1997 Toyota Avalon User Reviews

1997 Toyota Avalon Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars 2.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
CONS
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"sound" 2 reviews
"speakers" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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comfort, power

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more power would be nicer, speaker size

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Amazing — The car is like nothing else, its comfortable beyond belief, faster then most people think, and simply just great.

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Kannnangator writes:
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5

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Reliable, comfortable, almost drives like a Lexus

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After 300,000 miles the maintenance cost has gone up to about $3,000 a year. It was about $1,500 from the time I got it at 32,000 miles till about the 300,000 mile range.

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Excellent Value For The Money — Nothing. I love it. If it were not for the maintenance, I would like to run it till 500,000 miles. Recently changed the catalytic convertor. Next - new tires. That is normal I think. That is all that I complain :) On the whole it is the best buy.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jesse writes:
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Very pleasant to drive. Very Comfortable. Very respectable. All the benefits of a large car, without most drawbacks. Very advanced for its age, with stock remote entry and CD player.

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The problems it has had, discussed above. Also, one of the speakers was blown when I got it, sounds horrible.

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1997 Toyota Avalon Review — The star ratings have been adjusted for the car's age, and previous usage. The previous usage included a lot of ownership by senior drivers, who only drove short distances. This resulted in accelerated wear on the transmission, which had to be rebuilt, and probably a partially clogged catalytic converter. Also, this created a sludge problem, as these cars have a high head temp, and short trips worsen sludge problems, and even if they were really changing the oil every 3000 miles, that's about a 9 month OCI. The engine was able to be saved, by removing the oil pan, valve covers, and running paint thinner through the engine, removing TONS of sludge. Synthetic oil is now used exclusively. So while the maintenance cost has been high, and it has had quite a bit of reliability issues, it really is doing well considering the circumstance, which would cause lot's of other cars to just give up the ghost. Fuel economy and power and interior noise are rated for when it is running properly, which is not right now, due to the catalytic converter back-pressure problem. When it is running properly, 30 MPG and 200 horsepower is what to expect. Handling and brakes ratings do consider the huge size of the car, even though they are pretty good for even a light car. Looks and style are very understated, which helps it to really take age gracefully. Price is the worst rating given, even though I got a very reasonable price for this one, as most other Avalons I looked at were considerably more expensive for year and condition.

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Jack writes:
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Very spacious interior and trunk, full size spare, leather surfaces, 3 disc CD changer in dash.  Good balance of power and mpg from the V6.

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Suspension rattled, understeer when provoked.  Enormity of the vehicle.  Oil sludging problem from previous owner's lack of maintenance.

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Bland But Quite The Workhorse — It wasn't the most beautiful car, but it did its job. Spacious enough for 6 passengers (or 5 Americans). Trunk held 2 12" subs in a box along with room for 2 large suitcases. V6 power with 25mpg, but had an oil sludging problem. On the track, the car experienced predictable understeer. Also, some brake fade after heavy, consistent braking. All in all, a good value and long life (130k miles at time of sale).

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Andrew3759 writes:
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I got a good deal on it!

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Horrible sound system and soccer mom looks

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Although It's Not What Most People Would Picture Me In It's Practical And I'll Keep It. — Plenty of interior room for friends and stuff. Horrible factory sound system. Power and handling are decent. Due to the soccer mom looks of the car the cops leave me alone! Typical Toyota quality, change the oil and go! Gas mileage is also pretty good.

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Mason writes:
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Good condition

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17/23

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Frankie — Good quality car. Starts no matter what. Quick for a heavy car. nice tint. Sounds good. Well made. Expected to last 300k w maintenance. Better than 95 jeep cherokees. needs rear brake rotors. struts make noise but that is 2k to fix. back left window motor is out. front right seat power for forward and back is out.

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Dominick writes:
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4

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Very Comfortable
Great Power from the 3.0 V6, Responsive, Silky Smooth.
Love the power shift button/control
Instant pull for passing on those country highways
Great Ergonomics, nice place to be
Build quality and interior materials are excellent
Very roomy backseats with, headrest and plenty of bolstering on the sides

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Not a very sporty looking kind of car.
Color is pretty plain
Brake squeak you can blame on Toyota

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Awesome Older Car — I love this car. It's very reliable, had personality and is a nice place to be on long drives. It has plenty of power for overtaking and merging, or just when you're late to work. It has a velvety smooth transmission and the ride is as expected from a 90's Toyota Flagship Car. The exterior is kind of boring, but has been upgraded with a spoiler, chromed window pillars and white LEDs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ingalls writes:
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30 mpg, spacious inside and trunk, great for road trips, great shape, very reliable, brand new $1800 tune up

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slight hail damage, small rock chip in left headlight

ingalls
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Awesome Car For High School Or College! — Awesome car for college. Has never broken down, great gas mileage. Very reliable. New tune up (see description). One owner before me. All power seats, windows, tape players, etc work great. Cheap insurance, maintenance, etc. This was the car we used to go on road trips in college due to great gas mileage and good inside and trunk space!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Toyota Avalon Reviews

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1998 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Amazing Space Inside And Amazing Gas! By Russell

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1999 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Just A Great Family Car By Patrickok

The Avalon has been a great car to own, with few repairs necessary if maintained properly. The car always felt safe, handled well and we enjoyed the quiet and smooth ride. With good tires, it perfor... Read More

Good Overall. Very Smooth Ride By Dan

parts are expensive. i like the car a lot other than that. gets up and scoots well. stops well. has a lot of body roll in corners. there is a squeak out of the rear struts, and a rattle out of the fro... Read More

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2000 Toyota Avalon Reviews

My 00 Avy By Exfactor1201

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Very Nice, I Would Buy And Drive Another If Wife Was Not Intent On A Newer Car. By Trucster

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