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#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.
May 01, 2002 (7:17 am)
Your dad's problem sounds like it may be more than an electrical short. The "self-healing" part is what gets me. It sounds more like a compressor problem. I've had similar things with older cars and your description sounds like what I went through.
May 01, 2002 (11:06 am)
My 98 Avalon XLS Climate Control Unit failed 1 month after factory warranty expire. The parts and labor to replace was around $1100. I later found out there is a TSB about this control unit. I called up Toyota regional office and complained about this issue. Eventually Toyota paid for the parts and I paid for the labor. Hope it can help you.
#1449 of 3629 2003 Avalon modifications?
May 01, 2002 (11:55 am)
Anyone have a line on what new features/options the 2003 models will have and when it'll debut?
Will it have a navigation option (like its twin sister does in Japan)? thanks laterldf
#1450 of 3629 Avalon Twin Sister Built in USA
May 01, 2002 (5:23 pm)
It's my understanding that the Avalon's twin sister, I believe its called the Pronard, is built in Georgetown, KY and exported to Japan (complete with driver on the right steering).
If that's correct, then the NAV is not on the U.S. Avalons by Toyota's choice.
#1451 of 3629 Thanks cliffy and thung
May 01, 2002 (7:09 pm)
Thanks for the quick replies regarding my Dad's car. Toyota has agreed to pick up the part and we pay the labor, which seemed reasonable. It is especially good to know about the TSB in case they don't get it right this time around.
#1452 of 3629 1997 Avalon Rack and Pinion Problem
May 02, 2002 (11:03 am)
I have a 97 Avalon and had to replace the rack and pinion at 92,000 miles. The problem was a seal that went bad on the drivers side. Toyota doesn't just sell the seal so you have to buy a whole new rack. Other than the problem with the rack I absolutely love the car and plan on keeping it for many years to come. The car will turn 100K this week and I plan on toasting her with a cold one and a picture as she turns over with my camera. I hope to let everybody know that I hit 200K on this message board someday for the simple fact I plan on keeping the car that long.
If anyone out there has a 200K Avalon let me know how many problems if any you've had with the car, I believe that as long as the maintance is kept up that it should be relatively problem free. Also, Toyota has a bulletin issued on all Camrys and Avalons that will cover the motor against oil sludge for 8 years unlimited mileage from the original date of service. I change my oil every 5000 miles and it looks as good as new except a little dirtier.
May 02, 2002 (1:17 pm)
My 2002 Avalon has developed a rattle or clicking noise coming form the right rear area. I only hear it when it is cool which seams to indicate that it could be body panels rubbing or something like that. Small bumps will create the problem.Any thoughts what to look for.
May 04, 2002 (10:51 am)
All XLS's should have one, it is the XL's that don't come with it unless you pay extra to have the dealer put it on. It is located behind the glovebox, and the replacement filter comes with intsall. instructons as has been posted previously.