Toyota Avalon owners have reported 129 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Avalon based on all problems reported for the Avalon.
Passenger and two rear doors will not unlock from key fob nor master lock button. These doors must be unlocked from inside. I can disconnect the passenger switch and they will work for a short period then reoccur. The dirver's door is unaffected. I had it diagnosed by local dealer and they said was three actuators bad simultaneously. All actuators do not fail at once and for all. . There is a single component used by these doors that is failing, and working intermittently.
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I just purchased a 2009 Avalon and noticed the high beams are not working. I called Toyota and they limited the warranty on this known issue to only 76k miles. My vehicle has 97k miles. Toyota should have done a recall for this issue and not a warranty extension as it causes a potential hazard. I live in a rural area with no street lights. Not having high beams impacts my ability to see clearly on these roads. Reference NHTSA reference #10037591 TSB reference #sb-0044-10 rev 1.
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From the date of purchase (08/14/2017) I noticed a discrepancy between the analog speedometer and the center digital display of the speed (mph). Contacted the service manager of the dealer where purchased. He advised there is no fix. I noted numerous complaints of this problem on the web. The error is between 2 and 3 mph and varies with different speeds. Starting speed is zero with the errors occurring at different speeds. I have on numerous occasions checked the actual speed against local "radar" warning signs. It appears that the digital display is the most accurate. I have taken pictures of the discrepancy and sent them to the service manager. He then agreed to go for a test drive with me. He connected to the vehicle a Toyota tech stream device. I also had him activate his gps speed program on his cell phone. The results indicated that his tech stream device was not working properly and/or was displaying speeds that were not even close to the digital display or the analog display (the main round speedometer next to the tachometer). However, his gps phone app indicated that the digital display was the most accurate. The results also confirmed the discrepancy of 2-4 mph between the analog and digital displays. A complaint filed with Toyota last week by me resulted in a phone call from them indicating that there was no solution to the problem with the caller even indicating that there were no complaints of this issue to begin with. (just google it and you will see this has been going on for several years. ) now, this might not be an extreme safety issue but it sure could get one into a lot of trouble with law enforcement. If one thought he or she was going 66 mph and was actually going 70 mph in a 65 zone, you could be susceptible to receiving a citation for doing so. I should know, I'm a retired state trooper.
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Recently purchased a car. When driving at night the headlights randomly goe off after a few minutes. Unfortunately this issue was discovered while my recently licensed teen was driving the car. . . Huge safety issue! I went to dealer to have light system checked out. They informed me that the lights were broken. I asked if they could have exploded do to some system malfunction. I was assured that was not the case as they insinuated that whoever put them in is responsible for the damage, offering me a very costly solution. However they had no idea what could cause this problem. Before agreeing to any repairs, I decided to do some research. Their uncertainty left me uneasy and very uncomfortable with coming out of pocket for anything at that point and my child's safety is my top priority. Upon researching, I found out these problems are known to Toyota. They extended the warranty to 72,000 miles, but, would not cover my car issue due to mileage and year surpassing that which is outlined in the warranty extension. Headlights are essential and quite frankly required by law. The extension should be applied with no mileage restraint as headlights are a major safety component of a vehicle. Every where you go dealers swear by the Avalon being a cost effective and very safe choice with this issue existing, they have non the less shoved a foot right down their own throats! this should either be a recall or an extended warranty with unlimited miles. If you can't do this take the car off the market/quit letting dealers sale the car assuring unbeknownst buyers of the car's undeniable quality for christ's sake!.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that when the passenger front side door as well as both rear doors are locked the only way they are able to unlock the vehicle is from the inside of the vehicle. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer who diagnosed doors activators failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Gl.
Power door lock issue. The passenger and rear door locks do not open with the remote key nor with the door-lock switch on the driver's door. The doors had to be unlocked manually from inside the vehicle. All the doors lock when the car is put in drive. Only the driver's door unlocks when the car is put in park. The dealer is replacing the module that controls the power door locks at a cost over $1,000. There is also an issue with not being able to open the trunk with the remote key or the button in the dash. The dealer stated the same module controls the trunk and the door locks. A case has been opened with Toyota.
