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Old 11-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default 2001 avalon

Found a local one. 167k miles. Great condition. Timing belt changed at 100k. Brakes have been changed as well. Going to drive it after work tonight.


Going to offer $5k more than likely if it's in the shape they say it is. I saw a thread with great reviews on an avalon earlier this year.

Any certain things I need to check?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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no avalon fans?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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You'd probably find Avalon fans on an AARP messageboard
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i suppose so. is it just kids with cute race cars around these parts??
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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i suppose so. is it just kids with cute race cars around these parts??
Most people on this board are young car enthusiasts, and those types of people don't buy Avalons. Avalon buyers just care about A to B in comfort. If that's what you want, buy it!
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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i suppose so. is it just kids with cute race cars around these parts??
Pretty much. E46 M3 or bust

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Most people on this board are young car enthusiasts, and those types of people don't buy Avalons. Avalon buyers just care about A to B in comfort. If that's what you want, buy it!
Doesn't exdeath have an Avalon?
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The Avalon is a solid car. Boring as hell, but a solid car. You're not going to find many "fans" of it for the same reason that you don't find a lot of "fans" for a microwave oven. Appliances that are transparently competent tend not to inspire fanbases.

The Avalon's a reliable and comfortable car. But it's about as exciting as a Dust Buster.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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The Avalon is a solid car. Boring as hell, but a solid car. You're not going to find many "fans" of it for the same reason that you don't find a lot of "fans" for a microwave oven. Appliances that are transparently competent tend not to inspire fanbases.

The Avalon's a reliable and comfortable car. But it's about as exciting as a Dust Buster.

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Not enthused over cars whatsoever. I have a tahoe for when I need room/fun. Went and saw the car. It was in great condition for an 01. Only problem I saw were a few small stains(it's mint fro them having a 7yo) and a crack in the windshield. The front bumper won't even require a clay bar like I thought. The engine looks great. Going to throw them a little lower what they're asking but cash tomorrow.

Well post pics. They're underselling it imo.
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Not enthused over cars whatsoever.
Nothing wrong with that. Just explaining why there wasn't really a "fanbase" for the car.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:53 PM   #10
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Great car. Tint, tunes, smokes and cruise control baby.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:58 AM   #11
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167,000 miles is a lot of miles. Yes, it's a toyota. I can't believe that that's the best $5,000 gets you these days. The used car market is just insane right now.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 AM   #12
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167,000 miles is a lot of miles. Yes, it's a toyota. I can't believe that that's the best $5,000 gets you these days. The used car market is just insane right now.
Well this thing is in immaculate condition for 167k. They are the second owner. The guy before them was the owner at the big toyota dealership here. SCORE.

Seriously couldn't find anything wrong with it. Checked the oil cap for sludge. I'll post pics if the deal goes through today.

http://texarkana.craigslist.org/cto/3395348973.html
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:22 AM   #13
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is it just my area or are Avalons always white?
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is it just my area or are Avalons always white?
that sealed the deal as my tahoe is white
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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167,000 miles is a lot of miles. Yes, it's a toyota. I can't believe that that's the best $5,000 gets you these days. The used car market is just insane right now.
i'm sure i could find lower miles for sure. but in this condition, just don't think there's that many out there.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:23 AM   #16
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My parent's last two cars have been Avalons. It should be a good car in terms of reliability. Not very exciting, but big, comfortable and reliable.
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Well this thing is in immaculate condition for 167k. They are the second owner. The guy before them was the owner at the big toyota dealership here. SCORE.

Seriously couldn't find anything wrong with it. Checked the oil cap for sludge. I'll post pics if the deal goes through today.

http://texarkana.craigslist.org/cto/3395348973.html

I also feel like at $5k you should be able to find something with closer to 100k, but the used market is crazy right now.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:41 PM   #18
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These are like cheap L-series Lexus boats** ***fortable cruisers that have a lot of room** Plus extremely reliable** TBH, this is probably the easiest car to re***mend from Toyota**
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glad to hear it. going to pick it up at 4pm. got them to come down a little too due to the crack in windshield

my mom has a newer avalon. lots of room, has some ass end in it too. i'm not big on fast cars, sport cars, etc. i like room for people and reliability. here's hoping for the best:beer;

not to order a transfer case for my tahoe due to the dreaded design flaw(pump rub) by GM. eat one GM.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:12 PM   #20
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I had a 99 and loved it, I would still be driving it but it got totaled at 200k or so. The 01 body style in nice as well
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love the avalon. buddy has an older one early 2000s and it drives like a dream. 5K is a bit much though.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #22
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Congratulations on getting your used Maytag side-by-side.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #23
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got the car. despite the high mileage this thing is mint. feels brand new. i don't think i paid too much given the condition. here's to hoping it holds out for 250k.
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I tend to care less about automatic equipped sedans but the Avalon has earned my respect over the years.
Roomy cars, reasonably quick with decent gas mileage....lazy handling.
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