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Toyota Avalon Brakes, ABS, VSC, etc.



  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,681
    edited November 2011
    Well let's do the math here...sounds like you'll need a wiper motor, brake pads and rotors, and a new heater core.

    Opposed to that we should look at the value of a 95 Avalon in good condition that doesn't need any of this stuff.

    Buying a Good Used Avalon That Needs No Serious Repairs

    so let's be generous and say that you could buy a really nice '95 Avalon for about $3000 with none of these issues.

    REPAIR COSTS to the $1200 car:

    Wiper Motor R&R = $300

    New brake pads, new rotors (good quality) = $450

    R&R heater core = $800

    Let's round it off and say $1500 in repairs + $1200 asking = $2700.


    Since you NEED all these things, and can't skip any of them, I'd say the car is not worth buying, and, in fact, is actually worth nothing but scrap metal at this point.

    Now if you do your own repairs, the equation changes substantially, to about 1/2 the amount, or around $800, for parts.

    STILL a doubtful enterprise, as the miles are so high.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    In my experience tire noise rises dramatically after about 8-10,000 miles.
  • neil5neil5 Posts: 118
    I have had my 2006 LTD for many years and tires. I had Bridgestone before and wennt back to Michelins. The car used to pull to the left despite alignment and then went back to michelins and was like new no pull. Stay with the michelins on this car
  • ag713ag713 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 avalon and do not have a mechanic or work on cars myself. My ABS/check engine light is on. Also, need struts and brake job. I feel when a person can not tell you the labor rates (dealership) look out. I live in Houston texas. I am looking for about what I should be paying for this and if u wld recommend where I sld go (i.e. pep boys, dealership, brake check, etc.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,681
    I'd go to an independent garage. The dealer is very expensive as a rule, with higher labor rates, and the chain stores are spotty in quality--some might be good at this location, and terrible at that location.

    Are you anywhere near these people. I don't know them but they seem to get rave reviews:

    At any rate, this is the kind of place you should look for---where they won't oversell you.
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