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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 122002

Avalon

  • miles

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

The engine contained sludge and was clogged, consumer stated that he is currently working with the Toyota dealer in an attempt to the repair problem and obtain full reimbursement from manufacturer for all costs including possible auto rental expenses while repairs are being made.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 122002

Avalon

  • miles
The engine contained sludge and was clogged, consumer stated that he is currently working with the Toyota dealer in an attempt to the repair problem and obtain full reimbursement from manufacturer for all costs including possible auto rental expenses while repairs are being made.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 092001

(reported on)

Avalon

  • miles
Was told that burning oil and smoking was due to sludge in valve cover, indicated that I had not had oil changes, and I have oil changes every 3,000 miles. I kept no receipts of purchases of oil filters and oil. May not be covered under warranty.

- Artesia, NM, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Avalon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine starts and dies periodically.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 241998

(reported on)

Avalon

  • miles
Engine surges and drops rpms rapidly and unexpectedly when engaging cruise or when letting foot off of gas pedal.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 121998

Avalon

  • miles
Unintended accerleration. Upon backing out of garage. Damaged drivers door and front quarter panel of auto. Driver doors impacted side of garage. The engine seemed to be racing. Engine was warm prior to accident

- Roscoe, IL, USA

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