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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,428 miles

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2007 Toyota Avalon transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 192012


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission shifted into neutral independently with extreme hesitation. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the transmission was to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Nov 182011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while braking to a complete stop, he was able to remove the key from the ignition switch while the vehicle was still in drive. As a result, the vehicle began to roll backward. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 01/09/14

- Rochester , NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 072010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact started the ignition, and made several attempts before the gear selector would shift into the "drive" position. The shifting failure occurred intermittently. In addition, the rear brake lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician informed that the failure was contributed to the brake safety switch which was a common problem. The part was unavailable for the repair for a period of two weeks. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction after the part became available. The failure mileage was approximately 40,300. Updated 12/08/10. Updated 12/08/10

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Mar 062010


  • 38,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The transmission has a problem. When coasting down without accelerator being engage the transmission down shifts at 30 mph but the car speeds up. It is only 4-5 mph and after a few seconds then starts coasting down again. This problem has been investigated by the dealer and "there is nothing wrong". it has been reported to the Toyota technical service manager and "there is nothing wrong". it has been reported to Toyota customer service and we will get back to you but nothing happened. This car had the "stuck accelerator" problem two years ago and it was reported to the dealer and "no problem". the "stuck accelerator" only happened once and was not the problem of a floor mat. The car has had all the recalls performed on it but still has the speed up problem at each down shift.

- Kinston, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 182007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,045 miles
Sudden acceleration when resume depressed from cruise and when laser beam returns from being enacted. The acceleration is sudden and neck-snapping. I no longer use laser but always use 'normal ' cruise since I had vehicle tested at bert wolfe Toyota, charleston wv and they advised that vehicle was performing normal. I return to 'set speed ' manually since that time. I have notified Toyota headquarters in California early in Feb.2010 and have no reply. There is definitely an electronic problem. The consumer stated the vehicle has electrical and computer problems. Updated IVOQ 06/02/10

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #3

Jun 152009


  • 35,000 miles


Car has developed a shudder when shifting, at times it is very severe on one episode while passing at highway speeds car began to vibrate so violently that control of the care was lost until vibration subsided. This vehicle has 38,000 miles on it and has had the shudder for about 10,000 miles, there have been two of the violent episodes, in the last 10,000 miles, have taken car to dealership 3 times for the shudder. This vehicle is under factory warranty dealer has reprogrammed the transmission computer, has had no effect on shudder and the violent episodes took place after the reprogramming of the computer.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 082007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. While slowing down from 35 mph, the transmission races but the vehicle fails to move. The vehicle lunges forward after stopping at intersections. The contact stated that the vehicle was unstable. The purchase date and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage is 2,000 and failure mileage was 9.

- Macon, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 142006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that when the vehicle is shut off, there is no way to determine if the vehicle is in park due to the keyless entry. She is able to exit the vehicle with the gear shift indicator in the drive position. This failure has caused the vehicle to roll away after she exits. The dealer stated that the failure was dangerous and was unable to perform the repair because the vehicle was designed in that manner. The manufacturer also stated that there was nothing they could do about the design. The current mileage is 3,993 and failure mileage was 500.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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