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Frankly, I've been reading the reports over at Autobeef/Carcomplaints.com, and they really scared me. In number of complaints (pre-'09), '07 and '02 were the worst years, with '00, '01, '04, and '08 the best. But once you started looking at what the complaints were, time and again what happened was unexpected acceleration incidents. Some of the complaintants went into walls; it happened to someone else right on the freeway. One guy said he'd heard how wonderful Toyotas were, and this was his first and last one because it was the worst car he'd ever had.
This should not be happening at all. I've always laughed at friends who said they were trading their cars at 85k because that's just when Toyotas are wearing in.
I'm wondering whether Avalons have the same problem.
In one of the computer magazines online, the writer said the problem is with cheap software that's in the Toyotas.
Unfortunately, I can't see pouring $5k into a car that's already got nearly 283k miles on the engine. In the late '70s/early '80s, we bought our first Toyota. It was a pickup with a diesel engine. We replaced it with a gas engine at about 80-85k. We finally sold it when we'd had 425k miles on the truck.
This almost reminds me of my VW Rabbit. It was named Car of the Year by I think Consumer Reports. We had non-stop electrical problems, and it finally committed suicide. Went up in flames. (Nobody was hurt, thank God.)
Last edited by LagunaMom; 07-28-2011 at 08:14 PM.