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.
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
When changing the struts you need to change strut mounts to eliminate the noise or else ...enjoy the extra added noise on bumpy roads.
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.
seating comfort, handling, radio, and
Place better tires on car plus train
the maintance personel at dealerships
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.
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.
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
See above. Better cupholders. Auto
door locking can be annoying.
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.
Comfortable ride, quit and smooth,
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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