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2005-2007 Toyota Avalon



  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    jlsexton: Dealer installed my moldings--$150 and they look great--better yet--they work!!
  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84
    Pat (our Host) - I set up a new comparison topic per your suggestion. If you will now link it to the ES 350 board, let's watch the "fireworks" begin! ;) Thanks.
  • tmeframetmeframe Posts: 80
    9005's are for the high-beam. 9006's are for the low-beam.

  • retired7retired7 Posts: 133
    I have Laser Cruise on my LTD and overall like it. The wife and I are retired and take long road trips. The LCC helps us stay alert if we are distracted for any reason especially during a long day of driving on new freeways. Also helps to stay dialed in with busy traffic and keep good seperation.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I did the linking - but let's go into this looking to learn and provide information for others, rather than looking for a turf war, why don't we ... ;)
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    With the advent of 100+ temperatures, I'm considering having the windows of my '06 Limited tinted. I think I'll opt for the non-metallic type, however, I want to be sure that the tinting doesn't cause any problems. Does a tinted back window (at the 35% legal in WA) cause problems for the auto-dimming mirror?

    Are there any other issues to consider regarding tinting?

    Thanks for your opinions.
  • bobwileybobwiley Posts: 241
    nimimi: Had mine done by the dealer in Missouri--not sure of the (%)--they look great and no problems with radio or auto-dimming mirror. Cost at the dealer was $140---I know, probably chaeaper places---but--I figured "best" to have it done by the dealer--then if any problems arise--the problems belong to the dealer! Our dealer also undercoats all their cars---living in the Midwest it not only helps with corrosion, its also great for sound deadening.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    That's great! When I bought the car, the dealer said nothing about window tinting.

    I was quoted $265 for all windows but the windshield.
  • 44394439 Posts: 21
    My advice is to use a metallic tint on the side windows and a non-metallic on the rear window. The metallic will hold up and reflect the sunlight better. Because the radio antenna is located in the rear window, Toyota and window tinting companies recommend a non-metallic tint. I tinted my windows using the above method for about $250.00. Make sure you check out the window tinting company by looking at other cars they have done work on. Also ask if the rear window tint will be one piece or two. Two piece tint may show a seam when the tint dries.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    How does the metallic on the side windows look? Is it quite reflective?
  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
    today it rained and LASer CC went red light on the dash indicating laser diffusion. I switched to standard Cruise.Lets see other cars do this!!! Awesome car. I have Backup camera as well...and love it!
  • yammiyammi Posts: 3
    o6 Limited,blizzard pearl....This is the 4th Avalon I have owned and I love it. Get 30 to 31 mpg using CC on open road. Retired7, how do you change from laserCC to standardCC?
  • bluesman3bluesman3 Posts: 202
    Posted by jhavign
    "Does anyone know when the 07 Avalon will be out?"

    Yes, They start production in July so figuring two months to the dealer lot and you should start seeing them in September. Maybe late August....
  • 91199119119911 Posts: 54
    Why would one want to buy a Lexus ES350 over an Avalon Limited?, beats me when they're only getting a Camry with a Lexus body...cost difference ...about $10,000..go figure...guess some like the "L" prestige.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    As someone mentioned in the discussion gohawaiian created, size might matter to some. It would to me. My father recently bought an 06 Avalon and, while he loves it, the thing is just too big for me. If I had only these two cars to choose from, I'd go for the ES for that reason alone.

    Your figure of $10,000 is incorrect. A loaded Limited could easily cost more than an ES 350. Check out the numbers. :)

    Anyway, let's continue here if you'd like: Toyota Avalon Limited vs. Lexus ES 350 Comparison.
  • samchinchsamchinch Posts: 47
    It just won't have to dim as much because the tinting will dim the light coming into the window.
  • sunny_8sunny_8 Posts: 10
    Bought I new 06 Avalon XL, noticed the bumper and left fender (by the turn signal light) were not totally in line.

