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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,675 miles

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1998 Toyota Avalon suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,700 miles


Thunking noise when going over rough pavement from area of front wheel on passengers side determined by independent mechanic to be a strut mount, which apparently is a problem known by Toyota. Car has only 55,000 miles on it.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 162003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Loud noise coming from front of vehicle. Was informed by Toyota that front struts needed to be replaced with only 50,000 miles on vehicle. They know this is a common problem but are unwilling to help.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 272003


  • miles
Premature failure of left front strut at 63000 miles along with both strut supports.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Premature wearing of front struts eventually caused tires to prematurely wearout. Also, vehicle began to pull to left or right which was also a result of problem with front struts.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

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