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Toyota Avalon Bluetooth



  • amauhryamauhry Posts: 55
    If you do as Warren says, even after turning off the car’s engine the call can remain open as long as you don’t close your phone. By putting the ignition back in the “Acc” mode, the car will pick up the call again. The message is: you don’t have to keep the engine running in order to maintain the call up (handy when, say, you reach your destination but you haven't finished talking).

    And you can maintain the call active through the car’s system even if the phone is away from the car (about 12 feet of clear space between you carrying the phone and the vehicle). This way you can talk through the phone’s mike and still hear the whole thing through the vehicle speakers (ideal when you’re outdoors around friends in a picnic and they all want to participate in the call). The message: you don't have to be inside the car if there's no need to.

    ’08 Limited
  • Amaury,
    That's good information that you've posted. I have found that you can just sit in your car with the engine off, but the key in the "acc" mode and you can experiment. I have spent a pretty good bit of time just testing the voice recognition system and playing with all of the different commands.

    Thanks everyone. Let's keep this thread going.

    Questions anyone or any good suggestions?

  • amauhryamauhry Posts: 55

    Kool, isn't it?

    This much I know: the Bluetooth in my Avy is a power Class 2 device, meaning that it can reach up to about 32 feet of wireless radio communication. The fact is, being that Bluetooth uses radio waves, you don’t need to have a clear path between the phone and the Bluetooth antenna.

    In practice, I’ve been only about 10-12 feet away from the car with no obstruction in between.

    ’08 Limited
  • I got word back this morning from my dealer and he said that the rep at Southeast Toyota said that Toyota acknowledges that there is a problem with the voice recognition system with distinguishing the "nine". He also said that Toyota should have a DVD that will be sent to each 2009 Avalon owner that will fix this problem and said that it will be done around mid-year. I'm not sure that us owners will receive a DVD, I think that you will be notified to come to your local Toyota dealer to have the DVD inserted by their tech to update the software.

    One other thing that I learned that should be very helpful for all new 2009 Toyota owners is that there is a site that you can visit to get tutorials on most of the features of the cars. I went to the site today and looked at it briefly and saw that the latest Toyota Avalon is a 2008 and the 2009 model wasn't listed. I don't think this makes any difference. This site is The tutorials seem to be basic but very helpful. I hope this helps everyone.

  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    I have an '08 Avalon; however, I believe there is very little difference between the '08 and the '09 especially with regards to this feature. At least I hope so. I will ask my service department about this mid-year. Thanks for the update.
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    Me again. I just went to the and found that the 2008 was the last listing. The guide was very handy and I was able to find out how to adjust the volume of the phone. It was very loud and annoying.
  • Hi All, I am purchasing a 2006 Avalon Limited and wanted to know if anyone has used this Bluefusion from Scosche. It appears to have just been released based upon the below link

    Scoche Press Release for Bluefusion for Toyota

    Has anyone used this or taken a closer look? It appears to be a fully integrated Bluetooth device. Also does streaming audio from ipod or MP3

    Here are some tidbits from the PR I linked to above.

    "Scosche's BlueFusion is easily installed without cutting or splicing factory wiring and can be done with a simple plug-and-play harness. Simply route the microphone where desired and use Scosche's installation instructions to connect the interface. With Scosche's tuneSTREAM (# TZ4) stereo Bluetooth transmitter users can stream audio from their iPod or iPhone directly to any factory stereo connected to BlueFusion.

