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Electrical System Problems of Toyota Avalon - part 1



Toyota Avalon owners have reported 70 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Avalon 1
Failure Date: 08/25/2014

Went to use high beams on desert road towards lancaster CA, put high beams on, they stayed on for about 3 minutes then all front lighting went out. Went to dealer (roseville Toyota) to check on the problem, dealer said they were not covered by warranty even though Toyota knows of problem. Will cost 3,000. 00 to repair with replaced headlight assemblies. Car has only 39,000 miles on it and an extended warranty.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Toyota Avalon 2
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

My high beam and daytime running lights are both not working. The Toyota dealer acknowledged the problem and stated I need to replace the light assemblies along with a new type bulb. I see where this is a common problem with many Toyota cars and Toyota will not cover my car due to it being over their extended warranty period of 5 years by just over a month. I also have a Toyota platinum extended warranty but was told it does not cover my problem. I believe this is a safety issue which should be repaired by Toyota as they know of the problem but restrict the time for repairs for which they extended to 5 years but not for us who are just over by less than two months or even longer. I believe after researching this problem that my vehicle may have more lighting problems which are not present at this time. This is a safety issue and Toyota should be required to repair it at their expense as this is not a cheap repair of more than $1000 per light assembly.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Avalon 3
Failure Date: 07/08/2014

Idler bearing froze which took out serpentine belt. Lost power steering and cooling and electric. This is the second one I have replaced this year both being oem parts.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Toyota Avalon 4
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2014 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the center console became extremely hot to touch and a burning odor was present inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact mentioned that the dealer tested the temperature inside the center console, which read more then 140 degrees. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000. The VIN was not available. Djr.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Avalon 5
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the low beams flickered and shorted intermittently on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician diagnosed that only the low beam bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a second independent repair shop who diagnosed that the left headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000. Pam.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Avalon 6
Failure Date: 05/30/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Avalon. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number 14v147000 (air bag, electrical). The contact noticed an intense burning odor in the vehicle and the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken the dealer who stated that the part for the repair may not arrive until two months. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Toyota Avalon 7
Failure Date: 05/28/2014

Electronic control module (ecm) issue: problem w/ intermittent warning lights for air bag some time ago (researching date)- took vehicle to dealership. No more light, but vehicle began stalling/losing power while driving- rarely, but became more frequent over time. Instrument panel/check engine lights will illuminate- now every minute or so while driving. Other people have same problem- NHTSA id 10605681. Took vehicle to dealer late may. Dealer on phone w/ Toyota multiple times + had tech from another dealer come and look at vehicle - could not figure out what was wrong. Dealer now says the ecm faulty. Not repaired, but dealer wants to charge 8hrs of diagnostic time and not repaired - can dealer charge if recall item? my concern is that problem is more than air bags- faulty ecm results in loss of power/control when engine shuts down, stalls or experiences intermittent loss of power- vehicle no longer safe to operate. I cannot drive it; I cannot sell it. Called Toyota, asked for part # of recalled srs/ecm- was told only local dealer has part numbers. They took information and transferred me to "Toyota corporate"- operator id'd as Toyota corporate asked questions, indicated they had documented my file. When I asked operator to confirm items operator had chosen to document, operator refused to respond to my requests for confirmation- I asked for supervisor- was told "no supervisor" there. Operator threw me on hold (on hold for over 30 minutes w/ corporate then transferred me to NHTSA w/out operator ever coming back on the line prior to transfer (NHTSA conf # available). "corporate" indicated that Toyota has no control over dealers- they can charge whatever they want to diagnose even if related to recall notice. Loss of use over 1 month. Dealer said no new ecm replacement part available. Pretty sure recall remedy inadequate.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Toyota Avalon 8
Failure Date: 05/24/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number:14v147000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Cs.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Toyota Avalon 9
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2014 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the information center went blank whenever the sun light hit it. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was working up to standard and they could not alter the design of the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 300. Pm.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Avalon 10
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

I received a recall notice on my vehicle on February 6, 2014 and every time I have called the dealership to have my hvac assembly repaired they tell me that the parts are on backorder. I feel like they are putting me and my safety at risk by not producing a fix for this recall.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Avalon 11
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

While driving in town at about 25 mph, the car will accelerate by itself to 30mph, even if the accelerator is released. Pushing down on the accelerator has no effect. The acceleration is brief and stops by itself. This has happened several times over the last few weeks. Cruise control not engaged. The car computer was re-flashed at the dealer year to address to address sensitive accelerator issues.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Avalon 12
Failure Date: 03/23/2014

I was utilizing the high beam lights periodically on a dark evening. Near the end of a 1 hour and 45 minute trip, the high beams gave a slight flicker and went out. Upon examination today, both lights had blown or shattered. I ordered new bulbs today with $35 each.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Avalon 13
Failure Date: 03/18/2014

