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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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

"Alignment was necessitated by replacement of steering rack"

Ken C., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Noticed that I had uneven front tire wear. Discovered that ball joint was leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking fluid and spraying onto belt needed to be replaced"

David N., SC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Boot was broken probably from age"

Thomas H., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"During routine maintenance, the dealer noticed leakage by the busing and indicated it needed replacement"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Hose broke causing fluid to leak"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking house and leaking power steerding pump"

Vernon H., KS (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rack and pinion at a cost of $1200.00 plus"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At the dealer the service mgr told me that there was a leak and the system must be replaced. I asked to add fluid. He said replacement was needed. It cost $1000. I was not happy"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"replaced leaking rack and pinion"

Richard S., CO (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion replacement and leaked and had to be replace with another"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"It was pointed out to me that I had a power steering leak. Of course the same dealer had performed maintenance on my power steering system previously"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"power steering hose from reservoir leaking"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"technician found small (dust covered) drop of fluid (estimated repair $2000). Six months later no sign of an underbody drip or lack of steering sensitivity"

Richard M., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My (ex-)Toyota dealer failed the Avalon's 2013 New York State Inspection due to a "substantial" steering gear leak & estimated $1600 to repair. I subsequently passed inspection at a reputable garage. In 2 years since then, almost no fluid loss"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"replaced hose which cost over 300 dollars"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering rack replaced due to leaks"

Gary M., NJ (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Malfunction , leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced because of leaking"

Vernon H., KS (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The power steering was leaking and had to be repaired - total cost of repair $2800.00"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"was a recurring problem"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Replace leaking power steering return hose"

R B., RI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"3rd pump in last three years"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Probably from hitting "speed bumps" too fast"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out"

Leon K., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"car was making unusual noises going over speed bumps. All 4 struts needed replacing"

N H., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This is the 3rd time had to replace the struts since we bought the car at 30000 miles to 228000"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rear struts and strut mounts"

Chad H., MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Time for new ones and they are $1500+"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"was informed it would be $1900 for front and back strut packages so am not going to replace them. Rather will look for a new car"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken coil spring on the front left of the car"

David T., MI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After replacing the front struts 18 months ago the front spring broke"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Front drivers side spring broke"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front spring broke resulting in replacement of springs and struts plus alignment"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The rack and pinion assembly was replaced for both sides. (I think that is the only way this can be done.) The labor was $283.50 and the parts were $593.99. for a total of $877.49. This was done by a local shop"

David M., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"boot had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rack and pinion"

David D., NJ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer says rack and pinion is leaking, $1800 to fix"

John W., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"leaked fluid"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer discovered excess wear"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Steering boot was leaking and it was less money to replace whole rack than just one boot"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"replaced leaking rack and pinion"

Richard S., CO (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I had the one repair I really don't know what the problem was but it was tightened up"

Thomas H., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking seals required rack and pinion to be replaced"

Michael A., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"My Avalon failed VA safety inspection Feb 2015 due to excessive wear in steering rack. Rack was replaced by dealer"

Ken C., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"2 Dealers on multiple occasions failed to eliminate a pulling to the right. Finally at Tire Kingdom a serviceman was able to do a 4 wheel alignment and again establish a true track. One dealer changes the R&P to eliminate the problem but it was not"

Carol F., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"steering shaft"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Needs to be replaced"

Michael M., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"because of the leak, the dealer wants to replace the whole shaft assembly at a cost of over $600"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering rack leaking. needed to replace"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This is the second Avalon owned to experience this problem"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had leak and it was diagnosed as being from steering linkage. Had Steering wheel firewall grommet replaced/lubed and the had to order and replace 3 SOP P?S hoses along with the Power Steering Rack for a total of $1,800"

Michael S., PA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion failed and had to be replaced. This was the 2nd time in 3 years"

Gerald R., NV (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Steering rack was leaking"

Jerry D., SC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"I had a vibration in the steering wheel. I had the tires check for balance, no problem. I put the car in the shop, they replaced the axle shaft assemble. That took care of the problem"

L S., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"snow gets packed behind the rear tires and creates vibrations when going 40 MPH or greater. always need to knock out snow before it gets packed. per dealer this vehicle is known to have this happen"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The locking lever for keeping the steering wheel in place drops and leaves the steering adjustment (up/down, forward/back) loose while driving"

Robert O., IN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"needed to be adjusted"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's side steering rod, like king pin, worn and replaced, which required an alignment. Covered under extended warranty. Alignment paid out of pocket. Considered normal wear. 20 MPG in town.30+MPG highway.Great car"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Bad struts"

