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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon

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  • Checked with my father in law, he has been in the auto paint business for forty years. He said it is a teflon based product that is made by Dupont. Its been around for many years. He suggest to stay away from it. It does put a teflon coating over the service and has some advantages but not enough to get it done.

    He said that it blends into the paint finsh in a way that causes nightmare for a bodyshop man who may have to touch up an area that was damaged. Apparently the paint being applied after will just not bond properly causing it to spider web, crack and even peel.

    Stick with a water based car wax that has UV additives and apply monthly and the finish will last the life of the car. Paint has come along way in 20 years. His words...
  • I'm getting ready to order my Avalon. I've seen the light gray interior, but haven't been able to see one with ivory.

    For those who have it or have seen it, could you describe it? How light is it?

    BTW, the exterior will be Blizzard Pearl.

    Thanks for the input.
  • I have an 05 Blizzard Pearl XLS with tinted windows. The person who applied my tint said that she wouldn't recommended the bronze tint because the metallic particles could interfere with the navigation system. I wanted the black tint any way but I asked because of the navigation system. I haven't had any problems with the nav or my XM mini antenna which I have mounted inside the front windshield. The black tint on the Blizzard Pearl is very sharp.
  • Hope this link works:

    viking644, "Toyota Avalon 2005+" #6786, 18 Jun 2005 12:59 pm

    Just an fyi - I ordered mine in this color combination and waited nearly two months for it --- I AM VERY PLEASED with my choice. The lighter woodgrain on the interior is very attractive in my opinion.

    Enjoy !

    dcboater
  • Thanks dc -- it is indeed attractive.
  • thanks aloot for the pics :D

    we need more BLIZZARDS PICS :D
  • Again Thank You, but although the (TSB) ST002-04 includes the 05 avalon, it only includes those 05s that where built before vin# 4T1BF28B#4U385890. They changed the Front Strut Assembly in the 05s midstream. The first 05s have the same assembly as the 04s. Although they may revise the (TSB), at this time there is no report on the later 05s One good thing is the cramping in my steering hand seems to be not as bad..
  • Alan --

    Point well taken on ride and noise. I believe that the fit would not be a problem though. See message 4591 for reference to 235/45 tires mounted. My first demo ride at dealer was in Ltd with 245/40 tires mounted. I personally liked the ride and especially the handling.

    Regards
  • regisregis Posts: 94
    When we park our new 06 Avalon on a shopping trip, my wife shops and I stay to guard the car (from dings). Wonder how long that will last?
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 356
    Relax, you can get side moldings here:

    http://www.sportwing.com/catalog/index.pcgi

    Enjoy the mall. Personally, I'd rather stay and guard the car... ;)
  • The silver door over the radio has been difficult to open and close since the car was purchased last April. Sometimes it'd be fine for several days in a row and then regress into its usual stubborn behavior. (It was always perfect at the dealer, naturally.) Finally, it wouldn't open at all. And two days ago (ta daaa!) it wouldn't open at the dealer's, either. That's when I was told, "We've been replacing an awful lot of these. And we just got some of the new doors in with a redesigned latch." The new door has a whole different feel and latches and unlatches perfectly with a satisfying snap. So there's no need to settle for frustration if you've got a radio-door problem.
  • Wow I thought I was the only one... Thank You for being brave enough to admit it.
  • Picked up my XLS Blizzard Pearl Sunday and so far have two complaints. There are an awfull lot of buttons and knobs to learn about and the cup holder lid favors my wife. Why? Otherwise I find it to be flawless and wonderful. Very comfortable too.

    How can I remember what C D's are in the changer?
  • I also found another place that has the painted side moldings that can keep your car from getting those dings. They provide instructions on how to install them with a picture and it seems quite easy. The name of the company is Dawn Enterprises and they can be reached @ (800) 548-4867. Their site address is:

    http://www.dawn-ent.com/molding/index.html

    :)
  • I have determined that the square window on the back side of the rear view mirror has nothing to do with the rain-sensing wipers. I put a piece of black tape over it and the wipers still come on in the rain. The problem is they come on at the slightest mist and stay on regardless of the intermittent setting.

