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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,921 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.

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2007 Toyota Avalon engine problems

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2007 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 082012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


While car was in park, engine froze. According to Toyota mechanic, coolant and oil were clean and at proper levels. Cause of the freeze, he said, was part failure, specifically a bad valve. Engine is being replaced.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 302009


  • 67,234 miles
Driving at speed on interstate. A/C warning light illuminated. Turned off A/C. at destination, parked car for several hours. Did not turn on A/C when driving from parking lot. Soon check engine light vsc and trac lights came on. Drove at low speed directly to Toyota dealer to check problem. Dealer found oil level 1 qt. Low and oil leaking from vvti line. Tech used Toyota scan tool found codes P0024 P0012 for vvti timing malfunctions.ttech replaced both vvti cams and cam housings, cam gears, intake gaskets, oil pump gasket, oil pan gasket, head gaskets, timing cover gasket. Initial estimate for repair was @ $6400 as car was out of warranty due to mileage. After discussion, the dealer got Toyota to pick up the cost of most of the parts. I paid $2527 for labor and $28.57 for parts. Subsequently the dealer advised me that the problem had occasioned a Toyota recall. I submitted a claim a month ago to Toyota for a refund, but have had no reply from the company.

- Pinehurst, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 192010


  • 43,000 miles
Steering colum adjusting control continues to release. This causes the steering wheel to go into the the dash area or up or down. There is no control of steering. Before this incident, oil burst all over the engine and drained out of my car, spilled onto the floor of my garage. The oil light or check engine light never came on. Dealer made repairs after keeping my car -not a recall notice but a noted problem. No power while pressing on the gas. There is a delayed reaction resulting in slow or no speed for passing or just driving (dealer indicated power trans problem - not recall kept car 3+ days for repairs). The grey paint has spots ithat will not come out with a wash and wax.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

May 212009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 21,977 miles


While driving, without warning, the "V V T I oil line" burst, draining all the oil from the engine. There is loss of power with possible engine failure. At time of incident, leaves oil on road and windshields of any cars following. ( this problem has occurred on Toyota's V-6 engines since 2005. There has never been a only "quietly" gets repaired as you bring the car in with this problem. Toyota has changed this part 4 times with no recall. They have fixed the problem on the 2009 engines, replacing the defective rubber hose to a solid metal oil line. Toyota has known about this since 2005, and now with the gas pedal problem, want to hide the "recall" at the same time........problem is they put the same rubber part in. I paid $240 to change the part to the new all-metal part the 2009 and newer V-6 engines have. Incident date and time and place: May 21,2009 10:38 am highway I-15...48 miles West of baker, the middle of desert !

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Feb 262010


  • 62,315 miles
Oil line burst resulting in all the engine oil draining out of the engine.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 152010


  • 61,000 miles
Total loss of oil from crankcase. Burst oil line on my 2007 Toyota Avalon resulting in the pumping of oil onto the ground with no warning lights. This has been a documented problem for several years, as found on several consumer websites. The fix cost me >$450 not including towing to Toyota dealer.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

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