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#530 of 1735 Re: Question: Rear wheel well liners (fender liners) [cmb08]
Sep 03, 2010 (4:49 pm)
My 2002 Lexus ES300 had this same type of wheel well liner in both the front and rear areas. Since I only drove the car when the roads were dry, I didn't have any issues with them getting dirty or deteriorating due to exposure to the elements and road grime. I no longer have that vehicle but I do have a 2007 Highlander Hybrid Limted that has the same type of wheel well liner in the front areas. This car has been driven in all types of conditions and the liners have held up well but do require periodic cleaning and treatment with the usual items available at your local auto parts store. I prefer the Armorall Tire Foam protectant which helps clean the area and makes for easier cleanup when needed. I have not examined a current model Avalon but it's quite likely Toyota is using a similar material in the Avalon and many other Toyota/Lexus products. I surmise that Toyota used this material to quell road noise (among other methods) since they have some of the quietest autos available.
My other vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Frontier LE CC 4x4, has plastic liners in the front wheel well area but no liners in the rear. A completely different type of vehicle from the Avalon, but complements my HH when a truck is necessary.
M. J. McCloskey
#531 of 1735 Re: Question: Rear wheel well liners (fender liners) [cmb08]
Sep 03, 2010 (4:49 pm)
I had this same carpet/felt like material on the rear wheel wells of my 2005 Avalon that I just traded in. Didn't have any problems with it and it seems to have lasted just fine.
#532 of 1735 Re: No recalls, 2011 Avalon [_bill_wa]
Sep 03, 2010 (4:53 pm)
The compass on my 2011 Avalon didn't work from the day I picked it up. Calibrated it and that did nothing. It started working for a couple minutes and would then quit/lock up. However in the past 3 or 4 days it has started working more reliably and seems to operate correctly most of the time. Been too busy to take it in but maybe if I wait another week or so it will fix itself. Not clear to me why it would start and stop working but it's definitely getting better.
#533 of 1735 Re: Speed? [nan48]
Sep 03, 2010 (6:36 pm)
Nancy Nancy Nancy. The things you write about! I've had my LTD for only a month or so & just put the first 500 miles on the engine, slowly. But since then I've taken it to 80 mph. I haven't timed it, but my impression is with the 268 horses pulling this nearly two tons around, the 0-60 time would be closer to 7.5 seconds than 6.6. It'd be easy enough to find out for sure though. Stop on an entry ramp onto the freeway. When the lane is clear, click a stopwatch on & floor the gas. When you reach 60, click the watch off. There are lots of those stopwatches that have a magnetized back for your refrig, the kind that go forward or backward & can be used for timing anything. They're digital & go into the tenth seconds. You can also have a passenger holding the stopwatch & watching the speedometer so you can focus on the road.
Are you up for an experiment? Let us know. You're not that little old lady from Pasedena that Jan & Dean sang about, are ya?
#534 of 1735 Re: Speed? [twinb]
Sep 04, 2010 (3:47 am)
Car and Driver actually got an 05 or 06 Avalon to 60 in six seconds in a comparison test. Now what they actually did to said vehicle is something none of us would do to our cars I am sure.
As for the fabric type liners, they hold up just fine. After 3 years in my 06 they were still perfect and after almost 1 1/2 on my Genesis (which has them in the rear) all is fine. I actually prefer this type of liner as all you have to do is stick the hose up in the wheelwell and they look great. The vinyl you always have to wipe down or it looks dirty to me.
#535 of 1735 Re: Speed? [tjc78]
Sep 04, 2010 (8:27 am)
Hello twinb, well I guess I should let you know that I'm really Bill, Nancy's husband. Sorry for the mix up. With a pen name as nan48 I can certainly understand. I didn't mean to mislead anyone. The 0- 60 of course is something I wonder about. Not Ms Nancy. She drives more like the lady on "driving Ms Daisy". Every time I put my foot into the gas she says, "there goes my gas". Our car has 800 miles on it and we've owned it a little over a month now. * I * had the car up to 100 MPH but because of tickets I was afraid to go faster. I was running with a new Buick, so that's my excuse. :o) Had to defend the Avalon reputation. :o)
When breaking a car in people has said very little on the proper way. Some people, like you, assume that gentle miles is the way to break them in. Back in the 70's (I never owned a new car then) some friends of mine would say "break them in the way you're going to drive them". Most people then drove cars fast. At least in my age range they did. HOWEVER I believe the gentle way would be the correct way. After all it's an expensive investment that I want to last us a long time. We don't have money to throw away on new cars.
If car and track says it's 0-60 in 6 seconds then I would say that's accurate. I do not believe they test anything but stock vehicles. I could be wrong though. I did read 6.6 seconds somewhere but I can't post the site because I don't know where I seen it. I won't sit and time myself, I care more for my car then to floor it, red lining the engine with such low miles. HOWEVER, with that said it is under warranty so maybe I should try that. Hmmm, I'll take the slow road for now. Thanks for all the impute. If anyone has anything to add to the speed blog please do so. I do hear that there is a chip that cuts the speed off at 135 mph. On Youtube there is one site were the chip was removed and a older Avalon got up to 160 MPH, then wrecked. The amazing part was the cage around the passengers was still intact. Very safe car. No one was hurt. Oh yea they showed how fast they was going right before they lost control. We all know the older Avalon's are lighter and smaller. Till next time, Bill
#538 of 1735 Re: Updates on 2011 Avalon [tjc78]
Sep 07, 2010 (5:15 am)
2 Camry's 2003 (which we still have), 2008 -Traded for the Avalon
2 Tercels - got when we traded in the 4Runner (needed 2 cars)
1 4Runner - Traded in a Cutless Supreme
1 Avalon - Traded in the 2008 Camry
I drive 35,000 + miles a year, and want, like to have as big a car as possible, while
still getting good gas mileage, and comfort.
I just tried out a LS 460 L … This WILL be my next car:)
#539 of 1735 Re: Fuel economy [twinb]
Sep 07, 2010 (5:26 am)
Just put the first 400 mjile trip on my 2011 Avalon and got 27.5 mpg with all highway driving, however the last 200 miles was against a stiff head wind. Car now has 1000 miles on it.