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Toyota Avalon 2008-2010



  • kirkkempenkirkkempen Posts: 14
    Which port of entrance to the US would that be (since the Avalon is built in Georgetown, Kentucky)? My guess is that the mirror was added at the dealership, and they don't want to own up to the mistake.
  • redmazda3redmazda3 Posts: 28
    Thats interesting. I didn't know it was built in the US. I'll look at the window sticker and see if it was actually added at the dealer. The info about the port was from another Toyota dealer that fixed the problem. The original dealer didn't look very hard at the problem and told us we weren't driving it enough to keep the battery charged. I laughed at that comment, however I didn't have a clue what was wrong except to me it seemed to be a short somewhere and they just didn't want to look for it. The second dealer in Greenville, MS., took the time and trouble to get all the paperwork on the car he could find and by looking at the add ons, he started there and found the mirror wired backwards.
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    I live in N. MS and would like to know who the dealer was (or the town) that insulted your intelligence by saying "you don't drive the car enough to keep the battery charged".

    It's always nice to know who the good, and bad, dealers are in my area.
  • diekemadiekema Posts: 11
    I have an '08 Touring with 75k and have not even had to have any brake work done yet. I have never driven this far on OEM brakes.
  • redmazda3redmazda3 Posts: 28
    They are in Louisiana. I've always had a good relationship with them. I've owned several Toyotas and have had excellent service on my cars. The Avalon is my parents car. They are in their late 70s and I guess the service department didn't know what to do. They did try a number of tests, all were normal, and offered to put a charging unit on it. But, that would mean they would have to pop the hood and charge it every night or morning. No way would they do that. My Dad was a mechanic early in life and knew that driving the vehicle wasn't the answer.

    After the fix, my parents have gone back to their regular driving habits. Sometimes the car will sit for 4 or 5 days and it always starts now. I am dissapointed in the dealer on this issue. However, this was not an issue when the lease on my Wife's Toyota was up and we purchased a 2009 Maxima. She just liked the way they looked better. It's much more sporty than any of the Toyotas and she wanted a change anyway. To be truthful, I would purchase another vehicle from the dealer as Toyotas are for the most part very reliable cars.
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    I just finished a trip from Arkansas to Utah, Colorado, and Kansas for a total of 3,214 miles. I'm quite happy with the mpg. The overall was 31.2 mpg. The individual mpgs were: 27.5, 31.2, 31.4, 32.2, 25.4, 31.1, 34.3, 28.2, and 31.2.
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    I believe there has been some discussion in this group about warped rotors. I just had mine machined since the runout was .06mm and .07mm. It became evident when I was driving in Colorado last weekend. Using the breaks after a lot of downhill the car would shake as the breaks were applied and any speed above 60. I have now 32,400+ miles on the car and the repair was under warranty.
  • doug3030doug3030 Posts: 20
    My '08 Avalon Ltd has quite a bit of wind noise at speeds above 50mph. I just bought a 2010 Camry for my wife and it is considerably quieter at all speeds. Has anyone else experienced wind noise w/their Avalon or is it a problem w/mine? If so, what was done to rectify the problem. My dealer says it's normal,,,,,
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    Do you have the Sunroof Wind Deflector installed. I had one on my '08 Limited and took it off right away. It made things quieter. The sideview mirrors make noise but there's nothing you can do about those.
  • popsavalonpopsavalon Posts: 231
    The side view mirrors have slight adjustments that can be made by how the holding bolts are tightened. After some door damage was repaired on my 07 Avalon, the driver's side mirror (which had been removed and reinstalled) was much noisier than before. I was able to adjust most of the noise away with the bolts, but it is a tedious process.

    I would say that Avalons probably have to meet a certain noise level during manufacture, but that every vehicle is not equal.
  • diekemadiekema Posts: 11
    Never wash your car, or wheels, while your brakes are hot. It will cause even new rotors to warp, I have learned this the hard way.
  • aus1aus1 Posts: 20
    No posts for 30 days. This could mean that either everyone has sold their vehicle or everyone's vehicle is running perfectly.
  • 17,000 mi in 10 months...Still have to put gas/oil/air in tires/wash it.....but other than a new battery it's been perfect. We have to force ourselves to drive our Camry (another great problem free vehicle) so we don't put all our miles on the Avalon. The only thing I'd change is I'd rather have the new 2.5l four cylinder with the same transmission from the Venza than the current six cly because I just don't need/use the bigger motor.
  • 08 Ltd, 27k, 16 mo. Second Avalon we've owned. First one had a sensor go bad at about 60k - only symptom a trouble light. Traded at 90k. Second one, totally trouble free. Love it.
  • I found a new 2008 Touring in June, when the auto market was in the dumps. Only problem is the passenger side seat belt rattle. Great mileage and surprising performance for such a large car. I have about 4k on the odo. At 5k, I'll do a synthetic oil change and 5 tire rotation.
  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
    06 limited here. Have had routine maintanence, a few TSB's but car is very good! I get 32mpg on the buy I have had so far. Glad I ditched the BMW.
  • I guess this is an Avalon love fest. Mine is an 08 Ltd with 34K. The only fixes were having the XM radio receiver replaced and the front rotors turned. This is a superb auto. Someone mentioned in an earlier post they would prefer a 4-cyl motor. I can't imagine that. The size of the car plus the performance of the current 6-cyl motor combined with the mpg is a dream come true. I have a 98 Sienna with 214K miles and I hope the Avalon surpasses that. Also, I've used synthetic oil in all of my cars since 1987 and I feel it's really the only way to go.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You can keep your window and door seals more "live", flexible, by spraying with Permatex silicon oil about twice a year. Spray generously and leave it to soak into , permeate, the rubber seals for at least 24 hours.
  • Thanks for the info....tried to find Permatex Silicone oil w/o luck. Will regular silicone spray work and have the same penetrating effect on the rubber?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The nice thing about the Permatex spray is that it foams as it coats so you can more easily see how much you' ve applied.

