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Toyota Avalon Owners: Meet the Members



  • rosie19rosie19 Posts: 5
    Greatings from Texas. So far all i've seen on this forum is kids! I'am 79, course down here we all live longer! Have my 2nd Avalon, '06 LTD, did'nt think they could do better but they have. The keyless thing-a-bob worries me. Any one ever have a problem with them?

    Old Bill
  • I am now the happy owner of a 2006 Avalon Ltd with navigation system, laser cruise and vehicle stability - all for $1,200 over invoice. It's Indigo Ink Pearl (a really pretty dark blue) with Graphite (medium grey) interior. Came out of a restaurant this evening to find several people looking it over in the parking lot.
  • Hi vkesler,

    I recently concluded my search for a new car and after countless hours of test driving and research, I chose the 2006 Avalon Touring with some of the limited upgrades. MSRP ended up around $33k. Now it is my understanding from dealers and customer forums that due to the demand for all avalons, dealers really don't have to come off their pricing and most will sell at sticker price. Here's a trick that i think is worth mentioning with regard to the avalons.

    Sams club and Costco both offer negotiated deals with dealerships on almost all models of automobiles. I contacted the Costco auto program and they put me in touch with a participating dealer a couple of hours away. I received no haggle pricing over the phone of $950 over base invoice...about a $2200 savings. I then took that deal to my local dealer who I have been building a relationship with and asked them to see if they could beat it. Although they only took another $200 bucks off the invoice, I was pleased to almost get $2500 off MSRP. This allowed me to get the extras I wanted.

    Happy Shopping and thanks to the costco auto program.
  • Wow I believe I might be the youngest person here. I am 17 years old, obviously I don't own the car, it is my fathers. We are a throughly at Toyota family and our past and present car list includes a 96 Camry, my 97 Avalon, a 98 Avalon, a 2000 4Runner, a 2002 Camry and a 2005 Highlander. Obviously we do not own them all at this point but all of them have served us very well. The Avalon I drive is a XL with leather seats, accent stripe, and alloys in addition to the factory standard features. It has 148,000 miles but still idles like a Lexus and drives like one too. I have been looking for an Avalon fourm for awhile, and while I was hoping for a more performance oriented place, my 200 HP mini-supra engine will do just fine and I am very happy to be here. Hope I didn't bore you with my long post.
  • I am Tom and we have 24 hours with a new Silver Pine Mica XLS with VSC, JBL upgrade. Love the sound system and love the color. Evidently not many Silver Pine Mica's are sold - even fewer in the Sienna. Had to travel to get a deal, and used half tank of gas to get the deal completed. Filled new XLS with 87 octane - hope that was ok. Haven't had time to read the manual thoroughly, but my intentions are good. Any recommendations about care and upkeep from other Avalon owners out there?
  • I am Jason, 31 years old, and this is my second Avalon. I had a 2000 Avalon XL when it just came out in late 1999. I loved her, and she was beautiful. When my lease term was up, I caved and got a 2002 Sequoia XR5. While I did like the Sequoia - it just wasn't an Avalon. When the lease term ran up on the Sequoia, I went back to my true love.

    She is a 2006 Avalon XLS, Silver Pine Mica, Ivory Leather, Upgraded JBL Stereo, and all the trimmings. I have had her for about 2 weeks now, and I look forward to the drive to and from work... :P
  • My name is Dennis, age 43. My wife and I will be married 25 years on 10/4/05, and a new Blizzard Pearl/Charcoal with everything but Nav. is being built for her on 10/3. This will be our second Avalon. We own a company that is a supplier to Toyota, so I may just get to see this car in person at the Georgetown plant while in production. Would that be cool?
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) is an amazing facility. The quality, engineering, and Team Dedication to produce the finest cars in America is alive and well there. We are proud to be a Toyota Business Partner, and enjoy a great relationship as a supplier to help build these cars. As mentioned in a previous post, anyone can arrange to have a tour of the Toyota Facilities. It is impressive. I tend to take it for granted, as I am there so much. All of you Avalon owners would enjoy seeing the birthplace of these great cars in Georgetown, Kentucky.
    Lexington, KY
  • In So. FL, my dealer recommended regular gas. Have had my SPM since June 17 and using regular, I :shades: average 31.4 mpg. Just waxed a second time using Maguires products from Advance Auto. I have not seen another new Avy on the road since I got mine.
    Island Avy
  • roberturobertu Posts: 15
    "So far all i've seen on this forum is kids! I'am 79, course down here we all live longer! The keyless thing-a-bob worries me."

