Toyota Avalon owners have reported 133 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting 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.
Headlights blinked for a year plus. Headlights failed at night while driving. Lucky we were not on a long trip but was driving in snow. Also lucky there was no accident. Returned to Toyota dealer and was told that my VIN did not have the problem as other viv's of the same year did. They replaced the ballasts (noted as defective on the repair invioce) and stated the defective ballasts caused the both headlights to burn. This is a serious safety situation. The cost to replace the ballasts and headlights was $967. 70. Wow. Toyota will not warranty the parts or labor. Their claim is that my VIN didn't have the defective ballasts which after reading this that analysis is wrong. I expected to be notified that there was a safety recall. I expect more quality from an Avalon. I have owned several Toyotas (2 at present) and these will be the last. I will not do business with a company that weasels from there responsibilities.
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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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The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. While driving, both the driver and passenger side headlights suddenly shut off. Upon inspection, the contact discovered that both light bulbs had shattered inside the head lamp housing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was due to a defective head lamp housing. The bulbs were replaced and the failure was remedied. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.
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Just about every time I drive the vehicle at night, one or both headlights will go out. In order to get the light or lights back on, I have to turn the lights off and then back on. This presents an ongoing potential hazard, especially when they both go off at once. This model is the top of the line (limited) and has the hid lights. I have read on line that I am not the only person who has experienced this problem. I further understand that Toyota may have an extended warranty for this issue. This is a serious problem that could result in an accident if both lights go out and I am not able to get them on again while I am traveling on an unlit road. This last happened yesterday as I will indicate below but it has been happening for more than a few years now.
The headlights randomly go out when the car is being driven. It started with one side but now both lights are going off and have done so simultaneously which is very dangerous!.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the passenger side headlight failed to operate. The bulb was replaced numerous times; however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure was unable to be located. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.
The headlights for the Avalon only work intermittently. The lighting system will work when the vehicle is first started and after a few minutes, one of the lights will no longer work. In the dark, this creates a safety concern for oncoming cars and limits our ability to see people and other items in the road.
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.
Took my car to the local dealer too have headlights looked at because a police officer pulled me over for "no headlight passenger side". When I turned the lights on for him, it came back on. Then I found both high beams burned out and the drl's also did not work. So, off to the dealer. They found both high beam bulbs exploded, and could not reproduce anything else / find any other problem. They removed the high beam bulbs but neglected to inform me. Now after some research I found out these problems are known to Toyota. They extended the warranty to 72,000 miles, but, would not cover my car that I bought from them with 82,000 miles on it. . . My car now has 97,000 miles on it but nothing does me any good when the lights go out crossing the rocky mountains in the middle of the night. . . Talk about a aha moment. It is a complete safety issue wether they admit it or not. . I have bought my 3 cars for the same dealership / salesman. . . My life and the lives of my family are way more important than a headlight issue. I have replaced the high beam bulbs myself, now working on the low beams because I have been told they will go out soon.
Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the headlights go on and off intermittently. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 165,000. Ad.
When coming back from a short trip I noticed that the right side low beam headlamp was out. Then one day the light was on again then the next it is out. Now it rarely comes on so I. Called my Toyota dealer and they said it would be at least $200 for new low beam light bulb. I then took it to a reputable repair shop and they said that the bulb was not bad but the ballast was bad. They showed me a list of complaints from on line and they said there was a recall for that problem. Toyota says there is no recall. If this is such a common and expensive problem there should be a recall. I researched several web sites and there are numerous complaints about headlight problems on the 2008 Avalon. Some problems exactly like mine others a little different but all are about malfunctioning headlights.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the passenger side headlight was completely distorted and inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the passenger side bulb housing assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in the manufacturer's recall: csc-10042925-9889 (exterior lighting), but it was expired. The approximate failure mileage was 22,919.
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the high beam headlights failed to operate and caused the low beams to malfunction. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000.
Total failure of both high beam headlights. Toyota refuses to consider this a warranty item. Although this is a safety item in n. Y. State, Toyota does not feel that this is a safety issue. Upon checking the internet, I find that my problem is not an isolated case.
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 $2,000. Total time for replacements lasted 3 years 1 month and ~62,000 miles. 3 sets of headlights required in slightly over 5 1/2 years of ownership. Toyota USA has refused to stand behind their car.
No high beam headlights just low beam. Hard to see. We got this used car 1 1/2 yrs ago without highbeams. Toyota wants to chg me 500$ 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.
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.
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