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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles

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2001 Toyota Avalon exhaust system problems

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2001 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 152009


  • 120,000 miles


Engine sludge is creating excessive smoking and the car uses 2 quarts of oil every 2 fillups. The vehicle started smoking in July of 2009 at 120,000 miles and was still under an 8 year warranty on the engine. Took the vehicle to the dealership in redding and they refused to honor the 8 year warranty because I was unable to provide enough receipts that I had changed the oil on a regular basis. They say the engine is ruined.

- Shasta Lake, CA, USA

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