really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,189 miles

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2012 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152015

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 42,200 miles


The car would not respond to the remote, so I had to use the key to get access, then I was able to lock and unlock doors and turn on ignition.I turned ignition on and saw display flash various icons after car was started. As I was driving the dash icons flashed again. The car did not stop, so I continued driving.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022013


  • 28,899 miles
2nd complaint (first complaint - #10522765) - on July 2, 2013, around 5:20 P.M., my fourth incident of brake failure occurred. I was going about 5 miles and applied brakes. Brakes failed and engine sounded like it was racing. I crashed into a the rear of a sedan which was stopped. No injuries were sustained. We were able to drive the cars to a development to exchange insurance information. I drove the car to the dealership for trade-in since it was unreliable for driving at slow speeds. An earlier potential incident occurred in the morning when I was braking and slowing down to make a right hand turn, the individuals were crossing the street on which I was turning into and the brakes seemed to not engaged and the engine began to race. I applied more pressure on the brake pedal and the brakes engaged and stopped the car, barely. I am extremely disappointed in the lack of quality in the Toyota Avalon. I am also disappointed in the Toyota service center's Focus of the braking system without examining computer systems' engine controls and speed controls.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 152013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 28,469 miles
Purchased used certified-used Avalon with 28.3K miles on June 8. on June 15, the first incident occurred from parking lot to stop sign. Applied brakes and no response. Avalon sped up and had to turn the car to avoid accident. Applied brakes again and was able to stop the car. Continued home and no problems. On June 16, approaching stop sign from downward hill and applied brakes and no response. Avalon sped up and was able to make turn with being hit by on coming traffic. Took car to dealership for inspection. Found nothing wrong and attributed to user error. On June 30, approaching a 4 way stop, was able to stop and wait for car in front of me to go. When I apply gas to move up to the stop area, I removed my foot from gas pedal and applied the brakes. Brakes did not respond and I continued to go forward. I steered out of the way of a person making a right hand turn and cleared the stop sign. After 60 feet, applied the brakes and they worked. Was very upset that this had happened for the third time and knew that first 2 incidents were not user error. On July 1, returned to servicing dealer who performed brake system health check and attempted to duplicate what I experienced. The service department said that all of their tests showed normal operations. Avalon is under manufacturer's warranty. Remain concern that this may happen again and something worst may occurred. Considering my options.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

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