The third-generation Avalon competes with large domestic sedans and is an alternative to some luxury sedans. The comfortable interior has a reclining rear seat and interior quality rivalling its Lexus cousins. Controls are straightforward without complicated interfaces. The soft suspension system absorbs bumps well, but body lean is evident in turns and the car lacks agility. Stability control is standard.
Alerts
There are 7 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

The third-generation Avalon competes with large domestic sedans and is an alternative to some luxury sedans. The comfortable interior has a reclining rear seat and interior quality rivalling its Lexus cousins. Controls are straightforward without complicated interfaces. The soft suspension system absorbs bumps well, but body lean is evident in turns and the car lacks agility. Stability control is standard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Car veers to the left after two alignments. Seems to be a problem with this model"

Geri M., MA (2005 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Minor alignment required adjustments and rotation of tires."

William J., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"They wore to the point they should be replaced."

Keith B., SK (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"The dealership said there was a power steering leak and I had to replace it and spent $1000"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I had a leak in the tube that pushes the wheels left or right. It was leaking out of one seal at one end. It was determined this was caused by my pulling the steering wheel all the way to the stops and holding it there. Terrible pressure. Learned"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"slow leak on rack and pinion rubber boot. Dealer wants $1400 to fix but steering not affected yet. Problem has been evident for 2+ years"

Dwight S., NC (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering leak required rebuild, then hose problem was discovered weeks after"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer wants over $2500 to correct leak"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"rack and pinion leak it needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"cv axles needed to be replaced along with hoses for leaking and the car had nno power steering"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the hose clamps"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering reservoir leaked. Easy remedy with power steering fluid sealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering system leaks occurred at hoses and reservoir following replacement of the steering box and linkage replacement. Not a lot of fluid leaked (maybe 3 to 4 drops a day but I can't stand a car the piddles."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Persistent power steering fluid leak since delivery. Toyota dealer unable to effectively diagnose under warranty. Leak is small enough to ignore and avoid unnecessary aggravation w/dealer."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump was leaking and was replaced."

Keith B., SK (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"very slight leak from PS pump"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"lost all power steering ability"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Dripped fluids, replaced pump and hoses"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the pump"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Pump and hose leaked"

Michael G., IL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Left front strut replaced but needs replacing yet again"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Winter 2015 was HORRIFIC, potholes resulted in coil spring damage"

Richard D., MA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Need to replace rear schocks and struts. Road conditions cause 99% of Alignment and tire problems. Cannot get a good alignment. I give up!"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Broken strut spring. After market parts not available so must use genuine Toyota parts. Replacement of front strut units are expensive"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"I had to change the struts due to the noise from the car when I drive on a bump"

David F., PA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Strut caused a banging noise when front wheel hit a bump which was annoying to me. Strut replacement was required."

Keith B., SK (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Springs were replace due to normal wear and tear"

David R., OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"RF Spring completely sheared."

Thomas S., MO (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"rack and pinion wear: $2000"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Fluid leakage"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration seemed to be related to front end but did not seem to be caused by wheel balance. Felt like gear lash in transmission, but not quite. Regardless, rotated and balanced wheels with no improvement. Two Toyota dealers could not ID the cause"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"boot on rack and pinon failed causing leak. cost to repair is around $1000"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace steering system tie rods etc"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The Steering Column would often drop when driving. Also the front end was "vibrating" and the brakes squeaked"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The telescoping mechanism would not lock the steering wheel in place. As such the steering wheel would collapse toward the dashboard from time to time"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The boots or something like that were worn to almost nothing. I had to replace the struts, the axles and the rack & pinion"

Jackie H., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replace Rack & Pinion"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Took car in for alignment, found linkage problem. Shortly after we purchased car as is"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"LEAKS IN RACK AND PINION STEERING. REPLACED AT A COST OF $1,488"

Robert M., WI (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer found excessive wear on joints"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Steering rack boot decomposed/ripped and leaking PS fluid"

Dewey D., GA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The problem was discovered by a maintenance supervisor during routine oil change. I never experienced any driving problems with this car, Because I never experienced a problem with it, I sometimes think that the maintenance supervisor may have wanted a maintenance charge that was not necessary."

