1996 Toyota Avalon Consumer Review: Wish it would die....

1996 Toyota Avalon - Consumer Review

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Wish it would die....
By BillSki on


1996 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


Always wanted a quiet, reliable car. This one has been a keeper, owned new since 96. Up to 155K miles, no major problems. Go thru tires about 50-60k, 1st battery replaced in 2004! Struts have been making clunking noises for a few years, but not a safety issue. Side windows get a bit noisy, especially when I have to put ski racks on - they will leak, thanks to the aero door design. Tend to break the auto retract antenna a lot. dunno why. Bought car after a 2-door SAAB 900S. Miss the Euro handling and heated seats in NE USA. Been super-reliable. No real complaints, I wish it would die; after eight years I'm getting a bit bored and d

Best Features

Interior room without being a land yacht. Impressive rear seat legroom for my growing teens. Moon roof does not leak! Great handling on snow covered roads. Excellent rain handling with top-rated rain tires.

Worst Features

Most things I want they now have on later models; so I live in the past. No way to front tie-down anything to a roof rack. Like a canoe or Christmas tree (rope attach to nose or rear of auto) Better radio - more bass. Glovebox rattle that can't be found.
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