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1998 Toyota Avalon

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Recall for sludge
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By vicky
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

At around 113000 miles their is a oil gel/sludge in the engine below the valves. At 131340 miles there was dried oil in the form of coffee grinds in the internal oil screen that filters the oil inside the oil pan cover. WHEN OIL LIGHT comes on at 131340 miles HAVE IT TOWED to your closest dealer or you will be paying for a new engine. Make sure you tell the Service Manager NO ONE IS TO DRIVE IT or let it run at idle. Or you will have major internal engine damage. I was not notified by the manufacture that there was a recall for sludge ... so if it is smoking that could be the sign that it has an oil gel problem and it is covered by the manufacture. At 131300 miles changed front springs.


Favorite Features

It is a very spacious car. I purchased the car used however I would still buy the same car again 1998 3.0 liter v-6 xls. My major problems were created by fault of toyota technicans driving it around with the low oil light indicator on, which damaged major internal component of engine. NOT CARS FAULT


Suggested Improvements

When changing the struts you need to change strut mounts to eliminate the noise or else ...enjoy the extra added noise on bumpy roads.


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Not as good as the Camry
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By Andrew
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1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


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The tires that came with the car went out at 12,000 miles. The second set went at 24,000 miles. The present set has last since 24,000 miles to 49,000 miles. Beleive maintance at the dealership was bad. Toyota company did not listen to my complaints. This is my thrid Toyota since 1980 and will oit deal with this dealer on my next one. Do not think his maintance department is up to par. Am looking for a different car than a Toyota. Lost 2 miles per gallon after first set of tires were changed.


Favorite Features

seating comfort, handling, radio, and size


Suggested Improvements

Place better tires on car plus train the maintance personel at dealerships better.


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spacious ride
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By petras
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

The xls has a nicely appointed, spacious interior yet exterior dimensions are fairly modest. mileage is around 21/30 city/hwy. Overall reliablily is very good although watch for noisy front suspension due to bad strut support mounts, $400 to fix, also my car has some occasional squeaks/rattles from glovebox area, I definitely would buy an avalon again.


Favorite Features

Interior appointments/ legroom, reliability


Suggested Improvements

Front suspension rattles, glovebox area rattles


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Auto Climate Control - Beware!!!!
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By mfoster
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


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As others in this forum, burned by auto climate control to the tune of $1,050. No choice but to replace, as the car is not realistically driveable without the a/c, heating, defrost systems working. I guess several people have to die before anything is recalled. Front strut noise also as others report. Catalytic converter went out and one dealer wrongly diagnosed as a broken ring, needing a $5,000 repair. Second dealer correctly diagnosed and repaired under original powertrain warrenty. Steering wheel cover has peeled off. If you are looking to buy, I would insist the seller correct these issues first. Car is roomy and will get up & go.


Favorite Features

Wind noise is amazingly low when sunroof is open. Big back seat with head room for 6 ft + adults. Rides smooth at 80 mph on interstate. Big trunk.


Suggested Improvements

See above. Better cupholders. Auto door locking can be annoying.


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Auto climate control /Beware
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By nov1853
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I have been quite happy with my XLS after having purchased used with 70k miles. However I was very disappointed with Toyota design with Auto Climate Control. Servo motor on blower system went out due to design flaw admitted to by Toyota in a technical service bulletin which directed dealers to replace entire workings of Auto Climate control system when $35.00 servo motor failed. (Cost me $1000.00)I was forced to replace entire system. Toyota incidentally redesigned entire system for 1999 model years but would not back up 1998 defective system. Shame on you for sticking it to us 1998 owners.


Favorite Features

Comfortable ride, quit and smooth, Classy styling


Suggested Improvements

1998 Climate control system should have been replaced in recall. Problem resulted in no defrost, no heat, no AC, no blower of any kind. Rainstorm with no defrost = NO VISIBILITY!!!Stuck in subZero temps= death by freezing. Ck NHS


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