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#10 of 19 Update on auto dashboard lights
Aug 10, 2012 (9:06 am)
Just called Toyota. For FYI, I was told that it's a feature that's available for the LE model WITH the upgrade package which I have. Apparently, it's not available for every model/package
Going to go into the dealership to see why that wasn't set automatically when I got the vehicle.
#11 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [mcdawgg]
Aug 10, 2012 (8:56 am)
#12 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [jlsexton]
Aug 12, 2012 (9:55 am)
This seems so odd.. We are on our third Corolla, always have had daytime running lights. We bought a 2012 S model and no daytime running lights. There is no "sensor" on dash .. Went to dealership and he seemed surprised but said that I guess they dont have them any longer. I cannot believe a safety feature like that would be removed from a new vehicle. When we turn on the car, no lights at all. We are in Canada if it makes a difference..
#13 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [jamaicandaisy]
Aug 12, 2012 (10:21 am)
DRL's are standard on all 2012 Corolla models according to Toyota's brocure, listed under safety & convenience. They come on when one starts the car, if yours do not, you have a problem & a complaint to Toyota. I am amazed how ignorant these dealerships are. I wanted to order a Corolla with all the accessories BUT was told I had to purchase or the 0% financing would be over, either a lie to move their inbound vehicle or total ignorance....either way they tick me off. In the end Toyota lost money BUT the dealership sold their inbound car.
#14 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [jlsexton]
Aug 12, 2012 (10:30 am)
I totally agree about the dealer comment! It is on the American Toyota site but I dont see it on the Canadian site..
#15 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [jlsexton]
Aug 12, 2012 (6:25 pm)
I called Toyota also and went to my dealership. By the way, my dealership(expressway toyota) is very rude. They said only the daytime runnings will be on. Dashboard lights won't be on. My 2009 corolla has both on automatically. Toyota said dashboard lights and daytime running lights should come on at night automatically. Toyota and the dealership are saying different things. My 2012 corolla has only the daytime running lights automatically on.
#16 of 19 No automatic dash lighting
Aug 13, 2012 (8:49 am)
Yes, I'm also on my 3rd corolla and did have this feature available on the previous two models (2005/2009). I'm annoyed both at this change and at the attitude of the dealership. When I got the car in, the agent explained that the sensor was working properly and the dashlights would only come on when it's night outside.
It appears that a lower intensity daytime running light comes on automatically. But if you want a brighter one AND the dash lights on, you either have to turn it on manually OR it has to be street lamps on/pitch dark outside. This is backwards. Instead of having auto dash lights during the day, it's now manual. See the wiki entry for daytime running lights in Canada for some interesting info related to increased warranty costs on bulbs.
When I said it was a safety feature and asked if I can enter in a suggestion/complaint, I was dismissed and the rep claimed he had no avenue to lodge that information in their department.
I ended up calling Toyota Canada to lodge my suggestion/complaint. The rep there did appear to take my issue seriously and apologized for the dealership's behaviour. I'm not 100% certain if that went anywhere tho.
I'm basically done with this issue. There's nothing further I can do about it. Guess I'll blame my poor eyesight and lift my lazy hand to turn the darn lights on manually. At least the vehicle has a warning beep when I forget to turn them off before I leave.
#17 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [econfused]
May 11, 2013 (1:14 pm)
i think both are right, i have a 2001 corolla, exactly like your situation, i am 100% sure there is a light sensor on these corollas..the car knows when it gets dark or is night !!...daytime headlights are always on when car is running, but dash lights and tail lights are off daytime and they come on exactly when it gets dark...i am sure it is not a problem or factory mistake , but planned on purpose...i am trying to find where that light sensor is !!
#18 of 19 Corolla Problem
May 11, 2013 (1:43 pm)
Just curious, would it not seem logical to have ALL Toyota models perform identically ? I have an 06 Avalon Limited with a mileage guage in it, whenever I fill up the MPG goes down to 0 & then increases to an average. My wife's Corolla started at 29 MPG on a trip to Florida, never went over 30 MPG & never decreases with a fillup. When I asked service why, I was told they were 2 different cars, excuse me, SO WHAT, should the guage not work the same way. I was told I had a MORE expensive vehicle, so mine gave a more accurate reading. " Stupid Is As Stupid Does".
#19 of 19 Re: 2012 corolla le - daytime running lights [mercurybc]
May 11, 2013 (7:03 pm)
You are exactly correct about running lights. The sensor is located on the dashboard near the windshield of the driver's side.