I bought the vehicle brand new. No major repair bills until now. Ignition coils all need to be replaced - this is a pricey job. Do your routine maintenance and car should be fine, but suggest that you get an extended warranty if you plan to keep it past 5 yrs and 80,000 miles
Stereo, roomy interior, trunk space
Steering hides some dials, redesign dashboard to reduce/remove sun reflection, upgrade interior for a more classy finish, use better quality exterior paint
The overall interior layout is very good, however the access doors (panels) in the front seat are to close to each other. This in turn causes a problem when stored items are needed from the storage areas. This was my first purchase of a Toyota vehicle and the driving performance exceeded my expectations. On a recent vacation trip I was extremely pleased with the comfort and gas mileage and would rate the 2005 Avalon in the top five sedans of comparable size and cost.
When picking a sedan to replace my 350Z, I selected the Avalon over the G35, Altima and Camry. One might think G35 would have been a closer match to the Z but no sedan can match sports car handling - so I got the car that offered the most of everything else. The Avalon has a good bit of power, cavernous rear passenger space, reclining rear seats, excellent build quality, and a luxo-plush ride. I've noticed that it takes some throttle modulation to "help" the car find 1st or 2nd gear. Cloths seats are far softer than leather. You can get over 30 mpg on the highway (at 65-70 mph). Conversely, 19 mpg in the city is common. Overall, a surprisingly great value in XL trim (paid $25K).
Good power for a sedan, quiet and smooth ride. Decent stereo. Excellent dash layout. Rear reclining seats are fantastic. Roomy. Good fuel economy. Base XL model offers a great bang for the buck. Lumbar supports for the driver's seat.
Annoying seat belt warning mechanism. Transmission does not lend well to aggressive accel/decelleration. Lots of body roll (hey, at least it's not PRETENDING to be a sports car). I only found one cigarette lighter port inside the armrest. Higher model trims suffer from rattles.
I have put on 12,000 miles since last April and have had absolutely no problems at all. It gets between 31.5 and 33.0 miles per gallon on the freeway and averages 20.5 in town. Everything fits and there are no rattles. I will buy another one when the time comes
Performance, Quiet ride, Great fit and finish and excellent mileage.
Go back to a spin on oil filter. The new one is hard to manage.