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

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2004 Toyota Avalon body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012005


  • miles


Toyota Avalon XLS 2004 problem seeing the trunk when backing up for visual idea of how close to what behind me. Six days after purchasing the vehicle, the key would not turn in the ignition and all the dash lights stayed lit. There was a grinding noise coming from the steering.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 232004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
While driving at any speed, the consumer heard a brushing sound coming from the steering column. The dealer has examined the vehicle on two occasions and was unable to find the cause of the problem. When the A/C was running the vehicle would die as was unable to be duplicated, the trunk gasket leaked, noises were heard when turning to the left (steering felt tight), the trunk bottom would not open, the wipers would hit the hood, there was a scraping when turning to the left, the driver door was leaking water, and the vehicle could not turn right.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

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