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Toyota Avalon XL / XL

 What things have gone wrong with the car?Have had warranty work done at about 80k with seals and steering components. No other problems.
 General comments?Comfortable car with great interior space - I am 6'-5" and can sit comfortably in the rear seats with the front seats all the way back. Engine is very quiet and road noise is fairly well contained if you run with good tires. Wind noise is noticeable, though at intrusive, at highway speed. I enjoy this car as a highway cruiser. Great mileage for a car this size - I hit close to 31 m.p.g. highway and average about 25 overall. The two (2) complaints I have is a poor turning radius and noisy suspension when the components are cold.
 Engine and transmissionQuiet and strong enough to hold your own on the freeways. Engine will not pin you back in your seat by any means. For effective get up and go you want to turn overdrive off and have the ECT option on. Kicking it down to 2nd gear when below 45 m.p.h. real
 PerformanceAdequate performance - could use 20 more horsepower.
 ReliabilityCouple thousand dollars worth of warranty work done at about 80k. No other problems.
 Distance when acquired44,000
 Most recent distance122,000
 Previous carHonda Civic
 First year of ownership2000
 Most recent year of ownership2005

Review 1997 Toyota Avalon Karl In Seattle
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007