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Auto Climate Control - Beware!!!!
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By mfoster
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

As others in this forum, burned by
auto climate control to the tune of
$1,050. No choice but to replace, as
the car is not realistically driveable
without the a/c, heating, defrost
systems working. I guess several
people have to die before anything is
recalled. Front strut noise also as
others report. Catalytic converter
went out and one dealer wrongly
diagnosed as a broken ring, needing a
$5,000 repair. Second dealer correctly
diagnosed and repaired under original
powertrain warrenty. Steering wheel
cover has peeled off. If you are
looking to buy, I would insist the
seller correct these issues first. Car
is roomy and will get up & go.


Best Features

Wind noise is amazingly low when sunroof is open. Big back seat with head room for 6 ft + adults. Rides smooth at 80 mph on interstate. Big trunk.


Worst Features

See above. Better cupholders. Auto door locking can be annoying.


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Auto climate control /Beware
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By nov1853
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I have been quite happy with my XLS
after having purchased used with 70k
miles. However I
was very disappointed with Toyota
design with Auto Climate Control.
Servo motor on blower system went out
due to design flaw admitted to by
Toyota in a technical service bulletin
which directed dealers to replace
entire workings of Auto Climate
control system when $35.00 servo motor
failed. (Cost me $1000.00)I was forced
to replace entire system. Toyota
incidentally redesigned entire system
for 1999 model years but would not
back up 1998 defective system. Shame
on you for
sticking it to us 1998 owners.


Best Features

Comfortable ride, quit and smooth, Classy styling


Worst Features

1998 Climate control system should have been replaced in recall. Problem resulted in no defrost, no heat, no AC, no blower of any kind. Rainstorm with no defrost = NO VISIBILITY!!!Stuck in subZero temps= death by freezing. Ck NHS


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1998 avalon
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By nonfib
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

This has been the most reliable car I
have ever owned. Aside from the road
noise, there has not been a complaint
about the car in the five years we
have owned it.


Best Features

Moon roof, roomy interior


Worst Features

very noisy on the road. Ride could be a little smoother


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love my Avalon
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By Kathyjj29
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1998 Toyota Avalon XL 4dr Sedan


Review

In the four years I've owned the
Avalon, it has not needed a single
repair. We bought it at 20,000 and
besides oil changes, the only money
we've put into it was at the 60,000
mile check-up. I'd buy another one in
a heartbeat.


Best Features

We bought it because it can very comfortably seat 3 adults in the back seat.


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Ava, the Avalon
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By Danielle J
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan


Review

I love my Avalon. It's not the most
flashy car out there, but dollar for
dollar, it is absolutely the most reliable!


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