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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • marv15marv15 Posts: 32
    I agree with you. Other then the styling I was turned off by the interior. So I traded my Avalon 2011 for the 2012 that I will keep for a long time since the 2013 is a trend I don't like. I test drove it and found it finding every bump and letting me know about it. The 2011 or 12 is a softer ride that I enjoy and bigger inside.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Thanks for the update about the 2013 vs 2012 Avalon's. I don't even want to bother to look at a 2013 now. Again thank you for that update.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I'm just sad that they took a Very Nice Luxury car, and destroyed it:(

    Yes, in my opinion.

    Ok, so they didn't destroy it, but it is now a Very Nice SPORTS Luxury Sedan, and I have come to appreciate the Avalon as a True Luxury Sedan.

    IF they had made this New Model, the same size as the 2010, 11, 12's, and gave it the same ride (or more comfortable), I think, it would have sold just as well. I say this, because it would have LOOKED the same as it does, just been a better car. And if folks are buying because of the new Look, Style, Fit, and trim, then why wouldn't folks still have purchased it, if it was a bit bigger, a bit smoother and a bit more quiet?

  • jwillinjwillin Posts: 16
    Wow. What a loss. I have a 2011 Avalon which means I will be keeping it for awhile. The 2013 doesn't sound very exciting to drive or even to own. After they decreased the size of the trunk, the only thing to like about the Avalon is that it is so big or has a large interior. You can really stretch out in it and enjoy the ride and also driving it. Thanks for the info.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited January 2013
    I'm just sad that they took a Very Nice Luxury car, and destroyed it:(

    I know what you are saying. Of course they didnt' destroy the car. I bet there are some that even love the NEW 2013 Avalon. HOWEVER, overall, I personally think they are getting away from their base sales. My opinion is that the older people are the main ones that buy these cars. I guess I'm old, I'm 56. Not old enough to be call old but feeling older. :)

    I like the 2011 Avalon because it is big, I love the ride and don't mind paying a little more to ride around in luxury. Thanks for the input. I'll be keeping my for a while, unless I get that 32 thousand I'm asking. ;)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I haven't owned an Avalon, but have respected them ever since 05 model debuted. I would be happy in one. The 12 especially impresses me, love the cabin.

    My Lexus dealer told me, Toyota and Lexus is following the BMW lead, and moving toward producing a "reliable BMW". That means sportier, faster, and if you look at the stying trend of the dash, it's almost a knock off of the BMW dash, right down to the Mouse. Every manufacturer for decades has tried to reduce the average age of their buyers, Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, all of them. Yet, to me, that's a little odd since old guys have the money generally, and there continues to be a vast demand for luxosedanolas, like the Avalon. Pretty soon, 60 year old guys like me are going to be looking hard for a new car with a quiet, smooth ride and lots of relaxing room. Where will we go? I don't see what's so wrong with making one Avalon type model with these characteristics. Sure, we are all dying off, BUT, they make a new batch of 60 years olds EVERY DAY!!! We do renew....
  • :D Hot spit! I just registered here 2 minutes ago so don't know this user interface yet. Hope this goes to gringoviejo. If you or anyone wants our 2000 Avalon XLS we're trying to sell. All garage kept and dealer serviced. About 60K miles, absolutely great shape. Had it detailed. Current offer at $6500 and drives like a new car. Trying to get closer to $8000. Under hood looks newish also. Tring to fix a flashing light problem right now on it to help the sale. Other major forum lists different things to check. Starting tomorrow since dealer found nothing while having car for three days. Any advice is always welcome. :D
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Good cheap car are usually easy to sell. The part of the country you live in DOES make a difference.

    Seems like you have a pretty good ad started. I would mention any damage, if any, tell if it's a one owner mention that, etc, Plus the report card everyone is looking at today. Having a senior moment fire fox, something like that. Oh yea, clean car fax report. Don't lie about wrecks. The one owner I bought had nothing about the accident it was in. YET, the car had been hit on the back corner. An expert can spot it every time.

    Hope this helps,
  • jim3jim3 Posts: 19
    Drove into my son's yesterday, temp 14 degrees. We had the heater set-up high and floor heat. For most of the 2 and a half hour trip the floor heat was very good but the blower was blowing cool air all the way. Later on in the day we took the car out and got warm air blowing out the vents. Is there something I'm missing here? Or is the heater screwing up?
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    Looking forward to the replies you get. The heat has been a thorn in my side since I go the car. Mine heats well for about 30 miles and then it starts with the cooler air. I've found I can adjust manually and get better results.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 7,758
    If you are using auto mode at some point the system is going to start blending in cooler air to maintain set temperature.

    When it starts blowing cool, crank the temperature up all the way. As long as it starts blowing hot air, all is fine.

