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Smokin' engine... literally
By tallchris01 on 03/25/14 10:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Toyota, Need I say more?
By enigmadtop on 12/05/11 08:57 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Im Impressed
By iggy7 on 04/15/11 02:17 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my first Toyota, and i bought this a few weeks ago. It has 230k miles on it and it drives great! It making a Toyota guy out of me.
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Seriously this car is almost as old as me
By carenthusiast7 on 04/04/11 22:59 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Wish they all were made like this
By Psal on 01/11/10 18:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought 6 yrs old in 2004 with 29000 miles. Have 115K on it now and in 6 years have put brakes, wipers, tires, and battery....that's it. Would buy another in a heartbeat. Paid $11K in '04 and the Blue Book today is $6K. Too bad I'll never trade it.
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Great Car
By Karl on 11/23/09 08:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

We bought this car used with 68,000 miles on it. My wife is in sales and drives over 30,000 miles per year. We now have 248,000 miles on the car and it runs good as new. It is time for valve cover gaskets as they are now leaking but I have no faults with this car at all. Love it!
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Excellent Car
By SpyderMan51 on 10/10/09 18:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

This car owes me nothing. It is highly reliable and has never left me stranded after 218K miles. It gets ~27 mpg in the DC beltway traffic. I purchased the XL new with very few options and it has all of the 'need to haves' for traveling 1 hr to and from work.
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98 Avalon is the greatest car!
By steel magnolia on 05/16/08 18:21 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

90,000 of the 121,000 miles on my Avalon are highway and interstate miles, driving from Illinois to Tennessee to care for my ill father, and to SC to build a house. Also drove across the counry horizontally twice. Never a problem! This is a fabulous car--feels like it will go another 121,000 miles easily. The comfort has my Lexus owning friends envious. The AC is the best on any car and keeps a black car with black interios cold in August in South Carolina, with no tinting on the windows. All I do is take it to the dealership for each major service. Gets 32 mpg hwy.
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Fun Avalon
By Jim on 09/08/05 13:41 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

This is a nice comfortable car.. It is the same model as the Lexus 300.. same car but much cheaper.. Great road car cruises well at 80 mph plus! The V-6 is very powerful..
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Good Car
By Fl Driver on 03/02/05 21:47 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought my Avalon used in 2002. So far the only maintenance problem I've had is that the check engine refuses to go out. I've a few mechanics look at it, and no one can seem to find the problem. Other than that, it has been an excellent vehicle. Strong engine, with OK mileage.
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