Hank H., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced P/S Rack at 108k, now steering is heavy when turning w/ 203k and roughy 5 years."

Jason J., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Loose steering resulted from steering linkage needing to be re-fastened to car structure. Its replacement caused power steering leaks that required hose replacement. Neither posed a safety risk prior to replacement but certainly would ;have later."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion required replacement due to leakage."

William J., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"rack & pinion steering assembly developed a leak. I had it replaced."

Robert M., WI (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"had to replace steering system"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The car always worked perfectly. On advise from my mechanic, after a regular check up, he advised to change the tie rods... advise that I still wonder about..."

Carlos F., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Uneven tire wear. New struts fixed the problem at 90000 plus miles"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Loud drive noise at all speeds but especially at higher speeds"

Jason M., VA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The car consistently and totally loses acceleration at different times. I have taken it to Huntington Beach Toyota 3 times and they keep telling me that they find nothing wrong. I had 3 other drivers verify this problem"

Edward B., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Cause was the ignition coil failure"

James G., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"light dripping from timing belt cover"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"There's a leak coming from the engine and the mechanic won't know the source unless he pulls the engine. I'm not prepared to spend $2000 until the leak becomes heavier"

Rob W., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"My mechanic said the engine is held together with a seal (Like silicone) It has started dripping a little oil but doesn't use oil. He said it is a major repair to fix this leak so I'll live with the leak"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"power steering leak at resevor"

John S., GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"not sure but had to change some engine coil several times. car engine unsteady as if misfire"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"gasket around timing cover has an oozing type oil leak"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Minor engine oil seeping. Origin location undetermined so far"

Dewey D., GA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The timing chain housing is leaking oil"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"There is a significant, but slow, oil leak. It has been inspected by professionals, but they have informed me that they can't know what it is unless they take apart the engine, at the cost of a couple thousand dollars. So, I'm just watching it carefully"

Rob W., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak at junction of timing cover, head and block. Requires complete engine removal per Toyota dealer. 17 hour job. Ridiculously expensive, probably won't repair. Leaves oil patch on driveway"

Roy Q., OR (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The oil leak was related to the housing for the timing chain, requiring replacement of the housing seals."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The cost to fix the leak is replacing an engine housing seal for $2,900.00."

John K., OH (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Engine block gasket"

Neil A., FL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Seized front drivers side caliper. In my opinion, and that of the my current mechanic, all the calipers were not properly disassembled, cleaned and lubricated during brake previous brake servicing thus causing the premature brake caliper failure"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"calipers locked up"

Michael G., IL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"The master cylinder did not completely fail, but would lose pressure while waiting at stop lights. Since my wife drives this car I didn't want to rely on her ability to overcome this issue in a worsening situation"

Rolly T., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced brake pads on the front wheels due to normal use"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear brake pads and turned the rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes started to grind"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"I had the brake pads replaced but they squeeked. He replaced the roters and the squeeking stopped"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"I was experiencing pulsating when I applied brakes. I needed new pads and I think they filed? my rotors to smooth them."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Seems like I have to replace rotors when brake pads wear because I am told if I just replace the pads the car will have a constant squeal whenever I use the brakes"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"front rotors had to be replaced two times as of current date"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"my hard braking had caused heat damage to the rotors"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"After hearing the rear brakes grinding, a check revealed a brake pad failure. It was fixed"

Keith B., SK (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear caused the brake pads to wear, squeak, and we had them replaced"

Hank H., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-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

"Very erratic charging that required battery replacement every 12-15 months. Alternator was going bad"

Tim M., FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"Had to replace three coils and spark plugs because engine was skipping"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"an ignition coil failed and replaced"

R R., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Turns out the new coils had a high failure rate and Toyota won't cover the replacement. My warranty went to 60,000 miles and we had about 60,500 miles before coils started dying"

Brian S., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"engine misfire"

Frak G., SC (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Coil failure for number one cylinder. Was charged a whopping $700 to fix it. I think I was grossly overcharged for a dealer to fix it"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Each spark plug has its own dedicated coil. Two of these failed but being the rear ones it cost $500 to replace them because of labor. When it comes time to replace the 3 front coils it will be a fraction of that cost. This is the only mechanical problem I have had with this vehicle."

