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Toyota Avalon

wencywency Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Toyota
I have 2000 Avalon, bought this past June.

When I turn on my rear defogger, the radio
reception goes to hell. Is this normal since the
antenna is built-in to the glass?

Also, there is this click whenever I turn the rear
defoger on and off. I don't recall hearing this
click until just recently.

Anyone having similar issue?


  • bahatibahati Posts: 1
    Sorry no help for the rear defogger, mine works just fine. I bought an XLS in July and everything is great, except the Montreal roads have caused 2 rattles.
    The roads are awful here. I have the tires at 34, which Toyota Canada tells me is the recommended pressure. The ride is firm, much firmer than my 1997 Avalon XLS. But with the firmness comes better road-handling. It does not roll around corners.
    However I now have at 6000 Kms (3700 miles)a rattle in the left door panel or roof and the right seat as well!
    Has anybody had the same problem?
  • I currently own a 1999 Avalon. Since new it has had a problem with the transmission or possibly the engine at slow speeds. A very distinct "jerk" or hesitation is felt when trying to excellerate from a slow rolling speed. Once underway, the transmission (and engine)is quiet and smooth, but slow down to turn and then try to speed up out of the turn and...wham!
    Has anybody had the same problem?
  • Graymer,

    I HAD a 98 Avalon XLS with exactly the same problm with the transmission. Here is a summary of what was done:

    Purchased Feb 1998. At about 5k, transmission started acting as you described. Dealer cleaned valve body and stall converter. No change. Dealer then adjusted #2 resistor which was shown to have high resistance. Several mechanics that I have spoken with claimed the resistor could not be adjusted. Anyway, still no change. At about 10k, transmission was replaced with rebuilt Toyota transmission. Believe it or not, still no change. Two dealers claim no trouble codes have been recorded and transmission electronics appear normal.

    I then met with the local Toyota zone representative on two separate occassions. First meeting, zone rep claimed that the car has "intelligence" in the transmision which will cause the transmission to shift according to my previous driving pattern. I know BS when I hear it. Rep claimed he felt the jerky shifting but felt it was normal as the momentium of the vehicle needed to be channeled somewhere. I previously owned a 92 Camry V6 XLE with basically the same engine and transmission and could not even tell the car was shifing unless I watched the tach. Second meeting with the zone rep and we drove another Avalon that he selected from the dealers' lot. I drove this car and it shifted perfectly. I then drove my car and it did not shift as it should. Zone rep claimed that I drove both cars differently and that I babied the car that he had selected. Also drove the car with a Toyota mechanic who felt the poor shifting, but could not figure out what was causing the problem. Zone rep gave me a 7 year 100k extended warranty to show HIS confidence in the car. Upon receiving all details of the extended warranty, it really would not have covered much. Other problems that I have had with the car include:

    Windshield wiper motor failed and replaced under warranty.

    Driver side seat heater failed. Entire seat needed to be replaced under warranty as the dealer could not obtain the necessary parts to repair the seat.

    AC/Heating system shorted out atleast 4 times due to a bad electrical component (ac amplifer). AC always managed to fail in the heat of the summer. All repairs under warranty.

    Creaking and banging from right front suspension. Repair required new strut and strut mounting components. Repair was great and performed under warranty. After all the warranty costs, I wonder how Toyota made any money on this car.

    I have to say that the dealer, Smithtown Toyota in Smithtown NY was great. I always received a loaner car for all of the warranty repairs. Most repairs were fixed quickly and right the first time. I only wish that the zone rep was able to provide the same level of service that the local dealer consistiently provided.

    In summary, the transmission was never fixed. I do not beleive that it would have ever left me stranded, but it should not have shifted as poorly as it did, irregardless of the price of the vehicle. Anyway, after about 28K miles and 2.5 years of ownership, I traded in the Avalon for a 2000 Acura RL. What a car, everything is exceptional including the transmission. It io ds great to drive a car and not always feel that you will soon be jerked forward when accelerating.

    Anyway, do not give up, maybe someone in Toyota will finally wake up and realize that there are many Avalon owners who have experiened the transmission problems and who deserve to have this fixed without any BS.

