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#41 of 104 Re: Transmission Problems already? 01 Avalon with 93K [coester]
Jan 12, 2006 (2:56 pm)
I put 92k on a 1999 XL and the car drove like a new one when traded for an '03 XL. Toyota has issues, yes. You can read about them in this and other forums. Brake pads wear too soon, rotors are too thin, front struts are weak.. all kinds of stuff. But Avalon transmissions are built to run 200k+ if properly maintained. You must change the fluid at 30k max intervals. Mine gets a flush to get it all but that may be unnecessary, just my thing. My opinion... transmission failure in '04 and prior Avalons is very rare.
#42 of 104 Re: Transmission Problems already? 01 Avalon with 93K [coester]
Jan 14, 2006 (11:05 am)
Bad luck is bad luck. I am sorry you have had this misfortune. You did not mention how often you changed the tranny fluid and filter. Did you have this done??? Is this car driven in stop and go driving alot?? If so, did you turn the O/D off??? 93K sounds premature indeeed. I cannot see how you would buy another one.
If you do buy another car with an auto tranny, develop a habit of not only taking it out of O/D when needed, but "back off" on the accelerator a little at its normal shift points to decrease the load on the tranny. This will make the shifts seamless and make it run much longer.
I have an 02 XL with 77K on it, and I regularly tow a utility trailer, yesterday loaded with X-mas tree mulch for our Spring planting. The catepillar front loader must have put in about 1200 lbs worth of mulch. I drove home slowly, and put the tranny in D2 in town, and out of O/D on the state highway. I change the filter and tranny fluid about every 40K. I use slotted rotors in the front brakes and the back for the extra load and performance.
Let us know what happens.
#43 of 104 Transmission Problems
Jan 12, 2006 (4:38 pm)
Every car has the possibility of having a major element go bad. In my case it was the transmission. I purchase a 04 Toyota Avalon. At 5,800 miles it(Transmission went south). It was replace with a recondition/remanufacture transmission. At 9,000 it develop a leak. At 18,000 + it develop a second leak. At 19,300 it had the 3rd leak. They are now planning to put in a 3rd transmission. My answer was to sell the car. I still feel that the Avalon is a good car and I am buying a 06. Hope this helps answer your question.
#44 of 104 Correction on interval changes for A/T
Jan 16, 2006 (10:02 am)
I need to make a correction on the message above. I went to the local NAPA auto store in town, to check on their own data as to the 00-04 Avalon A/T change, and the assistant said every 30K. The service manual for my 02 says very little. My wife's 03 Honda Civic manual says A/T after the first 60K, then every 30K thereafter.
A change includes a filter/kit(gasket) with the fluid change.
Hope this helps someone.
#45 of 104 1997 Toyota Avalon Hesitation
Feb 26, 2006 (5:57 am)
My 1997 Avalon (87K miles)hesitates under hard acceleration until you ease up on the pedal. It idles okay and this problem is intermittent mostly when the engine is cold and warming up. "Check Engine Light" is off and there are no computer error codes according to local mechanic. I have just changed plugs and gas filter but it didn't help. Can anyone make any suggestions as to the cause/solution?
#46 of 104 Re: 1997 Toyota Avalon Hesitation [user1957]
Feb 26, 2006 (7:47 am)
Does the CEL illuminate when you first start the car (to indicate the bulb is OK)?
FWIW: There's a lot of interesting information on http://www.autoshop101.com although it might be a bit dated, i think the fundamentals of fuel injection scheduled by an ECU aren't drastically different in your car.
Look under Technical Articles.
If an engine control module were mainly there to provide fine control of scheduling fuel/air, thus the fuel injectors to admit fuel consistent with air flow and engine speed (i think there are optimum values the ECU tries to hit measuring many sensors and adjusting injector on/off duty cycles to adjust fuel flow rate and timing), then I think it is also true these modules are programmed to play additional tricks when the vehicle is first starting and also when running with the engine at sub-optimal temperature.
Being a complete novice at this stuff (i'm interested in reading more and learning more so again, take it for what it's worth), maybe the coolant temp sensor read by the ECU to tweak the schedule mainly formed by throttle, airflow, engine speed is at fault.
You say when the engine warms up, you are fine. So I'm thinking, I'd perhaps look at the coolant sensor. If this part isn't too much, or if you can get one from a pull-it place and find it to remove and replace it, I'd give it a shot next.
#47 of 104 Re: 1997 Toyota Avalon Hesitation [user777]
Mar 06, 2006 (5:12 am)
I think so but will chk. i have a 96.
#48 of 104 01 XLS Transmission Replacement at 60K?
Jun 14, 2006 (1:22 pm)
The "check engine" light has been appearing in our '01 XLS for about 5000 miles. Upon calling the dealer, they said it was probably a loose gas cap. So for the last little while, the light would appear and then disappear. Upon taking car for 60K maintenance (we've never missed a recommended maintenance event) we asked that the "check engine" light be investigated. (Sure for about $83!). Indicated transmission problem. Tried swapping out the solenoid vale assembly - didn't fix it. Now, with 60,490 miles on the car we're faced with a $3300 transmission repair bill (dealer is "good-willing" the repair - we only have to pay 20%). Bottom line - in all the years of driving "lower quality" cars we've never had to replace a transmisstion. I find it incredible to have to make this repair on a perceived "high quality" Toyota Avalon.
#49 of 104 Re: 01 XLS Transmission Replacement at 60K? [gmess]
Jun 14, 2006 (2:18 pm)
Assuming you are not experiencing any mechanical difficulty (for 5,000 miles??) why do you think the check engine light isn't totally meaningless..??
A faulty wire connection someplace.
What were the fault codes??
#50 of 104 Avalon XLS 2003 - Overdrive switch
Jul 26, 2006 (8:39 am)
Off late I have been noticing that the "Over Drive Off" turns on by itself. Can this happen automatically? As you know New Jersey roads are bumpy and I am not able to validate whether this happens only when I go over a rough patch of road.
Other than affecting fuel consumption what other damage this could cause?