1st Generation (1996—1999) Avalon Problems

Avalon owners with a 1996—1999 model year have the most problems with the engine (47%), body (10%), and the transmission (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Using Excessive Oil and Smoking 2 complaints at an average of 176,500 miles in the 1996 Toyota Avalon.
  2. Excessive Oil Consumption, Smoking 2 complaints at an average of 69,500 miles in the 1998 Toyota Avalon.
  3. Engine Smokes 2 complaints at an average of 145,000 miles in the 1999 Toyota Avalon.

What Avalon Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 4 2 63 0.84
1998 11 2 63 1.02
1997 1 1 45 0.1
1996 3 0 39 1.09

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