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Old 29 Mar 2008, 08:27 pm
ray
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Default Honda, Toyota, or Lexus?

I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
(and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.

My initial conclusion is they all look good. The Toyota / Lexus are
somewhat quieter and smoother, the Honda probably more reliable.

I hear that Toyota quality and reliability is slipping and the 6 speed
transmission used in all the cars that I am considering has problems.
How serious are they? The Lexus seems nice but I am being told that
it must be taken to the Lexus dealer for warranty repairs, a 4 hour
drive round trip. Is this true, or can the local Toyota dealer handle
it?

I considered the Acura TL, but it does not come with cloth seats. The
Honda dealer was pushing the Nissan Altima. I don't think they are as
reliable as the Toyota. I recently rented Nissan Sentra for 2 months
in Hawaii. In 2 months due to failures we drove 3 different ones and
were not impressed. Any other suggestions for a nicer car that comes
with cloth seats?
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Old 29 Mar 2008, 10:21 pm
Dan C
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On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 17:27:03 -0700, ray wrote:

> I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
> (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
> and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
> haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
> a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.


Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.


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Old 30 Mar 2008, 01:03 am
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Default Re: Honda, Toyota, or Lexus?

Waiving the right to remain silent, Dan C <youmustbejoking@lan.invalid> said:

> On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 17:27:03 -0700, ray wrote:
>
>> I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
>> (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
>> and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
>> haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
>> a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.

>
> Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.


Feh... I've had three of them. The 95 and 98 540, I liked. The 01 530 was
a piece of crap. Constant problems with the computer and electrical system.
Glad it was a lease and I could get rid of it after 36 months.

With the possible exception of cornering, the Acura TL is a much better car
and about $15,000 less.

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Old 30 Mar 2008, 08:27 am
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"ray" <spammers@do.not.reply.com> wrote in message
news:chntu3hfdurfdf3vmgsff9d376ue15ji7r@4ax.com...
>I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
> (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
> and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
> haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
> a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.
>
> My initial conclusion is they all look good. The Toyota / Lexus are
> somewhat quieter and smoother, the Honda probably more reliable.
>
> I hear that Toyota quality and reliability is slipping and the 6 speed
> transmission used in all the cars that I am considering has problems.
> How serious are they? The Lexus seems nice but I am being told that
> it must be taken to the Lexus dealer for warranty repairs, a 4 hour
> drive round trip. Is this true, or can the local Toyota dealer handle
> it?
>
> I considered the Acura TL, but it does not come with cloth seats. The
> Honda dealer was pushing the Nissan Altima. I don't think they are as
> reliable as the Toyota. I recently rented Nissan Sentra for 2 months
> in Hawaii. In 2 months due to failures we drove 3 different ones and
> were not impressed. Any other suggestions for a nicer car that comes
> with cloth seats?



Funny, I went through the exact same drill last year when replacing my '00
Avalon...

I didn't like the new Avalon (so much plastic and shiny stuff on them looked
like they were designed by a 20-something engineer on drugs), same reaction
to the Solara convertible, just couldn't get comfortable in the Camry seats,
liked the Acura TL but damned if I'll put premium gas in one of those beasts
and the price was higher than I wanted to spend on my ride--- so I ended up
getting an Accord V6 EX-L--- by default really. Kinda settled for it when I
bought it.

But after driving it for several months, I've really come to like and
appreciate this car. It handles great ("corners like it's on rails"), has
plenty of power, is fun to drive, the shape of the seats exactly match the
shape of my ass, didn't care about the sunroof and XM radio-- but have come
to really enjoy them, has had zero assembly defects--- and I just got back
from a 650 mile trip and got 33.4 MPG!!


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Old 30 Mar 2008, 08:52 am
Elmo P. Shagnasty
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In article <pan.2008.03.30.02.21.36.887221@moria.lan>,
Dan C <youmustbejoking@lan.invalid> wrote:

> On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 17:27:03 -0700, ray wrote:
>
> > I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
> > (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
> > and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
> > haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
> > a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.

>
> Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.


A German car?

Better he should just buy a GM car and keep the money somewhat in this
country. He gets the same build quality, anyway.

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Old 30 Mar 2008, 10:33 pm
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On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:52:18 -0400, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

>> > I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
>> > (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
>> > and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
>> > haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
>> > a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.


>> Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.


> A German car?


Yeah. They're the best at making cars. Simple as that.

> Better he should just buy a GM car and keep the money somewhat in this
> country. He gets the same build quality, anyway.


Oh, but buying a Toyota or Honda is just fine, eh? Did you not know that
those are Japanese-owned car companies? You think the money stays here in
this country when you buy a Toyota or a Honda?

The build quality is NOT the same either, by the way.


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Old 31 Mar 2008, 07:06 am
Elmo P. Shagnasty
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In article <pan.2008.03.31.02.33.55.538268@moria.lan>,
Dan C <youmustbejoking@lan.invalid> wrote:

> >> Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.

>
> > A German car?

>
> Yeah. They're the best at making cars. Simple as that.


Hardly.

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Old 31 Mar 2008, 10:57 am
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"Dan C" <youmustbejoking@lan.invalid> wrote in message
newsan.2008.03.31.02.33.55.538268@moria.lan...
> On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:52:18 -0400, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
>
>>> > I currently own a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and am looking for new wheels
>>> > (and the rest of the car to go with it). I have been happy with Ava
>>> > and looked at the new Toyota Avalon, Camry, and the Honda Accord. I
>>> > haven't looked at the Lexus ES350 yet because the dealership is about
>>> > a 2 hour drive from here. The reviews look good.

>
>>> Forget all that crap and just get a BMW 5-series.

>
>> A German car?

>
> Yeah. They're the best at making cars. Simple as that.
>
>> Better he should just buy a GM car and keep the money somewhat in this
>> country. He gets the same build quality, anyway.

>
> Oh, but buying a Toyota or Honda is just fine, eh? Did you not know that
> those are Japanese-owned car companies? You think the money stays here in
> this country when you buy a Toyota or a Honda?
>
> The build quality is NOT the same either, by the way.
>
>
> --
> "Ubuntu" -- an African word, meaning "Slackware is too hard for me".



IMO, the 2008 Avalon comes out better than the Honda. Big surprise is that
it's gas mileage is up in the 26-28 mpg range.
MLD

>


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Old 31 Mar 2008, 05:39 pm
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MLD wrote:

> IMO, the 2008 Avalon comes out better than the Honda. Big surprise is
> that it's gas mileage is up in the 26-28 mpg range.
> MLD


HIghway? City? With a 6 or a 4?


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Old 31 Mar 2008, 07:33 pm
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"Say What?" <NotMe@NotYou.com> wrote in message
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> MLD wrote:
>
>> IMO, the 2008 Avalon comes out better than the Honda. Big surprise is
>> that it's gas mileage is up in the 26-28 mpg range.
>> MLD

>
> HIghway? City? With a 6 or a 4?
>
>


V6 and around the city. On a 3000 mi trip averaged 27/28 and at times did
between 30/31. On the trip just about all highway and anywhere between
75-80 mph

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