With its quiet interior, smooth powertrain, and overall refinement, the Avalon could pass for a Lexus. The rear seat is one of the most comfortable you'll find. The ride is well isolated and acceleration is smooth; however, handling is far from agile.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available from 2000, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2005. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2013, standard from 2017.
Road Test
With its quiet interior, smooth powertrain, and overall refinement, the Avalon could pass for a Lexus. The rear seat is one of the most comfortable you'll find. The ride is well isolated and acceleration is smooth; however, handling is far from agile.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (210 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The Avalon has three catalytic converters. Two of them went bad at approximately the same time costing us $1000 apiece"

Terry D., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Failed State of IL air pollution test. Needed to update and repair to improve emission rating"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"warning light"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light always on due to emissions issues"

Steve E., PA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"vapor canister intermittent"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace both knock sensors. Also had one oil control valve for the variable valve timing replaced. Both problems caused the engine to run erratically and fail emissions testing"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"N.C. YEARLY INSPECTION - DID NOT PASS- WAS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH A "COLD START-UP. AFTER $900.00 REPAIR BILL. IT PASSED INSPECTION BUT THE COLD START HAS RETURNED ON OCCASION"

Lynn B., GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"3rd catalytic converter I have had to replace. Now I have replaced all three of them, not a cheap process!"

John N., WA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"For three times in last few years, when my engine check light came on, it was always a problem with the catalytic converter."

Daniel U., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"rEPLACED"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace, leaking"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Engine light comes on despite repairs to exhaust system and seems to be triggered by failure to tighten the fuel cap, which has been replaced a couple of times."

D M., MD (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge registered incorrectly"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Automatic choke didn't work sometimes on startup"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Old age ... pump wore out, also fixed throttle body gasket"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Exhaust manifold O2 failed on a very cold morning"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Engine thermostat sensor needed to be replaced. First time since purchased"

Michael W., TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensor in exhaust system created a warning light indication. Cost to repair would be around $400 with no change in gas mileage or car performance. Elected not to repair"

Steve S., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"after converter sensor defective"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light several times because of sensor"

Anonymous, ID (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"3 SENSORS WERE REPLACED"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"both were replaced to correct fuel flow"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Operator error. High speed driving for 30 miles in 2nd gear caused the check engine light"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"false catalytic converter problem light when driving over rough road or bumps"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light had been on and off intermittently for six months, ultimately diagnosed as failed O2 sensor which was replaced last week"

Nancy W., MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The idle air control valve became intermittently defective and was eventually replaced"

Jeffrey F., MD (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check Engine light P00173"

Robert H., CO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Sensor caused check engine light to come on"

Gary F., MN (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"intermittent check engine light, unknown cause, last time it was a sensor, a few years ago"

Tom N., CT (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Burned out"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I have replaced two oxygen sensors and a mass air flow meter"

Phillip N., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light came on. Had to replace air/fuel ratio sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"SAME PROBLEM WITH N.C. INSPECTION. AFTER WORK IT HAS NO PROBLEMS"

Lynn B., GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"I had two sensors go out that had to do with the electronic timing system. Car sounded like it could barely run"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Bad sensors caused erratic performance."

Robert B., SC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Sensors failed."

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Irregular tread wear"

Greg T., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"They were just worn out, car rattled and reacted to bumps very differently"

Richard H., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"rear swaybar"

Richard F., NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"easy to fix"

Sidney H., TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"routine maintenance found leak in power steering fluid line; fixed"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Had to replace power steering pump and hoses plus "bags" that go around the steering column. Previously had to replace rack and pinion"

Howard R., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"pump leaked/failed and hoses leaked. Had to replace - $1000"

Chad T., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced due to normal ware"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear strut failed"

Chris B., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"just worn out"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"They just wore out"

John S., CO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"needed to replace shocks and struts"

William D., MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced rear struts due to normal ware and age"

David H., IL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"clunking noise from rear struts"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Shocks (struts) were replaced at 153900 and problems have been solved"

Robert J., MO (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"replaced all 4 struts"

Anonymous, LA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Shocks are shut - need replacing"

Chad T., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"total replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"replaced the shocks because of noise and ride"

Robert B., MI (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Car is noisy when going over rough roads and bumps as shocks do not absorb shock as they should"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Talked with dealer --- weak struts a common problem. I have to replace them soon."

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The suspension system did affect the driving such that the noises appeared to be very serious. It was a costly repair and not sure made the correct decision to repair or consider buying another auto."

