Common Toyota Problems
Toyota vehicles have a tendency to break in certain ways. By collecting data from owners and combining it with information from NHTSA, we can tell you which cars to avoid and what problems happen most.
If you own a Toyota Avalon, or you're thinking of buying one, then learning about common Toyota Avalon problems is a good idea if you want to make an informed decision.
Toyota Avalon Problems
The earlier year models of the Avalon had only minor issues, such as an oil leak from the valve cover gaskets, a faulty EVAP purge control valve, a faulty oxygen sensor, and a steering shaft recall.
While early models were known for their quality, later models from 2005 through 2007 were plagued with problems. In fact the Toyota Avalon is the model many industry experts blame for the decline in Toyota's overall reputation in the United States. The Avalon experienced the following issues reported from consumers:
Bad U-joint welds
Faulty catalytic converter
Leaky oil line to the variable valve timing system
Air bag recalls
Steering column recalls
Transmission hesitation issues
While the Toyota Avalon was always rated at "high quality" in most consumer watchdog publications like Consumer Reports, after the issues from 2005 through 2007, Consumer Reports and other experts downgraded the Toyota Avalon's quality to "average."
So what should a Toyota Camry owner look out for?
1. Check Engine Light
Nobody likes to see this little light come on. Even the legendary Camry can’t prevent this from happening 100% of the time. One of the most commons causes of this is due to a faulty oxygen sensor.
These sensors detect engine exhaust oxygen levels. Engine performance can be affected by temperature, humidity, altitude, and engine load. Your car’s computer automatically adjusts the engine function in response to the amount of oxygen detected in the exhaust. Replacement of the sensor can cost $300 or more.
2. Power Steering Pump and Hoses Leak
It pays to frequently check the power steering fluid levels in your Camry. Leaking is one of the more common problems, and sometime the repairs can be tricky. The difficulty lies in the fact that the leak can be coming from different places. Unfortunately, some mechanics will just replace part after part without really looking for the leak.
Power steering leak repair can sometimes end up costing you thousands of dollars. This problem appears more often in the V6 model Camry.
3. Motor Mount Wear
The motor mount helps secure the engine to the car’s frame. The mount also helps absorb the vibrations of the road and of the engine motion itself. Motor mount wear is more common in higher mileage vehicles, and it often shows up as a shaking or vibration when the car is idling.
If left unattended for too long, this problem can lead to a cracked engine block that can cost $3,000 or more to repair. Changing the mount alone typically costs $350 or more.
4. Oil Leak from Valve Cover Gasket
The valves in your Camry’s engine are covered by valve covers and gaskets. These covers prevent the leakage of oil. If they get damaged, you guessed it, you get an oil leak. You might smell burning oil or see oil on the ground after your car is parked for a while.
Sometimes the covers simply need to be tightened. If the valve cover or gasket is cracked, you’ll need a replacement. Repairs of this kind can cost anywhere between $240 to $350.
5. Transmission Hesitation
You might feel the automatic transmission lag upon acceleration. This could be a computer problem, and updating the vehicle’s software might fix it. On car’s with higher mileage, it could be a worn transmission part. Once parts are replaced, it’s important to update the software again.