"I bought my 2007 Limited after months of research. After having a most pleasant experience with my 98 Continental (285,000 miles), I wanted to re-create the experience. The Avalon was the only front wheel drive, strong engined, with good mileage and comfy back seat new auto I could find under $40,000. I take long trips and I am happy with the gas mileage, getting over 30 mpg on a 1000 mile trip this week, driving up to 85 mph. I definitely bought the right car. Here is what I would like to see them improve: 1) Transmission pauses between first and second from time to time on corners and similar let-up situations -- they went to a six speed in 2008. 2) Passenger seat lacked enough controls for their comfort -- also changed in 2008. 4) Driver's area is too tight side-to-side. 5) Controls are laid out for appearance, not functionality and ease of use. 6) Cheap knobs for heated seats, odometer and computer information. 7) No multi-use functions for fuel mileage (I was spoiled by the Continental.) 8) Extreeeemly thin sheet metal. Look at it, and it dents! Thankfully, I have a friend in the dent repair business! 9) Driver's seat is uncomfortable on long trips -- tailbone pain. 10) Cruise control works great on more level highways, a real pain on the hills of Missouri. 11) Looks short. Again, they added a few inches in trunk sheet metal in 2008 to address that problem. 12) Although very smooth front-to-rear, and rail-like in handling for a larger car -- it has a definite side-to-side bouncing I did not have in the wider-stanced Continental. I had problems with the sunroof, vacuum noises in the right doors, servo control noises in the dash, and an alignment issue present themselves after 10,000 miles. Toyota dealership was GREAT, and covered all problems. Do I love this car? Ask me after another 250,000 miles."
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