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Toyota Avalon 2004 and earlier



  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    Fwiw, I got 39 mpg doing 55 mph in my LTD...drove it only 189 miles, so can't really say how far I could've gone on a tank. :)
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    i have a 96 and i drove about 800 kms on a friday.
    came back on a sunday and we had done a otal of 1900kms. there were 3 of us in the car and the A/C was on at full blast (late June last yr with the temp at 3OC +) and driving way over the limit. averaged 8.3L per 100kms and THATS GOOD.
  • I have a 2000 Avalon XLS. I would like to adjust the volume of the beep sound when using the remote key. But, I could not find any instructions in the manual about how. Does anyone know how to do this? Or, any suggestions? Thanks!
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    I posted this on the Other thread a few days back

    i have a 96 and i drove about 800 kms on a friday.
    came back on a sunday and we had done a otal of 1900kms. there were 3 of us in the car and the A/C was on at full blast (late June last yr with the temp at 3OC +) and driving way over the limit. averaged 8.3L per 100kms and THATS GOOD.
  • kpraveenkpraveen Posts: 22
    Deepan thank you for your reply.
  • asdfghjkasdfghjk Posts: 1
    Does anyone have a clue why a 2000 Avalon's keyless entry (FOB) works only intermittently? Seems to work at home, but never anywhere else. Cleaned inside with alcohol swabs. When it works it has great range; and when it doesn't... not even from right next to car. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,939
    For the last couple of weeks I have having a bad aural experience with my 2000 XLS. The sounds from the JBL speakers are muffled even at the lowest volume level.

    So far I have changed all the settings: increase/lower the base, trebble, fade etc. without any success. Does anyone have any idea why the sudden bad fidelity? Since the car is out of warranty the dealer will charge an arm an a leg for a diagnosis.
  • kgl_mkgl_m Posts: 2
    Hello folks, I'm trying to decide between a 96 Avalon and a 96 Corolla of similar vintage.

    I know these are very different cars, but they are both supposed to be fairly reliable and good value for money.

    Some background - me and my girlfriend are looking for a car together, we are both 24 and this isn't our first car. I own a Mazda Miata but am going to sell it once we get a replacement sedan. My choice.

    Anyway, we found a really nice 96 Avalon with 90k miles. It has leather, sunroof, CD, six seats. Its a very nice car. The buyer was asking $5900, got it down to $5700 but he still has it and is waiting for a higher offer till Tuesday because he said he has to keep it till his replacement car comes in on Tuesday (we saw it on Friday and he said he had 5 people already show interest in it and 2 had come to look at it, he had more people lined up for the weekend).

    From what I've seen, a 96 or similar Corolla is going to be $3500-4000 for similar vintage.

    Now, I'm going to assume that both cars are relatively well-depreciated and won't lose a lot more of their value if we sell after 2-3 years. Is that assumption correct? If it is, then the cost of ownership comes down to the fact that the avalon has more electronics and will drink more gas - potentially an issue with rising gas prices, which i think will stabilize around $3 this year, but my guess is as good as anyone else's.

    So what I'm trying to decide is whether it is worth paying more now for the Avalon because it is a more premium car and rides nicer and quieter on the highway. I actually want to get rid of my convertible because it is kind of noisy on the highway.

    Advise me! Advice on how to handle the seller of this Avalon would also be nice.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'm not looking at Camrys because they cost almost as much as Avalons and the fuel economy is almost the same.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    i have a similar Avalon XLS.(seats 5). I love the car. the power, roominess etc. the only time i regret the car is when i go for a fill up.

    I havent owned a Corolla but Its WAy too small. the only time i Would be happy to be driving it is probably when i am at the GAs station :)
  • sharkmama49sharkmama49 Posts: 22
    I would appreciate it if anyone has had a problem with their navigation screen saying it can not read the dvd, please let me know how you were able to resolve the problem. :confuse:
  • tlkoertlkoer Posts: 7
    I have a avalon xls with abs brakes. Every once in awhile when I hit the brakes I get a buzzing sound. What could be causing this? I had read somewhere that there is a separate brake reserve for the abs system. Since I don't know that much about abs brake systems I don't know if there is a separate system. Any help on this would be appreciated.

    thanks, Tammy
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • I just bought a Toyota Avalon XL 2000 3 weeks ago and my rear 8" subwoofer recenly blew out and I am trying to purchase a new one at a competative price.
  • I've owned my pre-owned Toyota Avalon XL 2000 for about 3 weeks. After the 3rd day white smoke would come out of the tailpipe on a cold start for about a minute. I do not have any leaks but my oil is definetly burning. I had an oil change and a full tune-up but the problem hasn't changed. 2 weeks after the oil change I needed 2 quarts of oil. Can anyone help or did I purchase a lemon and now need an attorney???
  • :lemon: Did I purchase a lemon??? :lemon:
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    You may have the engine sludge problem. Providing that you have the maintenance documentation (or can get the maintenance records from a Toyota dealer) to prove that the vehicle was properly maintained, then Toyota will cover this under an 8 year special warranty.