    Dealer doesn't know anything about the wipers other than that they come on when it rains and says there is no adjustment for the. Emailed Toyota and they suggested changing the automatic transmission fluid( go figure that out). Called Toyota and they could only tell me to talk to the dealer. Under current conditions, live in Seattle, they are currently useless in auto function. So my only alternative is to turn them on and off manually - this in a $35,000 car.

    Maybe I should try the state Lemon Law and make them buy it back. Am getting frustrated.
  • Has anyone tried to order an extra smart key for the LTD. I would like to get any extra one just in case I misplace or lose the one I or my husband has. I heard they are $100. Please tell me this is not the case. :confuse:
  • mstemmstem Posts: 113
    I took delivery last Saturday of a '06 Avalon Limited, Silver Pine Mica with Ivory interior. I had kind of agonized over both the exterior and interior color choices myself. After hearing some postive reviews of the S-P-M color, I went with it. I WAS going to order the light gray interior but my bride reminded me our other car is a Phantom Gray 4-Runner with the gray leather, and my vehicle before that also had gray leather. So I opted for the Ivory interior... Bearing in mind I have only had the vehicle six days (!) I have to admit I don't regret either choice. And while I like the light green exterior, I REALLY REALLY like the Ivory interior... Go for it! Mike
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    When I enquired some time back about getting three smart keys with the vehicle when it was delivered, they indicated that the extra key would cost ~ $200.
  • For those of you who own Avalon with navigation, is there a downside in having the system? Is't worth it? would you purchase it again? Thanks
  • I agree the tint on these cars look very good. This link on Toyota's website will show what all colors look like with tint: http://www.toyota.com/avalon/color.html
    I have the Black LTD with 20% tint on the windows. My 20 something children LOVE the car (Of course, I do too)!
  • oranoran Posts: 9
    The Michelins (Energy MXM(?) series 8)came with my 2005 Limited and they seem to be good enough tires for the 7 months or so when there's no snow here in northern PA. The Michelin website even gives these same tires high ratings for winter use, though the tread looks like anything but winter tire tread.

    Has anyone else from the snowbelt decided on what winter tires to purchase, if at all? We have, foolishly, gone thru a few winters with the standard 'all season' radials in earlier models of cars, but having tried winter tires recently with great success in other cars, I don't know if I want to risk a winter without the best tires.

    Any thoughts, reactions?
  • About the window tint with metallic particles. I have checked with several companies and with Toyota. Don't use metallic tints. The radio antenna is in the rear window and the metal will interfere with the AM reception. I made that mistake with my 2001 Chrysler Concorde and it reduced the reception in the AM band dramatically. It shouldn't affect the smart key because that is microwave.
  • riley3riley3 Twin Cities MNPosts: 27
    I got a windshield chip from a gravel truck before my 2005 Ltd had 2000 miles. I had it repaired with the plastic injection process and it seems fine. The repair spot is about the size of a pin head. After the first day I couldn't tell the difference between the repaired spot and a small bug splat. The glass repair person (not a Toyota dealer) said the new Toyota Ltd noise reducing windshield consisted of an additional plastic bead around the glass. He said the glass was the same as the glass in the other models. He also said aftermarket glass windshields were equal in quality to Toyota brand but do not have the Toyota logo in the bottom corner.
  • "Dealer doesn't know anything about the wipers other than that they come on when it rains and says there is no adjustment for the. Emailed Toyota and they suggested changing the automatic transmission fluid( go figure that out"

    They either have a sense of humor or they are outright dumb. I would personally suggest you change the blinker fluid and upgrade to synthetic oil.
  • Ordered a 2006, August 10, through a "Leasing" Co. for our business and was told "16 week delivery"; what a suprise to have it delivered this week!

    Picked up in Kokomo, IN, about 70 miles from Fort Wayne and had the great pleasure of driving "home".

