1998 Toyota Avalon xls from North America


It is a great car


Fan on a/c and outside temp indicator seem to be on the blink for an undetermined reason. Replaced dash assembly in April, yet still have inconsistent a/c. It will work every time I get in the car for a week and then the fan will shut off, and the numbers will disappear from the outside temp indicator. Sometimes I can turn car off and on again and it will come back on. Other times I can drive for 2 hours and it will not come back on. Has anyone else had this problem?

General Comments:

Car has plenty of acceleration.

Car is reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

1998 Toyota Avalon from North America


The Toyota Avalon stinks


I was disappointed with Toyota and the local dealer when they refused to fix, under warranty at 36000 miles, the oil sludge problem that caused the car to quit running. My wife had the oil changed at Walmart and did not keep receipts of the oil changes. The dealer and the Toyota factory rep told me that there was not a design problem with the engine and that we had caused the problem. Further, they implied that my wife was a liar. However, for $2500 they would repair it. Great.

I had the engine repaired elsewhere for $800 and then sold the lemon at a loss. Now I find out that there is a class action lawsuit against Toyota for oil sludge buildup with this model and others. The engine is inherently defective. Toyota lied to me and the local dealer lied to me.

I will never own another Toyota product of any kind. We have switched to Kia Amanti. The Koreans are doing what the Japanese used to do. The 100,000 mile warranty is 3 times better than Toyota. However, since Toyota didn't honor their 36,000 warranty to begin with, it is a moot point.

Toyota has made an enemy, and I have a long memory.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st November, 2006

21st Nov 2006, 13:10

Toyota are within their rights to decline warranty work if the vehicle hasn't got a complete Toyota service history.

15th Feb 2007, 11:16

We have owned a cream-and-taupe 1998 Toyota Avalon XLS with sunroof and gold-lettered ID since it was new. It's still beautiful although it has gone 111,645 miles. It's a wonderful car and has never let us down. (Of course, it has always been serviced at a certified Toyota dealer.) Besides, it drives like a dream. Backseat passengers never fail to comment on the roominess and smoothness of the ride.

Our only complaints? That Toyota's newer Avalons don't have the eye appeal and the stand-out design features of our Avalon.

1998 Toyota Avalon XLS from North America


This is my first Toyota and the best car I have ever owned


I have not had any major problems with this car since I purchased it new in 1997. At about 100,000 miles I had all the fluids replaced along with the timing belt, brakes and tires. At this time the car had been in storage for 1 1/2 years and I had the money, so I did it whether it needed it or not.

General Comments:

I thought about getting a new car a few months ago, but the car runs so good, I decided to wait at least another year. The only thing I never liked about this car was the cup holders, and I see, Toyota has finally changed the design of them. I think I'd like to paint the car to freshen up the exterior, but this car runs great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2006

1998 Toyota Avalon XLS V.6 from North America


If you want a Luxury car disguised as a toyota. Get this one


AC sometimes works during summer season. (works perfectly fine in the cold winter)

Sensors damaged :CHECK ENGINE (only one so far)

Breaks make a squeaking sound when stopping.

Starter problem. Solution: Get a new starter.

U Turns: Not very good at all. Makes wide turns.

General Comments:

A tune up can make this car run twice as smooth.

Very smooth ride, luxurious feel.

Gas economy is average to good.

Has a powerful pull when accelerating.

Passengers in the back seat tend to fall asleep when in motion.

Very roomy and spacey in the back.

Can even look as luxurious as a Lexus next to Lexus cars around same age.

Steering is very smooth with good force.

A musician's trunk: I can fit my keyboard and guitar and drums parts and sports jacket, with a small luggage of clothes, all at the same time and have just a little bit of space to spare!

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

Review Date: 28th February, 2006