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2012 - 2013 Toyota Avalon



  • havechavec Posts: 45
    My 2013 Avalon Limited has 18" Bridgestone, you say your has 17"?

    My Limited Hybrid has Bridgestone Turanza EL-400 215/60-17. Everybody here hates them.
  • havechavec Posts: 45
    I looked at CR's 2011 report for the Avalon V6. The ride was rated red dot excellent and it was on riding on no other than Bridgestone Turanza EL400 02, size P215/55R17 93V. So based on this one would have to conclude that at least for the hybrid which has the same tires that the tires are not the reason for a little much road feel getting in the way of an otherwise luxury car.

    I'm still going to ditch the Bridgestones in another few thousand miles for the H rated Michelins.
  • The big difference in ride quality is between the 18" low profile Stones and the Michlins. I personally drove identical vehicles back to back over the same route with 33psi in the tires and the ride difference was easy to feel. I bought the car with the Michlins and all in all I am pleased how ever I might consider going with. '55 aspect ration tire when these wear out.
  • is anyone experecing a chemical odor coming from vents only when car is running,mild to strong odor
  • I's not really bad but I do notice it. I was wondering if it was just me.
  • Here's a link to a discussion of this subject on the ToyotaNation forum for the 4th generation Avalon. vents.html
  • I was getting a musky/moldy odor coming from the vents until I learned it is caused by the A/C being in recirc mode (which is the default setting). So now I put it in fresh air mode about 10 minutes before I get home or park somewhere.
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    If anyone owns a 2013 Avalon Limited with Almond Premium Perforated Leather seats, I would like to know whether it's been a problem keeping them clean and new looking. Due to the light color and perforations, I am wondering if they are prone to easy soiling or discoloration. If so, have you found an easy, effective cleaner that has fully restored their like-new appearance after they became soiled? I had light color leather seats in a previous car and noticed that with time, the dye in my brown and black leather belts eventually rubbed into the seatback forming a dark horizontal line across the lower part of the seatback which I couldn't remove with a leather cleaner. It's possible that friction from my belt rubbing up against the seatback over a long period of time may have removed the dye from that part of the seatback. (Not sure.) I like the Almond color seats in the Avalon but have been worried they might be susceptible to similar soiling or discoloration problems. Any experience with this issue?
  • dwcdwc Posts: 6
    Our Limited has the same interior color as yours. We only have about 11000 miles but has not been a problem yet.
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    Good to hear - thanks for the comment.
  • I use Lexol Leather cleaner and Lexol Leather Conditioner a couple of times a year on out Avalon Limited. It is a 2008 and the seats still look new. It has 30,000 miles on it
  • robnichrobnich Posts: 13
    No wear, discoloration or soiling in 10 months and 8000 miles on my 2013 Avalon Limited V6 with Almond interior. The seats still look like they did the day I bought the car.
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    Thanks for the tip. I've made a note of the brand name and will look for it.
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    Excellent! I'm feeling MUCH better about that seat color choice. Thank you!
  • Can anyone out there address this issue: I own a used 2012 Avalon with 42K (prior rental veh.). Bought with 7 yr./100K mi. warranty and has a 'sealed' transmission. Is there any problems with this tranny set-up I should be aware of? Avalon was sold as Certified, but would you recommend having transmission 'flushed' just in case?
  • Do not flush or do anything else to your transmission. The transaxle (which is the type of transmission you have) is filled with a high grade synthetic fluid. Barring some sort of unusual heavy use or abuse it should last for the normal life of the transaxle. Do watch for early signs of leaks and have them resolved quickly and the proper fluid level restored and you should not have any problems. For the record I owned a transmission shop for close to thirty years. Good luck.
  • aus1aus1 Posts: 20
    I have a 2012 and have experienced no issues with the tranny. Sounds like the previous post offers good advice.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    edited November 2013
    I have issues with my 2012 Avalon tranny, which is one of the reasons I'm considering an extended warranty.

    When it's cold, and I drive off, I think it's 2nd maybe 3rd gear, when it gets to 2,000 RPM's, it will go up to 2200 RPM, and down to 2000 over and over, until I speed up or slow down. It's pretty smooth going, not jerky.

    This will last for 3 4 minutes, or until it gets pretty warm, and on occasion it seems like the temp gauge reads up around the 10 - 11 o'clock range, and it normally is 8 to 9 range for the needle.

    I'll be bring it into the dealership next week, in hopes that they can experience the same thing, tell me what it is, and fix it, while under warranty.

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