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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
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 9 of 10)

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problem #23

Sep 182010

Avalon

  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the headlights would fail intermittently. While driving 65 mph, both headlights failed. The contact stated that the headlight bulbs had been changed several times but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure and the contact was informed of a technical service bulletin for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Harrison, NY, USA

problem #22

Dec 022010

Avalon

  • 25,809 miles
Both high beam headlights and daytime running lights (drl) are inoperative, per NHTSA ODI # tsb-0044-10. Complaint: Toyota and ODI have known of this recurring lighting safety-related defect on various vehicles for three model years 2008-2010. Toyota has even developed a newly designed high beam/drl replacement housing assembly to remedy the defect, with an approximate cost to each vehicle owner of $3,000+, unless covered by 3 year/36,000 warranty. It is irresponsible for both Toyota and NHTSA to expose vehicle owners to high repair expense for known serious lighting safety-related defects, if vehicle warranty has expired. ODI should reclassify this defect, please!

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #21

Dec 022010

Avalon

  • 25,809 miles
Both high beam headlights and daytime running lights (drl) are inoperative, per NHTSA ODI # tsb-0044-10. Complaint: Toyota and ODI have known of this recurring lighting safety-related defect on various vehicles for three model years 2008-2010. Toyota has even developed a newly designed high beam/drl replacement housing assembly to remedy the defect, with an approximate cost to each vehicle owner of $3,000+, unless covered by 3 year/36,000 warranty. It is irresponsible for both Toyota and NHTSA to expose vehicle owners to high repair expense for known serious lighting safety-related defects, if vehicle warranty has expired. ODI should reclassify this defect, please!

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #20

Aug 052010

Avalon

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the headlights would intermittently shut off. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who stated that the headlights were defective. The vehicle was repaired and the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #19

Nov 172010

Avalon

  • 49,261 miles
Both high beam lamps shattered instantaneously in good weather conditions. For no apparent reason. This could be a major distraction and dangerous to the occupants of the primary vehicle and other vehicles as well. While Toyota freely acknowledges defective parts used in 2008,2009 and 2010 models, they will not take responsibility for the repair, outside of warranty period.(T-sb-0044-10) the standard charge to the customer ranges between $2400 and $800.

- Chapin, SC, USA

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problem #18

Nov 112010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Right hid low beam headlamp went off with out notice while driving at night. Also, right hid low beam headlamp went off after turning on fog lights or high beams. It has happened three times between 11 Nov 2010 and 20 Nov 2010 without any warning. Headlamps in auto mode. Mileage 48K.

- Douglassville, PA, USA

problem #17

Nov 152010

Avalon

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the headlights malfunctioned while he was driving. The contact stated that after playing around with the switch, the headlights turned back on. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Waxhall, NC, USA

problem #16

Nov 062010

Avalon

  • 45,000 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon defect - high and low beam head lamp assembly in my 2008 Toyota Avalon, I lost my high beams and my left low beam headlights while driving at night. Upon checking bulbs, both high beam 9011H1R1 bulbs blew out (shattered). I found the tsb notice on line (tsb-0044-10) and went to Toyota seeking Toyota to fix the defect. They told me the cost was $2,400 to replace both headlight assemblies. They did offer to split the cost 50/50 with me but I declined stating that it was a defect and was occurring in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Toyota Avalon. In other words, it was a design defect and they should fix it for free. Toyota declined stating it was not a recall but a tsb. This is a safety issue because I lost not only my high beam headlights without warning, but also my left low beam head lamp. Toyota should classify this as a 'recall' and not a tsb.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #15

Nov 102010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The driver side headlight goes out while driving. I had the headlight replaced at a cost of $250, ($80 for the lamp and $170 in labor. After driving 11,270 miles, the same problem occurred.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 152009

Avalon

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon limited. The contact was driving approximately 40-45 mph when she was advised by another driver that her headlights were not on. The headlights were engaged but would not illuminate, yet the fog lights were operating as normal. The failure occurred intermittently and the contact stated that the failure could be corrected by switching the headlights on and off again. The head lights were replaced by a local mechanic yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was approximately 60,000.

