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2011 Toyota Avalon

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  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    When I purchase mine there was no incentives with the exception of a bad economy.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2010
    The best way to buy a new car is this. ( In my humble opinion) Know what you want then get the dealers competing against one another with the price. With the ecomony the way it is this is easily done. Always get OTD (out the door price) which includes all hidden fees. Tell Dealers what you are doing and do just that. The better deals (again my opinion) are in the bigger towns. Like when I purchase my Avalon in Athens GA. I had better deals offered to me in Atlanta. I had one at 31,500. However when push came to shove, the dealer in Athens matched the deal I was offered in Atlanta and also beat the deal by 100 dollars. 31,500 was not OTD price but it was a start on getting a low price. Since I had to trade my 2000 Avalon in, it's truly hard to say what I gave but I'm happy. Look at post notes on this. If your financing then it's somewhat of a different ball game, ESPECIALLY if your using Toyota to finance. Hope this helps!
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Agreed. I told dealers what I wanted and asked for their lowest OTD price, less taxes & title. I never gave a price to them. After a half dozen submitted bids, I went around to them again saying their price was not the lowest & if they could beat what I had I'd make the deal; but I never told them a price. Eventually I got an eye-opener deal that no one could/would match and I bought my Limited.

    As for the factory to dealer rebates, I'm betting dollars to donuts that no one knows except for the top management at the dealerships; I'd be surprised if even that's not negotiated.
  • nan48 & twinb, thanks both for the tips. yes, o-t-d- price is the way to go. i haven't yet started the shopping / bidding process, as i still have some time until the year's end. just curious of where or how we could find the dealer cash info. to get a better estimate of the actual cost
  • Greetings; After much experimenting, my 2011 Limited's puddle lamps & inside dome light illuminate 100% of the time when I leave the car and use the key fob lock switch. That securely locks the car & automatically lets the puddle lamps & inside lights come on when you near the car upon returning. Too bad it's taken me about 4 months to figure it out! No word of this seems to be in the instruction book--unless I have missed it.

    Otherwise; all is great!

    I hope this helps. Thanks ;)
  • tome1tome1 Posts: 10
    Thanks. Yes, I've finally seen mine work. Haven't used key fob though to lock car. Usually, just walk away or touch button on door handle. Yes, Owners Manual is pretty inadequate in this area.
  • I got mine to work, yesterday..........but had to use "fob". Don't understand why the "black buttons" on the door handles wouldn't do the same thing??????
  • I struggled with my puddle and mirror lights too for 3 months before I learned the doors have to be locked. However my lights now work when I lock the doors either with the black button on the door handle or the starter pocket device (fob).
  • Stopped by my dealer.....No recalls on anything........so that compass "thing" is not in a recall/fix list......at least not in Washington State.
  • My dealer in Houston also knew nothing about a compass fix coming from Toyota. My compass continues to lock up at times and than starts working again when the engine is shut off and restarted. My dealer checked my compass and could find nothing wrong. Of course it was working the day I took it in.
  • algeealgee Posts: 78
    Thanks, it finally works
  • cmb08cmb08 Posts: 24
    edited September 2010
    Can anyone tell me why they have stopped lining the rear wheel wells with the same plastic type material that is used in the front wheel wells?

    I took my car in for repair (Already :( (rear-ended) and when I went to pick it up I noted that the interior of the wheel well on both rear wheels is made of an almost carpet like material. I would suppose they are doing this for some kind of road noise reduction....but how durable will it be over time (considering I owned my last Avalon 11 years!) I called the dealership and they couldn't really answer my question.
    I'd appreciate any input . My older Avalon did not have this type of rear wheel well lining. Thanks
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I can't wait until someone answers this. I'm curious myself. (NOW) I kind of wish your question was more clear but perhaps other people know just what you are talking about.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I read the 2011 Avalon can go 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. Is this true? Does anyone have any impute on this?
  • My 2002 Lexus ES300 had this same type of wheel well liner in both the front and rear areas. Since I only drove the car when the roads were dry, I didn't have any issues with them getting dirty or deteriorating due to exposure to the elements and road grime. I no longer have that vehicle but I do have a 2007 Highlander Hybrid Limted that has the same type of wheel well liner in the front areas. This car has been driven in all types of conditions and the liners have held up well but do require periodic cleaning and treatment with the usual items available at your local auto parts store. I prefer the Armorall Tire Foam protectant which helps clean the area and makes for easier cleanup when needed. I have not examined a current model Avalon but it's quite likely Toyota is using a similar material in the Avalon and many other Toyota/Lexus products. I surmise that Toyota used this material to quell road noise (among other methods) since they have some of the quietest autos available.

