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 is 1 recall 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.

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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 2002 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Thought problem was tires, then struts, but shook when applying brake. Finally it was detected by mechanic. brake grasped cylinder and would get stuck causing steering to shake rattle and roll. Very scary. Intermittent at first then very regular"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The work that I had done on my antilock brakes was to replace precharger pump and circuit board"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"calipers went bad in less than half miles driven vs. prior replacement. Believe the dealer previously installed in error or did not use OEM. No longer have any service done at dealer nor will purchase from dealer."

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Calipers rusted to the point break pads couldn't be replaced without risk of damage"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"caliper sticking causing brakes to wear. rear brakes had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The driver side front caliper seized caused vibration in the front when driving. this resulted in the rotor and pads wearing out prematurely as well."

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"caliper had problems releasing"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Almost impossible to drive, tremendous noise, immediately drove it to dealer for service"

Bob G., ME (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Cost about $400 to repair. Considering the high mileage, this was not a big problem"

Sheryl S., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"unusual wear.replaced twice in an 18 month period"

Whitsett D., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Caliperss have been replaced three times"

Paul T., CT (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rear calipers, right and left, have failed two times in this car over the last 150,000 miles causing premature wear on the pads and damage to the rotors so they needed replacement"

Philip J., MN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Left caliper froze"

Christopher M., CT (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Rear calipers locked up"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The breaks were warn and just needed replacement. This is the first time I had to do brake work since I bought the car at 72,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"brakes shuttered"

John W., IN (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"parking brake would not release every so often and then stayed frozen."

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Parking brake would not release."

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Due to the rear calipers locking up...I had to replace brand new brake pads"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"The car brakes pulsated and vibrated over time. It was due to normal ware and tear. Brakes fixed in same day service at auto repair shop."

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"The bake lines corroded and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"standard replacement of worn parts. Did not cause any problems."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Premature wear of front rotors"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"caliopers froze causing heat builduo and rotor warp"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"damaged because of the worn caliper"

Sheryl S., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"the second failure was in the past 12 months"

Philip J., MN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Diagnosed by local mechanic during maint/oil change"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Breaks squeal when backing up. Dealer says all of them do that."

Anonymous, AL (2002 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

Bushings

"If you hear a bumpy-banging coming from the trunk, and the handling seems a little loose, ask you dealer to check ALL the suspension bushings. Some may need to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"had to have power steering flushed and fluid replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Dashboard warning lights came on but ignored for several months. Found out from yearly state inspection that problems existed to make car fail inspection. Took in to favorite Toyota Dealer and found several problems existed that were safety and opera"

Bill P., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"All struts went out at once (probably due to age) so they all needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Parts wore out due to 18 years and 185000 miles of driving. Resolved by replacing parts."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"struts were due for replacement based on normal wear and age"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Shocks need to be replaced. Dealer will only install new strut assemblies, which are very expensive ($4000). I'm almost 65 y/o, not really what I want to do, but a couple of spring compressors and an afternoon of labor with my air impact gun could save me A LOT of MONEY. Three years ago I had an oxygen sensor go out, dealer wanted to pull the motor, I replaced the O2 sensor (got a life-time guarantee that was better than Toyota) for the cost of a sensor socket and some PB Blaster penetrating solvent. Saved almost $1,000."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Ride is not as smooth as it used to be. Too much feel of rough road"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Needed struts on all four wheels and strut mounts in front after only 214,000 miles"

Richard S., MO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced"

John B., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Hitting depressions in the road on the right side, the undercarriage on the right front scrapes the pavement"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced all struts due to wear"

Doug H., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"At about 40,000 miles, the shocks began to show evidence of needing replacement: very soft and "bouncy" ride, especially over bumps"

Ann M., AR (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"normal wear"

Paul D., KY (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Hard bump when going over speed humps with passengers in back seat. Rear end would scrape when entering or exiting steep driveways"

Jerry F., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"normal wear"

Paul D., KY (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Sway bar links had to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"knuckle joint in steering shaft"

Anonymous, NB (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"just worn out at 145k"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Inner Tier Rod on Passenger Side was loose. Required replacement to properly align it."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Parts wore out due to age of vehicle and mileage."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Normal ware on right tie rod. Both replaced"

Jim I., IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"replaced left rear wheel bearing"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

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

Fuel gauge/sender

"The fuel guage suddenly began to read empty. Because of the age of the car, Toyota service had difficulty identifying the cause, resulting in an extended period during which the car was in the garage. When problem was identified, a further delay was experienced in locating replacement parts."

