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Pros: Smooth engine
Cons: Lack of comfort
Advice: Look elsewhereWarning to potential SE purchaers--be sure to drive this car on the interstate before purchase. The combination of wheelbase-cab forward design-and suspension calibrations will continuously slam you over uneven pavement sections. My 27 year old Vette rides better over these areas. The car is also not as quiet as my previous Cressida nor does it handle as well. Be sure to notice the blind spot created by the rear roof pillars also. The bucket seats are not very suupportive and are too narrow. There is rust under the hood in my car with less than 1000 miles and the dealer blames it on the factory--they've offered to clean it off!! The paint quality also varies from one panel to the next on this black car. Don't be in a hurry to leave the lot without a thorough going over on a sunny day. The drive train seems to rock when you let off the gas and you can feel the wipers pulsate as they change direction when your holding the steering wheel. Did I somehow end up with a mid 70's GM?
Pros: SEAT MEMORY
Cons: RADIO STATION SELECTION BUTTONS
Advice: BETTER THEN A CADILLAC,INFINITI G 35,LEXUS 300 PRICE WISEI HAVE OWNED THE CAR FOR 3 MOS. & LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! ITS QUIET, RESPONSIVE, ROOMY, & VERY COMFORTABLE! I COMPARE IT TO MY PREVIOUS MERCEDES BUT @ ALOT LESS MONEY!
Cons: front signals as viewed by other motorists
Advice: the car sells itselfthe seating comfort is beyond anything in its price and size avalible. quiet,road grip, handling, power of engine and capable braking. also, this car has one of the largest sunroofs I have ever seen.
Pros: the a/c gets very cold
Cons: the rear suspension is not stiff enough
Advice: shop price, there are deals to be hadI have a 4 cylinder SE with JBL, moonroof, automatic, power everything, and some package that added all these nice little extras (including the floor mats) and paid $18,400 plus tax and license (after rebate). It's alot of car for the money. Looks nice, very comfortable, not a flaw at deliver or in the 6 months I own it. It's black with charcoal interior, and when clean looks pretty sharp. Its not the fastest, and the handling is slightly better than so so, but its a good car, reasonably priced, and probably will last longer than my payment book.
Pros: Ride, handling, acceleration, value, stereo.
Cons: Uncomfortable center rear seat; controls for lights, wipers, cruise control.
Advice: The Avalon gives you the most car for the money.The center rear seat is the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. There is absolutely no padding for the back (spine). That passenger could not stand a long trip. The settings of the stalk controls (lights and wipers) are totally obscured by the steering wheel when you are driving on a straight road. The cruise controls should consist of SET/ACC, COAST, and RES (resume). The CANCEL button should be elimintaed. Touching the brake does the same. Avalon could use a face-lift like the Camry got.
Pros: Very quite
Advice: A great auto investmentHandles well & performance is outstanding
Pros: Comfort - I'm partially disabled
Cons: Fairly limited color selection
Advice: BUYI purchased a 2003 Avalon and love it. The only problem I've experienced is the sensor for the automatic headlights. I haven't had time to take it in for an adjustment.