"Love this car! After a history of new cars, this was the first used car I'd ever bought. It is now hands down the *best* car I've ever driven. My own little piece of paradise! It has all the 'bells and whistles' and although it ain't the purtiest thing when it comes to style, it provides a most luxurious ride. I'm keeping it until it falls apart. Yep, I love it that much."
Cons: "Horizontal oil filter spills during changes."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"In 1998, we bought a '94 Lexus LS 400 and it was a wonderful car. After 8 years of ownership, it was time to go. We decided on a 2002 Avalon XLS with 48000 miles. This has been the greatest car. It rides every bit as quiet as the Lexus. It uses regular unleaded instead of premium (at 30 cents per gallon cheaper).We average 26mpg on the highway and 20 around our rural town; compared to 21/16. At 137000 miles, we just took a 600 mile trip to Florida for Christmas week, and nearly did it on one tank; averaging 28mpg overall. I am much more comfortable driving the Avalon than I was in the Lexus. I am 6' tall. I can sit in the very comfortable rear seat with the driver seat all the way back, and still not touch the front seat with my knees. This wasn't the case with the Lexus. I change the oil every 3000 to 4000 miles. Never had an engine problem. I did have a dealer do the 100000 mile service(spark plugs, timing belt, etc.) Nothing done to the transmission. I had the struts changed at 125000 even though the mechanic said they were OK. I am getting a few dashboard warning lights on for the VSC which the mechanic's computer won't diagnose. They go off for a week and then come back on. All in all, if we do get tired of this Avalon, there will be another one in our future."
"I love this car and the maintence has been routine. My husband says if I have a car 11 years you have to KNOW it is a good car to stand up to me. It is the best car I have ever owned and the most comfortable even at 11 yr old.
It still rides like new and people can not believe the age of my car. I have had cars in the past that I had to get rid of after 5 yrs because they were literally falling apart in the door panels, windows etc. THIS car has stood the test of time and I would own another in a heart beat,however we are now looking at a toyota tundra."
"I bought my 2004 Avalon XLS used 1 and 1/2 years ago. This is the best car I have ever owned in 40 years of buying every type automobile, including Fords, Chevys, even an Alfa Romeo and Fiat. It is fast, comfortable, and gets an honest 30mpg on the open road. It has all the options and is an absolute pleasure to drive on long trips. If you can find a deal on used, don't hesitate. I have had the dealer offer to trade at above bb. Said no, don't want another one just this one. Love my Toyota Avalon."
"I have only had my 2000 Avalon XLS for a few months and am so happy with my purchase.
I just needed a car to go back and forth to work. Hubby wanted me to buy a Toyota.
I did not want a small car. When I saw that I could have the Avalon with the bigger engine for almost the same price as the Camary. I decided to get the Avalon.
I am VERY happy with my 2000 Avalon."
"We have owned a Camry, a Celica and an Avalon. Loved them all! We purchased the Camry for me. I eventually passed it down to my oldest daughter. She passed it down to my grandson. The Celica was purchased for our 2nd daughter, eventually passed down to my youngest daughter, then again to my niece. Avalon is still mine!"
"This is one of those cars that hurts when you buy it, but pay on it for the long haul, and then drive it until the wheels literally fall off. If you give it regular maintenance, you'll get 250,000 to 300,000 miles out of it. I've had it since 2005 and it's NEVER given me any problem in any way. This car is 10 years old and I wasn't even considering buying another car, the inside is still perfect and we just get the outside dings and dents touched up when needed."
"I bought it new in 2000, and it has never stopped on me. I am going on 193,000 and feel certain I can get at least another 100,000 based on it current performance. I stay current on suggested maintenace schedule (from my local oil changer shop). I have had only 2 repairs in the 10 years of ownership which were a 'Starter' replacement, 'Ignition switch' replacement."
"This is a wonderful car. It drives very smoothly, has plenty of power when needed, and has ample legroom in the back seat. Also a large trunk, and of course a full-sized spare tire. Very comfortable and roomy."
