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2011 Toyota Avalon



  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    The AC light stays on I think all the time but in the back of my mind I see to remember it being off earlier in the life of the car. The service guy tells me it stays on.

    2011 Avalon, does your stay on all time winter and summer.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    edited November 2013
    Over the last 20 years our extended family has put at least 100k miles on many, many cars. These were Hondas, Nissans, Lexus and Toyotas (mostly Avalons, no repairs) so the base car had a great reputation. Any major repair on any of the cars would have been after the 100k mile mark and the warranty would have been worthless if the limit was 6 years and 100k. Only two of about two dozen had any problem that would have been under the extended warranty if the time and mileage were unlimited..

    Consumer Reports is right, the warranty extension to 100k is a waste of money at any price provided you start with a solid nameplate, as above. Now, if you buy a lesser name... different story maybe... my experience anyway.
  • gramzgramz Posts: 106
    Does the 2011 AC light stay on all the time on the 2011 Avalon?
  • on my 2012 Avalon the AC light is only on when you push "auto" to start the system, or if you push it on when it's off. If it's on all the time there may be a malfunction. Have dealer check it out.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2013
    No, my light stays on most the time because of fogging up but I can turn my AC off. I have a 2011 LTD, 27 thousand miles and still going. Hope this helps,
  • I purchased a 7 yr/75K extended warranty for my 2007 Avalon from the mid-west dealer during my first year of ownership. I cost me around $675. I had a complete CD player failure last year. My local dealer said no repair, radio and CD player are integral unit and must be replaced. This was done with absolutely no cost to me. Service Manager said my out of pocket cost would have been around $1500, parts and labor, if I did not have the extended warranty.

    It was the first time I have ever bought an extended warranty, but it definitely paid for itself. Procedure at dealership was painless.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2013
    Great story about your CD player, I'm glad you shared it with us. I bought the 8 yr. 100 thousand mile warranty for 1,000, I think that was the price. I probably over bought but I tend to do that. I have 27 thousand on my 2011 Avalon. I hope I don't have to ever test the warranty. NORMALLY, I never buy an extended warranty. After hearing about the rear view mirror costing someone 1200 dollars in this blog, well, that made my mind up. Thanks for sharing, Oh yea, as your warranty runs out, many companies will offer to sell you their warranties. Most of these warranties are very weak to say the least. BUY a Toyota warranty if you buy one.
  • lntlnt Posts: 192
    About every three weeks, my tire sensor light comes on. It is always the spare tire that is a few pounds low. I finally took it to Discount tire to see if they could find the leak. They did not find anything wrong with the tire. Anyway, the guy said they put 35 pounds in all 5 tires and I was good to go. I told him that I always put 32 in them and he told me that they were supposed to put 35 in them in the winter months. I live in Texas so not that cold. Anyway, I told him to let it out back down to 32. He wasn't too happy about it, but did it. Am I wrong? Am I going to ruin my tires by having 32? I think it rides better and is quieter with 32, but I don't want to ruin the tires. Well- I won't be sad when I have to put new tires on it because these are Bridgestones and I have always had Michelins before. Also, I have never had to constantly air up a spare tire before. It has never been on the ground. Why would it keep losing air?
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    edited November 2013
    Quick answer: At 35 cold (air filled) you will hit near 40 on a hot Texas day on the interstate... waaaay too much. 32 cold is a better number, you did it right. The notice on the inside of the driver's door shows tire pressures.

    My '07 Limited always had the low tire air pressure light come on when we drove in colder weather...overnight temp drop, there it was in the morning. Never a flat, spare never used.. same story.. Put more air in the spare, worked for me.... hope this helps.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2013
    The post above me is probably right. With that said, I always run my tires with 35 psi in them. I personally believe I get better MPG but I can't prove that.

    I have one tire that was plugged when I first bought the car. It was that or buy a new tire. A plugged worked good until now. Now every three weeks or so I have to ad air to that one tire.

    I have Bridgestone tires. I am wondering what kind of tires are best for the Avalon? I am partial to Michelins tires because of the ride.

    I would like any kind of help on buying tires.
  • We had our first cold night on the 1st, and four of my five tires were below 28 lbs. when I checked the next day.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    We also had our first really cold night last night. I have NOT checked the tire pressure on my Avalon. I suspect, like you, the pressure has gone down.

    One fellow covered heat and cold and tire pressure in here. I forget what he said but I believe he hit the nail on the head. Heat causes the tires to swell and of course cold causes it to shrink. ??? I think I summed it up right.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2013
    by fin: Consumer Reports is right, the warranty extension to 100k is a waste of money at any price provided you start with a solid nameplate, as above. Now, if you buy a lesser name... different story maybe... my experience anyway.

    Nan states:
    Consumer Report might be right but I assure you this. *IF* you sell the car then a 100 thousand mile warranty will help the resell. This is why I bought the 8yr, 100 thousand mile warranty and the only reason. I hope I never have to use it and knowing me, I'll probably sell my Avalon before I owned it 8 years. Hope this helps and I didn't mean to sound rude.
  • I highly recommend the Michelin Primacy.....smooth, quiet, and seem to have good wet weather behavior. Love mine.
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    Michelin Primacy tires hmm, thanks for the tire advice. I have 27 thousand miles on my 2011 Avalon and I'll keep this in mind when I purchase a set. It might be a while before I buy any. My tires have been rotated every oil change but they seem to be wearing more than they should so I thought I would ask. Is anyone else have this problem? My Avalon came with Bridgestone tires.
  • robin5robin5 Posts: 19
    First, I would never go to Discount Tire. My husband bought their tires and there were always 2-3 weights on each tire just to balance them. Every time they were rotated, he had to go back again to have them re-balanced. It was never right the first time and he had the tires for quite awhile. He had a slow leak and they couldn't find it. He put air in that tire over and over until he bought a new car. I go to Belle Tire (always one next to Discount Tire) and never have a problem with them.

