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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,138 miles

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2001 Toyota Avalon body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 072001


  • 16,276 miles


2001 Toyota Avalon experiencing problems with the brakes, and windows. There was a persistent problem with noise that seemed to originate from the front end. The noise was intermittent and noticeable after the vehicle was warmed, when making turns or when applying the brakes. An inspection revealed that the caliper slide was sticking onto the left front side. The brake rotors showed signs of glaze, there was a wobbly feeling when the brakes were applied, the passenger side heated seat was intermittent, the vehicle was pulling to the left, the drivers windows would go up and down, the stripping on the bumper was coming off, the steering would shake at times, the fuel gauge fluctuated, the radio buttons were fading, the cassette was inoperative, there was burning smell coming from the vent, the vehicle stalled with no warning, the wiper blade(s) were noisy, the windshield had "million" of dots all over it, and the front panel was lit for the back lights and there was a limited amount of air/heat that would blow on the drivers feet. The rotors were machined and the front and rear brake pads were replaced. The front struts were cracked and caused the front end noise. The radio, steering angle sensor and the front struts were replaced.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have a problem with a distracting light that interferes with my night operation of the car. At night, away from lights, I see the 140 from the speedometer and the E from the fuel gage, reflected in the windshield. The image is upside down and the light is a safety concern as it is dead ahead in the field of travel. I have adjusted my seat so I am as low as possible, the top of my head is about 1" from the ceiling. I've contacted the Toyota dealer. They stated they could not see the reflection, but if it is there, they report "this is a design flaw and nothing can be done".

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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