Toyota Avalon owners have reported 111 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).
January 14th 2015 while driving during the night, all of the headlights except for low beams quit working. This caused a dangerous condition while driving in the country on unlighted roads because of requiring to drive substantially below the speed limit. These headlights had been replaced because one of them burned out on Dec 7, 2011 when the car had 38,640 miles on it. We were told the original bulbs were defective and the new bulbs would resolve the issue. After the work was completed we found out that there was a recall and we eventually were reimbursed. When these bulbs burned out we were told by two dealers (sebring, FL and cleveland, TN) that the real problem was the modules and that they would need replaced at a cost of well over $2,000. Total time for replacements lasted 3 years 1 month and ~62,000 miles. 3 sets of headlights required in slightly over 5 1/2 years of ownership. Toyota USA has refused to stand behind their car.
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No high beam headlights just low beam. Hard to see. We got this used car 1 1/2 yrs ago without highbeams. Toyota wants to chg me 500$ to fix the problem and I have the extended warranty for and extra 2000$. I found a letter to the previous owner that these headlamps may have a short life and they wiil be replaced with new assembly and new bulb. I called Toyota customer service and got only aggrevation. No satisfaction on helping me to replace this expensive bulb problem which occurred. I think Toyota should have rectified this before selling it to us. It is their problem to replace this assembly and new bulbs not mine. They sold us a malfunctioning headlamp unit.
The low beam headlights go out intermittently can get no satisfaction from the dealer and the other dealer will not even return the phone call there has been no accident yet.
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Turned on engine and turned on high beams. Bulbs shattered. Took to the bobby rahal dealer. Told that the extended warranty of five years had lapsed. Was under the 72000 mileage limit, however. . Had to pay $166 to just replace the bulbs. To replace the entire housing would cost $900. This is a factory design defect and the warranty was extended to take care of the problem with the installation of a redesigned housing. If the design was faulty from the onset, why aren't all headlight assemblies being replaced at no cost to the owner? the internet contains hundreds of similar complaints. There have been no reported fatalities so I guess this expensive repair is the owner's responsibility. . . .
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving 35 mph, the high beam headlight bulb exploded and the low beam headlights shut off. After turning off and restarting the vehicle, the low beam headlights became operable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that both headlight clusters failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the headlights shut off and no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Pam.
Car is driven about 2,000 miles per year, city driving and mostly during the daytime. No real need for high beams while driving. Unsure when the problem happened, but I was a long journey in the country and high beams were needed. Unable to have them on. After the trip called the dealership, brought in for repair. Was told that both headlight lens assemblies were needed to the tune of over $900. I was told that the warranty extension for 5 years or 72,000 miles only. At the time the car was purchased I paid for the extended warranty for the 7 year plan. I was told that under this warranty headlights were not covered. This car is completely out of warranty. Research on the internet shows that this car has major issues with the headlight len assemblies. Why did not Toyota issues notices to the consumers about this issue? or a recall? there is a major problem when it is with the same problem with this make/model.
My Toyota Avalon's headlights started going off intermittently and then I noticed my right headlight was out altogether. Since it came and wen,t I let it go for awhile but now it is most of the time on both low beams. This is a serious safety problem since both low beams could go out at the same time. Toyota recognized a design problem with the system a number of years ago and extended their warranty to 5 years or 75000 miles. I never received a notice from them but it could be because it came about around the time I was buying the car used. Now I find out that the high beam cannot be replaced without changing out the entire assembly for $1200 for each side. Toyota tells me they will not help me out whatsoever and want me to fork out $2500 to fix a problem their engineers caused!!.
My 2008 Toyota Avalon has a defective passenger daytime running light/high beam. Documented defect and Toyota issued a warranty enhancement to increase the coverage to 5 year/ 72000 mile to cover replacement but only if you have an issue. There was no recall. 6 years out and under the mileage limit I am stuck paying for a $2500 repair for something that should have been a recall. I don't see how having headlights that are known to be defective would not be considered a safety issue. If high beams were not needed than they wouldn't be on the car. Can't alert oncoming traffic to a potential traffic safety condition ahead. Can't turn on high beams on country road to safely see far enough ahead to prevent potential road hazards. Not having high beams is definitely a safety issue.
I own a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving at approximately 55 mph on a highway, I attempted to turn on the high beam headlights which failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to a Toyota dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the high beam bulbs failed in the headlamp assembly as a result the headlamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer knows about this defect and has extended the warranty to 5 years or 75000 miles, whichever occurs earlier. My car has completed 5 years, but the milage is below 75000. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. The manufacturer should be asked to replace the defective parts with out any charge.
