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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited August 2010
    It's your dealer, I received mine first thing along with the red carpet. On another note, I did check my mileage today and got 26.9 MPG that's city/hwy, I am happy with that number. Oh yea, 10% corn gain in that fill up. Could not fine pure gas. I'm not sure it would make that much difference anyway. Oh yea, there's certainly a blind spot on the drivers side. In fact, I'm buying a little stick on mirror asap.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I'm happy with my Avalon but feel guilty buying such an expensive car with so many people out of work. Is that wrong of me to feel guilty? I guess because I had a 2003 Mazda that is/was a fine car with only 59 thousand miles on it. OF COURSE, I really like the difference in the ride. I still feel guilty! :cry:
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    edited August 2010
    C'mon will ya Nan. There is absolutely no connection between people being out of work and you buying a new car. Truth be told, you're keeping people working with your purchase. Guilty? pfttttt. You should hold your head up with pride.
  • Hello---Just to give you a time-line, I bought my 2011 Limited on 5/5/2010 and got the free service coupons by the end of May. Matter of fact, I now have 5000miles and just got my first free service! Good deal & great car!

    I wish you well.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Thanks, Twinb, I never thought of what you said. At least not that way. Good sound advice. I feel much better now. Take care, Nancy :) :)
  • Have about 4000 miles on my 2011 LTD. Traded in a 2000 xls with about 170K miles - which was clearly the best car I ever owned.

    Question: On my 2011 I'm getting a lot of film forming on inside windows. I've been told this is normal from plasticizers, etc... is it?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,416
    My 2006 Avalon did this from day one till the day I got rid of it. It did lessen over time, but still happened.

    My 09 Genesis does it too, although not as bad as the Avalon.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • iamknottiamknott Posts: 82
    I am experiencing the same thing (film on windows) and it seems to be worse than on previous cars, or maybe I just notice it more on the Avalon because the rear window is so deep that I really have to stretch during the weekly cleaning. I blame it on two things: the seeming lack of exhaust vents near the rear window and Toyota's factory settings on the HVAC system which seem to default on Recirculate. No wonder those plastic fumes coat the windows -- they have no place to go.

    Don't make the same mistake I did. At first, I thought it was condensation, so I applied the interior kind of Rain-X to the inside of the rear window. That made it worse and the Rain-X is a b*tch to remove.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,416
    because the rear window is so deep that I really have to stretch during the weekly cleaning

    This cheap little tool actually works fairly well and makes that job a little easier.

    Windshield Wonder

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • iamknottiamknott Posts: 82
    Thanks a lot, tic! I've been looking for something like that without success. It will be interesting to see if it reaches all the way to the bottom edge of the window. The angle of the glass to the rear deck is so sharp that it is next to impossible to get my hand and a towel in there.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,416
    You're welcome. They sell them everywhere. Look in stores where they have an "as seen on TV section". I think I got mine at Walgreens, but have seen them in many stores.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Thru the years, mostly since 2005, this subject has been discussed numerous times before. The popular word here is "outgassing" which is just that: Chemical vapors leaving the interior material in seats, padding, etc., and becoming film on the windows.

    My '07 Limited did it for almost two years until the GA/FL sun finally baked all the chemicals out of the interior materials. Apparently Avalons are not the only make that does this. What these vapors are.. I don't want to know... but it will cease eventually.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    edited August 2010
    I was wondering what that crap was on the windows. One solution might be to keep the sunroof & windows open when the car is garaged? That way it would take only a year instead of two to get rid of the chemical vapors. Yucko stuff.

    The windshield wonder sounds like another typical made-in-China 'wonder'. $10 in discount stores for a microfiber cloth & a plastic handle that can break the first time using it? I don't think I'll plunk down my cash for that one.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Does anyone know a quick and easy way to program the garage door opener in the Avalon. It's on the rear view mirror. I have not been able to program mine. The salesman try to use my hand held opener and said at the dealership, "well, I think it's programed now". It wasn't!
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    My 2011 has 5,000 miles and I haven't experienced this yet. Hope the luck holds out.

    I have experienced this in older cars when I replaced a headliner or dash and I've been told that there is a reaction between the material and ammonia in glass cleaner. I found it to get worse in the sun.

    From a suggestion on vintage mustang forum I tried ammonia free glass cleaner and it seemed to help. Now I make my own and is the only thing I ever use.

