1998 Toyota Avalon User Reviews

1998 Toyota Avalon Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 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

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Charles writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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Seat comfort, performance, and looks

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No trunk light!

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A Quiet, Comfortable, Japanese Buick That Would Make Anyone Happy Looking For A Large Car! — My first actually drivable car, a 1998 Toyota Avalon with 237,000 miles (If I remember correctly). It reminds me of an old man car, but that's the kind of person that I am! The color of the car is code 4N7 which is Sable Pearl. It's kind of a brown color that really doesn't show the dirt! She also has a sunroof, supposedly heated mirrors, and fifteen-inch alloy wheels. My Avalon is also the XLS model with ivory leather and power front driver and passenger bucket seats. I wish it had the bench seat, although it seems to be quite a rare option! The person who ordered the car, though, didn't order the memory and heated seat package! Leather can be cold in the wintertime without heat! The radio with CD and tape sounds great! It does have the premium sound package with seven speakers and subwoofer. That sucker will blow your eardrums out with the booming from the subwoofer! It kills my sensitive ears! Performance is exceptional. It is almost too smooth. You wouldn't know it was running if it didn't have a tachometer! One touch of the accelerator pedal, and you're flying in quiet luxury! According to Toyota the 3.0 V6 has 200 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. It sure doesn't sound like it! Braking is quite good, although I've never had the chance to really test it out yet. Handling is kind of numb with no feeling. I don't really mind it though, you get used to it. One annoying thing is that the steering is so sensitive that if you turn your head without moving your hands on the steering wheel, the car heads that way! Build quality is top-notch, which is what should be expected with a Toyota. No squeaks or rattles to drive me nuts. I think the car was owned by a salesman, because the driver's seat is slightly cracked in a couple places, but the rest of the car is in immaculate condition! I don't think anyone had sat in the back seat before we owned the car. Some of the louvers on the passenger vent were broken by my mom, but that is not the fault of the car, just rough usage (thanks mom)! The appearance of the car is generic. Any oldster would be happy in this car! It makes me think of Kathryn Minner, the "Little Old Lady from Pasadena", and the lady who uttered the famous words "Put a Dodge in your garage, honey!" The appearance makes my conservative-styled self happy though. It's great compared to some of those other butt-ugly Japanese cars! Interior styling is also nice with fake woodgrain aplenty! It matches nicely with the ivory leather and brownish-gray dash pad. The seats are soft and supportive. It feels like its nickname a "Japanese Buick". The back seats are the most comfortable though, with the cute little reading lights that really do come in handy! I wish it had a trunk light, though! Lights also turn off automatically, good for a forgetful 18-year-old, and the interior lights stay on for a minute after the doors are closed. Cost of ownership has been quite minimal. The car could use struts all around, and an EGR valve, but that's about it, except for the usual maintenance. I would guess the miles-per-gallon rating would be somewhere in the mid-20s, which is not bad for the first Japanese full-size sedan. I wouldn't really know about the cost of maintenance, my dad owns his own auto repair business, so I don't have to pay for my parts, oil changes, tires, or any of that kind of stuff! Thanks, dad! He should pay for it though, my car has become the family wheels! Finally, to end these long-winded review requirements, the car is fun to drive. It has power when you need it, and people think it is slower than it really is! It throws some people off when my dad drives, it sure has power to spare! I wouldn't know though, I'm a stickler for the speed limit, I go no faster than the law allows! What normal teenager does that? Well, If you've made it through the whole thing I congratulate you! You've beaten my always long-winded writing! Thanks for reading! Oops, I almost forgot to mention that my dad paid only $2500 for this wonderful car, what a steal!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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catfish writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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low maintenace cost

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too much leg room in the back if not used

catfish
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My 1998 Avolon Xls Feels Like My Last 1999 Mercedes E300 In Quality W/out The Expense. — Highly recommend. My XLS has around 80k on it, very smooth & very quiet. I like my pearl white exterior, combined w/the cloth interior. Too much room in the back being waisted if not used. Could fit a couple of 6 feet men in the back comfortably. To service the transmission is easy w/the drain plug on the pan. Oil is the same w/everything easy to get to. Doesn't use oil, stingy on gas & the motor is so quiet you can hardly hear it run. This thing is quality built to last.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Russell writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL Sedan Review
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Pros

Great gas mileage for a large sedan from 1998 (around 27mpg highway), roomy inside, premium sound got great bass, reliable car and repairs are easy for those DIY'ers.

Cons

The AC takes a while to kick in and actually feel cold, even after recharging.

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Amazing Space Inside And Amazing Gas! — I bought this car with 198k miles on it for $700, I'm at 207k and have replaced the rack n pinion ($350). A deer ran into the side of this car, need to replace the fender, grille, and the headlamp and passenger turn signal... it'll cost around $500, regardless of that, this car is still going strong.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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lovejdmlife writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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4

Pros

fast lowered different

Cons

it was lil heavy

lovejdmlife
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Toyotaaaa — i had a toyota avalov xls turbo and it was grea car to mess with but i traded for a honda and it was really good carr to drive and smashed on mustangs and honda but now i got a honda now i cant say nothing :)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Steve writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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A Lexus without the Lexus price.

Cons

None

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Wish I Still Had It! — One of the best cars I have owned. What this car lacked in design sizzle it more than made up for in overall quality and performance. After 6 years this car was as solid as the day it left the showroom. Truly one of the best values in the Toyota line up.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jared writes:
1998 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS Sedan Review
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4

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Great room and very nice ride.

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Bad transmission!

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Extremely Nice Road Car — It's not true that Toyota's dont break down. After having it for one month I replacedt the trrars.ee yeansmission at 90,000 miles. Other than that I enjoyed driving the car for three years.

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Reviews From Other Years

1995 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Fabulous, Fantastic, Amazing Piece Of Automotive Machinery By Solarsoda

I love this car. I dislike nothing about it. It's quite luxurious, probably moreso than Camry or Corolla. It's got a V6 engine but it drives like a V8. Great acceleration from a dead stop, smooth like... Read More

It's Good If You Take Care Of It And Put Money In It, Not Good If You Have No Money. By Eliezer

Quality is good, but pieces are kinda bad like the door handles and stuff. Performance is good but motor takes a while to kick in. Its a good car to put your friends in and driving around town. Get it... Read More

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1996 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Great Car And Extremely Reliable. By PiercedArmor

I had a friend who retired and was moving to Hawaii. He didn't want to pay to have it shipped, since it was an older car (91,000 miles), He made me a great deal on it and I retired my Acura Legend and... Read More

Sold On This Avy!!! By tjack

Dependable, reliable, descent looking 17 yr. old vehicle. Toyota was spot on with this build. Got it with 255,xxx and 2 yrs. later @ 281,xxx and $2200 in maintenance for suspension parts, my $$ has be... Read More

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1997 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Excellent Value For The Money By Kannnangator

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 ... Read More

Awesome Older Car By Dominick

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 smo... Read More

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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

This 00 avalon has been a great car, very reliable and a great family vehicle. A lot of fun to drive with a smooth drive and easy handling. Will definitely recommend the Avalon, and my next car should... Read More

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

Toyota does a nice job with this flagship mostly "American built" car. I can drive a Lexas equivalent without the sigma of a snobby car. And I am of the age (67) where comfort if more important tha... Read More

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