Larry H., UT (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"1 igniter failed"

C R., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Ignition Coil failed. Replaced all 6 coil packs and spark plugs"

James G., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle required more and more turns of the engine to start."

Anonymous, FM (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Engine cylinders missed firing"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mis-firing due to number 1 cylinder coil failure"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"ignition coils on spark plugs have failed 2X in the past 2 years. cause check engine light to come on. cost of repair is between $750 and $1000"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-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

"after dye testing and several month of attempts to fix first what they called a plugged line, they finally diagnosied the compressor as the problem"

Milton W., NJ (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"AC works in cooler weather and does not operate on Hot Days"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"the controls on the steering wheel not working when wheel is straight, only when turned hard right. this failure sometimes turns the climate controls off when driving. The cost for the switch unit in the steering wheel is $480 CDN plus labour for i"

Wayne L., ON (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"needed recharge refrigent."

William D., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Repair service said evaporator was leaking and responsible for my having no cooler. Subsequent service felt, however, that evaporator was not a problem"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"leaked coolant out of system so had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Evaporator was causing leaking. The A/C stopped cooling."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"This past winter the air from the heater blows cool until after driving at highway speeds for several minutes and returns cool once speed is slowed down."

Jason J., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Service people found the leak during routine maintenance"

Edwin S., MD (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Lost all refrigerant which resulted in complete rebuild of climate control system"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Refrigerant leak disovered behind the dashboard. Too expensive to fix. Toyota dealer recharged system and added a stopleak component. So far it's working"

Rolly T., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Cooling and power steering leaks started. The coolant leak forced a radiator replacement that cost $800. I was quoted $1200 for the power steering fix. I delayed because I did not want to spend the money when I was planning to replace the car. I just add fluid all the time. We will use the CR car buying system sometime in the next 6 months. We will be moving into our newly built home this week. I would be glad to give you survey information"

Harry D., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-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

"Replaced the radiator twice in two years. After-market parts were not reliable!"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"seeping leak around water pump area"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Hard to work"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"It seems that the wheels, at least two of them have a corrosive type problem, which causes them to lost air pressure. I have to check and refill two tires about every two or three weeks. My tire guys states that the leaks are caused by corrosion on"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"door/window seals to tight allowing wind noise -- was MUCH when new quieter (one reason for purchase)"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"seal around moon roof leaked creating a mold problem"

Jason M., VA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"weather stripping seals on door failed"

T C., ON (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rear window sun screen rattles"

Phillip J., NC (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"clunk noise trunk area, service unable to locate any issue"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"seems like a lot of wind noise when driving 50 mph or more, especially for a car of this make and model. Also get some rattling from front and rear passenger door areas"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Previously reported to you in this survey. It's noisier that I think it should be considering the cost and quality of the car. It's annoying, but I'm used to it now -- or my hearing is getting worse"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-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

"CD system is dead. I can't play my CDs"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"I listen to books on CDs. Had to have the radio replaced twice so far due to the CDs skipping and jumping tracks. First cost $700, this one today was $400"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The in-dash 6-disc changer no longer plays discs. There seems to be a problem with the laser reading discs. It just skips to the next disc to try and read, and skips and skips"

Rob W., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Would not load or play CDs, Had to replace it"

Scott B., UT (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The car came with a JBL sound system, and though the speaker system is fantastic, the 6-disk changer no longer works, and it cannot be replaced by Toyota"

Rob W., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"computer system failed. car stopped. series of repairs, beginning with the alternator, begun"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"There is some kind of defect in the front panel that would cost $1300 just for the part and Toyota won't do anything about itr - so no temp readings, no radio, no cd. Great car but this is a HUGE flaw"

Laurel H., GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Because the A/C and radio are controlled by through the display screen, I could not make changes while the screen was not working. Only the push button pre-sets continued to work."

