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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I was looking for a used Avalon before I bought my new one. I know about depreciation on a car so a used one seemed like a better buy. I simply could not find one with decent miles. However, I am not sorry I bought a new one. I've heard other stories of how the new 2011 is a much better ride, better gas mileage, and just a better car than the older ones.

    I have no pictures of my car but when I take some I'll be sure to share them with the crew in our blog. It's the silver one. I had a choice of white one but that car has 2,000 miles on it and they wanted the same money.

    My only regrets is not getting a darker tint on my windows. My tint is medium dark and legal in this state. Some people don't like the darker tint and it's illegal in a lot of states. So I guess the medium tint is a better choice.

    Other than that I've had no problems what so ever. I am amazed at the power and the MPG on such a large car. The back seat is really nice and I always get compliments when I have a rear passenger.

    I don't drive much and bought our Avalon last July. I had to buy mine. :^) So I'll really take EXTRA good car of it and we store it in our garage. A very tight fit. I do wish the car has a door guard for door dings. Oh well, we can't have it all. Right?
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Oh, did I mention (another way I convinced my self to buy a new car), was because the 2008 would be needing front and rear brakes in the next 2 months ($1000.00 - at the dealership), and one of the headlight bulbs was going (HID $120.00).
    Both silly reasons, but on top of the miles, it was just another reason for me.

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I hate hard steering. It's one of the reasons I bought LS Lexuses, their steering is nice and relaxed. At least a low speed.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    All the new nice Toyotas and all Lexuses have mats that match the top part of the dash. I thought it was wierd as well, but after I realized they don't show the dirt and coordinate with another color in the car, I actually like them now. Just had to get used to it.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I love the simplicity of the Toyota buttons.

    That's one of the big reasons I'm on my third Lexus as well!

    However, I disagree with the extended warranty on the Lexus. I've drive all of mine to 80,000 miles, well out of warranty. Never needed a thing.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Many reasons for an extended warranty. The first is peace of mind. The second reason is *if* something breaks then the one time purchase of the extended warranty should pay for itself.

    I hope I never use it and I know Toyota's reputation of being reliable. I guess for MY peace of mind I spent the extra money. Just my thoughts.

    Switching tracks here. I wonder why we never see any TV ad's for Avalon's? You see them for other high end cars but never for the Avalon.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    In my neck of the woods there were some Avalon commercials for about a month after the 2011 was introduced. I guess because the Avalon is a fairly low volume model for Toyota it doens't warrant the advertising dollars to be spent on it.

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

  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Posts: 78
    I have a 2005 Avalon Limited with about 67,500 miles now. I purchased Toyota's Platinum Vehicle Service Agreement from a Toyota dealer for about $980. In essence, it extends the original Toyota warranty to 7 years, 100K miles, zero deductible. In the last month, I had to have the rear sunshade replaced (it was constantly jamming in the raised position & would not retract), and also had an unexpected problem when the check engine light, the traction control light, the vehicle stability control light all came on and remained on, along with the cruise control failing to operate. Both repairs were covered under my extended warranty, and I saw the invoice that the dealer was submitting to Toyota for reimbursement under the extended warranty: the sunshade repair was $1,468 and the other problem, traced to an ignition coil that needed to be replaced, was invoiced for $180 - my out of pocket for the two repairs: $4 for shop supplies. I am definitely glad that I invested in the extended warranty, which has already saved me about $600 on these two repairs alone. The Avalon has so many electronic components, sensors and gadgets that you can virtually predict that some of them will fail as the car ages. If you plan to keep your car for 7 years as I do, I certainly recommend that you consider purchasing an extended warranty from Toyota.
  • _bill_wa_bill_wa Posts: 37
    I've written before about the noise problem.....wiper blade going across dealer to replace change......Service manager said "I'll take care of it"....drove car into shop...cleaned windshield and blades....backed it out and drove it around the outside of the was raining.....he came in.....shook his head......There is a problem. I just got back from driving to California......drove in rain.....wipers made noise....going and comming home.

    Called June 1....asked if anything was in the works????? Service Manager said "haven't heard anything"

    June 2....Got call...there are working on a new "arm design"....will be out........but might be if you have a noise problem, windshield.....let your Service Manager know....

