Last post on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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#325 of 716 Re: 13 Avalon [ncee]
Jan 27, 2013 (3:18 pm)
niceeee.i got the green too.lightly smoked the windows
Jan 27, 2013 (8:03 pm)
I too feel beat up after just an hour drive. You described it very well....it is a lumber wagon!! I probably will only keep it for a year. Don't think I could take more torture than that.
#327 of 716 Toyota, and Lexus, are going sport at the behest of Akio Toyoda
Jan 27, 2013 (11:25 pm)
I question whether cars like the Avalon/Lexus ES350 should be made more sporty, when these shoppers are LOOKING for soft, quiet rides?
Toyota going for a younger buyers is a great idea, but people are living longer. If you are 60, you may buy 2-3 more cars. Chances are you aren't going anywhere in the next 20 years.
Can't comment on the ride of the Avalon. But the styling inside and out looks great to me. And they can always recalibrate the suspension at the mid-gen refresh in 3 years. Toyota is pretty good about listening to their customers.
If you are an owner, and are dissatisfied with the ride, the best way to handle that is to contact the offices in Torrence, CA. E-mail, tweet, facebook Toyota.
I'm sure they are getting a lot of new buyers who are contacting them with positive reviews. But if a recurring theme appears that the car can be improved, Toyota will move on it.
#328 of 716 Re: Update? [alleno]
Jan 28, 2013 (4:38 am)
Sorry to hear it, but I'm not totally surprised É disappointed, but not surprised.
I to felt the same way,and after 2300 miles I traded it in on a 2012 Avalon, and Man what a difference.
I agree with the person who said to let Toyota know, and so, I will post it in a s many places as I can that I wasn't happy with the ride of their "Premium Luxury Sedan" (their words, not mine).
#329 of 716 Re: Update? [ncee]
Jan 28, 2013 (6:16 am)
I'm curious about something. You are obviously a well informed consumer who knows cars. What would you do differently to avoid making the wrong new car purchase? A longer test drive? Why wasn't the stiffer ride more apparent to you during test drives?
I am not asking this to be critical of you, but to learn what you think you missed or misjudged so I can avoid it next time. Thanks!
#330 of 716 Re: Update? [jeffm5]
Jan 28, 2013 (6:27 am)
I guess I should have seen if I could have used the car for a week or so, or at least on a smaller trip. The test ride was short, and YES I REALLY wanted the car, so it the time, I was taken back by it, and it's features, fit, finish and trim.
The car is a WONDERFUL car in every aspect, expect those that matter to me most - Size, Comfort and road noise.
I guess the bottom line is:
- I should have taken a long test drive.
- I should not have wanted the car so bad, so I could have waited to see what people were saying, then drove the car for a day or 2 and made up my own mind.
- I should have waited until the car was available to rent, and rented one for a few days.
The thought of taking the car out and putting 200, 300 hundred miles on it, does seem odd, and not likely, but it's what I should have done.
Heck, smoother and bigger would have me not writing this.
It has become apparent from other emails I've received that some folks have had enough of me on this car, so I'll not likely be responding, as my goal isn't to piss people folk, it's just to express my point of view.
#331 of 716 Re: 13 Avalon [ncee]
Jan 28, 2013 (6:32 am)
I did post earlier about the 2013 Avalon. I couldn't wait to buy one regardless of the front grill because overall from pictures I liked the styling. I went to my dealer and saw it, liked the styling, sat inside and felt a little cramped, then test drove it and felt the bumps like I was riding a toy car, and turned around and asked for a 2012 in Cypress green loaded like the 2011 I had. They gave me 24 grand for my 2011 avalon that had around 39 thousand miles on it. I thought that was a great deal. With the trade in I forked over 6,800 grand that included everything, taxes, dealer prep etc. I couldn't be happier. I don't feel the bumps, not crowded up front, over all for me a much nicer ride. Much more important then the styling. I jumped on the 2012 knowing this is the last time since they changed the room inside and ride that I would be able to buy an Avalon that fits me in every way. The leather in the 2013 is much stiffer then the 2012 as well. I had the first Avalon and many in between and will ride this one for 5 years and see what's out there after that. Ncee, I believe you did the right thing before you added more miles to the 2013. Why keep a car your not happy driving bump over bump and feeling every one and less room up front with head closer to roof over head. I was also upset that they decided to save money by not giving you a full spare, a smaller gas tank, the pockets on the front doors no longer pull out, and no cover over the coffee cup holders allowing for dust, so overall for what you pay for the new car, they cut corners on it and that bothered me as well for what I thought was a luxury car. They have to refine the ride, it's clunkity clunkity bump over bump. Those that say they love the ride, I feel if they had a 2011, or 12 they would be bothered by it. GLTA.
#332 of 716 Re: Update? [ncee]
Jan 28, 2013 (6:50 am)
Thanks for your candor. Most of us, including me, have made the same "mistakes" you made somewhere during our car buying days.
I find your posts honest and informative, so I hope I see more of them here.
#333 of 716 Re: 13 Avalon [marv15]
Jan 28, 2013 (11:31 am)
i love my 2012 because the back resembles a mercedez benz.nuff said
Jan 28, 2013 (4:50 pm)
Skip, thanks for sharing your experience. I to have made this mistake many years ago. As when I bought the '05, I was anticipating a great new model. Well, thanks for helping me decide.