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2011 Toyota Avalon

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  • beekeroobeekeroo Posts: 4
    edited January 2011
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited January 2011
    That sounds right. I'm sure it's the same price oldman and I was quoted. I would act before prices goes up. I paid more but I bought the 8 yr. 100 mile warranty. For resell value. Hope this helps and welcome to our blog. I've learned a lot about Avalon's in here. Again, Welcome!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Not sure Best Buy would exchange your TV either, unless you bought THEIR warranty plan for the product. Then they will, maybe.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Recent trip from SC to Birmingham got an average of 26.6 MPG. Computer said I was getting a little better 27.8...Car was packed with suit cases, two people, etc. Road like a dream. MAYBE and MAYBE some wind noise around 80. Winds out side was mild on the way to Birmingham but strong on the way back. 36 thousand miles on this Avalon. FYI..........
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    I went ahead and purchased the extended toyota warranty from Jerry at Midwest Toyota in Kansas. I settled on the 7yr/125,000 option.

    I called my dealer and asked him for a quote and he was about 2 time as much as Midwest Toyota, BUT after visiting with him awhile I think I know the difference. My dealer doesn't sell the Toyota warranty. The one he sells is bumper to bumper. The Toyota one has a number of exceptions. My dealer was seemed like he wanted all the work to be done at his shop which leads me to believe other dealers may not recognize it.

    The one from Jerry satisfies my requirements, the price was right and Jerry was a pleasure to deal with.

    I've got my confirmation from him and the warranty will be coming directly from Toyota.

    I have 12,750 miles on my car now and haven't changed the computer gas mileage since I bought it. My driving habit have changes and I'm in Phoenix for the winter with lots of traffic. My average mileage up to now is 27.3 mpg. I've been extremely happy with the car and hope I can put 125,000 miles on it without using the warranty.
  • robsisrobsis Posts: 160
    Gramz,

    I live in Flag and love how the Avy comes up the hill from the valley...nary a blip with an occasional downshift from 6th to 5th....and the mileage is excellent!

    Come visit! The traffic is tolerable and the downtown is fun! :shades:
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Is there a way to reset the computer? You sounded like you was saying you could do that. Perhaps I misunderstood you. My computer is always off on my mpg. I'm not surprised by that. I've actually got better mileage than my computer claims. However most the time it's not better. My driving habits are MUCH better now. I know the power is there, if I ever need it. I am happy with everything about the car. Amazed on how the shifting is. One heck of a car.

    Good choice gramz on the warranty. Seems like you drive much more than me. I only hope I get one oil change in before the free maintenance runs out. :)
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    I'm not sure what you're asking but you can reset the mpg and start over. Many people do this to just check mileage for a trip. I don't have my manual handy but I think you just hold the button down and it will zero out.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Thanks Gramz, Yea, I know to reset the trip button. I figure the gas mileage on EVERY fill up. Write it down and see what I'm getting. In fact I write EVERYTHING down I do to the car in a little black book. Plus naturally I keep all receipts. When you go to sell the car this will help the resell value tremulously.

    If my wife would leave some things at home we probably would get better gas mileage on trips. She's the type of woman who wants to take EXTRA clothes, drinks, etc. Thanks again,
  • donb1donb1 Posts: 49
    To reset the computer hit the Display button until you get the information you are seeking then press the display button again until it resets. You can do this to all the cumulative displays as well.

    Don B
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    T H AN K S !!! Don !!!
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Recent trip from SC to Birmingham got an average of 26.6 MPG. Computer said I was getting a little better 27.8...Car was packed with suit cases, two people, etc. Road like a dream. MAYBE and MAYBE some wind noise around 80. Winds out side was mild on the way to Birmingham but strong on the way back. 36 thousand miles on this Avalon. FYI..........


