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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2001 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)

"catalytic converter requires replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light stays on, but system is working propery"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"failed inspection due to codesp1150 and p 1354"

James F., NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"EPA stinks because charcoal canister replacement is way to expensive to replace"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Several parts went bad which connect to the air filter"

R J., VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Now I get a code PO420 Catalytic Efficiency Below Threshold Bank."

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"fuel filler pipe vapor leak"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Rust and corrosion developed over time at the top of the fuel intake spout, causing bad seal and engine light. Each year for the last 8 -10 years, I had to bring car to dealer due to lit engine light. The solution always involved gas cap replacemen"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The fuel cap was fitting incorrectly each time I put gasoline in my car. There was a problem with the fuel filler neck leading into the gas tank that caused the problem. This problem frequently caused the "check engine light" to activate"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"It was not sealing properly"

R J., VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Replacement cap is non-standard as they no longer make the original. The screw has a different thread and on hot days swells so it is difficult to unscrew."

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"inaccurate reading of fuel"

E A., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Failed emission test required fuel injection system cleaning"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The fuel flattener leaked gasoline and the car responded unpredictability. The fuel flattener sk0thes the flow of gasoline and reduces pressure on the injectors - a debate exists on whether it is really needed. According to the dealer my case is a rare event, but the engine could have caught fire. The cost to install a new valve was very modest. My Highlander has the same engine and therefore has the flattener also. I asked that it be replaced, but the dealer convinced me that is wasn't necessar"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"have failed inspection due to 4 missfire codes failing"

James F., NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"There are two oxygen sensors, one before catalytic converter and one after. Both sensors needed to be replaced about i year apart"

Suh L., VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"repeated failures illuminate MIL"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light on and off. Replaced sensors twice - very expensive- but remains problem. No problem passing emissions tests, so just sensor problem"

Martin F., CO (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Code P1155 - air/fuel sensor"

John J., OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced a different sensor five times"

Georgette S., NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The problem is probably in the sending system as neither gas mileage nor operation have suffered. The check engine light is on sporadically (i.e. not always on) due to this problem"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check Engine light stays on all the time. I ignore it, but it is a problem for emissions testing requirement."

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Failure to pass emissions testing because of both knock sensors, one O2 sensor and a wire harness. The harness and knock sensors are on the rear of the engine, resulting in a very large labor expense."

Wayne G., CT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Engine light went on. Incorrectly noted at parts store. Dealer said it was a sensor in front of the muffer but was vague about this. Vague for $400."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Not really a problem with the sensor except it kicks the dashboard warning light ever so often since a engine cleaner was added to the fuel system. The extra stuff in the exhaust triggers this."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Constant issue. Would not allow us to put fuel in the tank at more than about 0.7 gallons at a time without shutting off the fuel flow. Dealt with it from about October 2019 until July of 2020 because of cost of parts (over $500)."

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Avalon Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensor needed to be replaced after check engine light came on. Very expensive repair for old vehicle."

Anonymous, MB (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light O2 sensor and vapor recovery system has been happening the last10 years"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Had repaired by local mechanic. No more problem."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light. Apparently there are 2 sensors. They replaced one sensor, and it lasted for a couple of days. Check engine light again. They replaced the other sensor and I have had no more problems"

Anonymous, GA (2001 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)

"THE SYSTEM FAILED AND I HAD TO REPLACE IT"

M H., IA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The right-rear ABS sensor failed shutting down the ABS in total. I'm currently operating the vehicle without ABS braking."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"ABS light went on in wet snowy weather in Terre Haute Indiana. On my way home I stopped at Toyota of Terre Haute and told them the problem. I made an appointment to bring the car back in a week. They assured me that I was in no danger of not being able to stop. I brought the car back and they ground the rear rotors and put in new lining. After that, no problem. Gene Rinderle"

Gene R., IN (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"One rear caliper was sticking, causing bad wear and shaking"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The calipers were severely corroded and didn't operate properly."

Anonymous, TN (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder was leaking, causing warning lights to go on. Had the cylinder replaced"

D P., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"No problems, really. With more than 60,000 miles on the brake rotors and pads, they were replaced because of normal wear for the second time since buying the car"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"seemed like normal routine maintenance"

Phil M., NC (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The brakes wore out. Most of the driving is in town"

Richard Y., IN (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Requires addition of brake fluid about once a year"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"new drums on rear brakes"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Only put 3 sets of breaks in 170000"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear brake pads wore out at 158000 miles."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Brake line rotted and fluid leaked"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Constantly have to replace the brake pads, 2x year. The calipers froze twice. It was a problem from the very beginning when we bought it used"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I have to be careful not to brake hard because it warps the rotors."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"If I accidentally hit a pothole, it messes up the alignment badly"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"See the previous answer"

Richard Y., IN (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"significant rust on the rotors required replacement. Not really a amor problem considering age and mileage. Cost just over $400"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The rotors were severely deformed and caused excessive pulsation when the brakes were applied."

