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Used 1997 Toyota Avalon Consumer Reviews

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4.88 out of 5 stars

257,233 miles and going strong

kas76051, 03/14/2010
1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
15 of 16 people found this review helpful

Bought this car when it had 85,409 miles on it. Have replaced struts, brakes, tires, keep the oil and all fluids changed according to Toyota specs/timings. This has been a great car, so much so I just gave it to my youngest daughter for college and I went out and found another great 97 Avalon XL with leather and sunroof. These cars will go the miracle mile if you do everything on a regular schedule, this is especially true of the timing belt--don't push past the 90K mile interval.

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5 out of 5 stars

Avalon for the win!

Matt, 07/22/2016
1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
8 of 8 people found this review helpful

I bought my '97 avalon 7 years ago for a whopping $800 with 150k mi. on it. The previous owner had used synthetic oil since he purchased it new and I followed his his advice. It currently has 255k on the odometer. It has zero leaks, zero throttle delay and pulls as hard as it did as the day I bought it. Now the Avalon may not look like much. And it's not that fast off the line. But from 50 to 80 it will surprise you. Since I live near the beach in florida the paint has taken a beating. However, In 7 years, aside from the regular tires, oil and belts, I've replaced the radiator, water pump and alternator. All together I've spent maybe $1000 on non preventative maintenance. The engine and transmission could be classified as military grade they're so solid.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Over 200K

Middletown Md, 06/26/2009
1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

I bought this car with 30K miles and now have 220K on it. I also had a steering column leak on this car and my '98 Sienna... dealers wanted to replace column I used a steering fluid with a sealer and never had a problem since. Interior noise is a problem and plastic interior trim pieces coming loose... but those are mostly cosmetic. I will give this car to my son for college and keep for a few more years.

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5 out of 5 stars

I'd buy another one today

as400guy, 07/06/2002
1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

If I needed a new car today, I'd buy another Avalon...sight unseen.

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4.13 out of 5 stars

Best full-size

Clay, 03/14/2002
1997 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

This model is known to have power steering and front end rattle problems, but if you can get past that, it's a great car to own. Rear seat is quite roomy for adults. This car gets you full-sized car features with the quality of a Japanese made car. The 200 HP 3.3l engine has plenty of power. The rear suspension is a bit flat with a full load, though.

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