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.
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

"had to replace the ball joints"

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

"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

"Leaked about $400 repair"

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

"Very small and very slow leak,but my regular mechanic recommended the power steering rank be changed at a cost of about $1000."

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

"Torn boots could cause further leakage and serious damage. The repair cost about $2500 but increased my comfort level, and I plan to drive the car for several more years."

Peter G., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump, needed to be replaced, along with the hose."

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

"I consider this to be a matter of wear and tear."

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

"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

"Power steering pump replaced"

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

"Power Steering pump began leaking, had to be replaced. This caused more pressure to the rack & pinion, which also began to leak and had to be replaced."

Bob M., AZ (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"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

"both snapped at the same time in the front end"

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

"This vehicle has many miles on it and I expected that repairs would be needed. Hey, the roads in South Salt Lake City are rough."

Phillip L., HI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace.."

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

"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

"This car is extremely hard and rough riding. I do not know what the cause is. I think it the way the car was dsigned."

Loren G., CT (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The left front spring snapped in two at the top round of the spring. This caused a cascade of related steering, rods, issues. Costly replacement, over $1,400. I've put over 1M miles on four Camry's and never had that problem. I think there was metal fatigue in the spring causing it to snap apart. The only way I discovered the problem was trying to locate a clunking noise in the car. We found the top spring spiral near the wheel well causing the noise whenever the car hit a road bump."

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

"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)

"rack and pinion seals leak power steering pump hoses leak"

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

"A THUNK' was noted when engine running. Rack and pinion was replaced by dealer"

Dick L., NM (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"drive shaft boot failure"

Wayne N., NS (2006 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Problem was not visible until reported by the Toyota dealer. Car had a steering linkage problem twice over the years that may be related. Car has been generally excellent and is now 13 years old with 105,000 miles."

Eugene S., MA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Rack assembly was replaced."

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

"There was leakage, some boots were torn which would have permitted additional wear plus extra wear on tires. This was an ongoing issue but no signs on impending failure. Problem was resolved by major replacement of parts, but I believed it was worth it because the car was fairly low mileage and in otherwise good condition."

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

"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

"The steering linkage is getting worn out. Not a safety issue."

Phillip L., HI (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"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

"After 215,000 the front wheel bearing just wore out. I got it fixed by a garage in one morning. Now it is great. Hey, not so bad!"

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

"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

"Alternator not charging properly. Needed to be replaced."

Gary A., IA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator died. Replaced with a new one. No more issues."

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

"Alternator went bad and needed replacing"

Chris V., LA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed while driving, had to be towed to repair shopi. Repairs was made without problems."

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

"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

"Coil failed. My regular repair shop was unable to repair, and car was then towed to a Toyota dealership where diagnosis took two days then was repaired without problems."

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

"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

"intermittent short!"

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

"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

"Fuse was burnt out. Needed t be replaced."

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

"Simply a blown fuse. Hard to get to so had the garage do it."

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

"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)

"Passenger side tail lights, including brake and turn signal lights failed and needed to be replaced. The backup light did not fail."

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

"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

"Replaced one headlight and headlight cover/lens."

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

"Driver side headlight failed and needed to be replaced."

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

"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)
Heated or cooled seats

"Some 2006 Avalons in certain areas of the country were recalled because the seats overheated and started fires. Mine was not recalled but the seats started overheating so I had them disconnected."

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

"Horn sometimes does not work, which is quite alarming at all the wrong times. As other problems described, the problem is the electrical contact on/in the steering wheel. Have to press it in the "right" spot. Problem comes and goes."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Rear window brake light needed to be replaced"

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

"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

"fluid tank leak, I can refill but the washer fluid drains out immediatly"

Eric H., NV (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"repair/replace windshield wiper motor speed control"

Anonymous, CA (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

"I believe something tore part of the brake pad causing a lot of road noise."

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

"replaced calipers twice"

Bruce A., CT (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Shortly after moving to an area that uses copious amounts of road salt, a brake caliper seized. It was jus barely drivable to get to a service station"

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

"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

"Breaks needed replacement to operate safely. We replaced the brakes and it drives and stops well now."

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

"The brakes have been repaired more than once and the mileage was not what I expected before the repair."

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

"Bought new tire and the tire company said brakes were worn thin. I saw them and had a very reliable repair shop replace the brakes."

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

"replaced brakes"

Don V., MO (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"brakes were sqeeling"

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

"R, Rear braKE REMOVE CALIPERS, INSTALL NEW PADS, aDD FLUID, LUBE SLIDERSr"

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

"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

"The front breaks wear out quicker than the back. The back passenger caliper and breaks failed. I had to change the rotor, brakes, and caliper."

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

"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)
Pulsation or vibration

"My car developed a vibration or shimmy after I had new tires installed on it. Unfortunately the auto center I used closed the next day because of Corona Virus, so it took about ten days for me to be able to schedule an appointment to have the tires checked and balanced again. Even after the balance of the tires was corrected, a vibration still was noticeable so I made an appointment with my local service station who identified the problem as my brakes. They replaced all four brakes and the vibration was gone."

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

"one front rotor was warped...causing vibration in high speed slow down."

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

"warped over time"

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

"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

"Front end has had a squeaking noise since we bought. Toyota said they can not find where the squeaking is coming from and still has it today!"

Bruce T., MO (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaking began two years ago, but I expected it to be due to normal wear. Replacement of pads and rotors did not solve the problem. Several returns to the mechanics did not solve the problem. Although these mechanics have a good reputation and I have been quite satisfied with their work, they could not fix the problem. Since it was a mere annoyance and not a safety problem, I gave up. It still squeaks particularly in high humidity conditions."

