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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon

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  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    A one set limited experience with Dunlop was not good. Toyo is a great tire for performance but the ride is firmer than most and you get a little more road noise, we have used them on both an Avalon and v6 Accord. No experience with the other two brands. My '07 Limited actually has N filled Nexen tires on it, great ride and performance at half the price of Michelins, the tire guy recommended them. Also, my driving is in GA/FL, there is little snow or ice so if that type of weather is a factor it might affect your decision.

    Others will probably reply about the Bridgestone and Yoko brands... Good luck. :)
  • jlsextonjlsexton Posts: 301
    And I would have to disagree about the Dunlops. I live in NY, had 2 sets on my Camry (previous car) got good mileage 54,000, & good traction in bad weather.

    Rotated then every 10,000 miles. Buy a AAA rated tire, my Avalon limited has Michelin, quiet, good in bad weather, only 13,000 on them so far, can't comment on mileage.
  • branch15_5branch15_5 Posts: 44
    fin, how many miles have you put on the Nexens? Any idea of how much mileage you'll get out of them?

    Thanks in advance.
  • fabusfabus Posts: 3
    CAN ANYBODY FIX MY FLOOD 2006 AVALON IN ATLANTA AREA PLEASE? TOYOTA IS NO GOOD. THEY CHARGED ME $400 AND COULD NOT GIVE ME GOOD DIAGNOSTICS.PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    Branch15: Now at the 10 month mark with 14k miles. Just did another rotation before the 4th as we were taking a short trip. The tires look like new except for a little edge wear on the outside. Typical. Keep in mind my driving is mostly suburban and interstate in the southeast. Also, they are N filled at 34psi cold, the ride is a little firmer than most in a Limited, but with excellent handling for a soft suspension car.

    My best guess, 40k miles is reasonable to expect, more very possible. Been a Michelin man for decades but these things were half the price as a set and my tire guy has Nexens on his big MB custom cruiser sedan. To this point they act like Michelin. We never saw snow this year so that's still an unknown, but in GA, no real concern.

    So far, so good. But pay close attention to the balance job as these tires generally need more weights than a Michelin. Not a problem but make them do it right especially if you cruise above 80.... Hope this helps.. :)
  • vicmvicm Posts: 18
    Have Michelins on my 05 Ltd, just past the 51,000 miles mark with them. Still have a few thousand to go. Looking for replacement tires. Michelin has given me good wear but would like other opinions on other tires. I have read all the posts on tires on this site. Lots of good info, but many conflicting opinions. Would appreciate any current info.
  • jlsextonjlsexton Posts: 301
    Check Consumers...........

    Good tires Michelins, little expensive, will be selling mine long before I have 51,000, only 13,500 and 3 years old now BUT I would buy the same tire.............
  • truckbmetruckbme Posts: 6
    Passenger side front PW window button (on driver side) just stopped working last week
    but still works on passengers PW button only. Anyone had this problem (yet)
    (out of warrenty) & any advice on this minor problem (unless the passenger side fails also)
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    It would appear to me that the problem is in the driver's side switch (window still works). Checking for defective switch or loose wire should be simple as removing the switch panel on the driver's side and jumping across the PW switch terminals to see if this operates the passenger window. I don't know if the switches are available individually, or only as the complete switch panel.
  • cathedralcathedral Posts: 2
    I just purchased a used 2006 Avalon XLS with an Ivory interior. I'm hoping that someone on here could recommend floor mats that would best match the interior color and fit very well. I'm leaning more towards plastic to contain dirt and snow, but would be open to carpet. Does anyone have any advice about what floor mats have worked out well for them? Thanks.
  • I have Weathertech's and love them. They are expensive, but worth it, at least to me. I bought the regular Weathertech mats for the Avalon, but if I bought again, I would buy the more expensive floor liners. I have the floor liners in my 4Runner and they are much nicer.

    Jim Wells
    Tallahassee, FL
  • jlsextonjlsexton Posts: 301
    I have to ask, WHY are you so pleased with them. As with all things there are expensive & not so expensive. I have Weather-Tech for my windows and they are much better & yes expensive. I purchased mats from Sears, durable & reasonable,a cost effective product but just my opinion.
  • The floor liners fit perfectly out of the box, are easy to clean, and prevent water and other liquids from getting to the carpet. They also use the factory hooks on the front seats. I like mine. I'm sure there are less expensive choices that will work.
  • clarence10clarence10 Posts: 55
    Hi all, I recently picked up a used 2006 avalon limited. I love this car. Got rid of my Infinit M35x at end of lease. That car guzzled gas.

    Anyway, I was looking at some aftermarket BT options and came across this

    Scosche BlueFusion

    My 3 questions are....

    1. Has anyone used this product before?
    2. Since this unit is made for the Toyota Avalon, all you need to do is pop out the radio, and plug it into the Sat Radio plug. No wire splicing at all. (My car does not have Sat Radio built in)
    3. How hard is it to pop out the radio? Where can I find a manual to show me how to do it?

    If anyone has removed the radio, I would like any advice or tips.

    Thanks in advance to all.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    This may help you out with the radio removal:

    link title

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

  • clarence10clarence10 Posts: 55
    Is the dash trime removal tool Toyota specific? or is it a generic tool. Where can I get it?

    Thx for the info
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Its generic. Just a slim piece of plastic. Crutchfield.com probably sells it for a few bucks.

