2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan w/Bucket Seats (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
At 140k my Avalon seems like it will endure for many more years and miles. Unusual maintenance includes a steering bracket assembly and a failed subwoofer. Also, the driver's seat cushion has collapsed and the airbag light comes on intermittently. The car whooshes to speed, is dead quiet, and has expansive room on the inside. The gas mileage is not great (avg. 22 in mixed driving), but this is a large auto and its substantial feel makes me want to keep it forever. The styling is distinct and operating costs are very low. After driving an Avalon, it becomes difficult to settle for lesser cars.
High-quality leather interior, large trunk, and beautiful wheels. Everything feels well built and the materials do not seem like victims of cost savings.
Head protecting side airbags would have been nice, as would standard stability control. The steering wheel and shifter leather seemed to dissolve, but I re-coated with SEM Classic Coat Toyota Ivory and it looks beautiful again. The auto climate control requires a lot of manual input, and the seat heaters are very weak.
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