    I use:

    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    1 tablespoon dish soap.

    Give it a try, won't cost much.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,416
    that can break the first time using it?

    I will start by saying I generally don't buy anything like the windshield wonder, but, this is one item that does do what it says. I have had mine for a while and used it countless times. I am sure (like anything else) if abused it will break, however, mine is holding up fine.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    Had my first service yesterday and there seemed to be some confusion about the type of oil I had in the car. Everyone seemed to think I had synthetic and was surprised that I didn't. They looked it up and the 2011 Avalon calls for 5W-30.

    Did the Avalon in the past use synthetic? If so does anyone know why the change?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,416

    Did the Avalon in the past use synthetic?

    My 06 and 03 both came from the factory with regular oil.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • tome1tome1 Posts: 10
    Having same problem with my 2011 ltd. Very hard to clean scummy film off inside front & rear windows. Bought some wipes at auto store that are supposed to remove any kind of window film. They didn't work very well either. It's a pain in the neck (literally) to clean windows normally but with this darn film it's much worse. Windows weren't even clean when I picked car up at dealer--lousy prep job.
  • lou89lou89 Posts: 27
    I was in DeQween, Ar last week, was surprized at two brands of gasoline selling with without ethynal gas. Phillip was gas brand. Couldn't beleive pure realt gas for sell.
  • Re: Film on the windows. I had this problem on my new LS 430 Lexus(2002) It seemed to come and go. I have not seen it for a while. Glad to hear what caused the film as no one at the dealership had any idea.
  • Thanks much to all who responded. Good to know that I'm not the only one with this problem. I'm using Windex which removes the film ok - but - the film is soon redeposited.

    My Service Mgr. said that my 2011 LTD has synthetic oil.
  • from an FAQ published by a Conneticut dealer -

    The following vehicles are equipped with Synthetic 0W20 oil from the factory:

    2011 MY Vehicles*
    Camry (4 cyl)
    Sequoia (V8)
    Scion XD
    Scion XB
    4Runner (V6)
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    I have around 3,500 miles on my 2011 Avalon and don't have that film problem so far.

    I was told by one dealer that my car has synthetic oil, and I said it didn't. He opened the hood and checked and said your right. So his confusion makes me think some cars come with it and some don't.

    I prefer the oil I've used for decades. I wouldn't spend the money on synthetic for an oil change. From friends of mine driving with synthetic, they really can't tell me they have better mileage or anything else.

    Good luck to those while cleaning the film off their windows. I have the real film that lessens the suns rays heating up the car. Live in the South and it's been hot.. :)
  • douglas1douglas1 Posts: 130
    You have to make sure your garage door opener is in 'training' mode. In my case I had to get on a ladder and push the 'training' button on the face of the opener which was near one of the light bulbs. Mine doesn't stay in training mode very long so I had to be ready to push the 'training' button jump off the ladder and into the car and push the garage door opener remote and hold it near the mirror and push one of the buttons on the mirror. Worked easily once I figured out I needed to get the opener in 'training' mode and moved fast enough to the inside of the car. Hope this helps.

    If you have your garage door opener manual it will tell you where the training button is located, if not climb up and look around it should be fairly obvious.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    If true, it's weird that some Avy's come with synthetic and others with natural motor oil. The parts dept guy at my dealer said the '11 Avy uses synthetic. How can I tell the difference between natural and synthetic oils? BTW, when I was in Walmart the other day I saw the price on Mobil 1 oil listed at ~$30/quart. Is that right?
  • algeealgee Posts: 78
    No Its around $3.00
  • Weird Salesman (2011 limited) insisted that the car came with synthetic...the service dept agreed...the parts guy came out, looked at the oil-fill cap and saw it called for regular non-synthetic; he said the correct way to tell is by the information on the oil-fill cap! They said the confusion was caused by conflicting information that Toyota released prior to the 2011 roll-out. I hope this helps!
  • petras2petras2 Posts: 104
    Believe it or not, regular, uncolored newspaper does a good job of removing window film..I use newspaper after spraying the window with glass seems to "cut through" the film better than paper or cloth towels..
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    I posted the amonia free cleaner that I used from memory and got it mixed up with another mixture that I use for something else. Sorry.

    The correct mixture is:

    2 cups water
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap

    Yes, newspaper works good for cleaning windows and it also helps reduce the streaks.
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