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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,395 miles

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2008 Toyota Avalon lights problems

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments (Page 6 of 10)

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problem #83

Mar 312010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 43,542 miles


Two years ago both bright headlights failed. Dealer replaced bulbs at my expense. On 3/12/2012 both bulbs on the drivers side failed. Dealer said the vehicle had defective headlight assembly that Toyota knew about that had to be replaced ($1265.30) at my expense because vehicle had over 50000 miles (car now has 85000 miles). I called Toyota and they confirmed that this was true. My question to Toyota was, if I was driving on a busy highway at night and both defective assemblies failed wouldn't my safety be in jeopardy and if so why wasn't this car recalled?

- Winchester, IL, USA

problem #82

Oct 012010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that both external headlights would fail without warning. The contact would adjust the light switch for the lights to become operable. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 74,000. Updated 4/2/12 updatd 04/16/12

- Jonestown, MS, USA

problem #81

Jan 052012


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While parked, the contact noticed that the passenger side headlight stopped functioning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic replaced the passenger side headlight bulb. The failure continued after the replacement of the bulb. There was a manufacturer's recall for the headlights but the vehicle was over the mileage limit. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #80

Feb 012011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


2008 Toyota Avalon limited: At 35 months and 40,000 miles, the high intensity headlights (hid) began intermittent operation and pointed straight down to the ground making night driving unsafe. The dealer claimed the low beam hid headlamp was going out and the replacement cost for the hid low beam bulb was an exorbitant $300 dollars ($125 for the bulb and $175 for installation). The bulb replacement did not fix the aim problem and a new headlamp assembly was ordered and installed. The headlamps still point at the ground making the vehicle unsafe to drive at night. I can not believe the federal government would allow Toyota to create such a safety hazard as a light bulb that works intermittently or costs $300 to replace, which is hardly affordable by a majority of americans. The fact that the dealer can not get the lamps to aim correctly on the street indicates the design is also flawed. This is not a luxury item like electric windows or air conditioning. This is a safety device, required by law, and the car is unsafe to drive at night when it malfunctions. The problem is that the hid malfunction occurs prematurely when compared to other headlamps and is extremely expensive to repair. There are numerous complaints about this issue on the internet but Toyota is evidently denying any issue exists.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #79

Jan 152010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Multiple failures of high beam / drls (same bulb). Bulb will quit working or in some cases shatter and leave glass shards in the housing. (known, and recently acknowledged, problem with bulb housings by Toyota.) I have also recently experienced several failures (temporary failures so far) of the high intensity discharge (hid) low beam headlight. The low beam will fail, and usually (after cooling, or a few on/off cycles) will resume operation. Internet research shows this also to be a common problem, probably a voltage problem, and seemingly related to the bulb housing problem that Toyota recently officially acknowledged and offered time/mileage-limited repairs for. So far, Toyota has refused to repair this known problem for vehicles outside the arbitrary set limitations of 5 years or 72,000 miles. The chronic and repeated failure of these headlights (high beams/drl and hid low beams) is a safety issue and should be included in an official recall for repair at Toyota's expense without time or mileage limits.

- Wedowee, AL, USA

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problem #78

Oct 282011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
Noticed my lights being dimmer than normal on various occasions, then realized that the headlights were going off alternately. But on at least 2 occasions they both went out at the same time. The running or fog lights were on so I had some lighting, but on at least 1 occasion I had to use my bright lights as I was driving on a section of road where there were no street lights.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #77

Feb 092012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 61,857 miles


In September 2011, the driver's side front headlight failed on my Toyota Avalon at around 62,000 miles. The car was immediately taken to the dealer and they replaced the bulb at a cost of $217.99. I have received a notice of the extended warranty from Toyota for high beam and driving light bulbs but nothing for low beam bulbs. I have submitted this last service visit for reimbursement but do not know if it will be covered. Now, 5 months and 3,000 miles later, the headlight (probably the low beam bulb) on the front passenger side has failed. The dealer has informed me that they will replace that bulb as a courtesy for a charge of only $40 instead of the full price of $217.99. This is the third Toyota Avalon I have had and the first time I have had any reliability problems with one. Clearly Toyota needs to reimburse owners for the cost of these bulb replacements.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #76

Nov 012011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Over the course of 1 month both high beams exploded while driving at night. Bulb chips are inside the assembly. Headlight leveling system not functioning on 1 side, light is pointing to the ground.

- Brookfield, Wi, WI, USA

problem #75

Jan 122012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
When I started my car last week, the drivers side headlight was out. I assumed it was the bulb but took it to a shop where they tried to replace the bulb but I was told it's not the bulb. It began working again a few days later but seems to turn on and off but without any consistancy. When I was driving to work this morning, both headlights were turning on and off together. The fog lights are working but I have to turn the headlights on and off every few minutes to get them to come back on. The headlights were checked again but I am being told again it is not the bulbs. This is very unsafe! I am waiting for them to turn off one late night and not return nd cause an accident, injuring me and my family.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #74

Jan 122012


  • 33,725 miles
I have the 2008 Toyota Avalon touring. The hid/low beam passenger light went out. Dealer advised both light assembly need replaced at $1088 each plus 2 hours labor. There is a major problem and they are backlogged 90 days. Dealer just received one that was ordered 90 days ago. Driving with one light (maybe 2 soon) is dangerous and I can't park it in the garage for 90 days. Toyota should be replacing free and supplying a rental car while they are on back order.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #73

Jul 152011


  • 49,000 miles


Low beam head lights both right & left go off intermittingly, I had originally had problems with nigh beams they were fixed under warranty.

