1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0L Gasoline from North America

Summary:

A luxurious and reliable full sized sedan

Faults:

The McPherson struts needed replacing at 120,000 km, although this is common.

A minor repair was required to the fuel system.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable, luxurious, and quiet.

The engine and transmission are very smooth and refined.

The cabin space is considerable, comfortably accommodating five adults in the front or back seats.

I would highly recommend this automobile to anyone needing a full size luxurious and reliable sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2003

1997 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0L from North America

Summary:

The 1998 Avalon is a luxury family car that is very reliable

Faults:

The Avalon had a broken clip in it's left passenger door.

A knob on the Avalon's stereo broke.

Engine coolant appears on the outside of the coolant reservoir... dry and crusty. The coolant level slowly decreases. I add a couple of ounces every few months.

There is a rattle in the front of the Avalon. It sounds like it's under the kick panel on the front passenger's side. The rattle is unpredictable. Big bumps in the road sometimes don't make noise at all. Small bumps sometimes cause a lot of noise. One mechanic says it's a bad strut mount; another one says he doesn't think so. They are both reliable mechanics. However, I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars to have struts and strut mounts replaced and still have the rattle. Any suggestions on narrowing down the search for this rattle or any comments from others who have had a rattle in a 1998 Avalon would be most appreciated.

General Comments:

This car is great for trips. It's an excellent family car. It could use a little more horsepower for passing on the highway, but I don't consider that a major problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2003

16th Apr 2003, 23:47

Yeah, I have had the rattle problem on my 1998 Avalon and it came out to be the struts not mounted properly. Good luck!

19th May 2003, 11:07

I have a 1997 Avalon and I am currently addressing the same situation with the rattling noise. (Only 45,000 miles) I took it to the mechanic and he replaced just the struts on the front. When I got it back the noise was still there. Turns out it was not the struts, but the strut mounts. The noise is most noticeable when the car is cold.

I had read an article in the paper about the Avalons having this problem. The article went on to say that there should have been a recall on it.

My suggestion is to write Toyota and see if they would be willing to comp the repairs. It's worth a try. I plan on it.

1997 Toyota Avalon XL from North America

Summary:

Comfortable, but unreliable

Faults:

Steering required major re-build, and separately, power steering went.

Front end vibrations that stayed fixed for 15,000 km then returned, and returned, and returned despite a variety of repairs and much money.

Repeated electrical shorts.

ABS module and sensors replaced.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, but with substantial and numerous problems with reliability. Have kept the car for a prolonged period on the assumption that finally had done the last major repair. Wish I had traded it years ago - or never bought it in the first place. Put too much trust in the myth of Toyota reliability!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002