Leon K., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Factory (unadjustable) camber settings cause rapid wear on the inside of the tires"

Michael A., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Since the Avalon was new, getting the front wheels balanced to eliminate vibration has been very tricky and difficult"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"In 2016 the right front wheel bearing started making rotational noise - replaced same, in 2017 left front wheel bearing started the same noise - replaced same"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Left wheel bearing was very noisy and had to be replaced. Service station recommended replacing both since the car had about 125,000 miles on it, so I replaced both"

J H., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Noisy wheel bearing"

Arthur D., MA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 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

"Could not start the car"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"One morning on route to work I noticed my radio quit working and my transmission started shifting down, all electrical shut off. I was luck I was on surface road as my steering, brakes all were affected. I managed to get my car off the road and calle"

George I., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Would not stop charging and ruined battery"

Allan D., UT (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Failed. Huge labor charge involved because of accessibility"

Kurt S., TN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator Failed needed to be replaced"

Al B., MD (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Had 4 batteries go dead in first 5 years"

John W., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Battery was a result of alternator failure that was explained previously. Had no real problems before the alternator incident"

George I., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"ignition coil went and it was in the back of the engine so they changed 2 spark plugs while they were doing the job also the valve cover gasket"

Keeneth C., PA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Service light came on and code spelled out which coiled failed. 2006 is one of the years that Avalon has had known coil issues. It had 100,000 miles on it so it was time to change spark plugs. I did the work but it is a major job to change rear (next to firewall) plugs or coils"

Clare S., MI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Have replaced multiple coils over the years due to check engine light/VSC light coming on. Car runs rough until coil is replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"In Nov. Cyc.2 coil and plug had to be replaced. This week cyc.5 and tech rep. suggested rest of cyc. 3 thru 6 should be repaired-replaced - $965 in Nov. and $1039 this week"

John C., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Coils Failed"

Bruce F., PA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Repeated replacement of misfiring coils"

Jill M., MN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"While driving on the interstate engine stumbled and check engine light came on. Toyota dealer service diagnosed #2 ignition coil failure. Replacing coil resolved problem"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Each cylinder has a coil and they fail independently. Three did in the last year"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Already replaced 3 of 6 coils. Number 4 has now failed which will require pulling the engine manifold-a greater expense. Recommended to now replace all of the remaining coils-estimated $1,000+"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Avalon)

"had to replace 6 one for each plug"

Thomas H., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"We replaced two coils"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"REPLACED SPARK PLUGS AT 85000 ALONG WITH 3 COILS COST $925"

C T., KY (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Started missing around 90,000 miles and they had to replace one of the coils"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light came on and engine would run rough"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I checked `coil` along with `ignition` considering that there is probably a coil as an element in the plug augmentor or igniter"

Richard W., NM (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Two coils have failed within the past year"

Ingram T., CO (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Cylinder coil failed and had to be replaced"

W B., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"coil on cylinder 4 failed"

Henry G., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"I have replaced four of the six ignition coils that sit on top of the cylinder heads. It is an expensive repair and caused by poor design of the original coils. Hopefully, the new ones will last longer. According to the dealer, it is a well-known pro"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Coil failure on #3 cylinder"

Henry S., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"over the life of the car, all 6 of the (per cylinder) ignition coils have been replaced, one twice. Initially under warrantee, but the last4 I have paid for, ranging from $500 to $1500 each. This car is a lemon. Got stranded 250 miles from home once"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of ignition coil pack. Expensive to replace because it was on a rear plug adjacent to the firewall. Dealer should have replaced plugs at same time because plug replacement was required in about 8000 miles, but dealer did not raise subject"

J H., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced bad coil pack 2 ignition coil"

R B., RI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"an intermittent stuttering (engine roughness) due to an igniter (one of six)"

Richard W., NM (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had 1 ignition coil replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"1 ignition coil failed. Replaced all 3 on engine bank due to cost of getting to the 1 that failed was on inaccessible side of engine. $920"

Glenn S., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Plugs need to be replaced due to coli shorting I was told"

John C., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"While in motion engine attempted to fail; however, there was no shutdown. Observed LED ENGINE indicator and based on Owners Manual vehicle should be referred to the dealership. Cost to repair was cost effective"

Maurice B., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"coil failure-5 coils"

Larry H., AL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

12V power plug

"Still having trouble with no power to this plug"

Kevin H., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"Intuitive cruise control fails to work"

Katherine B., DE (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"THE CRUISE CONTROL IS THE FANCY ONE THAT HAS A LASER BEAM FOR FOLLOWING THE CAR AHEAD. IT HAS FAILED. WHEN YOU TRY TO TURN IT ON IT GIVES AN ERROR CODE. I HAVE NOT HAD IT FIXED YET"

