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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I personally believe your seat to be an isolated problem. I'm 5'10", 230 lbs. I have an extremely bad back with Harrington Rods in my back. If the 2011 Avalon had bad seats, believe me I would know. I have 15 thousand miles on my car as of today and almost all of them have been HWY miles.

    They could have left cushion out of your seat. Maybe there is something else wrong. I know if my seats bothers me, then I would have it fixed. I would check out other Avalon's to make sure it's JUST your seat. With my back, I have a hard time sitting in a lot of seats. The Avalon is not one of them. Hope this helps.

    I am looking forward to seeing the 2013 Avalon. I'm especially anixous to see the specs on the 2013, like the gas mileage. I'm not sure I would give up power for gas milage though however I might. The 2011 Avalon has PLENTY of power. I think we can all agree on that. If anyone gets solid proof of specs on the 2013, please post them first thing.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Seat coolers do firm up the seats in any car. I've noticed it in the Avalon and specifically the LaCrosse I'm driving now. The first one I drove didn't have coolers and was very soft. The model I ended up buying does and at first I was concerned the seat was a little on the firm side. After a few days I got used to it, and actually like it. Just did about 300 miles yesterday and was comfortable the entire trip.

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

  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Sorry, nope. Well unless there are multiple isolated cases. I too find the seats to be less then comfortable on long trips.

    5' 10" 165 lbs and a bad back.

    My trips average 500+ miles per trip with many being 5-7 days and 3,000+ miles for the 5-7 days.

    Avalon 2011 LTD with headed and cooled seats. Now I will say, it's not fair to judge these seats to some degree, when I've had 3 Buick Park Avenues, with MUCH large and MUCH softer seats.

    I WILL take the 2013 Avalon for a LONG test drive when I do, and I WILL if at all possible, RENT the car I'll purchase next and use it for a few days. It should be the best $200.00 +- Ill ever spend before purchasing my next car (If they rent the car I'm interested in at the time).
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    If you can't rent it, ask the dealer for an "extended test drive". When I bought my LaCrosse I asked the dealer and they gave me the sales manager's demo. I had it for well over an hour (I bet during the week you could keep it for most of the day). They didn't even ask me to replace the gas I used!

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

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's a good idea - my when I buy cars, the dealers let me take them home overnight - or I don't buy them.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Well I hope to have silence with my wipers, now that they have changed them.

    The numbers on my paperwork are:


    I don't believe these are the same as others have noted?

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I can releate to quite wipers. It sure is nice.
  • The numbers you have on your paperwork are the same as mine. They are wonderful and very quiet. They also clean very well. If they continue to operate as they have since Feb 6 when they were installed, I will be extra pleased.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    Why are there 4 part numbers for two wiper blades?
  • fhffhf Posts: 19
    Did the Dealer replace the wiper components under warranty, and if so what did you tell the dealer and did they give you push back ? Did it apprear that they know there is an issue and that it is common knowledge to them what the proper fix is ?
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited March 2012
    The dealer DID replace my arms under warrenty. I explained to them this problem was already logged into Toyota's data computers banks. He said "if it is then our techs will know". All I can tell you is I came out with new wiper arms and blades and no noise. I have 15 thousand miles on my Avalon almost 16 now. I've owned my car over a year now. They did act like they knew nothing of this problem and was quite surprised by my complaint. I guess they haven't had many complaints, because we haven't had much rain in this area for almost 2 years. Hope this helps.

    On our recent trip my Avalon got almost 29.2 MPG by my figures and 32.1 by the computer figures. I still believe the computer to be off by 2 mpg. The car perform excellent. My driving habits are not as good as my wife's and I got 25.4 when I drove. 27.1 with the car's computers. I'm still impressed by the power of the 36 hundred pound car.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I told them that on a recent trip, the wipers were a REAL BIG pain in the [non-permissible content removed], as they were squeaking both ways (up & down), and that it was all the time, and loud enough that I had to have the radio at 15 to 20 to try and drowned out the noise.

    They did it under warranty, with no grief at all. They said they hadn't heard of any recall or notice on the problem but wanted to do whatever they needed to, to make and keep me happy.

    The car is 11 months old, with 24,000 miles on it.

  • nceencee Posts: 419
    2 arms and 2 blades

  • nceencee Posts: 419
    :( :(

    Damn it, these are even worst!!!

    I'll be going back to the dealership to complain and see what can be done.

    - Did they change them, or only say they did? (I'll be marking these so I'll know)

    - Not only do they squeak, but they also kind 'of pound on each swipe, at the beginning and on the return swipe.

    You DON'T notice it when the wipers are on intermittent only when they are on full time.

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    There is the *right* fix out there, believe me, I know. My wipers are fixed and they seem to changed the whole arm. Make sure and tell the techs it's logged into Toyota computers about this minor problem.

    I know it don't seem minor but my car was at the dealership about 30 mintues and came out fixed. NO CHARGE either. Hope this helps,
  • marv15marv15 Posts: 32
    It will debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show New York (Apr 4-5, 2012) ... w-shape/
    We got our first glimpse at what the 2013 Toyota Avalon may look like thanks to a an artists rendering that appears to take some creative license. The teaser really only shows us that Toyota wasn't kidding when it said it was taking the Avalon upscale, with a dramatic, sloping roof line that conjures thoughts of the Audi A7.

    The Avalon is only days from its world premiere on the big stage at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but we have some spy shots that tell us even more. The photos show us what we already knew; that the artist rendering isn't exactly representative of reality. But the pics also show that the sleek roof line and vastly reworked proportions are very real.

    The Avalon prototype has enough protective cladding to give the Storm Chasers tank a run for its money, but we do see what looks like a very different front fascia, LED taillights and a pair of impressive chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. From the rear, we get a better sense of how the sedan will look, and it appears there may be some tape covering up the lines that would tell us if these prototypes are in fact hatchbacks.

    Spy photos were also taken of the reworked interior, but the insides were also covered up beyond recognition. We are able to see an attractive leather steering wheel and completely reworked redundant controls. We can also see expensive-looking french stitching above the gauge cluster, as well as upscale gauges themselves.

    Open the link and Click on the gallery to view the high-resolution spy photos of two different prototypes. Stay tuned to Autoblog for the official reveal pics of the 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Looks like too much credit is being given to the remake, to me. As it has been with the Camry, Corolla and many other Yotas, the main section of the car remains unchanged, the roof, doors, glass. They get new front ends, rear ends, and interiors, while the happy middle remains the same for decades. The Camry has been virtually the same under in the middle section since about 1990. The looks may be dramatically different under the cladding, but I doubt it's a "whole new car". Not the Toyota way. Continuous improvement, slow and sure is their model.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Here's hoping it's a killer.

    I just stopped by the local Toyota dealer, and he took a 2009 LS 460 AWD in trade with 67,000 miles on it:)

  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I told them that on a recent trip, the wipers were a REAL BIG pain in the [non-permissible content removed], as they were squeaking both ways (up & down), and that it was all the time, and loud enough that I had to have the radio at 15 to 20 to try and drowned out the noise.

    I would explain this problem has been LOGGED into Toyota data banks. This is a knowned problem, especially were it rains a lot.
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