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#900 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [sury1]
Apr 02, 2012 (5:21 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 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [kgb22]
Apr 02, 2012 (5:35 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 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Headlights/Daytime Running Lights [fanojag]
Apr 03, 2012 (4:55 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 965 Re: headlight bulb [urspider76]
Apr 18, 2012 (7:04 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 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [2008avalon]
Jun 10, 2012 (11:19 am)
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 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [paul1175]
Jun 10, 2012 (12:16 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:))
#907 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [ncee]
Jun 13, 2012 (10:56 am)
Don't have any idea what the difference is if any. After reading posts on several different sites it appears 2008 and 2009 models all have been having the same problem. There was a TSB sent to dealers addressing the problem which recommended replacement of the headlight assembly's because of premature burn out (heat related).
Problem comes into play after the orignal warranty has expired. The extended service agreement excludes light assemblies.
#908 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [ncee]
Jun 13, 2012 (11:04 am)
you can find good aftermarket bulbs, both the hi/driving and the HID lo-beam bulbs on line at very good prices--way below the dealer cost. All of the bulbs are accessible under the hood, although you have to remove the battery and loosen the fuse block to replace the driver side HID bulb. My '08 Avalon Touring has a lot of miles on it and beyond any warranty extension. Not happy about it, but what are you going to do? Sue them?
#909 of 965 2008 Avalon headlight issue
Jun 25, 2012 (12:16 pm)
My High-beams burnt out at 73K miles. I replaced them with after market bulbs for $ 40.00 each but after 6 months 80K miles they both burnt out. The low beams also go on and off randomly. The Toyota garage says I need 2 new headlight assemblies for $2500.00, and that my 5 year 100K warranty does not cover this. I sent Toyota Motor Services a letter requesting arbitration in the matter and got a form letter of denial in return. I called and found out I would need to file for arbitration in the matter with the American Arbitration Association at ADR.org. I checked and it looks very expensive. My local mechanic suggests taking the assembly apart to see if it can be re-wired. Has anyone tried this or found another solution?