    Ohhhh gas mileage .... got 32.4, once, ...lot's of 70+ driving......many tanks were over 29+....1900 miles....on trip..averaged....29.6.........Love the Navigator, seats were awesome, 6 speed tranny....something special....power, power, and more power, the car......just get the wiper noise problem fixed.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I went on line, found the part number for matching floor mats, call the dealership and asked them to order them, and where mine had 2 miles on them, asked that they take them in exchange for the mats I ordered. They said fine.

    I like the over-all classy look of matching floor mats.

    Glad I did it. Now I'll be ordering the matching rubber mats from WeatherTech for this winter.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Ok, so I'm guessing that the nav system in the Limited Avalon is not as good or accurate as, say, a Garmin.

    Oh, I guess my question is this. Where this unit doesn't work unless there is a DVD inserted, it's not likely to be as up-to-date as most after market units?

    How will I know when to get a DVD up-date? How do I get a up-dated DVD? What will they cost?

    Am I missing something, or am I right, and as nice as it is, it's no Garmin nuvi 760?

    What are the differences between a system that uses a DVD and ones that don't?

  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    ....."Now I'll be ordering the matching rubber mats from WeatherTech for this winter".....

    Could you post a link for this?

  • rotterdam6rotterdam6 Posts: 36
    I, too, suffer from the wiper noise and skidding. Sometimes I get so irritated I drive my other half's Camry which has nearly silent wipers. I've had them replaced, but hasn't helped. Thanks for the tip on the new arms. I will speak to my service manager. Otherwise, I LOVE the Avalon.
  • nceencee Posts: 419 11

    Make sure you copy and paste the whole url - all of the above.

    If you have problems, just do:

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    You can order those floor mats on ebay. Costly though. I think around 160 bucks for 4. I like them a lot but that cost, well, I can think I can find something cheaper that covers just as much. HOWEVER if I could find those mats at a reasonable price I would buy them. I am very conservative with my money I guess. Please keep me informed on what you buy.

    Today, I have older floor mats from my (92) Cadillac Alante in my Avalon. Mine have an average look, nothing like the ones you want.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Well I might have an answer for you.

    I live in Northern New England, and I'll tell you right now É there is NO better floor mat for your car, my car or anyone's car for the winter time! I'm guessimg if you lived in an area that got a lot of rain, you'd feel the same way.

    In any case, I have a Black set from my last Avalon I'm looking to sell for $100.00:). The mats are in fine shape, with the back 1 piece hardly looking used at all. The same goes for the front passenger mat, and the drivers side looks damn near as good.

    Depending on where you live, I'll consider throwing in the shipping. Worst cast scenario, I'll split the shipping costs with you.

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Thanks for your offer but I'll have to decline. I'm sure they are nice but my original mats are like brand new. No need to buy another set.

    I agree with you on the other mats. I've seen them and they are made extremely good and would keep a small amount of water off the carpet. It's just the price. 169 for a set of floor mats. ouch! But I guess it's what a person wants and like you said. "It's where you live" that makes a difference.

    Again let us know what you do. Bill from South GA. near SC
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The only way I have found to "turn off" the nav is to eject the nav map DVD.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 105
    Has anyone found a way to mount license plates (front and back) that look good, like they belong to the car instead of flapping in the wind and looking like an add on.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    IMO, having had 2 Ford Nav systems and 3 Toyota systems, and one Chrysler system, the in/car systems are as good as the Garmin, which I often use when I rent as well. Very similar actually. Denso makes the Toyota system, NavTeq makes the Ford system. Texas Instruments makes the Chrysler system, which is by far, the least advanced, and hardest to use. The Ford and Toyota systems are very similar, actually the Ford system does more than the Toyota does, but the Toyota system is a tad simpler to use. A new DVD is needed as often as your area you drive changes. Right now here, that's not much at all. The Ford DVD is about $150, the Toyota is about $250, but you can sometimes find deals. The Garmin has its maps flashed into the memory, and needs updates as well to stay current with roads. Personally, I prefer the in/car systems, they're always there, and do a lot more, have so many more functions than just navigation. I won't have a car without it anymore. I used to by new DVDs every two years, but since the recession, there is no growth here, and I don't have extra money to spend on them anyway.
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