Last post on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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#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.
#335 of 716 Re: Update? [jeffm5]
Jan 28, 2013 (6:31 pm)
I'm sure many of us have made car buying mistakes. I bought an early build 2009 Genesis after owning an 06 Avalon. The ride was terrible, and after two years it had to go!
#336 of 716 Just had to laugh
Jan 29, 2013 (8:50 am)
I've been reading all the posts on the harsh ride of the 13 Avalon. My wife has been bugging me about test driving one ever since we saw it at he Phoenix car show. I was actually there to check out the Cadillac ATS.
Let me say Im 64 and drive a Mini Copper Clubman S. I put 24000 miles a year on it for the past 3 1/2 years. So I do some driving. Oh yeah it's a 6 speed. Anyways test drove a Limited. For me it floats down the road, (thats where the laugh comes in)to big for me but my wife loves it says it rides better than her Lexus RX 350. Now I still want the ATS but truthfully overall I was impressed with the Avalon. We'll see what happens.
#337 of 716 Re: Just had to laugh [bahollings]
Jan 29, 2013 (9:15 am)
For me it rode well, just no where near as comfortable as the '10, '11 or '12 models.