Anonymous, BC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The O2 sensor and one other sensor had to be replaced during 2019. The only indication was the Check Engine Light."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Oxygen sensor fused to the heads of the motor since 78,000 miles."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"One air sensor of the two on the intake was malfunctioning and causing the check engine light to stay on all the time. Both were replaced at a cost of $800 total which I consider to be extremely expensive for what it was."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The sensor which is located at the top of the gas tank required the tank to be removed to repair. When the tank was re-installed the bushings were old so the vehicle made more noise inside the cabin as you drove."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Several instances when check engine light led to problems with emissions system--sensors, and some type of canister replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensors failed causing a Check Engine light"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"O2 monitor frozen in manifold. to replace might cause the need of a new head and high expense"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Failure in sensor located in or near the muffler that caused the engine light to stay on. The sensor had melted into the muffler. Repair cost was $700. Engine light no longer stays on"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light came on and dealer said that I needed a bunch of stuff related to the gas tank and exhaust"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Engine light stayed on. I'm not sure how it was resolved"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"2 of the 3 oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. However, this was the first replacement, and the car is 12 years old and has over 200,000 miles on it"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Bank one Sensor one seems to have a history of failure and is extremely expensive to repair. Toyota gave me an estimate of $650. Part alone is $280"

Scott T., FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"None"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I believe the Oh2 sensor was the cause of my failure to pass my Inspection last year. Replaced sensor and everything was fine"

Bill P., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It was a fuel to oxygen ratio problem"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Had to change the oxygen sensor"

Tibor F., NJ (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Cause was faulty oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 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

"Water in trunk,have not figured out where it is coming from."

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Hidden radiator hose leak that was not discovered when other hoses were replaced; very remote area."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seals around window deterirated"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The car has always had a weird whining sound. It sounds like a distant siren. There are multiple rattles from the engine compartment. One like a loose air filter cover, but that's not the problem. One sounds like a front end linkage problem, but that's not the cause. The dashboard assembly produces a lot of squeaks which one can expect as the plastic ages, but since this car has always been garaged (even at work), it's puzzling that it could get so bad."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Car's bottom plate (?) seems to rattle a lot .... as if it wasn't attached correctly to the car or the attachments or clamps have rusted. Service man never hears this!"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Cabin noise sounded like wooden boat squeeks when rocking in the wind. Door moans when closing or opening. Lub job did not seem to fix that"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"dash rattles at times but not all the time. -- it comes and goes.. thankfully it goes more than it comes"

Robert W., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"There is a squeak from the rear end when the car goes over medium or larger bumps. Rear struts and all hardware have been replaced by the dealer. Dealer says they cannot find this noise"

G S., FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"When backing the brakes squeal"

Anonymous, MO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Mechanics cannot find where it originates"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Suspension noise even with new shocks"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Clunky rattle in rear suspension most noticeable at slow speeds"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"There is one sound that happens occasionally. We can't tell where it is coming from but it sounds like someone's breaking wind. I hope it the car and not my husband. Just kidding, it's the car. It's only bothersome when someone new is riding with us"

Travis C., AR (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"door and window seals"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Wind and road noise have been significant since purchasing the vehicle. Very surprising for this model. It's gotten worse with age what with the window seals aging (to be expected) and the doors sagging o their hinges."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"probably mostly because of the rain deflector over my windows"

Robert W., NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 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

"Paint near driver's side window coming off."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim on dash pulls away"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"clear coat is completely peeling off. Through research I have found this was a common problem with this particular year model"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Clear coat flakes and peels. I understand from Toyota this is a common problem with this particular year. Since the clear coat is pearl metal flake it will require the whole car to be repainted and new clear coat applied. The estimate for this is $3500.00 to $5500.00"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint on this car did not hold up at all. Has faded and peeled over most of the car. And it started years ago. Have had many cars and never had this problem before. Have had vehicles much older than this one that never had faded and peeling paint. Very disappointed in the poor quality of Toyota paint."

