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2017 Avalon #4558356
10/29/17 12:46 PM
10/29/17 12:46 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 988
Rockwall, Texas
Old Mustang Guy Offline OP
Old Mustang Guy  Offline OP
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Posts: 988
Rockwall, Texas
On July 30 I bought a new Toyota Avalon on year end close out. I used the Costco buying service and felt like I got a good deal. Under 29k for a list 35.5k car. This was real change for me after over 35 years in Mustang GTs. I wanted something better for road trips for my wife and me. At 65, I had lost some interest in sporty cars. Plus, my wife didn't like the manual trans in the Mustang. I normally only drive about 8k a year but I already have 5k on the new car as we have taken some trips already. This is a real luxury car to me yet it is quite powerful. I put it in sport mode for crisper shifts and quicker kick down. The suspension is soft but handling is still good. The economy is great with 31 mpg on Texas 75 mph interstates. I call it the Dislexus because it is a Lexus for the Hoi Polloi. I get free oil changes at 10k and 20k but I couldn't stand it and changed at 5k myself. I was a little intimidated by the cartridge filter but found it to be easy. It took 6.5 qts of Mobil 1 to hit the full mark so it drained really well as 6.4 is listed as capacity. I used the Toyota filter and the filter wrench from the dealer. I was also pleased with Toyota of Rockwall. They give free washes and vacuum at any time. I inspected their car wash and found the brushes to be very soft. Overall I am very pleased.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558359
10/29/17 12:52 PM
10/29/17 12:52 PM
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Posts: 10,656
OH
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OH
Very nice car, congrats! Someone on here posted about a relative's Avalon. I'll see if I can find the thread.

edit: here it is:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthr...iew#Post4441546



Last edited by SatinSilver; 10/29/17 12:53 PM.
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558360
10/29/17 12:52 PM
10/29/17 12:52 PM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,025
Middlesex County CT
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Middlesex County CT
Congrats on that; avalon seems to be a totally under appreciated vehicle IMHO.

29K, frosting on the cake.


2004 Prius; 97K ML Syn 5W-30
2007 Yaris 71K 0w-40 Castrol
2006 B2300;130K;ALM


Was driving an ox cart; Now on the USS Enterprise
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558373
10/29/17 01:14 PM
10/29/17 01:14 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 804
BerksCounty/Pa.
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BerksCounty/Pa.
Congrats to the new ride. What color is it? I rode in many Avalons over the years & truly a "beautiful" car in every way/shape and form.


00 Dodge Ram 5.2L 4x4 Edge 10W30 FU (91K)
08 Acura TL Type S 3.5L PUPP 5W20 FU (101K)
17 Jetta TSI SE 1.4L Turbo - Edge 0W40 FU (Hers) (4K)
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558406
10/29/17 01:51 PM
10/29/17 01:51 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 596
texas
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texas
The quality of the camrys and avalons are very nice, Be nice on maintenance and that car will last you a good long time.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558410
10/29/17 01:53 PM
10/29/17 01:53 PM
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Idaho
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Idaho
It is the best feeling when you get a new car and really really enjoy it.


"Don't let your preconceived notions get in the way of facts."
Geoff Metcalf
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558417
10/29/17 01:56 PM
10/29/17 01:56 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 246
Hawaii, USA
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Hawaii, USA
Congratulations! My wife and I have a 2005 Avalon we bought brand new in '05 and yes, it's a smooth riding car with awesome gas mileage and a powerful engine. It has 95,000 miles on it and I just changed the spark plugs and coil packs as one coil pack failed in cylinder #1 a few months ago. It still drives like a champ. I change oil every 5,000 miles with M1 HM but will send Blackstone Labs a sample for UOA to see if I can extend the OCI. Next project in a few days is to replace the driver's side wheel bearing thanks to Honolulu's finest roads.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558561
10/29/17 05:02 PM
10/29/17 05:02 PM
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Posts: 17,501
Clovis, CA
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Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: Old Mustang Guy
I put it in sport mode for crisper shifts and quicker kick down.


Your transmission will last longer if you leave it in sport mode too.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558600
10/29/17 05:50 PM
10/29/17 05:50 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 988
Rockwall, Texas
Old Mustang Guy Offline OP
Old Mustang Guy  Offline OP
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Rockwall, Texas
It is silver in color. I added the side moldings for a little protection along with the film on the front end. I like the new safety features, especially the self pacing cruise control.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558617
10/29/17 06:03 PM
10/29/17 06:03 PM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 36,276
Great Lakes
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Great Lakes
Congrats! Pics?


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (FF)
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: SatinSilver] #4558621
10/29/17 06:05 PM
10/29/17 06:05 PM
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Posts: 10,679
Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Very nice car, congrats! Someone on here posted about a relative's Avalon. I'll see if I can find the thread.

edit: here it is:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthr...iew#Post4441546


Yup, that's my aunt's car (I live with her so I drive it often, including a 5k mile road trip last summer)

She's still happy with it, almost 19k miles. What she doesn't like is the info-tainment system, it's not very user friendly and the features aren't that great. But it's good enough and sounds good. The car is extremely comfortable, like a couch on wheels. And the power, WHOA! That thing can move!


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558648
10/29/17 06:43 PM
10/29/17 06:43 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 301
FL USA
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FL USA
I have a 2011 Avalon with 140,000 miles. Consumer reports rates Avalon No 1 reliability across the board in all years. If I keep it on cruise control at 65 mph I can get 35 mpg on a flat road with no traffic.

My only complaint is I am getting road noise over 70. I think it is because they skimp on the heavy sound proofing to give people a reason to buy a much more expensive Lexus.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4558650
10/29/17 06:45 PM
10/29/17 06:45 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 463
Taxachusettstan
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Taxachusettstan
I find the Av too low for me to comfortably enter and egress. I am only 5'7". Also the engine vibe at idle is apparent through the steering column, so no fancy engine mounts in this car. Maybe Lexus has them.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4560013
10/31/17 09:44 AM
10/31/17 09:44 AM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 2,935
North TX
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North TX
Very nice indeed. I'm right down the road in Greenville. I hope that dealer has a better service department than the one in McKinney as I'll be trying them soon myself.

Re: 2017 Avalon [Re: Old Mustang Guy] #4560699
10/31/17 09:53 PM
10/31/17 09:53 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 988
Rockwall, Texas
Old Mustang Guy Offline OP
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Rockwall, Texas
I think you would like Toyota of Rockwall. I dealt with Matt.

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