Avalon vs. Lucerne

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Roland

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Aug 26, 2006
 
Hello People... I thought I'd drop a line and see if any of you Avalon owners could offer some advice before I make my next car purchase. Within the next 2 weeks or so I plan to buy either a new Avalon or Buick Lucerne.. I'm torn because I think the Buick Lucerne is a much nicer looking vehicle, but on the inside I like the Avalon better. The avalon has the 3.5 with 268 hp standard, but If I go with the Buick, I'll have to upgrade to the northstars 275 hp just to avoid the weak 197 hp 3.8L that comes standard in the Lucerne. Both cars have very positive points, but not ever having owned a toyota I thought maybe I could get some input from those of you who do own them... like, ride? do you really get 30 mpg, is that 3.5L engine a strong engine or does it feel weak?, car problems, etc. Oh by the way, also considering the chrysler 300 but at this point not as seriously as the buick or the avalon. 1 other thing, i read a post on here where someone asked when the 07's would be out.. I was at a local toyota dealership today and the salesman told me they got their first 07 this past week. Hope that helps and I look forward to your replys. thanks again. If you prefer you can just send your replys to my email at rpfing@aol.com Thanks again.
Roland
Lee

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Sep 13, 2006
 
I purchased a new 1995 Avalon their first year out. Kept it for 10 year and drove it 99K miles. Nothing ever went wrong with it. I purchased a 2005 XLS 14 months ago. Rides smooth on bumpy city streets. The engine is powerful and almost punchy. Steering is average. Braking is adequate. The passenger are is close to Lexus standards for a lot less dollars. No wind or road noise. There is a distortion when looking thru the rear window. Has an annoying tendency to float or drift at highway speeds. It has an unpleasant almost scary side to side wobble in a mild crosswind ay highway speeds. My 95 had better handling.
Roland

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Sep 13, 2006
 
Lee... thank you for your input on the avalon vs. the Lucerne... I'm glad you're review of the avalon was a good one, because I took delivery of xls two days ago. I've been a GM man my entire life and have owned everything from chevy's to oldsmobiles to cadillacs, and I have to say, with my very very limited experience in the avalon, I think i may have just purchased the best car i've ever owned.. time will tell on that, but so far, the car seems solid as a rock, will get up and run faster than the northstar v-8 that I had in my last caddy, and the immenities that came in this car just blew the lucerne away....In all fairness to gm products though, I traded in a 1992 Olds when I bought the avalon and that olds was a great car, 15 years old with 165K on it at trade in... hard to complain about a car that gives you that kind of service.. hopefully the avalon will continue the tradition... thanks again.,

Roland
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Sep 14, 2006
 
Roland...My father has been a die hard GM man for more than 50 years, from Chevy to Cadillac. After one turn behind the steering wheel of my Avalon he admitted that he had never driven a better car. Enjoy your honeymoon with your new Avalon!
Richard

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Sep 17, 2006
 
I own a Lucerne. I love this car. Roomy, incredibly quiet, very smooth ride, great price. I am getting 29-30 mpg on the highway with the V6. Leather seats, with heat and air.... plus lumbar for driver and passenger are terrific.
Roland Pfingsten

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Sep 17, 2006
 
Richard wrote:
I own a Lucerne. I love this car. Roomy, incredibly quiet, very smooth ride, great price. I am getting 29-30 mpg on the highway with the V6. Leather seats, with heat and air.... plus lumbar for driver and passenger are terrific.
Richard... sounds like you're happy with the Buick.. can't blame you, the car your driving sounds pretty much like the one I considered, with the only major exception being I would have gone with the Northstar engine. No doubt the Buick is a heck of a car... that's what made my decision between the Lucerne and the Avalon so difficult.. I work evenings, and for a solid week after work I would drive to the buick dealership at midnight, stand and look at the Lucerne for a few minutes, then drive down the street to the toyota dealership, and do the same thing with the Avalon, and each time when I would leave to drive home, I was still perplexed as to which car I should get.. it was a very tough call for me, Hope a year from now i'm as happy with my toyota as you seem to be with your Buick.