I was alone in the car and had driven into my driveway (after opening the garage door) to enter the garage. The car suddenly took off and before I knew, I had crashed into the side of the garage and went through it. The car smashed into gardening tools, snow shovels, lawn mower, leaf blower, trash cans, and flowering pots. It came to a stop partly by the coat closet wall that protrudes into the garage and partly by all the stuff that got caught under the car. The garage door railing was damaged and the door was hanging a few inches above my car. I heard things falling above me. I thought that the roof would collapse. I realized that the car was still revving and I shut it. I sat for a few minutes and then I opened the door and ran out into the house. The car, the garage, and garage contents were damaged. The airbags did not deploy. I think it was caused by unintended acceleration. I was driving at about 5 mph in the driveway and I have been doing this for the last 10 years. It appeared that the car just flew and I had no control over it.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Avalon 14
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

Received recall notice from Toyota, March 2014 regarding internal short circuiting of the integrated circuits on the electronic control module. Contact Toyota sept 2014 regarding when this would be fixed. The customer support representative did not know. I believe Toyota has failed to remedy this defect within a reasonable time, that being 7 months from March to September. I am filling a vehicular safety complaint that Toyota has not addressed the recall in a timely manner which could cause inadvertent deployment of the air bags or seat belt pretensioners causing injury.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Avalon 15
Failure Date: 02/05/2014

Car stalling out ,engine light coming on, speed fluctuates, , timing belt change is due. But suspect engine coil pack is failing again. This will be 3 times replaced in 7 years.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Avalon 16
Failure Date: 12/06/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13v442000 (air bags, electrical system , equipment) and the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 1998 Toyota Avalon 17
Failure Date: 11/26/2013

The contact owns 1998 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled as the instrument panel the lighting went blank. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection where the contact was told that there was an electrical failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 230,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Avalon 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

I was driving in a rural area in illinois where we have a lot of deer, so I flipped on my high beams for better visibility. I had purchased the car with 87,000 miles on it that summer and may not have even used them yet. The high beams stayed on for a few seconds and then flashed and went back to low beam. I checked them upon arriving home and could see that they shattered. I replaced these with bulbs from o'reilly auto - using gloves to avoid touching them - these high beams were seldom used but worked. It is now November of 2014 and these also failed; did not shatter but failed to illuminate. I assume they are burned out. I am concerned that I may never be able to use the high beams for safety on this otherwise fantastic car. I have avoided using the high beams ever since I replaced them the first time, so I am not sure when they actually quit working this time.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Toyota Avalon 19
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

While driving home on 9/24/13 my check engine light came on, I drove right to the Toyota dealership. I was informed that the catalytic converter system was below threshold ( code p0420). This repair cost me $2,541. 27. I was told this would correct the problem with my air bag light flashing. After paying for this repair my air bag light continues to flash, even though the service representative said the diagnostic did not show a code. I was previously told the code for the air bag was b0113. Since purchasing this 2002 Avalon I have had to have the valve assy, idle replaced at a cost of 978. 63, this is in addition to regular scheduled services. I have owned other cars for the same length of time and miles as this Toyota and I have never had so many problems outside regular services with any of my other vehicles (Mazda and Acura) I have completely lost confidence in the Toyota brand. I believe there are defects with the electrical system in the 2002 Avalon.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Toyota Avalon 20
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Occasionally, the vehicle will not lock when I use the fob or use the drivers manual locking switch on the door. This is happening when I exit the vehicle. I hit the fob lock button and the car beeps once, but the front drivers door does not lock, and the door lock does not move to a locking position, it stays in the unlocked position. When I hit the lock button on the fob, the car beeps 8 times and still does not lock. In order to lock the car, I have to enter the front passenger door and manually lock the front drivers door. The problem occurs about once per week. It started about a year ago.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Avalon 21
Failure Date: 08/28/2013

Low beam light flickered on and off, tried the high beam lights of which neither would come on. Took the car to the dealer the next day. The dealer tried new bulbs which immediately blew out. The dealer said that both light assemblies were defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of $ 1400. 00 each. Was advised that Toyota knew that these lights were defective and issued the service bulletin tbs #0044-10 rev 1 extending their warranty from 36,000 miles to 72,000 miles but would not recall them. This car was 1600 miles past the warranty so was not covered. If Toyota thinks that lights going out while driving down the highway at night is not a safety issue, I don't know what is.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Avalon 22
Failure Date: 08/14/2013

The rear deck brake light works when it wants to. No explaination provided by dealer. Expensive to trace.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Avalon 23
Failure Date: 05/29/2013

Re:report receipt date: oct 17, 2013 NHTSA campaign number: 13v442000 component(s): air bags , electrical system , equipment Toyota needs to correct the defective drain line. The condensate that is not draining out of the evaporator is encouraging the growth of mold in the evaporator with an accompanying obnoxious odor. Could the mold be a toxic mold? the root problem needs to be solved.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Toyota Avalon 24
Failure Date: 04/23/2013

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 passengers could not enter the car. Their door had to be unlocked manually from inside the vehicle. This is a serious personal safety issue if you have an emergency and need quick entry for any reason. . . Storm, fire, explosion, personal attack. The Toyota dealer could not find a cause.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Toyota Avalon 25
Failure Date: 04/15/2013

The electronic control module went out on my 2003 Toyota Avalon. I was denied my claim for reimbursement for the $ 760. 00 charge as it was a defective part.

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