- East Brunwick, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jul 162010

Avalon

  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph at night time the left headlight shut off. The dealer was informed about the failure and stated that it would be repaired at her own expense to replace the light bulb. The dealer stated that there have been a lot of Toyota Avalon vehicles with this problem. The contact stated that 6 months after the left bulb burned out that the right bulb also failed to function. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 45000 and the current mileage was 51000.

- Cider Park , TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 012010

Avalon

  • 50,000 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon passenger side headlight shuts intermittently. Dealership replaced the bulb for $385. Problem went away for about 9 months and now starting all over again. The problems seems to occur when the lights are switched to auto mode. I travel with my lights on during the day for safety reasons and check them often. To date, I have not found the light off not once. I plan on having the dealership move the left bulb to the right and vice-versa to see if the problem follows the bulb or stays consistent to the right side.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 012010

Avalon

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when all of the exterior lights failed. The vehicle was pulled over and the contact was able to turn on the low beam headlights. He continued driving momentarily before the low beams failed a second time. The fog lights were the only exterior lights that would function. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the headlights and headlight assembly would need to be replaced. The authorized dealer also informed the contact that they received a message from the manufacturer stating this was a known defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #10

Sep 272010

Avalon

  • 40,000 miles
Exterior headlights shuts off automatically. I bought 2008 Toyota Avalon touring model. Passenger side low beam hid lights shuts off automatically. Looks like this is common issue with Toyota Avalon. Expecting Toyota to do something about it. My car has 40K miles on it.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 102009

Avalon

  • 50,000 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon touring had both high beams go out at the same time and when taken to the dealership they were replaced at my expense. The service writer commented the bulbs appeared to have exploded within the unit per the service technician, however, no explanation. Now the low beam driver side headlight intermittently goes out and then comes back on. I am concerned that both low beams will go out at the same time, but will still come back on later. I have not taken the car back in for service due to the fact that this is only an intermittent problem, but seems to be a defect in the car and Toyota needs to research and replace at their costs due to safety concerns with losing headlights without warning during night driving. I have been able to clear the problem by re-setting the switch on steering column, but seems to be happening more frequent now. This seems to be a short time frame for having lighting issues of this type on a 2008 vehicle.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #8

Jan 042010

Avalon

  • 61,000 miles
Progressively worsening problem with headlights spontaneously shutting off. Initially just the left headlight, then the right headlight, and now on multiple occasions, both headlights simultaneously the bright lights stop working all together, leaving me with no lights or brights. It happens most of time when the light switch is in the auto switch position. Brought car to dealer (byers Toyota Delaware, oh) and they at first wanted me to pay to replace the headlights and the rest of the enclosures for over $2000. I have a 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. The lights are defective they need to replace this free of charge.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 012009

Avalon

  • 41,000 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon limited - hid headlamp intermittently shuts off. The driver side headlamp either is off at the starting of the vehicle, or shuts off while driving. It occurs especially on cold mornings. The headlight was replaced, and the new headlamp is having the same problem. The Toyota prius had the same problem.

- Germantown, WI, USA

problem #6

Jan 062010

Avalon

  • 39,000 miles
Progressively worsening problem with headlights spontaneously shutting off. Initially just the left light, then the right light, and now on multiple occasions, both headlights simultaneously, leaving me with no illumination to drive by. Brought car to dealer (Toyota of newnan, newnan ga) and they said they were unable to diagnose the problem.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 202008

Avalon

  • 47,000 miles
Headlights on my 2008 Toyota Avalon will suddenly go out while in operation. This will occur in either automatic or manual mode. You will need to turn off the lights then turn them back to the on position to get them to come back on sometimes. I feel this is a hazard for me and the other drivers on the road as well as a violation of the law, defective equipment.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009

Avalon

  • 40,000 miles
Headlights on my 2008 Toyota Avalon will suddenly go out while in operation. This will occur in either automatic or manual mode. You will need to turn off the lights then turn them back to the on position to get them to come back on. This can be very dangerous at night on a country road where we live. Local Toyota dealership in richmond, Kentucky,40475 stated the low beam head lights needed to be replaced at a cost of $343 per headlight bulb plus labor which included taking off the front bumper to install the headlights. Total cost to replace two head light bulbs, approximately $1,000. Vehicle only has 40,000 miles on it.

- Richmond, KY, USA

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