Roland
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Sep 19, 2006
 
Hi, I purchased my 2006 Avalon Limited after lots of research and comparison...Love the car...was considering Lexus...Mercedes...made the right choice...I do a lot of traveling and get 34 miles per gal. on trips...23 city...also it uses regular gas...got the navigation which is great...had a 97 avalon that had 160,000 miles and was never a problem and look terrific when I sold it privately for a great price...Love the new car...
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#8
Oct 31, 2006
 
I too was a faithful GM buyer for years until my son became a full-time mechanic and started telling me the horror stories about GM cars, and I started comparing to Toyota, Nissan, Honda. I bought a 2005 Avalon XLS, and the build quality is outstanding. The power is more than adequate when needed, and comfort on long trips is outstanding. Gas mileage for a 260hp V-6 is excellent (up to 32 mpg on highway, premium fuel - others claim 34 mpg on regular, but I haven't seen that). No regrets. Looked at the Buick LaCrosse before I bought (Lucerne wasn't available yet), but I thought the Avalon was a lot more car for a little more money.
Alfred Reichenbacher

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#9
Dec 6, 2006
 
Bought the 2006 XLS in Feb.06.Only the XLS and the Touring model were available.Great car,very powerful with the 268 hp engine,very quiet and smooth.Amazing milage(37 mpg on the HWY,Imp gal)
Chose the premium package incl.wood trim on steering wheel and shift knob,also VSC and traction control.Car handles beautifully,I love it.I would highly recommend it.
Dan

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#10
Apr 4, 2008
 
A deer wrecked my Lucerne. It was a great car, but I went shopping and settled on an 2008 Avalon. It meets Lucerne in every respect and exceeds in some. I'm thrilled with everything except the GPS and the remote start. Don't buy them....grossly over priced and don't work well. But the rest of the vehicle is perfect and I recommend it. About the same price as Lucerne.
Hans

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Apr 4, 2008
 
The Buick Lucerne already has a power tilt and telescopic steering column on the top-of-the-line CXS model and the Toyota Avalon still does not come with power tilt and telescopic steering column yet for 2008. I really do want the Toyota Avalon to offer a power tilt and telescopic steering column for the 2009 model year on the top-of-the-line Limited model. I'm planning on buying the Toyota Avalon Limited for the 2009 model year. In order for me to be able to buy the 2009 Toyota Avalon Limited, it has to offer a power tilt and telescopic steering column for the 2009 model year. If the Toyota Avalon Limited still does not offer a power tilt and telescopic steering column for the 2009 model year, then I'm not going to be able to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited for the 2009 model year and that's going to make me very, very depressed for more than one or two years.
Tia P

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Aug 26, 2008
 
Roland Pfingsten wrote:
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Richard... sounds like you're happy with the Buick.. can't blame you, the car your driving sounds pretty much like the one I considered, with the only major exception being I would have gone with the Northstar engine. No doubt the Buick is a heck of a car... that's what made my decision between the Lucerne and the Avalon so difficult.. I work evenings, and for a solid week after work I would drive to the buick dealership at midnight, stand and look at the Lucerne for a few minutes, then drive down the street to the toyota dealership, and do the same thing with the Avalon, and each time when I would leave to drive home, I was still perplexed as to which car I should get.. it was a very tough call for me, Hope a year from now i'm as happy with my toyota as you seem to be with your Buick.
Roland
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Aug 28, 2008
 
Tia P wrote:
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Why yes, yes it is! Is this my Tia?
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#14
Apr 9, 2010
 
Ok Roland, Richard, and Tia..... I am now ready to buy my next car. I had a 1997 Park Ave Ultra...Died....It had 175K. Now I am between an Avalon Limited, and the Luceren Limited. What do you all think since you have had your cars for 2 years now??? Tia, did you end up with the Avalon?
CJ
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#15
Apr 13, 2011
 
Hi to everyone. Iam Derek and one year ago I bought toyota avalon 2009 limited with 13 000 miles. AWESOME CAR and I am 35 years old . Too many people are saying that this car is for welthy retires?? Hey If You can not afford it don't say that. I don;t have any problems , smooth ride , nice car I enjoyed every day
I am driving. sunroof , Leather seats , JLB , awesome . I am planning drive this car all the way I will hit 200 000 miles . Better than chevy or dodge. I did own both before and quality inside was poor , and from 60 000 miles to many problems started to pop up. I sold ' em at right time. I am not concern about that with my toyota Avalon 2009 limited with Nav.I even love more now the 2011 avalon -- looks beautyfull but -- well , It 's alright . I switch to full synthetic oil -- no problem . I change that oil every 10 000 miles -- it's really like should be.Cabin Filter once a year and Engine Air filter I always change once a year.Belive me this car make impresion to people Who Knows Toyota Avalon the other people just judging this car how it looks outise (body style). It's not All !!!!!!!!!!

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