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1997 Toyota Avalon - Consumer Reviews

1997 Toyota Avalon

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1997 Toyota Avalons - 2 of them
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Legacy
on

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


Review

I liked my first Avalon so much that I bought another in 2000 and we've put 330,000 miles on the pair. Both are nicked up but they still run fine (2008). In 19 (combined) years of use I've had only ~$3,000 in repairs (other than an accident, tires and oil changes). Cons: Weak in snow. Steerling column leak (both cars - use sealing fluid). Goes through tires too quickly. Toyota's known for quality and reliability and that's exactly what I've experienced. In 2007 I purchased a 1986 Corolla that runs fine. I now need a 4th car and it will be a Toyota. I still feel that I made a solid purchase every time I start up one of my Avalons.


Best Features

Quality and reliability. Quiet and smooth ride (no noise as others have mentioned). Roomy and comfortable. Good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Variable speed wipers. Improved steering column (leaks). Faux wood trim items on the second Avalon have flaked off.


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Original Owner
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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Reliability
By carfooey
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Vehicle

1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

Few mechanical problems until recently. Within last year replaced rear wheel bearings, engine gasket, & alternator. Marginal paint job as it started peeling from around rear view mirrors at <80K miles. Strut noise has been there from day 1 off the lot (dealer made excuses too). Doors sagged quite early on, but work okay. Door remotes still work (!) although the buttons are about shot.


Best Features

Wonderful interior room. Very comfy. Huge trunk. Decent gas mileage for its class. Leather seats still look good.


Worst Features

Paint quality. Strut quality. Don't include tan flooring with tan seats (can you say dirt?).


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97 Toyota Avalon
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Eugene
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Vehicle

1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I have been extremely pleased with this vehicle which has required only a minimum of maintenance. Oil and filter changed promptly at each 3,000 miles.


Best Features

driving economy and comfort


Worst Features

Struts required replacement at approx. 70000 mi.


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Nice luxury
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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By nice ride
on

Vehicle

1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought it used with 140k miles but still runs and looks like new with enough power from a smooth quiet 3.0 v6 engine.


Best Features

The engine, leather seats with power adjustment and factory chrome wheels.


Worst Features

None.


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Outstanding Car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Elizabeth
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Vehicle

1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

We bought this car used with 34,000 miles on it in 2001, now in 2006 it has 120,000 and shows no signs of wearing out anytime soon. Transmission glides, engine is strong, interior is elegant and comfortable and gas mileage is 31 on the highway. The trunk is huge and the seats feel like your sitting in your favorite chair at home. The only thing I've had done is regular repairs and the air conditioning was charged this year, that's it!


Best Features

Speed, quick, interior comfort, gas mileage.


Worst Features

Paint has flaked a little on the bumper.


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