2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0 from North America
The best Buick ever built
I had to replace the transmission fluid surprisingly (I thought) early at 25K, when shifting became a bit abrupt. That $120 job solved the problem.
Besides that, the car has been flawless.
I have read about the potential "gelling" of engine oil in Avalons, which leads to engine failure. I am careful to stick to the required maintenance schedule. When I stumbled across this on the web about 2 years ago, I saw from Toyota's site that it had accepted responsibility and would replace an engine that failed from this problem up to 100K miles - with records of regular service. Save those Jiffy Lube invoices.
Riding in this car is like cruising a bank vault, and I mean that in a good way. The ride is smooth. The interior is quiet. The cabin is roomy. The rear seat is limo-like. My friends love riding in this car. I can drive all day in this car and not get tired.
Mechanically, the car has been exceptional. I have had no repair problems at all. Maintenance costs are exceptionally low. The car gets some hard use because 80-90% of my driving is stop and go city.
The power train is smooth, although a car this nice should have more than 3 gears (plus overdrive). Gas mileage is unusually high for a car with this power, size, and weight - 20 in stop-and-go, 31-33 at 60-65 MPH, and about 26 at the 75-85 range.
I think handling is good - really much better than the quiet ride would suggest. We also have a 2000 Passat, which should be more fun to drive, but isn't because we always seem to be heading to the shop.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2006