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Toyota Avalon repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (6%)

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Toyota Avalon electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (53%)

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2018 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

5000 mi One radio speaker was distorted ... was replaced. 

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2017 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

20000 mi Nav screen randomly shuts off 

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2015 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

8000 mi Needed new battery for some reason. Would not start one day. 

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2014 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

22000 mi The power sun shade for the rear window failed to operate and was repaired (replaced) under warranty. 
48500 mi Sensor for automatic windshield wipers detached. It appears to still work, but is not close enough to the window surface to function properly. 
54000 mi the housing for the automatic rain sensor on the window was not connecting closely enough to the glass 
75000 mi

US $600
Front, driver side door lock actuator went out, had to replace. 
16800 mi OEM battery died. Car consistently could not start. Jumped the car twice to confirm battery was the issue. Took it to dealer to have battery replaced under warranty. 

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2014 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

16000 mi Rear window could not be controlled from the switch in the drivers door. They had ordered a new switch module and it did not fix the issue. They have ordered a new module and I need to bring it in. 
21000 mi Rear driver window could not be controlled by the driver master switch. 
9000 mi Compass in the mirror malfunctioned. Was diagnosed as needing "Re-boot" Repair did not resolve issue, and mirror was removed and replaced 
34000 mi PCS safety RECALL. The car would alert (BEEP) and slam on the brakes when the car approached certain Metal plates on the road, if it was on an incline after a slight dip. It acted just as the recall described. 
49000 mi

US $25
replace in dash air filter 

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2013 Toyota Avalon

Engine not specified

12400 mi Avalon had few minor problems, radio speakers, GPS would not change from day to night mode, dealer was to order new unit. 

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2013 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

56420 mi

C $880
Front Passenger Door Lock Inoperative. 
63240 mi

C $175
With temperature below 26 Celsius, my battery had a hard time the fifth winter. 
66960 mi

C $1068
The alternator died and so did the battery at the same time. The battery was new as end of December 2017, so it was replaced under warranty. The car went into the shop on a Friday morning et I picked it up next Wednesday morning. 
19000 mi

US $10
Left front turn signal bulb 
9300 mi

US $3
Heavy mold smell coming from A/C vents. Corrected by removing cabin filter & spraying a vinegar solution into the a/c intake under the hood. This kills the mold at least temporarily. 
37000 mi

US $100
dead battery, replace 
16000 mi

US $100
blower fan had stopped working, they found a dead mouse in the dashboard. 
24731 mi AC fan intermittently runs slow or not at all. Reported to dealer but they wouldn't repair under warranty. Repair estimate $360. Still not fixed. 
47000 mi

US $2080
Evaporator coil was leaking. Had to remove entire dash. Part cost $299. Rest was labor (14 hours) 

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2013 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

14000 mi 12 volt battery died. Could start the car with a jump start but every time the electronics shut the engine down, there was no way to restart it. 
43000 mi

US $350
Blower motor failed and was replaced. I've had this same issue on my Camry Hybrid, about every 3 years. 
56000 mi Blower motor failed and was replaced for the second time since I owned the car. Replaced under extended warranty. I've had this same issue on my Camry Hybrid, about every 3 years. 
6600 mi XM radio dropping signals during operation 
17000 mi Rear air vent vane adjuster broken. Initially ordered wrong part. 
43054 mi

US $6
Changed the oil myself, then had a malfunction of tire pressure warning light. Had to take to 2 different shops. To reset. Nothing was wrong. Tires pressure all even and good. 
47000 mi Tire pressure sensors. Not replaced, just reset each time. Next time will have to go to dealer for too many malfunction's or replace all tires and transponders. (Tires are new, going to ignore) 
44200 mi auxiliary battery had bad cell 
63000 mi

US $135
Replaced right headlight 
5000 mi Bass notes from the speakers create a vibration or rattle in both front doors. It is a known issue with the vehicle Vehicle emits foul odor from a/c vents when system switches from recirculate mode to fresh air mode when a/c compressor is working. Known problem. 
16000 mi Driver's door power window motor replaced; was making grinding noise when closing. 
18000 mi Car went back to dealer 3 more times before window motor was finally repaired. A defective replacement window motor supplied by Toyota was installed. The defect was clear when the tech tested it I'm sure. Finally fixed after three tries. 

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2011 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

41220 mi

C $169
Tire pressure monitoring system not reading correctly. 
58900 mi

C $435
Battery required boost to start car. Load test done. Battery replaced. 
71000 mi

US $50
Power door lock actuator on front driver side 
75000 mi

US $50
Passenger rear door actuator needed replacement, wouldn't operate Rear window electric sunshade stopped working. Dealer ordered parts and installed new power sunshade system. 

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2009 Toyota Avalon

Engine not specified

101000 mi

US $2000
I live in a more rural area and have a carport rather than a garage. In spite of the fact that I drive the car daily, squirrels or other rodents nested in the car and ate some of the coating on the wires. Apparently Toyota uses a soy type wire coating that rodents love to eat, and it was very expensive to fix and the mechanics couldn't really recommend a surefire way to prevent it from happening again. Although I have enjoyed my Avalon, this one issue alone may well keep me from buying another Toyota when it comes time to replace my vehicle. 

