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#14760 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [popsavalon]
Nov 05, 2009 (5:23 pm)
Popsavalon: In response to my complaint of a ticking noise in the engine, the diagnosis for this 2005 Avalon was "found rear engine lifter starting to collapse. R-R rear engine cover and replaced lifters and gaskets." The TSB that addresses the engine ticking sound is TSB 0094-09. I think it was issued in March of this year but I'm not sure. The dealer who did the repair suggested I contact Toyota Customer Service and he gave me the number. He said Toyota would "do the right thing." I called and they rejected my claim. I wrote them a letter and got a form letter response. I called the letter writer who said she would talk to the supervisor and get back to me. I'm waiting.
#14761 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [jlsexton]
Nov 05, 2009 (5:31 pm)
My previous car was a '96 Toyota Camry XLE V6 which was a wonderful car. I gave it to one of my kids and he still has it. My '05 Avalon has been a headache since I owned it. I take care of all my cars (e.g. Mobil 1 every oil change) but in this case I would have been better off if it failed well inside the warranty. I haven't thought of a small claims court but I think I will check around and see if that might be a possibility.
One of my kids works in IT and he said to me before I bought the car "Dad, never buy version 1 of anything!" I should listen to my kids more.
#14762 of 14965 Need Advice - Update & Conclusion
Nov 19, 2009 (1:47 pm)
My last post said I was waiting for Toyo to call me. After waiting two weeks for the promised call, I called them again and started over with another service rep. Three days later the customer service rep called me with their offer: a $750 credit that I could redeem from Toyo as I pay for maintenance, repair, tires, etc. Anything from a dealer. I must use the $750 within 2 years. It's not quite clear to me from their letter whether I can submit individual claims or must wait and submit the claims when they total $750.
It's chump change for Toyo but I'm just tired of dealing with them.
#14763 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [rewop]
Nov 19, 2009 (2:14 pm)
Again, I am sorry that a manufacturer who boast of their quality put out this product. Sometimes it is good to procrastinate, me, I would have sued, something I don't like doing. I am checking out a Subaru Legacy as it is now much larger & ALL wheel drive. To all who read this, there is a recall out for an oil hose, I asked if it was critical, as my oil change is coming up. All I got was a, well if YOU want to take a chance, it's up to you, this from my local dealer where I purchased several Toyota's. SO, I am looking to perhaps move on, I certainly don't need this BS and I'm fortunate to be able to buy any vehicle I want. A headsup on the oil hose would help us all.
#14764 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [jlsexton]
Nov 19, 2009 (5:03 pm)
I'm not sure if you are asking for more info on the VVTi oil line problem for your vehicle, but if your Camry is a V6, 2005 or later, it applies.
To get the latest info, go to topic, "Toyota Avalon Engine Questions" and read the messages from #334 up. The web page identified as "oil line scandal" is a summary site for most issues related to this problem (all Toyota 2GR-FE engines, 2005-2008)..
#14765 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [popsavalon]
Nov 19, 2009 (5:07 pm)
but if your Camry is a V6, 2005 or later, it applies
Not sure that is accurate. The Camry didn't get the 3.5L 2GR V6 until the redesign in 2007. The Avalon was the first Toyota vehicle with that engine starting in 2005.
#14766 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [tjc78]
Nov 20, 2009 (6:45 am)
Thanks, that was my error. I did not realize that Toyota staggered the incorporation of that engine across a couple of model years for various vehicles.
#14767 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [tjc78]
Nov 20, 2009 (1:24 pm)
My vehicle is a late model 2006 Avalon, my service manager is on vacation hunting so I have not received an intelligent answer. Not that I expect one from him but maybe. I did get an official recall notice today, no urgency I could detect as one might expect. Only that it MIGHT produce an oil leak. As I stated, I will be looking at other vehicles come July, 2010, maybe even a Taurus SHO...............
#14768 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [jlsexton]
Nov 20, 2009 (1:31 pm)
maybe even a Taurus SHO...............
Looks like a nice ride. Its has a lot of power in a full size car. Just wish it was RWD.
Anyway I have moved on from my 2006 Avalon as well. It was a great car for me. I now have a 2009 Genesis. Put that on your test drive list, as long as you don't mind a firmer ride than your Avalon you may like it.
As for the "oil leak recall" let us know. I have a friend with an '07 Camry V6 and have warned him of the possibility of the oil line failure. If there is indeed a recall I will make sure he takes it in.
#14769 of 14965 Re: Need Advice [tjc78]
Nov 20, 2009 (1:42 pm)
They call it a limited service campaign, no TSB number. My understanding is the Taurus is available in AWD, it is not cheap, I hoping they will still honor my Xplan, as in family & friends. Bought my wife's Mazda 3 that way at $500 below invoice, will keep my fingers crossed. Still have about 200 miles before the oil change, don't do a lot of driving as I'm retired, not like the 600 a week I used to do going to Manhattan.