    Took it to the dealer in Joliet IL, they said its normal

    Also get some grinding noise when I turn the wheel in the morning, is that normal also ?

    Any comments welcome ....

  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
    to move to Normal Cruise C, you turn on Cruise and push it away for a few seconds...I believe then it shifts from Laser. When you shut it off and restart it reverts to Laser again. Nice feature.
  • gladiator99gladiator99 Posts: 104
    Hi Beeman!!
    Sorry to hear you went to all that trouble!! I will have to look in our 05 manual to see what bulbs are specified. I may change ours later on but for now I will stay with the stock bulbs. I know that after getting used to the HID lights on our previous vehicle the lights on the Avalon seem weak compared to HID. Let us know how the lights are when you get them changed?

    Take care!!
  • pcc49pcc49 Posts: 25
    I also own a 06 Avalon Ltd and I do not see any misalignment. What I suggest you to do is go to the Dealer's lot and check out some of the 06 Avalon(s) for some visual comparisons.
  • yammiyammi Posts: 3
    Hi neil5,

    Thanks for the tip on the CC. I thought I had the owners manual memorized, but I missed that. ha I'm 65 years old and have had many makes and models of cars down thru the years, everything from Volkswagens to Cadillacs. This is the 4th Avalon I've owned (2 of them totaled by wife...neither one her fault) and I must say my 06 Limited is probably the best of the lot. A pleasure to drive and so many nice features that makes it a good value for the money.
  • Hi gladiator99,

    Are you perchance a reviewer for Consumer Reports? Your choices are also CR's top choices!

    In the Aug. 2006 issue CR gave top marks to the Garmin Nuvi 350, just as you did.

    They also tested the 2007 Camry and the Azera. Both scored high, but both came below (your and my) Avalon XLS, which remains CR's top-rated large sedan.

    I posted a summary of the CR reviews in the Camry-Avalon comparison forum (#51).


  • tstrick320tstrick320 Posts: 64
    One other subtlety about this is that you CANNOT change modes once you've set a speed. i.e. if you've been cruising in laser distance mode you can't just switch to normal mode without turning the cruise system completely off.

  • netwonnetwon Posts: 53
    Hello All,

    Was car shopping yesterday and came across some interesting news about 07 Avalon changes at least for Toyota Canada.

    *The Touring model will not be offered in Canada anymore
    *VSC/Trac will be come standard on XLS
    *Rain sensing wipers will be STD on XLS
    *Bluetooth to JBL stereio
    *One new peril colour will be added.
    *nothing mentioned about 6spd or anything drivetrain changes

    Lets hope we see this and more changes!

  • tzuppetzuppe Posts: 13
    Got quotes from 6 dealers on trading in 2006 Avalon Limited (22,000 mi.) that had MSRP of $35,200 and they are only offering $23,000 - $24,000. They usually use Kelly Blue Book, but Kelly only has 2005 and showing $24,500 so 2006 should be $25,500 - $26,500.
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    I sure hope the lack of mention of the 6 speed tranny was an oversight.
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    may want to rethink the 6 speed tranny wish - there have been a few mechanical (snap ring) failures and the forums are starting to fill up with 'h' word complaints.
  • bluesman3bluesman3 Posts: 202
    According to Toyota Fleet there aren't any color changes for 2007..... Are you certain your source is correct?

    I also had a dealer tell me that the 6 speed was "a definite" for 2007 but I don't have confirmation yet.

    Toyota should announce pricing for the 07' Avalon either tomorrow or on Monday of next week.
  • bluesman3bluesman3 Posts: 202
    Re-posted from another forum:

    Published in April 2006
  • allavalonsallavalons PennsylvaniaPosts: 67
    You would need to subtract for high mileage from the 2005 number. A 2006 (current model year) with 22,000 miles would be considered a high mileage vehicle, less warranty left, more wear and tear on consumables (tires, brakes, etc.) Doesn't matter what kind of miles you say they were, it's still high mileage and you take the hit on depreciation. :(
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