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post #121 of 291 Old 03-06-2011, 10:21 PM
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My parents 96 Avalon now has 190,000 miles and I am doing some engine work on it. Timing belt, water pump, seals, idlers, tentioner, and a valve cover job including the cover gaskets, pcv, and gromet, half moons, plugs, wires, coolent by pass hose, thermostat, all hose clamps, radiator cap, red coolent, intake cleaning and gaskets, fuel injector gromets, injector cleaning, fuel filter, vaccum lines, trans and diff fluid change.
We plan to hit 300k in this Avy
That is basically what I did. Put some grease on the seals, even fuel injector o-rings, you don't want to tear them like I did. Replacing the front seals again tommorow.
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PMESFUN, you have helped me a lot with your lengthy posts and awsome pics Thanks for taking the time for fellow TNers. BTW my parents Avy looks just like yours. I will apply a small amount of grease to the injector gromets for ease of installation, Oh and the power steering pump is also getting changed out. I have spent a lot of time researching, and a lot of time doing the work but I enjoy going the extra for this car and my parents. I have some pics but im having trouble loading them, no browse icon.


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PMESFUN, you have helped me a lot with your lengthy posts and awsome pics Thanks for taking the time for fellow TNers. BTW my parents Avy looks just like yours. I will apply a small amount of grease to the injector gromets for ease of installation, Oh and the power steering pump is also getting changed out. I have spent a lot of time researching, and a lot of time doing the work but I enjoy going the extra for this car and my parents. I have some pics but im having trouble loading them, no browse icon.
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go easy....1st post :-)

My daily driver is a '96 Avalon XL. It has just over 326k miles.

After reading 9 pages.... mine is close to the top.... I drive mine 90 - 100 miles per day.

My mother-in-law bought it new and handed down to me with 225k on the clock.
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My daily driver is a '96 Avalon XL. It has just over 326k miles.

After reading 9 pages.... mine is close to the top.... I drive mine 90 - 100 miles per day.

My mother-in-law bought it new and handed down to me with 225k on the clock.
These cars are old, its easy to total them out. Why, just kick some money in the right direction and we can see yours is on top.

Just playin :P And welcome to the forums, yes.

325K is quite impressive indeed!

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don't let these guys jive ya - 326K is like, ALMOST broke' in
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Blazer, welcome to TN Do you have any repair records for your Avy I am interested to know what you've replaced to achieve those miles.


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Blazer, welcome to TN Do you have any repair records for your Avy I am interested to know what you've replaced to achieve those miles.
Amazingly... nothing really. I have been around this car since it was new.... it has had 2 timing belts.... many brake jobs a couple sets of rotors maybe.....a set of struts all the way around....... one bent wheel.....drivers side CV shaft......that is about it. I have had to remove the EGR tube (a few times) and clean it with throttle body cleaner a time or two.... (set off SES light).

Currently it runs without setting off SES light.

Original starter, alternator, engine, transmission, water pump (I'm fairly certain it is still the original water pump), fuel pump... cat...exhaust....I don't even think an O2 sensor has been replaced.....etc.

It needs attention now.

Rear struts and mounts are worn out.

Tie rod ends are worn out.

Tires are right at needing replacement.

Timing belt is due. (it has been around 100k since it was replaced)

Engine makes a noise in the top end between 1950 and 2300 RPM (see my other thread).

Valve covers leak. (leaks about 1/2 quart between oil changes)

Headlights are faded bad.

Turn signal light in front is cracked.

Grille is missing a couple horizontal bars....needs to be replaced.....

Power antenna has bit the dust... it stays up all the time.

Master cylinder is on it's way out..... looses pedal sometimes at a red light.....

CD player is about worn out....it skips sometimes like the laser sensor thing has the mounting screws loose..... like if it is skipping on a certain part of a disk.... you can advance it to the other end of the disk.... and it won't skip...... 30 min later you are back around to the original song that skipped... and it plays fine.....

It still cranks right up....idles smooth and overall runs great.... plenty of power.... gets around 24-25 mpg in combination city/highway without me cutting it any slack.... it gets stomped regularly.

Overall I'm tickled with the car and I am thinking I might just spend a little money and fix some of the safety and ride issues (struts/tires/tie rods/headlights) real soon..... and plan on fixing the other things a little at a time.

Heck.... if I set aside 1/4 of a car payment every month.... in a few months I could have most of it fixed if I do the work myself.

2000 F250 CC SWB 4x4 PSD - 160k miles
1996 Toyota Avalon XL - 326k miles
1987 Buick Grand National - 160k miles
1966 International Travelall 4x4 with 454 BBC - ?? miles

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Very impressive, time to sink some money into it, and BTW I like your thought process about the car payments and accumulating the money.


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Mine's at 240k now. Last time I posted in this thread it was just over 200k. The ride's getting a bit bouncy, especially in the rear; time for new struts. I'll probably go with KYB's. And it's a bit overdue for a timing belt, last done at 100k. And plugs 'n' wires are due too.

Still running like a top tho.

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LOL

It has probably been 150k to 200k since my struts were replaced...... and I am not sure on my plugs and wires.... as I have driven the past 100k miles or so on the same plugs and wires..... not sure when they were last replaced (would have to ask my mother-in-law).

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I have 217,000 miles on my Avalon with just the normal upkeep on a car that has traveled 217,000 miles. Engine is still very strong and goes when you step on the gas.
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I have 235 000 miles on my 1995 Avalon, which my wife bought used at about 125K I think.

I have not changed much so for : rack & pinion , sway link bars about 2 years, and a year ago, alternator twice (because the first replacement went bad after a year), some brake,oil change my self, and belts once I think.

It is now due for some repairs : struts, right passanger arm control, rotors pretty soon, head gasket as it leaks a bit of oil in between oil changes, oxygen sensors, probably the radiator hose as I can see a small leakeage and I had to add some engine coolant about 3-4 months ago.


However for a daily car, 50-70 miles daily almost, it start a runs great.

Ps. I am new new member and just posted a thread with some questions as I plan to start doing some repairs to it, that I can, I am really amazed about how good it runs considering I have seen some bad looking and running cars for 3-4 k dollars on a recent shopping spree for old car with a friend.
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yes... for a old car I have an avalon and runs great with 142000 miles on it, silent motor engine, and take curves great too, i have seen so many 1 gen avalons, in very good shape, others are damaged in the outside but I think we can never kill an avalon for its miles, maybe 2 millions or so on
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I have a 96 xls with 241,108 miles and still going strong with no problems. Been in the family for 15 years. Dad bought it new and now I drive it (he upgraded to a 2011 avy). I wouldn't trade ole betsy for nothin
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