"We have owned Toyota's since 1977. MY first Corolla had over 200,000 miles on it and we took it to England ( Air Force family)
We own a 2002 Avalon with some of those engine smudge problems.. We had to replace the Corollas' dome light and driver side window gasket because both broke and cracked at 4000 miles! Our first defects in new Toyotas - Toyota did replace both but no luck on the Avalon - we bought it used from an elderly couple and Toyota says they did not change the oil regularly - car only has 42000 miles on it! Any body else have engine sludge problems on their Avalon's? We hope to buy a new RAV 4 hybrid when they come out - Toyota still is our first choice- but customer service is non existent at dealership and web sites!"
"I bought this car 2 years ago (2005) and I havn't had one problem with it. It has 95,000 miles on it and not one engine problem. only cosmetic, such as new tires and windshield. The S model is fun and sporty. I highly recommend this car. You can't go wrong with the price and quality"