    Posts like this make me miss my 06 Avalon more and more.... :(

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

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Mistake in my posting is I have 36 HUNDRED miles, NOT 36 THOUSAND miles, big mistake. If your 06 is running good then by all mean KEEP IT. I mean there is always going to be an upgrade of some kind, these companies have to continue to upgrade. I hear the 2012 Models is a mirror to the 2011. That's good for us and good for anyone wanting to save some money. Just buy a 2011 with low miles. HOWEVER with that said the six speed transmission is really a nice upgrade. I would have to say I am totally impressed by this transmission. So I guess I'm flip flop on what I'm saying. I guess it boils down to your money situation weather you should trade up or not. What kind of gas mileage do you get in your 06? I'm sure it's about the same. I've heard of people getting 32 MPG, at least they claimed to get that. NOT me, I never got over 28 MPG that I can remember but our car is always packed on long trips. I guess a better idea would be if a person reading our blog would post their gas mileage. Hope this helps!!!
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    My 06 is already gone. I replaced it with an 09 Genesis V6 and it cannot compare to the Avalon. I remember being able to pull 30 in that car at around 70 with just me in it. On a trip from Jersey to Baltimore with my GF and luggage at speeds from 75 - 85 I got 28.8. My usual mileage was 20.5-21.5. That was mostly city driving or gridlock highway.

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

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Well it's good to know you MISS your Avalon. I know I would miss mine. We had a 2003 Mazda Protege. The MPG in that car was really bad for such a small car. One reason for getting this one. The MPG is not that much different but the ride is soooo much better. I'm glad I waited. This Avalon has so much power too. I mean it's there if you need it. At first it was hard to keep my foot off the gas. Now that I'm driving more conservative I can see the savings in the MPG. I guess 80 is not conservative but you really don't realize your going 80.

    How do you like your Genesis? By what you say I'm guessing you don't like it as much as you did your Avalon. ??
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    My dislikes are mostly in the ride department. It is completely jittery and unsettled. I really didn't notice it on my test drives because I didn't drive it on the roads I drive everyday. Add that in with the several nagging little issues and an engine that makes one of the worst dry startup noises I have ever heard and I simply cannot wait to get rid of it. 15 months left on the lease and its gone. I'm most likely buying a low mileage Town Car (2010/11) or leasing another Avalon. I know with either of those vehicles I will get a fantastic ride. The Lincoln is outdated and gas mileage isn't great but I don't drive that much for it to matter and I've owned them before and love them. With the Avalon I know what I am getting as even with the 2011 refresh it is largely unchanged from the 05 redo.

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

  • kenb757kenb757 Posts: 149
    The ride on the newer TC s is not as smooth as the earlier models, say the 2007 or 2008. Try it before you buy it. On the other hand, the latest issue of Car & Driver rates rental cars and companies and the TC rates very highly. At 59 dba at 70 mph I think it's one of if not the quietest car tested. Always get a certified car with major component protection for 6 yr/100k miles. It doesn't kick in until the factory warranty expires.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I've driven the newer ones. They still ride pretty floaty, back in 03 when they got rack and pinion steering and the new suspension they changed quite a bit. If you want a really floaty TC you have to go way back to 89 (last of the "box" bodies) They were the best riding cars ever. Didn't handle worth a damn, but, I didn't care

    Always get a certified car with major component protection for 6 yr/100k miles

    Absolutely, they charge a bit more, but it is worth it to go certified.

