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#1437 of 3629 power steering rack
Apr 24, 2002 (2:36 pm)
I own a 1997 Avalon that has just turned 5 years old and has 52,000 gently driven miles on it. Noise has started with turns and a small oil leak was noted. The dealer, Toyota of Weymoth (Massachusetts), tells me there is a crack in the power steering rack. The replacement part is $800 and the labor is about $400 = $1200. I have never experienced such a major problem in a low milage car in 45 years of owning cars. I have not been following this forum and wonder if this is a known defect in this vintage Avalon. I had two Nisson Maximas that I ran to over one hundred thousand miles under the same conditions without any problems. Any information would be appreciated.
#1438 of 3629 power steering
Apr 24, 2002 (4:35 pm)
I have 170,000 miles on my 1997 avalon and replaced the power steering at 85,000 miles and again at 110000 miles. Service rep said it's a very common problem for 1995-1997 avalons. Other than that and some peeling paint, it's been a great car. Still rides great.
Apr 25, 2002 (9:27 am)
Actually, my 1992 Camry 4 cyl. w/ 161K was American built. I thought it was Japanese too, but found out differently when I got the wrong wiper inserts. Parts for the Japanese model are more expensive. I think it was just a great design job - and doesn't matter where it was assembled... Too bad Toyota is slipping...
We bought a 2001 LLBean Outback 6 cyl. to replace it - no problems so far at 21K...
I think I'm about to scratch the 2003 Avalon off my short list, and take the blunge back to VW w/ a Passat...
#1440 of 3629 Avalon XLS vs. Infiniti I35
Apr 25, 2002 (10:38 am)
Serious dilemma. Trying to choose between comparable optioned Avalon XLS and Infinit I35. Both drive great, but every advantage of one is offset by a different advantage of the other. I35 MSRP is $1600 lower and drive-out price locally ranges from $1600 to $2000 over the Infiniti. If you've been wrestling with this choice yourself I'd like to see a post from you. FWIW, the sales support between Infiniti and Toyota dealership is significant. I've had 3 Camry's in the family before now and it seems Toyota is taking their customer for granted.
#1441 of 3629 Footie and '03 Avalon
Apr 25, 2002 (11:18 am)
My '92, '94, and '97 Camry V6's were US Built. The '92 was the best vehicle I've ever owned, 220K plus miles with nothing more than maintenance. The '97 has left alot to be desired, but no repairs with 130K miles on the clock. I don't particularly like the looks of the new Camrys which leads to my next question...
Has anyone seen pics of the '03 Avalon?
#1442 of 3629 Otis and Sebring - My apologies on early Camry mfg
Apr 25, 2002 (1:03 pm)
Otis123 and Sebring95'
You are both right about the early 90's Camry's. Somehow I had gotten it in my head that the transition model year was 97 and it must have been 87. I went to the TMMK Georgetown site and they indicated they started manufacturing there in 1988.
My wife loves her 00 XLS - its Cognac Brown a very rare color. She only puts about 6500 miles a year on it and will keep it for a long, long time.
Otis continued good luck with your Subie. I am still gunshy about VW's given their treatment of an oil consumption problem and a lot of reports of really poor customer treatments. I do like the TDI diesels though. They are selling bio-diesel in Maine now and its MUCH cleaner than petro.
Sebring I haven't seen any 03 Avalon pix yet. It will be interesting to see if they put a NAV in. I don't expect much in the sheet metal area, maybe sleeker headlight like the Camry and ES300. Maybe they will figure out how to reduce the rattle level, dash reflections and other oddities that have cropped up on this board. They might want to join the 21st century from a color palette point of view and move beyond black, white, lunar mist, lunar mist and lunar mist.
#1443 of 3629 Nav System
Apr 25, 2002 (9:28 pm)
latack1 - I have a 2002 Lexus ES300 and love the Nav system, which is the same as the Camry's. Great features include a listing of restaurants, gas stations, shopping and other points of interest in your current vicinity. You go through the list, select a point by pushing a button, and the navigation system tells you how to get there! I love the way it warns you at 2 miles, then 1/2 mile of whether your turn/freeway exit will be to the left or right, eliminating the stress of last minute merging in traffic.
A drawback is that complete navigation capability is only available in metropolitan areas, so you may want to check out the Navigation documentation to see if it is worth the cost to you.
I used my Nav system on a trip to LA (I live in the boonies of Ridgecrest, California) and it was great. It eliminated my need for a map. It does not work as well for me in Ridgecrest, but then it is harder to get lost here, too.
#1444 of 3629 Air Conditioner Filter
Apr 30, 2002 (9:29 am)
I just had routine 30,000-mile maintenance performed on my 2000 Avalon XLS by a local mechanic. Toyota specifies that the air conditioner filter (not air filter) should be changed, but my mechanic says my car doesn't have one. He says he called the service manager at a local Toyota dealer and was told that some Avalons have an air conditioner filter and some don't, depending on the VIN number. Is this true? In any case, can someone tell me just where the A/C filter is located and what it does?
#1445 of 3629 follow up post #1399
Apr 30, 2002 (3:49 pm)
My 1997 Avalon had to have the steering gear rack replaced as it was leaking oil. The part alone was quoted at $800. All of my service, including oil changes had been with Toyota of Weymouth (Massachusetts). I also bought a 2001 Sequoia from them six months ago. I told the service manager how disappointed I was in this low milage problem and asked him if he would contact Toyota on my behalf. I picked up the car this evening and Toyota picked up half the price of the part ($400). I was pleased they responded to my situation even if I was not please with the part failure.
#1446 of 3629 A/C and Heat Trouble with '98 Avalon
May 01, 2002 (3:26 am)
I'm worried my Dad is being taken for a ride. The dealer wants $800 for a part and 5 hours of labor (about $1200 total) to fix what he calls a short in a relay associated with the computer. This seems like a lot for a little electrical problem.
Dad's problem is apparently the same as what someone else reported on another board:
"I have a frustrating problem with the Climate Control System on my 98 Avalon XLS. The system fails occassionally and seems to self heal. When it fails, the Auto and A/C buttons do not light and there is no automatic climate control. The outside temperature indicator also goes out. The fans, however, seem to work. The frustrating part is that the system fixes itself, (most times), when the car is shut down and then restarted.Has anyone else had this problem?Fixes??"
If any of you Avalon folks can offer any perspective on this problem and the cost of repair, it is much appreciated. Pleasse post replies soon. Thank You.