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Expensive Toyota Avalon repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (39%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (0%)

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Toyota Avalon repair cost distribution

$2500+ (16%)

$1000 - $2499 (84%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

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

47000 mi

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

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2007 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

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

74000 mi

US $150
AC lost all coolant. Dealer said they fixed it, but all coolant has once again leaked out. 
78100 mi

US $1500
Fixed leak in evaporator behind dashboard that was reported last January 
81000 mi

US $1000
Bad ignition coil Bad head gasket 
99000 mi

US $1350
Check engine light for air/fuel sensors. Could have replaced sensor but due to a defect in the exhaust manifold this issue would not go away completely. Had to replace exhaust manifold and 2 air/fuel sensors. 
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

55000 mi

US $150
The car threw a CEL so we took it in. One of the coil packs was bad and they replaced it. The car drove pretty much OK before we got it repaired - my wife said she could feel it but I couldn't. 
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. 
94000 mi

US $2000
Rack started gushing oil, almost literally. It's not reparable so new rack. 
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. 
120000 mi

US $1580
Alternator not charging. Battery damaged. Both replaced. Brake pads (4 wheels) replaced at same time and included in cost 

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2005 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

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

193500 mi

US $480
Had to replace something in the wheels and balance tires. 
211000 mi

US $3500
Replaced tie rods, might have also replaced the steering rack Replaced traction control system 
147000 mi

US $500
Spark coil malfunctioned on one of the back cylinders causing check engine light to come on. Car still ran fine but we towed it just to be safe. Replaced all three rear spark coils because getting to them was difficult and expensive. 
164000 mi

US $1230
Emission control system problem caused Check Engine & Traction Control lights to come on. Needed to replace one of three catalytic converters and an air/fuel sensor. 

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2004 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

96000 mi

US $2500
rack and pinion leakage, replaced. Timing belt with water pump, all water seals of engine. 4 new oem tires 

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2002 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

173000 mi

US $2100
Cracked radiator Oil leak fix 

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2001 Toyota Avalon

Engine not specified

152000 mi

US $2000
Front struts had to be changed but more due to bad roads and as a part of regular maintenance more than anything else. 

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2000 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

176000 mi

US $1650
Replaced 4 shocks and springs with Monroe all in one units. Repairs in front done twice because of faulty parts. 
92000 mi

US $900
Replaced suspension bushings to fix knocking noise over bumps. 
105000 mi

US $1200
Springs shot. Car bottoms with one or two people in back. Shocks much too soft. Replaced shocks and springs with aftermarket Vogtland springs and Tokico gas shocks. 
126000 mi

US $450
Front passenger caliper seized. Car was hit on this side in an accident a year earlier. This may or may not be related. 
US $380 Valve cover gasket leaking. Oil drips on exhaust and smoke and smell enters cabin. 
230000 mi

US $1500
new stuts and new tires 
117000 mi

US $350
check engine light came on and the dealer found that a sensor was not functioning properly. I had the component replaced. 
117500 mi

US $1300
During my previous road trip to San Angelo, Texas in April, I noted the Avalon's suspension was not acting properly. I had all four shocks replaced upon my return to Sun City, Az at my local garage. Also, alignment and tires balanced. 

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1998 Toyota Avalon 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

108000 mi

US $250
Starter needed to be replaced 
112000 mi

US $285
Tight steering - diagnosed as rust and grit binding the mechanism 
114300 mi

US $1100
Replaced struts and associated components and aligned wheels 
118700 mi

US $350
Steering knuckle needed to be replaced. Was binding. Toyota in Lawton OK handled. Very courteous. 
284000 mi

US $2200
Timing belt, fuel pump. EGR valve 
285800 mi

US $181
Replace fuel pressure regulator. The car had a strong fuel odor, especially when the fuel was less than 1/2 full. The odor was strong through the vents. The repair resolved the issue. 

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