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

  • doobredoobre Posts: 42
    I have had a similar problem (and many many more of far more impact) but the PW switch was a temporary thing.. it happened only once after the car was in for service and a wash. when I pressed the PW button for passenger window from the drivers side it did not work. when I reached over and pressed the switch for that window on the passengers button it did work... but the green light inside the switch was flashing...

    I stopped sometime later on. put all the windows up and down all the way and then stop the engine, locking the car and opening it again and starting up, the problem did not come back.
    of course it may have been a coincidence..

    Good luck to you if this is all that has gone wrong with your avalon, my experiences have shown it is a s**t car as far as I'm concerned.. cheers
  • jeffm5jeffm5 Posts: 111
    My experience has been just the opposite of doobre. I have a 05 Limited I bought new. I'm pushing 70K trouble free miles. Great ride and very good MPG, especially on highway. (Close to 30 doing 65 mph.)
  • doobredoobre Posts: 42
    yes well Jeff, if you had all the problems I have had with my avalon and the dealer says they can do nothing, either because they are "intermittent issues" or "the model sold in the middle east is not fixable as is the US model".. I think you'd be pissed too... and the arrogance of Toyota makes the situation worse...
    this is my first and last Toyota..
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    Interesting comments, please explain "model sold in the middle east is not fixable as is the US model".

    Sold where? What is different about the car? I thought all Avalons were made at the same place (Kentucky).

    What sort of problems are you having?
  • jlsextonjlsexton Posts: 301
    Good reason, sorry I usually get an email on an answer but not this time.

    What do the weathertechs cost ?
  • doobredoobre Posts: 42
    popsavalon
    I was told by the dealer here (Al Futtaim - they have the monopoly) in Dubai that the 2005 sold in the ME is not fixable by the TSB which was issued by TOYOTA for the 2005 tranmission US model.. this was from the UAE National Service Manager.. I don't believe them but ...... I think there is some other reason that they can not\will not fix it... some 'special' agreement between TMC and the local dealer here ?... but you are right it's made in the same factory in US..

    If you do a search on these forums for "doobre" I am sure you will find many threads discussing my issues.. main issue has been [and still is] the crap transmission...

    cheers doobre
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    Thanks for the reply. I hate to think about resolving problems associated with a "Japanese vehicle- mfg. in US- sold in Dubai". Sounds like the dealer is using this to his advantage to minimize service work.

    The transmission issues for various Avalon models (my 07) have been fixable per the TSBs, and result in a very nice driving vehicle.
  • jeffm5jeffm5 Posts: 111
    No doubt if I had the problems you have had I'd feel the same way. I am also disappointed that many complain of Toyota's attitude towards customers with problems. Is there a car manufacturer out there that really makes an effort to resolve problems fairly? That's why I hate to get back into the new car market. I think I'll run mine until they drop. Now that I think of it, I had a brake problem with my Subaru that was covered by warranty. They stepped right up and took care of it & I even got a loaner. However, I had shoddy work on other occasions with 2 Subaru dealerships.
  • Based on the useful suggestions, I decided to splurge on the Weathertech floormats. I spend about $170, and while that was way more than alternatives, it was worth it. They fit perfectly, look great, and will catch all the dirt, sand, snow, and water I'll track into my car. The color doesn't perfectly match the ivory interior, but they still match well enough. Thanks for the recommendation, and consider this my recommendation for these mats.
  • jlsextonjlsexton Posts: 301
    Good luck, for me they would have to more than sit on the floor for $170. Any news on the 2010 Avalon, minus the rumors.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Any news on the 2010 Avalon, minus the rumors.

    Good place to pursue that: 2010 Toyota Avalon.

    ;)
  • 5539655396 Posts: 529
    We have a 2003 Avalon and have upgraded the suspension with Energy sway bar bushings and KYB GR2 struts which transformed the car. (see posts in previous 04 and earlier and Suspension forums) I really like the car now with it's BMW like handling, but it now has 80k on it and I can probably still get a decent price for it. The other choice is to just keep it.

    We have been put off by the size of the 05+ Avalons and weren't impressed with the lack of 'fun factor' in ones that we drove. But I have a size question for those of you that traded up from the previous generation. What were your early impressions of the new design? Did it feel a lot larger? How did the driving experience compare. I expect that the suspension was more taut, but was it as enjoyable to drive or just feel like a nice riding big car? With ES 350's coming off lease, I'm considering one as we really don't need the extra size of the Avalon. I would probably upgrade the suspension on that for a sportier feel too.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I went from an '03 XL to an '06 XLS. The extra size was't a big deal for me. If anything it was a plus. IMO the only thing that the '03 had over the '06 was the seats. They were bigger and more comfortable to me. Other than that the '06 was fantastic, more power with better MPG, slightly better handling (although still soft) and great features. Also, the Toyota 2GR V6 is amazing, one of the greatest V6's available today. If I were you I would look for a lightly used Touring model provided you don't mind black interior as that is all that is available. The Touring has a tighter suspension, xenon lights, and a spoiler all standard.

    Regarding the ES, if you don't need the extra room the Avalon offers the ES may be for you. Take note though, that it rides very soft and isolated from the road. This doesn't sound like your cup of tea.

    In the end they are both great cars. My '06 Avalon only had an O2 sensor problem in the time I owned it (3 yrs 35K). I have a Hyundai Genesis now and while its a great car I miss my Avalon.

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

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