    I have driven Cadillac SLS's (1996, 1999) as my "company car" for the last (8) years and before that Oldsmobile Delta 88's, loaded. My first non "American" car was 4 years ago, Acura MDX for my wife, which was very "tight" and trouble free, great to drive for an SUV.

    I researched and drove the new Chrysler 300, Ford 500, Cadillac STS, Chevy Impala, TrailBlazer and the Avalon.

    Personally ,I like the body re-design and the build, handling and ride; so far it seems to be a great value for the money, with all the desirable features. I am very impresssed with the quality (the interior is superb and well fit, as is the exterior). Having driven the car 100+ miles, today, the "quiet", ride and accceleration, really stood out and impressed.

    Hopefully, the great experience will continue!
  • I have a 2005 Limited with NAV. I previously owned a 2000 Avalon and how I miss the user friendly 2000's display. It always showed,( in large text), the time, the day, the date, the outside temperature, the MPG. It also simultaneously showed CD info i.e. the disk, the track, all climate control information, etc. The 2006 WITHOUT navigation control seems to come the closest to giving such data.

    The problem with the 2005/06 NAV is that the car defaults to the NAV system. When I start the car or activate the accessories, I am presented with a Caution screen which requires me to click on an "I agree" indicator confirming that I accept the safety disclaimer. The system then goes to a Map Screen. I can press a button to get radio or CD information, or I can press a Climate button to see the temperature settings and related information. I can also press similar buttons on the steering wheel to momentarily see those settings, but first, I must get by that *%#* Caution screen. Turn off the ignition and you must deal with the Caution screen all over again.

    The system has a memo feature to remind you of selected dates. After going through the Caution routine, you can go to the Information Menu to enter calendar reminders. For example, if I want to be reminded of a birthday, I must enter it over and over again for each future year. You would think that the system would give you the option to automatically carry the reminder forward to future years.
    The NAV system is not user friendly and it should not be the default.

    I, for one, seldom use it except as an interesting toy. Use it or not, I must first get by the Caution Screen. Toyota should have designed the system to only require the Caution screen when you need navigation. The system should give you the option to select what information should be displayed when the system boots. The only exception that I know of is the Trip Information screen which shows Consumption of fuel and Cruise speed and distance. If that screen is displayed when you turn off the car, it will be there upon re-start.

    Some members have applied a fix to bypass the Caution Screen, which is a help, but it still will not display the Climate or Audio screens when you re-start. You will still have to press buttons. If you never need to use NAV, you will still have to deal with it.

    The NAV system and the small trunk are the weak points of the car. :mad:
  • lntlnt Posts: 189
    To those interested in the front end mask:

    I got my front end mask in today. The box it came in has Toyota on it. The address is Toyota Parts Dept. Amherst, NY. I haven't put it on yet, but it has Toyota stamped on it and it looks to be the same quality as the one I had for my 98 Avalon. I am going in to the dealership tomorrow to get my oil changed and am going to see if they will install it for me and ask the service manager about it. I don't know why he couldn't get a parts number for it. Anyway, when I get it on, I'll let you know what it looks like.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Of course they are! You have a $38k car so why should the key be any cheaper?
    ;)
    Mackabee
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Not necessarily. The paint sealant applied at the dealers comes with a 5 year warranty against acid rain damage among other things. Depending on what region of the country you're in it could save you thousands on a new paint job. I would highly recommend getting it done especially on a dark color car like the Cassis Red pearl, Black, Indigo ink, and Phanthom gray. Our 92 Camry was a deep burgundy called Wineberry pearl. Beautiful color until the acid rain got a hold of it.
    :shades:
    Mackabee
  • Thanks for the laugh. Reminds me of the chrome reverse muffler bearing from my high school days.

    I kept asking the Toyota rep what the design specifications were and she kept saying she didn't know. I said for god sake you designed and built the car and the response was I'm sorry you are having difficulty sir.

    I'm certainly beginning to question Toyota as a first class company now.
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