"Had this car since 2003. Bought it with 50000 miles and now have 120000. Put in a couple of O2 sensors and did a tune up at 90000. Wife drives almost exclusively and I never worry. In no hurry to replace it."
"I bought this car last year ( 5/08 ) from a private owner. It was a one owner car in EXCELLENT shape !. I have no regrets whatsoever ! It is comfortable, fuel efficieint, responsive and good looking. A very minor problem of the SUB WOOFER speakers prone to going bad is the only complaint I have. The speaker probably would have lasted longer but I loved to crank up the JBL sound system (best I have heard and I am a musician) with old 60 rock tunes with heavy bass . I will buy another one if and when I ever wear this one out ! If you want a LEXUS and cant afford it , look at an AVALON ....essentially the same car for a lot less money"
"We own 2 Avalons and they are super comfortable and get good gas mileage for a larger sedan...city about 22 and road 27 or so. very roomy and comfy..would not change a thing about this car. We own 2001 and a 2004 - probably the only car I will ever buy in the future."
"I was checking the Kelley Blue book for prices. I purchased this car new and it now has 59,000 miles on it. This is the second Avalon I have owned. The first one had the sun-roof and cd player that held 12 cd's.
I think I will keep this Avalon at least another 2-3 years.
Very comfortable drive and ride."
"Bought the car new now have 95k miles. Very reliable only recently had a problem with Master Brake Cylinder. No other mechanical problems.
Would like to have the cruise control to retain a prior speed setting when slowed down for a stop sign. Would like to have the trip computer info retained until manually reset. Would like to have one of the 12v power outlets to stay on when the switch is off. This car travels well and has a great deal of room for passengers. Overall an excellent buy."
"I have a 2000 Avalon that I bought used at about 24,000. It now has 151,000 miles on it. The car is still very comfortable. I find this to be a beautiful and timeless body style. I've had reg. maintenance every 3 to 5 thousand miles. Replaced rear struts at 125,000 and it drives like a new one. Looked at a new Avalon today, but think I'll drive this one till it dies; then I'll definitely purchase another Avalon, maybe the limited or touring model. This car is a great value!"
"I've had my Avalon from Day 1. It has 142,000 miles on it and I'm expecting at least 100,000 more. Only one substantial problem over the life of the car so far. Transmission seals failed. Expensive repair but at 120,000 miles something is to be expected. The car is extremely comfortable. The Premium stereo is fantastic. All the goodies still in great working order. Paint is still in great shape. The cabin and trunk are well designed. The biggest problem i have is what will I ever purchase to replace such a great car. Maybe, another one in four or five years."
"Bought ours in Fall of 06. Had 80,000 miles on it at the time. Now have 109,000 on it and it has been wonderful. Extremely comfortable. Amazing Bang for the Buck. No sludge issues -- previous owner had always used synthetic oil in it, which we have continued. I will not be surprised if it runs to 200,000 miles."
"have a 2004 avalon, 54000 miles so far. maintenance (on the rare occasion
that it requires a maintenance) is easy and cheap. steering is easy and
traction is superb. excellent interior with wood trimed steering wheel.
digital dash is very easy to read, mileage I get is about 25/30
"Best car we have ever owned (I've owned over 25 in the last 35 years). Also owned several Hondas, and would have bought another Accord except we wanted a little more room. Rides like a dream, and have never had a single problem with it. Bought it used with 50K, and now have 110K. If you have leather seats, put in after market heated seats!!! You will not regret it. For about $750, you can't beat it on a cold morning--it was the only option it didn't have--now it is truly perfect. If you want to pay more for the car and high maintenance costs, buy a Lexus 300 series-its the same car, different styling."
"My family and I have done the "visit the relatives on the Holiday" bit, that translates to several hours stuck in heavy traffic with five full grown adults in the car (some of us are more full than the others, I am 270 lbs!) We were all very comfortable and I feel secure in all but the most severe weather conditions. A/C works great even in the back. The ride has more of a luxurious feel than a sporty one, but it still hugs the road. Looks great, this car is a great buy. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone."