2005 Avalon New Car Test Drive
2005 Avalon Owner Reviews (4)
The thrill is gone...
AOL user 2014-10-30 20:44:26
Purchased my '05 Avalon after driving one for a week. Paid cash and drove away. Put some good miles on it soon after purchas driving from Miami to Crossville, TN. and back. Loved the mileage and the comfort. Back in Miami used it as a daily driver. Kept it garaged and clean. Followed all the recommended service schedules. It took care of me and I reciprocated. A couple of years into ownership I noticed the emergence of several problems. The major one was the appearance of cracks in the dashboard, which rapidly worsened. As this began, so did the fading of the front and rear bumpers and the bubbling of the clear coat on the rear spoiler. I attempted to contact the dealer where I purchased, but it no longer existed, it had moved and changed names. It took a while to reach the proper people and when I called the Manager he asked me to send him some photos. This was the same manager that I had previously bought several Camry's and an MR2. When he viewed the pictures he told me to duplicate the photos and send them with a letter explaining my disappointment with the vehicel and my history with Toyota which went all the way back to 1968. I followed his advice and sent off a package to Toyota USA in California. Mind you, at the time I had merely 44, 000 miles on the odometer. Toyota said, "So sorry, you're out of warranty, your mileage is good ******** been over 5 years since you purchased," In essence they washed their hands of any kind of responsibility, and not even offering a "Let's split the cost," the walked away from their product. I searched the internet for similar complaints and only found one for the '05, but for the '06 there were dozens. I purchased mine late (October) 2005 and since there was neglible difference between the years it made sense to conclude that mine problem was the first of many to follow. I'm no longer proud of this car in general, and Toyota specifically. My next car will NOT be a Toyota if this is how they treat long time customers.
2005 Toyota Avalon, Lemon after one year
AOL user 2014-02-13 02:21:48
Avalon Worst Toyota i ever owned , It became the worst lemon of a New 2005 Automoble i have ever owned . Radiator sprung leaks in summer of 2006 Toyota did replace it after they tried to patch it twice, then in 2007 the power steering pump failed. it was replaced no problem 6 months later both CV joints replaced do to vibrationat 30 to 40 mph. in 2008 aircondition had to be recharged low charge a month later same problem no cold air Air condenser replaced then in 2009 Air condirion compressor failed had to fight to heve it replaced & Toyots pay 1/2 for replacement. in 2010 Brake Chip replaced in the onboard computer because the brakes were not working proper they said it was in the computer chip Toyota refused to pat i had to shell out 655 dollars to have it repaired . also the Automatic transmission started to leak transmission fluid. that was the last straw i traded the Avalon iin with 38,000 miles For a new 2011 Nisan Altima . so far so good i have 15 300 miles on the Altima & no trouble. Warning Toyota makes Junk & the Service Stinks !
Both of my Avalons are fine automobiles.
I drove a Mercedes E350, BMW 5 Series, and an Audi A6 before driving my first Avalon, a 2005 model. It's a big car with comfortable seats and plenty of leg room. There is plenty of power from the 3.5 liter when I need it. In 60,000 miles on my 2005 XLS, I averaged 28 MPG combined on the cheapest gas I can find. If you buy one, get the upgraded sound system. It's worth the extra money. I also bought a 2007 XLS for my wife. She won't even let me drive it! It's the best car for my money. Make sure that you shop for one using the pricing info found here. The dealers unscrupulously hide large mark-ups on these desireable autos. Make your offer and stand your ground!
Review of 2005 Toyota Avalon