- Nov 16, 2005
- Rockwall, Texas
On July 30 I bought a new Toyota Avalon on year end close out. I used the Costco buying service and felt like I got a good deal. Under 29k for a list 35.5k car. This was real change for me after over 35 years in Mustang GTs. I wanted something better for road trips for my wife and me. At 65, I had lost some interest in sporty cars. Plus, my wife didn't like the manual trans in the Mustang. I normally only drive about 8k a year but I already have 5k on the new car as we have taken some trips already. This is a real luxury car to me yet it is quite powerful. I put it in sport mode for crisper shifts and quicker kick down. The suspension is soft but handling is still good. The economy is great with 31 mpg on Texas 75 mph interstates. I call it the Dislexus because it is a Lexus for the Hoi Polloi. I get free oil changes at 10k and 20k but I couldn't stand it and changed at 5k myself. I was a little intimidated by the cartridge filter but found it to be easy. It took 6.5 qts of Mobil 1 to hit the full mark so it drained really well as 6.4 is listed as capacity. I used the Toyota filter and the filter wrench from the dealer. I was also pleased with Toyota of Rockwall. They give free washes and vacuum at any time. I inspected their car wash and found the brushes to be very soft. Overall I am very pleased.