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, its 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, its 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.

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 2003 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)

"Terrible smell when engineis running"

Richard S., FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"new strut shocks all around at dealer $1600. Really high $$$"

Dave D., MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light was on. I replaced the gas cap, then the dealer replaced the new gas cap and charged me $40, and the light did not go off. Dealer estimated > $1000 to fix it. Good mechanic fixed it for $250. This is an area for dealer over-selling"

John P., FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Check engine light came on. After market gas cap not sealing. Didn't know I had an after market gas cap. Never had it replaced. $108 for Diagnostic check plus $33.24 for new cap. Total $141.24. Toyota Dealer"

Robert L., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"needed new one"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"The car started idling at 2-3000 RPM on startup and would not slow down. It could be braked to a stop but continued to pull against the brakes and smelled of overheating. It was towed to the dealer and they replaced a "control motor" at a cost of a"

James M., GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Apparently it was a faulty switch"

Denise J., MT (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The check engine light came on and the diagnosis was the o2 sensor. It was replaced"

Victor B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The check engine light came on in the dash. I brought it into a Toyota dealer to have checked. They changed a sensor total $447. I feel that this was an outrageous cost for what they did"

Richard A., NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light on, was difficult to diagnose the individual problem"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Three of them had to be replaced at different times. Each time it was about $800 to do. The biggest expense that I have had in the 13 years I have owned the car"

Stephen L., NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Sensors required replacement. (When they "went out" the engine light plus other dashboard lights turned on.)"

O M., MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensor was replaced last month; mechanic advised that I stop using unleaded regular (87) and use premium unleaded gas instead to prevent damage to O2 sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"This is the second time for this problem. The first occurred around 60,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"One of them needed replacing"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replace two O2 sensors"

Noel Z., MO (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light, replaced O2 sensor this year and 2 other in previous years"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Took car to be serviced because the check engine light was on and they said the O2 sensor needs replacing"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Both of the AF sensors and the O2 sensor have failed within two months"

Graeme M., ON (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"One of the oxygen sensor failed causing the engine light to turn on. No noticeable change in engine performance."

Richard H., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Service light indicator went on. Mechanic replaced the Heater O2 Sensor, Bank 1, Side 1 for $325"

Roberta B., MI (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Up line sensor was replaced due OB computer code. Same code still spears with new code. Engine light still on after OB computer being cleared twice"

Max J., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"'check engine' light came on; it cost me $500 to replace a sensor or solenoid that caused it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Rear O2 sensor failed"

Noel Z., MO (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Oxygen sensor malfunction and car failed the emissions test and this resulted in very expensive repair!"

Jim M., MD (2003 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)

"transmission (selonoid). whenever panel light came on for transmission , the ABS light also cme on"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Front caliper "frozen", rear sway bar " bushings torn." Sway bar bushings needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"worn out - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Front right brakes were frozen. MAde the car feel like the wheel was coming off"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"broken, out of alignment caliper led to early uneven brake wear and $2000 to replace"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Front right break was overheating and dragging. Sloane Toyota replaced caliper and rotor."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Calipers and disks locked up."

Noel Z., MO (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Caliper on left front wheel locked and prematurely damaged the brake pads on two separate occasions"

Jim M., MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"There is a brake fluid leak down by the wheels. It is a slow leak."

Gregory W., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake pads fell off"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Have replaced various brake components over the life of the car. Most recently, replaced RR caliper, brake pads, & resurfaced rotor at 259,801 miles"

Paul T., IN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replacement was routine. Completed at Toyota dealership"

Allen R., GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Required full front and rear brake replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Front brakes replaced."

Stan H., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The breaks were replaced 3 years ago and started having problems with them again. They weren't acting right and causing a grinding noise when I stopped. Took it in and the calipers, rotors and brake pads all needed replaced."

Anonymous, IN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes did not flash wear warning causing premature rotor wear with grinding/squeaking and damage"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The premature brake wear was on the second set of brake pads installed on the vehicle, and I believe the premature wear problem was due to the fact the installation shop (non-Toyota) did NOT clean the rotor mating surfaces before installing the rotors thus creating a rotor misalignment wearing both the rotors AND the brake pads prematurely !!"

Tim T., OR (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Replacing the front brakes solved this problem."

