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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon



  • avasteravaster Posts: 20
    Im using the car wash down the street. This is simply a bad prep in the spray room at toyota. I have painted many cars and am familer with base coat clear coat. This is from contamination on the surface of the primer before finish. I'm not asking you to trouble shoot this problem. I just want to know if anyone else has paint peeling of their car. When primer is preped right the base coat adhears so as to become one. If it is as you say and you take a 3500 psi prersure washer with a jet tip to use as an example. It would remove the primer also. There is no presure you could adjust to remove paint and not the primer also.
  • I spoke with my local dealer and the wiper blade inserts are less than $4.00.
    I don't have a part number, but it you need it and can get it next week. Let me know.
  • angeange Posts: 158
    I am 72 yrs. old. I had 92 and 97 Ford crown victoria's. Drove both of them 180,000 miles plus. Had to get something different. ange1
  • angeange Posts: 158
    I don't agree 100% agree with those who don't seem too concerned if the Avalon is rated at 280 or 268 horsepower. Although I can cherp the front tires with the motor anytime.

    My concern is about Toyota not listing the J1349 rated HP when they printed up the 2005 brochures.It was reported to be mandatory. Who polices the ASE Standards?

    My point is, when I buy 20 oranges or 20 apples, I expect to get them in the container, if not, I settle the matter with store fokes. I was hooked on the 280 HP. Enough said. ange1
  • I own a 2005 XLS. There is a rattle in the sames area. Also have one in the sunroof area. I will be taking my vehicle back for the third time. Dealers hate rattles. They don't want to deal with them.
  • I bought my Avalon in Feb, one of the first XLS's in the US. I got squeaks, rattles, from the sunroof, passenger side dash area, rear deck. You would think that at these prices these problems would not exist.
  • I'm 52 and replaced a 1999 Camry
  • The same thing happened to my 02 Avalon when I used my 1750psi power washer.
    However, I already had a small nick in my bumper and the washer got under the paint and caused it to peel. I think you may have had a small abrasion on your bumper and the pressure washer made it worse.
  • I was 38 when I purchased my 02 Avalon; I'm now 42 and the proud owner of a Black 05 Limited. I love this car and I would have purchased it at 20 if it was available and if I had the money.
  • I am not having the same paint peel problem as you have, but I have an issue with the front bumper cover. I have an 06 Bilzzard Whit LTD and have noticed some small orange looking spots appearing on the cover. I hand wash the car and about 3 weeks ago I noticed a couple of spots. On each subsequent washing I have noticed a few more. You can't feel the spots, they seem to be between the color and the clearcoat. I have tried a clay bar and have also tried some pretty strong stuff form the body shop.... nothing seems to touch it. Gotta make a trip to the dealer soon and see what they have to say. I hate to have paint work done, but we will see!!
  • 49 - replaced a 2002 Maxima GLE

    Would have never considered the previous Avalon.
  • will16will16 Posts: 21
    Spray a little silicone in the area, Amor-all
  • will16will16 Posts: 21
    I just bought a 06 XLS and I love it. BUT I need the body side mouldings. Do you have address, phone or e-mail of Dawn Enterprises?


  • You may purchase body side mouldings from for 139 dollars plus 14.95 for shipping. I put mine on in less than one hour.
  • bmwdougbmwdoug Posts: 248
    I think the Avalon is a very nice car. I too like the looks outside and inside. The interior room is incredible. I think the Avalon has a lot to offer, plenty of luxury features. But, there is no Bluetooth. I find this odd. Bluetooth is really useful and it is becoming more and more popular. It is really nice to be able to drive your car, take a cell phone call on a car speaker, and talk hands free. Are there any aftermarket solutions for adding bluetooth to an Avalon? If so, how do they work?
  • dan41dan41 Posts: 180
    Purchased my 05 Limited in March at the young age of 48. My previous car was a 2003 Lexus GS300.
  • I just bought a mint 2005 Avalon Limited and am curious as to how one switches the background color of the Navigation screen when in the audio and/or trip information screens. My default color is currently green and I would like blue. I have seen numerous photgraphs of Avalons with a blue background color however, the manual does not mention how to adjust the background.

    Can anyone here help? Also, my dash does not have a button (which changes the background color) to push which I have seen pictures of. I believe I have seen photographs of it being located near the passenger airbag amber light.

    Finally, I have also seen photographs of a main screen which displays trip, audio, and air-conditioning information. I have not been able to figure out how to get to this screen either. I'm beginning to wonder if there are different versions of the navigation system. My Limited was built in July.

    Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated...
  • 67 - replaced a 1994 Maxima
  • mstemmstem Posts: 113
    Welcome to the group, pftaylor, lots of happy Avy owners here. And many of us have way too much time on our hands so we do a lot of gentle nit-picking!

    I don't think you can change the background colors of your NAV screen, except to put it in day or night mode. The blue screen you refer to I think is the default screen that comes in the models that do not have the NAV system. It is blue with white lettering. It displays the radio info, and heating/cooling info as well as trip computer information.

    On a NAV-equipped model, you have (of course) the color map display, and then two other areas, both in green: the Audio screen and the Climate screen. I have not found a way to change their background colors. Frankly, I think the green tehy use is pretty cool but that is of course a personal issue.

    Enjoy your new ride, fantastic vehicle it is... :D

  • johndjrjohndjr Posts: 80
    I'm 75 and traded in a Volvo S-80 for the Avalon.
  • jayvisjayvis Posts: 76
    I have an '06 Blizzard LX that has the yellow spots you describe. They are all in areas that are at the lower portions of the rear bumper panels. I had the dealer look at them and was told by the body man that they are indeed under/in the clear coat and are most likely caused by a contaminated clear coating process. This problem is not limited to Toyota. I've had other white cars before that exhibited this. It doesn't say much for Toyota's Georgetown quality control and I have a feeling the Blizzard color may go away next year because of these issues and it's cost. I've decided to live with it because you really have to look for the spots on a clean car to notice them. Too bad because I love the color.
  • I've been reading this forum for several months now and hope to purchase a Limited next spring. I've taken one 30-minute test drive and liked the car.

    From the outside, the windows of the Avalon look small and I'm wondering if those of you have have been driving one for a while can tell us if you feel there is good visibility. Since I am 6'3" I am especially interested the "views" of tall drivers.

    I should have paid more attention to this on my test drive but there is WAY TOO MUCH stuff on this car to absorb in 30 minutes. (Hope to rent one for a week on a trip in December.)

  • mstem,
    Thank you for the clarification and the warm welcome. The members here possess a tremendous overall insight into the Avalon which simply cannot be matched by any other source I know of, including the dealer.

    As an example, I found myself directing the service advisor at Precision/Kuhn Toyota to Avalon Service Bulletins (such as the steering wheel one) which he claimed no knowledge of. In his view, the new Avalon has had "zero" problems. But his view was tainted as it turned out. When I asked how many new Avalons he has worked on - he claimed only a handful. So the collective thinking and experience of our membership easily surpasses the knowledge at dealer level.

    I feel fortunate to have stumbled on the forum. I am now empowered to make servicing decisions based on thousands of unique Avalon experiences from our membership. I liken it to making informed healthcare decisions. If one goes to a doctor without any diligence then perhaps the outcome will not be optimal. I little knowledge and research goes a long way in the arena of automobiles as well. I'm now able to tell the advisor where it hurts, how much it hurts, and a potential remedy to guide his thinking.

    Good stuff.
  • gwsgws Posts: 67
    'From the outside, the windows of the Avalon look small and I'm wondering if those of you have have been driving one for a while can tell us if you feel there is good visibility. Since I am 6'3" I am especially interested the "views" of tall drivers.'

    I am the same height, and find no problem apart from the view to the rear - which is basically the same as experienced in my GS400 Lexus. A recent trip in a new Chrysler 300, on the other hand, provided an example of truly restricted views.
  • stlmostlmo Posts: 40
    Tom: I am 6' 3" and also have no problem with the windows. Have noticed no difference/inconvenience between the visibility or ease of use in the Av as compared to the Explorer & Bonneville I also drive (except as noted above as to the rear window, which I think is somewhat limited for anyone regardless of height, but extra driver height should actually help). Regarding height, my head does hit the headliner in the back seat unless the seat is fully reclined (long torso, I guess as it hits on most of todays cars). Before buying the Av this summer we rented a Chrysler 300 Limited for a week of vacation, and those windows did take some getting used to.
  • hutch34hutch34 Posts: 34
    I,m 71 and replaced a 2003 Acura MDX. :) :)
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    be careful with your dealer parts dept : oil filters - originally sold me filters for an 04 Av when I picked up the car last April and did not have a correct listing for the cartridge until last June.; wiper blades - couldn't find it in their computer, had to take the parts manager out to the car to show him what they looked like, and then told me available only as a complete [non-permissible content removed]'y only (for $54!) Dealer training on the new Av - very disappointing! If there is a correct insert for them - please post it.
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    I'm 6'2" and have absolutely no issue with visibility; while many posters have complained alot about the distortion in the rear window, I have no issue with it.
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