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6.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,838 miles

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 042003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,705 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Toyota Avalon. The climate control randomly quits working. No heat, no air, no defrost no blower. Causes a dangrous situation is you need the defroster and it doesn't work

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Dec 102003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
An alldata technical service bulletin issued 12/03/1999: "A/C - atc system intermittently fails/becomes inoperative. Auto A/C system improvement. Introduction: A production change has been made for the 1998-1999 Avalon A/C amplifier. The internal locic has been corrected to eliminate excessive air inlet servo motor travel, which may effect the motor and/or the servo link. Vehicles with automatic A/C may intermittently experience one or more of the following conditions: 1)the ambient temperature display may go blank; 2)fresh/recirc indicator light inoperative; 3)mode indicator light inoperative; 4)blower indicatior inoperative. Note: A/C system may restore to normal condition upon cycling the ignition switch. All applicable vehicles: All 1998 model year Avalon XLS produced before VIN:4T1bf18B*WU273780." I first experienced this problem in summer of 2003. A local Toyota dealer denied knowledge of the problem. Eventually isolated the problem and alldata bulletin with through an independent mechanic. Notified Toyota corporate, who is aware of the problem and unwilling to cover the costs to correct: $800 per independent mechanic & $1,000 per local Toyota dealership. During the summer, the atc failures created potentially dangerous driving conditions as windows quickly fogged and visibility dropped to zero. Currently, the atc system has failed and has not restored by allowing the car to sit and cycling the ignition switch, creating inability to de-ice and de-fog the car windows. All evidence indicates: 1)problem is caused by incorrect internal logic of the A/C amplifier, not normal use/wear of the vehicle; 2)Toyota is aware of the problem and is unwilling to be held accountable; 3)the problem quickly and unpredicably has created dangerous driving conditions for this and others drivers, as indicated by their NHTSA complaints. Please initiate an investigation and recall, holding Toyota accountable for the defective nature and failure of this product.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 172002

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
A/C climate control shuts itself off automatically after a short period usage. The outside temperatur eindicator, fan speed, ventilation direction, and outside air recirculation controls all go out. Almost gotten into an accident when the windshield A/C defrost did not work due to this problem. Still under the milage warranty(>36000), and went to Toyota dealer and was quoated $900 to get this problem fixed. Will contact Toyota customer service next.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 172002

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A/C climate control shuts itself off automatically after a short period usage. The outside temp.indicator, fan speed, ventilation direction, and outside air recirculation controls all go out. Almost gotten into an accident when the windshield A/C defrost did not work due to this problem. Still under the milage warranty(>36000), and went to Toyota dealer and was quoated $900 to get this problem fixed. Will contact Toyota customer service next.

- Northfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 172002

(reported on)

Avalon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problem with ventilation system--burntout wires in the automatic climate control module caused total failure of the entire ventilation system

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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problem #3

Dec 062001

Avalon

  • miles
No, summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 151999

Avalon

  • miles
This system malfunction is a serious harzard. When the electronic temperature control system fails, the defroster also fails. The loss of defroster has put me in jeopardy many times during poor weather. Because I don't know when the failure will occur, and only own one car, I can't choose not to drive when the poor weather conditions occur.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 122001

Avalon

  • miles
The complete shutdown of the entire air circulating system including front defrost/defog, heat and air conditioning is documented in a service bulletin to Toyota dealers from Toyota, yet Toyota refuses to pay for the repair the vehicle if it is past the warranty period. Even though it creates a dangerous condition in not being able to defog or defrost the front windshield.

- Goldens Bridge, NY, USA

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