1998 Toyota Avalon Consumer Review: Avalon built in USA - No good

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Avalon built in USA - No good
By racine guy on


1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


This Avalon was built in Kentucky with good 'ol union labor...and it shows! The dealer delivered the vehicle with the rear middle seat belt BEHIND the rear seat backrest! The front seat belts have to manually feed back into their slots. The front armrest was replaced twice under waranty. My wife was injured by the parking brake foot lever when she was in a minor accident ? her shin bode hit the peddle which bruisded the bone. The drive train sometimes jerks in stop 'n go traffic or taking off from a dead stop. Finally, the tire noise is so bad...rear seat occupant ALWAYS complain about the noise! What a lousy car for $28 grand!!

Best Features

Engine is an engineering marvel - quite, powerful and fuel efficient?almost too powerful as it easily break the tires on even slightly damp pavement which kicks in the traction control causing the car/engine to stumble. Full size spare is nice.

Worst Features

Fix the suspension wheel hopping!!! Fix the slop in the drivetrain! Put some noise damping in the wheel wells. Split bench seats need more support. Move the parking brake pedal back away from the driver's shin bone.
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