2000 Toyota Avalon XLS V6 from North America


Not worth the money and highly overrated when just a little more will buy a Lexus


There was an air bag rattle which was repaired and then re-occured.

There is rattles and squeaks which are all through the dash section.

The windshield wiper blades clink after about 10 minutes of use and the dealer has yet to repair.

There has been numerous paint spots where the paint pops or bubbles up or flakes. The front has been repainted twice.

The driver outside mirror had to be replaced because it vibrated so badly.

General Comments:

I would expect a car which costs so much, and advertised to be of such good quality, at least not to rattle when you drive down the road.

The paint is disappointing and the thickness of the panels make for sure fire door dings with minimum effort.

Car does perform well and the gas mileage is very good. The sound system is excellent and the comfort is very good. Absolutely the best back seat anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2001

24th Apr 2003, 12:04

Do a web search on google.com using "Toyota engine sludge" to find out more about these engines. Same engine in the Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Highlander, and some Lexus. Toyota issued a 8 year policy to cover problems with these engines.

12th Jan 2006, 15:03

Yes, but the Toyota Avalon engines seem to be more prone to sludge than average. Find out for yourself by researching the internet. The Avalon is WAY over-rated in my opinion. My 1999 LeSabre has 103,000 miles, and I didn't spend one penny in a repair shop. I doubt if many Avalon owners can say that.

2000 Toyota Avalon Vxi 3.0 Litre from Australia and New Zealand


A bargain priced luxury vehicle


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

As soon as I sat in the car I felt right at home. The interior seemed spacious, unlike the encapsulated feeling I got in other modern vehicles. While the interior colors are on the bland side the quality and sumptuousness of the upholstery and fittings have an undeniable luxury feel.

I arrived at the right time for a change, Toyota were clearing Y2000 built vehicles and the dealer was successful talking me into a much more luxurious model than I intended to buy at little more than the current year's base model price. I believe I got an excellent bargain especially as it came with 5 years warranty as well.

It was only when I took delivery that I fully appreciated what a terrific vehicle I had purchased. It is superbly comfortable and very quiet. Despite the limousine ride, the car is very controllable as I discovered when someone suddenly pulled out in front of me.

I am impressed with the obvious care that has gone into the design of every convenience and fitting. The climate controlled air conditioning is superb, the compact disc player/radio has very good sound quality, even resumes compact discs at the position it was at when the ignition was switched off. The foot operated park brake works well as do the electric seats. You don't need to have the key in the ignition for the electric windows to work. The four reading lights are great.

The exterior styling, finish and the large and bright headlights make the car look very distinctive. The windows are quite shallow, a boon in the hot Australian climate yet visibility is excellent.

The only downer I can see is the economy is just mediocre, a small price to pay for luxury motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

25th Jul 2007, 04:45

You say the economy is mediocre. How far do you go between fill-ups? 500Km's?

I have a 4 cylinder Camry and was thinking of upgrading to a 6 banger Toyota, either another Camry, a Vienta or an Avalon. I get 10-12L/100Km's pretty much all the time between fill-ups, which is quite acceptable. But I heard the 6'ers aren't much more thirsty. Is this true?


2nd Sep 2012, 20:16

Owner states this is an excellent car, but he won't buy another. Something missing here?