We have both in my family, a 2004 LS430 with the mid-model facelift (projectors etc.) and a new Avalon Limited. I love my Avalon like no other, its fantastic. That being said, the LS430 is a better car in every single aspect. It's tighter, the interior is built a a much better spec, etc.jeostang said:I'm really on the fence. What made you guys go with your cars? How much do you like them. I can either get a new Avalon or a 04 LS430 with 40K. The Avalon interior is really nice so I'm leaning that way. I just need a bit more of a push.
same rule for both cars.. both will take 87, but both recommends 91 octane for better performance..Tom in Tacoma said:You might want to consider the cost of operation. One of the big reasons on deciding on the Avalon was its use of 87-octane fuel instead of the Lexus (and Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes, etc) requirement for 92-octane fuel.
And then there's the cost of insurance!
If you bought an Avalon the new car smell would fade and you would be left with an inferior car you wont regret the LSjeostang said:Thanks for everyons honest opinions. Gas and insurance are not a concerns. I found a nice 04 ls430 with 38K sport for 33800, so I may pick that up. Not sure yet. Just hate not having that new car smell.
My friend went for the 04 430 and me Av Limited new. He had to replace tranny under warranty. Then new brakes for 1000.00....Glad with the Limited!!!! and Backup camera I have as well..Touring in HI said:Agreed with you there, alangc. The Avalon is a lot of car for the price tag and if you're OK living without the luxury badge then the Avalon is the way to go. Personally jeostang, buying a "pre-owned" (as they're known in the luxury circle) car wasn't an option for me and I have no regrets about my '06 Avalon. It really is a beautiful car inside and out, very tight and way more powerful than I imagined. The luxury inside may not quite be up to Lexus standards, but it is a helluva lot nicer than you would expect in a Toyota. I traded in my Infiniti G35 for this car, and the Avalon looks and feels much richer. And I paid 5K less than the G.
The LS is a gorgeous car, no doubt. But I would go with the brand new Avy over the 3-year-old LS for about the same money.