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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
Kannnangator writes:
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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

Pros: Reliable, comfortable, almost drives like a Lexus

Cons: 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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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL SedanReview
Dominick writes:
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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

Pros: 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

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

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
ingalls writes:
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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

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

Cons: slight hail damage, small rock chip in left headlight

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL SedanReview
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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.

Pros: Good condition

Cons: 17/23

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
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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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
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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.

Pros: I got a good deal on it!

Cons: Horrible sound system and soccer mom looks

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
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Amazing — The car is like nothing else, its comfortable beyond belief, faster then most people think, and simply just great.

Pros: comfort, power

Cons: more power would be nicer, speaker size

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XLS SedanReview
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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).

Pros: 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.

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

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1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL Sedan Review
Lisa says:
vs1999 Toyota Camry
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Value Ranked 1999 Toyota Camry worse.
"This car was better because so far its lasted over 240,000 miles it was in pretty decent condition I got it one of the power windows on the passenger side doesnt work anymore but its got more space then the Camry and Ive also read that Avalons do last longer on mileage its really good on gas I deliver with doordash so Im driving at least a hundred miles a day on it and Ive had the car since April so at least 9 months now and it hasnt given me any problems I bought it used and it already had 232000 miles on it then not bad for a used car this old with high mileage I hope this car lasts me six months more more longer extremely great on gas if you are a delivery driver to. I love this car and it has really great value"
1997 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL Sedan Review
Jose says:
vs1997 Nissan Maxima
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Looks/Style Ranked 1997 Nissan Maxima worse.
"Its a Toyota"
Front Seats Ranked 1997 Nissan Maxima worse.
"more bolstered"

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