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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota Avalon engine problems

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2004 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 292014

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags). The part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The manufacturer stated that they did not have any updates on the remedy since February of 2016. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 04/29/16 the consumer stated there have been no new updates on the air bag. However, the ECU was replaced. Updated 05/05/16.

- Pilot Mountain, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 012012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to two recall notices the consumer stated it would be a 150 mile- round trip to the nearest dealer to have the recalls performed. The consumer stated there were competent Ford, GM and Chrysler automotive technicians that could perform the work if provided the parts and guidance.

- Carlsbad, NM, USA

problem #2

Mar 152011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall notice concerning engine crankshaft pulley the consumer believed unnecessary repairs were made to the vehicle, prior to receiving the recall notice. The consumer experienced difficulty in turning the steering wheel, the steering was sluggish and there was a vibration. The power steering pump was replaced. The brakes, tires, and rack and pinion were also replaced.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 082004


  • 87,000 miles
While driving any speed, the vehicle jerked forward. This caused the consumer to rear end another vehicle. The consumer managed to pull over and shut off/restart the vehicle. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

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