Anonymous, TN (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squeaking when there is rain/snow. Ultimately, becomes severe enough to indicate rotors gone bad"

Peter O., MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"There was squeaking noises coming form the rear brakes when the car would first be driven after sitting overnight or for five or six hours"

Tracy M., WI (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 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

Bushings

"Rear bushings needed to be replaced."

Marjorie L., NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Right front tie rod had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Very slight leak in power sterring fluid. More like is sweats a bit thank leaks. Never even enough to hit the ground."

Marjorie L., NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"power steering fluid was leaking out due to a break in the power steering return hose."

M R., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"During a service inspection the technician noted the steering rack was leaking. I double checked and saw that power steering fluid was seeping. Knowing that leaks don't get better I had the rack replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"WORE OUT"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Garage tells me these are shot - at 140,000 miles I can't say I'm surprised - but cost to repair exceeds dealer trade-in valuation"

Robert S., NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced front struts"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"worn out"

Albert R., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Have AWAYS had a problem when the gas tank is full and a passenger in the back seat. The rear tires rub on the body every time the car hits a bump. Replace the struts/shock absorbers but to no avail"

Nathan H., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Both Rear struts leaking. Replaced structs bumpers and mounts"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Failure of the rear struts to the extent of breakage on the left rear side. Front struts have worn to the degree that the car bottoms on very slight bumps. Replacement of the rear struts also involved new bushings on the sway bar"

Wayne G., CT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Auto tended to float, so had all struts replaced along with front brakes."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace structs on all wheels. Blame it on Houston pot holes."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"They needed to be replaced. Expensive, but vehicle was due to have them replaced."

Robert L., IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I noticed that the rear suspension made creaking sounds when slowly going over speed bumps. Also, when several passengers in the car. the rear bounced. After inspecting, the tech stated that I needed new rear struts and rear torsion bar bushings. I felt that $1,500 for this work was a little too steep. I will replace the struts and bushings myself. I have done this before on a Toyota. I don't mind paying for repairs, but Toyota's prices are too steep."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"I have a safety check done by AAA and they found some potential problems with the struts. As a preventive measure, I had them replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack & pinion leaking. Leaves a small spot in garage, but am currently living with it (not repaired)"

Kenneth A., AZ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"When I get to 60 mph, the entire car vibrates"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"The damage, including a bent tie rod, was due to the extremely poor condition of Michigan roads"

Celeste R., MI (2001 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

"Chrome trim molding over drivers door came loose. Had it reattached at repair shop. Took about 10 minutes"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Many years ago the interior trim became loose and some of it has fallen off. Overall the interior trim is cheap and some of it is junk or poor design"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"After a few years the exterior paint started fading and in some areas it has come off completely - outside mirrors, top of car (in some places), etc"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"clear coat failing on roof and side mirrors"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"clearcoat is wearing off of paint surface. looks bad"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Molding around door fading and peeling"

Martin F., CO (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The Avalon is kept outside when I bought the Camry. The constant exposure to the sun has cause pealing because of the sun especially on the corners of the car which is usually exposed to the sun"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Clearcoat failed leaving dull undercoat dull"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the hood has blistered. I thought it might be due to prior bad maintenance, but walking down a street in Yonkers NY I saw an identical car with the same factory color and identical blistering in the same spot."

Wayne G., CT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Gravel chipped paint on hood. Paint on top fading."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the engine hood chipped and rusted in multiple spots on the front of the hood. I thought there might be a unique circumstance, but I saw 5 other cars of the same year and color with identical damage. This indicated to me that the problem is a defect in the original finish that appeared after the vehicle warranty expired"

Wayne G., CT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"rear suspension parts"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Little spots of paint chipping ---some have rust spots. But then the paint is 14 years old!"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I don't know if its a problem as the car is 14 years old, but we've owned a lot of toyota's because they last forever. Just wish their bodies did"

Anonymous, VT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"one spot i have found along top windshield molding above steering wheel. i believe it is a source of a water leak that leaks into the cabin through the front courtesy light/sunroof control module in the ceiling between rear view mirror and sunroof"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Rust on the painted area of the right rear wheel well. There has been no accident invoived"

Wayne G., CT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Driver's door keeps rusting out on bottom edge!"