    My other vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Frontier LE CC 4x4, has plastic liners in the front wheel well area but no liners in the rear. A completely different type of vehicle from the Avalon, but complements my HH when a truck is necessary.

    Regards -

    M. J. McCloskey
  • I had this same carpet/felt like material on the rear wheel wells of my 2005 Avalon that I just traded in. Didn't have any problems with it and it seems to have lasted just fine.
  • The compass on my 2011 Avalon didn't work from the day I picked it up. Calibrated it and that did nothing. It started working for a couple minutes and would then quit/lock up. However in the past 3 or 4 days it has started working more reliably and seems to operate correctly most of the time. Been too busy to take it in but maybe if I wait another week or so it will fix itself. Not clear to me why it would start and stop working but it's definitely getting better.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    edited September 2010
    Nancy Nancy Nancy. The things you write about! I've had my LTD for only a month or so & just put the first 500 miles on the engine, slowly. But since then I've taken it to 80 mph. I haven't timed it, but my impression is with the 268 horses pulling this nearly two tons around, the 0-60 time would be closer to 7.5 seconds than 6.6. It'd be easy enough to find out for sure though. Stop on an entry ramp onto the freeway. When the lane is clear, click a stopwatch on & floor the gas. When you reach 60, click the watch off. There are lots of those stopwatches that have a magnetized back for your refrig, the kind that go forward or backward & can be used for timing anything. They're digital & go into the tenth seconds. You can also have a passenger holding the stopwatch & watching the speedometer so you can focus on the road.

    Are you up for an experiment? Let us know. You're not that little old lady from Pasedena that Jan & Dean sang about, are ya?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Car and Driver actually got an 05 or 06 Avalon to 60 in six seconds in a comparison test. Now what they actually did to said vehicle is something none of us would do to our cars I am sure.

    As for the fabric type liners, they hold up just fine. After 3 years in my 06 they were still perfect and after almost 1 1/2 on my Genesis (which has them in the rear) all is fine. I actually prefer this type of liner as all you have to do is stick the hose up in the wheelwell and they look great. The vinyl you always have to wipe down or it looks dirty to me.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Hello twinb, well I guess I should let you know that I'm really Bill, Nancy's husband. Sorry for the mix up. With a pen name as nan48 I can certainly understand. I didn't mean to mislead anyone. The 0- 60 of course is something I wonder about. Not Ms Nancy. She drives more like the lady on "driving Ms Daisy". Every time I put my foot into the gas she says, "there goes my gas". Our car has 800 miles on it and we've owned it a little over a month now. * I * had the car up to 100 MPH but because of tickets I was afraid to go faster. I was running with a new Buick, so that's my excuse. :o) Had to defend the Avalon reputation. :o)
    When breaking a car in people has said very little on the proper way. Some people, like you, assume that gentle miles is the way to break them in. Back in the 70's (I never owned a new car then) some friends of mine would say "break them in the way you're going to drive them". Most people then drove cars fast. At least in my age range they did. HOWEVER I believe the gentle way would be the correct way. After all it's an expensive investment that I want to last us a long time. We don't have money to throw away on new cars.

    If car and track says it's 0-60 in 6 seconds then I would say that's accurate. I do not believe they test anything but stock vehicles. I could be wrong though. I did read 6.6 seconds somewhere but I can't post the site because I don't know where I seen it. I won't sit and time myself, I care more for my car then to floor it, red lining the engine with such low miles. HOWEVER, with that said it is under warranty so maybe I should try that. Hmmm, I'll take the slow road for now. Thanks for all the impute. If anyone has anything to add to the speed blog please do so. I do hear that there is a chip that cuts the speed off at 135 mph. On Youtube there is one site were the chip was removed and a older Avalon got up to 160 MPH, then wrecked. The amazing part was the cage around the passengers was still intact. Very safe car. No one was hurt. Oh yea they showed how fast they was going right before they lost control. We all know the older Avalon's are lighter and smaller. Till next time, Bill
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2010
    Ok, here are some sites, ignore the bad language, I didn't make the video. The Avalon is definitely VERY fast from 0-60.......check it out! However I could not find the one were the Avalon crashed. It was made over seas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TTwZWaPXHc&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSNH0VkSs4&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7XmdGiUBLs Chicago Show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03IAp3ufhpk Demo rid
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Not really.

