The Worst 2005-2012 Avalon Problems

TRW Crash Sensor Defect

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There's growing concern that some sort of electrical overstress is messing with airbag control units (ACU) in certain Toyota vehicles.

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Musty and Moldy A/C

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Toyota air conditioners smell like mold in numerous vehicles. So what's causing the musty smell and just how dangerous is it?…

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Unintended Acceleration

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Toyota believes the problems are caused by stuck gas pedals or misplaced floor mats that trapped the gas pedals. Independent testing by NASA and other outside laboratories agreed with Toyota and concluded driver error was also a contributin…

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Rodents Chew Wires

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Somewhere in the mid-2000's there was an industry-wide push by automakers to replace plastic and glass-based wiring insulation with a more eco-friendly soy-based coating. It's biodegradable, commendable, and a complete disaster for owners. …

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Melting Dashboards

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One of the automotive world's worst science projects is coming to an end. Toyota dashboards have long been known to melt under the heat of the sun. The melted dashes warp and extrude a strange, goo-like substance that is oddly shiny and sti…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

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Worst Years

Timeline of 3rd Generation Avalon News

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By the Numbers

  1. 8 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 405 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 63rd in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 81 eligible generations.