Stan H., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Calipers locked up."

Noel Z., MO (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Worn out - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rotors required replacement due to someone not following proper torque requirement"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"rotors do not lkast as long as previous cars I have owned"

Wilson K., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"first brake job at 160000 miles cost $800 including rotors up front. Who's complaining. But four months later got rotor shudder. Still not complaining"

Dave D., MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"On the second set of brake pads and rotors installed on this vehicle two of the rotors wore far more quickly than they should have. The shop (non- Toyota) turned the rotors to "true them up" but I feel the shop should have cleaned the mounting mating surfaces before installing the rotors. Otherwise, the 2003 Toyota Avalon is THEE most reliable vehicle I have ever owned in 55 years !!"

Tim T., OR (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squeaking brakes, with several brake repair jobs, and squeak persists"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The brake caliper got stuck and made a terrible squeaking/grinding noise"

Anonymous, CT (2003 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

"Car has bumping/bouncing sounds from rear. Repair shop indicated rear bushings needed replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"About 1 year following rack and pinion steering system repair, that included the power steering pump, the power steering pump was replaced a second time"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"rear shocks need replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Leaking shock"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"clunking suspension has been an issue for years. Poor design ."

Thomas M., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Will not buy another Toyota due to poor strut design. Struts noise started at 40K miles and even after 1000.00 repairs started again. My 1997 Camry did same thing"

Thomas M., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced after more than 100000 miles"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Rattle in rear of car while driving, thought by mechanics to be due to rear struts; struts replaced, but rattle persists, and brake problem caused by damage done by replacing the struts, entailing a brake repair job"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I have to replace them for the 4 wheels"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced rear sway bar bushings @ 240,000 miles"

Paul T., IN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Could hear on back end that shocks were bad. had new ones installed"

Anonymous, SD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Found upon inspection ( annual)"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Issues diagnosed before any major problems arose. Strut/Coil assemblies, camber bolts installed, four-wheel alignment completed 4/24/2018 at 76,282 miles. Mechanic stated that the coils' mileage expectancy should have been longer, but this failure is not entirely unusual."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Worn torsion bar linkage"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"right bar rear needed replacing"

Ned K., MI (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion steering assembly was repaired to include replacing the power steering pump at about 102,000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Have had this problem with vibration in steering wheel for past several years and garage staff can not solve what is causing it. I will be trading or selling it out right in the year. I will be looking at a new Avalon as the problem only developed a"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I have fought with the front end since I bought the car. The tires would go out of balance. It was straightened out with new tires a year ago, the I had difficulty with the rear tires going out of balance. It has been OK since I replaced the rear tires 6 months ago. I think all of the tires may pick up stones from my driveway causing them to go out of balance."

Thomas E., MA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"rt passenger tire control arm did not function to keep tire stable"

Yvonne M., NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Right rear wheel bearing; replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Replace both rear hub/wheel bearing assemblies due to noise caused by failure"

Anonymous, MA (2003 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

Gauges

"Several instrument panel lights were burned out. Replacing them was expensive"

Thomas W., TN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Can no longer see the mileage at nights, The back light for the mileage is out"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Cruise control light burned out""

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Gas gunge jumped from max to min to correct reading for months then the needle fell off inside the dash."

Ron B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Odometer illumination failed. No easy way to repair. Also power seat memory failed. Not worth repairing at this stage"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Misalignment of headlights. Aimed too low"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"replaced passenger side headlight assembly"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Two of the do not unlock using the electronic remote fob. They must be opened manually with the key."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"indicates inaccurately tail light malfunction"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"I HAD A Recall for three idiot lights on all the time. After I took it into the Dealer to be fixed I drove a few days and then the same three lights came on again after I filled the car with gas. I tightened the gas cap and the lights went off and ha"

Harry F., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"warning lights are on but dealer cannot find reason"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Airbag warning light stays on the first time the car is started when the engine is cold. Awaiting the second Toyota recall toe hopefully remedy this problem"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"mechanic was unable to determine why warning lights remained on initially, car was in shop for 1 day for closer look when it was it was discovered that rodents had gnawed wire insulation"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers would not park when turned off, causing vehicle to fail state inspection."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Switch to turn windshield wipers only had one speed, fast. It wouldn't do the intermittent or slow speeds"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Intermittent speed and high speed did not work. Had to fix to pass inspection. Very expensive motor"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"wipers did not function adequately, rhythm was erratic"

