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Toyota Avalon Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Not sure how much research you've done regarding Actual Dealer Cost vs MSRP. I have an 06 Avalon Limited and love it. One thing I'm sorry I got was the Nav System--VERY COMPLICATED and NOT user friendly. Go buy a $600-$900 Garmin GPS!! An Avalon Limited with standard equipment and Nav has an MSRP of $33965 +$580 Dest + $1,900 Nav Sys which equals $36,445. Dealer cost is $29.888 +$580 Dest +1,625 Nav Sys which equals $31,513. So $36.445 MSRP less $31,513 Actual Dealer Cost = $$4,932 diference. You "should" be able to buy for "less" than $35K--I'd chk with every DFW Metro area Toyota Dealer!! I'll sell ya my "LOADED", 06 wth only 1,200 miles for $35K--then I can go buy one w/o Nav!! I have Vehicle Stability Control & traction Control, Laser Cruise, Remote Start, XM radio, Color Keyed Body Side Moldings (a MUST)& Door Edge Guards, Splash Guards, Rear Spoiler, Wheel Locks, Pin Stripe, Tinted Windows and Side Window Wind Delectors. MSRP $39,775-$3,433 Discount, less $9,500 for my truck--I paid $26, 872 out the door--NO OTHER HIDDEN FEES---I did pay TT&L at my local Vehicle Reg Office. You really need to chk all the local dealers. If all you want is Nav I think you're leaving out other VERY NICE options. I'd be glad to talk to you if you call me--573 873 5663 or 573 286 0160--I live in Missouri and I know you could buy a LOADED 06 Avalon for $35K--with more than just Nav!! The Avalon is a GREAT car--my only compalint is the complicated Nav System. I'm getting 26 MPG just running around--I know I'll get over 30 MPG on a trip. Again, I'd be glad to talk to you.
  • beeman4ubeeman4u Posts: 34
    Hi. I used the Costco membership to purchase my 06 Avalon XLS. BEST experience ever. I WILL NOT buy another vehicle without going this route. The dealer actually shows you the invoice and you pay that price or a slight premium over it. I paid $300 over the invoice. My purchase was in Sept 05. Based on my recollection, I paid $30.3K or so for the XLS, VSC, JBL Synthesis 6 CD changer, remote starter, auto alarm, and car mats. If you are deciding to go this route, "go for it" Costco
  • byebye Posts: 10
    Hi,I have a 06 Limited on order. I am seriously thinking about having the body side moldings added to my order, even dealer installed, if it is too late to change the order that has already gone to Toyota from my dealer. I know their importance to help save the car from paint nicks, dents, scuffs, etc. in parking lots. I have not seen a 05 or 06 Avalon with body side moldings even though it is listed as one of the options available. Do you like the body side moldings from an appearance standpoint? What color do you have? Are they about mid door height? Did your dealer install them for you or were they installed by the manufacturer? Either way they are not that difficult. I believe the MSRP for them is $193.00. I have not been able to find the invoice price like I did for the other options that I ordered on my car. Do you know the invoice cost? Thanks, Bye
  • The side mouldings are a PPO --- Post production option. PPOs are items that are installed AFTER the car is built ... by the dealer or some other third party.

    You can buy the guards a lot of places.

    They are just "stuck" on the car, they are backed with automotive-grade 3M adhesive. They are shipped color-keyed, no painting req'd at the dealership.

    You should be able to buy them for around $100-$150 (retail) plus about an hour of dealership labor to install them (if you show up with your own parts).

    If I were adding them on to the purchase of a new Limited, I would only offer about $100 or so for them. They'll make about $50 on the sale of the parts and it will REALLY only take the shop about 30 minutes to put them on (and the $50 will surely cover that). So I figure $100 is about a breakeven number for the dealership. If they want to sell you a new Limited, they won't mind "breaking even" on a set of those body mouldings.

    Here is one place where you can buy them, but they are available in a lot of places.

    Since they are not "official" production items, they wouldn't normally appear on invoices (though if a dealer installs them on a car when it hits the lot, he'll have his OWN printed invoice & sticker that shows them.

    Again, if I were working numbers for a deal on a new Limited, I would include about $100 for them in the offer.

