1998 Toyota Avalon 3.0 from North America
One tough car with 500,000 mile capability
Bought this car as a repossessed vehicle. No problems since purchased one year ago.
I purchased this car from a finance company as a repossessed vehicle. Mileage and running condition were unknown at time of purchase, but for the purchase price of 300.00 (yes, three hundred dollars) how could I go wrong. Installed a new battery, had a key made for 7.00, and I had a running car. I was disappointed to see the mileage was 293,000 miles, and figured I would just end up sending the car to the scrap yard to recoup my investment.
I have been driving this Avalon for about a year, and the only maintenance that has been done is spark plugs with new wires. The car is completely worn out as far as the interior. The struts and springs need replacing, and the front struts rattle. The steering is somewhat loose. The valve covers need new gaskets.
I have been reluctant to invest much money into making the much need cosmetic and suspension repairs. I just figured that with an unknown history, something will break and it will end up scrapped anyway.
On the bright side - this car runs so quietly that it is often hard to tell if it is running. The transmission shifts smoothly every time. The car has plenty of power to cruise at highway speed, and enough left over to pass or get out of the way.
Every power option that the car is equipped with operates as it should. The stereo with the factory bass speaker rocks. The air conditioning will cause icicles to hang from the rear view mirror. The heat will cause the steering wheel to burn your hands. The power mirrors adjust with the flip of a switch. The power seats adjust and wrap you like your favorite worn recliner. The brakes stop the car on a dime. This car was definitely built on a Wednesday!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2012