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2009 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

31500 mi radio knob fell off. Dealer replaced under warranty. 

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2008 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

188000 mi

US $200
Had air conditioning system recharged. 
201000 mi

US $525
Power window switch on the driver side which operated the passenger side window. 

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2007 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

61300 mi

US $55
Rear window sunscreen extension and retract motor failed. Didn't repair, just pulled fuse. 
72000 mi

US $100
heater seat 
144000 mi

US $430
Failed alternator 
65500 mi

US $41
AC evaporator drain was unclogged. 
73600 mi

US $450
AC condenser replaced. New refrigerant added. 
74000 mi

US $150
AC lost all coolant. Dealer said they fixed it, but all coolant has once again leaked out. 
77000 mi Coolant leak in evaporator behind the dash. Dealer says repair requires removal of dashboard. It will cost $1600. Delayed repair until springtime. 
78100 mi

US $1500
Fixed leak in evaporator behind dashboard that was reported last January 
315 mi Vehicle shut down completely due to poorly crimped wire bundle leading to computer. Dealer repair went quickly with no further problems next 6000 miles. 
163300 mi

US $750
Alternator failed. Car towed to dealer. Alternator and battery replaced 
107000 mi

US $400
new alternator replacement 
75800 mi

US $200
Power rear sunshade is stuck in the up position. Part needed to be ordered. Toyota agreed to part for the part (unknown cost) I must pay labor $276.25. 
25000 mi Warning light come on for tire pressure. Tire pressure was OK but light remains on. 
87000 mi

US $215
Positive cable termination to battery failed resulting in complete loss of power to vehicle. Replaced electrical connector. 
95000 mi

US $100
Car failed to start. Replaced battery. 
98000 mi

US $40
Brake light switch required replacement 
139500 mi

US $80
Master cruise control switch (on/off pushbutton)on steering column failed. Power button actually separated out of stalk. 
152000 mi

US $750
Alternator went bad and was replaced. 
168000 mi

US $5000
Replace alternator 

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2006 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

63300 mi

US $140
It was just the battery (again). It failed with no warning, but it was in the garage at home so the wife got a day off work (I was already GFTD). This is the second battery in 7 years, but it gets real hot here (Texas) so that's life. 
120000 mi

US $1580
Alternator not charging. Battery damaged. Both replaced. Brake pads (4 wheels) replaced at same time and included in cost 
89200 mi Car battery died so I replaced it with a new one. 
79000 mi Car would not start. Battery ok. Problem seemed to be electrical in starting circuit. Dealer could not duplicate.  
92000 mi

US $650
Apparently rats got in and ate a bunch of wires resulting in my airbag not working, and my cigarette lighter power ports not working. 
64000 mi

US $75
alternator replaced 
5 mi Radio DOA @ delivery - Replaced but failure was bad connector 
5 mi Radio DOA @ delivery - Replaced but failure was bad connector 

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2005 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

150000 mi

US $400
Rechararge of AC system and efforts to identify location of leak. 
68000 mi

US $700
alternator went at 70K miles. replaced with new one. 
92000 mi

US $10
Condenser damaged by a stone, lost all oil. 
55500 mi

US $350
Smart key failed to operate car, Headlights worked but would not start. Car could not be jump started, FOB Battery good, so car on hock to dealer. After several hours it was determined that tghe auto battery had to be higher than 12.4 volts 
83300 mi

US $200
Rear Center Brake Light. Had to replace entire assembly, which involved removing the rear seat. 

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2003 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

97996 mi

US $206
Alternator getting hot. Not keeping battery full charged. Replaced. 
67000 mi Replaced all rotors. Replaced driving computer / dashboard display 
211000 mi

US $56
Rear brake lights 
114200 mi

US $250
Starter needed to be replaced 

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2002 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

49000 mi

US $800
Air bag replaced 
123860 mi AC stuck on 29 degrees Celsius. Small component failed but not available - need to buy a complete, expensive unit from Toyota if want new. Auto electrician has disconnected heater and set AC on full and is seeking a 2nd hand part. 
133300 mi

A $160
Air conditioning climate control had ceased working, then started again - diagnosis uncertain. 

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2000 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

90000 mi Speedo, odo not working also clock is losing time. Dealer replaced VSS and instrument cluster and engine wiring harness. Problem is in ECM I believe damaged by dealer during previous repairs. 
138000 mi cd player does not work. CD's hung up 
144300 mi

US $600
front and rear sensors 
60474 mi

US $28
Remote key inoperative, repaired 
202500 mi

C $330
The battery cable clamp had been replaced around 5 years ago. It got some unseen corrosion in it - which lead to drivability problems last week. The fix was to clean the corrosion - the problem was it took 3 days to find the corrosion. 
136000 mi

US $200
Changed the alternator. 14 years old and still had stock. 
169000 mi

US $60
Gas gauge was reading way above the full mark. Replaced the instrument cluster with one from a 2001 Avalon and all instrument cluster bulbs in that section of the cluster. 

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1999 Toyota Avalon 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

129000 mi Heated seats do not work. Will live with issue. 

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