    Ol' Bill. I'm witch you, brother. Th'o that there thing-a bob in the dumper. What I wouldn't give to git back to crankin' em up from the radiator.

    What part of TX you from? Hope old Rita was kind.

    ROBERTU :blush:
  • dshahsdshahs Posts: 35
    Hi, my name is Deven and I am 31. I dont have my 06 silver pine mica Avalon Limited yet but the deal is done and i should be receiving her by October 21st. I am excited about the car because this is my first toyota ever and i have heard great things about the Avalon and her tranquil manner. I put a premium on a quiet ride so i am sure i will love this car. I hope the Avy is treating everyone else here well and oh i am from Massachusetts. :shades:
  • 06ltd06ltd Posts: 25
    I'm 59, a retired scientist, and live in Maryland. I just bought our second Avalon ('06 Limited) for my wife and I have mixed emotions. Lots of value for the money (lots of room, and everything but Sat Radio for $34,400 OTD), but I find it a bit staid (I'm 25 at heart) and not the handler my '02 BMW 330Ci is. While the mileage is good considering the HP & torque, it's certainly not a hybrid. We've had a '98 XLS since new (now with 112K) and it's had the rack and pinion replaced, as well as the front struts. The HVAC controller really should be replaced, too, but the system only quits once in a while and replacement is $1,000, and now there's a 5" crack in the windshield. The steering is much too spongy. It rattles, too. In sum, the car has been OK, but not great.

    I considered many alternatives (of various types) before choosing the Limited; a BMW X-3, Accord Hybrid, Prius, Acura TL, RS-330 Hybrid. My wife refuses to drive any SUV on principle. In short, I chose the Limited because it splits a lot of differences, not because I'm passionate about it. It's reasonably powerful, efficient, roomy, comfortable, and elegant without being showy and overpriced. I hope it's more solid that the '98. If I could change anything about it, I'd put a hybrid drive system in it. I sure hope that's in the planning stages. I'd gladly trade the HP for the fuel efficiency.

    This is a good board. Folks are quite helpful. :)
  • will16will16 Posts: 21
    We purchased a 06 Avalon XL. I traded a Lexus RX 300 2002 with 80K miles, trouble free. However I wanted something with better mileage that was roomy and quiet. We just came back from Great Barrington MA. to CT. and the average MPG was 33.1 at 50 MPH. Driving at 70 MPH was giving 29 MPG. So far we hit a high of 35.1 MPG.

    It is a big car and does not handle like a BMW, but it rides much better, always a trade off. I have a 01 Porsche Boxster S and when I want fun I jump in that.

    My wife drives a Acura Legend 92 with 47K miles, the Avalon is luxury compared.

    It only cost me $4000 to leave the Lexus and get a new car, and with 7 air bags, I feel I at least have more safety then before.

    I'm a car nut, and have had a Ferrari, real Cobra, many Vets and Porsches, and read all the car mags.The Avalon is so close to Lexus, same switchgear, 3,5 engine and muched shared equipment. I thought is was very good value for the money. My daughter has 04 BMW 525 with electrical glitches, great handling, but not worth the money IMHO.

    I have the car a month with 3200 miles and not a problem. I do my own oil changes and noticed they did away with the metal filter and went the way of Porsche and BMW with a paper element that slips into the engine.

    Bill , CT. -- PS, Great board for info.
  • Hi, I read your blog saying you had a 5" crack in the windshield. Did you know that driving with such a crack is illegal in most states, and that you must fix it ASAP. A big bounce in pothole or rut can crack the glass the rest of the way and become quite dangerous. Don't you have "Glass Breakage " :) :) insurance? In NY it is mandatory.
    Good luck.
  • I'm not sure what insurance company you deal with ( :confuse: ), however, Glass Breakage insurance isn't mandatory. Although it is good to have. I live in NY. I just purchased my forth car. The last three were Avalons. '95, 2000, 2006.
  • joe369joe369 Posts: 61
    Hey plummer2

