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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon



  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    zagman..I am getting 21-23mpg in town. I have 1100 miles on the Limited.

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Hey JUST ME....thanks for the post. I actually almost bought the Chrysler 300 until I heard about the new Avalon. The 300 does have that special look about it, but I found the Avalon to be the favorite. The biggest comparison for me was the smooth ride of the Avalon and the interior look which I find to be of better quality. Also the fact that resale on Toyota is much better as well as reliability.
    When I read the reviews from folks who bought the Chrysler 300, it was scary as they were having many problems getting parts etc.and many were unhappy.
    Many post can turn people off, so I agree that we have to be very positive with the Avalon comments, because people do pay attention. I paid alot of attention to the reviews on the 300.

  • gladiator99gladiator99 Posts: 104
    Good day guys!!
    It's Saturday so I thought I'd wash our new XLS. Thought I better check the exhaust pipes for alignment, and guess what? They are both hanging exactly the same. Maybe the Canadian Avalon's don't have the same problem. Next time I am near the dealers, I'll check a few more. I checked the date of manufacture and mine was built in Feb. so I will be able to wax it soon. I have been using a wax/polish called Eagle one Wet Look. This stuff is imported by Valvoline Canada, and really puts a shine on my previous TL and my 97 truck. I have not been able to get more of this stuff and was wondering if anyone out there had any recommendations on a 1 step wax/polish. Also checked my tire pressure and all were 34psi. just over the recommended pressure for the michelins on my car. The ride is very smooth at this pressure so I just left them as is. I am going to check some of the Canadian Auto accessory stores to see if I can get some bumper guards similar to the ones discussed here. Thanks for all the help guys. Have a great weekend.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    gladiator99...I just bought some Eagle One Wax. I live in VA. and they sell it at an auto store called Advance. Don't know if you have one or not. Maybe they could ship it?

  • clipper1clipper1 Posts: 70
    Analitical: No not with Stadium.... The car I originally ordered was sold 30
    minutes after I told the VP to keep my deposit for the '06.-- Which is contrary to all your dealers... my contacts say early fall.-- Dealer was quite happy as my contract called for invoice +$1500.. (which now is toooooo much) --He sold the car at MSRP...hehe

    Anyone who pays MSRP or with a slight discount are not doing their homework.

    Work off invoice folks and keep it very LO
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    Hi RONN. The 300 Chrysler brochure doesn't give you any specifications regarding front/rear leg room, shoulder room etc. Strange.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Actually, the Chrysler 300 is not on topic here. If anyone is interested, a comparo could be fired up on our Sedans Comparisons board, but we need to move beyond that focus here in this discussion. Thanks.
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    Gladiator99, I went to my Dealer yesterday to lift the left Exhaust pipe which is now even with the right one. While waiting, I browsed around in their parts store and saw the Eagle one you spoke about, so check with your Toyota Dealer. I use Maguiars NXT Generation Tech Wax and it does an excellent job. It seems to work like the Toyo Guard. It was also recommended here when I asked about it. You can get it at Walmart, Autozone etc.
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    Sorry Pat, I was just refering to my earlier post. Thanks.
  • rwb2rwb2 Posts: 85
    24.7 mpg. combination freeway, city, to and from work. From the burbs to downtown Columbus, Ohio. 1,400 miles on the LTD. Regular gas -87 octane.
  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 335
    In 3,250 miles I'm averaging 25.4 mpg in mixed highway / city driving.

  • Ok, so I'm going with the definition for Avalon is where King Arthur went to die, pass on, etc. It's a wonderful place to visit and now I have to figure out when I can move in!

    So I went on a test drive with the wife this afternoon. The Avalon easily exceeded all of my expectations and then some. It is a wonderful roomy vehical that handles very crisply yet says to everyone else on the road, "you wish you could afford this." Very very cool. OH and about that sound system in there...

    ...They had to take the thing in for a cleaning after the test drive, my drool was all over the the place! Primo system in that car. Excellent clarity and a breeze to use. The BONUS today was the wife is now voting my Audi off the island. So, this will definitely be the next car for me. I didn't start talking price today and all that fun for two reasons:

    1) Not ready just yet
    2) Would have killed the new car buzz I had going

    OH and to answer the leading question on the board right now... NONE of the tailpipes were uneven on the Avalons I looked at in the dealership's lot.

    BTW, for those of you who run into a push salesperson when you go looking at the Avalon... Just turn up the stereo. :P

    ...Still feelin' that buzz. :shades:
  • Good day guys!!
    It's Saturday so I thought I'd wash our new XLS. Thought I better check the exhaust pipes for alignment, and guess what? They are both hanging exactly the same. Maybe the Canadian Avalon's don't have the same problem. Next time I am near the dealers, I'll check a few more. I checked the date of manufacture and mine was built in Feb.