Key fob will not open all doors. Inside master window assemby will not open all doors. Master assembly replaced by Toyota 5/28/15 at 25,941 miles. Problem has returned on or about 10/24/16 at 38,000+miles. Problem is now intermittent and the dealer could not duplicate.
Abs and brake light on, air conditioner blowing hot air,temperature gauge not working, engine electric fans not working. All above was working when parked on next startup above faults noted. Took car to Toyota and found computer mounted on abs control was shorting out the digital buss for all the computers. When this computer was unhooked ac works temperature gauge works and fan works. However now no speedometer, odometer,trip indicators work and now has check engine light as well as abs and brake light indicator are lit.
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The rear power sunshade, which is standard equipment on the limited model, raises on its own and won't go back down causing low visibility. There is no way to manually lower it either.
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The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v047000 (electrical system); however, the dealer refused to perform the remedy for free. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The scott williams dealer was contacted and confirmed that the parts were not available for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and was not able to confirm when the parts were to become available. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.
2015 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to temporary remedy not available to repair pre-collision system recall notice. Updated 05/1/2017.
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The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Avalon. The contact received a recall notice; however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. While attempting to merge into traffic, the pcs activated and stopped the vehicle. When the pcs system deactivated, the contact had it reactivated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The recall information was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.
I have owned the car for 2-1/2 years. In that time I have replaced the high beam lights twice. Currently, the right hand high beam light is burned out and will need replaced a third time. I got a rude awakening when the right hand low beam light burned out yesterday. I discovered that the local auto zone wants $170 for the bulb . . . Alone. I can't imagine what it will cost to have someone put it in the car. In my opinion, the cost of replacing this headlight is excessive and should have been considered by Toyota when they used this system in their automobiles. The average joe. Is going to be reluctant to replace the bulb. This renders the car unusable in the non-daylight hours. Help.
Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign nubmer: 15v728000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Ad.
Purchased certified Avalon 01/03/2015. November 24, 2015 front passenger and both rear door locks cease working. They cannot be opened with the fob nor the door lock switch on the drivers side door. Vehicle is taken to dealership, lithia Toyota of odessa, on November 30, 2015. Explain problem to service advisor and he replies that he has never seen this problem. They reprogram system and it works for three days. Car is taken back to shop on December 5, 2015 for issue again. They finally call around 4 that afternoon saying car is ready. We meet service manager, advisor and tech that performed the work to verify that everything was working fine. Never given explanation as to what was done. June 25, 2016 problem arises again with the same three doors. Back in the shop, finally I am told that the power door lock actuators have failed and the reason given is the use of "clip on air fresheners which I and the advisor have a hard time believing. Apparently somehow the vapors from these air fresheners supposedly permeate into the door and coat the actuators with a film of silicone thereby making them none functional. No explanation from Toyota as to why this does not affect the drivers door. Apparently after research this is happening to some newer models. Not covered by warranty unless new or you have purchased extended comprehensive warranty. Safety is definitely an issue if you have an emergency and need quick access only driver will have the ability to access vehicle. Apparently this has been an issue with this particular model year Avalon. On 04/23/13 this exact same issue was submitted to NHTSA id number 10509389, by another consumer. At that time dealer had no answer for problem. Now we are bring told it's due to air fresheners. Were is the public service announcement from Toyota if air fresheners cause this costly repair. Possible defect?.
The high beam lights are known to explode on some 2008 and 2010 models. My high beam lights exploded with 66,000 miles on the vehicle. This problem happened while my vehicle was in motion. I routinely drive in an area with a heavy deer population. I cannot see these hazards at night with out high beams. Toyota had an extended warranty on this issue (5 years, 70,000 miles). Since my car is over warranty in years but not miles, Toyota refuses to replace the headlight assemblies. They are telling me the cost will be over $2,000. I consider this a safety hazard and am very upset that Toyota will not fix this problem on my $40,000 top of the line Toyota. I am filing this complaint to the dot, ntsb, and attorney general. You can contact me at 850. 865. 5203. Tim swope, 617 kilcullen dr. , niceville, FL 32578.
Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 15v047000 (electrical system) however, the parts was unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Mf.
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All of a sudden the high-beam head lights stopped working when the car was in motion on the freeway. Low -beam lights work. This is a real safety hazard and is obviously a Toyota engineering flaw. Toyota did have a warranty enhancement for this vehicle - 75,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. My car has 52,000 miles buts is over 5 years old. Toyota is well aware of this problem and should be required to fix this, free of charge and I should not be required to pay for the fix of $2,500 plus labor, which is outrageous.
While driving down a two lane country highway at night with my bright lights on, I hit a bump and the bright lights simultaneouslywent off. Fortunately, my low beams then came on. I tried several different things including flicking the lights, stopping the car and turning the lights off/on. The brights no longer work. I did check to see if they exploded as reported by many others in this database, but they do not appear to have. They just do not work. Living in a very rural area of northern wisconsin, bright lights are a necessity. I called the dealer who services my car and they pleaded ignorance with regard to know problems with the headlights on this vehicle. They suggest I bring the car in to replace the bulbs. I will attempt to replace the bulbs myself before I will pay for the assembly mentioned in the many other complaints. This is a huge safety issue for me and my wife as car/deer collisions are rampant where we live. If the bulbs have not exploded yet, I'm sure they will when I have my first collision with a deer I did not see because I had no high beam lights. This is definitely a safety issue that needs to be addressed. If we were to lose low beams also, we would be stranded and unable to drive.
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v728000 (forward collision avoidance); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.
Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated, and smoke was coming from underneath the hood. The contact noticed that the front of the vehicle caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000. Mf.
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The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15v043000 (air bags) however the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning light was flashing intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the mechanic reset the warning lights but the failure was undetermined. The failure mileage was 153,320.
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While traveling in the left lane at highway speed with no other vehicles in the lane in front of us for at least 100-150 feet, the collision avoidance system randomly engaged. This caused the vehicle to brake very hard, which caused us to decelerate rapidly (losing 20-30 mph in a short distance). The warning beeps that are normally associated with rapidly approaching another vehicle/barrier in front of the vehicle also were sounding, and a warning light came on the instrument panel. In addition, the seatbelts on both front seat occupants locked and drew us forcefully down and backwards into the seats. This last approximately 2 seconds, at which time the beeping stopped, the emergency braking stopped and the seatbelts loosened. The driver was able to maintain steering input throughout and the vehicle continued driving normally afterward. At no time during this event was another vehicle, animal or barrier in front of the vehicle and there were no near-collisions that would or should have caused the system to engage.
I received a letter from Toyota in March 2014 notifying me of a safety recall involving the electronic control module for the supplemental restraint system. I took the vehicle to the local dealer to have the remedy installed, which they did. In approximately February of 2015 (six months ago) I received a second letter informing me that the original remedy is not sufficient, that the srs ecu must also be replaced and I would receive notification when the parts were available to correct the problem. After six months I have heard nothing else and when I spoke to the Toyota case manager today she indicated that she had no information to give me regarding the availability of this safety recall. I don't believe that this is a reasonable response from Toyota regarding this safety fix and I don't believe that Toyota is making a good faith effort to resolve the problem. My case number with Toyota is 1508243039.
Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the vehicle was driven to a parking lot at a shopping plaza, turned off and locked the door. The contact stated also that after 15 minutes came out of the store and the vehicle was running with the door locked. The vehicle was driven home. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000. Bp.
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|Electrical System problems||
|Horn Assembly problems||
|Car Will Not Start problems||
|Dash Wiring problems||
|Headlights Turn Off While Driving problems||
|Ignition Switch problems||
|Ignition Coils Failure problems||