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#758 of 965 Re: Lost both High Beam headlights on 2008 Avalon Limited [advocate5]
Oct 21, 2010 (12:52 pm)
$2,400,...Wow, did that dealer see you coming.
That might be a good number (although too high for even that IMMHO) for replacing both HID headlight assmblies, but halogen...??
It has long been known that operation, long term operation, of halogen bulbs for DRLs using sub-standard voltages, 5-6 volts vs 12, results in sooting of the interior of the bulb's glass encapsulation, heat trapping soot, and subsequent melting of the glass encapsulation.
But "blew up", I think not.
The only damage I have personally seen from this was limited to the high beam bulb itself and I simply replaced the bulbs, disabled the factory DRL circuit and substituted a pair of 3W LEDs.
I suggest you ask the dealer for a FULL refund, and/or notify Toyota Corporate, or take the dealer to small claims court if no one offers any satisfaction.
#759 of 965 TPMS failures on 2008 Avvy Limited
Oct 21, 2010 (1:01 pm)
Has anyone else experienced repeated problems with the TPMS? This is the third time the low pressure warning light has come on despite good pressures in all tires. The system was fixed, in some unknown way, once under warranty. The second time, it was out of warranty and I paid around $200 for a new sensor. Knowing my dealer, that was a ripoff. Now we're at it for the third time.
The reason I'm particularly concerned is that our other car, an '07 Lexus GS350, appears to have the same TPMS as the Avvy, and it also has a false warning light on. I've tried to reset that TPMS following the manual's instructions, but I do not get the message confirming that it was reset. Is there any known issue with the Toyota TPMS (other than how lousy it is compared to my Suburban's system, which reads out the exact pressure in each tire on a real time basis, and has never failed in 90.000 miles of driving).?
#760 of 965 Re: TPMS failures on 2008 Avvy Limited [mlingga]
Oct 21, 2010 (1:39 pm)
"..all tires.." Including the spare..?
#761 of 965 Avalon headlights
Oct 21, 2010 (3:29 pm)
My left headlight (HID) went out at 31,000 miles on Avalon Limited. Dealer replaced it for free.
#762 of 965 Re: Lost both High Beam headlights on 2008 Avalon Limited [wwest]
Oct 21, 2010 (5:12 pm)
There is a service bulletin (documented in many places) - the whole assembly is defective, so their diagnosis was correct, but my having to pay for any of it isn't right. I already began my calls, emails etc. and the dealer is now working with Toyota of America. We shall see.
#763 of 965 Re: Lost both High Beam headlights on 2008 Avalon Limited [advocate5]
Oct 21, 2010 (5:43 pm)
"..the whole assembly is defective.."
I doubt that, sincerely doubt it. In any case the dealer had the option of simply replacing the highdeam/drl bulbs, the TSB is not covered under a warranty extension and is clearly NOT mandatory.
Ask the dealer what damage is done by the highbeam/DRL bulb "blowing out".
Since acting on the TCB is not mandatory and only applies under specific complaints, "don't ask, don't tell" (unless the owner complains don't ask, don't volunteer any TSB information)
#764 of 965 Telescopic Wheel Problem
Oct 22, 2010 (8:24 pm)
Has anyone had a problem with the lock mechanism for the telescopic steering wheel. On several occasions have noticed that when I grab the wheel the wheel moves forward(from the locked fully extended position) and the lever is not in the locked position. Am very careful not to hit it with my knee or any other object.
#765 of 965 Re: Telescopic Wheel Problem [floridasteve]
Oct 22, 2010 (8:33 pm)
Yes - The bloody thing is often loose! My only other complaint about this car is that it is the worst car in the snow in automotive history!
#766 of 965 Re: 2009 Avalon - What changes and when will it be available [nimimi]
Oct 22, 2010 (8:35 pm)
I find my 08 Avalon to be ABSOLUTELY less capable in the snow than my old 96 Mercedes. The 2008 Avalon inexplicably does not permit the driver to disengage the traction control. The 08 Avalon is horrible in the snow!
#767 of 965 Re: 2009 Avalon - What changes and when will it be available [jpm1908]
Oct 23, 2010 (2:31 am)
I couldn't agree more. For me it's the amount of comfort I have or in this case don't have, driving my Avalon in the snow.
Without thinking real hard about it, I would say it's the worst car in the snow I've owned - out of 41 cars! That's not saying much.
Now many of the cars I've had over 30 + years did have studded snow tires, so those might not count.