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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan

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135,000 Miles and Won't Part With It!
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By HustonAerosFan
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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan


Review

The best car I have ever owned. There
is nothing on the market now that can
replace it - especially in the area of
looks (Toyota's new offerings -
including the new "2006" Avalon - are
SOOO ugly!). I have passed 135,000
miles on this vehicle and am hoping for
at least 200,000. Very little has gone
wrong with this car outside of normal
wear and tear and auxillary things like
batteries and tires that Toyota has
nothing to do with. Significant repairs
lately were a new steering rack last
month (leaking seals) and a complete
brake job last year. Other than that,
routine replacements. It will be a very
hard and sad day when I trade this guy
in!


Best Features

Rock solid reliability, extremely attractive exterior design (unlike 99% of the new cars out there today), roominess, and good ride. Your basic no- nonsense, well built, extremely practical car.


Worst Features

Desperately needs a split folding rear seat (read: trips to Home Depot). Paint job (oyster white) has not been very durable. Might be repainting soon.


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Second Toyota/More to Come
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By patoconnor
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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

Traded an '87 Toyota Cressida on the '98 Avalon.
The Cressida was still an excellent car, but husband
wanted front-wheel drive after we moved to
Denver.

The Avalon, though not as sexy as the Cressida,
has been rock-solid, comfy to drive, love the extra
room afforded by column-shift, great power,
perfect for long drives, smooth, no maintenance
issues.


Best Features

Column shift and outside temperature display.


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Recall for sludge
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By vicky
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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


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At around 113000 miles their is a oil gel/sludge in the engine below the valves. At 131340 miles there was dried oil in the form of coffee grinds in the internal oil screen that filters the oil inside the oil pan cover. WHEN OIL LIGHT comes on at 131340 miles HAVE IT TOWED to your closest dealer or you will be paying for a new engine. Make sure you tell the Service Manager NO ONE IS TO DRIVE IT or let it run at idle. Or you will have major internal engine damage. I was not notified by the manufacture that there was a recall for sludge ... so if it is smoking that could be the sign that it has an oil gel problem and it is covered by the manufacture. At 131300 miles changed front springs.


Best Features

It is a very spacious car. I purchased the car used however I would still buy the same car again 1998 3.0 liter v-6 xls. My major problems were created by fault of toyota technicans driving it around with the low oil light indicator on, which damaged major internal component of engine. NOT CARS FAULT


Worst Features

When changing the struts you need to change strut mounts to eliminate the noise or else ...enjoy the extra added noise on bumpy roads.


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Not as good as the Camry
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By Andrew
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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan


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The tires that came with the car went
out at 12,000 miles. The second set
went at 24,000 miles. The present set
has last since 24,000 miles to 49,000
miles. Beleive maintance at the
dealership was bad. Toyota company did
not listen to my complaints. This is
my thrid Toyota since 1980 and will oit
deal with this dealer on my next one.
Do not think his maintance department
is up to par. Am looking for a
different car than a Toyota. Lost 2 miles per gallon after first set of tires were changed.


Best Features

seating comfort, handling, radio, and size


Worst Features

Place better tires on car plus train the maintance personel at dealerships better.


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spacious ride
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By petras
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1998 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan


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The xls has a nicely appointed, spacious interior yet exterior dimensions are fairly modest. mileage is around 21/30 city/hwy. Overall reliablily is very good although watch for noisy front suspension due to bad strut support mounts, $400 to fix, also my car has some occasional squeaks/rattles from glovebox area, I definitely would buy an avalon again.


Best Features

Interior appointments/ legroom, reliability


Worst Features

Front suspension rattles, glovebox area rattles


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