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#16 of 22 1999 Avalon XLS with 90K miles
Jan 15, 2007 (1:48 pm)
I recently came across an 1999 Avalon XLS for sale that had low mileage - 90K miles. I had the car inspected by Toyota dealership for a pre-buy checkup. The following is what they reported to me.
1. The front and rear brakes need to be replaced. The rotors are warped and brake pads almost half gone.
2. The timing belt is likely to be done.
3. The fan belt is a bit frayed and should also be replaced.
4. The transmission fluid is slight dirty.
5. The valve cover gasket and engine seals show signs of leak.
6. The original battery is gone and replaced with a wrong sized battery and does not have a holding clamp.
7. The rear wheel has one lug nut missing.
8. The spark plugs need to be replaced along with the wires as they looked frayed.
I spoke to the Toyota dealership regarding the cost of repairing the aforementioned list. They quoted me $2500. I am wondering if it is worth getting this vehicle even if I spend that much amount to repair it. I would have spent about 9-10K including repairs.
My concern is the quality of vehicle, the way it was maintained. However, if people feel it could be rescued, then I would like to consider it. I love the way Avalon drives.
#17 of 22 Re: 1999 Avalon XLS with 90K miles [rerrabolu]
Jan 16, 2007 (1:39 am)
Ramesh...couple of points to consider on the 99 avalon.. first of all, you asked if it would be worth paying the 2500 in repairs to fix the car... well that also would depend on how much they are selling the car for. If it's a real bargain, then maybe worth it, but if the price is high, and then you still have to add 2500 to it, then maybe not. I will say that 2500 to fix the list you presented seems alittle high to me.. but then again it is toyota and their parts and labor does run high.. also, the car has 90K miles on it, based on yearly avg, thats not alot of miles, something alittle over 11000 a year, below avg.. however some people would view 90 thousand miles as about 1/2 of the cars life. but again, eveything hinges on the selling price of the car Plus the expense to bring it back to good running order. also before I bought it, I would get the vin and run it thru some outfit like carfax to get the vehicles past history.. Good Luck.
#18 of 22 Side moulding or not?
Jan 16, 2007 (6:20 pm)
I'm close to closing on an '07 Avalon but am undecided about side moldings. Haven't been able to see them anywhere and was wondering if their placement would protect against door dings. Anyone seen 'em or know about them? Thanks.
#19 of 22 Re: Side moulding or not? [carhop57]
Jan 17, 2007 (7:21 am)
I just purchased an Ltd with factory installed side moldings. They look very good, they add to the appearance. I think that they should make them a standard accessory on every Avalon.
#20 of 22 Re: Side moulding or not? [kubler]
Jan 17, 2007 (3:02 pm)
Thanks for the info. Will the placement of the moldings protect from door dings? I am purchasing a Ltd as well, but it's on the lot. They said they can install the moldings with two-way tape. I agree with you that they should improve the looks, but I realize that's a personal thing. I was also hoping for protection.
#21 of 22 Re: Side moulding or not? [carhop57]
Jan 17, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Any side molding will protect the doors from some dings and obviously only if the other cars door lines up with your protective molding.
The best protection is still to park the car a little further away and hope that no one will park next to you.
Mine came with factory installed moldings,but I was told by my dealer that they can be installed on site as well. I assume that the procedure they use must be similar as at the factory.