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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,314 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 accessories - interior problems

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 112008


  • 137,642 miles


Front seat power motor/switch failure - went to adjust seat and it went forward and would not stop and I had an extremely difficult time exiting vehicle. I am a woman and was stranded and had to have someone smaller than me drive my vehicle. Also unable to go to work. Seat motor should not fail - this is a life and death safety hazard. Have to take to torrance Toyota where purchased vehicle for repair. Lost day's work at the court of appeal on spring street in los angeles.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 182007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,300 miles
- the contact has a 1998 Toyota Avalon. The contact was not driving his vehicle when he found a bearing nut laying in the back seat of his vehicle which came from the driver's seat. Due to the missing bearing, the driver's seat was not positioned properly on the track and he could hear metal grinding under the seat.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 011999


  • miles
Have complained several times that driver's seat seems to go from one side to another as though it was loose. Dealer said seat not loose. Also dash and headlight went out when driving home one evening. Could't get them to go back on. After car was in driveway doe 5 minutes went out and tried and then they went on. Dealer said nothing could be found.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

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