Anonymous, NY (2003 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

"wind noises around front doors"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"leak from trunk hatch"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Rain leaked around the windshield drain"

Martha B., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"needed to have car towed 3 times because of active fluid pouring from front end"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"sun roof leaks, water settles on passenger side floor"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeal when backing up"

Susan D., MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Just a lot of squeaks and rattles that no one seems able to fix"

Judith B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"When I hit a bump it sounds like boxes rattling in trunk"

Eugene B., MI (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaking in the steering wheel. Rattle in trunk area which no one can find the cause"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Front suspension/struts emit popping and rattling noises on small-moderate bumps. Strut replacement corrected the noise"

Richard W., CO (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"resonates with radio in headliner"

George C., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Shocks had to be replaced Dashboard Rattles at idle"

Paul D., FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Roof rattles when doors are closed. Secondly, right rear end rattles when going over bumps in the road."

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"There are assorted noises from loose chassis body parts. The engine issue was that replacing the timing belt cost us over $1100. This included the water pump and surrounding parts that can easily be replaced as the engine was open. Whatever savings from the weight of the timing chain is offset by the exorbitant cost of replacing the rubber timing belt. Staying with the metal timing chain would have been the best decision by the auto makers, but they decided to reduce the weight as it kept their"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"door seals no longer tight enough"

Anonymous, NE (2003 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

"The thin vinyl strips on top of the car came loose. One actually blew off somewhere"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the inside molding between the front and back doors is loose and will not stay attached"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"clear coat peeling on hood"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Paint is fading and peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"clearcoat is peeling on trunk and roof despite car primarily being garaged"

Wilson K., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Paint of the front & rear bumpers peeled in many spots. We did have it painted 2 months ago. It looks great now"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Paint on rear bumper is fading and peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Paint is peeling really bad especially on roof"

S P., PA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"on two areas that were replaced with non toyota materials it is evident that material is substandard"

Yvonne M., NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Wheel coating with simulated alloy coating is coming off. Clear coat did not last"

Ron B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Paint fading"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Paint coatings are wearing out on trunk and top"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"it has stopped operating"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"Have warning light that the converter needs service. I had the same problem around 150k miles on my 2000 Avalon and it cost $2500 to repair at Toyota. Car was never the same so I am holding off until it quits"

Phillip B., KY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The diagnostics appeared to identify a specific catalytic converter, but Toyota simply replaces all at once. I tried using their error codes and only replacing identified fault, but in the end replaced all to eliminate error code "check engine". I be"

Kurt L., NC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"had a leak"

Patricia H., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Just normal aging. Repairs were minimal"

Paul T., IN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"it was loose and rattling"

Patricia H., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The airbag sensor has been replaced at least once as part of a recall. A couple of years ago Toyota sent me another recall notice but said they did not have a fix and would contact me when they did. This has never happened. Occasionally the airbag sensor light goes on or flickers. I'm not sure what this actually means, and at this point, I am ignoring it because the car is so old. I plan to get a new car sometime in the next year or so. Overall, this Toyota Avalon has been incredibly reliable. I drive very little at the moment and I'm sure I could easily get a few more years out of this car."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)

"The Avalon would not pass inspection so we took it to the dealer. It took more that a month to get the new airbag, however we were given a rental to drive while it was on order. It was replaced under a recall notice and cost us nothing."

Thomas C., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"High moisture days the Airbags warning light stays on."

Thomas M., NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Airbag warning light stays on or flickers off & on - sometimes it will go off by itself,"

Michael Y., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The air bag warning light came on so we took it to the dealer. They kept in for 4 weeks, replaced the airbags and we have had not problem since them"

Thomas C., VA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Section of exhaust pipe on the left side & resonator needed to be replaced."

Michael Y., OH (2003 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

Oil leaks

"rear seal"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The timing mechanisms is leaking oil. It is going to cost in excess of $850....per the dealer"

Judith B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Oil pan seal developed a leak requiring a $500 or so repair. The pan itself did not need replacing and the gasket replaced was inexpensive, the largest cost was labor."