Anonymous, KY (2001 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Squeaking belts - replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"pulleys squeal when engine first starts and for a few minutes afterwards if climate control system is on. Dealer replaced all belts, but problem has continued for years"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"Exhaust computer sensor was defective causing huge gas mileage reduction"

Anonymous, AL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"knock sensor does not work, check engine light always on"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The rear anti-knock sensor needed replacing. Intensive labor required to replace. $1700. Part was less than $100"

Anonymous, AR (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leaking from valve cover gaskets. Major repair due to labor cost. Losing roughly 1qt per 3000 miles driven"

Robert S., NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I replaced a leaking rear main seal. There is a leak at the oil pan gasket which has not yet been repaired"

Jimmy A., GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The V6 valve covers were leaking"

Vic K., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Dealer used die to find leak but failed to identify problem"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I could smell oil leaking so the mechanic had to replace some gaskets"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Significant oil leak in upper engine, either upper plenum ir valve cover gaskets"

Anonymous, OK (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets needed to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. The timing belt was due for replacement"

Winston K., GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Blow-out plug on lower part of engine block had to be re-tapped (Original part no longer made) and replace with larger plug"

Wm B., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rear valve cover gasket leaking. replaced spark plugs at the same time due to labor savings while replacing gasket and mileage of car (157053)"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"oil was leaking out through the valve cover gaskets"

M R., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Was leaking and causing a smell of burning oil. It is an old car so that's ok. Brought it in to have that fixed and took the opportunity to replace the spark plugs and timing belt which it was time to replace. Heat only blows on driver side, that was the climate control problem. Haven't gotten that fixed as it is not a big deal, so not sure what the exact nature of the problem is."

Dean J., NC (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"head gasket leaked oil. replaced"

Donald U., GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 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)

"Minor issue. License plate light burned out"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Right rear brakelight harness became hot and would not work"

Vic K., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

"loose ground for dash cause intermittent gauges, and false readings"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Seals around headlights wore out and moisture accumalated inside the light and eventually shorted or burned out the light. I bought replacement kits and it solved the problem"

Nathan H., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The replace lightbulb indicator came on and stayed on. No one can find any bulbs out. Assuming there is something wrong with the wiring"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"The interior car lights in the front no longer turn on."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The cost of fixing the problem was too expensive, so I'm just using the key"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The Key fob failed to work so I had to manually use door locks. Also when I opened the door I had to make sure I didnt lock it first or the theft alarm blasted until I put the key in the ignition."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Airbag warning light on. Had mechanic check this and he reported a sensor failure.Will have sensor replaced in June 2015. Rear exterior lights warning light. Checked visually to determine that all rear lights are operating properly, so I assume that"

R B., FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The check-engine light has been on for several years, and no matter how many codes have been corrected the check-engine and vsc light remains lit on my dashboard. Originally the ABS warning light was on but the light went out although the issue still has not been addressed. Toyota dealership took my engine apart to clean the engine assuring that the light would not turn back on after $1,400 later the light came back on. It's the most annoying issue I am wondering if this is the issue that was addressed as part of an owner repair by the dealership notice I received. Toyota did not say but I have the notice."

Kathy H., NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"windshield is almost always smeary. Can't get wiper blades or washer fluid to keep it clean"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"the wiper motor burned out. Because of the age of the car, they could not find a Toyota replacement part. They had to install an off-brand part which failed 6 months later. However, Toyota replaced that at no cost"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Wipers not going down once turned off. After they were forced down, it seemed to correct the problem and they started working fine"

Jana M., AR (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"There was a leak and the entire canister had to be replaced. Really expensive"

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Problem due to age & mileage (near 300,000). Other than that, it's been a great car - I'd buy again in a heartbeat!"

Alexis M., PA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"see previous "box". This is the first change of muffler since the car was new - 13 years ago"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

"slight extra noise, cause determined by the Toyota dealer doing regular maintenance. Because of car's "advanced" age, (and mine!) he, the owner recommended the new muffler be replaced at a muffler shop outside and suggested the best make for value"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Airbag warning light blinking. too expensive to fix"

R B., FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Airbag arning lights has blinked for the last 7 years. THe dealer wanted over 1000 $ to fix it. I deferred. No yearly auto inspections in FL."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The airbag warning light has been blinking for 6 years. Since moving to a state where there us no yearly auto inspection and that the repair estimate is over $1000 I ignore it."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"pipes corroded , first time for life of car"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"air & fuel ratio sensor replaced. engine warning light on dash caused inspection to locate problems"

Anonymous, TX (2001 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

"Radiator leaked causing us to buy a new radiator Also motor mount was cracked and replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"This car has a moon roof. There are tubes on both sides of the roof, designed to carry water from around the moon roof down to the bottom of the car and out. One or both of these got plugged up, which caused rainwater to leak into the car."

W R., TN (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"right window slight noise"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"head gaskets needed re-sealing"

Jeanne K., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The rubber gaskets have pulled away from the door facing on the front door. I think it is because someone lt the seatbelts get caught in the door closing."