    This is right off the Toyota Owner Info website:

    Engine Oil Gel - Customer Support Program

    What is Toyota's Customer Support Program for engine oil gel?

    A very small number of Toyota owners have reported engine damage from a condition known as oil gelling or sludge. Because customer satisfaction is our first priority and we want our owners to know we stand behind our products, we implemented a Customer Support Program for covered vehicles that have experienced engine oil gel.
    Engine oil gel occurs when old, dirty engine oil becomes thick and no longer adequately lubricates the engine and, if not corrected, can lead to severe engine damage. Performing regular engine oil and engine oil filter changes will prevent engine oil gel.

    Symptoms of engine oil gel may include:

    MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light)/Check Engine Light “On”
    Blue smoke from the tailpipe
    Excessive oil consumption
    If you are not experiencing symptoms and are maintaining the vehicle as recommended in the Scheduled Maintenance Guide or Owner's Manual Supplement, no further action is required. We simply encourage you to continue to perform engine oil and engine oil filter changes as recommended. We are confident that the majority of Toyota customers do not require any reminder about the importance of changing the engine oil in their vehicles.

    The Customer Support Program assists customers who have made a reasonable effort to maintain their vehicles and have engine repairs due to engine oil gel. The Customer Support Program will provide coverage for engine oil gel related damage for eight (8) years from the date of first sale or lease of a vehicle with no mileage limitation.

    Vehicle maintenance information can be found on our Service and Maintenance page. The Toyota Scheduled Maintenance Guide or Owner's Manual Supplement can also help you determine which maintenance interval is appropriate for your driving conditions.

    If your vehicle has symptoms of engine oil gel, please contact the Customer Relations Manager at your local Toyota dealership for further assistance.

    Each claim is individually reviewed to determine if reimbursement is appropriate. If you have paid for previous repairs you feel may be related to this condition, please contact us at 1-888-802-9436 for further assistance.

    The following vehicles have engines covered by the Customer Support Program:

    Avalon 1997-2002

    4 Cylinder
    V6 1997-2002

    Celica 1997-1999
    4 Cylinder Not involved
    V6 2000-2002

    Sienna 1997-2002

    4 Cylinder 1999-2001
    V6 1999-2002

    For more info click here:

    Toyota Owner Info
  • Alan,

    Thanks again, just as a heads up, I called and the warranty on my car ended in May of 2005. The customer support rep assumed it may be a loose valve within the engine. He asked me to contact the dealer who sold me the car. After contacting him, he claims that there isn't an issue with the car because, "it runs fine and doesn't make any unusual sounds." What would you suggest I do?
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    There is a special 8 year warranty for this problem, if you car has this particular problem. Your standard 60 month powertrain warranty may be up, but the 8 year warranty is a special warranty that runs 3 years after the standard 5 year warranty runs out.

    I suggest you go into a Toyota dealer with the car and VIN and ask them to print out the maintenance history of the car. If the car was maintained by Toyota dealers, the records will be on Toyota's computer system. I don't think you should initially give them the reason you are asking for the records, because who knows - they may not want to give them to you. Tell them you just bought the car and you want to see the service history.
    Once you have the records, then you could talk to them about your concerns. The dealers know about this problem and they may be able to assist you in getting this done under the warranty, otherwise get the diagnosis from the dealer in writing if this is in fact the problem, and then call the Toyota customer service number with your documentation in hand.
    The 2000 Avalon is a very good car, but if you have the engine gel problem it will have to be fixed, however you have to get this diagnosed first by a Toyota dealer.

    The other question is if you received any warranty from the selling dealer? If so, you may have some recourse there.

    How many miles has your car done?
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676

    Yes, agree with Alan, it sounds like the sludge problem. Classic symptoms are the smoke and what appears to be oil usage (the oil is really just getting gunked up inside your engine and not circulating). You may also notice chunks or globs of oil on the dipstick.

