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Last post on May 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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Toyota Avalon, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#897 of 945 Re: Headlight HEAT..! [spacebridge]
Mar 16, 2012 (9:49 am)
Please see my post #879 above. It goes over the details of the recently announced Toyota extended warranty covering exactly this issue. Toyota has agreed that there is a design flaw in the DRL/high beam assembly, and will replace both headlight assemblies with newer, redesigned assemblies (normally around $2000) at no expense, as long as you can show proof of either shattered bulbs, or even just having had to replace the high beams at least once. This is the definitive fix for the problem and eliminates the need for you to try and rewire the lights yourself.
#898 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon headlight assemblies [spallen2]
Mar 16, 2012 (10:04 am)
The information you need is already pretty well spelled out on this forum. There are two separate problems. One is frequent/premature failure of the HID low beams found on Limiteds in the 2008 (and maybe 2009?) models. The second is shattering/melting/early failure of the halogen high beams. For information relating to the second problem, see the post I just put up (#879).
If you are having issues with early failure of the HID low beams, there is a long running thread. See these posts:
822 843 845 848 853 862 877 879 882 886 888
for the details.
The question I have still not been able to get an answer to is whether the new headlight assemblies installed under the limited warranty for high beam failure will also in some way help with the HID low beam failure problem. I hope so, but I'm not optimistic.
#899 of 945 Re: Headlight HEAT..! [mlingga]
Mar 19, 2012 (11:10 am)
Toyota customer service says your vehicle must have less than 72,000 miles on it or you are not covered. I expected more out of my Toyota. So back to my original question can someone elaborate on separating DRL from the full on high beam circuit.
#900 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [sury1]
Apr 02, 2012 (6:21 pm)
I had to replace both the driver side and passenger side headlights and Toyota refused to acknowledge a problem. I wrote the Toyota North America CEO two letters and he did not even have the decency to respond. Prius had a similar problem and was resolved through a class action lawsuit. I intend to contact the law firm who represented Prius owners. Also plan to file a notice with the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency. Toyota should not get to sweep this obvious defect under the carpet and get away with it. It is time for Toyota to stand up to the quality statements they publicly claim. I have found online reports of well over 30+ 2008 Avalon owners with the same problem with the headlights.
#901 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [kgb22]
Apr 02, 2012 (6:35 pm)
Toyota needs to be held accountable for their actions. The headlight issue was a design flaw, not the result of time or miles. Consumers need to have their voices heard. Count me in if there is a class action. A matter of principle, not the money.
#903 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [fanojag]
Apr 03, 2012 (5:55 pm)
I submitted for both low beam and high beam. Only paid for high as it was under 75k miles. Refuse to acknowledge there is a design flaw with low beam. Going to file wi NHTSA and contact the law firm who settled the class action for Prius owners dealing with same low beam issue.
#904 of 945 Re: headlight bulb [urspider76]
Apr 18, 2012 (8:04 am)
How did you get to the bulb on the pass side, I can not seem to determine how to get it out. I have read several blogs some say remove three bolts and pull it out, one says a bolt is under the bumper cover. Any advise you can supply would be great, I hate to pay over 200.00 just for labor to replace it.
#905 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [2008avalon]
Jun 10, 2012 (12:19 pm)
I just had my high beams go out on hwy I 40 coming out of Flagstaff, AZ. Went to the dealer the next morning and was told my extended warranty would not cover the $1088 plus labor costs per assembly were not covered.
I would like to know the Law Firm you are using, I will contact them also.
#906 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [paul1175]
Jun 10, 2012 (1:16 pm)
The headlight bulbs on my 2008 Touring edition went out on 2 occasions. I went to the dealer, they put in new bulbs and sent me on my way?
What is different with the Touring model (with High Discharge Units), that is different with the others, making bulb replacement so expensive?
I've since purchased a 2011 Limited, (and just ordered a new 2013:))