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2009 Toyota Avalon



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Maybe now we might get to see a Lexus LS with the GSes hybrid system based on the DFI V6. Maybe even AWD...??
  • Will the 09 Limited come with a factory backup camera? I know cameras are offered on other 09 Toyota models.
  • DB_BBDB_BB Posts: 1
    We have had our '09 at the dealership a few times for wind noise. "They say" there is not "wind noise", it's air turbulence from around both of the exterior mirrors. They drove a couple of '09's from the lot and said these had the same amount of noise.
    Anyone have experience with this and what did you do?

    Not Happy in Ms!
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    My 2008 seems to have tis issue, above 75 MPH on the highway. Something I too, I'm not happy about, but maybe that's Toyotas way I keeping me driving the speed limit:)

    At highway speeds of 65-75 it's fine.

    This is the one thing I don't like about any car. I'm an on the road salesman, and if there is one thing I REALLY like, is piece and quiet when I drive.

    From what little I've read, about the only vehicle that si real quiet is the Buick Enclave, which several magazines have said "Is one of the quietest car I've ever driven". I didn't drive one, because it was more then I was looking to spend at the time. Now with all of the money problems they are having, this car can be purchased at a very reasonable price.

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "'..there is one thing I really like, is peace and quiet when I drive..."

    Try driving an early model LS400 with air suspension and summer only Bridgestone Turanza tires, now that's REALLY quiet, peaceful and comfortably riding.

    For even more quietness apply a thin, VERY thin coat of NAPA Sil-Glyde to all of the rubber door and window seals.
  • I just signed on the dotted line for an 09 ltd. Now they want me to spring for the ziebart gold shield package for a mere $899.00. Any thoughts?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    Too much money. All of these dealer add ons are good for one thing. Additional profit for the dealer. Wax the car twice a year with a good quality wax. Keep it washed, especially in northern winter salt road areas and save your money.
  • That is sort of what i think too. The catch is that i intend to keep this car for a very long time, and that is what they said it's really good for. Also "Quiet" is important to me and the undercoat is supposed to help with that.
    It just scares the heck out of me to have some unknown person drilling holes in my new car and spraying "stuff" around, hopefully getting it where it belongs and not where it does not belong.
    And doesn't Toyota undercoat, or rust proof their cars at the factory???
    By the way I am located in upstate NY. RUST BELT.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    Some manufacturers state in their owner's manuals that they do not recommend after market rustproofing. If it is not done correctly, it can do more harm than good. I am not sure what Toyota states in their handbooks. Do you have to pay for an annual inspection service for the Ziebart package? If so how much? I live in a similiar area to you. Southern Ontario, Niagara Peninsula. Lots of salt and slush.
    I haven't bothered with after market packages for the last fifteen years. Cars are well rustproofed now.
  • I am replacing a Dodge intrepid ( 2000) with 170,000 mi onit and the only a very small amount of rust is starting to show where the outer skin of the doors wraps around at the bottom, can't be seen from outside. Never even waxed it.
    I think this dealership is, as you suggested, is looking for more profit.
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    The price you've been quoted is outragous; & Toyota already has a 7 year rust warranty on the car. I wouldn't do it; but, if you really want the car undercoated take it to an independent shop.
  • jwboothjwbooth Posts: 27
    I see tons of posts with major complaints thru the 08 Avalons, and then there are almost no posts beginning in 09.

    Did Toyota change/upgrade the Nav system including the voice recognition?

    Just test drove an 09 Avalon Limited with nav and loved it, but now considering passing if the Nav system is still a piece of junk.

    09 owners - are you happy with it?
  • My wife just called and says her '09 Avalon has a red light in shape of a car with black line thru it. Only on when car is Off! It's in upper RH corner of instrument panel.
    Anyone know what this is? Said she checked owners manual but did not find it.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Not sure what page the info might be on in the manual as mine is an '07 but the light is probably the same... The red outline is a car, yes, and the black line is a key. If the light stays on it means the car is locked. If the light is blinking, the car is UNlocked. It does not light up at all if the engine is running. Hope this helps.
  • That's it! She has had the car for 3 mo's and calls me from the Mall in a panic. I have asked her to sit and read her manual but you how that goes. Thankk you!

    BTW: I called the dealer and their answer was, "If it's not on while the engine is running - drive the car".
  • I wondered if anyone has replaced their foglights with the "HID" foglight kits that you can buy on Ebay. My '09 Limited has the HID headlights but "regular" foglights
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Only FOOLS looking for more BLING would bother.
  • I'm not looking for more "bling" but rather a fog light that matches the very bright white shade of light that the HID headlights emit. So NOW you know.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Use of fog lights along with main beams will be detrimental to your night distance vision at roadspeeds that require the use of the main beams.

    Most state laws REQUIRE the use of main beams for the hours 30 mintes after sunset until 30 prior to sunrise.

    Leaving the only LOGICAL use of fog lights being daytime foggy/low light conditions.

    "...light that matches..."

    So, who's to notice..?? Only those oncoming drivers who you will mostly NEVER know or meet. Unless one of them gets pissed off enough to chase you down.

    Fog lights are much more functional in conditions of need if that have a slight amber tint.
  • I just got a used 2009 avalon and it has some scratches on the silver plastic area around the shifter prolly from the previous owner wearing jewlery etc..Is there any product that is easy to use to fill these or can it be removed and repainted or will toyota cover this issue?
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