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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,278 miles

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2008 Toyota Avalon miscellaneous problems

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 142015

Avalon

  • 70,000 miles

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

20008 Toyota Avalon. 72, 354 miles. Last year the rear sunscreen started deploying on it's own and would not retract even when the car was put in reverse. This greatly restricts visiblity during the day and makes it impossible to see out the rear window at night. I checked on line and this seems to be problem that more than one person has had.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

May 252015

Avalon

  • miles
Sticky dashboard with glare that affects driving vision in bright sunlight or night driving facing on coming vehicles.

- Brenham, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 302015

Avalon

  • 31,000 miles
When coming back from a short trip I noticed that the right side low beam headlamp was out. Then one day the light was on again then the next it is out. Now it rarely comes on so I.called my Toyota dealer and they said it would be at least $200 for new low beam light bulb. I then took it to a reputable repair shop and they said that the bulb was not bad but the ballast was bad. They showed me a list of complaints from on line and they said there was a recall for that problem. Toyota says there is no recall. If this is such a common and expensive problem there should be a recall. I researched several web sites and there are numerous complaints about headlight problems on the 2008 Avalon. Some problems exactly like mine others a little different but all are about malfunctioning headlights.

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 012014

Avalon

  • miles

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

Warranty enhancement notification -ZE6 repairs related to cracked dash board. Toyota sent letter in December,2014 indicating parts for the replacement would be available by late spring. I've made two calls and was basically told to wait for another letter but was provided no input regarding a possible date. I have a feeling they hope the problem will disappear. What can I do to get satisfaction? updated 10/06/15

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 052013

Avalon

  • 23,000 miles
Rear window sunscreen activates spontaneously and without driver activation and will not return to the down position by use of dashboard switch. When this occurs at night visibility through rear window is extremely diminished and hazardous.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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problem #4

Jan 262012

Avalon

  • 47,500 miles
The starter button will not work about 1 out of every 50 tries. This is a no key ignition car. This condition started at about 20,000 miles. Doesn't respond to procedure in car's hand book. Toyota dealer says nothing wrong with car. Toyota dealer in redlands California.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 122010

Avalon

  • miles

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

2008 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes regarding concerns with accelerator isseus

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 072008

Avalon

  • 2,000 miles
I was driving my car to the local post office to deposit mail in an outside mailbox/receptacle. The location of the mailbox was in a parking lot with a drive through. I was traveling 5-10 miles an hour. As I approached the mailbox preparing to deposit the mail, the car "revved" up and I felt or experienced a surge in which I overshot the mailbox by 8-10 feet. I applied extra pressure to the brake. Then, I felt the engine slow down to normal. At that point, I had control of the car. I had to back the car up to get to the mailbox I was frightened wondering what could have caused this to happen. I was not as willing to drive my car after this occurrence as I could not be sure that the surge would not occur again. Not knowing what to do, I lessened the time I drove the car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010

Avalon

  • miles
Consumer has a 2008 Toyota Avalon and concerned about the sudden acceleration problem with Toyota. The consumer was trying to decide if she should return or replace the vehicle.

- University Center, MI, USA

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