Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 092005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The ac cuts out intermittently; sometimes it will restart after the car has been sitting a while. In addition to causing discomfort, this also is potentially dangerous since the front windshield will not defog. I took the vehicle to a Toyota dealer and was told that there is a tsb for this problem (AC00599) but there is no recall. The repair cost me over $1,000. There are several other complaint for this known problem and I feel that Toyota should reimburse me for my expenses. The dealer told me Toyota would not, however.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 122003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The entire heating and air conditioning system went off while I was driving. The system fan remained off no matter what settings I chose. After not running the car for a while, the system would work again, only then to shut itself off within a time period of seconds to as much as a whole day. I had the problem repaired by my local Toyota dealer, who charged me approximately $1500. Though the cost of repair was very high, I did not have a choice but to have it repaired, since I could not use the car in that unsafe and unsatisfactory condition. The dealer told me that Toyota limited any financial support to that repair to 36,000 miles or less. My car has 67,000 miles on it, so no support was given.

- Elkhart , IN, USA

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