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

"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)

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

"The AC stopped working completely but there were some other electrical problems with the Toyota, such as the light display for outside temperature. The Toyota dealership told us it was unfixable. When we took the car to a local auto shop to fix the AC the outside temperature display got fixed as well."

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

"It was a big job, $2,300, to fix the AC problem."

Robert A., OH (2006 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I was told there was a coolant ;leak imder the dashboard and it would cost about $1,000 to repair."

Gene H., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"We are snowbirds AC stopped in fall of 2018, wouldn't hold charge. We left it in PA came to FL. Summer of 19 tried another recharge before replacing condenser. It held and has worked ever since then"

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

"Failed fall of 2019.."

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

"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

"When exterior temperature is cold, and after driving on the freeway for an extended distance, the front passenger side, and the rear seat vents begin to blow cold air. Driver side is fine."

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

"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

"Dash had to be removed to access cost of repair was 1950.00"

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

"A/C was not cool. Had to replace evapotor and receiver dryer. Toyota dealer had to dissassemble dashboard and dashboard was damaged when replaced. They gave car back to me with very apparent cracking damage.I had to insist they replace the whole dashboard they damaged."

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

"Several recharging attempts resulted in replacement of the evaporator coil."

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

"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

"Small leak and recharge"

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

"Still looking for issue. Ruled out compressor issues which would have been costly."

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

"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)

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 wheel shields"

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

"Door trim has intermittently come loose (rubber door edge trimming)."

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

"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)

"Chips of paint were missing from the front bumper. After going through a high-pressure car wash the paint began to peel off in earnest."

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

"Primarily the clear coating on the roof is peeling. I've been parking outside for the past few years & the summer sun in Las Vegas has taken it's toll on the roof only. the finish on the rest of the car is fine."

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

"paint chips easily from road debris"

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

"I high airflow areas of the top of the car the clearcoat paint has peeled."

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

"paint had been gradually fading and wearing over the years. We finally brought it in to be painted recently"

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

"The clear coat finish has started to peel. I don't consider this a production fault;the car is 14 years old.The major point is, the car RUNS GREAT,with only periodic routine maintenance and a few occasional age-related repairs."

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

"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)

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

"Inside , right side front and back floor and carpet soaked with water after heavy rain."

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

"Windshield washer pump cracked and leaking"

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

"Replaced leaking radiator"

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

"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

"car kept outside this winter froze shut twice had to warm with dryer to open door"

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

"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

"Rattle in drivers side front door. Another light rattle when the car is accelerated from stop to first gear. Noticed in the first year (2016) of ownership. Since dealer refused to correct the door wind noise, I did not wish to waste time dickering with them about the rattles - which other owners have also noted."

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

"Increased noise is a hum that increases with speed. Happens every time I drive the car"

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

"age of car"

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

"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

"Poor seal fit at rear/top of driver side door allows wind noise at my left ear. Reported to the dealer when car purchased new. Refused to acknowledge/fix the problem."

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

"wind noise is loud"

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

"age of car, newer cars have better sound proofing."

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

"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)

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

"will not eject cd or load new ones. useless..."

Ken P., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"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)
Display screen goes blank

"elelctronic screen occasionally goes blank/black, all audio equipment quits working. this happen after 2-3 minutes of use, sometimes comes back for 2-3 minutes but dies again."

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

"Navigation screen goes blank after about 30 minutes of operation. May come back intermittently. Basically is unreliable/useless."

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

"nav system should go into dark mode after dark. it stays in the bright mode all the time and is very distracting at night."

Ken P., CA (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"navigation is useless due to the amount of time the screen is blacked out."

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

"Navigation system hardware failed early on and continues during time-period. The rocker button selector stopped working properly, then pressing on it broke the whole assembly from the dashboard. mounting obviously inadequate. Due to roicker button inoperability I can no longer use the nav system, and twice-yearly clock changes are nearly impossible. (Getting the pointer directed to an on-screen button is difficult; depressing it to "enter" the selection takes dozens of tries.) Inferior Nav system on such a nicely outfitted car is a huge disappointment, and I refuse to pay $1000 to replace it. In-console phone (lighter) power plugs also inferior. One broke and does not work; the other is loose and I fear will break any time. I bought a power splitter so I could keep the one plug securely in without having to plug/unplug routinely, and run electronics off of that. Cruise-control stick also failed. Like the Nav system rocker button, the problem with the cruise control stick again seemed to be the electrical contact. Use became increasingly difficult then failed to the point that I no longer try."

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

"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

"Radio only will operate for about 20 minutes then goes dead. Same with a CD playing."

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

"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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"warning lights coming on when there were no problems to the point that they could not be trusted."

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

"engine check lightes"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"A coil on passenger side of engine died. Replaced all 3 on passenger side of engine, Problem solved."

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

"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

"Timing belt cover leaking oil"

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

"Slight oil drip emanating from timing belt cover"

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

"Just seals leaks"

Gary W., FL (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"power steering hose leak."

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

"Cam tower is leaking for about 7-8 months."

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

"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)

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

"had to replace fuel cap due to not sealing tight"

Fred C., AR (2006 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"The fuel line from cap to tank began leaking causing the check engine light to come on. The repair did not work after a couple of attempts and the problem is still there."

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

"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)

"Apparently just stopped working correctly and needed replacement"

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

"Upstream front O2 failure. Expensive, and the replacement also failed"

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

"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)