    Personally, I think they would clutter the look of the car ... but if I get dinged, I'll be sorry.
  • byebye Posts: 10
    I appreciate your response. The body side moldings are listed under options (BS) for the Avalon at the website. Maybe BobWiley can help us out here. Thanks, Bye
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Hi and glad to help. Body Side Moldings "are" dealer installed--they paint them to match the car. Here's what I had dealer installed and the cost: Body Side Moldings $150, Wheel Locks $59 Splash Guards (black) $95, Door Edge Guards (car color) $65, Pin Stripe $75 and Tinted Windows $140. The Body Side Moldings, Door Edge Guards and Pin Stripe really look nice and the Body Side Moldings do work for those times when other drivers don't care how much they damage your car. Seems no matter how far I park away from the main entry of a store, somebody else has to park right next to me. Two things I wish I hadn't orderd are the Navigation System and Remote Start---they were "impulse" buys. Hope this helps!
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Hi--sorry I gforgot to answer about where they are placed. It is about mid-door--and they look great. My Limited is Silver Pine Mica--I think the Avalon looks better in lighter colors--just personal preference. i was torn between Bliizard Pearl and Silver Pine. The Pin Stripes match the saddle interior and add to the looks of the car. I paid $150 for them--I see another guy said to pay $100--they'd thrown-in the Avalon Floor/Trunk mats--so I was happy. My ph # is 573 873 5663 Hm 573 286 0160 Cell---I'm retired, so call anytime. You're gonna love the Avalon. I drove an Acura TL, Infiniti G35, Lexus S330 and the Buick Lucerne. I just fell in love with the Avalon--and--I almost overlooked the car. My son is the one who told me drive one. I'm 62 and in my "youth" again---this is one FAST machine--church quiet--limo room--26 MPG during break-in as I have only put 1,100 miles on it. First trip is next week and I know I'll get 30+ MPG--I must admit, it is something to "punch" this baby and its fun to "manually" shift--that way you really get the full effect of this remarkable machine. Hope this helps--and again, please do call!! Oh yea, it should have Michelin tires and I talked to my local Michelin dealer and he said on the low profile tires installed on the Avalon, keep them at 40 PSI versus the 32 PSI on the Dorr Data Panel--said they'll last 80,000 miles + at 40PSI-far less at 32 PSI.
  • rodc2rodc2 Posts: 26
    I have learned many things on Edmunds forums and have been helped considerably in all my Avalon decisions. The most recent was using the knowledge gained here to save $670.

    Although not normally a fan of extended warranties, I was a little concerned with the cost of potential failures of some of the "Gee Whiz Electronics" in my '06 Limited.

    My dealership initially wanted $1650 (retail price) for the Toyota Platinum Extended Warranty (7 Year/100,000 mile/zero deductable).

    I used the information gained from Edmunds forums to reduce the price to $980, which I consider a much more reasonable cost for this additional "peace of mind". The best thing about it was my dealership's "Service Contract Reimbursement Guarantee" which states "in writing" that I will receive a 100% reimbursement of my $980 at the conclusion of warranty period if the extended warranty has
    never been used.

    My dealership was Heartland Toyota of Bremerton Washington who provided me a very pleasant buying experience in all respects.

    Other dealerships that allegedly (I have not confirmed this personally) sell the Toyota Platinum 7 year/100,000 mile/zero deductable warranty for $985 are:
    Toyota of Greenfield, MA
    Toyota of Glen Burnie, MD
    Crown Toyota, KS
    Dan Porter Motors, ND
    Stone's Town & Country Motors, ID

    Thanks again for all the great forum inputs.
  • byebye Posts: 10
    Bob, Thank you for responding and providing all the good information. The Body Side Moldings are of much interest to me. It was one of the first things that we noticed missing on the 05 Avalons at the 2005 Auto Show. I feel there is still a strong need for them on all cars, but I have noticed that many new luxury cars do not have them. I guess this is a new trend and more money for the body shops to touch up paint chips, nicks, scuffs, etc. I am really looking forward to the delivery of our 06 Limited. I did order the Blizzard Pearl (white) as my wife really likes that color. It will replace our present Diamond White Avalon, which has been and still is a wonderful car. Bye
  • byebye Posts: 10
    beeman4u, $300.00 over invoice sounds like a great deal. Would you mind telling me what charges were listed on the dealer invoice that you paid in addition to the base price of the car, optional equipment installed by manufacturer, and the delivery and handling charge. Thanks. Bye
  • kvsnaidukvsnaidu Posts: 4
    I bought new fully loaded 2006 Avalon Limited for $34,897.00 (including Tax, Tags etc) on 0/2/27/2006 here in Fairfax, VA. Fully loaded I mean: Navigation, Vehicle Stability & Traction Control, Laser Cruise Control etc options. Dealer gave me couple of accessories for free with the deal (floor mats, wheel locks, sunroof wind deflector). Is it a reasonable deal? Or did I pay more when compared to others?

    Before buying Avalon I did lot of research. I looked at Acura TL, Lexus ES 330, Nissan Maxima, Infinity G35, VW Passat, Audi A4 etc. At some point I wanted to wait for 2007 Camry XLE or 2007 Lexus ES 350. After comparing vehicles in Edmunds and test driving Avalon, I decided Avalon is THE car I wanted.

    I have 2001 Honda Civic LX, which increases read noise instead of reducing it. I used to get headache whenever I drive Civic.

    Avalon is a great car. Well finished interior with very carefully designed cabin. Lot of leg room. Flat rear floor. All the necessary luxury features. None of the above mentioned competitive cars are match for the price I paid.
    (Nissan Maxima is nothing when compared to Avalon. I found the interior is not of good quality and is not built carefully)

    Of course, I have some suggestions for the Avalon too.

