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TommyM last won the day on October 9 2020

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    2004 Toyota Avalon Grande
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  1. That was my face when they told me there was 200+ of each headlight lol still available. You'd be suprised at the price of some things lol Power steering pump is around $850 Climate control blower resistor is around $900 Water pumps are reasonable $140 (Aisin) on the 1MZ, dunno what Toyota used in the 2GR-FE, but waterpumps are somewhat common πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  2. Yeah considering the low production figures of the Mark 3, getting certain parts is next to impossible. But in all honesty i might just buy them new & call it a day. Atleast it will transform the front end. Some things on the Avalon though i will admit are stupidly expensive πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Suppose it's expected when you have cross shared Lexus parts. E.g window regulators are Grande specific. Etc
  3. Nope the plastic/polycarbonate lense is actually sun damaged. Otherwise i would have polished them. Anymore and i'll start eating through the lense. But figured i'd ask around otherwise i'll fork out the $600 for the pair (mind you that's my price) retail from Toyota is $450+ each, there's plenty around funny enough. I'm actually well below trade because i know the boys down at Ferntree Gully Toyota πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
  4. I can still get them new, except they aren't cheap. but if anyone has ANY complete headlights that aren't severely faded i'd appreciate it. Mine have some mild discolouration but it's annoying me haha ! It ruins an otherwise very good condition car πŸ˜‚ Offers & photos would be appreciated. A power steering reservoir would be nice too provided it's not severly discoloured otherwise i'll just get one new. - but that's the same across all Avalon's Strictly Mark 3 Avalon's Not Mark 1 or 2, they aren't applicable.
  5. I actually went with something completely unexpected. Ended up going with Dunlop SP Sport FM800's 215/55/R16 97W XL Big reasons i chose them. Not many tyres had the load ratings i was after. But compared to the Continental, these have stiffer sidewalls. Noticeably compared to the terrible Continental's on there. Which had nothing but gripe with. Doughey steering on centre, don't really like taking rapid manoeuvres, super stressful in the wet, etc. The Dunlop's not only have a stiffer sidewall, but for a performance oriented tyre in the size i'm after. So far in the few hundred k's. Combined with the new springs/shocks, alignment, etc have completely transformed the Avalon. It's no HSV GTS but now it actually holds it's lane even at speeds 60km/h+ going into a right hand turn for example, it just grips & goes the direction you want it. Now i've got that direct "on centre" steering i lacked before. Quieter Much higher quality feeling tyre (Conti - China) (Dunlop - Thailand). Very noticable improvement in overall steering response Better water dispersing channels I'm an enthusiastic driver, but now the Avalon although firmer than stock, haven't had a chance to really get a good photo. But now it's actually sitting cleanly flat, not ***** end happy. It's still super comfortable regardless. It handles the black spur with absolute ease, i actually found myself putting in a bit much steering because i had to do it prior. Also the new suspension aids in putting the power down. Still can break traction even on dry pavement like i said. Could have gone Yokohama BluEarth AE51 GT's but even through 2 of my contacts (Tyrepower & Jax) have both told me the Dunlop will be the better tyre with the options i previously gave them. I'm glad i did ! Wet stopping is probably the biggest improvement πŸ˜‚
  6. Happy to report i did do a purchase the other day & brought a new set of rubbers/tires/tyres for the Avalon. God what a difference it's made compared to the Continental's prior πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Recently i've had all new shocks, strut mounts, bearings & new springs through it. Yes it's a bit firmer than stock, but regardless it's still super comfortable πŸ˜‚ Now it actually wants to take turns confidently. Combined with the new rubber, nope.... it still wants to break traction on dry pavement πŸ˜‚ Suppose it's just a tight engine still, but i do run it on 98 routinely so that probably helps with it being able to fully advance timing based on the RON rating used.
  7. I didn't even see this comment πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But cheers, i/we appreciate it. Chances are if you want genuine parts, Burson can get'em. Coils were starting to break down on my G6E, now i know for a fact the OEM are indeed VDO. So, i brought a set to rectify the slight issue atm. It's hit the point where they always break down haha ! Otherwise nothing wrong with it.
  8. Bloody pivot point bahahahaha Must be skidding for gold.... *cough cough* digging for gold But finding a brochure for a Mark 3 Avalon though considering there was less than 10k built is like finding a needle in a haystack πŸ˜‚
  9. I did just decarbonise the upper plenum on the Avalon, EGR delete & a few other things. Recently services, gone with Penrite GFS for the last 15k (7500km intervals) and both G6E & Avalon love it, neither burn oil inbetween services.
  10. Same with Victoria, hence why i use petrolspy, brilliant app, that or fuel lock haha ! I've already done the Avalon, next time it's due is timing belt πŸ˜‚ Coolant was clean anyway, though it's weird because now Penrite FINALLY have Toyota's SLLC spec, but in their purple coolant. My G6E already came factory red coolant so i've stuck to it, Nulon's red coolant meets or exceeds the specs in which they call for, so it makes life easier. I flushed it a while ago including with my homemade heater core flushing tool, works brilliant too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  11. Jesus, tell her to lay off the "go fast" pedal then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Financial year is always fun, because things pop up you wouldn't otherwise see/find, lucky enough i was super chuffed when i found something i never thought i would. Avalon's had new springs, shocks, mounts all round recently. G6E's had alot spent on it too, works been flat out lol An original Mark 3 Avalon sales brochure. Rarer than alot of things lol, it's in brilliant condition too ! Found it recently πŸ™‚
  12. Been a while since i was active, works just been flat out. How is everyone ?
  13. You're better off getting Denso OE coils from PAT (Premier Auto Trade), atleast they're OE, dunno about Goss electronics. That's my 2 cents worth 😁
  14. I'm very well alive, just been busy with work & the new car (2nd one anyway)
  15. They take the Toyota label off, it's just a regular Denso part lol. Alot of our PAT premium range varies from denso to hitachi (nissan OE), Delpi, VDO, etc Denso supply parts for most Toyota's even though Toyota have a vast financial interest in Denso

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