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#843 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [slharp]
Sep 27, 2011 (6:28 pm)
you should go back and read the series of posts that I and others have made concerning the dreaded, POS HID headlights (assuming you have a Limited with the HID bulbs). Intermittent failure is almost inevitably a sign of impending bulb failure. Unfortunately, unlike the high beams, the HID bulbs are extremely difficult to replace. There have been some who have done it, but they describe a process well beyond someone like me. I have replaced mine twice in my '08 Limited. Each time I've had my buddy, who owns a body shop, replace the bulbs. He found the easiest way to do it was to drop the front bumper (!). Fortunately, he charged me only around $100 to install, on top of the roughly $50 for each bulb (purchased online--second time I bought name brand bulbs as the first set of no names I bought lasted only about a year). That was MUCH better than the obscene $800 my Toyota dealer wanted to do the job. The HID bulbs are a well-known weak point for these Avvy's, and one of many reasons I won't be buying a Toyota again.
#844 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [mlingga]
Sep 28, 2011 (8:26 am)
Likely isn't the bulbs themselves but the heat being trapped inside the headlight assembly.
#845 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [mlingga]
Sep 28, 2011 (9:16 am)
I have an '08 Avalon Touring (150k) with HID bulbs and have replaced the hi-beams 3 times (found a lower cost bulb on internet) and recently had to replace the D4R HID bulb-again there are lower cost alternatives (www.hidnation.com). It was not that difficult to replace. You must remove the battery and loosen the fuse box and then it is as easy as any other car.
#846 of 965 2008 avalon low beam head light doomed again
Oct 10, 2011 (9:08 am)
my passenger side low beam headlight was not working year before. Bought a new HID bulb and fixed it myself. It worked for a year now, again gone.
This seem to be really a manufacture defect. Toyota has to accept and fix it with no charge further.
#847 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon low beam head light doomed again [sury1]
Oct 10, 2011 (10:49 am)
I hope they do, but I have little optimism. It's clearly a problem endemic to HID equipped Avalons, and many others have had similar problems, with little interest on Toyota's part other than to offer to replace them at $800 a pop.
I had similar experience: replaced both HID bulbs, only to have them go out about a year later. Those bulbs were "no-name" bulbs purchased online. The second time I specifically purchased Phillips bulbs hoping that perhaps they will last longer. Tell you in a few years.
#848 of 965 Latest fiasco with Avvy headlight
Oct 14, 2011 (9:03 am)
I have posted repeatedly here regarding my problems with my '08 Limited headlights. Am on third set of HID low beams, second set of halogen high beams. In three years, maybe $1000 so I can see at night. Versus, say, the $0 I've spent on my '07 Suburban's lights to date.
So today, the crowning blow. My Avalon headlights have become misaligned, aiming almost straight down, so the low beams focus about 5 feet in front of the car. Basically impossible to see with them, so I have to drive with high beams constantly, annoying the heck out of oncoming traffic. This happened once before, and they "did an adjustment" while under warranty. Today I get call from dealer--left headlight assembly is broken, can't be adjusted, and installation of new unit will set me back $1300. Oh, and BTW, the right high beam is dead.
I am escalating to toyota customer service hoping to get some help in reducing costs. Pray for me, this has been an ongoing nightmare!
#849 of 965 Re: high beams shattering [baseballmom4]
Oct 27, 2011 (8:25 am)
We purchased a used 08 Avalon Limited with 9000 miles on it about a month ago. We just lost both of our high beams . They shattered. I just called the local dealer and was told a bulletin was just issued on this. They will replace the high beams for FIVE years or 70,000 miles. He said they are extending the waranty on the HIGH beams. Hope this helps a few of you.
#850 of 965 Re: high beams shattering [mookie7]
Oct 27, 2011 (9:58 am)
YAY Mookie! I just called and verified with my local dealer here in Phoenix!
We purchased an 08 Limited with 19,000 miles in July. The first time I used the high beams I noticed one light out. I took a look at it in the daytime and saw all the little pieces where the bulb had exploded. I looked online and found this thread, which really got me concerned. It also provided a wealth of information!
We took the car in to the dealer in late July. They checked it out and verified that ours was one of the cars affected by this problem; however, since it was over 3 years since purchased new they were going to make us pay $2600 to replace the headlight assemblies. We couldn't afford that, and since it truly is a manu/design fault, I had no plans of paying for it myself (although I fully intended to see it fixed).
We appealed to corporate, who basically shrugged us off. We didn't escalate the issue, and due to a hectic schedule over the past couple months we didn't persue it further. I bought a set of halogen high beams for $35 and put them in myself in 10 minutes.
Last week, while driving home on the freeway at night, my right HDI low-beam flickered and went out! I know from these forums that you can sometimes get them to come on again by turning them off and back on again, and it worked. Then last night it started flickering again, this time in a parking lot. I repeated the procedure, which stabilized the light until I got home. But it's obvious that these things are going to go out soon, and the helpless feeling that you get knowing that you can't count on your car to light the way is absolutely not what I expected from an Avalon. I loved my '06.
Ironically, I had awoken this morning and started preparing an official letter to corporate. I realized that having to replace the headlight assemblies was going to cause an undue financial hardship, and recognized the need to appeal to the local media for donations. I giggled as I thought of the looks on the faces of the Customer Service reps as they escalated the issue again and again, nobody wanting to own it and nobody having the authority to make it go away. A 3-year old car with faulty $2600 headlights that the company refuses to replace is a sad thing indeed... and the last thing corporate wants is someone appealing to their community for help fixing Toyota's mistake!
But now, thanks to Mookie, I have the news... the headlights are covered! And I verified it with the local (Phoenix, AZ) dealer. They are covering it now for 5 years or 70,000 miles.
Thank you, Mookie!!! And thank you, Toyota!
#851 of 965 Re: high beams shattering [mookie7]
Oct 28, 2011 (8:24 am)
That is good news. I got off cheap with my 2008 headlight fix at $240 or so. But this is good for future problems. Thanks for the info update. Very helpful.
#852 of 965 Re: high beams shattering [jmmck]
Oct 28, 2011 (9:06 am)
Can you please let me know, where I find the bulletin about extended warranty on headlights. My local dealer might not be aware of this..