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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Toyota Avalon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Toyota Avalon

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Toyota reliability, powerful V-6 engine, fit and finish

  • Cons

    Snoozeville, but still more enticing than, say, a Buick LeSabre

  • What's New for 1997

    More power, more torque and added standard features make the Avalon one of the most appealing full-size sedans

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


8 of 8 people found this review helpful

257,233 miles and going strong

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Bought this car when it had 85,409 miles on it. Have replaced struts, brakes, tires, keep the oil and all fluids changed according to Toyota specs/timings. This has been a great car, so much so I just gave it to my youngest daughter for college and I went out and found another great 97 Avalon XL with leather and sunroof. These cars will go the miracle mile if you do everything on a regular schedule, this is especially true of the timing belt--don't push past the 90K mile interval.




Great daily driver

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

No it's not the prettiest car, nor the funnest to drive, but this Avalon now has 210,000 mi. of hard city/highway miles on it and has never seen a tow truck. I've replaced tires, brakes, belts and oil. The car has the original everything else, including the battery, spark plugs and even the muffler.




Over 200k and still strong

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

My sister bought the car new in 97 and gave it to me last year. Today the car has a little over 200k. Theres no problem with the car except for the front right suspension which makes noise on bumpy roads (mentioned in other reviews).




Over 200k

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car with 30K miles and now have 220K on it. I also had a steering column leak on this car and my '98 Sienna... dealers wanted to replace column I used a steering fluid with a sealer and never had a problem since. Interior noise is a problem and plastic interior trim pieces coming loose... but those are mostly cosmetic. I will give this car to my son for college and keep for a few more years.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not so reliable

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

Owned since new. Many disappointing problems. Very expensive considering the number of amenities. 60k - transmssion leaks. <100k, all steering components had to be replaced. Power steering pump had to be replaced twice. Tire wear is a huge problem! This car wears out tires in 20k miles, even top rated tires.




97 avalon

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

I bought the car used for $3500 in 2006 with 207k miles, and it now has 243k miles. The car has been very reliable for me overall. I have done some preventive maintenance, such as change the original timing belt and water pump at about 220k miles (recommended to be done at 100k miles). The car did develop some squeaky noises in the front suspension, but this was fixed by replacing the strut mounts for about $250 including labor. Also, the front driver's window stopped rolling up and down for about 6 months (luckily it was stuck in the "up" position), but then magically starting working again. Overall, the car has been excellent. I look forward to driving it at least another 100k miles.



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Full 1997 Toyota Avalon Review

What's New for 1997

More power, more torque and added standard features make the Avalon one of the most appealing full-size sedans

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Talk About The 1997 Avalon

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scoti1
scoti1
03-04-2004

alan_s
alan_s
06-02-2006
Avalon 1997-2002...


tmeframe
tmeframe
04-21-2005
This is my 3rd Avalon (1997, 2000 prior). I'm impressed with this 'un. Of course I'm easily impressed....



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