really awful
Crashes / Fires:
31 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
20 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,045 miles

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2003 Toyota Avalon engine problems

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2003 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Jul 012004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


When applying the brakes the vehicle surged forward. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a garage. No report of air bag deployment or injuries. The consumer had come to a complete stop, then pulled forward when the vehicle surged forward. The vehicle went over a 4-5 inch curb in the back of the garage crushing everything. The consumer tried to use the brakes but they didn't respond and the air bags did not deploy. The dealership stated that everything was fine.

- Burr Ridge, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 132003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer experienced sudden acceleration when placed in reverse. The consumer was attempting to back up in order to drive straight into the garage. When placed in reverse, the vehicle raced backwards out of control, hit a parked van, a tree and stopped side ways on the grass. The consumer sustained a badly bruised left hand and index finger. Consumer requested Toyota to refund the full purchase price of the vehicle, cost of extended warranty and cost of repairs. Updated 04/30/10.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 052003


  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, jumped a curb and ended up in store front. The consumer had driven in a grocery store parking lot when the incident occurred. The consumer requested Toyota to take possession of the vehicle and refund the full purchase price.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 252003


  • 52,000 miles
When driving and applying brakes engine would start to rev this would cause a hesitation in the vehicle when the accelerator was depressed. Had taken to dealer and the problem had not been resolved.

- Goode, VA, USA

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