    BlueFusion is designed to interface Bluetooth hands-free (HFP) and streaming audio (A2DP) to a consumer's factory stereo. Scosche's BlueFusion offers advanced capabilities such as caller ID displayed on the factory screen with easy "answer" and "end call" buttons located on the steering wheel controls or assigned buttons of a factory stereo, and voice dialing for a true hands-free solution. Whether listening to a CD or just tuned into a radio station, Scosche's smart interface will switch itself to the correct source to view the caller ID. The interface menu enables users to check missed calls and dialed calls. Scosche's built-in DSP noise and echo cancelling software ensure a crystal clear conversation even in noisy vehicles. "
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,667
    Looks nice, however I would think if your Avy has factory sat radio you would lose that as this interface uses the same port.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • I am picking the car up in the next couple of days. I am pretty sure it does not have the SAT since when I hit that button a few times, it stayed on AM. I would probably prefer the Bluetooth anyway over satelite given the choice.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Have you heard of this company before? Do they make a quality product/
  • simon7simon7 Posts: 5
    I just picked up my 09 Limited and had mine and my wife's cell phone added to the bluetooth system. I wish there is a easier way to switch phone without going thru layers of voice command menus. Also I could only transfer one contact phone # at a time to the bluetooth system. Is there a way to transfer all my contacts from my cell phone to the bluetooth system all at once?
  • warren35warren35 Posts: 6
    If I understand your first question, you can have an easy switch on your phone programmed to switch back and forth between your phone and your wife's phone. In fact, I went by Verizon and the guy there programmed a quick 2 or 3 step process to switch between phones. I've been told that as far as transferring a bunch of telephone numbers or your entire directory to your Avalon, it depends on what kind of cell phone you have. My daughter has a 2007 BMW and it has a much superior bluetooth system. In her car, she can easily transfer her entire cell phone directory and just turn a dial to select a number to be dialed while driving. It's a dream compared to the Toyota voice recognition system. I digress. I hope that I've been helpful.

  • simon7simon7 Posts: 5
    Thanks for answering my questions. The Avalon is my wife's car so the bluetooth in the Avalon is setup to pair with her cell phone as default phone. I also registered my cell phone in the car. If I happen to drive her car, I would have to go a few menu selections to pair up with my cell phone. I don't think I have to do anything on my cell phone to get it paired up with the car system. I am not sure what you meant by switching back and forth between mine and my wife's phone?

    I have a Motorazr cell phone and according to the user manual, I can only select one contact to transfer at a time. Even if I could transfer all contacts at once, it still needs some kind of synchronization between the cell phone and car system to keep the directory current. I don't think that feature is available in Avalon. It seems your daughter's BMW has a very good system. Does it automatically sync with the cell phone directory?

    I have heard all kinds of negative comments about the Toyota Nav and voice recognition system. That was the reason I chose not to have the Nav system installed and opted for a portable unit (Garmin 255W), which has far better features than the factory systems. You wouldn't believe how hard it was for me to find an Avalon Limited without the Nav system but has the Laser Cruise Control. I did have a few minor problems with the voice recognition system as I tried to program the bluetooth car system. Name like "Gary" was too short to be recognized and I have to really stretch out the name to make the name recognized. It sure made my son's name sound fun when I tried to call him from the car:)

  • Hello~
    I just bought a 2009 avalon xls. I do not have a cell phone contract and understand that I need an "unlocked GSM phone with stereo bluetooth."

    Can anyone help with phones I can use? Brand and models?


  • simon7simon7 Posts: 5
    We have a Motorola Razr phone and it works fine with the bluetooth in our 09 Avalon Limited.

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,667
    Can anyone help with phones I can use?

    Any newer phone with Bluetooth should work fine. Just make sure the phone you buy has Bluetooth (i think most all do now) and you are good to go. If you can't set it up, ask your salesperson from the car dealer to help you out.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • THANKS FOR THE RESPONSE tjc78. I'm now off to go shopping!!
  • I too have '09 Limited and Motorola Razr phone. Is it just me or can you not get the "caller ID" to appear on the screen when making or receiving calls? Also, whenever I talk on the phone, I have to raise my voice a lot to be heard. Sure seems like there should be a solution.
  • clarence10clarence10 Posts: 57
    Hi all, I recently picked up a used 2006 avalon limited. I love this car. Got rid of my Infinit M35x at end of lease. That car guzzled gas.

    Anyway, I was looking at some aftermarket BT options and came across this

    Scosche BlueFusion

    My 3 questions are....

    1. Has anyone used this product before?
    2. Since this unit is made for the Toyota Avalon, all you need to do is pop out the radio, and plug it into the Sat Radio plug. No wire splicing at all. (My car does not have Sat Radio built in)
    3. How hard is it to pop out the radio? Where can I find a manual to show me how to do it?

