2002 Toyota Avalon XL from North America
I purchased this car brand new in 2002. I have been thrilled with its performance and reliability. I have kept up with all maintenance.
All was well until 6/1 when I pulled into the parking lot at work, and as I turned into my parking space with MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE PEDAL, going no more than 2 mph, my car suddenly accelerated, hitting the car next to me. I felt like I was in a go cart with no control.
The left front headlight was smashed and there is damage to the hood and bumper.
I had it towed to Toyota as I was afraid to drive it. 2002 Avalon's are not recalled vehicles. They cannot find anything wrong with it.
I am afraid to get my car and drive it. After all of these wonderful years, I can no longer trust it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd June, 2010
5th Nov 2014, 01:20
I had the same problem, it was a:
917-211 VARIABLE CAMSHAFT TIMING SOLENOID 7OO3O3O 13TN 1 CAMSHAFT TIMING CONTROL 7024449 13NS 1 VALVE - ONE
I started the vehicle after driving ten miles, and the RPM went up and down from 1000 to 2000, and with my foot on the brake it began to lurch, and the check engine light came on. The car was so smooth and delightful to drive, this was a shock; it only had 107,000 miles and had been meticulously maintained.
I took it into my mechanic and they replaced the 'solenoid' that was stuck open, and it took care of the issue. Repair was under $200.00.