  • Google: Permatex Silicone Spray Lubricant It is about $9 for 16 ounces.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I've been paying <$5.00
  • Where? Inquiring mind wants to know!
  • Hay, guys..finally found the Permatex Silicone Oil after searching half of this area of Florida. Car Quest can order it (not normally in stock) at a cost of $4,87 for 16 oz can, including tax. Thanks for responding to my problem.
  • My '08 Avalon specifies 87 octane as I sure all other Avalons do. Anytime I've tried the other two grades they have not given any better performance or mpg. However, when you travel west and get into the mountains you encounter regular gas that's 85 octane and the middle grade is 87 octane. I've tried both and still have never seen a difference in performance or mpg.

    So I wondering, technically, what's the right grade to use under those circumstances? Should you stick to "regular" at 85 or go with the 87 middle grade? What do people do who live in the mountains where this occurs?
  • to: WWest..Thanks for your help.After applying the Permatex Silicone oil, leaving it on to soak the rubber, I noticed alot of the wind noise I had previously experienced, was gone. Nice thing about the Permatex is it does not leave a strong odor in the car and as you stated, the white foam lets you know where you're spraying. Thanks again.
  • jeal1jeal1 Posts: 4
    When I set my Avalon's passenger temperature to anywhere between 74 and 80, the back vents blow out air at 107 degrees which makes it impossibly hot for anyone in the back seat. The passenger in the front has to freeze or the back seat passengers have to burn up. Anyone else having this problem?
  • Good question, the "average mileage indicator" is designed to reset after every fill up. This way you can determine your fuel mileage since your last fill up, not since you have owned the car. Most of us are not looking for a lifetime average, but a current usage average. Lastly, your vehicle fuel tank capacity is 18.5, not 16 gallons. Hence 26 MPG x 18.5 gallons should net you approx. 481 miles. You should however be getting closer to 28 miles per gallon unless you rarely drive the interstate. Hope this helps.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I too have a '08 Touring model, and aside from the seats, love the car.

    The seats with all those sewn pieces of leather, just hit my legs and [non-permissible content removed] wrong, and after an hour or so driving, my right leg will start getting numb and sore.

    When possible I use cruise control, and move my leg(s) around.

    I have purchased a massaging seat cushion, and that's nice (not great, but better).

    I just tried out a 2006 S-500 mercedes, and YES it was nice, but not enough better to trade-in the Avalon.

    Of all (47 plus) cars I've owned over the years, I can say, these are the worst seats, and my Park Avenues had the best seats. Big [non-permissible content removed] lounge type seats, that where VERY comfortable even after driving straight thru from Maine to Florida non-stop (12 times over the years).

    I have had several other cars that seemed comfortable as well … so some of this might be - I'm getting old - nope, I don't think so:)

    I must admit, I'm a bit disappointed that Toyota isn't making a new model this year, I was looking forward to seeing (and trading in my 08) towards a new car.

    I guess I still might, if the seats are more comfortable then this car. Oh, I drive about 35,000 - 40,000 miles a year - salesman:)

    I'm heading out Monday for another trip and should put on about 4,500 - 6,000 miles by the time I get back (2 week trip this time).

    It will be interesting to watch the fuel mileage this time, as I'll have 3 passengers (with a trunk full of luggage) most of the trip. My mileage has seemed to have gone down since my last check-up. They said there was an up they preformed and it should shift better now, which it does, but at the cost of fuel mileage, not sure I like the trade-off.

    In any case, I'll check back in when I return, and let you all know how the trip went, and what my passengers think of the car.

    Oh, the trip will take me from Maine to the Blue Ridge Mountains, then on to New Bern, NC, then on to St. Peter, Florida, then back to New Bern, then on to PA, then back to maine (with a ton of stops in-between).

  • OK: just had two simultaneous problems. Sadly I'm out of warranty. Here are the questions:

    1) tire pressure sensor went out. Over $200 to fix. How common have you folks found this to be?

    2) Headlights are intermittently going off. Usually the left, but occasionally the right, and on a couple of exciting occasions, both simultaneously. Dealer says "it's probably the bulbs going bad", which I find unlikely, and am not willing to go there, especially at $800! (These are the autoleveling HID headlights on my '08 Liimited). Any other ideas on what could do this, or is this a case of bulb failure? If so, is this early (car is about 2.75 years old).

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