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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • 1. Checked my glove for a "trunk lock button" but not there. 2011 manual, doesn't speak to this issue.

    2. Remote starter is an option

    3. Door Edge Trim...$94.00....Toyato part number PT936-03110-10......This is a new item that Toyota part person found while looking for a "side molding" for my 2011 Avalon.

    4. recall on this issue, at this time. Mine works so no complaint here.

    5. 6 speed automatic is awesome

    6. 268 HP...on regular gas, delivers some "eye opening performance". I thought my 2003 XLS, 210 HP was good.....2011 would run circles around it and 2011 gets better gas mileage. Keep detailed information on "gas mileage", will post another time.

    7. Have driven almost 8,000 miles......happy with car. Only gripe is that all 2011 Avalons came with Black mats......ugh White color, Ivory doesn't work!!!
  • donb1donb1 Posts: 49
    I am still working on learning all the gizmos on my new Limited. I read in the manual that the memory seats can be automatically triggered by the key fob depending on which fob is approaching the car. I cannot get it to work. The sales guy said it is not supposed to work off the fob. Can anyone tell me if he is correct or do I just need to try it again?
  • tome1tome1 Posts: 10
    The owners manual says exactly as you state the fob supposedly can be setup to be recognized as you approach car and automatically make seat & mirror adjustments. However, I haven't been able to activate either.
  • tome1tome1 Posts: 10
    Is anyone else noticing premature fabric wear on driver's floor mat (where heel contacts mat) ? Am getting small balls of fabric showing up on mat from heel of shoe rubbing/pivoting on mat material. Washed mat the other day and definitely noticeable where fabric is wearing. Have had car since mid July and mat should not be showing signs of wear like this. Quality of material in mats is not nearly as durable as in previous 2005 Avalon.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,412
    They probably made them thinner to be absolutely sure they can't get jammed under the gas pedal. I suggest doing what another member here at Edmunds did and grab a set from the 05-10 model on Ebay. They should fit with no problems. Use the new ones in the spring and summer and keep the originals for the sloppy weather in the winter,

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    "Quality of material in mats is not nearly as durable as in previous 2005 Avalon."

    You can bet your bottom dollar on that one, and it may have less to do with safety than the bottom line profits. If the previous mats were 1/2" thick & the current ones are only 1/4", VOILA, an instant 50% profit for the guys with the smiling faces and the $100 silk ties. But that's progress. Toyoda-san would be pleased.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited October 2010
    Last trip to Birmingham AL I got 28.9 MPG. The computer in the car said I was getting 26.4 so I was kind of disappointed until I figured MPG myself. I am very happy. A lot of HWY mileage. Coming up from SC, through Athens, and through Atlanta was quite a trip. NOT all HWY but most. Loaded with two people, and luggage. FYI car drove great, shifted great, love the pick up. A real looker. No problems. Sound system is really good. A real pleasure to drive. Pretty good investment so far.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    I bought my 2011 Avalon on May 1, 2010 and one of the first thing I noticed was the compass that kept failing to work correctly. I was really concerned as I was going to be doing any major traveling until October. At my scheduled maintenance I mentioned this to my dealer and he told me that Toyota was aware of this problem and a fix should be out my the end of September. That didn't happen.

    I made my trip without my compass which doesn't make me a real happy owner. Today I again went to my dealer and now the story is they don't have an ideal when it will be fixed. So here I am having spent $36,000 and waited 6 months and still they don't have a clue?????????

    Now for the good part.

    I had my last schedule service done in August at 5,000 miles. On the way to the dealer I looked up at the sticker on the windshield and notice it said my next service was due 11/18/10, or three months from my last. Since this date was real close to 6 months from my purchase date I wasn't sure what was going on.

    I asked the service manager what the story with 3 months was and he informed that they recommend having your vehicle service every 3 months or 3,000 miles. I mentioned to him that the manual says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. He informed me he knew that but they recommend the 3mos/3,000miles.

    I then told him that I had the 2 year free mainntenance plan and he asked if they were going to service my car for free every three months or 3,000 miles. HERE'S HIS ANSWER

    If you have the free service plan it only covers services every 5,000 miles.

    Just amazing how your car can need less service when they have to pay for it.

