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257,233 miles and going strong
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By kas76051
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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Quietness of this car is incredible, even after all these miles, not rattles, shimmy, or shake. Excellent mileage on the highway at 31 miles per gallon combined city and highway is 24 mpg. Reliability is the best I've had in any vehicle I've ever owned. Great car.


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Great daily driver
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By germanbeer101
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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Lights automatically turn off. Quiet cabin. Unbelievable reliability. Lots of power.


Worst Features

Cup holder needs re-engineered. Rear window defroster only works on one side now. But hey the car is almost 14 years old...


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Over 200K and still strong
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By Drew
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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan


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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).


Best Features

Very roomy, big gas tank, comfortable.


Worst Features

none!


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Over 200K
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By Middletown Md
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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Powerful car with good handling. I have a 40 mi 1-way highway commute and this car has saved my life 2X with good handling, good pickup and good visibility. I also like the roomier interior, rear leg room & larger trunk. I've it up with as much as a pickup can carry (including a moose head).


Worst Features

Too many issues with plastic trim coming loose.


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Not so reliable
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By tom
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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Outstanding brakes. 1st set lasted 110k miles! Good gas mileage and performance. Strong engine and transmission.


Worst Features

1. This is a joke: cruise cntl light is on ALL the time, even when not engaged. 2. No heated seat option, no heated mirror option, no seat adjust memory, BAD cup holder design. 3. Steering feedback must be better 4. Better reliability


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