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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon



  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 336
    For all of you asking about the laser cruise, please do a search. There are several post already here on that subject.

    Basically I've stopped using mine except when in very light traffic, like Sunday morning when I head home from work.

  • deaniedeanie Posts: 172
    I've found the 05 Avalon styling attractive from the get-go, but it's shape gave me a strong deja vu when I first saw a photo of one in an auto magazine a few months ago. Reviewing some of the many back issues I keep in the throne room, I came across a review of the Volkswagen Phaeton which, when viewed in profile, looks like the Avalon's twin (if not older brother).

    However Toyota arrived at the styling for the '05 Avalon, I'm glad it came out the way it did, but I'm sure there are more than a few suits at Volkswagen who are not as pleased as I am with Toyota's latest hit. Just an observation - nothing more.
  • pmcb48pmcb48 Posts: 192
    They're sonar sensors; Bosch makes an aftermarket system called Park Pilot; comes with 2 or 4 sensors. Most people seem to be mounting all 4 on the rear bumper for maximum coverage in that direction. The factory system on my Sienna has 6 (2 on front corner bumpers angled out, 2 on center rear bumper pointing straight back, 2 on rear corners angled out). The Sienna has a little car outline on the dash which has a blinking red dot on it at the point of the sensor getting close to a solid object.

    Not sure how big the aftermarket system(s) display unit is, or where people are mounting it. I think it's a big plus in a minivan, but for a sedan like the Avalon (which doesn't offer it yet from the factory), I don't think it's really needed, unless you do a lot of parallel parking, which I hardly ever do.

    A backup camera displaying on the Nav system screen would be nice, but again, more essential on a minivan.
  • marcommarcom Posts: 8
    Dajab ... I believe that you have the light gray and graphite codes reversed ... here are the codes from the MSN site. Marcom.

    Exterior Colors
    Blizzard Pearl (Mfr Code @E070)
    Titanium Metallic (Mfr Code @E1D4)
    Phantom Gray Pearl (Mfr Code @E1E3)
    Black (Mfr Code @E202)
    Cassis Pearl (Mfr Code @E3Q7)
    Desert Sand Mica (Mfr Code @E4Q2)
    Silver Pine Mica (Mfr Code @E6UO)
    Indigo Ink Pearl (Mfr Code @E8P4)
    Blue Mirage Metallic (Mfr Code @E8R5)

    Interior Trim Colors
    Ivory Leather Interior (Mfr Code @I02L
    Graphite Leather Interior (Mfr Code @I16L)
    Lgt Grey Leather Interior (Mfr Code @I17L)
  • dan41dan41 Posts: 180
    I took my Limited out just after the last snow storm and was very impressed with the handling. I also took it to a nearby lake that has a very large snow covered parking lot. At speeds up to 35 MPH, I would slam on my brakes and the car stayed absolutely straight. Regards: Dan
  • jordan7jordan7 Posts: 77
    Light gray is code 17 and graphite is code 16.
  • gschultz3gschultz3 Posts: 134
    Any help would be appreciated. Cherie1

    The Internet works great but be aware that most dealers I have dealt with try to get you into the dealership before they will quote you a price take a test drive etc.! If the salesman can get you to negotiate or listen to their sales pitch before you are prepared you may be convinced to buy a car before you investigate all of your options. You must make it clear that you are not going to make a decision until you have completed your investigation. Most of us do not want to spend weeks negotiating to get the lowest price but if you want the lowest possible price be prepared to spend a lot of time. If you can be flexible concerning models, colors, options, brands and time to purchase you are in a much stronger negotiating position. Prices and the availability of certain cars is always changing. If you are flexible time is on your side. If you can't wait to get a new car and will only buy the most popular model don't expect the dealer give you a lower price when there are two buyers for every car the dealer is allocated ...... dissapline is what it's all about. Personally I'm lazy, so I try to find out what the going discount is for a certain car on the Internet and then buy from the first dealer who has what I want at that price. I will not pay for any care, environmental, advertising or dealer fees as part of the deal. If the dealer insists on extra fees then they must be deducted from the selling price. I definitely don't get the lowest price possible but I'm satisfied I paid a fair price.

    Advice is cheap. Ask everyone you know for help.
  • gschultz3gschultz3 Posts: 134
    Parking sensors beep when you approach objects behind you. They are installed in the rear bumper. Some cars also have front sensors. I've had backup cameras before but this is the first time I have had sensors. They are ralatively inexpensive $300 - 600.00 installed.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    congrats gschultz3 on your new black limited. I know you will love it as much as I do mine. Yes, it does take some polish often, but it is worth every minute!!! ENJOY!
  • dajabdajab Posts: 35
    Marcom, you're right. In my haste I simply switched the Light Gray & Graphite codes. Sorry to propagate more confusion. Nice list of complete color codes from the MSN site.

    Pat, is there any way post #3131 can be edited or annotated (in the interest of clarity)?
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Hey everyone, I started a new discussion today about Avalon vs Maxima. I find these two cars worthy of comparing, so don't hestitate to go to that discussion and click on.
    Of course, I have the Avalon and love it! I just thought the TL and Avalon were not as close a match. Have fun if you choose to go there. It will be interesting to see the results!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    No, only the author can edit a post and only for a 30 minute period of time after it has been made.

