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2011 Toyota Avalon

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  • I spoke with the salesman that i bought my car from asking about bumper to bumper and the toyota warranty .

    His reply was the warranty from toyota paid for hotel and towing if the distance was far enough from home . think he said 125 miles .

    He does not sell the warranty and i did not ask the price but his answer was that the Co warranty contained much more then the bumper to bumper did .

    Hope some one answers on these points . Also think any location would make any difference. East coast West Coast.

    Will call this week and try and find out price here and what is covered.
  • Let's try a simple explanation of this warranty thing. What you folks are posting is giving me a headache. The warranty being sold by "Jerry"(a sales person at a midwest Toyota dealer) is the same Toyota Warranty being offered by other Toyota dealers. "Jerry", and a few others, just sell them cheaper than most local dealers. They apparently work on volume, which allows a cheaper price, just like vehicle sales.

    The Toyota Platinum Plan Warrantry is the best coverage that you can get for a Toyota vehicle. However, there are certain wear items that are not specifically covered (belts, bulbs, wiper blades, etc.). So there is no true "bumper to bumper" warranty being offered by Toyota, or anyone else.

    What nan48, and others, have is a Toyota Warranty bought from a Toyota dealership. You pay various amounts for various mileage and years of coverage.

    Go to your dealer, get a copy of the Toyota Extra Care Platinum Warranty booklet from the financial folks, read it to understand what is covered under the various options, and then find the best price for the version you want thru the internet, it's really pretty simple! I saved about $900 from my local dealer's price by doing this.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I NEVER buy the extended warranty from the selling dealer. I go across the "street", same marque, and buy the warranty as a "walk in".
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Well put Pops. Let it be noted I never implied or said it was "bumper to bumper". Again well put.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    My experience has made me conclude that; A) an extended warranty on a Toyota is rarely needed at all, and yes, the dealers make bank on these warranties. B) The dealer's warranty is always better than a 3rd party, mostly because the Company (Toyota in this case) will be around if you need to make a claim. So many of the after market warranties and sold, and then the company disappears leaving you with no coverage. If I were to buy another one, and I wouldn't on my Toyota or Lexus, I'd only get the Toyota warranty. Just my opinion.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    The Warranty Jerry sells is a Toyota warranty. I'll double check to make sure my facts are but I'm pretty sure I'm right.
  • Nan48, I think it would be a lot less confusing for folks on this thread if you stopped referring to the "warranty that Jerry sells". As I posted earlier, it is a Toyota Warranty sold by a midwest Toyota dealer, "Jerry" is simply a contact person employed at that dealership.

    If you have the warranty paperwork (including the actual warranty booklet) in hand, as I do, I don't understand why there would be any doubt as to what you have. It plainly states that you have purchased a "Toyota Extra Care" vehicle service agreement, factory backed by a nationwide network of Toyota dealers.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited February 2011
    Well pop, I am a man of my word. When I give it, write it down then it's worth gold. People who know me, know that when I say something, they can take it to the bank. My word is everything to me. I was 99% sure it was a Toyota warranty. But the 1% of not being sure made me say "I think" or say "Jerry's warranty". Unlike most people who would say anything to prove a point. I'm not that way. :^) I say this with all due respect. I am now 100% sure it is a Toyota warranty, NOT a third party warranty and you're right. The warranty is simply sold by Jerry who works for Toyota. I hope this helps people who are looking into buying an extended warranty. Warm Regards, Bill
  • 'Nuff said, take care.

    Pop
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    Agreed... Most car research suggests that the extended warranty after the B2B new car factory warranty runs out is waste of money if you have a reliable brand to start with. Toyota, Honda, Nissan and luxury lines of the three are all generally dependable.

    Now, if you worry a lot or if you don't drive much and keep a car for 5 or more years.. then maybe so, electronics can be very expensive. My experience with several Hondas and Toyotas has been excellent, the extended warranty would have been a waste of money but the cars were traded at 4 years or less.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I agree totally. I bought my warranty for piece of mind on the electronics and for resell value. I hope I never need it. I know the warranty will help on the resell. It's worth it to me. We don't drive much at all. But when I do, I love driving the Avalon. A really nice ride. Plenty of power, and plenty of room. Mom loves the back seat. Only thing I would change would be front wheel drive. I guess then they would call it a Lexus. :)
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Recent fill up shows 24.6 MPG,,,,,,,,country, city driving.....no grid lock around here. :^)
  • The only gridlock here is the 4-5" of snow today. My Avalon is parked in the garage, and I doubt that I will test it's abilities in the snow. After all, how much experience in the snow do you need in N. Mississippi?
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I agree pop, NO WAY would I take my Avalon out in the snow.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    Two weeks after I got my '08 Limited, I had to drive over the Cascades to Seattle and back - twice. The car was GREAT in the snow. Due to DOT requirements, however, I had to chain up in certain areas of the pass and the chains really scarred the nice wheels.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I know that made you sick. It would me.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I know that made you sick. It would me.