    2 Camry's 2003 (which we still have), 2008 -Traded for the Avalon
    2 Tercels - got when we traded in the 4Runner (needed 2 cars)
    1 4Runner - Traded in a Cutless Supreme
    1 Avalon - Traded in the 2008 Camry

    I drive 35,000 + miles a year, and want, like to have as big a car as possible, while
    still getting good gas mileage, and comfort.

    I just tried out a LS 460 L … This WILL be my next car:)

    Skip
  • fhffhf Posts: 19
    Just put the first 400 mjile trip on my 2011 Avalon and got 27.5 mpg with all highway driving, however the last 200 miles was against a stiff head wind. Car now has 1000 miles on it.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Thanks twinb for the update on MPG. It's good to know what others are getting on their 2011 Avalons and what we're expected to get. I suppose to fill up again soon. We have 800+ miles on our Avalon. I am curious. Do you figure you MPG up yourself or do you just tell us what the computer says? We figure ours up every fill up by calculator.(of course on this Avalon that hasn't been but twice) One man in this blog said he got 32.5 MPG but don't quote me, I need to double check that to make sure. I bet you're happy with the 27.5, my little 2003 Mazda Protege got really bad gas mileage for such a little car and it barley beat that. TC, Bill
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2010
    I primarily drive a 2003 Toyota SR5 with extended cab. We don't do a lot of driving and this truck has 49 thousand miles on it. The 2011 Avalon gets better MPG if you can believe that? My MPG in the Toyota gets 19 - 24 MPG (never took a road trip in the truck). The truck has no pep, but I can almost guarantee it's the sharpest one around. We also have a 2001 Dodge Diesel, with 53 thousand miles on it. This Dodge is a great truck but has given me some problems in the past. It's use mostly to pull our 5th wheel. I am told I should drive my Diesel more. 53 thousand miles, the Cummings engine isn't even broke in yet, I am told. Maybe I'll sell my 2003 Toyota, and start driving my Diesel more. Any lookers out there? Bill
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited September 2010
    My Toyota is a 2003 SR5, is automatic, red, bucket seats, with jumper seats in the back, AM/FM, CD player also with a factory cassette player, So folks no XM radio with this vehicle. This Toyota also comes with spray in bed line and a nice roll up cover for the back. The cover cost me 700 dollars, it's not a cheap one with locking tail gate. Soft tint on all the windows with exception of the back windows has dark tint. No accidents, scratches, or door dents of any kind. Always serviced at Toyota dealer locally, oil changes, transmission flushed, etc. Has NEVER pulled anything. Anyone interested in my truck please write me at billforgrace@yahoo.com or njinks@yahoo.com I will sell the truck for 11,200.00...(not negotiable)......that might sound expensive but this is the last year they made the little truck that small. The same year they did make the truck bigger but this one is the smallest. Drives like new and still has a hint of new truck smell. All my vehicles are garage kept. The transformation to a bigger truck took place this year. After this year the truck was bigger with a bigger engine and got bigger as the years went on, offset was MUCH worse MPG. It's almost impossible to buy this kind of truck in this shape with this documented miles. Buyer will not be disappointed that I assure you. Thanks, Bill in Athens GA.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Ok, from now on I will try to talk solely about my Avalon. Sorry about that, Bill
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Today I checked my MPG. We got 23.2 all city driving. I think that's pretty good for this big car.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    You are doing good. My 06 returned 20.5 - 21.5 the entire time I owned it. Considering most of it's driving was city / gridlocked highway I had no problems with those #s. I did take it on a long trip once and got 28.8 at speeds of 75-85.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

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