    My 2011 Avalon came with Michelin Energy MXV4 S8. Radial XSE. I drive fast and I like them. I had a car years ago that came with another brand tire and the ride and interior noise were much improved when I changed to Michelins. I was so young, I didn't even know the tires would make a difference and I noticed it immediately.

    Living in Michigan, I bought snow tires for the Avalon. After paying $80 to have the tires put on my factory rims, I bought new black rims for the snow tires. (I am a woman and never look at rims, but the black ones really are nice!) Belle Tire now changes out my tires in the spring and fall at no charge.
    I keep meticulous records so I know the mileage on each set of tires. I record the mileage on the car and on each set of tires when they are put on. I have the mechanic mark the tire location on each tire when they are taken off the car. When the tires are put on next time, I have them rotated from the marks that are on them.
    I make sure the tires are not rotated when I have the oil changed. I don't want them rotated back to their old position right after they are put on.

    IF YOU BUY NEW RIMS, THE LOW TIRE SENSOR WILL COME ON EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE. It comes on at about 12 miles. Four new TPMS sensors would be $278, so I just ignore the dash light. The sensor works again when the all season tires are put on in the spring. I was told I would need OEC57 sensors put inside the valve stem in order to monitor for low tire pressure. I got along without sensors for decades and don't feel I have to have them year round.

    If using snow tires, make sure you have the proper lug wrenchs, lug locks, and lug nuts for each type of tire. ie. If I need to use my spare in the winter, I have the snow lug wrench adapter and also the all-season lug nuts needed for the spare.

    The snow tires are Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS-70. 215/55R17 94T. They were $130 each 12/2010. I needed tires with a high speed rating for expressway use (very high speed) and the handling is very good. I don't notice any difference in handling at any speed. There is a very slight tire noise at slow speeds that doesn't bother me and I am usually bothered by any noise. (The rattle in my dash in cold weather is a different story.) I don't notice it unless I listen for it when the snows are put on. After a day or two, I don't even hear it.

    The rims are Raceline 196-Sniper BLKMIR +40 from Belle Tire. $102/each, but there are cheaper ones available.
    The alternative is paying $80 every spring and $80 every fall to have the tires put on my factory rims. For $160/year and the extra time waiting for the tires to be put on rims, it made sense for me to just buy new rims.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    If the warranty is still in effect with significant time and mileage remaining then Yes, it certainly could help the resale value and you would recover some of the cost. The extended warranty also provides peace of mind to some people and that's worth every penny you pay.

    As cars gain more electronic devices and components the longer warranty may become more popular. Many electronic parts tend to fail more as they age and are not generally mileage dependent. Low miles, they still fail.

    Bottom line: If you have 38k, give or take, for the new car..... you have 750 for the longer warranty. Any question in your mind, get the warranty. My personal experience, and that of many relatives and friends, is that they are not necessary. But we have yet to experience the $2000. failure of the combo CD/XM/Nav/Radar/Bluetooth/DVD/TV/IrisScan/WebCam/Ipod/HeartRateMonitor device in the dashboard....
  • nan48nan48 Posts: 350
    edited November 2013
    Thanks Robin5 for the input on your tires. I am a man, but like you I keep really good records. I log everything, even MPG every fill up etc. I even include each time I wax and wash my car. I do this for resell value. People love records and it only takes a little time to write something down.

    I live in the South (not Florida) so I won't be changing rims or tires like you've been doing. I like a good soft riding tire. I feel my Bridgestone tires give me a tad bid of a rough ride. So I'm looking for a good soft tire that won't offset my MPG.

    I'm not sure what tire to buy when I get ready. Someone said I should buy the Michelin Primacy tire.

    I do want to thank you for the time you took to write down your tire situation. I bet you wish Avalon came in an AWD (all wheel drive) version.

    On the extended warranty. I did buy one first thing. I know it doesn't go into effect until the factory warranty runs out. I bought an expensive one 8 yr. 100 thousand mile warranty. I choose that one mainly because I might sell this car in a few years. MIGHT! So having a warranty REALLY helps the resell. I'm truly not a fan of extended warranties but after someone posted they spent 1200 dollars on a broken rearview mirror. Well, I thought it would be a good investment. Especially since the Avalon LTD has so many electronic devices.

    Thanks again, Bill

    My car:
    2011 Avalon Limited, with 27 thousand miles. No problems to report except a popping in the steering wheel. This was fixed early on by the dealer. Love the car, love the ride and love the MPG this big car gets. I really LOVE the back seat. I mean wow!
  • Nan48, I agree with your final comments about your 2011 Avalon completely. I have a 2007 with just 65K miles and it is still a great car. I find it interesting that Toyota went looking for a different market in 2013 and it apparently worked, because I read that Avalon sales have increased with the new model.
    I think I would be hard pressed to find a vehicle in 2014 with the same room, ride and MPG.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I agree as well, but think they could have the same, well even MORE sales had the at least made the LTD version, an Old Farts model. You know, smoother, quieter, more comfortable car. Hell they could have keep it the same size as earlier models, including the big back seat, that reclined, and not lost any sales because of this.

    Those younger folks who wanted a Sportier car, could have had the Touring or LE models, and us folks looking for an Avalon of olde, could have one.

    While I lament over the fact that bigger, quiet, comfortable cars are getting harder and harder to find, I KNOW there is a market, because for years, we have purchased them, and still would, if they in fact made them.

    Yes the New Avalon is selling well, and yes it is to a younger market, but they COULD have done this, by simply bring back the Solara or MR2 or other model, that they could have redesigned and left the Avalon for the market place it was designed for.

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