    Hello Gladiator99,

    I'm Glad for you, and for any others who own even-tailpiped Avalons on either side of the 49th Parallel. But the answer is elsewhere: my XLS is also Canadian. It was built in January, arrived Feb 28, delivered March 1. I'll be curious to hear from others as well.

    I was at the dealer's today to make an appointment to fix the misalignment. In my car the problem is minor, but in another XLS in their showroom it was very noticeable and I had a look under it today. Both tailpipes/mufflers are hung from identical short, rigid rubber mounts of oval shape. I don't see how they could adjust these mounts. The L pipe pointed a lot further downward and also inward (towards the license plate), compared to the R pipe. Either the left tailpipe(s) was (were) misaligned when built at the factory, or the paths of the R and L tailpipes are different (not likely). In my view, the rubber hammer will still be the simple solution, but I'll leave this up to the service dept. (to honour Ronn's concerns about warranty voiding!)

    By the way, as I was about to leave, they offfered to wash my Titanium XLS. Not that it looked like it needed it -- more likely, the service guy was looking forward to drive it a bit!

    have a good one, havalong
  • Welcome to Avalon, LoUdSpEaKeR! Very nice to hear that the sound system meets with your approval, this is good news for all of us and for Toyota, too. Just make sure to snap up one of those even-tailed specimens that you have checked out. Or, perhaps the factory has caught up with an early defect and is now delivering only truly flawless cars!

    best wishes,

  • cafpafcafpaf Posts: 65
    I thought that several of you might get a hoot out of this. While we still have not taken delivery of our new Avalon Limited, today my wife told me that once it arrives if she is not driving she will only ride in the rear seat. When I asked why she said, "Because of the Avaloungers." It seems that is now what she calls the reclining seats in the rear. I had a great laugh and hope a lot of you will as well.
  • mark40mark40 Posts: 1
    Just purchased my Limited yesterday. Paid $1700 above dealer invoice. Dealer invoice included such things as holdback, but the price was still approx $2,200 under MSRP. Contacted the dealer through the MVCP program which my credit union belongs too.

    So far I am pretty happy with the car. I am constantly learning more things about the vehicle. Can't wait to ready the owners guide from cover to cover to see what else it does.

    Only one problem so far. The rear sun shade binds when it is lowered. Stopped by the dealer today. They tried lubing it, but no luck. They are ordering a new mechanism.
  • gladiator99gladiator99 Posts: 104
    Hi just me!
    Thanks for your suggestion. I went over to a local auto accessories store earlier and they had my eagle one polish and also meguiar's gold class clear coat liquid car wax. One of the employees behind the counter suggested the meguiar's as he said it was easier to apply and buff off. Well I tried it and it was very easy to use, and has a great shine to it. My car is the Blizzard white pearl so I had to really look from different angles to see if I had buffed out all the wax. It looks great. It is probably similar to the meguiar's that you use. Thanks again!!!!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Agent, the "specials" don't foreshadow anything. These are the monthly incentives Toyota offers to the public in the form of cash back or special APR financing on certain vehicles. I can guarantee you there are no incentives on Avalon. Good luck selling your Jetta. :cry:
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    Gladiator99, your welcome. My question is as follows. My XLS came with the 6 changer CD, and regular radio. I did not opt for the JBL 12 speakers. I am not deaf, and appreciate music, and to me what I have is wonderful. Maybe my ear for music isn't that critical? I had the JBL in my 04, and I really can't tell the difference, neither can my wife and she has an excellent ear for music and can carry a tone and also sings. She is also happy with it. So when people get the JBL with the 12 speakers I can appreciate it's even better, or as someone said awesome. What I don't understand unless someone is a concert pianist here like Horowitz, may his soul rest in peace, why would anyone take out the JBL and put something else in that supposedly is even better. I can only believe maybe one of of ten million would be that critically attuned to notice a difference. So can anyone shed some light on this for me. Isn't the JBL sound good enough??
  • morganffmorganff Posts: 6
    I just bought a 2005 Avalon Touring Edition on March 22, 2005. I test drove 2 Avalons before buying, found the steering in both to be perfectly fine. I bought the second one I drove. After 300 miles, it started pulling to the right. Two trips back to the dealer for alignment adjustments haven't solved the problem. It's going back in for a third look on Monday. Like most of you writing in, I'm all raves about the car (until this problem surfaced). Now I'm concerned I'm looking at the tip of a suspension iceberg problem with this vehicle. Anybody out there have any similar experiences or helpful advice?
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