    1. No bluetooth. Very very very bad. Ridiculous.

    2. No MP3 for the 12 speaker JBL. Very bad.

    3. No Audio input to connect my iPod at least. Using
    Macally FM transmitter to listen to my iPod.

    4. Salesman said we can watch DVD movies when Car is in
    Parked position. I tried but failed. Anyone tried this?
    Can we watch DVD (by replacing the trunk map DVD)?

    5. Can't input destination to navigation system when
    car is in motion. Owners manual says it is a safety
    feature. I agree, but it doesn't even allow passenger to
    enter the destination. Some features of nav are disabled
    when the car is in motion. Acura TL Nav doesn't do this.

    Over all, I am very satisfied with Avalon.
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Agree about the Nav Sys--it is VERY complicated and can't be programmed while moving. I'm sorry I bought it---it along with Remote Start were impulsive buys on my part! i said i was buying a "loaded" Limited and I did. Talked to a frined who has a $700 Garmin GPS that does the same thing! I wrote to Toyota about the complicated and non-user freindly Nav System--they did respond and say they had received many other similar complaints. Not sure if you read what I wrote earlier about the tire pressure in the Miichelins---car door data palte says 32 PSI--talked to our local Michelin dealer and he said 40PSI for those low profile tires. Tires should last over 80K miles with "proper" care--inflation, rotatation & balance. Driving at 32PSI 'decreases" tire life.
  • dreasdaddreasdad Posts: 276
    If it is like the Landcruiser you not only have to be in park but you also have to fully apply the parking brake in
    order to watch a dvd, have not tried this myselfn on a Avalon but that is how the landcruiser works
  • fmayberryfmayberry Posts: 33
    kvsnaidu - Would you mind providing the dealership name you purchased the vehicle at. Thanks.
  • allnew3allnew3 Posts: 11
    I guess I got ripped on the extended warranty. Yesterday I bought a new Touring and paid $1695 for the platinum 6 year 100,000. What can I do at this point to get the price reduced?
  • kdean1kdean1 Posts: 2
    Can you share your sales person's name? I called them and they said their price is $500 over invoice. It sure sounds like you got a below invoice price! Congrats!
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
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  • finfin atlantaPosts: 586
    Your dealer is dangerously wrong on the air pressure numbers. These tires are designed to run with 32/34 pounds of pressure and if you go to 40 (cold), there are many things that happen... all bad. At best, ride quality will be poor. Very harsh and bumpy. On the interstate at 80 mph they could easily approach maximum inflation pressure. In some situations, a complete failure is possible, even with new tires. And there is no doubt that the tread wear pattern will shorten, not add to, the overall tire life. Buy a tire gauge, set the correct pressure.
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Thanks fin: This "Crow" I'm eating goes real good with my Diet Pepsi!! I called 3 other Michelin dealers--said OK to go to 34 PSI--better mileage and tire wear--not to 40 PSI--live and learn!! Thanks for the reply!!
  • rodc2rodc2 Posts: 26
    I recently purchased and installed Color matched mudguards on my Blizzard Pearl 06 Limited. They really look nice (not too large) and are molded to fit the body shape. The color matches perfectly, and they are very easy to install yourself.

    Although they are "genuine" Toyota parts, they are not available from most "non-Gulf States" dealerships. My dealership in Washington only offered the dark grey/black mud guards.

    I ordered color matched mud guards on-line from "TRD Parts 4U" (I don't want to antagonize our gracious host by posting a web site, so you'll have to figure it out from there). TRD Parts 4U is actually a dealership (Toyota of Dallas) who discounts "genuine" Toyota parts on the internet.

    The price: $33.26 per set (need front and rear sets) $66.52. Shipping TX to WA $9.99. Total cost $76.51
    Delivery time: Four days. (Note: the web site lists these parts as 2005, but 05 and 06 parts and colors are identical)

    The Installation: Very easy. Instructions and all required hardware are provided. Tools required are a phillips screwdriver, a 3/8 inch wrench, a drill, and a 1/4 inch bit. Total time of installation: Less than 1 hour. The front: Installation requires no drilling at all, just remove existing screws and replace them with the provided screws which are slightly longer. No need to remove tires, just turn the wheels to give you some work space.
    The rear: I found it best to remove the wheel to give you the required work space and to ensure the drill holes you must make were "square". Don't let the "drill holes in your new car" scare you. You would have to work very, very hard to screw this one up. It's basically a "no brainer" if you use the new mudguard as a template (It's all covered in the instructions). In any event, you just drill two (per mud guard) 1/4 inch holes in the plastic lip of the rear body panel which faces the tire, attach the provided clips and screws and you are done. The holes drilled are not on the surface of the body panel, so you do not damage the vehicle's appearance even if you wanted to remove the mud guards at some later time.

    I found this to be a good (and inexpensive) way to "dress up" your Avalon while at the same time providing some rock nick protection.
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