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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13 miles

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1998 Toyota Avalon miscellaneous problems

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 172009


  • 66 miles


Rapid acceleration when put in reverse.went out of garage at uncontrollable speed. Over rode brakes. I was trying to avoid hitting cars and houses. Stopped across street in neighbor, S yard. I heard a loud when it stopped. I apparently turned the ignition off, because it did, T hit anything.

- Steilacoom, WA, USA

problem #4

Dec 252000


  • miles
The padded covering on the dash board began to separate from the metal support. It appears that the adhesive has failed.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Feb 231998

(reported on)


  • miles
Seat belt design causes the vinyl housing to rub against the seats fabric resulting in worn spots on each front seat.

- Port Charl, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 091998


  • miles
Side air bag failed to deploy during side impact collision

- Lexington, KY, USA

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