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#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:))
#907 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [ncee]
Jun 13, 2012 (11:56 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 945 Re: 2008 Avalon Lights - High Beam Lights [ncee]
Jun 13, 2012 (12:04 pm)
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 945 2008 Avalon headlight issue
Jun 25, 2012 (1:16 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?
#910 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon headlight issue [rstocking]
Jun 25, 2012 (1:37 pm)
Your dealer is trying to rip you off. Toyota corporate agreed to fix this problem in an order to their dealers last year. Mine were fixed for nothing. Search Edmunds for a discussion about this including the Toyota authorization # that orders the fix.
#911 of 945 Re: 2008 Avalon headlight issue [2008avalon]
Jun 25, 2012 (1:57 pm)
While this whole ridiculous headlight issue IS a rip-off, I am not so sure that the actual dealer response here is specifically incorrect. There was indeed a Toyota headlight recall specifically targeting the shattered/melted/prematurely burned out high beams, that replaced my headlight assemblies for free. Unfortunately for rstocking, the letter I received that notified me of the headlight replacement coverage specifically limited it to 60,000 miles or less. rstocking is far beyond that limit. Unless the program has been revised, that would be the deal.
See prior threads for detailed discussion of this issue: specifically, see my posts #879 and 898 above relating to the shattered high beam, and the prematurely dying low beam issues.