Hope Toyota fixed flaws in recent models
By Jonathan on
1999 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
Overall a pleasent car. Looking for a mechanically quite reliable midsize car. Very comfortable for long trips. 1. Leaky trunk-spot welding at the factory in the trunk area is the culprit. Fixed the wheel well area water leak, but still water collects in the left (under the tool container). 2. Front rattle relates to bad shocks and mounts. I will change them summer. Rear stabilizer bar link is making noise as well, needed to be changed. 3. Exhaust pipe on the front (flex pipe) is designed too low & combined with bad shocks on the front caused repair. 4. Cheap headlight. Cheap clear plastic. Wheel well s/b larger to take larger tires. I do feel tire width s/b 215.
1. Traction control - can't live without it. 2. Comfort & space. Enough back seat space between two booster seats for my kids to have books, snacks, toys,etc. 3. Low profile (dull looking) means, I can always buy used at really good price. 3. Decent speakers.
1. Better design/welding method to eliminate water in the trunk. 2. Catalyic convertor s/b designed as a standalone replacement (not 1 piece with whole pipes), & be located little higher. 3. Better strut mounts. 4. Headlight assembly glass s/b improved. 5. Climate control system