really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,928 miles

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2005 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 252011


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving 20 mph when the brakes were depressed but the vehicle did not respond and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries. On a second occasion while driving 25 mph, the brakes failed a second time and the contact crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The contact stated that there were several recurring braking failures experienced in the vehicle. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 97.341.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 112010


  • 11,984 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and making a right turn, the contact depressed the brakes and the vehicle would not stop. The contact crashed into the curb to prevent him from crashing into another vehicle. The contact received a recall notice 10V499000 service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder. The vehicle had not be taken to the dealer to be repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 11,984.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 152011


  • 71,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact received repairs to the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V499000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Master cylinder) by an authorized dealer. After repairs, the contact noticed that when she would drive and remove her foot from the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would stop independently and then proceed as if it were pulling or dragging abnormally. In addition, she noticed smoke coming from under the vehicle. The dealer advised her that there was a mechanical error on their end which caused the failure. The master cylinder was repaired a second time. The failure mileage was approximately 71,200.

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #9

Nov 132010


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V499000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Master cylinder) and contacted the manufacturer to inquire. The manufacturer advised that the parts needed to make recall repairs were not readily available and the vehicle would be in the possession of the dealer for approximately two months before the repairs were completed. The contact did not feel the repair would be performed in a reasonable time frame. The manufacturer provided a rental for the contact until the vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 46,000.

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #8

Nov 192010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that he received a recall notice on November 19, 2010 stating that he should contact Toyota in regards to his service brakes. After calling the manufacturer they informed him that there are no parts available to actually start the recall repair. The contact was concerned about the safety risk since it had been over a month since he received his notice. There are no failures at this time. The VIN was not available.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

May 182010


  • miles
While driving my 2005 Toyota Avalon at the medical center in houston, I saw the brake light warning come on. As I continued driving, the brakes continued to fail then I heard a grinding sound and the brake could barely hold. At the time I got home, there was practically no brakes. I had the car towed to a Toyota service center where it was fixed with a cost of $1300. I am yet to pick the car up.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 122010


  • 56,000 miles


I was getting into a turn lane which had a red light, there were no cars ahead of me. When I hit the brakes to stop the car a 2005 Toyota Avalon would not stop. I put the shift in neutral and then in park and then turned the key of and got it by another car and my car still kept going, although it did slow down and stop after being hit. I brought this same car in for the recall fix on Feb 24 2010. And this happened after the recall fix.

- Ventress, LA, USA

problem #5

Apr 252009


  • 49,754 miles
We have a possible brake pedal interference and a variable value timing issue on our 2005 Toyota Avalon.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262008


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. While driving at speeds of 35 mph, a vehicle preceeding vehicle depressed the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting an animal in the street. The contact attempted to depress the brakes, however the brakes did not catch in time and she crashed into the vehicle. The police arrived and a report was filed. There were no injuries. On a separate occasion, while driving at speeds of less than 40 mph, a deer ran out in front of the vehicle and she attempted to stop by depressing the brakes. The brakes did not provide adequate stopping and she crashed into a guard rail, causing moderate damage to the front passenger's side. She was involved in two additional crashes where she attempted to depress the brakes and they would not engage or were slow to engage. Neither the manufacturer or local dealer were contacted to report the failure. The failure and current mileages were 108,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 272007


  • 25,000 miles
Parking '05 Avalon when it accelerated & rear-ended a SUV even though I was braking resulting in almost $3000 in damage. It has not happened since. Hoping to have gas pedal repaired at Toyota dealer when available. Was not aware of mfg defect that might have been responsible until recently. Insurance premiums were increased due to 'at fault' clause.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #2

Sep 242006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
- on 9/24/06 while the contact was driving vehicle at 60 mph and it unexpectedly accelerated to 75 mph. The contact had to apply the brake with both feet to disengage the acceleration on the vehicle. On 10/09/06, while driving on the highway at 40 mph the vehicle accelerated to 75 mph, had to hold both feet on the brake and pull the vehicle off to side of the road. At that point the contact took the vehicle to the dealership, ) and the dealer stated that the gas pedal was most likely getting caught under the carpet. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong with the vehicle. While driving on 12/23/06 at 35 mph the vehicle accelerated to 75 mph, after a quarter of a mile contact was able to stop the vehicle by outing both feet on brake. All the brakes were smoking and there was transmission fluid leaking. At that point, contact had the vehicle towed to rosener Toyota. Updated 01/29/07.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Transmission lags then jumps forward, transmission slips at low speeds never seems to find a gear. Steering at speeds below 40 will jerk left or right depending on the road.(scares you to death) brakes have grabbed and jerked the car from day one the dealership ground the rotors to fix this but it has not resolved the problem. The car has had the power steering hose replaced because it leaked and it still does. The cd player skip while your parked, the steering wheel needed to be replaced. We have had this car in to the dealer 5 times with none of the problems to the brakes, transmission, or steering resolved.

- Saint George, UT, USA

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