Anonymous, HI (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"torsion bar broke & replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"BOOTS TORN AND LEAKING"

Larry L., IN (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The auto started to have rattling in the front steering, became loosed in the steering wheel"

Richard H., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Tie rod was loose. Replaced tir rod"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

"vibration above 80mph"

Richard F., NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Right Rear wheel bearing was found to be failing after experiencing what sounded like moderately loud tire hum over a period of a month"

Anonymous, ID (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear passenger side bearing failure. Integral to hub. Replaced by myself. Also replaced driver's side as a precaution"

Jack H., OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Velocity sensor failure at wheel. Third since bought used in 2005"

Jack H., OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Rear calipers froze up, destroying rotors"

Chris B., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"calpher broke away"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Wear & tear USge"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Left rear caliper was frozen in a position that kept it constantly braking, but I didn't know it. Slight damage to the rotor. Right rear brakes never squealed to indicate the brake pad was low. The first indication was scraping, which sounded like a branch caught on the undercarriage. By the time I realized it wasn't that, the rotor was damaged. The mechanic found the frozen right caliper when checking the left rear brake. New calipers, brakes, rotors for both."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"I replaced it because it begin to malfunction"

James B., IN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Difficult to diagnose. Replaced. Still a little mushy"

David R., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake fluid line broke in right rear. All other brake parts overheated"

Robert G., WA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"We currently need to get rear brakes repaired. Car has lots of miles, and needs this update to remain safe"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"brake pads"

Anonymous, IA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Squealing noticed when backing up. Multipoint inspection to obtain annual sticker indicated that front/rear disc brake linings needed repair work"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Complete brake job (pads,rotors,calipers) replace all four shocks, replaced sway bar bushings, 4 wheel alignment and balance all 4 wheels"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes pads were getting thin at 44000. Live in hilly area. Much local driving"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Front brake linings worn down after 119,900 miles. (Original brakes) Not bad, eh? The rear brakes lasted until 95,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Realized in time that breaking was shimming.. Was able to get to our mechanic and had to replace rotor"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The caliper stuck on a front brake and caused premature brake wear"

James B., IN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced after normal ware"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"front brake rotors and pad replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"rotors rusty, replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Only occurred during backup; stopped after brake repair"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The original alternator failed at 275000 miles. The car began operating unreliably as the battery discharged, I almost didn't make it to the Toyota shop. After replacing the alternator for about $600 the car performed like new"

John F., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Too to shop because something was discharging the battery. It was found to be the alternator. I had it replaced, but the new one when bad approximately two weeks later. Had it replaced at dealers expense, and again it failed the next day. Had it"

Anonymous, KY (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It failed after 288000 miles so I replaced it"

Gary M., MN (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Wouldn't start. Alternator wasn't charging. Replacement corrected"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"Took awhile to diagnose. Trouble codes P0300, P0301, P0303, P0305 finally showed up together"

David R., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Evidently this is an ongoing Toyota problem."

Anonymous, OK (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"On 3 different occasions would not start due to a fuel pump relay malfunction."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine harness

"Lost both Ping senors, $1200 to fix"

C C., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Cylinder lock failure and steering wheel locking mechanism"

Howard G., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Completely broke and no replacement parts were locally available."

Anonymous, OK (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"It doesn't have spark plugs as I know them. Each plug is a separate coil and the engine had a miss that was serious enough we change all 6 plug/coils. And also changed Time belt and gaskets and any other needed equipment"

R B., TN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace 2 of the individual coils"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I paid Toyota to replace the spark plugs at about 200,0000 miles but I don't think that the service tech replaced them because I began having trouble at about 260,000 miles and the service tech showed me that the spark plugs were bad"

John F., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The Avalon is a 1998, and the wires were OEM and wore out"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Starter

"The original starter finally failed"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It failed because of age"

Andy A., MN (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Starter failed after 110,000 miles and 15 years. Most likely the solenoid, but cheaper to replace both. This is my only repair in 15 years (except for a few recalls)!! A very reliable car"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The starter became reluctant in cold weather"

Dale S., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed by locking up. It was a catastrophic failure necessitating complete replacement of the compressor and some peripheral equipment"

John N., WA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Leak in compressor & evaporator for A/C system"

Jim F., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Internal components disintegrating and make whining noise. The serp belt runs around the inside of the compressor. Therefore a failure of the compressor will result in a failure of the entire system"

Jonathan S., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Heater works on 2 vents, air conditioner on other two vents. I think too expensive to fix."

John Y., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"AC needed recharging"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"A/C would work intermittently after being refilled with refrigerant. Sometimes the A/C wouldn't work at all on the hottest days."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"overheating"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"A valve in a duct got stuck and the A/C would only produce HEAT. Mechanic tapped it and it has worked fine ever since"

T W., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Actually a different problem from choices offered. While traveling on Interstate, the radiator sprung a leak . I had to be towed to mechanic who replaced radiator."

