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[Solved] Uncommon issues on 00-04 Avalons?

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I am getting rid of my Compass due to seatbelt issues that haven't been addressed by Chrysler. I am looking at 00-04 Avalons as a replacement. Any issues that aren't commonly talked about that I should check when looking at Avalons / watch out for during ownership? I know about the valve cover gaskets, most of the ones I've looked at have already been replaced. I know they have timing belts but that's about it, I haven't really heard of any other unusual repairs. Please let me know! Thanks.

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They are great cars if your mechanic checks out.

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Would it be foolish to buy an 03 with 220k miles. Not only that, but I'd have to drive it 1550 miles home

Have a local mechanic check it out thoroughly, before you close the deal. 

You don’t want to get stranded somewhere, in a vehicle you know nothing about..

That's what I was thinking about

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You could check on carcomplaints.com for each model year. All from 00-04 have a small number of reported issues as well as the 09, 10 and 12 model years. As you know it all depends on how they were maintained. I have an 04 with 163K miles which I love and have never had a problem with, except the CD player quit working about 8 years ago. So I listen to the radio. 

At age 67, it will probably outlive me. Wink  

You just need to find one that has service records that reflect the recommended mileage interval maintenance of engine oil and filter, transmission fluid, air filter, timing belt and water pump replacement and coolant. These 1MZ-FE motors have a history of sludge build-up if the motor oil and filter are not changed at least every 5,000 miles.

Would it be foolish to buy an 03 with 220k miles. Not only that, but I'd have to drive it 1550 miles home 🙃

As Yaser advised, "They are great cars if your mechanic checks out."

If the 03 is 1550 miles from you, do you have a plan for a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection?

If the 03 has been properly maintained and serviced, it could be a good purchase if the price is right. But only if you have credible documentation of the service history would you be able to know. If this information is not available, I would pass on this or any other vehicle with high mileage and in this case, advanced years.

I'll most likely just have to see if there are good mechanics in the area where the car is located since all of the Avalons I'm finding are out of state. Would a Toyota dealership be able to perform an inspection or should I stick to independent mechanics?

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I am getting rid of my Compass due to seatbelt issues that haven't been addressed by Chrysler

I am unsure wether this is the correct time for an upgrade,

used car prices are high and your Compass (although it's not a good vehicle) is probably newer and in better shape.

Would it be foolish to buy an 03 with 220k miles. Not only that, but I'd have to drive it 1550 miles home 🙃

You're replacing a car that you're familiar with, for a 19 year old car that's definitely nearing the end of its life...

Although the Avalon was built well, this name is being retired completely - and the value is going to drop.

It's also a deathtrap, lack basic safety features and crashworthiness is crap by 21st century standards.

Generally, I would NOT recommend buying that car, too old, too unsafe, too many miles.

What would recommend in the 4k and under range? I still do not feel safe in my car which is 2 years newer than my dad's tundra already has failing seatbelts. I don't want to risk my life or any of my passengers lives.

I've been also looking for facelift first gen Sequoias, are they safer?

Would a 05 and up Avalon be safer? I found an 07 with 177k.

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