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"I have had the car in to a non-dealer repair shop to look at brake squeal and rattling in the under-carriage. They seem reluctant to look or diagnose the problem. I suspect it has something to do with the antilock braking system and the bushings or s"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Fan on HVAC system whines periodically"

Jerald L., IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear stabilizer bar bushings needed to be changed due to squeaks when going over bumps in cold weather"

D B., MB (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"As the years go on, the car gets noisier. I will have to replace the window seals"

Anonymous, CA (2001 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

"Multi CD changer has a CD stuck in it and there seems to be no way to get it out...therefore rendering the CD player useless"

Jeffrey O., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Sometimes rejects a disc for no apparent reason. Eventually accepts the disc and plays it"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"CD player stopped working. Would not play or eject"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Third new JBL radio in the last 6 months. Dealership can't figure out why!"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"ac display has gone blank of only shows 1/2 of display"

D N., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It just randomly happened. There doesn't seem to be a reason behind it. I've taken it to places like OReillys and Auto Zone and they've checked the fuses and that doesn't seem to be the problem. No one is quite sure what it is or why it would have happened suddenly."

Anonymous, IA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"radio very weak at picking up stations, sound bad especially when car is warm, sound crackles when using radio"

D N., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"A spwaker behind the back seat has become faulty"

Anonymous, KY (2001 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

"Engine occasionally burns oil on start-up. It is not critical at this time and repair costs would be worth more than the car is worth. The car passed its yearly exhaust emissions test."

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Because we bought this vehicle used from a private party we did not get the recall notice regarding the problems with a build up of oil sludge which blocked the proper flow of lubricant, causing serious damage to the engine. We replaced it with a re"

Judith J., CO (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"Head gasket had to be replaced because of serious oil leak"

Jeffrey O., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Leaking"

Anonymous, LA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Chirping indicated a needed timing belt replacement at 135000 Miles. Also spark plugs and water pump +belts were replaced - just under $1300"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"No problem just replacement due to 90,000 miles since last replacement to prevent problems"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"No problem, just regular preventive maintenance"

Anonymous, AL (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"rep;aced the timing belt and components along with the water pump this week, 123000 miles. first time replacement,"

Anonymous, IL (2001 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"costco battery less than 3 years old. very slow cranking and starting. called AAA. tested and found it needed water, despite no maintenance needed. Running normal again afterwards"

Hoover N., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Buy only Die Hard batteries, my two yr old battery died, got a nice credit from Sears and a replacement new battery, that is functing great"

Wm B., TX (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"The variable valve timing solenoid failed, and I had it replaced"

Linden S., NJ (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Major misfiring on 3 of 6 cylinders due to electronic ignition malfunction/failure"

Anonymous, OK (2001 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

Automatic climate control

"not calibrated properly"

Ken J., GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"When turning a/c control to cooler setting air did not having any cooling effect. Corrected by replacing a/c control,evaporator and recharging refrigerant"

William E., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower fan remains stuck blowing from one set of vents and is unable to change. when another vent is selected it continues blowing from the same vent and other vents. selecting other vent blowing options in a/c mode cause a loud ticking like sound. (Toyota says the unit is trying to change vents but is unable to) The heating system takes a while to warm-up before it finally becomes hot even though the car has warmed-up after 30 or so minutes. On cold winter days it takes even longer to warm-up."

Kathy H., NY (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC no longer blowing cold air. Have not had it checked out yet"

Emil H., GA (2001 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

Locks and latches

"The Automatic Locking mechanism does not unlock the passenger door when I have finished driving and put the vehicle in park. Its an annoyance but nothing major"

Anonymous, VT (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"Right mirror fell out on the turnpike"

William W., OK (2001 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Windows

"Front passenger window unable to open or close. Faulty window regulator; cables broke. Removed and replaced by independent mechanic"

Hoover N., CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 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

Transmission computer

"There is a sensor in the transmission that is defective. It gives code PO773 Shift Solenoid E Electrical Malfunction that causes an engine check light but the transmission runs very well no problems. But with that check I can not pass smog check. But fix it cost more than the car is worth."

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Seal in torque converter leaks, gets on east stinks"

Tim P., OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Leaks, seal bad, gets oil on east and smokes, smells bad"

Tim P., OH (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"No warning. Just would not move when started. Had to hace it towed."

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"started to leak"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Had to be replaced"

Robert N., CA (2001 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

Stability control (ESC)

"VSC light came on. Mechanic said it was not just a light but VSC (Vehicle Skid Control) needed repair. As the auto is old and VSC is an option not a required item we chose not to have it repaired"

Emil H., GA (2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
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