R F., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"cruise stop car when unit get to close to car in front, this does not work. When it went out, now I don't have any cruise. Cost to much to repair. Also the pass. side mirror glass got cloudy. Both went bad after the warrant ran out"

Hubert M., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Terribly poor accessory, especially since it cost $1500 at time of buying the car. Within 3 years it started to have problems entering a destination, now it is impossible. What makes the problem even more troublesome is that the same joystick is used"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"led 3rd brake light worked when it wanted to. replaced at same time as the other problem. This car is kept in a hot climate. Never had much trouble with this car at all. Very few issues and for a 2006 is still without any large or costly repairs so far"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Third stop light works intermittently"

Katherine B., DE (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"center brake light - required expensive repair just to change light strip"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"one running light"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Centre brake light"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"the third brake light does not always work; I have noticed this is true on other same generation Avalons; problem is to fix it, must take out back seat; expensive labor; don't know why it is not accessible in easier fashion"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"back up lights needed new bubls"

Rosemary M., NJ (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Center brake light on rear deck stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlight burned out. Simply replaced it"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The headlights keep burning out. Replaced at least 5 times on the right side, 3 times on the left side this year. The lens are clouded up. Replacement is too costly to do"

Anonymous, AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"One of the headlights was not working. In order to change the bulb the dealership had to remove the bumper, disengage the electric input to the light, replace the bulb, and reassemble the front end. The light worked for one day. When I returned I was told that it might not have been the bulb at all but that the igniter needed to be replaced and that it had to be ordered. The third day, disassemble the front end, replace the igniter, reassemble. Luckily the dealership deducted the cost of th"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight timer wouldn't shut off lights at prescribed interval; dealership fixed by setting interval to zero so lights turn off when door opens"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights are not bright, do not seem to be pointing correctly. Rear axle "ride height sensor" was broken, cost $300 to replace, does not appear to make headlights point up far enough"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"too expensive to fix. decided to live with it"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Both my keyless FOB's stopped working. Problem was with the receiver in the car that would cost $800 to repair so I decided to just live with it"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"side front passanger door will not lock or unlock automatically and dealership can't find problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Several doors don't unlock unless manually opened. Keyless entry doesn't work and electrical system in doors needs repair"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"lighted or flashedwhen tire pressure sensor failed"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"repair/replace windshield wiper motor speed control"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

"Compressor & hose started leaking & had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Auto A/C guy fixed it pretty quickly"

Michael S., GA (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Blew warm air found compressed rotted out $1800 repair"

Ivan K., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The AC system would run for a random amount of time and then stop cooling and blow hot air"

Michael S., AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Fancy climate control that doesn't work very well"

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"thermostat"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"AC would turn itself off after running for a while"

Michael S., AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"variable speed control repair/replace"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"blower fan was intermittently working"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"I guess this is a normal failure for a nine year vehicle"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Cost over $1200 to have fixed, largely because the dash had to be opened up to get to the evaporator. Mostly labor charges"

Stephen P., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Leak"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The evaporator went bad and replacing it requires taking apart the entire dashboard of the car. We received an estimate of 5,000 to replace it. While researching how to do it ourselves, we found that our cracked dashboard Iwas under a factory recall. We contacted the Toyota dealer we had been using for services and they told us we would have to wait 6 months for the dash repair. We asked if they could combine the evaporator replacement with the dashboard repair. They were ambivalent. After 6 mon"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to replace a part, fill up with the refrigerant, and we were good to go. Expensive, though--about $800"

Lee L., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"not cooling enough over the past year"

Anonymous, AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Coolant loss caused cooling failure. No detectable leak could be found. Refilled and all is well"

Kurt S., TN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Now being repaired"

Ed D., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"tubing rubbed against radiator housing causing hole"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS light remains on. Mechanic said the computer main control board needs to be replaced as the brakes still work, but I no longer have the ABS feature available. I can feel the brakes "slip" when the ABS tries to engage but they have been thoroughly checked, and they brake the car fine in spite of the "slip" I feel occasionally. The control board would cost $1500 minimum to fix which is too expensive"

Kim B., GA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"I was informed of my left rear brake pad was locked by a Toyota dealer. Of course, another Toyota dealer had previously replaced by brakes"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Frozen up Calipers believed to be caused by highway salt beet solution sprayed on the winter roadways causing premature corrosion"

Darrell M., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"total freeze up...no repair possible, only replace"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"A broken clip making the brakes feel spongy and taking longer to stop"