    Has the check engine light come on yet? The longer you drive in this condition, the more potential damage you may be doing to your engine. The only way for a certain diagnosis is to get the valve cover pulled. If you have this done at Toyota, ask to be present when it is removed so you can see for yourself or go to an independent mechanic for the diagnosis. The 8 year policy is from initial purchase and unlimited miles, so you should be covered until 2007/08 depending on the purchase date. The big problem is that you must prove "reasonable" maintenance -- virtually impossible for a buyer of a used vehicle unless like Alan said the original owner had the oil changes performed by Toyota or you can locate the owner and find where he did get the oil changed (most every place keeps electronic records these days). I also agree with Alan, that you may have some recourse with whoever you bought the vehilce from.

    Toyota may be gracious enough to do this for you out of good will if you are unable to locate records, but you may need to take it to Toyota corporate to get some action. Good luck.
  • How do I replace the shift lever bulb on a 98XLS? I removed the trim but just do not know how to get to the bulb.
  • I think your piston rings are bad and that is the reason you are burning oil.The oil is seeping into the cumbustion chamber when the pressure builds up.If I am right,you should demand a refund from the guy who did your tune-up.Just my two cents.Please keep the forum posted.
  • jesch1jesch1 Posts: 9
    Love this car as original owner with 56k, but it has pinging type noise on acceleration at lower speeds, an automatic. Mechanic says Toyota says try premium. Did that for awhile and noise was not as noticeable. Got off that about six months ago and back to gasahol @89-90 octane again and now problem seems a little worse. Back to this tank 92 octane and still a problem. Anyone else have anything like this?
    Regular toyota oil and filter changes @ usually 3000 miles.

    Nothing in manual about needing premium gas and it is more expensive. Seems Toyota problem. Also have a new 2005 XLS and use 89 octane with gasahol, as does dealer for new Avalons. With gasahol subsidies, that gas makes sense. Helpful comments please.

  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    Have an O2 with 82K. No pinging ever. Have them check the values, or similar engine componetry.

  • My check engine light came on after timing belt was changed. It has never come on before, 89k miles. He wants to tear into it again to see, although he manually cleared the code/light. What could have caused this? The car has run perfectly since new(2000).
  • My disc pads were changed and rotors (supposedly) turned, but now my steering wheel shakes at 60MPH+. Pads were high ends ceramic. Should discs be turned again/checked?
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,939
    lschoelkopf, may I ask how much it cost to change the timing belt? And how did it take?
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Start with the easy stuff: check the tire pressure and then the tire balance. Maybe a wheel weight fell off.

    But if did not do this when you took it in, and does it now, the problem could easily be the rotor(s). If they were turned improperly, and this happens, you get vibrations, especially when you apply the brakes. The pads do not move in rotation so if the vibration occurs with no brake pressure, it's probably not the pads. (But they could be dragging from poor installation, causing rotor problems. Possible.)

    Before attempting to turn the rotors again you need to measure the thickness of the rotor. There is a minimum to be safe and work properly. Check the books. Only so many turns, then you get new ones as the rotors get too thin. Usually 3 turns max on the front is safe the limit. Maybe only 1 or 2 if you went too far before a brake job. Newly turned rotors are bright, shiny and smoothe to the touch.

    Forum member *abfisch* drives an Avalon with front end and other suspension upgrades and may have more ideas here...
  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591
    Ummm. All correct fin, but do not advocate "turning" rotors. I only replace them. Cutting them thin the metal and you wind up replacing them sooner anyway, and the labor is intensive, whether you do it yourself or not, especially if you live in the North where rust is the enemy of brakes. i cannot tell if this member replaced not only pads but rotors nor can I tell if the pads were "bedded in" properly so it is difficult to ascertain. But I am sure it is the rotor either way.

  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    Loosen all the wheel lug nuts and have them re torqued at the correct spec found in the back of your owners manual. If they are over torqued they can deflect the aluminum wheel and stretch the lugs and eventually warp your rotors.
    Toyotas are very sensitive to lug nut torque and this has caused me vibration problems in the past.
    If this does not solve the problem, rebalance the wheels because the wheels may have been deflected during over tightening and are now out of balance, and then remount with the correct torque.
    The best balancing system is Hunter RoadForce. Many Toyota dealers have them and so do Discount Tires.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Because I have most of my tire work done at a shop that does high end and performance cars, any thoughts of improper torque never crossed my mind. But, you are right. Checking for possible wheel damage and proper torque specs, along with balance, is a good idea here.
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