by tineshaa on Jun 20, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
When I was a sophomore in high school I saved up $2200 and bought this car. When I bought it the dealership told me that the struts needed replaced. I had the car for 3 years. In that time, I replaced the struts, bushings, sway bar, had two brake jobs and bought 3 used tires to replace the ones it had. I pay for any luxuries in my life (this was a luxury to me) so I always bought the cheapest parts/labor. This may be why I kept having to get work done. I'm now a college sophomore, and 3 weeks ago while drive from school to home (120 miles- 3hrs), I ran off the highway and rolled the car. My car looked horrible but it kept me safe. I came out with one little scratch. Everyone was amazed at it
by honesty_1 on Aug 28, 2011 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
My 1996 Toyota Avalon was a gift to me in 2002.
The car at that time had approximately 60,000 miles.
This car has been so reliable that I am still driving it shy of a decade later.
I currently have over 307,000 miles and counting.
I have had to do a bit of work on the engine (valve gasket covers etc) when the mileage reached around 280,000, but it's running on the same transmission. I liked this car so much until I had shipped from Mississippi to Washington State with 300,000 miles because I trusted its reliability.
It hasn't let me down, but it may be in its last years.
Can't complain with over 307,000 miles.
by SadtoLoseMyAvalon on Sep 17, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
In '00, was looking for a Camry and salesman pointed an Avalon out at an amazing price - which made me skeptical. Obviously, it's boxy look devalued the car. But this car is as great a ride as my Infiniti and my cousin's Lexus. So smooth. Never a problem. Such a quiet ride. Greatest steal of a car. Got it with 58k til 134k - never any major problem. And then one day, some old lady nailed my side T-boning it - and was shocked when they said it was 'totaled'. I was so sad. If I had the $$$ would have paid the difference out of my pocket. But buying another - cherish this vehicle. Test drive one - and you'll be hooked.