    You can just repost the whole chart if you want with the caveats I emailed you about before I saw this message.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Folks can click here to go directly to that new discussion.

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Good morning Avalon folks, I again get very upset when I click on Autos and see the TOP 8 luxury cars as I did today. No mention of the Avalon !!!
    I do not understand the reason for this, other than the price tag. If you look at the list, you will find cars that just don't add up to being better than the Avalon. Would anyone like to agree, or have something to say?
  • teereevesteereeves Posts: 69
    For Fleet buyers or Distributors.

    Toyota will take final orders for 2005 Avalons on 04/11/05.

    Looking at Savannah Toyota allocation for 2005 Avalons, they expect their last Avalon on 05/09/05.

    This coincide with when Toyota will start accepting initial orders for the 2006 Avalon which is 05/10/05.

    The 2006 Avalon initial production will start sometime in July.

    The initial delivery on the 2006 Avalon will start sometime in August.

    Hopes this help those of us waiting to purchase the 2006 Avalon.

  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    Hi Ronn, it's good to see you posting again my friend. I will look at your Avalon/Maxima site, but couldn't comment for now, for I never researched the Maxima for IMHO I knew the Avalon is a better quality car. Once the road tests and research matures the Avalon will become part of the 8. Remember the others were introduced earlier, the Avalon in Feb, so with time it will move to the top.
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    I couldn't find the site? Clicking on Pats post doesn't take me there.
  • I have heard mention of the 06 avalon due out in may of this year. Is this correct? Has anybody seen the 06 avalon, I have the 05 Blizzard Peal on order w/ ivory interior. carpet, spoiler, VSC, remote start, paid 500. over invoice in kansas.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    If you click on the link in my post, which is the highlighted word "here", you will get there.

    Or click on this link: Avalon vs. Maxima

    I guarantee you that will work. ;)
  • hawk1eyehawk1eye Posts: 61
    Tee, thanks for the info. I think I may wait and order one to be delivered right away. I was going to have to order a 05 anyway so it will only be 3 months longer to wait. Thanks alot. Hawkeye
  • dcalliesdcallies Posts: 33
    I'm getting the JBL Synthesis AM/FM Cassette/6-disc in-dash CD changer, 360 watts maximum output with 12 speakers including subwoofer, Radio Data System (RDS), on my new xls.

    Does it play mp3 files?
  • douglas1douglas1 Posts: 130
    I don't know what kind of gas, it was the first full tank provided by the dealer. 100% around town driving, no highway at all. I opted for the 89 octane when I filled it. Getting over 25% better milage than my 01 XLS I can almost justify my Limited on economy grounds with the price of gas over $2 a gallon now.
  • mikerochmikeroch Posts: 69
    Great idea Ron!!!

    I have posted to the new discussion a somewhat "lengthy" list of my wife's and my opnions on the two.....any comments welcome.

  • teereevesteereeves Posts: 69
    See my post #3162.

  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    justme, the Desert sand is shown in the colors tab. Also for those of you that are confused about the interior colors LB16 is the graphite. If you go ahead and configure your vehicle in the build you own section and go through all the steps up to "your vehicle" then select "print this page" it will show the exterior color and the interior color as a code, for example: INDIGO INK/GRAPHITE will show as 08P4/LB16 on a Limited, on an XLS it will show 08P4/LA16 as the LB designates perforated leather, LA regular leather. LE18 is charcoal leather on the Touring model. LA02 is Ivory leather LBO2 is perforated leather. I don't have the light gray as I mentioned before our distributor is not ordering any cars with the light gray. I would suspect it's probably LA11 and LB11. Hope this helps.
    : )
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The light gray code is LB17 and LA17 for perforated leather and regular leather.
    : )
  • lamikellamikel Posts: 19
    I think they are 235/35/20 The rims are Ice Metal- IM888-20. Ill take a pic of the car, but i dont know how to post on here
  • cherie1cherie1 Posts: 16
    Thanks so much for your advice. I know that I need to stay strong and walk away if they try to pressure me to much (the little old lady thing??). I am trying to get all my ducks in the right row though. Thanks to people on the internet. It really helps. It sounds like if I find a dealer that will sell me the base model of the Avalon Limited for about $2,000-$2,200 less than MSRP that would be a fair deal?? Plus tax and lic.fee. Is there a better time to try and get a good deal? Like Aug. or winter? Where exactly can a dealer take off some of the cost on their side? Thanks again...Cherie1
  • barclay3barclay3 Posts: 90
    Why was Lexus GS a 2006 and the Avalon a 2005?

    Is the 2005 Avalon a beta and the MSRP was set artificially low to get buyers (most of us think the car is a great value)? Why such a short production run on the 2005? Is it a test run basically to get stats on buying trends, peoples likes and dislikes, and manufacturing problems and then retool and come out with a better product for 2006? I have a gut feeling that the 2006 will be more expensive (more than the normal yearly increase because it will be in demand and better), offer more interior color options and more of the options on the Limited will be available on the other models (and maybe make the sunroof optional). I have no idea how much can be changed between model years.

    I'm just throwing out thoughts (not facts) for others to comment. Being a programmer I don't know too much about this stuff.
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