    How would you rate your 2006 Avalon compared to your old ones? I'm satisfied with mine but it is noiser than I expected to be. Especially with the wind noise at 75mph or so.
  • octimoctim Posts: 2
    I am a new Avalon owner...bought a used 2004 Avalon XLS with traction and Navigation system with all the bells and whistles. A salesman had put 80K on it of freeway miles, so I got it for 17,500 at Auction, about 4 grand below blue book. Its the nicest car I have ever had. I am so impressed with the quality and fit and finish. It rides well, has all the little things I would want in a car(except XM Radio, which I had to add). Still learning the Navigation system, but I plan to keep this car for ten years and try for 300K on the engine before rebuilding.
    I am a little shocked at how often some of these Avalon Owners trade in their cars! I can't imagine keeping a car only two years! Depreciation would eat you up! When we were looking for cars, the combination of power, huge trunk, huge back seat, leather everything, quality of the parts and fit and finish sold me. This is my first Toyota but I did a lot of checking on Camry's and Avalons and they come highly recommended. One friend has a son who is a dealer mechanic at Toyota and he recommended the Avalon to his mom. High praise, since mechanics know which cars are reliable and which are problems. I also wanted a safe car, with traction and ABS and air bags and a solid body, which the Avalon is. I plan on replacing the stock struts with KYBS and I have added a K&M lifetime air filter. I am interested in any other owners of Avalons with long life. So far, I have seen three owners of 95 Avalons with over 250K! Thats a good sign. I plan on driving this car a long time. I have previously driven A Honda civic, Rabbit, Saturn, Mazda 626 and a lot of lesser cars. I think the Avalon is the perfect car for a family with big kids who need a lot of room in the back seat. My kids are cramped in all my other vehicles, not the Avalon.

    A lot of my friends said I was crazy to buy a car that had 80K miles in two years...but I saved about 25K off what a new 2006 with the same features would cost. For 25K, I can live with the miles and a couple small spots I had to touch up the paint. I read a book called "drive it forever" and his main point was "ignore the miles, concentrate on the type of driving and the number of times the engine was started". Its cold starts that wear out engines, not freeway miles.

    My only shock so far....the spark plugs are TEN BUCKS at the dealer. OUCH! For that price, they should be solid gold! But if they last as long as I am told they will, thats money well spent.
  • I agree with you. I'm 25 and bought a 2002 XLS in May with 37K and had it Toyota Certified so I'm covered to 100K or 06/08. My first Toyota.

    It's been the best car I've ever owned and prior to that I had a 1998 Buick Park Ave which was a complete waste of money and time. GM should get the hint that the garbage they put out there will NOT stand up to a Toyota. That's why you can run Toyota's into the 200-300K mile range. You would be lucky to get 100K out of any Buick without it draining your bank account.

    This Avalon has more power, better MPG, and has 95% of the toys my Park Ave has.

    I do miss the HUD, but I can get over that for a car that starts, runs, and drives the same it did the day before, every day.

    Bottom line, an Avalon is the way to go if you’re looking for a full size that is going to last for years.
  • Hi, I'm Mike. I will be picking up a new Limited with navigation, laser cruise control, remote starter and XM radio. It is black with a spoiler. I was torn between this and a 300C. I know--no comparison, but the 300C was a hoot to drive. The first time I drove an Avalon, it seemed ho-hum. I found a black Limited and after another drive, I'm convinced. I can't wait till next week to pick it up. I spend 50 miles a day in a car and am looking forward to the drive, (at least for a while). I have a 200 Tundra and have been pleased except for the thin paint job.
  • I am about ready to purchase a Avalon 2006 limited. Can someone explain the pros and cons of the VSC option. Do I really need it?
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    Hi Dave: First, hi to a fellow Iowan! I just bought a Silver Pine Mica 06 Avalon Limited--what a machine! We retired at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and the Avalon soaks up the curvy & bumpy roads like a sponge I refill at Casey's and use the 89 Octane with 10% Ethanol--cheaper than regular and works better! I'm 62 and the Avalon runs like a dream on the 89 Octane--probably would take-off with 91 Octane! I'm back in my youth again! What's wrong with US carmakers--a 3.5 liter motor, 0-60 under 7 seconds, 26 MPG in combined town & country driving and seats more comfortable than your sofa! No wonder we're falling farther and farther behind the foreign competition. I did drive and was impressed with the Buick Lucerne--great car---only concern was it is a 1st year car and how will it hold-up? I got the 7 year 100K mile warranty--what I like about it is--Toyota pays the towing to the nearest dealer, no matter the distance--and we're 75 miles from the nearest Toyota dealer. I have the Nav System--VERY complicated--still learning. Also have the Carpeted Mats, VSC & Trac Control plus Laser Cruise--that takes some getting used to--and I had Body Side Moldings, Spoiler, Splash guars, Pinstripes, Tinted Windows plus a couple other add-ons. My XM Radio antenna was originally on the top right of the windshield--keep losing signal so the dealer relocated to bottom middle of rear window--works great!! Never gave much thought to the "little black box" perched on the outside--like you--as long as it works! Enjoyed your forum entry. Thanks! Bob
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