    Good luck.
  • Is anyone else having problems with this? Just bought a 2000 Avalon XL... the drivers side kick panel next to left foot rest bulges into the foot space, forcing my left foot in to an uncomfortable posture... this problem only becomes an issue on longer trips... after about an hour of driving I start having left foot, knee and leg pain... Does any one else have this complaint and have you found a solution? I'm to the point of removing the panel...
  • My 2000 avalon developed a rattle which appears to come from the rear suspension when hitting a bump. This only occurs when I have rear seat passengers. Everything is secured in the trunk etc. The dealer checked everything including the suspension and could not locate the problem. Any suggestions?
  • has anyone developed a steering alignment issue with their Avalon?
  • has anyone developed a steering alignment issue with their Avalon? after aligning twice 1st with Good year then with the local dealership. The problem is still there! It drifts to the left.
  • I had the same hesitation problem with my 99 Avalon. When I accelerated from a coast, there was a obvious hesitation in the transmission. The dealer told me this is a problem in all 99 Avalons. I remember reading in one of the auto magazines that they found this glitch when they tested the car. I don't think that this problem led to any major transmission problems, but it sure was noticeable when driving. I sold the car and bought a BMW.
  • Brislnce1,

    Well done on the BMW. I had a 98 Avalon with the same transmission problems as well as many other problems that I will not take any more time to mention. I sold the Avalon and purchased an Acrua 3.5 RL. Probably not as much fun to drive as the Bimmer, but I really enjoy the car and grin widely when I drive this car and happen to think about the poor shifting in the Avalon. It is great to drive a car that you don't even realize when it is shifting, but even better is when accelerating from coasting, there is no hesitation. I expected better from Toyota, but what goes around comes around. I know we are not the only ones who have had this problem. Toyota, if you are paying attention, its ok to have a driveability problem, BUT, once aware of it, you should respond in a timely and EFFECTIVE manner. This is a problem that seems specific to Avalon's, and since it is not widespread among the entire model line, this is even more reason that Toyota should figure out the cause, develop a rememdy, and implement the remedy.

    Anyway, good-bye to the Avalon. Toyota/Lexus just lost two more customers.
  • I recently purchased a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS and trade in our 1997 Avalon XLS. We also had trouble with our 1997 Avalon with the front passenger strut. My Grandparents and Aunt and Uncle who also own 1998 Avalons had the same strut trouble fixed under warranty. My 2000 Avalon seems perfect, although I am still monitoring it closely.
  • I have a 2000 XLS with 2000 miles and the trans has the same strange shift when accelerating from a slow rolling start.
  • Lear45,

    I guess Toyota STILL has not figured this one out. It is now effecting 3 model years. See posts 8 and 9 within this topic. Way to go Toyota.
  • sranger94

    Found your story interesting about selling your Avalon and buying an Acura RL. I'm sort of doing the opposite. After having 2 defective Acura RLs (cars in the shop for 28 of 30 days), both cars were taken back by Acura and my lease cancelled. I was planning to buy a new Avalon based on my excellent experience with owning many Toyotas over 15 years. I believe the "transmission glitch" that many have described is a known problem but sounds like it might be difficult to fix. Don't want to rain on your parade, but if you look at Consumer Reports reliability records for the Acura RL, the transmission is the weak point in the car with transmission reliability dropping to worse than average in the 3rd or 4th year of ownership. However, the RL is a stylish and luxurious car and a great value. Hope yours is better than my two were.
  • I just bought 2001 Avalon. Like it alot, however immediately noticed an annoying rattle from passenger side front dash. Any suggestions before I call dealer?
  • Fuel line fell off filter at about 370 miles on my 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS. Did anyone else had a similar event?
  • hoang4hoang4 Posts: 10
    can someone clear something up for me? is the Avalon based off the lexus LS400? or vice versa? both cars have similar front fascia and body size aand styling.
  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    If you haven't already, I would also head over to our Sedans conference and ask your question in this topic:

    Toyota Avalon - Three

    Good luck.

    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • Can someone give me a good advice, pls....
    I had planned to buy a Avalon XL 1995, with low milage, Some of my friends r telling that its difficult to sell Avalon when compared to Camry, is it so, Is buying avalon is good.....
    reply me
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335

    This question belongs in our Smart Shopper conference. Not here....