    Yes, it would. Kind of like backing mine through the garage door made me sick..... :sick:
  • jim3jim3 Posts: 19
    The wiper blades on my 2011, almost from the gitgo, have skated across the windshield making a horrible noise until a hard rain and then they usually worked OK. Since we are about to leave for Florida I thought I'd replace them even though are only 7 months old. They must have had faulty rubber in them. I had a letter from Toyota reminding me of the 15000 mile service about due, and on the letter was a coupon for 8 dollar blades. I took the coupon into the dealer and he said "we can't honor the coupon, the blades on the Avalon are 25 and 20 for the two, 45 bucks. I complained and they relented and offered a 10% discount on the 45 bucks. I said this was unacceptable, and I wanted them for 8 dollars as per the letter. The parts people finally went to someone higher up and they put put it through as warranty at no cost to me. Just thought I'd warn you folks. (maybe they've been this high in the past, my last Av was a 2000)
  • robsisrobsis Posts: 160
    edited February 2011
    I had the same problem with my blades...they never worked well from the get-go, so I complained and they replaced them under warranty. They look fancy enough (being higher-end 'beam' blades, which, BTW, are usually priced higher); however, obviously poor rubber. The service mgr said something about them having two types of blades available...one made in USA and the others coming from Japan. They gave me the Japanese blades and I've not had a problem since. Have heard of a similar problem on replacement blades for the FJC, with posters on another forum recommending you request the Japanese part number.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    My blades do the same thing. I just figured they were new. Changing blades at the dealer. Your pockets must be full of money. :^)
  • robsisrobsis Posts: 160
    Didn't cost me a penny.......but I do have about .37 in my pocket most of the time, just in case! :P

    Also, I was surprised to find how cheap the OE Japanese blades were for my FJC at the dealer. Only about 6 bucks apiece with their quarterly 'wiper blade' coupon...worth it for no more chatter city.

    Never did ask the dealer what it would have cost me if I had to pay..and the slip just says 'warranty' with no price. I think I'll try my old standby, wipers123.com, when the time comes for replacement. They run specials all the time and they have lots of options running from cheap to luxury...at least luxury for wiper blades... :shades:
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I didn't get any coupons like that. What I did get was a coupon for a free pin strip. It's a nice touch.

    My wiper really bothers me on slow speed. I figure it's because they are new. Now at least I know what to ask for.
  • jim3jim3 Posts: 19
    Does the seat belt reminder bell annoy you folks as much as it does me? I asked the dealer to disable it, and he said he couldn't. by law.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    It only annoys me, until I plug it in, and then it stops:)

    It also stops after about 60 seconds if you choose not to use it, at least it does on my 2008.

    What annoys me more, is when the passengers don't hear, notice or wonder what the bell is ringing for, until they realize they need to buckle-up.

    Skip
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I wouldn't do that either - except that would mean, not driving it for 4+- months here in Maine:)

    Skip
  • I did it Go to "How to disable a seatbelt alarm on a Toyota" on goggle
    It works just follow the instrucitons don't belive there is any law that
    requires an alarm, dealer is taking the easy and safetest way out to protect the dealership..............
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Well, it certainly annoys me a lot. The warning will go off but by that time it's ringing in my head. I can understand a dealer not disconnecting it. I'm don't think I would either. It is a safety feature and it works. Annoying YES!

    I reset my computer like someone said. Seems to work much better. The computer that tells you what MPG you're getting. I'm getting close to 4000 miles on my Avalon. My first oil change is coming due soon.

    Living in GA we have yearly taxes on our cars/trucks. I just got mine and it was 400 dollars for this Avalon. OUCH! I mean that's high, VERY!
  • Is that a "road priviledge tax and tag registration" like in Mississippi ? This means that car tags are high, but by design, it taxes the only real property that some folks own.

    Without this tax structure, homeowner's property taxes would be much higher.
  • douglas1douglas1 Posts: 130
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank you. Should have thought about Google. I've been trying to find the right wire to disconnect, it was easy on my 2005 Avalon, but couldn't find the right one on my 2011. . . too many wires under there.

    Problem solved and thanks again.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Yearly taxes on top of registration?

    I paid over $800.00 the first year I got my Avalon, $710.00 the next year and $540.00 the next. The lowest it will go is about $120.00 per year, once the car is 8 years old.
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