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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon



  • autoguy1autoguy1 Posts: 87
    You're not the same guy over at the "other club", are you? You know, the board where some other members and I learned from your mistake and now have plexiglass or plastic covering the hole to the laser, right?

    I, also a XLE Limited owner, highly recommend that all people with Dynamic Laser Cruise to add some sort of clear covering to the laser box whole to protect it. If Bluesie is the same member, than there was a mod we did to the Sienna that would protect the laser.

    I'm making a tutorial about it. So hold on.
  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 336
    "The Navigation manual is helpful, but a device would have been more practical and useful. I'm expecting some nasty responses to this suggestion,e.g. "the system is easy, and you're just stupid.: But that's a risk I'll take."

    No nasty response here, I consider myself a Technophile (Geek) and I too have had my share of trouble mastering this system. So no flames from me!

    I think they should have included a USB 2.0 port where you could DL info / addresses off of your PC directly into the Nav system using a micro drive.
    I have a TV remote that allows me to goto their website, configure all my A/V gear, DL the info thru USB right into the remote. Very slick!

    Toyota needs to rework their Nav system to make it more user friendly.

  • jl618jl618 Posts: 64
    It seems many upscale cars are offering rear-wheel drive these days. To me, it is understandable when (1) the vehicle has excessive horsepower or (2) torque steering problems with the FWD. Otherwise, are there benefits of RWD, other than on the race track? You'll have a hard time convincing me that RWD has better traction in the snow. The reason I'm curious is that one post in another forum suggested the new Avalon is behind the technology curve because of the lack of RWD. One could argue perhaps without an AWD variant, but without RWD? What am I missing?
  • teereevesteereeves Posts: 69
    For those of you who decided to wait for the 2006 Avalon in hopes of getting some additional features that wasn't found in the 2005 Avalon. You need to let Toyota know what you want in the 2006 Avalon, it may help and it may not, but at least it will be recorded in their database.

    Goto this website:

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Hey..where I live, AWD or FWD or a must because of the winter and snow! My friends here often have cars sitting in the garage during snow with RWD! I do not think they go good in the snow.
    I do hope they make the Avalon with AWD in the near future. It would be a big plus!
  • dan41dan41 Posts: 180
    Why not post it here? As a new owner of the Limited, I would like to have seen the following options available:

    ·Blue Tooth Technology
    ·Auto Tilting rear view mirrors that go down while in reverse
    ·Coin Holder
    ·Back-up Sensors

    My Limited is one remarkable car. I haven't heard one rattle or phantom noise and this is more than I can say about my previous Lexus GS and Acura TL.

    Regards: Dan
  • autoguy1autoguy1 Posts: 87

    Voila. It was very easy to do & again, I highly recommend this to anybody with the Laser Cruise.
  • bushkabushka Posts: 19
    Some people also laughed when the Japanese started making cars. The early Hondas and Toyotas were very basic and sub-par by today's standards. Today, it's the Korean brands that seem to be on the fast track of improvement and refinement. Don't discount Hyundai and their Korean siblings. It may surprise you to know that the Sonata you disparaged had fewer reliability issues (problems) than ANY Toyota or Lexus product in 2004, based on a detailed reliability report from Consumer Reports (posted on another forum site). Certainly Hyundai has not evolved into the giant that is now Toyota, but they are a very respectible brand ... and growing stronger at a remarkable rate. While Toyota designs are regarded by many as overly bland (including the new Avalon), the Korean makers are nothing short of adventerous and daring by comparison. I suspect it is the Koreans, at least in part, that motivated Toyota to branch out with Scion. Bushka
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Bushka, granted the Koreans have come a long way with Hyundai and Kia and they are making some very good cars nowadays. However, they are still not in the same league as Toyota and Honda. Give them 10 years and they will be there. Toyota branched out with Scion due to an aging customer base not the Korean manufacturers.
    : )
  • dzorndzorn Posts: 1
    I am not sure what the Touring edition is costing but I just bought an XLS in South Louisiana and payed 1700 under MSRP. Some of the dealers in this area are charging 2200 above MSRP and I had one tell me that he was making me a good deal by charging me MSRP price. I shopped the whole Gulf Coast through the Toyota website. Dealers that are in the same city are pricing them different from each other so you can get a much better deal from other dealers that are only 15 minutes away from each other.
  • your link to the 2006 production cutoff on the 05 avalon - do you know its source or if it is sanctioned by Toyota?
  • is there some way to deactivate the rain sensing windshield wipers when you go through a car wash?
  • what's the status on these? available yet?
  • bluesiebluesie Posts: 6
    The other club? No but I would like to hear more... Toyota headquarters said I was the first one with the problem.
  • clipper1clipper1 Posts: 70
    Hertz and Avis .... middle man