- Sayville, NY, USA

problem #72

Nov 122011


  • 45,500 miles
Right low beam headlight / daytime running light goes out approximately three minutes after vehicle is started. Occurs whether vehicle is stationary or moving. Turning off vehicle and restarting will reset light for a few minutes.

- Rock Hill, NY, USA

problem #71

Jan 012012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 57,523 miles
I started having problems with both front low beam light bulbs. The passenger and driver side would work only intermittently keeping me at bay as I could not drive @ night. Both driver and passenger went out at the same time I took it to the dealer and the passenger side along with the drivers side were replaced on two appointments at $192.50 per bulb along with labor.. the total came to $310.20 X 2= $620.40 that's a huge amount of money for defective parts. I was informed that I was using the lights too much and that was the reason for the lights going out!! my car has low miles and it told him that was a defect from the factory. I am very discouraged with the outcome of having to fork out so much money for a factory defect, shame on Toyota!

- Quincy, WA, USA

problem #70

Dec 052011


  • 52,000 miles
Driver side low beam intermittently goes out. Turning lights off and on makes it work again, but problem is occurring more frequently and the duration the headlight stays on appears to be shorter after each on/off cycle.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #69

Dec 062011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Head lights flickering... one day one headlight would go out, the next day, the other light... essentially taking turns going off. Then both would be on. Per some recent complaints, it doesn't look like replacing the low beams will fix this issue. This is a clear manufacturing issue considering the other complaints for this same model. Toyota dealership advised this had nothing to due with the extended warranty for the high beam issue.

- Owasso , OK, USA

problem #68

Mar 152011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph with the headlights activated when suddenly, the front driver side headlight failed to illuminate. The contact replaced the driver's side headlight bulb a total of three times but the failure would recur every two to three months after the replacement. Most recently, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised that the malfunction was contributed to the headlight housing, which required replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer regarding the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Randallstown , MD, USA

problem #67

Aug 012011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving with the low beam headlights on either the right or the left light went out. Replaced both hid lights but issue keeps coming back. When I turn the light off and then on the lights come back on. However after a couple of minutes one of the lights go off again. It seems to be random, but some times both go out this is an obvious safety issue. Called Toyota to file a complaint as the dealer did not want to take care of this. Toyota frankly told us that this is not their issue. Looking at many other owners having the same issue this is a safety defect. We live in the mountains and without lights you have very dangerous situations especially in the winter. P.S. this is not the high beam issue but rather the normal head light.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #66

Nov 132011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
Idling in the driveway with the high beams illuminated, we heard what seemed like a firework or small arms fire. Moments later the vehicle was on fire. We extinguished the fire and disconnected the battery cables. The vehicle was towed in to the local Toyota body shop where it was examined, diagnosed, & repaired. The drivers side headlight lens, bumper cover, & cowling were replaced due to melting and fire damage, the wiring harness was inspected and repaired(it had been determined it hadn't been damaged other than inspection) all parts were reserved for my inspection. I had been told the high beam had worked itself loose & caused the fire. This did not happen!!! the bulb had exploded in the housing, minute pieces of glass were inside the headlight housing, & the only damage to it was external charring. I have stored the lens for inspection, proving the explosion theory. I thank the lord we were not driving at the time or the vehicle would have burned to a crisp. We received a form letter from Toyota a "warranty enhancement notice" concerning certain 2008- 2010 Avalon's high beam drl bulbs. Obviously they have had other issues as they have offered reimbursement if we have had any repairs paid for "out of pocket" this bulb caused a fire in the engine compartment, its only by the grace of god that we were idling in a driveway near a water source, and I have had fire safety training. I have since purchased a large extinguisher and carry it it the vehicle. We are very anxious & cautious driving the vehicle now.

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #65

Nov 112010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Failure: High beam/drl bulbs hir1 9011. In November 2010, the right front hid low beam bulb was flickering and failed. As part of the right front hid low beam bulb replacement, I decided to replace both oe toshiba high beam/drl bulbs with philips replacements. Toshiba no longer manufactures the hir1 9011 bulbs. This move was strictly a precautionary action. Kept the toshiba bulbs as spares. Within 6 months one philips hir1 bulb failed in the drl mode and the other bulb failed in the high beam mode. Reused the toshiba bulbs.

- Douglassville, PA, USA

problem #64

Oct 172011


  • 58,196 miles
The headlights on my Toyota Avalon 2008 touring go out without warning. It started with the drivers side low beam and now both go out occasionally. Very scary when driving in early a.M. rush hour traffic and driving at night and your lights go out.

- Mason, OH, USA

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