While driving on a 2 lane mountain road at night I turned the high beams off for oncoming traffic and when I turned them back on there was a bright flash and the high beams no longer worked. Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin that reads: "on some 2008-2010 Avalon vehicles, the high beam/drl bulb may become inoperative or shatter. A newly designed high beam/drl housing assembly (including the applicable bulb) is available in the event this condition has occurred. " Toyota will provide the replacement under warranty if the vehicle is under 5 years or 70,000 miles. Originally they issued the bulletin authorizing replacement for 36 months or 36,000 miles and subsequently increased it to 5 years, 70,000 miles. My 5 years was up on March 20, 2014. The local dealer quoted me $2,583. 88 for the repair. It seems to me that this is a definite safety issue that should have been recalled, since it involves the headlights. While high beams are not always required, 2 lane roads at night are certainly safer using high beams.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph on a dark road, the contact attempted to turn on the high beam headlights which failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the high beam bulbs fractured in the headlamp assembly as a result the headlamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,300.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that both the driver and passenger side headlights malfunctioned without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 36,600.
I don't remember the exact time & date this started, but it is continuous & repetitive. The headlights consistently turn off while driving. For a trip of about ten miles, I can expect for one or both to fail about three times. It's dangerous. I was told that the company has sent notifications to the dealers but are refusing to administer a recall. They offered me a $750 credit to have it repaired. However, as you can see from the many previous complaints about this problem, it costs over $2,000 to fix it (and that's not a guarantee). This is a design flaw. Therefore, it should not be affected by a warranty. I'm shocked at the volume of complaints about this issue with no actions by the company. They are morally (if not ethically and legally) obligated to issue a recall and repair their r&d failure.
On servicing of model xls, service adviser noted that hi beam/drl's were not functioning. Investigation revealed exploded halogen lamps. Correction required a redesigned replacement of both headlight assemblies, as noted in TSB 44-0010, at an approx. Cost of $900. 00 . This was apparently due to a design flaw in the original headlight housing which allowed overheating and caused the lamp explosion. The TSB recognized this condition but does not replace the defect after a provided warranty extension to 5 years/72,000 miles. The loss of high beam lighting is a safety issue which can go undetected until needed. Although daytime running lights, (drl's), are not required, they do provide the required lighting during times when windshield wipers are required (rain, snow, sleet. Loss of either affects driving safety.
The headlight high beams went out while driving. This is a known defect and Toyota is not addressing. They want 3500 with labor to fix this issue. Should be a recall. Headlights going out at night at unpredictable times should be paid by Toyota.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, both high beam headlights malfunctioned without warning. The failure occurred on one occasion. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,500.
I am the owner of a 2008 Toyota Avalon. Right after we purchased the car, we have had issues with the headlights going out. The headlights are flickering on and off at random times. On December 14, 2013 while driving at night, both headlights went out at the same time nearly causing an accident (luckily the lights came back on when I turned them off/on quickly). I took the car to our local Toyota service center and they told me that the only way to fix the problem is to completely replace the whole lighting assembly at the tune of $2570. 04. The service center also explained that the housing for the bulbs was too small and this is causing the bulbs to overheat and go out. It was after 2010 that Toyota redesigned the housing and fixed the issue. Apparently, Toyota extended the warranty to 5 years/72,000 miles. Ironically, it appears we are just over that. I am unable to drive my car at night due to this safety issue. I also don't agree that we should have to pay $2500 to have new light assemblies installed in our car. This is an issue of a bad design on Toyotas part and I refuse to play a victim in this ridiculous solution to such a severe safety issue. I am asking Toyota to do the right thing and replace the headlight assembly and take care of their customer. The fact that there is an issue with the headlight design and the fact that Toyota is fully aware should be enough to have this fixed. There should be no limittime wise or mileage wise on a safety issue this huge for Toyota's customers.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the headlights would fail sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 97,614.
I purchased my 2008 Avalon new in December 2008 which included an extended warranty for 84 months or 100,000 miles. In November, 2013, I started to notice that my headlights were low. I turned them off and back on which seemed to resolved the issue. (I typically drive with the drl) however, the same issue returned off and on over the new few months. My car was taken in for service on March 22, 2014 and they were advised. I was then informed that the entire assembly for my lights/daytime running/high beams needed to be replaced. I was told there was an enhancement for 5 years or 72000 miles. . . Whichever came first. Unfortunately, my extended warranty which I purchased was not applicable, and the 5 year enhancement expired in December 2013. I was never notified by mail or during any service appointment about this extended warranty or problems with the exterior lighting. I was quoted a cost of $2,600 for the repairs. This is not fair.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated while driving 65 mph at night time, the front drivers side headlight stopped working. When the contact changed the light bulb the light began to function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and could not determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 5/19/cn.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the passenger's side headlight malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the wiring harness and headlights needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 73,000.
We purchased this car in may 2013. For the past few months, the right headlight has been going off intermittently and now the left headlight is starting to do the same thing. The headlight may or may not come back on while driving but will come back on the next time the car is started. Checking online revealed other complaints concerning the same issue, including both headlights going off at the same time - definitely a safety issue. At this point in time, it appears the high beams are okay.
The headlights go off intermittently. First it was the driver side then the passenger side and recently both on a dark road. Very dangerous and I have read other accounts that Toyota charges huge amounts when this is clearly a safety issue.
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the driver's side headlight failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was advised that the high intensity discharge (hid) lamp bulb needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The approximate failure and current mileage was 62,842.
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