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#1834 of 3629 1999 Avalon continuing strut problems
Oct 12, 2002 (3:45 pm)
We had to have the struts replaced at 34K miles (18 months ago). The right front strut mount was replaced last November. Yesterday both front strut mounts were replaced. We continue to have a squeeky rattle in the left front (which the dealership heard - Hallelujah!) and a thumping in the right front (which the service people have never been able to hear). Our service dept contacted a district man who referred them on to someone else with Toyota. This engineer(?) says that this is not an isolated problem and is supposed to get back with them Monday if he finds a solution. Has anyone else had this problem and is there a solution? Besides the constant noises coming from the front end, even two skinny teenage girls sitting in the back seat will make it bottom out over the slightest bump. Between the concert of noises and the bottoming out, we are embarrassed to have anyone ride with us. This and the horrible finish on the wood trim have been practically our only complaints on this Avalon, but the suspension problems have been serious enough that I don't know if we will get another Avalon.
#1835 of 3629 #1773-Strut Problems
Oct 15, 2002 (3:54 am)
If you had your struts replaced by a Toyota dealer, I believe they come with a lifetime warranty. Also, you might want to show your dealer Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) #20 & #22. These can be found at Edmunds: 1-click on ownership, 2-under maintenance heading-click your vehicle & TSB's and fill in your vehicle specifics. This problem has been discussed in several previous posts some time ago. Hope this helps.
#1836 of 3629 Fixing a 2001 XL after a crash...
Oct 15, 2002 (7:05 am)
Just got rear ended in the XL!! Bummer!!!
I'm in the Washington DC metro area. Have any of you
DC metro area types had body work done to your
Avalons??? And would you have any recommendations as
to which body shops are good with Toyotas??
Left rear quarter is where the damage is. So much for the Oct vacation!!
#1837 of 3629 Just Bought 2003 XLS
Oct 15, 2002 (12:49 pm)
I just bought the 2003 XLS with all options and Navigation. I'm excited and looking forward to this new large vehicle. I've had several friends tell me that they had great experiences with earlier Avalons, so I hope the most of these problems I've heard about are aboritions and not the norm. I've had nothing but good experiences with my previous Toyota purchases.
#1838 of 3629 2003 XLS w/Navigation
Oct 20, 2002 (6:11 pm)
Just traded a 98 Avalon XLS(loaded) with 68K miles for a new one with navigation. Live in a small town with a great Toyota dealer but no Lexus or Acura dealer (and no BMW or MB), so the choice was easy. Of course I've lived with one for 68K miles and have few complaints(none of which remain with the new model).
#1839 of 3629 Mud Guards
Oct 21, 2002 (5:27 am)
Recently purchased a set of color-keyed mud guards for our '02 Avalon from www.toyotaparts4U.com. I highly recommend these guys; super fast shipping, good feedback and installation instructions came with parts.
Installing the mud guards took less than an hour. Install the front guards only required rotating the tires and jacking the car up (you are required to drill one hole for each mud guard). The rear guards did require the wheel to be taken off, but simple enough. The color-keyed mud guards match very well and should protect the areas behind the wheels from building up road grime.
#1840 of 3629 Driving Range display
Oct 22, 2002 (6:01 pm)
I purchased a 2003 XLS over a month ago, and I notice that after filling my gas tank the Driving Range display varies. At least a couple of times it has shown a 350-mile range, and after gassing up yesterday it showed a driving range of only 300 miles. In reality, I've been getting around 450 miles per tank. Can anyone explain this disparity? If not, I'll check with my dealer and find out if, perhaps, an adjustment is needed.
Also, as I was nearing the gas station yesterday the display indicated that I had only TWO miles left to drive, but when I glanced at it less than a minute later it had recalculated itself to show SIX miles remaining! I wonder if this is normal. My parents drive a Lincoln, and its similar mileage-range display seems to function more accurately than the one in my Avalon.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has had similar experiences, or who can tell me whether or not this particular feature needs an adjustment.
#1841 of 3629 driving range display- my experience
Oct 23, 2002 (7:09 am)
I have a 2000xls and I have found that the driving range display is inconsistent also. Early on in my ownership I deliberately let the range get really low (2-5 miles showing on the display) before filling up. When I did fill up the tank never took more than 15 gallons while the manual says the capacity is 18.5 gallons. My guess is that the Toyota "safety range" is rather large - about 3 gallons or 75 miles. My Toyota Tacoma pick-up just has a red light warning me to fill up and the same phenomena exists - it still has about three gallons in the tank. My other guess is that the computer looks at the miles per gallon you were getting on the previous tank and then resets your new driving range to that figure-but that is only a guess.
#1842 of 3629 Pleased w/our '96 Avalon XLS...
Oct 23, 2002 (6:12 pm)
In every respect. 50K miles. No repairs of any sort. I change oil every 3K w/filter. Take in to dealer every 4th oil change just to have them safety check car. After 6.5 years, original battery still cranks hard. It's garaged so paint looks original.(I wax every 6 months here in SCal) A very nice luxury car. No question we will replace this sedan with another Avalon...but when?????
Oct 25, 2002 (4:00 am)
Actually, the driving range seems to adjust to the type of driving you are doing. On my wife's Avalon, the computer showed one range to empty, but after 10 or 15 minutes of driving on the highway it adjusted itself to a higher mileage to empty, even though we had just used up more gasoline. It readjusted the range to reflect the more recent highway driving.