Rolly T., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The volume control on the radio sometimes increases the volume when I try to decrease it. This only happens on the radio itself, not the steering wheel control"

David M., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Subwoofer broken. Poor pickup by FM/AM antenna"

Lee K., FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-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

"Trim has come loose along the roof"

Jack V., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Lots of paint peeling"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The entire body is peeling and has seriously deteriorated over the last year"

Jack V., TX (2005 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Most of the outside of car"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The front of the car (around grill and the front of the hood) have excessive chipping due to impacts from insects and normal road material. I do not drive gavel roads nor have I experienced abnormal conditions"

Glenn W., OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is faded and peeling on trunk and back of hood"

Cheryl H., TN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling and fading on trunk and back end of roof"

Cheryl H., TN (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust has become evident on the right rear fender panel. This vehicle has always been parked in an under ground heated area and rust was a total surprise."

Anonymous, FM (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"transmission slips and jerks"

Lee K., FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Car hesitates when starting to accelerate from being stopped"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission won't downshift when accelerator floored. Delay in accelleration, transmission and engine speed up before engaging at slow speeds. Dealers say this is how all 2005 Avalon transmissions work so they won't correct. Many conversations w"

Brian S., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Has slipped several times. I intend to do a filter and fluid change"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The Service transmission warning light came on unexpectedly and the dealer could not sort out...have experienced abut a 105 reduction in mileage since the event despite having the transmission computer reset three times"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Unnecessarily shifts to a too lower gear when continuing to accelerate after slowing down"

Phillip J., NC (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Had to drop the engine to address the leaks...was a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-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

Cruise control

"Whenever it rains, even a little bit, the cruise goes off and there is a red light by where you get the readout and it says "C2". Frustrating. I haven't gotten it looked at"

Joan B., MN (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"the rear center brake light has gone out intermittently, probably just a loose wire, but not found yet"

Richard S., VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The third stop light went out"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Electrical problems with lights-could not be isolated and fixed!"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"The regular beam on the left headlight went out. It was a loose wire. Corrected and now works."

C N., VA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Driver's door will not open with the FOB. It must be opened manually with the key. All other doors will open with the FOB"

Bill H., GA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-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

"Cylinder head warped, causing oil seepage"

David R., OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine block overheated after water pump seized and warped"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Front seal failed and leaked oil. Common problem with this 3.0L V6 engine. Requires engine removal from the car. My brother owns the same model in IL and had the same problem in the last 2 years. It took our dealership three visits to find it"

Tim M., FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"Head gasket replacement is standard when doing such a repair"

David R., OH (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing chain cover gasket leaked, entire engineer removed from vehicle to replace cover gasket"

R R., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-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 cap

"Warning light came on. No performance problem. Had dealer diagnose the codes. Cap was replaced at no charge under warranty because a similar situation took place previously"

Jerry M., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was leaking"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warning light came on. No performance problems. Had dealer diagnose the codes and replace the faulty sensor(s). This also happened in previous years"

Jerry M., NY (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace O2 sensor(s) normal wear and tear"

Sanjay M., BC (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"One of O2 sensors needed to be replaced to clear "engine" light and pass state inspections. more costly than expected"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-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

"Car began vibrating at about 45 mph. Took it to an independent shop and had it fixed for about $270"

Rolly T., CA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Replace Axle Seal"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"grease leaking from boot"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"The coil controling the ESC became sudenly defective with recurent pulsation on the brake pedal and sometime pulsations even if the brakes where not used. It has been corrected since that time"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"airbag warning light comes and goes by itself."

Bob C., CO (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Problem just started. Taking it in to the dealer in 6 days"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"gasket leaks near water pump left puddle on garage floor"

Jason P., CT (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

"probably ok but replaced when gaskets were replaced"

Jason P., CT (2005 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-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

Windows

"Sticking!"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
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