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It is what we thought it would be...
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By iknowhatikno
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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If you are looking for a used Avalon, this is the year to start from. The revised 6 speed transmission is a marked improvement in smoothness, gas mileage, and reliability over the 5 speed autos from 2005-07. There are numerous websites and complaints about thse tranys). Also, the car was freshened on the exterior and has an Ipod plug. The one issue with the '08 model year is the headlamp assemblies, which are a well-documented problem. The good news is that Toyota extended the warranty for the headlamp assemblies for 5 years and 75000 miles from the original in service date. But you have to call Toyota because many dealers will rip off the unsaavy. The Avalon is otherwise a great car.


Best Features

My consistent gas mileage is 33 mpg highway (usually cruising at 75 mph) and 26 around town, as long as you don't race from stop light to stop light. This is not a sports car by any means, and begs to be driven easily and serenely. Your rewards is a fantastic and comfortable ride, with a very potent engine and yet unbelievable gas mileage. How many 270 HP cars with plenty of room for 5 get 33 mpg highway? My Avalon actually gets slightly better gas mileage than my friend's 2011 Altima, although it has nearly 100 more horsepower! This car has no squeaks or rattles of any kind, and I have to trek up a long, steep, unpaved driveway every day. Also, the materials quality inside is excellent.


Worst Features

The trunk is relatively small for such a large car. The front console cupholder slants so that the drink actually is held at an angle, which is a strange engineering oversight. The long handled telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel feels flimsy and does not fit with the rest of the car's interior quality. It would be nice to have some control over the trip computer, although I like the fact that gas mileage resets every time you fill the tank so you get legitimate tracking various types of driving. If you do drive the Avalon hard, thinking of yourself as a NYC cab driver, your gas mileage drops precipitously. Otherwise, this is the best investments you can make for a family sedan!


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Disappointed
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By cadllac man
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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After 1500 miles our 2006 Toyota Avalon needed a new engine because of a condition know as valve lash. Fitzgerald replaced the car with another new Avalon at no cost to us. We purchased a new 2008 Avalon. After 13,000 miles this engine when first started and driven has begun to make knocking noises. The noise gets lower when the engine warms up. There is nothing that be done. Just hope for the best and change the oil sooner than factory specks.


Best Features

gas mileage 26 city 35 hwy. performance, interior room.


Worst Features

Better tires the bridgestones have no control in sudden turns are like marsh mellows. Both front seats need more thigh support. Lower cost for wiper blades $28 for one $18 for the other.


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Check the tranny fluid
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By BillBren
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Regarding my 2008 Avalon - On 4 occasions I have put the shift lever into reverse and it doesn't engage right away. On one occasion it shuttered when I backed the car up. The car doesn't seem engage in reverse and then slips. I had a very experienced mechanic check the tranny fluid. You have to drop a small pan in the 08 to check the fluid and it had small metal shavings in the pan. I reported this to Toyota USA.


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Great value
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By Rob C
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I recently purchased this 2008 Avalon XL and I have been very satisfied with it. This vehicle accelerates and handles adequately despite this being a mid-large size sedan. I'm also very surprised but equally impressed with the overall fuel mileage that this vehicle is getting (avg. 29 mpg). The interior cabin is very quiet and is there's plenty of room for up to five people to sit comfortably.


Best Features

Great gas mileage, spacious cabin, pleasing exterior and very reliable.


Worst Features

The dislikes would be the way the cup holders are positioned (top one is actually angled downward). Another dislike is the way the one touch drivers/passenger windows sometime operate. There is an anti-catch system in place but it sometimes works when it's not necessary (window goes back down).


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Entry/Exit Not Easy
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By Petals
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I had a '99 Avalon and now '08. New Avalon has smooth and solid ride and gives sense of safety. Turning radius is tight for a big car and this is a plus. I miss the bench seat in the '99. Entry and exit on new Avalon is terrible. I am female-5'6" (sr) and have to practically back in to enter and swing my legs out (they still hit the side of car) to exit. Door is too big and heavy. Toyota might be trying to appeal to younger buyer and may lose seniors if high beltline, heavy doors and entry/exit are not improved. My husband who is 5'11" cannot get into this car without extensive planning and exact maneuvering-not enough leg room for driver. Need more room in front-not back


Best Features

Great, smooth ride on hwy. and solid safe feel as well as improved transmission - some of the old hesitation seems to be gone. Brakes are good. Excellent sedan for the money - maybe best on market.


Worst Features

1.Decrease width of car so driver and passenger can slide into seat and exit easily. 2. Decrease depth of dashboard so more room for driver. 3. Console too close to driver seat and seat needs to be softer for sr. 3. Eliminate automatic cool air.


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