    I started looking at the Avalons in 2002 and took me 8 years to finally go with one. Now I'm beginning to question my decision.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited October 2010
    Gramz, it sounds to me like you have a greedy dealership. Our local dealership never implied anything of the sort. I only have 15 hundred miles on my car and they did call to make a routine service. I explained my low miles and he said I should service it by January because of the time passed not because of the miles. I felt good about that. I also explain that my car SEEM to pull to the left on the HWY. They said they would check that with no charge. Now by Jan. that could change. However that pull might be me. So, I believe your problem MIGHT be your dealership. I'm curious did they use synthetic oil. Probably not! I would ASK up front about ANY charge for routine maintenance is not what Toyota said. I would explain to them that what they said does out on a blog that goes out to all America or who ever reads our blog. FYI my compass works just fine. Hope this helps.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Our recent trip. I pressed the black button to lock all the doors. I'm a slow walker and before I could get away from the car the car unlock itself. I was surprised. Is this normal? Is the car suppose to unlock itself by walking upon it?
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Man you need to get another dealer to service the car. My '11 Ltd uses synthetic oil & that recommended official change is every 10K miles. In the coupon book the 5K mile services seem to include only a look around at things & topping off the fluids, maybe a tire rotation but I can't remember exactly.

    When I went to the dealer for the new owner orientation for questions, etc., the service managers ran the program & spent most of the time urging us to only have work done at the dealership, supposedly because if we spent money at Toyota then Toy would treat us better than those who didn't use them. After an hour of that crap I left. Personally I don't plan to spend twice or three times the money for oil changes at the dealer than the place down the street charges. Mobil 1 is Mobil 1 everywhere.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    If I understand everything correctly it should open until you touch the back side of the door handle.
  • Has anyone been able to answer how to program the key fob to set seat memory etc.
  • donb1donb1 Posts: 49
    I noticed when I turned on the lights the lights moved down, then up, then down again. Does anyone know what that is all about?
  • algeealgee Posts: 78
    They are self leveling lights and are setting themselves
  • twinb,

    "Personally I don't plan to spend twice or three times the money for oil changes at the dealer than the place down the street charges."

    I don't understand why the dealer would be charging you anything for service on your '11. Didn't you get the free maintenance coupons?

    As far as the statements made at your orientation meeting, I'm not surprised. Given the amount of information available on the internet regarding invoice costs, factory incentives, etc., it is harder for the sales departments to make as much money for the dealership as in the past. I think this forces the service departments to charge more and they try to come up with gimmicks like free car washes and courtesy cars or excuses like Toyota will treat you better (which is pure BS). Toyota will treat the dealers better if their numbers are good and they receive good feedback from their customers. [I'm real tired of being told to give the dealer excellent ratings so that they can continue to give me benefits, but that's a topic for another rant.] The only plus I can see to using the dealer for all recommended maintenance is that a future prospective buyer of your car may be impressed by all the "Authorized Dealer" stamps in your maintenance log book.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Oh I was talking about oil changes after the free coupons run out.
  • Twinb:

    Think if you check your Avalon manual.....then "synthetic" is not the recommend product to use.

    My Toyato service manager thought synthetic was the correct product but the "lube guy" heard the conversation and told him to check the filler cap........ the "filler cap" clearly states SAE 5W-30.
  • This was almost EXACTLY my experience when I got my 2011 Avalon; everyone in the dealership said it was a synthetic oil but the parts guy knew to check the cap! It calls for a non-synthetic oil! Thanks! Great car---9000 miles-no issues.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,412
    There is no reason why you can't switch to synthetic if you want to. The car is virtually new. The main thing is the weight of the oil, stick with the recommendation on the cap and all will be fine.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    I'll check my cap to see what it says. Question: with synthetic vs natural oil, does one require more frequent changes than the other?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,412
    From everything I have read, synthetic allows for a longer oil change interval. IMO it ends up being a wash. It costs more, but lasts longer. I just mentioned it, since I believe there was a confusion that it couldn't be used. I am sure it can, its just whether or not it is worth it to you.

    There is a topic created for synthetic oil here on Edmunds. I am sure that its all been talked about there before: Edmund's Synthetic Oil Discussion

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • I have the 2011 Avalon, not the limited. The radio console is so poorly lighted that I cannot see it in the daylight. It cannot be adjusted. I complained to the dealership and they said that "it is as designed". I don't care if it is as designed what can you do to fix it. They said there was nothing they could do. Have any of you had this problem?
  • Toyato dealer wanted me to change to Synthetic.....because it would cost them less....1 change at 10,000 miles vs. 2 oil/filter changes, every 5,000 miles. I have 2 years Free maintance....I chose to stay with "oil".