    If anyone has removed the radio, I would like any advice or tips.

    Thanks in advance to all.
  • I wondered if there is a way to have the "caller ID" feature show on the dash screen rather than just say incoming call. Secondly, are the rest of you disappointed in the poor voice quality of the bluetooth system? Sounds very muffled or flat.
  • I have tried to research various mfg'rs Bluetooth devices but seem to get stopped when I describe my sound system as factory installed JBL with navigation. Crutchfield Electronic has suggested a Kenwood amp model that would require bypassing the factory amp that is housed under the passenger's seat and a Bluetooth module that would plug into the Kenwood amp.This would be very expensive with no assurance that it would work. Has anyone had success in achieving Bluetooth on my model that would mute the radio when a call comes in, would use the factory installed mike and provide cell phone voice to all the speakers? Since the 2008 Avalon has Bluetooth function, I queried Toyota re a retro fit harness without success.

    Thanks for any replies.
  • Clarence, I just bought a 2006 Avalon and was hoping you had installed the blue fusion device and would let me know how how pleased you were with the install. I have been searching for some installation instructions but haven't been able to find any. I want to see how others have placed the microphone. Also, how pleased are you with the operation of the unit?
  • I need help! I recently purchased a 2011 Avalon with navigation. I successfully paired my Blackberry 8100 cell phone. I also successfully transfered over my contacts. The problem is the caller ID. My cell service carrier says that the FCC now requires all caller ID on cells to show the country code, which in the USA is the number 1 in front of the 10 phone number digits. My 1000 phone contacts (that sync with my Outlook on my computer) do NOT have the 1 put into the database. The cell phone carriers solved the caller ID problem and thus on my cell, the caller ID still matches up the persons name with the caller ID phone number, and ignors the 1 that the phone service puts in. They did this so a user would not have to manually change 1000 contacts by adding the 1. However, the car contact database does not do this and thus because the caller ID has the 1 in the number, it fails to match it up with the contact in the car contacts database. I have tested this by manually changing one phone number in the car. A very tedious process that you have to completely delete the phone number and reenter it. Once I did this, the caller ID does work correctly. So, I need a global fix or software fix for the car. I have spoken to my service provider, the toyota dealer, toyota customer care, toyota "lets talk" blue tooth customer care and the blackberry phone manufacturer. Each is pointing the finger at the other. Help?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,667
    You mentioned that you sync your contacts with Outlook. The easiest way IMHO would be to change them in Outlook. If you click on the contacts tab and do a view by "Phone List" you can edit the phone #s without opening each contact.

    I would do maybe a 100 or so at a time and when they are all done sync your phone and be good to go. It is a bit tedious but in the long run will save you time talking to many people on the phone who only want to blame the other person.

    After the phone is squared away, delelte the entire contact list in the car and resync phone to car.

    This is really the only way I can see to do this. Toyota isn't going to change the software.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • How did you transfer the contacts? I get partway through the process but get the message while it says "Transferring Contacts"to "Please operate the phone." How do I do that?
  • I have paired my Motorola phone to Bluetooth in my new Avalon. When I try to transfer my contacts it says "Transferring Contacts" and that I should "Please operate the phone" and the screen freezes. How do I do that at that point?
  • I have paired my Motorola phone to Bluetooth in my new Avalon. When I try to transfer my contacts it says "Transferring Contacts" and that I should "Please operate the phone" and the screen freezes even though I do make a call using the phone. Any help?
  • I have an old Motorola RAZR V3 but am not able to transfer my contacts. I get to a "Data Transfer" screen which then says "Transferring contacts" and "Please operate the phone." I try to make a call but nothing happens and the system then freezes and no contacts are transferred. Any ideas
  • found what seems to be the ideal solution. SET never answers or call back! Wow! for such a great product (Toyota Brand) I am disappointed in this gross neglect of service. Anyway here goes a link to a part which they say is 100% compatible with or w/o Navi.
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