    Your host, Bruce.
  • Perhaps someone can help with this. I bought a 2000 XLS in July. I've been pleased with the car overall, but after 3 months I started hearing a noise in the driver's seat (the sitting part, not the seat back). It typically happens when I'm steering the car to the left, or making a left hand turn, and my weight shifts to the right side of the seat. The sound is a single, distinct snap (or tap, clack, pop, whatever). I can feel the louder ones with my leg and it seems to originate in the forward, righthand corner of the seat. My impression is that a piece of the frame is shifting and making contact with the rest of the frame, or maybe sliding into a socket. I took it to the dealer who had it inspected by a third party repair person. According to them, it was the Lumbar Support mechanism which they lubed and 'buffered' (I assumed padded). They also said the mechanism 'had some play designed in it', with the implication that there wasn't anything else they could do with it. When I left, you guessed it, I heard the sound again within the first or second left hand turn. Has anyone else run into this? Seems like the Lumbar support should be at the back of the seat, not the right front corner. Sorry about the length of the post but this thing is driving me crazy. Any help or insight would be deeply appreciated. I'd like to have a suggestion about what they should look for before I take it back to the dealer. Thanks again for the help.
  • boagboag Posts: 14
    I recently replace the steering rack on my 97
    Avalon. I had a difficult time find the rack, when
    I finally located one I asked if the scarcity was
    due to the part seldom failing. He said he couldn't keep them in stock due to the Avalon ( and one
    model of truck ) have a high number of failures.
    When I asked the service manager at Toyota about
    this he just smiled. Has anyone elese experienced
    this problem or am I receiving bad info.
  • Does anyone know how to properly remove the lens over the rear passenger reading lights to replace the bulbs. I am afraid if I just pull too hard I will bread something. It is a 1998 Avalon XLS.
  • boagboag Posts: 14
    I've had problems with the steering rack on my 97, but the alignment has not been an issue. I've heard the streeing rack is a weak link.
  • boagboag Posts: 14
    I got my seat belt in the door latch stud and covered it with grease. Any good cleaners out there to remove the stain or is it there forever.
  • My 95 Avalon now needs to have the power steering rack assembly replaced with under 50,000 miles on it. This in addition to putting in a new starter and repairing leaking gasket covers all the past year. Does this seem a bit much for a young Toyota?
  • indyoindyo Posts: 5
    I have an XLS 2000 and my car drifts left also. I had it aligned by the dealer after 2500 miles and it seemed ok for about a week. Now I am drifting left again. The dealer told me that although my car needed the alignment, that I should be aware that front wheel drive vehicles will drift left. I'm not sure I buy this.
  • I noticed several items on this problem. Mine was just replaced at 86K miles. I purchased at 58K and this is first repair. If this is a widespread problem, has anyone been successful in getting toyota to pick up the tab?
  • To:;

    The quality (or lack there of) issue in the Toyota is significant. Toyota's hallmark has been long-term reliability. I believe this is NOT the case now. It may well be a myth perpetuated by Toyota. Owners are likely to have false hope based on this myth.

    Did you know that some owners are experiencing sludge in the engine and being denied warranty claims? Did you know that these same owners are paying $5,000-8,000 for new engines? Did you know that some 2000 Sienna owners are having torque converter replacements within the first few hundred miles of driving? Did you know that others have had total transmission failures after after a few thousand miles? Did you know that there are other problems common to this vehicle? Have you had:

    1) Persistent drifting/pulling to the left or the right
    2) Uneven wear of tires with need for early replacement
    3) Premature brake component wear, including rear brake drums
    4) Power steering problems, including inner tie rod or total rack and pinion replacement
    5) Vibrations, esp. at speeds above 50 MPH
    6) Premature transmission problems or failure
    7) Torque converter replacement, sometimes just after delivery
    8) Sliding door latch problems with sticking and difficulty opening
    9) Oil sludge in the engine related to a contaminated system

    IF you have experienced these problems, please write to the following agencies and file a report detailing your case. THEN, network with others by visiting sites where owners post experiences.

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Office of Defects Investigations
    400 7th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20590


    Center for Auto Safety
    1825 Connecticut Ave., NW
    Suite 330
    Washington, D.C. 20009-5708

    The Complaint Station--click "T", then "Toyota"

    Car Trackers Discussion Forum

    Phil Edmonston's Lemon-Aid Car Guides

    Also, use the USENET groups:

    Charlene Blake
    [email protected]
  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    I'm not a Toyota supporter, and I have only owned one of their vehicles- '94 Toyota pickup. I have had a turn signal problem one time in 65,000 miles. I guess I should look for a class action suit to join. Look. all car lines have problems. I would guess Toyotas by and large have fewer than most.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    I'm with adc100 on this one. So, apparently, are the Toyota-owning segment of the 28,415 people surveyed by J.D. Power re reliability of their vehicles:

    Long term reliability:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2000

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif.;Lexus ranks highest in long-term dependability for the sixth consecutive year, with less than one-half the number of vehicle problems than the average manufacturer according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2000 Vehicle Dependability StudySM. Following Lexus in the ranking is sports car manufacturer Porsche, with Infiniti, Toyota and Acura, respectively, rounding out the top five. Only three non-luxury makes are in the top 10;Toyota, Honda and Buick.

    Initial quality:

    Toyota Motor Corporation captures a total of eight of 14 segment awards in the study. The Lexus LS 400 continues to set the standard for all models in initial quality, earning the distinction as the Best Premium Luxury Car for the fourth year in a row. The Toyota Avalon, Corolla, Land Cruiser, Sienna and Toyota Tundra each top their segments along with the Lexus ES 300 and LX 470.

    Toyota dominates the overall plant results, taking the Worldwide Platinum Plant Quality Award and sweeping North America with three additional awards, including a Gold Plant Quality Award for its Georgetown (car) plant and a silver award for its joint-venture with General Motors, NUMMI (car).

    Hhmmmm....... are we spotting a trend here?
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