Sally S., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The exterior clear coat paint is peeling over the entire vehicle. I took it to the Toyota dealership and they explained this particular year model had that problem with the clear coat paint. It is going to cost approximately $ 3800.00-$4800.00 just to have the car re-painted (clear coat only) because the white pearl is actually in the clear coat and not in the paint color."

Sheleah G., TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Chrome peeling off the grill"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Roof trim came off. Spoiler had to be repainted once and is need of same again"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Fading after only one yr of ownership"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint is chalking on roof and trunk of car. Seems to be the silver color because other colors of this vintage don't seem to be chalking"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint fading, cracking & peeling"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the rear bumper is cracking and the front bumper is peppered with white spots. FYI I live 1 block from the ocean"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The clear coating is worn off"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"The rust is due to the poor quality of paint. Peeling paint has led to rust."

Sally S., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"A little rust dot on the top"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Avalon 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

"variable valve timing motor"

Philip C., PA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"It had been 125k since spark plugs changed"

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Engine mounts

"First time I have had to replace motor pump in the cars I have had. Why did it fail?"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Fuel leaks

"It took our mechanic a while to figure out the problem but he fixed it and there haven't been any other problems"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Had issue with joint and found out that you had to use Toyota products and no aftermarket parts to successfully repair leak"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Oil leaks were from a head cover gasket. The overall cost for this was $1500.00 at the Toyota Dealership"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The seals are getting old and are now leaking."

Jonathan S., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I just spent $900 to repair an oil leak"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"minor engine oil leak - difficult to fix"

Richard C., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"I had to replace the valve cover gasget"

Edward C., GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"oil pan gasket needs replacing. Not yet much of a problem"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The engine valve covers needed new gaskets installed"

Steve H., VA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket needed replacing"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The head gasket, most likely due to age, has developed a small leak. With the cost of replacing this part estimated to be about $550, I've chosen to postpone the repair"

Anonymous, FL (2002 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

"Had to replace compressor."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor died and had to be replaced"

Lynch J., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"We had to replace the compressor twice in two years. It kep getting corroded and the AC would not cool even after repeated work to find any freon leaks"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the compressor"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Heat would run through blower unless temperature set to maximum cool."

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Blowing cold on driver's side and warm on passenger's side. Repair man said leak in the line"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Heater didn't work unless full HOT was selected. No fix without removing entire dash panel"

John B., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Temperature Mixing valves ceased to operated"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Can not get heat on the floor due to a broken plastic hinge on the heater not allowing air to be directed to the floor vents. Cost was over $3000 to repair, so we are leaving it broken"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on during a trip. At the shop they said it was a "bad air fuel sensor" or "bad heat sensor" and cost over $600 to repair"

Richard K., AL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air only blown from driver side vents, but cold air blown from passenger side vents. Took to shop, system low on Freon or whatever coolant is used."

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Dealer wanted $1000 to replace lines even though the coolant would last about 2 years between recharges. Then the coolant fill valve clogged, so I can't add more refrigerant without figuring out how to clean the gum off the fill valve"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 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

"I attempted to load a CD and the unit accepted it into the unit, but it doesn't recognize it's in there. It won't play, won't eject, and I can't load another. It's a 6-disc changer. It was the first time I had tried to use it in years, so it may have been broken when I bought the car. I did some research online, and it appears this is not unusual for this model year."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"It plays OK for a few minutes and then I get intermittent sound from it."

Anonymous, NM (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Mechanical six disc changer failed. Bought a new one (same model) from Toyota."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"CDs would load but not play or eject"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Six disc CD player did not work properly. Toyota replaced it with a new player of the same type at my expense."