John B., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Had front right calipers serviced a few times before they were finally replaced"

Michael S., PA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Replaced master cylinder"

Michael P., OK (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes were wearing thin and were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wear on brake pads"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to get them realigned"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Normal maintenance"

Kelly S., KY (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"50,000 miles on rear brakes. Time to change"

Laine F., NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"186k and the rear breaks required replacement. Excellent wear characteristics"

Bryan K., ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Premature brake wear was caused by frozen up calipers detailed previously"

Darrell M., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I don't drive much but have to replace brakes every 3 years"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Regular wear"

Roy C., ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have repaired Twice then totally replaced them"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"When my brakes were being rebuilt I failed to get the grease that would minimize the squeaking"

Ruben Z., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

"Loose rear panel, not a serious problem"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The tail bumper trims fell down"

Vinoth R., DE (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash cracked on passenger side. Received notice from Toyota that it will be covered by warranty but parts are not yet available"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Flexible plastic bumper cracks the paint when struck"

James R., TN (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Just fading in some spots"

Dale C., SC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Clearcoat paint on the original equipment spoiler peeled. The car is usually parked outside. The spoiler is no longer available from Toyota, so I purchased a matching after-market painted spoiler"

Ingram T., CO (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Used to wash my car at a car wash that scrubbed hard. Not the sun working on paint, or maybe secondary. Anyway car top and trunk lid are chalky and paint haa faded to the metal"

Ruben Z., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This is the weak link for this Burgundy colored car. I have had it repainted 3 times due to fading"

William W., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on car Chipping off"

Bruce F., PA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"paint is badly faded. I need to get it repainted"

N H., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Chalking in front of and behind the sunroof and on the trunk, and on the front of the car"

Stephen P., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Only the spoiler is impacted by the fading, chalking, and peeling. Toyota acknowledges that the paint process used on the Avalon itself is not the quality of that used on the spoiler. It will be quite costly for me to get the spoiler repainted--sil"

Stan R., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Paint faded and cracking on roof, truck led, and rear panels"

Thomas B., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"paint has faded over almost the entire car. Also driver's seat upholstery wore through and had to be replaced"

N H., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The clear coat and paint on the rear spoiler are bubbling and peeling"

Kathy E., WI (2006 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 player would neither accept discs or play the one in it. It could not be repaired, only replaced"

Peter G., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Only nighttime setting available. Difficult to see during the day"

Chas C., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Master/Input button intermittent; needed several hits to make selections. Dealer dismayed. We balked at $2-$3k replacement cost. Display & tracking OK once got it going. Replaced with after-market system; OK, but bothered by glare. Otherwise totally satisfied with this vehicle"

A M., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Toggle switch not working. Replaced under warranty in first year I had the car. Stopped working again 3 years later. Wanted $900 to fix. So I bought a garmin instead"

Barry G., MD (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Controls do not function properly. DVD player ( for nvigation) dome times fails"

Douglas F., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Very "touchy" controls when entering a destination. It bounces around and chooses the wrong selection if one doesn't press in the exact center of the entry button. Infuriating!"

Don A., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Daytime lighting setting doesn't work. Difficult to see during the day"

Chas C., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Unit stopped working. Mechanic said the only solution is to spend $1850 for a new unit!!!!!!"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The mechanical device used to input selections for numbers and alphabet characters does not work accurately or well. The problems are so severe that I have stopped trying to use the in-dash nav system for directed guidance"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The control unit failed and had to be replaced at a cost of $1200.00"

Wm C., GA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Strangely, the radio will work when in town but cannot receive stations when over about 25 mile out of town. We are told this will take about $500 to repair"

John M., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Radio fades out after some time playing"

Frank M., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"entertainment system died and had to be replaced with an aftermarket system. We cannot recall what the specific failure mode was"

N H., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"All audio gets intermittent when temperature goes up. The Sirius/XM Satellite portion of the JBL radio finally died"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The Charcoal Canister failed resulting in a "Check Eng" light. No apparent change in car operation . State inspection required to renew license and this malfunction precluded renewal"

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Warning light went on and I took car to a dealership and two garages before figuring out it was the gas cap"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Gas cap not clicked on tight enough. Cause dash light to come on"

Elmer S., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Engine warning light came on. When tested on computer, leaking fuel camp was problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"cost me $120.00 to correct problem"

Don L., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light indicated a leak in the fuel tank likely caused by the fuel cap. I had the fuel cap replaced. This is an annual recurring problem with my Toyota Avalon. It's almost time for my next annual check engine light"

