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Old 11-25-2012, 07:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Adan's, two buckets and or?

Ok so what do folks here use and why?

Two buckets, one bucket, drive thru car washes or what?

What, why and where to get these products?

Getting a new 2013 Avalon and want to keep it looking sharp.

Do I take the car from the dealer not cleaned and it it myself? That seems extreme but if it's the best thing to do, I sure will do it that way..

What if they won't let me take the car not cleaned? Can I make any suggestions o requests?

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I use two Home Depot Homer buckets, both with grit guards in the bottom. I never take it to a car wash and I'd never let the dealer wash the car either.

I like autogeek.net for detailing supplies. It's also where I got the grit guards. My 10 year old car still gets lots of looks and looks better than when new -- aside from some rock chips here and there. It's not garaged and typically in the Florida heat. I am currently in the middle of her 4th strip and wax/seal. Hopefully with your new Avalon you will only need to wash and dry her for a little while.

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Washing my (Maybe) New Avalon, & Test Ride thoughts

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I use two Home Depot Homer buckets, both with grit guards in the bottom. I never take it to a car wash and I'd never let the dealer wash the car either.

I like autogeek.net for detailing supplies. It's also where I got the grit guards. My 10 year old car still gets lots of looks and looks better than when new -- aside from some rock chips here and there. It's not garaged and typically in the Florida heat. I am currently in the middle of her 4th strip and wax/seal. Hopefully with your new Avalon you will only need to wash and dry her for a little while.

-Cheers!
Thanks for the insight.

I just drove the new Avalon, and here's my first impressions:

Well first my quick first impressions. (about 30 minute drive, 18-22 miles +-)

The good:

- The fit and finish is very good
- The doors feel real good and solid opening & closing
- The interior, (seats, floors, Center Console, Dash) is very nice
- The Nav is much nicer in appearance
- The GRILL is fine with the nice larger plastic plate frame that comes with the car
- Back Seat Heated and spacious

The NOT so Good
- The sunroof cover is WAY to thin, and cheap (weight savings)
- The seat belt straps are thinner and feel cheap Although they pull nice, firm and smooth. (weight savings)
- The steering wheel will take some getting use to (it's slippery so you have to hold on tightly (maybe making you tired))
- Back seat should have a fan control along with the temp control
- Rear seats took a long time to heat up
- An awful lot of plastic (and thin too) (weight savings)
- Super Saver Spare Tire (weight savings)

The Not sure yet:

- The seats are nice and firm (Long rides?)
- Controls on the dash are a bit of a reach for me
- Not any quieter then my 2011
- Different ride then my 2011

These are just a few of the things I got out of my first test drive.

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