Traded an '87 Toyota Cressida on the '98 Avalon.
The Cressida was still an excellent car, but husband
wanted front-wheel drive after we moved to
The Avalon, though not as sexy as the Cressida,
has been rock-solid, comfy to drive, love the extra
room afforded by column-shift, great power,
perfect for long drives, smooth, no maintenance
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.