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Toyota Avalon Audio Questions



  • my 2005 Avy Ltd w/ Nav, purchased in July, bugs me --traveling on interstate @ 75 mph --ask wife to punch in nearest McDonalds or nearest gas, etc. -- no, you have to stop -- rediculous to have to stop to find or enter destination

    anyone know how to override this safety feature?
  • this is really poor -- should be 32 character
  • Does the 05 Avalon have a nav, radio and xm code for battery replacement? I didn't recieve one at delivery
  • will16will16 Posts: 21
    I disconnected my battery on 06 XL and did not have to put code in for radio
  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 336
    Sorry for such a late reply, I just saw the ?. It is a Vizualogic system installed by a local car audio shop.

  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 336
    Use the voice activated part of the system, tell it to show food POIs, I think you can specify American food establishments. Same thing for gas.

    Blame this stupidity on our legal system.

  • Hi,

    I just bought an iPod2Car unit for my 2006 Avalon Limited. I have never installed car audio systems but would like to try. Can someone provide pointers on how to open the console so I can reach behind the JBL Synthesis system to connect the iPod2Car cable?

    Thanks in advance!
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591

    I don't have an 06 but have an 02. I have some experience with taking off the plastic panels. These are some of the things I would do.

    1. Buy a service manual, not owners manual for the car. It is a little expensive, but usually pays for itself over the life of the vehicle.

    2. Make sure when you work on plastic, the ambient temperature is high, at least above 50F.

    3. Buy some plastic if you can, not metal trim removal tools. These work best at removing panels and clips.

    Good luck.

  • abfisch, thanks much for your response.

    The iPod2Car is installed now but it uses the satellite radio interface instead of the CD interface as I expected. I can't change tracks using the radio/steering wheel controls. Has anyone run into this issue? I have JBL Synthesis. Are the dip switch settings different for this model? I guess I'll contact iPod2Car support, but if someone already has an answer I'd appreciate it.

    Happy Holidays :)
  • I successfully hooked up my iPod to one of the outlets (lighter) in the larger compartments (right armrest). The adaptor is a Kensington and is preprogrammed to tune in to an unused FM frequency, 107.9mhz. I've tried it first in the other outlet but the fit was awkward. Now it works. You may have to noodle with it some.
  • kh101kh101 Posts: 1
    I have an 06 Avalon Limited with the factory installed JBL radio to which I added the XM receiver. Does anyone know why (because Toyota, JBL and XM don't)the full artist/song information fails to appear on the large display? I know it's not because it's incapable of that many characters as other messages fill it up. It seems strange that they would offer an XM option and not allow for a full display of the data. On a separate issue, the calendar setting is off, it shows the next day after about 7pm. Is there an easy way to change it as I haven't seen it in the owner's manual. Insights?
  • This problem is not unique to Toyota sat radio setups. I own an Infiniti FX35 and it has the same problem. Infiniti says that is just the way the unit is engineered. Kind of dumb in my opinion.
  • Picked up my Avalon in Jan 06.
    I got the XM but not the GPS.
    Am I missing something here? Is there a feature I have overlooked?
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    Got one on my 05 LTD. Have you read your manual?
  • Not sure how you are missing it if you do not have the NAV system the outdoor temp should show on the lower left hand side of the Information center display.

    If you do have NAV you have to press the climate button on the NAV control panel
  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
    mine you push info and shows both passenger's temp settings and outside.,,,
  • mugs454mugs454 Posts: 2
    I have an 06 Limited. When purchasing the car I was not interested in Sirius/XM radio but have since changed my mind. I notice the radio has "Sat" button. Can the dealer add on satellite to existing radio? Approximately how much will it cost?
  • mugs454mugs454 Posts: 2
    I also have Avalon Limited 06 with no XM or GPS. However I do have outside temp monitor.
  • mstemmstem Posts: 113
    MUGS454, your system is ready for the XM radio add-on. You can purchase the same factory unit and have a shop install for you. Avoid the dealer and their high-cost parts. See Message #10143 for details... Let us/me know if further info is needed. Mike
  • iflyx5iflyx5 Posts: 14
    You should be able to purchase the xm tuner from the parts counter. It runs about $300. It's a pretty easy DIY project. If you need instructions, let me know. The XM tuner comes with detailed instructions, but I do have some tips that might help.
  • jwhagenjwhagen Posts: 4
    I'd be interested in the instructions, if you don't mind. I have tried for the last week (since getting my '06 Limited) to figure this out. Deaaler led me to believe it was XM ready, just add an antenna. So much for honest dealers... Anyway, I have the JBL system and everything else you can get on the Limited including the NAV. What a nice car!

