definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,500 miles

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2008 Toyota Avalon fuel system problems

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162010


  • 33,000 miles


I have a 2007 Toyota Avalon. This is in reference to a previous complaint "10308589". it happened again. On Sunday, May 16th, 2010 I "floored" the accelerator after turning into traffic because the car on the road was going much faster than I expected. The accelerator got stuck so I put it in neutral, heard and saw high RPM on the tack and turned the motor off with the key. I wrestled the car into the next turn-off (no power steering). I looked down and my gas pedal was stuck all the way down by the floormat. This is a floormat that I put in from walmart. It is made of heavy rubber to protect my nice floormats. It is not latched into the floor like my nice floormat underneath. This was my fault, not Toyota. That floormat is now in the trunk of my car. This is the third time uncontrolled acceleration has happened in this car. It was in for recall repair after the second incident. Driver beware! this tool is requiring me to select a model number on equipment which does not make sense so I just selected one at random - that is a flaw in the reporting process.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 172009


  • 20,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Toyota Avalon in traffic North of houston and floored it to get on an exit ramp in front of another car. When I took my foot off the accelerator the engine continued to run at high revs and I had to push hard on the brake to keep the car from continuing to accelerate while going up a steep ramp. After about 3 seconds the revs dropped and everything continued as normal. This happened on July 17, 2009. Then, in December of 2009 I was driving on a side street when a truck ran a stop sign and was going to hit me. I floored it to get out of the way and again the car continued to accelerate after I took my foot off the gas. I remembered hearing a report about the potential of floor mats causing the pedal to stick so I hit the brakes, put the car in neutral and reached down and pulled on the floor mat. The out of control acceleration again lasted about 3 to 4 seconds. I don't know if the floor mat was causing it to stick or not. I had a rubber mat on top of the mat that I bought with the car that hooks into the floor board. I don't think that mat ever interfered with the pedal. I looked at it closely and it does not seem possible. But I took it out anyway. I have a 2007 Toyota Tundra crew cab and this has never happened to it but I have never floored that truck either. The car had about 20,000 miles on it when it happened the first time and about 24,000 the second time.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

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