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#669 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [jgre333]
Sep 03, 2013 (7:48 am)
If your car is running on Michelin tires get used to this vibration/roughness whenever you are driving on anything but a glass smooth surface. That's because the sidewalls on the Michelins have stiff belts that do not absorb impact or energy from the road and transmit the vibration into the chasis of the car.
I recently installed Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires on my 2009 Toyota Avalon and the car's ride deteriorated noticeably. I now feel the same vibration you do plus road cracks, expansion joints, and any roughness in the pavement that I never felt before. The same thing happened to my son's Toyota Sienna after he installed new Michelin Energy Saver tires. I have lowered my tire pressure a bit with some minor improvement in ride quality. Consumer Reports rated these tires at the top in most categories and say the tires provide a smooth and quiet ride. Based on my experience, I don't know how they could come to that conclusion.
#670 of 716 Re: Avalon 2013 ride (CR reports?) [malcolm9]
Sep 03, 2013 (10:20 am)
Hey so I got the 2013 limited Avalon.
Ride has been fine for me so far.
I would note and this may be of interest to all of you, that my headliner had a small ding when I bought the car and the dealer promised (in writing) to fix it. The ding was that it was hanging down a little in the middle of the back window.
For the fix, the dealer sent it to an interior shop who glued it to the window in the middle. (Now, it goes up in the middle instead of down)
Because it is now in contact with the window glass in the middle, the parts that aren't vibrate against the glass enough to be rather annoying up front. The pulling up in the middle also caused "folds" halfway out on either side.
I went back to the dealer, they agreed I needed a new headliner. Toyota however has recognized this problem and had done a re-design on teh part and it will be available in January.
#671 of 716 Re: Avalon 2013 ride (CR reports?) [malcolm9]
Sep 03, 2013 (10:58 am)
If you want to find out about headliner issues and about tire/ride issues, go to the ToyotaNation forum for the 4th Generation Avalon. Lots of owners have had either or both issues, and the discussions have been very extensive. Touch wood, I haven't experienced any headliner problems but although it doesn't bother me a lot, the ride on the Michelin Primacy XV4s is a lot like the ride that was described earlier on this thread. My biggest issue is with the unnatutural boominess emanating from the JBL audio system, which makes listening to classical music less than 100% enjoyable. But all things considered, after 3,700 miles I continue to think it's a fabulous car. (2013 TAH w/o tech package, crimson mica w' light gray interior; 2/13 build date).
#672 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [jgre333]
Sep 03, 2013 (2:35 pm)
I have a '13 TAL (gas) and I think I know what you are trying to explain, except I would not describe it as a vibration but more noise entering the cabin from the suspension when going over rough bumps. When you combine the noise along with the jostling you have something close to a vibration.
Why don't you go to the dealer and drive a car identical to yours and I bet it rides the same.
Just so everyone knows what a rough ride it is, every couple of hundred miles I have to close my sunroof shade. It gradually opens on its own (maybe a half inch) from all the shaking going on inside the cabin. I know its time to close the shade when I see sunlight coming in.
#673 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [carlupi]
Sep 04, 2013 (9:01 pm)
Funny now the Michelin tires now have the bad ride. Previous posts in this thread had the Michelins being the good guys and the Bridgestone Turanza EL 400's having the bad ride. I'm waiting to get at least 10K miles on my TAH's Bridgestones before I replace them with Primacy H rated tires. I'm hoping the H rated Primacy tires might have better road isolation than the V speed tires.
#674 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [havec]
Sep 05, 2013 (6:43 am)
Supposedly, the Michelin Primacy H rated tires give a softer ride than V rated tires because they have fewer or less rigid belts in the sidewall. Otherwise they are identical and have exactly the same tread wear rating. Good luck with this move. Pls let us know if you do notice a difference.
#675 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [carlupi]
Sep 05, 2013 (6:53 am)
What tires and size were on your 2009 Avalon before you put on the Michelin Primacy MXV4s?
#676 of 716 Re: Any 2012 Avalon performance issues guys? [trespinosranch]
Sep 05, 2013 (7:20 am)
Interesting observation. Not sure it holds true in all cases. One of the smoothest riding cars I ever owned (Lexus) would gradually open the sunshade while I had a Camry that did not. The Lexus had,drum roll please, Michelins on it. T rated I might add.
#677 of 716 2011 Avalon-bright nav light
Sep 05, 2013 (6:45 pm)
I bought a 2011 Avalon LTD this summer and drove it for the first time after dark the other night. The bright light from the navigation system blinds me it is so bright. It really does effect my vision. Is there anyway to turn the light down where it isn't so bright?
#678 of 716 Re: 2011 Avalon-bright nav light [lnt]
Sep 06, 2013 (2:44 am)
Read the manual is the best. Manual also available on line.