RandySoCal

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About RandySoCal

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  • Toyota Model*
    Avalon
  • Toyota Year*
    2014
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    California (CA)
  1. RandySoCal

    Dash glare

    I have the same problem with the rear window on my 2015 Avalon. Toyota needs to address this obvious safety problem! I chose the light gray interior. The front dash deck (under the windshield above the instruments) is black, so there's just a little upward reflection onto the winshield. HOWEVER, the rear deck (up behind the rear passenger seats) retains the light gray coloring (and I presume the tan interior would be the same). Driving during the daytime reflects major sunlight up onto the rear window, making the window appear cloudy/dirty when viewing throught the driver's rearview mirror. This is a bad oversight in the interior appointment! The rear deck should be non-reflective black like the front dash deck.
  2. RandySoCal

    2000 avalon

    Sounds like an ignition timing "run on" problem, which is typically the problem when an engine continues and/or restarts after turning off the ignition. Ignition timing should be constantly "automagically" adjusted by the engine control circuitry, but perhaps yours needs to be evaluated by Toyota service.
  3. Interesting. In California, recently passed legislation has made it illegal (and it rises to a felony in certain circumstances) to leave one's animals in an unoccupied car. Whether the windows are cracked open and/or the A/C is running is irrelevant. Strange that similar legislation is just now being created about leaving one's kids in a car. While it may seem convenient, locking the vehicle while it is running is usually not a good idea. However, "remote start" is an option that might fit the bill, especially in cold climates.
  4. From: http://www.aa1car.com/library/hid_headlamps.htm "WHAT ARE HID HEADLAMPS? Like the name implies, high intensity discharge lighting creates a very bright light that is ideal for night time driving. Though the color of the light is often perceived as having a bluish tint when viewed at night, most of the light that is produced by HID headlamps is actually very close in color to natural noontime sunlight -- though some of the light produced is also in the blue and ultraviolet spectrum. Halogen headlamps, by comparison, are more yellowish in appearance but are brighter and whiter than older incandescent style headlamps."
  5. Not sure if this will work for your model/year, but try the steps (shown sepatately for driver and front passenger seats) in the answer at: http://www.justanswer.com/toyota/7emzv-toyota-avalon-turn-off-seat-belt-warning-buzze.html.#re.v/175/
  6. (The Forum signup only showed 2014 as an available year, but I just bought a 2015) I purchased my 2015 base XLE about two weeks ago. Unlike some who have complained that the 2015 was made stiffer and translates more of the road to the driver, I really like the suspension and handling improvements for 2015. However, I have six complaints so far: 1) I chose the light gray interior. The front dash deck (under the windshield above the instruments) is black, so there's no upward reflection onto the winshield. HOWEVER, the rear deck (up behind the rear passenger seats) retains the light gray coloring (and I presume the tan interior would be the same). Driving during the daytime reflects major sunlight up onto the rear window, making the window appear cloudy/dirty when viewing throught the driver's rearview mirror. This is a bad oversight in the interior appointment! The rear deck should be non-reflective black like the front dash deck. 2) The compression-type locking mechanism for the steering column is definitely inferior to the old spring-loaded ratchet type in my old '97 Camry. Since it is almost impossible to get in or out of the driver's seat without unlocking the steering column, I fear this compression type of locking mechanism will become loose and ineffective, and it eventually will fail. 3) The "engine immobilizer" operates any time the ignition, on, and accessory are off. It blinks the red dash symbol. Separately, the alarm is set when the car is locked, but it also uses the same blinking red indicator. I was easily misled into thinking the car was "locked" when I saw the immobilizer's indication, even though the car was not yet locked. The two systems should have separate indicators. The car lacks an "auto locking" feature except when it is unlocked and then nothing is opened for about a minute. The ability to set an auto-locking feature would be an improvement so that one could simply exit the vehicle and it would lock automatically (of course not doing so if a smart key is inside). 4) I would like one additional feature available in the "display" section: Average Speed. Surely the data is available, and that statistic would be especially useful on long trips. 5) A lock, operated by the mechanical key, should be available on the center console between the front seats. 6) Lastly, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET POWER-FOLDING MIRRORS?? Manually folding mirrors are silly when you figure that you have to get out, run around to the passenger side, fold the passenger side mirror, run back around and get back into the driver's seat, just to get into the garage. Then reverse the silly routine when you pull out of the garage the next morning. Of course doing all this silly routine in a rainstorm or when it's snowing makes it even worse! (and p.s. Don't make the folding mirrors linked to shifting into reverse like some other manufacturers' implementations. The driver should control when the mirrors are folded, but perhaps whenever the car is moving forward more than 5 mph they should auto-unfold. More engineering is needed, but please let's get them soon!)