really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,009 miles

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2005 Toyota Avalon electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 182013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 92,079 miles


Check engine light came on, replaced #2 ignition coil. 800miles and 3 months later same thing happened, replaced #5 coil. Toyota dealer said this is normal for a high mileage car. Total cost $700+ if this is normal they should [xxx] well pay for it. It takes reliable out of Toyota. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #7

May 172014


  • 63,459 miles
I was driving at 70 mph up I-81 in heavy traffic and lost all power. I was able to steer to the shoulder. I turned on flashers, put car in park, turned key off, and tried to restart engine. It immediately cranked right up and I proceeded up the interstate. Five minutes later, at 70 mph, it happened again. Again I was able to steer off the road and restart the engine. I continued on home for another 2 hours with no problems. On 5/18, I went to church and it happened again. Since I was driving slowly, it was hard to steer (no power steering). At no time has a light come on showing it needed service or some problem. I assume since I was driving so fast on the interstate, I didn't notice the power steering loss when I lost all power. I am afraid that it might happen again and I might get killed from not being able to pull onto a shoulder.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 202010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when the vehicle became resistant to acceleration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated to the contact that the ignition coil would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182010


  • 5,000 miles


Purchased the vehicle in 2005. Within 6 months the key less entry fob would not work when touching the handle, as specified in the owners manual, with the fob next to door handle in my hand. Turned the vehicle in more than 5 times for the trouble. Several trips to the repair shop for the problem, the reason stated herein, was not logged into the service report. On at least two trips the service adviser said it wasn't a problem they could fix. The service manager at the facility where I have my work done and where I purchased it becomes irritated if I mention the problem with a curt response "we can't repeat the problem, therefore we cannot do anything." I called Toyota to report the problem. They sent, one time, a "technical expert" to check the vehicle. He reported: (1) he could not recreate the problem. (2) it was obvious because I was parking near high radio frequency areas. (3) your fob battery must be low. When it was checked, it was fine. After several batteries were replaced within months of each other, the problem continues. I related (1) I understand rf interference due to formal us government training. Then why would it malfunction in a remote farm site" no power lines, no rf towers...I checked. Malfunctions occurred sometimes at specific locations and then next day at about the same time of day, it would not? no answer. This problem for almost a year never occurred. Now within the last 3 months it has started again and there have been no changes in locations, time of day, day of week or parking "spots.' This is very serious problem as you can not get into the car when this malfunctions occurs. What if my life was in danger" on rare occasion, after using the handle more than 6 times, the doors will open. During the period that this malfunction is occurring, the engine will not start with the key less fob next to the on/off starting switch. Batteries are fine and not low due to testing. Incident date below is last occurrence.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #4

May 012006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Avalon touring model taken in 5000 mile service with complaints about a noise coming from rear end or transmission. Toyota could not hear it until I insisted mechanic take ride me. Mechanic acknowledged noise and said maybe coming from computerized ABS brake initiating at 5 mph. Wife parked at work just couple weeks after maintenance. Pulled into parking at work, stopped, put in park and in seconds the car lunged forward with engine revving at high speed; wife stomped on parking brake but by that time car jumped over 10 or 12 foot curb, a four foot sidewalk and into a wall just stopping as it hit the wall. Tire marks. Call to elmore Toyota garden grove (alan/service) who said they had no body shop and did not want to see car or need to check and work on it before body work. Said if no lights were on the dash there was nothing wrong. Just like their attitude about the ratcheting noise supposed from the ABS brake system. Wife insists she did not the gas pedal accidentally. When engine revelation after hitting wall went back to normal, car put in reverse to back off side walk. State farm told us not to drive the car to body shop. How do we force Toyota to find the problem with this car.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012006


  • 4,500 miles
Three different electrical shorts in a 2005 Toyota Avalon limited with less that 5000 miles. The shorts were in the brake light switch, the engine control unit, and the fuse box. The first and third short prevented the car from starting. The second short caused the engine to stall while traveling at 55 mph on a major highway. It is a miracle that there was not an accident. The switch, engine control unit, and fuse box have all been replaced. The car has been towed 4 times during the first year of ownership.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 212005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer complained about an automatic transmission problem. When applying pressure to the accelerator pedal the gear would not engage. The vehicle did not shift gears smoothly. The consumer suspected that there was a problem with the vehicle speed control. The consumer lost control of the vehicle when another vehicle passed. The dealership informed the consumer that they could not do anything because the vehicle was computer controlled. (12/01/05)

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jul 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Avalon purchased new in April,2005.I also have an earlier complaint, ODI#10119869, regarding having to re sauder radio speaker wires, replacing the bushings and lower sub frame, as well as air conditoning, steering, and radio problems all occurring in the first 33 miles of owning the new car.I accidentally filed it under a Toyota Scion for Toyota Corp. Please see that compliant also.. this complaint is about the transmission. It seems to not want to get out of first gear.getting onto the the freeway is terrible, as well as driving in slow traffic. I have taken it into the dublin Toyota dealership and they said there is nothing wrong, it's just that the sensory computer in the car knows how I drive and the gears follow my driving habits. They said they reset it, that maybe when the car was test driven, it set itself to another driver. They said to drive it easy for the first 50 miles, then normally after that. Well, before I even drove off thier lot, it stuck again-but I had to go to work so I called them as soon as I got to work and have to take it back in again. The real safety issue occurred yesterday, when I was the first car waiting at a train crossing for about 3 minutes while the train was passing. Afetr it passed, as I was crossing the tracks, it took about 15 seconds for the car to move, again stuck and reving in low gear!I have almost been rear ended on freeway entrances, red lights turning to green, andnd numerours other times, and now on train tracks!!!!something has to be done- I also have compliined to the dealership about noises when steering and they said it is just the release of the brakes.since I cannnot duplicate it, they say there is nothing I can do- it is not the brakes because it happens when I am making sharp turns.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

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