by tallchris01 on Mar 25, 2014 Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
I bought this Avalon having owned another 1st generation Avalon.
Didn't figure I'd need to have a PPI, but I should have gotten one.
Turns out the engine was a smoker.
Despite replacing the valve seals and spark plugs, it continued to smoke.
Quickly re-sold it.
by enigmadtop on Dec 5, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
I take this car up to big bear with a full car (6 people, the center front armrest comes up and has a seatbelt underneath) and it has never broken down on me once. The ride going there is completely smooth cruising at 80 mph, even though the Avalon's engine has more than enough power to go over that even with a full car. It has no trouble getting up those steep hills and is my car of choice when driving up to the mountains every season. It also survived a trip all the way to Sonora in Northern California from San Diego with a very steep mountain to climb at the end as well. Again, the car did not disappoint. Would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for an extremely robust vehicle.
by carboy1993 on Sep 14, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
im 17 years old.This car is my first car last year. its like that first practice car that u usually bang up. well i havent hit anything yet
but my god is this car reliable. we bought it when it back in 2003 with 116k on it in PERFECT condition.now its kinda of banged up, radio buttons falling off, etc, but it just WONT DIE. my mom drove it 160 miles a day at one point, and i drive it about 40-50 as of now(and i dont drive it nicely), its close to 220k. im getting an acura tl, but if it wasnt for the cars body falling apart and the [violative content deleted] acceleration,id be sad about this departure. im just mad at my parents because they said were gonna sell after the time belt wears out :(
by carenthusiast7 on Apr 4, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
I'm 18 and a serious car enthusiast and this was my first car when my dad handed it down to me when i got my license @ 15 and a half(had 150k miles on it). Of course it isn't exactly my choice of a car and I made a bet with my father that if the car died we would get a replacement car of my choice(reasonably priced of course). And I'm still losng that bet, that car has not died at all or shown signs of even slowing down. Sum of it all, you can't go wrong with this car if you need a used cheap low maintainence car for just point A to point B.
by davidvnyc on Jan 30, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
I purchased my 98 Avalon XLS in 2003 with 150,000 miles on it.
At about 180k miles I changed the front two 02 sensors.
At 220k miles I changed the timing belt (first time), water pump, struts and ball joints.
Other than these itemís Iíve only had to do standard fluid changes, tires and brakes.
About 2 years ago, I came too close to a guard rail and scraped the right side of the car.
Because the car had 340k miles on it at the time, I chose not to spend the 600 to repair the damage.
The car now just broke though 400k and while it doesnít look as good as when I bought it, it still runs perfectly and zero operational issues.
I have my eye on a new car, but my wife will not let me pull t
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