1996 Toyota Avalon Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1996 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired119213 miles
Most recent distance124509 miles

Summary:

This a very nice, comfortable, and reliable car.

Faults:

Nothing, but I replaced the brake pads because of a lot of noise. Beside that, nothing and the car is still running strong. Gas could be a little better.

General Comments:

I am 18 years old. Being 18, I know how to take a vehicle to its limits with no problem. But this car has no problem responding back at me. This is my first car and I plan to keep it until I can't anything else out of it. There is nothing not to like about the vehicle. I soon will replace the rotors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2004

1996 Toyota Avalon XLS 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carSubaru SVX

Summary:

Reliable, fast, comfortable, but all the fun of kissing your sister

Faults:

There have been no repairs on the car. I brought it in for dealer service, which was a timing belt and was willing to go for some extra preventive maintenance. Only after the dealer played with it, it needed several gaskets changed for leaks. May have been a dishonest dealer, perhaps just my bad luck. Cost of stopping leaks about $1200. Dealer claimed my rack needed changing and that this was a typical problem in Toyota cars. I did not want to spend the $800 to change the steering and then surprise, no more leak. Caution Toyota dealers have deserved bad rep.

General Comments:

In 40,000 miles plus the car has been a dream to own.

I drive to work in South Florida at speeds of 80MPH every day, the car rides smooth, feels safe, no rattles, and is extremely comfortable.

Car averages 26 miles per gallon for high speed highway travel, I use the 87 octane cheap fuel as recommended.

Everything still works in this nearly 8 year old car. Every switch, button, and lever has held up. Gone are the good old days of my Ford when random parts would be laying on the front seat. Build quality is great.

No sex appeal. The car is very comfortable, but not fun to drive and does not get looks. Coming from a rare sports car I feel like I am driving with a paper bag over my car.

Good speed. Car feels very fast, almost sporty. The engine, much like the Lexus version has plenty of power. In one of my idiot moments I punched it at a stop line racing an Eclipse to the merge lane. He never had a chance.

Big Big Big. There is plenty of room in the car, I can comfortably fit six if I have to, and I am always catching rear passengers looking around at the size. The car is not overly long, but very spacious.

Fair braking. The brakes squeak like mice, but since the windows are pretty well sealed I rarely hear it.

Durable sound system. After pounding music for three years the speakers have not blown, I usually trash speakers inside of six months.

Easy to ding. The side panels are not well protected, the car takes on dings very easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2003

1996 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance99800 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

The very best car for the money

Faults:

The only complaint I have with this car is that it takes a long time for the heater to get warm in the winter time.

General Comments:

This car is all that a person could ask for in a family car. It has a great ride with almost no road noise. It has a great amount of interior room and also has a large trunk for luggage or golf clubs or both when you go on vacation. This car has great power from the 3.0 V6 and the transmission is as smooth as silk. It gets outstanding gas mileage for this size car with the amount of power it has. If your looking for a car that is reliable, comfortable, great looking, and want to be happy for years to come, this is the car for you. I would recommend this car to anyone at anytime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 13 reviews