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Toyota Avalon, Transmission, Sedan
#320 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality
Jun 07, 2007 (6:14 am)
I would have to agree with everyone else with the transmissions problems in the Avalon. I bought my 2005 touring model used in 2006. I have had it a year and I get transmission, throttle hesitation. Sometimes the transmission hunts gears or gets stuck in between gears on the highway causing it to suddenly drop into gear. It's difficult to drive in snow, no traction control, throttle\transmission problems end up making the tires spin a lot. Not a safe car in my opinion. I am finally trading it in for a diesel jetta, hoping they have worked out their own reliability problems. The new DSG transmission was real nice.
I am a big toyota fan until I bought the 05 Avalon I loved my 96 tacoma and wish i never sold it. My GF has a 2002 maxima and the 4sp transmission works perfect....why can't toyota's be just as smooth?
I also test drove an 07 recently while getting my unwelded steering column replaced. The quirky transmission problems were also on the 07 model. The other thing I don't like is that it takes ALOT of foot on the break to get the car to stop....
Bye bye avalon. I hope they correct their issues....perhaps maybe they will bring diesels to the US soon..
#321 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [bailboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (7:04 am)
You should change your agreeing "with everyone else" to agreeing with a small, vocal minority. The vast majority of newer Avalon owners are as I am, completely satisfied with a magnificent automobile!
#322 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [nimimi]
Jun 07, 2007 (7:39 am)
Sorry but it's bigger than the small vocal minority. There have been articles in newspapers online regarding Toyota's drop in quality and the issue with the transmissions. Even the service manager told me all the 3.5 liter 5sp transmissions give the same problems. Do a little more research and you will find all the complaints. The 2007 I test drove has the same issue as my 2005...so obviously it is more than the minority.
#323 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [bailboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (8:37 am)
This issue was laid to rest some time back. You cannot assuage your feelings by making your negative experiences a vast generalization when, in actuality, the substantive complaints have been very few in number.
#324 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [nimimi]
Jun 07, 2007 (9:16 am)
I won't argue the issue with you. It's all over the internet, the service manager at my stealership has admitted the problems. It's not a generalization. Just be glad you are the minority and have not had issues...
#325 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [bailboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (10:22 am)
Thanks for clarifying things on this issue. You'd better tell Consumer Reports, Edumunds and the other auto reviewers, however, because their publications don't seem be in line with your views.
Jun 07, 2007 (10:36 am)
Don't need to tell CR or Edmund's, all a person has to do is do a search online and there will be floods of information regarding the issue. I hope you don't base your vehicle purchase decisions on just Edmund's and CR, if so...well I won't go there...Also there has never been a long term study from any of these website's regarding the transmission issues, and none of them has ever taken an Avalon to evaluate the accuracy of the 1000's of complaints online. Just like I did not notice the issue until after driving it a while. Sorry for your lack of knowledge on this issue but try again..
#327 of 379 Re: lagging toyota reputation\reliability\quality [nimimi]
Jun 07, 2007 (10:51 am)
all a person needs to do is go to the NHTSA site and search back several years on anecdotes posted by Lexus and Toyota vehicle owners...
then there are several forums here that have been shut down over the years because of disagreements between people with the issue and people without, and others claiming some were out to bring down the house of Toyota.
it's not just the Avalon or Camry, and it's not news.
#328 of 379 Re: yawn [bailboy]
Jun 07, 2007 (11:08 am)
A couple of months ago, I replaced my 2005 XLS with a 2007 - same model, same equipment. I have had no transmission problems with either. My 2005 replaced a Lexus GS 400, also a fine car, but the current model Avalon is nearly as good, for a lot less money and better fuel efficiency - excellent value.
#329 of 379 Re: yawn [gws]
Jun 07, 2007 (11:10 am)
I guess you and I will go blithely on our ways driving the only two decently-made Avalons produced in the last three years.