    Good enough?
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    It was not sanctioned by Toyota. I spoke with Corporate and they said the Donlen report regarding the Avalon is not true.
    The color keyed mud guards are being delivered by SouthEast Distributors to my dealer in Savannah. So they are available, he will have them next week.
  • luxosportluxosport Posts: 22
    I haven't noticed any post regarding the positives or negatives (in any) of the start button in the Limited. Would you say the step up to the Limited from an XLS is worth the extra $$?
    I would also guess the negotiating on an XLS is considerably less challenging since supply is not that much of an issue.
  • pmcb48pmcb48 Posts: 192
    Please see my post 3505. Respectively, I would just like to know what you mean by the word "corporate." Without naming names, is this an inside contact you have, customer service available to all, or ??? Just wondering in terms of credibility.
  • pmcb48pmcb48 Posts: 192
    I also have a Sienna with laser cruise. A rock hitting the laser sensor is something I'd actually never thought of, but it certainly could happen. I had a rock take out a fog lamp on my 95 Maxima (in approximately the same position). Is this something the particularly unmechanical amongst us could do? Do you have to crawl under the car and pop out the sensor box? I wonder if Toyota is working on a protective window cover for service departments to put in.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    For your info, Toyota does not do fleet sales or rentals to Hertz and Avis at least in my region. Toyota has their own rent a car branch TRAC (Toyota Rent a Car) at most of their dealerships.
    : )
  • just__mejust__me Posts: 508
    pmcb48, without naming names I'm speaking about directly speaking with a person in their corporate office, not a customer service person. He assures me he would know about this August thing if it were true which it's not. I'm sure Macabee can speak on this. I just had a long talk with my Toyota Dealer even though he isn't Corporate that gave me all the information regarding August 06 which is not true. My Dealer said he would take a check on May 10th, on April First or whatever as a forward deposit towards the 06 (which he said would be silly) without discussing any prices since he won't have any until the new 06 is delivered, and says in their humble opinion they feel because of the late introduction of the 05 they don't expect to see the 06 in the showrooms until January, not even October. They believe Toyota would want a years cycle before delivering the 06. Anyone can speak to their own Dealer and if they are honest you might hear the same thing. My dealer is one of the largest and we have a very honest relationship with one other. He said the same thing as corporate that Toyota is a very smart marketing company and they would not shoot themselves in the foot this way, especially on the success they are having with the 05, it would be nuts to bring out the 06 in August. So these are the facts as they have been told to me. Macabee, you work for Toyota, I'm sure you have a way of also getting the facts and dispelling this misinformation about 06.Okay, enough on this topic. I will now take a ride in my Beautiful Avalon. Have a nice Easter everyone.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    groza, if you want to take the engine cover off knock yourself out! I tried it yesterday on an XL and it's a piece of cake. Just be careful not to break the darn thing. It has built in clips on it. I pulled on it from the front of the engine and lifted it around the oil cap filler. The hardest one to get off is the one to the back and right of the engine. Nothing spectacular under there, just a plain v6 engine.
    : )
  • gladiator99gladiator99 Posts: 104
    Hello again! Yes Toyota's access pricing still lives in British Columbia. I checked prices on the new Avalons with 5 or 6 dealers in the interior and on the coast who all advised me that they sell only at "Toyota Access Pricing" which is full list price. I was able to find a dealer who would give me a better price on my trade though. Toyota's own webside states that Toyota dealers may sell for less. The dealers must have some agreement to only sell at msrp.
    I found the Acura dealers to have the same attitude. Full list price, take it or leave it!!!! Guess I'll have to buy my next car in Ontario!!!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    not built in clips but snaps. Just snaps on or off.
    : )
  • barclay3barclay3 Posts: 90
    Mackabee...Are you hearing about or experiencing trouble getting the Cassis Limited without the NAV system? Could it be a long wait for me?
  • I have read with interest all the other posts on the forum re shoppibg around for Toyota Extended Warranty
    I live in Florida and wanted to share a post from the forum on Extended Warranty
    SEe below

    Hi illinialumni. 151ranch is absolutely right. In the interest of protecting consumers, the state of Florida prohibits the negotiation of selling prices of extended warranties. Any extended warranty sold in your state must be done so at one price. It is a silly law because while it helps consumers who are too lazy to shop around and get a good deal, it hurts educated shoppers like yourself. So the problem with purchasing a policy from a dealer in a different state isn't exactly that they aren't allowed to sell to you, it is just that they can not sell to you at their normal discounted prices.

    of 974 Re: So GMPP it is, and then....... [illinialumni] by kirstie_h HOST Mar 12, 2005 (10:42 am)
    It was then followed by comment from another host

    Yes. The upside is that you could get a cheap warranty. The downside is that you could be charged with fraud. It's not legal to claim you live somewhere you don't in order to skirt the laws of your state of legal residence. This will be especially apparant if you purchased the car in Florida and it's registered in Florida.

    You may or may not get caught, but all-in-all, doesn't seem like a winning solution

    I would be interested in feedback from anyone living in Florida that has either bought a warranty or considered one on the 2005 Avalon Thanks
  • jordan7jordan7 Posts: 77
    I would definitely say it is worth it. you get memory seat, 12 speaker radio, sun shade, nicer interior, smart key (it is great), nicer mag wheels with guaranteed michelin tires, cargo net, rain sensing wipers, high intensity headlights, etc. In the Maryland area I was able to buy my Linited for $500 above invoice which was around $2700 under MSRP. I got the Stability control option but not Nav or Laser cruise. My 7 yr, 100,000 mile, 0 dedcut warranty was $1000. I feel I got a fair deal. I think most can obtain this also by hard negotiating and a few walks out the showroom door.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    You have to have them set on the "on " position for them to work. If the lever on the right of the stering wheel is all the way up, they will not come on.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Thanks Mackabee for yor post. While the Koreans have come a long way, they are not in the same leaque as Toyota. Maybe in ten years, but hten Toyota will be them again. Wait and see! I dont believe the Hyundai will ever live up to Toyota or Lexus.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    I love the push botton start. It is so nice not to worry with keys to get in the car, start etc. I find it to be one of the best features offered.I didn't drive any other than the Limited, so as far as the other models, Im not sure. I love my Limited, and I find the money spent on it to be worth every bit!!!! If you can go for the Limited, I would say GO FOR IT!!!! I think you would enjoy the push button start.
    Have a great Easter!
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