by mmars on Sep 5, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
I bought my 1999 Toyota Avalon Platinum XLS in 2006.
It had 99000 miles on it and this did not cause me alarm since I have had a Toyota Camry before.
My Toyota Avalon now has 187,000 miles on it and is still running strong!
I have had to put routine maintenence items, such as brakes, battery, tires, but other than that it is running like the day I bought it.
I am looking at trading it off for something newer, not because I need to, just maybe wanting something newer.
Trouble I am having is when I test drive other vehicles I am comparing it to my Avalon, so far all the "competitors" have lost. Gas mileage is still 24/28 hwy.
Excellent choice and great car!
by 25 yrs Toyota on Aug 11, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
Incredible car! Soft ride, low maintenance, good mileage. Only complaint - after 13 yrs of a gray 86 Camry and 11 yrs of this silver 99 Avalon, I feel the need for a change. Could be midlife issues. I need something bright and irresponsible. But seriously, GREAT CAR! Fits all sizes of people and luggage. Surprisingly good mileage for its size and comfort and I highly recommend it. That's what makes it hard for me to give up.
by rosignol on May 26, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
Purchased with ~98,000 miles on it, put ~20,000 more on it over two years. In that time, I had no mechanical problems with it at all- the car might as well have been new. It's not the most exciting car to drive- I nicknamed mine the 'boringmobile'. Pros: extremely reliable, good mileage, Cons: suspension feels a little mushy and the handling is only adequate. But it's a sedan, not a sports car, so that's okay. Unfortunately, the car was totaled in a collision with a Chevy Tahoe. The Toyota engineering team does good work, I was not injured (nor was anyone in the Tahoe). I start looking for another Avalon this weekend.
After a body makeover and safety improvements (side airbags) last year, the Avalon heads into '99 with only minor updates. Daytime running lights with auto-off color-keyed foglamp covers and dual heated color-keyed power mirrors are new this year. A new three-in-one ETR/cassette/CD sound system is optional on the XL model and Lunar Mist Metallic replaces Golden Sand Metallic.