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

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    My mazda had a bad start up noise. Almost like the oil was gone from the top of the engine. And it was Japan made. I had 53 thousand miles on it and no issues on that mazda protege. Just a hard ride, wore out tires fast, and not good gas mileage for a small car. I'm glad I upgraded. I did buy a 2000 Avalon at first. The steering in that car was easier than this 2011. But that car had electrical problems so we traded it in on this new one. Only way I could sleep at night. I could have sold it to anyone, passed on the problem but simply not ethical. The dealer will just pass it on to a wholesaler or fix the problem
  • kenb757kenb757 Posts: 149
    I experimented with the rear shocks on my 07 TC. It's counterintuitive because of the air springs. The factory shocks are of very high pressure (off the car, your body weght might get them to compress an inch, if that). I put on very soft Delco shocks and, surprise of surprises, the rear end rode like a truck. It seems the high pressure shocks act like supplemental springs in the rear. The lower pressure shocks let the body settle lower than the factory shocks did, similar to a 300 pounder getting into the back seat, and the air springs pumped up to regain the original ride height. Of course the car didn't weigh 300 lbs more, so the higher pressure in the air springs ruined the ride. I think Ford went with softer Monroes in the 2009-10 models and this did the same thing.

    The front suspension has coil springs, so the softer shock will result in a softer ride. But the design is similar to a strut with the shock body supporting the bottom of the spring, so you can't just replace the shock with anything you might find at Autozone.

    I had two 2010 models for a day each and I couldn't get over how stiff the ride was. My salesman found me an 07 driven by a little old lady from Garland, TX with only 7k miles on it. I drove it for 10 minutes and I bought it.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Thanks, I will certainly check it out. I can't remember the year of the last one I drove. I know a lot of TC loyalists were upset with the 03+ models that is why I mentioned it.

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

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I did buy a 2000 Avalon at first. The steering in that car was easier than this 2011.

    THAT bugs me..... I love the easy steering, don't like sports car steering at all, no matter what I drive. That's one of the reasons I like Toyotas, among many others, the steering was always a bit easier, certainly easier than Honda. If they're going to tighter steering, they may force ME into a Town Car!
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I with you on the steering. Nevada banker! I was surprised by such a difference. I don't mind and it is easier than my 03 Mazda Protege. Perhaps that's not apples and apples though. I agree the steering should remain effortless, like the good old Toyota's. My old Corolla (1995 model) could be steered with one figure. The 2000 Avalon could be steered the same way.

    On another note I forgot who told me how to reset my computer. But thanks! I did as you said. go figure. I guess it's in the manual? Now the computer says I'm getting a little over 20 MPG. Of course I only went to town and back. But thanks! :)
  • cmb08cmb08 Posts: 24
    Hi.
    I mostly see people posting highway mileage. What are others getting in around town/urban driving mileage. I am only getting 19-20 MPG...My 10 year old Avalon got 22-24.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I get around 21-24 city, I think I posted this on post notes. My city is NOT normal city though. City / country ! Hope this helps.
  • robsisrobsis Posts: 160
    My wife does most of our city driving going to the store and a 5 mi commute to work at a local hospital. We get 20-22 in town.
  • back to the warranty question please . one of you stated the warranty as BUMPER TO BUMPER as opposed to the Toyota warranty . can some one expand on this . plan on talking to my dealer on the warranty protection. thanks again . by the way i am in Calif . and it seems as many of you are not . Think it makes any difference?????? Message from OLDMAN
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited February 2011
    The extended warranty offer by my dealer is NOT a bumper to bumper. The warranty offered from my dealer is MUCH higher and covers the same thing as the one Jerry sells. My dealer does lead me to believe that"their" warranty is better and covers more. Truth is the warranty are the same. For me it's worth the extra money. These cars have a lot of extra's electronic equipment that's expensive to fix. I believe the dealers make a lot of money on these warranty's.
  • Im confused , I thought you bought from Jerry . Still do not understand what is the difference between BUMPER TO BUMPER AND THE TOYOTO .
    Warranty .

    What is the warranty you bought and from whome ??????
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I bought my Warranty from Jerry. I tried to buy a warranty from my dealer. Jerry was MUCH cheaper than my dealer with the same coverage. No extended warranty that I know is "bumper to bumper". However someone said their dealer offered a "bumper to bumper" extended warranty. I asked Jerry "how" he could sell the same warranty cheaper? He said he deals in volume and to spread the words. Hope this helps,
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