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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,958 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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2008 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 042010


  • 257,773 miles


2008 Toyota Avalon brake override. I just had all my Avalon recall fixes placed on my car, and the brake override fix does not work. I check my brake override to see how it operated before the fix, and after going to the dealership to get the repairs it still does the same thing. When the gas pedal is pressed, and speed is around 45mph step on the brakes while continuing to press on the gas, and you can hear the engine still trying to accelerate. The service advisor told me on the phone before going there that the brakes would override the gas pedal when the brake pedal is pressed. I still will not allow my pregnant wife, and 2 year old daughter ride in the car until a better fix is put into place.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 052010


  • 14,500 miles
The master cylinder went out on my 2008 Avalon while on a road trip the car only has 14,000 miles on it. I owned a 2006 Toyota highlander previously and had trouble with acceleration but mine was deceleration it would just stop going and I would have to pull over restart car and take off again it did it repeatedly I took it in and they had a hard time figuring out what it was I do not know what it was. Don't know if anyone else had this problem with a highlander or not.

- Hinton, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009


  • 42,600 miles
I purchased a used 2008 Toyota Avalon limited from hornburg Jaguar dealer in santa monica on 10/29/2009. At home at 8 am, on the clear, cool day of 11/1/2009 I had the car parked in my driveway to install the garage door opener. Wanting to move the car to the street I started the car using the required proceedure for a pushbutton ignition (like on my 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid for 2 1/2 years). That is, I stepped on the brake and pushed the ignition button simultaeneously. The car started to move rapidly down my short sloping driveway (7 or 8 feet). As I pushed harder, the break pedal in effect went to the floor- no breaking at all. I hit the curb very hard on the other side of the narrow street, the rear end of the car bouncing into the air, and ended up, perhaps 10 feet beyond, hitting the front bedroom wall of my neighbor's home with considerable force and resulting in significant damage to the wall. I apparently did not sustain physical damage. I am inclined to believe there was an accelerator component problem also because I was moving so fast. The car is being repaired now physically, as is the house, and I have contacted Toyota locally in torrance and I understand someone there will follow-up on this accident within the next 4 days. I tried to duplicate the brake failure problem with my Camry hybrid and I was not able to duplicate it. When pressing on the start button and the brake at the same time I always have a firm brake on the Camry. When I duplicated the proceedure on the Avalon I found that the brake pedal went soft rapidly, the more I pushed it, to the floor. My repair shop will not drive the car until something is resolved, nor will I. I will be glad to furnish anything more you may wish to know about this incident.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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