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A Fantastic Value Without Trade-offs
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By Kyle Ferris
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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This car was the perfect one for me the second I sat in it at the dealership. It was love at first drive. Being a college student, I needed something to fit my busy lifestyle while still being able to park in tight spaces on campus, or have enough power to feel safe merging onto the highway. For someone in the market for a premium sedan at a Yugo price point, I'd recommend the 2008 Avalon Limited hands down. What I looked for in a car were power, comfort, utility, and style. In terms of power, this car is sufficient. I never feel like it is underpowered, though it it not meant to be a race car. What it most focuses on is comfort. This car, being the Limited, has every option imaginable except active cruise control, which I dislike anyway. It has twelve way adjustable seats, reclining rear seats, ten speaker JBL premium audio, automatic wipers and headlights, and much more. Since I often haul bulky items, I needed a big trunk and spacious interior. This car provides an expansive trunk that is deep and tall, so boxes are never a problem. The middle seat also folds down to provide storage space for long, narrow items like skis or lumber. The only downside that I can see about the 2008 Avalon in general is the style. Though it is simple and elegant if you notice it, this car flies under most peoples' radar because it is not flashy or overstyled. My car has an optional ground effects package to brighten up the look a bit, and set it apart from the rest. This package is rare, but certainly out there if you are willing to search for it. The best thing about this car that is not widely known is the durability of the materials, both inside and out. If you were to look at this car without any knowledge of the year or mileage, you might think it is new or almost new. There is certainly a lot of credit to go to the previous owner, who clearly took great care of the car, but good material quality shows throughout this car. The leather is real and abundant throughout the interior, from the sets to the doors. The wood textures on the steering wheel and door are fake, but well done to the point it would take a purist to notice. The only quality complaint I could think of is the brittle plastic in the center console. It feels a little cheap compared to the great materials surrounding it, but I will give the engineers at Toyota credit, they designed them well enough that they still don't rattle or break.


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A Dependable & Excellent Vehicle
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By Ernie Upchurch
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Perform the required maintenance and this vehicle well will always be there for you.....


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Best Car I've Ever Owned
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By Scott Monroe
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Just get the basics done on this vehicle, oil changes, brakes, alignments, etc, and it will last forever.


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Reliable, powerful, highway cruiser
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tony N.J.
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Bought my XLS used with 120k, now has 190k. Repairs/maintenance - alternator, new battery, AC recharge, tires, oil changes, brake pads. that's it, just wear and tear stuff! .....Nav/JBL. Love the sound system, hate the Nav. Buttons to navigate the screen is ridiculously horrible. No car is perfect but I really like this car. ....Best features are comfortable highway cruiser. Great on gas, 31 hwy. takes regular gas. Quick car with powerful smooth engine. Quiet ride. Cavernous interior space. Reclining (slightly) rear seats. Big trunk. Very reliable, not expensive to service. Precise dual/auto climate controls. Dual AC charger. The cons- thin sheet metal, non folding side mirrors, blind spot, gas door and trunk door buttons next to each other and unlit. I get gas and pop the trunk open instead of the gas door. Weak paint, no radio volume level read out. Telescopic steering wheel needs to come out more. Dash cracks, weak rear defroster, ride to soft, handles like a boat, throttle response slow, loses throttle, hesitant turning mid way around a street corner. All cars have imperfections but still a great car.


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I'll be happier when I sell it
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By Brett
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2008 Toyota Avalon Sedan XLS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Some pros are that there is a tremendous amount of interior space, especially in the back seat and the gas mileage is excellent for such a roomy car that has plenty of power. Cons are the steering/suspension make it seem like you are driving a 1970's Buick - float, float, wallow, float some more. My car has both the headlight and dash cracking issue that the previous owners never got repaired under the recalls. Plus, there are the typical Toyota annoyances - there is no retained accessory power, so your radio goes off and your windows don't work as soon as you shut off the key, you can't lock the car until all the doors are shut, secondary controls are unlit at night and impossible to see without bending all sorts of ways, the doors will relock if you don't open them in time, etc. Maybe I just got too used to the thinking behind GM engineering, but I really appreciate the little things included in my Chevy that this Toyota does have, even though it stickered for $10,000 more than my Chevy when new. Overall, this Avalon is acceptable if you have few other options but I will be getting rid it within the next year and buying another GM car.


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