    I am anxious to get the satellite working. Lexus sites indicate the owners are installing the antenna (mag mount) inside of the 3rd stop light without any problems. Anyone else have a suggestion instead of mounting an ugly antenna outside, with a magnet (??)

    JohnWHagen at my address. add in the name to the domain.
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    jwhagen: Be careful where ya mount the receiver--originally mine was in the upper right hand corner of the front windshield---continously lost XM signal. Dealer reinstalled to bottom middle of rear window and it's not real noticeable and the XM works great.
  • jkbjkb Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 avalon xls which has just started losing the radio presets. It doesn't do it all the time, but it is annoying. It seems to happen more frequently when the car has been driven for several days. I thought it was possible a bad battery which periodically loses power or something, but the clock has never lost time nor has there been any alarms of any kind. Additionally, the outside temperature guage doesn't always give the correct temperature, but does change when the outside temperature changes. What could cause the radio presets to be lost? Is the radio problem related to the outside temperature problem? Is this an electrical system problem? Is this a fuse problem or wire short?

    Thanks in advance
  • b1gatorb1gator Posts: 12
    I have a 05 Avalon with the DVD Nav System purchased in Mar of 05. Have at the dealer as I write this, trying to find out why in the audio mode the CD disk information does not display the name of the disk and track information. Anyone have similar problems? :mad:
  • 3puttmax3puttmax Posts: 119
    b1gator -

    It does. The CD must have CD Text info included. Most CD's you buy at the store don't. If you burn your own CD, iTunes does not include CD Text, but Napster does. So - you need to burn your own CD's and use software that includes CD Text info. I have burned a number of disks that show the name, track, etc. on my 05 Avy Limited with the Nav display.

    Also, the CD Text info is NOT limited to 10 characters, like the lame info on the XM radio display. What were they thinking?!!

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    a clock might not be as sensitive as the radio to a loss of power.

    your temp sensor being off is more likely related to where the sensor is located and it's being affected by heat radiating from the engine... but as long as it is consistently off, you know the approximate temperature right?

    anyway, do you have difficulty sometimes starting the vehicle? curious.

    there are several possibilities here, including a marginal battery (yours may be at its expected lifespan 4yrs is considered pretty good, yours is what 6-7years?), or a marginal alternator (or a slipping belt on the alternator pully), or as you say a wiring issue.

    i doubt a fuse, however a fuse holder? possibly intermittent flow of juice because of bad contacts. sure. also, possibly the radio unit itself has some solder joints that loosen when the vehicle is hot or there is a lot of vibration.

    first step for me is to pull out my owners manual and pull and reseat the fuse for the accessories / radio.

    second step here for me? i'd drive my Avalon over to a car parts store (like Advance Auto) or such. Most of these places will have battery/alternator testers which do a good job of checking these two parts of the vehicle. they actually apply a load on the battery and alternator and see if the battery recovers and the alternator output remains high.

    i'd perhaps consider putting an aftermarket radio in the vehicle if the battery and alternator proved good, and the fuse for the accessories was well seated and the station resetting continued.

    hope it helps.
  • niteoneniteone Posts: 41

    could you tell us how your burning your cd's?
    are u using windows media player 10 with windows xp?
    are you using wma or mp3 format?

    I burnt some cd's using the above with wma format and they play, but the audio quality isn't as good as a store bought cd playing in the 12 speaker surround sound in my 2006 xls Avalon. And, they sometimes skip.

    they played great in my 2001 Camry JBL system.

    so, could you explain how you burnt the cd's and what format your using and software etc? And, what cd brand your using?

  • 3puttmax3puttmax Posts: 119
    could you tell us how your burning your cd's?

    niteone -

    Sorry folks, this is starting to sound like an audio forum, not Avalon forum. Briefly, I use the CD burning engine in Napster, whatever that is, because it includes CD Text in the burn. As for sound quality, that depends on the sample rate you use to rip the original music. I use mp3 at 192 kbps, which sounds fine to me. Others may disagree.

    And I use 87 Octane gas - never notice any pinging and performance is still very strong.

  • niteoneniteone Posts: 41
    thanks Max and thanks everyone for your letting Max and I talk a little bit about the cd thing.

    I'll tty that sample rate using mp3 Max...

    thanks again.
  • b1gatorb1gator Posts: 12
    Thanks for the info--I thought most new CDs had that info on them. Do you know how to distinguish which have it and which don't?

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