    My 2003 Avalon had 110,000 miles on it.......never used a drop...used oil from day 1.
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    I have the JBL Synthesis & the problem is universal because of the angle it sits. In the sun I hold my hand over the radio to shade it but that usually doesn't help because of the glare, & I don't like to take my eyes off the road too long. Instead I just start pushing the buttons until something comes on that I want to hear. The design looks nice at an angle but is non-functional.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2010
    One reason for letting the dealership change the oil is then it's logged into car fax. When you sell your car, all oil changes will be there for the buyer to see and people buying a car love to see that. HOWEVER, I'm like you, I log everything I do to my car in a book. So if I have the receipt (I always keep all receipts) logged into my book then that should be enough for a buyer in the future. After the free maintenance is up then I'll probably have the oil change down the street. UNLESS Toyota will give a decent price on an oil change. What are the odds on that?

    So far I really like my Avalon. I have 1700 miles on it or less. Love the pep. Love the MPG, for such a big car. PLUS it's a looker. How many people tinted their windows? I did and I really like that. Not very dark, just a lite tint.

    Oh, I also have the same sound system and have no problem with the sun light hitting my eyes. I suspect it's the way you adjusted your seat, or maybe your height. I'm 5'10" and sit straight up. Not much leaning back when I drive. If I have an accident I'll probably swallow the air bag. lol
  • On several of the colder days lately I have noticed I only get heat in the back seat if both front temperature dials are set the same. If the passenger adjusts to a warmer or cooler temperature, cold air comes out of the rear ducts. It's not cooled air because the compressor is not on so I am assuming it's just outside air. Anyone else with this problem? I haven't returned to the dealer yet, but will.
  • I have a 2011 LTD - very happy so far at about 7500 miles. Traded a 2000 Avalon I bought new with about 170K miles - and was still a good car - just decided it was time.

    Two questions:
    1. There is an outline of the defroster on the outside mirrors. Does this light when the mirrors are being heated?
    2. Is there a light on the main lighting control stalk? I've had moments where I'd like to change from "auto" to "on". I remember reading on this board - I think - that their was a light. If so, I can't find it.
    Love the auto wipers - a feature that I thought I was going to hate.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited November 2010
    Sorry, your A/C compressor, cabin airflow cooling or dehumidification capability,is enabled 100% of the time unless the OAT is below ~35F or you turn it off manually.

    Note that even if you turn it off the A/C will still operate AUTOMATICALLY, with no indication to you of same, in defrost/defog/demist mode and that can lead to a very HAZARDOUS driving situation shortly thereafter.

    On top of all that if the cabin internal air temperature sensor indicates that the cabin is within a few degrees of the temperature setpoint, AVERAGE temperature setpoint for driver/passenger, L/R capability, then the system will switch to COOLING mode AUTOMATICALLY. When the FRONT system switches into COOLING mode, primarily DASH air outflow, the rear system will (MUST..!!) FOLLOW.

    So, yes, the rear passengers will be COOLED, not heated.

    There are several C-best options available to the dealer that can be set to help.

    My '01 F/awd RX300 has these options set such that when I turn off the A/C manually it DAMN WELL remains OFF until I wish it otherwise. The A/C is even DISABLED, "unlinked", so it doesn't even operate in conjunction with the defrost//defog/demist mode.

    Later C-best options include the ability to PREVENT the automatic switch to COOLING mode as the cabin temperature reaches the setpoint "band".

    During the winter months it is, can be, potentially HAZARDOUS to have the A/C operational and/or have the system in anything other than heating or combined heating and defog/demist mode.

    In cooling mode there is NO airflow to the interior surface of the windshield to keep it (hopefully) warmed above dewpoint, the point at which condensation begins to form.

    Purely IDIOTIC NipponDenso, Denso US, HVAC design.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,412
    Cars for a number of years have had the A/C compressor come on when you have the defrost on (my 79 Conitnental did). AFAIK it puts dehumidifid air on the windshield to help clear faster. I know that on my older truck with busted A/C its near impossible to keep the windshield clear on a humid, rainy night.

    As for the logic on the system, yes its a bit bizarre sometimes but most Auto-temp cars systems are a bit flaky. The auto on my 09 Genesis does most of what my 06 Avalon's system did. Heck even the (ancient) system in my Grandfather's 04 Grand Marquis works mostly the same.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

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