman told me the black mats come in all new Avalons. He also pointed out that the black ones would show less dirt, which is true. I tried everything to clean the gray mats in my '07, but could never get all of the winter grime out of them.
#219 of 1735 Re: floor mats: true or false? [iamknott]
May 15, 2010 (1:53 pm)
Seems to me that once again the suits at Corporate have shot themselves in the foot. There are those of us who will have beige or gray interiors that want color matching carpet mats. Every other car company offers several colors, but Toy will let us have any color we want, as long as it's black. What the hell is wrong with those people? My guess is they saved ten cents per car when they ordered 8 million mats in black instead of some in black, beige, and gray. Lentz, Carter and the gang are doing everything they can to keep me from buying an Avalon.
#220 of 1735 Re: floor mats: true or false? [twinb]
May 15, 2010 (4:19 pm)
Not sure where this is coming from but my mats are beige.
May 15, 2010 (8:07 pm)
I was told Black mats when I purchased the car. However they gave me Beige mats that match my interior. So not sure about this all blac mats?
#222 of 1735 Re: floor mats: true or false? [iamknott]
May 16, 2010 (4:14 am)
Ok, so let's forget the floor mats for a moment.
Is the car better, smoother, quieter then your 2007?
So far, what is your over-all thoughts on your new car?
#224 of 1735 2011 Avalon Shortage?
May 16, 2010 (11:19 am)
I have been in the market for a 2011 Avalon Limited but can not find many at area dealerships (at most, dealers only have one in stock but not in the color/options I want). I was told by at least 2 dealers that there is some sort of manufacturing delay at the TMMK Georgetown plant but would not provide details. Has anyone else heard of this? I am wondering if it has something to do with the heavy rains in Tennessee the past few weeks. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
#225 of 1735 Re: floor mats: true or false? [ncee]
May 17, 2010 (7:46 am)
See my post #199. It is better, smoother, quieter and I like it a lot. The only thing I don't like about it is the same thing I disliked on the '07: the determination of Toyota engineers to put the recirculate button on the HVAC system under the control of the car's computer. It is a pet peeve of mine because I think I am a better judge than the computer regarding when the inside air should be recirculated.
I have ranted about this before, but for the benefit of those who have never had the blessing of my wisdom, here is the most aggravating situation: The car has been sitting for a few hours on a bright, sunny Spring day. Outside air temp 70 degrees with low humidity. Interior air temp 90 degrees. Start the car and the recirculate button lights up. If in Auto mode, the a/c fires up too, trying hard to cool down the 90 degree air, instead of simply grabbing some already 70 degree air from outside. I am fairly certain that it does the same thing when not in Auto mode, only without the benefit of the a/c, it just recirculates the hot interior air. Crazy.