Last post on Apr 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
What is this discussion about?
#393 of 1645 Re: 2012 Rear Wheel drive? [wwest]
Aug 03, 2010 (9:14 am)
The GS would need to be stretched about a foot to be an Avalon replacement. There is no way Toyota could do that and keep the price in line with what it is now. The Avalon's pricing works because it shares a lot of parts and is built here in the US alongside more popular models.
I think your "spread #s" above are actually closer to 5K. A loaded up Camry will go over 30K and the Avalon gets awfully close to 40K.
#394 of 1645 Re: 2012 Rear Wheel drive? [tjc78]
Aug 03, 2010 (10:01 am)
The "spread" come directly from Toyota.com and Lexus.com.
#395 of 1645 Re: 2012 Rear Wheel drive? [wwest]
Aug 03, 2010 (2:49 pm)
mostly correct except Camry top end (V6 XLE) is 29K+
#397 of 1645 Re: Alloy wheels, and chrome trim [twinb]
Aug 03, 2010 (8:56 pm)
Re: clear coat or nothing on alloy wheels/door chrome. Found the answer today in the parts dept. of my local dealer; both items have a clear coat protectant. The guy warned me not to use any product containing acid as an ingredient, particularly on the alloy wheels. There was a pint of wheel cleaner with the Toy label for $9.95; I know there's something to be said for using the manufacturer's products. Before I buy it I'l try warm sudsy water to see how well that takes the brake dust off, it's Meguiar's gold classic car wash. Then a coat of plain carnuba. The magnesium chloride used here in Denver for snowy/icy roads is a killer.
#398 of 1645 Re: MPG [gramz]
Aug 04, 2010 (5:15 am)
Isn't it odd that the speedometer on our 2011 Limiteds show a top speed of 160mph? If it were more realistic as to top speed (120 mph?), the markings could be made bigger for the speeds we do travel...just a thought. Meanwhile; no problems at all on my LTD 2011 5000 miles!
#399 of 1645 Re: MPG [adholtman]
Aug 04, 2010 (5:36 am)
I don't understand. I'm 71, wear glasses, and have no trouble reading the gauges on the 2011 avalon. I like them alot the way they are. They look very cool. Maybe if my glasses weren't up to date I would understand
#400 of 1645 Re: MPG [adholtman]
Aug 04, 2010 (6:59 am)
Right... all for show on the speedometer. The unlimited top end is just over 140 and the electric speed limiter keeps it down to the 120's, probably for safety and liability reasons. This subject has been discussed and the speeds calculated many times before by several regulars here. Enjoy your '11 Limited.... great cars.... love my '07L at 60k miles.
#401 of 1645 Re: MPG [fin]
Aug 04, 2010 (5:29 pm)
The engine is limited to match the tire rating. Since the Avalon's tire are only rated to 120 the engine is limited to that speed as well..
#402 of 1645 Re: MPG [adholtman]
Aug 04, 2010 (6:41 pm)
I just took my Avalon on my first road trip. I got 29.7 MPG the one timed I checked it. I'm yet to fill it up again so later I'll post that with normal driving habits. I did get up to over 100 mph a few times with no problem so 29.7 is totally normal driving. I believe there is a chip that cuts the speed off or down. When I owned my 96 Chevy Impalla SS (back in 1996) they said the chip would only let it go 140 or 160. I forget now but this car had Z rated tires. I never got over 120 in that car. I hate tickets. I would be disappointed if my Avalon won't go over 120. I know, I know, I don't need to go that fast but sometimes you I like to put her in the wind. I am smitten totally by this car. This is probably one of the best cars I've owned so far. The roads in AL are not so good in some places and riding in my Mazda Protege this trip usually beat you to death. This trip was nothing in the Avalon. Makes driving fun.