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#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.
#1455 of 3629 Welcome back Hawiianavowner
May 04, 2002 (1:38 pm)
Hawiianavowner, missed your thoughtful posts from the past, where have you been?
Gadaoman, the air conditioning filter is $40 (part # 87139-32010. If you are mechanically inclined you can save yourself the $68 dealer labor charge which unfortunately I had to pay.
Does the AC filter make any difference? I didn't notice, but I suppose if you live in the hot climes like Hawaii and Florida it could be.
#1457 of 3629 Boston Globe Review
May 05, 2002 (7:16 am)
I live in the Boston area and about eighteen months ago I had asked Royal Ford, the Globe's autowriter, why didn't he write a review on the Avalon. He said consumers were more interested in performance cars like the Acura TL and BMW and not the Avalon. So it is refreshing alas to see a Globe review. We should all thank Bill Griffith for that.
Satisfied Avalon owner in Boston
#1458 of 3629 Deluxcar - Royal Ford
May 05, 2002 (12:15 pm)
I think Royal is the one most interested in Acura TL and BMW.
I sent a thank you note to Griffith shortly after reading the article this am.
#1459 of 3629 How often do you change trans fluid ?
May 08, 2002 (6:07 am)
Stopped by the dealer today to change oil and as usual they pressure me for some extra work. Obviously I declined. One of the items I had to initial is that I decline trans fluid change. My Avalon is 1.5 years old (2001)with 18K. They claim that in our climate (midwest) trans fluid needs to be changed once a year. From Toyota manual, I recall that the number was at least 60K without time limit.
Any truth to the dealership claims ?
#1460 of 3629 Trans Fluid - - Reeks of dealer blarney
May 09, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Call Toyota National Customer Assistance Center 1-800-331-4331 and ask.
#1461 of 3629 CD/Radio Problems
May 12, 2002 (2:42 pm)
I have a 2001 Avalon with the JBL CD changer. Ever since I got it, the volume will occasionally jump - either way. I took it back to the dealer, and they replaced the radio, but I didn't get home before it did it again. Has anyone had a similar experience with this car? I like the car, but this problem is really frustrating.