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#470 of 716 re: prepaid maintenance [robsis]
Apr 30, 2013 (3:27 pm)
Just cancelled the dealers plan. Got quotes from jerry. Around 600 for the 5 year 5500 maintenance plan. And around 1100 for the 8 year 100,000 mile warranty. does this sound good? The finance guy lied and said I could only purchase this stuff at the time I buy the car. Unbelievable!
#471 of 716 Re: Consumer Reports 2013 Avalon Test Report [havec]
May 01, 2013 (10:59 am)
Doesn't anybody here subscribe to Consumer Report online? At any rate, there are many more posts for the Avalon Owners Review on their site than for any other 2013 Toyota . The over all consensus of the owner's there on the ride is better than what CR has to say. I think that CR is mainly responding to the much firmer ride of the 2013 than previous Avalons. CR really liked the pillow soft ride of previous versions and hated to see it go.
BTW the tires on my Limited Hydrid came over inflated from the dealer by 5 lbs. Dropping the pressure down to 32 psi has helped with over feeling the road.
#472 of 716 Re: Consumer Reports 2013 Avalon Test Report [havec]
May 01, 2013 (10:58 am)
Correct, and I (and many others) miss the softer / cushier ride of earlier models as well.
#473 of 716 Re: Consumer Reports 2013 Avalon Test Report [ncee]
May 01, 2013 (11:55 am)
They liked the handling a lot better on the 2013 than the 2011 so that is why it came out as a wash in the final score. The 2011's emergency handling was rated half dark circle poor and the routine handling as good. I don't know how much more cushy the 2013 Lexus ES's ride is. They rate the Camry's ride as being better but people on this forum think the Avalon rides better. Who know's what the answer is. I'm pretty happy with all the upsides.
#474 of 716 08 vs 2012
May 02, 2013 (6:43 am)
I traded an 08 for a 12 Avalon and immediately noticed a difference in handling but I prefer the way the 12 feels and corners. Yes, it's a little stiffer than the 08 and from what I gather perhaps a little better than the 13 model, but I had grown a little tired of the soft feel of the 08.
#475 of 716 Re: Toyota is courting a younger buyer with this new Avalon [trespinosranch]
May 05, 2013 (11:44 am)
Sure hope you checked your tire pressure as all these cars seem to come from the factory with 39-40lbs of air in them. Most of the dealers don't bother to check tire pressure. Any car will ride like a hay wagon with 6-7lbs of extra air in their tires! I know mine were over inflated and the difference of 33lbs of air and 39-40 lbs of air was startling. Big improvement!
#476 of 716 Re: Toyota is courting a younger buyer with this new Avalon [poorthingflint]
May 05, 2013 (11:51 am)
Yes, tires were at 33 psi when I checked them after day one.
I recently dropped it down to 31 psi, and that made a difference...maybe 20% better.
#477 of 716 Tires and Camry Hybrid Comparison
May 05, 2013 (2:11 pm)
I guess they like to over inflate the tires at the factory for some odd reason. Yes, 31-32 psi is a lot better. Most of the time I think the ride is pretty sweet. Then I go over a weird road piece of and have second thoughts.
The Camry hybrid has the exact same tires as the Avalon hybrid and is rated step higher in ride and routine handling by Consumer Reports. The noise rating is the same. What's up with that? The Avalon does get an extra step higher rating in seat comfort though.
#478 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [solara01]
May 11, 2013 (6:59 am)
I've had my 2013 Avalon Limited Hyrbid for two-plus months and after 1,800 miles I love it. Only complaint - the base on the JBL sound system booms so much that I've had to turn it to the lowest base setting, and even then it sometimes booms too much. Almost impossible to listen to classical music unless the base is essentially turned off. Has anyone else had this experience, and if so, has anyone done anything to make the base more normal? Otherwise, the car is magnificent. Mileage so far 44.2 mpg. More technology than I'll ever use but what I do use I like a great deal. The capacitive switches take some getting used to - have to keep your hand well above them when you're working on the screen or you'll trigger one by mistake. I suspect that Toyota will work to improve these on the next iteration. Any comments or suggestions about my booming base issue would be gratefully received.
#479 of 716 Re: Avalon Limited Audio System [rjohanson]
May 12, 2013 (1:37 am)
Cannot comment on the 2013 JBL system but I had a 08 Avalon with JBL and also set the bass very close to minimum. When I purchased my 2012, I decided to forgo JBL.