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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan

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TOYOTA AVALON
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By PES
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I just purchased this 2008 Avalon replacing a 2001 BMW 530i. the Avalon is NOT a BMW. On the other hand, it burns the same amount of "regular" fuel, is very comfortable to drive, has great traction in snow, and has more bells and whistles than the 530. The BMW cost a fortune to service (yes, the BMW folks are as polite and pleasant as all heck as they charge $150 for an oil change) and I am hoping that the Toyota does not. The fit and finish are equal and the Avalon cost about $20,000 less. Am I happy? you bet I am


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Excellent Avalon
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By DRJ356
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I have been driving my 08 Avalon Limited for just over a year & have 20k on it thus far. Overall I am quite pleased. I've had zero mechanical problems. This car is supremely comfortable to drive & ride in - easily equal to my wife's Lexus. I commute 30 miles each way daily and this car makes the trip very pleasant. Comfort is excellent for 5 adults. Interior is outstanding but with a few cheap materials (plastic doors on console). I'm 6'4" & 250 and have good space. Center console is a bit intrusive. Buy Garmin 700-800 GPS and save $2k. It's stupid not to include a back-up camera as standard equipment on a Limited.


Favorite Features

Smooth, quiet & luxurious. Fantastic interior comfort. Drive train is outstanding. Lots of power & amazingly smooth with surprisingly good economy. I drive fast and I have averaged about 24 mpg overall. In town 20-24 mpg, on the highway 22-32 mpg. Outstanding value in a car.


Suggested Improvements

(1) The suspension is entirely too soft if you try to get sporty at speed. You can get into serious trouble if you enter a corner going to fast. (2) The rear-view mirrors should fold. (3) Radar Cruise is very "far sighted" so I bypass it 99%. (4) The steering column should telescope out further.


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Tough in the Snow
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By CTToyota
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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2008 Toyota Avalon Limited. Great car, good looking, very nice ride. However with the traction control there is no way to disengage. In snow/Ice sometimes you need to spin your wheels. Once the traction control engages it shuts down the power and wheel spin. great for some things, terrible in the snow when you need wheel spin. Other than that, no complaints.


Favorite Features

Heated/cooled seats, bluetooth, sound system.


Suggested Improvements

Update the cabin a bit (it looks like an old caddie interior). Should be able to disengage traction control.


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2008 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
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By Mathews
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Bought mine in Jun 08. The car has a great ride and impeccable interior design. It is quiet and the seats are super comfy. I like the all-power seat options and the full-size spare tire. The bluetooth needs some re-working - it has too much static. The CD-changer and sound are great! The heated seats have been a lifesaver especially on those frigid winter mornings of NE PA. There's so much leg room in this car- especially for the back seats (cramped back-seating is the reason I shied away from a Volvo. Fuel efficiency is not bad for a 3.5L engine- am averaging 25-28 mpg. BUT- the navigation is the worst! What was Toyota thinking!! It's awkward, difficult and tedious- and it's not touchscreen


Favorite Features

Smooth ride, interior design (except for the GPS), traction control, stability control (thank you Toyota)- it's amazing to see this in action especially on a slippery incline. The cassis pearl color.


Suggested Improvements

Bluetooth and GPS. Looks like the GPS controls were designed by pranksters with little fingers for americans with large fingers. It also never seems to find points of interest. Toyota should revamp this or give us a refund.


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Could be great car
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By Don
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


Review

Responsive engine and lots of good and convenient features. Gets good mileage for a big car. Not too big for "an around town car." Only beef is the car wanders/tracks the rain grooves on a concrete freeway at freeway speed. Feels like you're hydroplaning. Dealer and Toyota of America say this is a "characteristic" of the car and there is no fix. Long distance driving leaves me up tight and hanging on for dear life.


Favorite Features

Plenty of power from the V6 for any situation. Reasonably comfortable and all controls in convenient reach. Plenty of trunk room. Nice sound system. Quiet ride.


Suggested Improvements

Simplify the a/c controls. Needs a side bumper strip to prevent the parking lot dings. Improve sideview mirrors to eliminate severe blind spots. Could move the windshield wiper control down the steering post about a half inch to reduce accidental activation. Correct the tracking problem.


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