    If you don't like auto mode, just crank the temp and adjust the blower speed manually.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • neil1neil1 Posts: 20
    My wife and I had heater issues on a long road trip late last year - enough to get the owners manual out and try to resolve it. Never did! The car was loaded with Christmas presents and we could not figure out a way to stop the rear floor level heat coming in and baking the stuff on the floor.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    As I said before I have to use it manually. I don;t like this. Why have auto. Why have my other cars worked fine on auto. This is the first car where it ever been a thought.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 7,758
    IDK, any car I've ever owned with Auto Temp started blowing cool air after awhile while heating. My 00 Solara and 06 Avalon did it as well as both of my current cars. If the cabin would get cool, the system will warm it up.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • I have found with both my Avalons, 2008 and 2012, that in auto mode hot/warm air flows initially, but them cooler air comes from the upper mode. At that point I switch to manual mode and "foot" mode and warm air returns. I only use auto at the beginning. Auto works fine at all times in the A/C mode.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 7,758
    Exactly, even my 12 Buick does that. I just manually select "floor" and the system still maintains the proper temperature.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • robin5robin5 Posts: 19
    I have a 2011 and have never bothered to use Auto. I set the temp and fan speed and adjust as necessary. If I set it at 75, I assume it stays there without the need for an auto setting. If the sun is out in winter, my upper body may be hot, so I use the foot setting to heat my feet. In summer, I need more upper A/C due to the solar heat. I have noticed that using recirculate causes a COLDER cabin temp in the winter when it seems it should be warmer without outside air. It's always done this, so I adjust if needed.
    My complaint is that the remote works from about 2-3 cars away. NO amount of dealer changes has fixed this. Toyota refunded my $500 remote start cost since it won't work. I called Toyota's main US office and they said the average distance is 'up to 75 feet, less if there is interference'. WHAT? The dealer said it would be as little as 25'. What's the use of a remote starter if I have to be standing beside the car and still not be able to start? Then when the door is opened, the engine stops. VERY disappointed in the remote distance. On my 3rd set of remotes and each set has been worse.
  • My 4th Avalon is a 2011 and it took me a few months to realize the height of the left, right outside rear view mirrors that also fold in are placed considerable higher than my 2004 and earlier style bodies. For me being short these higher position mirrors easliy block the view of a vehicle approaching from either the left or right The only thing to do is further evevate the seat to try to get the line of sight more above the mirrors. The fold in mirrors are not a plus as the mirror area is smaller and more difficult to see around that my '95, '98, '04 Avalons.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    I'm not short, but I'm not tall either 5'10", There is a blind spot but I know it's there so I'm very careful about switching lanes. I have thought about buying a smaller mirror to fit in the corner of the bigger mirror. I'm curious if anyone out there has had this problem and bought a smaller mirror. I also have a 2011 Avalon, 23 thousand miles and counting. Love the car!

    I seen a 2013 Avalon go down the road the other day. There seems to be a big difference in the size of the cars. For me, the 2013 simply does do it for me.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    You can set your outside mirrors to eliminate the blind spots. Visit to learn how. If you have a limited and need to adjust your mirrors to back up, they automatically move to the driving setting when you reenter the car or press the settings button.
  • What I mean by a blocked view is a vehicle approaching from either the left or right at an intersection for example a small car or motorcycle at a certain point the view of it is hidden by the mirror itself being higher than the lower edge of the window. Happened twice I almost pulled out in front of an approaching vehicle particularly from the right to the left. Just must be VERY AWARE of that possibility.
  • 2011 Limited Avalon. Has anyone found instructions in the 2011 owners manual for do it yourself change of engine air filter. Looks like a few items need to be loosened to get filter out of compartment. Have not found any instructions. Always replaced my own engine air filters on '95,'98 and '04 Avalon owned. What am I missing in the manual?
  • fhimesfhimes Posts: 17
    I was recently stranded in my 2011 Avalon because the $5 battery in my Smart Key went dead. What a poor system design when the battery goes dead without any warning. A small red dot warning light indicating a weak battery should be included.
  • tkaztkaz Posts: 69
    Any reason you couldn't take the metal key out of the Smart Key to unlock the door and then hold the Smart Key right next to the Start button to start the car?
  • The solution "tkaz" suggested was told to me by my dealer upon purchase. I have never needed to try it, but it is supposed to work. I have the battery changed once a year when I go in for servicing. They are inexpensive, usually a little over $3.00, so it's a small investment for peace of mind.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited April 2013
    When I first bought my 2011, I was told several times by the salesman, "if the batter goes dead in your FOB, you won't be able to get in your car".

    Your the first person I heard of getting stranded. I hope this never happens to me, especially since I don't walk that good. I think, I'll buy an extra battery to get prepared. My wife usually goes with me most places though. It's very doubtful this will happen to both of us at the same time. ???

    Thanks for sharing,
  • robin5robin5 Posts: 19
    You can open the door with the metal key in your key fob. There are instructions in your manual on how to start the car by holding the key fob over the start button. I printed them and keep them... rats, I forgot WHERE I keep them, but they're somewhere in the car so I don't have to search the manual or in case the manual isn't in the car.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 594
    edited April 2013
    Should never happen. Car can be opened and started with the key fob and no battery present in the fob. Instructions on what to do "if the fob battery dies" are in the owner's manual and described above. This is true of many cars not just Avalons... :)
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited April 2013
    Here's a tip, besides the other tips you already received. At least it worked for me with garage door openers and other battery operated things in the past. Take the battery out, then reinstall it. Usually there is still a little juice in the battery and by taking it out, well, it might be enough to start your car or open the door. I've tried this on countless battery operated things and always works. I'm guessing it would work on the fob. Hope this helps,
  • fhimesfhimes Posts: 17
    Because no one ever told me and I did not read every page in the owners manual.
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