Daniel U., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Went out but was an easy fix. Did it my self"

Chris H., TN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"dirt collection blocked its operation"

Stewart K., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Mechanic found a hole in it--thought it could have been from a rock"

Robert H., NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leak in evaporator"

Jim F., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Air conditioning only works in 1/2 the car, other 1/2 blows warm air, too much to fix, don't drive it that much"

John Y., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Needs recharged yearly, sometimes twice"

Anonymous, IA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Needed addl freon"

Aintre A., TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Radiator & Hoses had to be replaced after riding over an extreme elevated bump in the road"

Paul S., NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Simply doesn't play. Have yet to find time to take to a repair facility as my local Toyota would simply remove (charging a fee) and take to the same repair shop"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"will not exit cd"

Bobby B., NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I could load a CD and it would sound like it had been accepted but when I hit the play, I received "ERROR". When discussed with the dealer, I was told the price, just to test it , would be prohibitive in my judgement"

Carl M., OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"6 disk CD player jammed and cannot be used while stranding 6 CDs"

Lawrence B., GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"won't play"

William S., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Six CD changer is full but won't play or eject. Somehow CD is stuck. According to online inquiry, this is a known problem"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The CD player is a multi-player and has in the last year has not been able to play multiple discs."

Manuel C., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I was able to relpace the whole radio/CD with a used one from eBay for a reasonable cost."

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The CD player is stuck. Can't put any in nor take the ones in there out. Have to go to the mechanic or other business that fixes car CDs and radios."

Anonymous, DC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The right half of the display is blank and also affects the right side passenger window that doesn't operate normally."

Manuel C., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The display that has partially failed indicates the air conditioning settings and temps. It is NOT like a more modern car with GPS and other functions. It has nothing to do with the very nice audio AM/FM system."

C W., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"Large, rear speaker vibrates when turned on"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"woofer paper began to disintegrate"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I was able to replace the rear subsoofer with a good used one from eBay at a reasonable cost."

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"both rear speakers quit functioning."

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Molding on the driver's door was peeling up from the end,"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"latch on center overhead console will not keep door latched. latch spring on center bucket seat console broke and will not keep armrest door closed"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"After 16 years, 1/2 in the heat of Florida and 1/2 totally ungaraged, the clear coat started to bubble. We had the entire car professionally repainted"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Hood paint fading and peeling"

Francisco M., TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Peeling"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Chipped paint"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"In 2 small locations the paint has 5 or 6 small bubbles in an area about the size of a silver dollar."

J S., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Over the years, even though garaged, had a hood paint failure. Rest of car excellent."

Paul D., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"This toyota is the best car we have ever owned. Some paint was off by the driver's door."

Patricia L., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"rust near the gas cap rear driver side wheel well. This is a 1997 Avalon"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"body is still good but under body is very rusty"

Steve E., PA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"We noticed last week new rust on the inside bottom of one of the back doors. Will have it worked on next week. Rust is the main problem with this car. It runs like new"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rust around windshield and rear window due to improper replacement procedures and parking outside at beach"

Howard G., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rust along top of windshield"

Larry T., MI (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Clearing water drainage channels"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Water from air conditioner backs up into passenger floor. Cut tip off drain hose which fixed it. One leak to passenger floor from plugged drain at bottom of windshield."

John Y., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water comes in on the front passenger side during heavy rains"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"several leaks so water was in rear doors and trunk"

Sidney H., TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Sounds like a loose strut. I have not had it looked at, yet"

Emerson B., IN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaks when the steering wheel is turned, especially at slower speeds"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"In the morning the steering squeals like a cat for about ten minutes. Every movement of the steering wheel generates the sound. Mechanic has not been able to find the cause of the problem. The Passenger door hinge bolts keep working loose"

T W., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"noise when backing up and turning at same time, only on back up"

Richard S., KS (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Worn rear bushings rattling around as you hit bumps"

Tom N., CT (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"It seems to be coming from the compartment where the fans for the air flow are located. It is just annoying. Doesn't cause a problem. This has been a wonderful car"

Mary C., GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"When driving more than 45mph, there is noise and rattle"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"suspension noise"

John H., NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"passanger side window area"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Back window stop light"

John P., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

"gauges did not function. turned out to be a bad "ground", Fixed for $25"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlights would not turn off even after the car was off. Turned out to be $800.00 repair to replace some fuse box under the hood by Toyota Dealer's service department"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Water leaks in both headlights"

Michel P., ON (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Horn

"Horn became increasingly hard to activate. I went to 3 different mechanics, repair estimates ranged from $1100 to $20. It was finally fixed (for $500-including a new part that probably wasn't required) by taking it apart and cleaning off hardened lubrication. Works fine now"

M S., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Unable to find replacement key fob for less than $750 that has all the functions of original."