David Z., IL (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light appeared. Sensor replaced at cost of $500 plus"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"3 sensors needed to be replaced"

Philip B., MN (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Not sure, dealer repaired"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light came on indicating O2 sensor problem after catalytic converter need attenion"

Don L., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Engine light came on had to replace sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light came on and I was told it was due to oxygen sensors. I was then told that there was a technical bulletin that indicated that the exhaust manifold needed to be replaced before the O2 sensors could be replaced costing $1200"

Kathy E., WI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 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

"apparently there are drains that got stopped up and we ended up taking it to a car repair facility and they went right to the problem and cleaned out the drains and it has not leaked since. The interior smelled like mildew"

Rudi L., SC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"weather stripping not installed right...we were told after it was too late to do anything about"

William S., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"I wrote about this in my comments about the leaking oil cooling hose. Toyota denied it was the hose, blaming the leak on 2 gaskets at the bottom of the engine. My mechanic could not verify the gasket leaks but was positive it was the oil cooling ho"

M B., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise from rear inside roof liner and trunk"

John A., VA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Rear window sill area rattles.This has been looked at by the dealer and local mechanic. Still rattles"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"dashboard peel and melting"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Come from center from a/c vent"

Connie N., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle inside drivers side front door"

C W., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"After about 90K, everything starts to squeak and rattle. I took it to the dealer and they said its just wear and tear and did nothing about it. With their flagship car, one would think it would last a bit longer than their economy/staple models. D"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Windows"

Connie N., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Noise from wind at top of drivers side front door. Was there when car was new, but dealer refused to acknowledge"

C W., NC (2006 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 knock or ping

"Had to replace all 6 Ignition coils and spark plugs twice within 140K miles. Unbeknownst to me, it is a common problem with the Avalon V6 engine. Even with OEM parts, it still goes bad. And every time I replace it seems to accelerate the mean time"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"There is a KNOWN problem with these Avalons that has surfaced on my vehicle. There is a minor leak that comes from the timing cover. There is no gasket at the position; rather it is sealed with what has turned out to be inadequate silicone. There is not an official TSB or goodwill support for this issue. The repair calls for (1) pulling the engine out at $2500 out-of-pocket and (2) simply shooting more silicone in for a better seal - no gasket has even been fabricated to solve the problem. Outra"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak that required mechanic to pull the engine in order to fix it"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak from engine/trans area that requires taking the engine out to fix. thoUSnds of $ to fix...not getting it done"

William S., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"VVT Oil return line needed to be replaced with all metal instead of rubber & metal"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Saw oil on floor of garbage oil seals leaking"

Ivan K., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My vehicle had the oil cooling hose changed under a recall several years ago before I had any problem with it.. Since then, it has failed twice. The first time I had to get the car towed because all the oil spewed out. The second time I notice"

M B., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Have not had them repaired. Toyota dealership estimated $2500+ to fix"

Chad H., MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Engine oil pipe broke"

Don H., MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 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

"right CV joint leaking"

James S., NC (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"cheap material"

Michael M., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The boot started leaking around the attachment band"

Wendey L., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear Passenger Axle required replacement. Also Front Driver Axle Assembly required replacement"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"leaking"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced left side axle due to grease leakage from axle boot"

William C., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Both driveshafts leaked. One has been replaced and another scheduled"

Carol F., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Car stopped. No sounds. Purchased a new alternator"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed"

James T., TN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Normal wear and tear"

Barry G., MD (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"dashboard warning lights come on intermittently all the time. The mechanic can't find anything wrong and resets the lights to off"

Anonymous, AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Replaced bolts and washers holding heat shield"

John E., IN (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"Hole in exhaust pipe in front of muffler"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"2009 we were in California & took it to dealership & were Info's there was a major problem with engine leak & take it to dealer when we arrived home. Husband left in morning, not noticing oil leak on garage floor & drove 70 mi's to appt. Eng repl'd"

Virginia N., UT (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"The car is fairly old so it doesn't seem unreasonable to have a problem"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"had to be replaced"

Robert F., NV (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Major cost to replace the gasket around time chain cover"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Car trunk has a large maybe 1' x 1' area where the coating has chipped off. Same goes for the entire top of the car"

Ruben Z., TX (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Trunk lid lifting mechanism (torsion bars popped out of hinge) failed for the third time. Dealer fixed by installing a different configuration -- seems to be working"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Without any signs of a problem the transmission lost power. Limped home. Then called a tow truck to haul car to a repair shop"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"could smell antifreeze back 4 years ago and they said this past year it was leaking around the water pump. They finally replaced it at not charge to me"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-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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