Alfred T., FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The CD player works occasionally. It plays but the CDs are stuck in the player. It does not eject"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"The light bulbs behind the time/temperature screen need to be replaced, but the cost of pulling apart the dashboard to access them is excessive. There should be a simpler way to replace these light bulbs!"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"Factory rear deck subwoofer (housed in trunk) now rattles, distorted, because speaker material deteriorated in FL sun"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Rear subwoofer (woofer?) is torn. Been that way for about 5 years"

Mark A., CA (2002 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

Clock

"After Toyota service replaced LED light in dashboard, clock would not keep current time. I was advised to replace car battery. New battery did not solve problem."

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"There is a problem with the dash lights and headlights that keep flickering and dimming. Spent a lot of money and still haven't resolved the issue with dealership or local shop."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"It turns out a wire near the trunk hinge wore out. It was an easy fix, but hard to find"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Over the past 5 or 6 years, more and more dashboard and instrument panel lights are failing... makes it difficult to find controls at night. Fumbling for controls causes distracted driving. Mechanic recommended replacing all at the same time to avoid having to dismantle the dashboard multiple times; planning to do so in future."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Gauges fluctuate up and down. Toyota service thinks it's the voltage regulator."

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The illumination for the odometer has gone out. It has happened before and repaired itself. The interior light always flicker, including the odometer light when it works."

Jonathan S., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"the light for the odometer sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. The interior lights flicker"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"The air bag lights is on and won't go off. It isn't worth paying a bundle of money to fix so we ignore it."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper cycle would not go to rest position. Noisy during cycle. Replaced motor and linkage."

Anonymous, CT (2002 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

"At about 50,000 miles, the car started using oil with puffs (and now clouds) of occasional dense white smoke from the exhaust upon starting, which my mechanic confirmed was caused by oil running down the valve stems into the cylinders (seals leak)"

Ann M., AR (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"Head gasket was leaking and required $1300 worth of work to replace. Was debatable whether the vehicle was worth repairing at that point"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"replaced water pump normally replaced with belt. place water pump so it can be replaced without taking engine front off"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced timing chain and water pump. Also battery. Had to replace front axel due to a crack"

Sharon E., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"no problems.. At 165000 miles it was the second 80000 and routine maintenance for timing belt. The rest was while I am in there =water pump, etc."

Patricia R., CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"OIL LEAK & NOISE > TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"the muffler did not pass the car inspection which had rusted so i had it replaced with a new system"

Anonymous, MO (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The airbag light came on during an out of town trip. Took it to the dealership and they at first said it was a short in the sensor, and they got the light to go off. Later the light came back on. This time they replaced the center airbag sensor assy (assembly?) for $778 which fixed the problem."

Richard K., AL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The airbag light came on without any collision. The dealer said it was the passenger seat belt assembly which cost $337 for the part plus labor to repair. I felt that this should have been covered under warranty since the 2003 Avalon had the same issue and Toyota covered it"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The cruise control doesn't work all the time"

Anonymous, CA (2002 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

"BROKEN DOOR HANDLE SUPPORTS ON BOTH FRONT DOORS"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Leaks around the front door which resulted in a puddle after rain"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The door handle on the driver's door broke in half with normal use. We thought it was metal but it's plastic. Cost $270 to replace"

Richard K., AL (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 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

Coil

"Replaced two Coils & now ready to repace third coil"

Clifford H., TX (2002 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Turned out it was time for new spark plugs at 275k"

Anonymous, (2002 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

Electrical failure

"On board computer had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"With the Engine Check light showing VSC OFF, Toyota Service had no problem identifying the cause, but replacement parts were not available locally which required an overnight delay in repauiring the problem."

Anonymous, BC (2002 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Routine timing belt replaced.. Plastic radiator crumbled at pipe entrance & generally ready to decompose. Battery not dead, just ready for replacement. Changed water pump while he was at it and all belts, tubes changed=routine@ 160K"

Patricia R., CA (2002 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.

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