Jay M., MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Warning light for previously mentioned O2 sensor came on. Elected not to repair 02 sensor in exhaust system and ignore warning light on instrument panel"

Steve S., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The "check engine" light keeps going on and the dealership has tried to fix it 4 different times and now they say don't worry about it! They claimed it was the gas cap and replaced it 2 times and then they claimed it was the gas overflow port, but th"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The Warning Lights stay lit day and night indicating major engine problem(s) yet the mfg & local independent service mechanics can find no issues to cause this indication. So far cost for diagnosis and parts exceeds $900!!!"

Jay M., MA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"When turn off, wipers stop wherever they are and do not stop at the base off the windshield"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Air Flow Sensors going bad"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine code P1354 - Variable Valve Timing/Oil Control Valve bank 2 required replacement. Engine idled roughly when warm - after repair all is well once more"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Anti Knock sensor failed. Replaced both"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Dog bone cracked"

Beverly W., FL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"The seal between the engine and the transmission has a very slight leak that drips on the exhaust and produces a burnt oil odor"

Charles A., NM (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"oil pan gasket; valve cover gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Leaky valve cover gasket replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"very small leak from oil pan sealent"

Walter W., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Actually it is a 1998 Toyota Avalon XLE and it has leaking gaskets. Both upper and liwer gaskets replaced but continue to drip on the hot manifold. Have had the car about a month. Mechanic guarantees his work so am taking it back."

Anonymous, GA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Leak from valve cover gasket"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Sensor lights tell me I need to replace the catalytic converter"

Elizabeth M., IA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"check engine warning light"

Rodney F., WA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Sensor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light is on. Mechanic says it is the catalytic converter"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light reported problem. Led to Converter replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Internal parts turned to virtual powder"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The seam on the top of the stainless steel Resonator split"

Gary T., ON (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"had to have it replaced more than once"

Wayne C., TN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"rusted out at joints"

Louis S., RI (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Pipe connected to the converter was rusted. New pipe has been replaced and all's well again"

Anonymous, NH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Gear selector bushings became worn to the point that the neutral safety switch often prohibited engine start in "Park" position. Had to shift to "Neutral" to start engine. Replaced gear selector cable and bushings"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Selector would lock in Park and would not unlock beyond Reverse or let me turn the steering wheel., even though the car would move.This was repaired and about a yedar later I was reimbursed by Toyota because the vehicle was recalled for this reason."

J S., NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission had to be completly rebuilt and the radiator also because it got completly clogged up."

D B., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Will not start in Park, have to put in Neutral to start"

W A., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"The are actually the axles (part of transmission, right)"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Our transmission fluid is leaking regularly, but we are continuing to drive and just replace fluid on a regular basis because with 250,000 miles it is not worth the cost of fixing"

Teresa Y., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Answer the same as preceding question"

Paul S., NJ (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"This was a broken seal"

Ellen D., NY (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"leaking transmission pan-minor"

Walter W., VA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"After changing gaskets after the coils/plugs we have had a very slight leak in the cooling system and can't seem to find it. We had a large cup of Anti/freeze about once a month"

R B., TN (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Overheating

"Radiator kept overheating. I cleaned the radiator core and replace coolant. There has not been any issues since"

Gary M., MN (2000 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Radiator

"It was leaking to the point of causing overheating of the engine. I had it replaced. Although I labeled it as major, I do not think it was out of line with the number of miles (and years) I have on this car"

Ted R., KY (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Top plastic hose neck broke off flat to Rad tank, replaced mydelf"

C C., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Engine lights came on indicating overheating and then the engine quit, preventing damage to the engine. My mechanic said that this is a safety feature built into Toyota engines"

Dale S., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Top hose fitting broke off radiator. Water sprayed over engine and caused the alternator to eventually fail"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failed. Apparently it was not replaced earlier when the timing belt was replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Problem was a bit over a year ago. Had a faulty piston that would not maintain compression. Cylinder head had to be removed and piston replaced."

J S., NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"While traveling, piston went through the side of the engine. It is the only problem we ever had with the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"0"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"left rear wheel bearing failed"

Don B., OR (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Traction control

"sensor went bad"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Suddenly stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"At freeway speeds the transmission would slip and the motor would speed up but car didnot go."

D B., CA (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The exterior front door handles both cracked. We had to replace them"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Passenger side front seat no longer moves backward. We had someone move it manually, and we are leaving it there, as a new seat would be expensive. The car runs marvellously, and we would like to keep it as long as possible, likely until the rust tak"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
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