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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,684 miles

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2005 Toyota Avalon steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 122005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles


Steering problems per recall 05V227000 for 2005 Toyota Avalon that manuf refuses to address. Steering pops when turning & sounds like it's getting worse. Refuse to pay dealer $450 to replace recall so I will take it to another certified mechanic that I trust.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #8

May 012009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The locking level lever, which controls the steering wheel and moves it up and down, automatically disengages at random. The failure causes the steering wheel to fall onto the driver's lap at any given moment. Through research, the contact found NHTSA campaign id number 05V227000 (steering:column). The dealer stated that the locking mechanism needed to be tightened. The steering was tightened, but it did not correct the failure. The failure occurs every 150 miles. The vehicle is still experiencing the defect and has not yet been repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 38,900. Updated 09/01/09

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 032008

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,853 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the steering unit. He called the manufacturer in reference to NHTSA campaign id number 05V227000 (steering:column) and was informed that his vehicle exceeded its warranty; therefore, they would not replace the steering column assembly for free under the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 38,853 and current mileage was 41,468. Updated 03/24/09.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 192008

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


"maintenance required" light illuminated and I took my vehicle in for service. After mentioning a concern I had, I was called and told that my steering column shaft needed to be replaced. I did not feel any difference in the steering from when I last brought it in before the warranty was up. Now, I have a $600 + bill at 43,000 miles. I've always had Toyota's and I have been having quite a few problems of late associated with this vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Dec 282007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,300 miles
Steering column separating as identified in recall yet Toyota refuses to repair or replace defective parts. Id 05V227000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Feb 012007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. While driving 5-40 mph, the steering wheel vibrated and he heard clicking noise when turning left or right. The dealer stated that this was a normal occurrence. There is a recall for steering: Column (NHTSA campaign id #05V227000) however, the dealer stated that his VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 54,000. Updated 01/29/08. Updated

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact heard a thumping noise when parking the vehicle and turning the steering wheel. The dealer stated that the noise was caused by the steering shaft and the VIN was not included in NHTSA recall # 05V227000 (steering:column). The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 50,000 and failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 02/01/08.

- Brick , NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 122007


  • miles
Steering column make noise when turning to right: Service department first replaced right wheel bearing axle. When I said I have seen complaints from others, they replaced steering shaft and joint. Fixed problem

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the telescoping steering wheel collapsed from the extended position when turning the wheel or driving 45 mph. The dealer stated that this failure has never before been seen, and wanted to keep the vehicle for six months. They checked the computer and found no recalls. The contact felt the locking lever detached and then the steering wheel descended. Also heard a clicking noise when the lever began to descend. The current mileage is 30,200, and failure mileage was 3,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

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