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Am in my 70's now, and imagine this will probably be my last car. Thinking of a new 2009 Avalon, but have a few questions, please:
My number one requirement, by far, is reliability. It would be very hard and inconvenient for me now to spend the better part of a day in a service dept waiting for repairs.
The Avalon seems to have a great reliability record, but am a bit concerned about what I have read in several newsgroups and forums re the transmission.
Have heard, and have read in a few places that the 2008 models had something called or referred to as a
hesitation when accelerating. Was blamed, on a transmission fault, apparently.
None of what I read was very clear on exactly what was happening, but several posters were really annoyed that apparently when they pressed on the gas to "go," there was a momentary, or longer, hesitation before anything actually happened.
Can anyone discuss this a bit more, please ?
Was, or is it, a "real problem ?
Corrected on the late 2008 and hopefully on the 2009's do you think ?
Any other comments or opinions on items I should possibly be concerned about, or the car in general, would be most appreciated. e.g., would you buy another one, what don't you like about it, etc. ?
Much thanks; appreciate it,