really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,903 miles

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2007 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 252016


  • 113,815 miles


Purchased vehicle "as is" while recovering from surgery. Could not inspect vehicle. On first drive on city street, could not slow down to make a rh turn. Brakes did not fully engage, and driver had to shift down. Vehicle entered adjacent lawn before stopping. Vehicle was driven slowly to Toyota dealership where it was examined. Estimate to get vehicle running safely: $4,719.11. Vehicle declared unsafe when sold.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 072016


  • 76,845 miles
ABS and brake light on, air conditioner blowing hot air, temperature gauge not working, engine electric fans not working. All above was working when parked on next startup above faults noted. Took car to Toyota and found computer mounted on ABS control was shorting out the digital buss for all the computers. When this computer was unhooked ac works temperature gauge works and fan works. However now no speedometer, odometer, trip indicators work and now has check engine light as well as ABS and brake light indicator are lit.

- West Plains, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 232014


  • 68,459 miles
While driving toward a stop sign, attempted to apply the brakes. The brake pedal went very low to the floor, car slowed down, but did not stop. Loud abnormal grinding sounds could be heard and locking of all brakes were felt. I moved the gear from drive to neutral to park, because the car would not stop by use of brakes. If I were on a major road, I would have crashed into someone, or been rear ended.

- Dorchester Center, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072013


  • 47,300 miles


I pressed brake pedal as I was about to exit a driveway and the car continued to roll into the roadway. To avoid a speeding pickup truck in the second lane that did not appear to slow down, I accelerated across the two lane roadway and was able to stop on the other side. The brakes appeared to work normally after that and I was able to drive approximately 5 miles and leave the car at the Toyota dealer. The front brakes had just been replaced two weeks earlier. The dealer checked the brake system mechanically and hydraulically and found no problem. They road tested the vehicle and kept it for a second day and found the brakes to work properly after road testing it extensively. Since no problem was identified, this leaves me very uneasy about continued use of the vehicle.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

May 282013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Was driving downhill, it felt like it started going faster even though the brake was pressed. Brakes seem not to respond & speed kept on increasing. Unable to stop it crashed into a wall, went throw down hill inside the property & end up inside a pool. 3 people were injure, one adult, 2 children. Adult has broken bones.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 232013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Toyota Avalon on 3/23/13 when the check engine light, traction control light, and stability control light all came on. I immediately went to a local Napa store and discussed the error/S (found on my vehicle dash) with one of the sales assistants.. the sales assistant then went out to my car and interfaced his "black box" with my automobile computer and an error code P 2197 showed up. As it turns out this error code is a faulty oxygen sensor in bank two of my right exhaust manifold. The Napa store did not have the oxygen sensor in stock however, as a favor to me they reset the computer and I regained use of my traction control, stability control, and elimination of the check engine light. After further research and verification from an independent garage it appears that Toyota has a technical service bulletin on this issue. The technical bulletin is T-sb-0114-08. It applies to 2005-2007 Avalon's and 2007-2008 Camry's. the tsb states that the corrective action should include replacing both exhaust manifold oxygen sensors as well as the right exhaust manifold and gaskets to the tune of approximately $1,800. This is quite evidently an emission issue impacting the safety (no traction control and no stability control) of passengers in the aforementioned vehicles. It is also quite evident that this defective design puts the repair cost right on the back of the consumer. Who has ever heard of replacing an exhaust manifold.

- Northville, MI, USA

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