Rory O., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"I opened the hood to find the engine area coated in gritty black oil residue, about three to four weeks prior I did not see this."

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Valve Cover Gasskets"

Paul D., FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Seals around the engine are apparently rubber and dry out over the years. It will cost me $2000 to take the front end of the engine apart to get the seals fixed. There ought to be better seals for Toyota to use - they shouldn't fail"

John P., FL (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The valve cover gasket in rear bank leaked. It was most difficult to replace, and expensive to have done"

Kurt L., NC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"replaced the oil pan gaskets, to stop the leak"

Rufus M., GA (2003 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

"It is a 6 CD changer and the CD's became stuck. Once I freed them it repeated the problem. This just happened recently and was fine before this."

Roberta R., IN (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"cd wont play"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Loved the CD. Held 4 CDs at once. But the CD player broke and now I can't find another one that holds that many CDs. But otherwise I loved it"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Lots of problems here. As much the Dealer Don Joseph Toyota as Toyota. It comes on with three items that need attention. Go to the dealer and they charge $300. Half way home and it comes on again. Back to the dealer and they say it is something else now. Again pay $300. Two weeks later it is back on. Back to dealer, gee whilliers, it is something else now. Tell them I believe it is the computer running the screen as opposed to now something else. Gee, they agree. Can fix it for $1,400"

D B., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Trunk DVD unit quits working making the GPS unit worthless"

Jon P., NC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"intermittently changes station from the one i selected to 95.9 on the dial. no matter what channel i select"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Speakers

"Blown rear central deck speaker, which happened within the first few years of ownership. Apparently common on this car"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Speakers blew out so I had new, non-Toyota, speakers installed"

Raymond M., OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 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

"The door that regulates heat between sides of the car is inoperable. It is difficult to get to, and estimate is $900 to fix. So cannot get heat to passenger side front or back"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"Heater/air conditioning blowing cold on driver's side and hot on passenger side"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Went out. Had to replace which cost over $800"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"needed more gas/refrigerant"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"the control to switch the air from defrost to vent to floor would not switch to floor"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"ac was not cooling properly"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 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

"Remote no longer works on the trunk lock. We are getting by using the control button on the dash button to unlock the trunk"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon 3.0-L V6)

"Drivers door handle snapped in half when frozen after ice and snow storm"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"Driver side rear view mirror under certain sun conditions was impossible to see rear due to glare on mirror"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Sunroof

"the sunroom will open but not go back to a closed position"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Unlock Solenoids for both doors and trunk have failed. All of the door lock solenoids were replaced and one has been acting up again. The trunk lock solenoid has failed so using key to unlock. The fuel gauge had randomly jumped up or down and then the needle-pointer fell off so using the DTE for fuel remaining estimate."

Ron B., CA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"After 210000 miles the original radiator broke at neck connecting upper hose. Pretty good life"

Kurt L., NC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"The hose connection to the radiator broke, probably because of poor maintenance practices at the Toyota dealership, though I am not sure of this. The radiator and the hose connector were replaced for $600."

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"After 220,000 mile the radiator neck thinned and broke, allowing radiator fluid to leak and nearly strand me"

Kurt L., NC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Overheating and leak caused by failed water pump.Also replaced timing belt which was frayed.Thankfully, the water pump went first"

Anonymous, HI (2003 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

"it drained the battery and would not start"

David C., AR (2003 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"Was out of town. Started car and it was obvious something was wrong. Had it towed to Triangle Auto Repair in Raleigh NC. As an older female, I always feel vulnerable to being taken advantage of but these folks gave me a quote, fixed my car, and were extremely courteous. My regular mechanic at home told me that the price was very fair!"

Sally M., SC (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"With no warning the engine started running rough. No check engine light. Nursed it back home. Had it towed to dealer.They replaced mass air flow sensor and tuned it up with Avalon maintenance tune up including spark plugs, Fuel injector service, fue"

Robert L., VA (2003 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Oil sludge problems causing poor oil flow and burnt valves. Cylinders had to be re-bored and valves reconditioned"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

"valve problem"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"leak"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Avalon 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

CV joint

"CV joint was leaking and about to break from wear. It was a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Panel light came on for transmission problem then after a day or two the light reset, went off, & there was no indication of a problem. problem continued for 9 mnths before transmission problem was diagnosed"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 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.

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