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Toyota Avalon 2008-2010



  • jmmckjmmck Posts: 9
    Believe that indicates your security/alarm system is OK.
  • If you have had issues with the high-Beam/DRL bulbs in the past,, that gives me a clue. This sounds like an issue with the self-leveling system, and if it is, the "fix" is replacement of the entire headlight assemblies ( assemblies include all new bulbs and the self-leveling mechanisms). Hopefully your Avalon is within 5 years of first use and under 72K miles and you have the "Warranty Enhancement" document. This document covers certain 2008 through 2010 Avalons. I believe Toyota had issues with certain headlght bulbs that apparently adversly affected the integrity of the headlight assemblies which INCLUDE the self-leveling mechanism. I had issues with bulbs going off and next time on and noticed that the headlight beams were not "leveling" when I started the car. Having said document, I took my Avalon to my dealer who got authorization for headlight assembly replacement. BTW, these assemblies cost $2400 which was covered by Toyota per said document.
  • What a huge help that answer is! Thank you very much. That's exactly ther problem I have and have been planning to simply replace the high beam fuses. My 2008 Avalon fits within the paramaters, and I don't have the "Warranty Enhancement" document, but you gave me enough information to talk with the dealer about the problem.
  • Repaired at the dealership, as explained in your post, at no charge! Thanks again.
  • When should I change the timing belt on 2008 Avalon?
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023
    No timing belt on the 2GR V6 it's a chain! I would think it should last the life of the car.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • neophyte99neophyte99 Posts: 1
    Thank you so much. Your info enabled me to change the HID low beam on my 08 avalon, passenger side an about 15 min. Would have been 5 min but the fold down clip was difficult a first but after I figured it out it was a breeze. The cap gave me a little trouble going back on but still worth it. Saved at least $200.
  • jeffw63jeffw63 Posts: 1
    edited May 2013
    Did Toyota notify affected owners of the "warranty enhancement" program? If so, how? How/when was the program announced? TIA for the response.
  • papasavalonpapasavalon Posts: 14
    The "Warranty Enhancement Notice" was received by mail directly from Toyota and is not dated. We probably got it a year and a half to two years ago. Those who learned of it from this forum (and didn't have or couldn't find the document) apparently simply went to their dealer with this knowledge and inquired about the document's existance and had the headlight replacement done. Remember in order for your Avalon to qualify, it must have less than 72K miles and less than 5 years of being in service. Also this issue pertains only to the HighBeam/DLR bulbs.
    Good luck
  • Having continuing problems with car not starting. Have replaced battery 3 times, new stereo amp and new starter switch - all in last 6 months. Ideas?
  • redmazda3redmazda3 Posts: 28
    Have your mechanic check your auto dimming rear view mirror. My mother's Avalon's mirror was wired in reverse at the port where it came in. This mirror drain would kill the battery in a couple of days.
  • thall9thall9 Posts: 4
    I just bought a 2008 Avalon and I am still in my 3 day window for returning the car. It has 82000 miles and the 1st night I was driving it the right head light did go out. I am not sure what to and any quick advice would be helpful.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Bring it back and have them replace it NOW, while under warranty as these can be expensive.


    PS My 2008 went through 3 in the left hand side, before it stopped doing so, and worked fine and trouble free. At least until I traded it in.
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    I'd see if the headlight assemblies were replaced under the Toyota extended warranty. Knock wood, since that was done on mine I have not had any subsequent problems, after much misery with the original lights. If your car has not had the lights replaced, and it is not eligible for the free replacement, I'd either ditch the car, or negotiate a couple thousand off the price for the cost of the replacements.
  • rstockingrstocking Posts: 3
    I had problems with my headlights at 75K miles. It was not covered under warranty and Toyota would not make an exception even though I never received the recall for replacing the headlight assemblies for cars with 72K miles or less. I would not pay the $2500 to have the assemblies replace myself, so I replaced the high beams myself for $80. I had to replace them again in 6 months for another $80, but so far they are still working. My right low beam went out and I had a local garage replace it for $100. So far it is still working, but now my left low beam is going out randomly, so I am going to the Toyota garage to get a quote to replace it. Overall I love the car and gas mileage, but the headlight issue has been a fiasco. I will soon have 100K miles and plan to keep patching the headlights as needed.
  • urspider76urspider76 Posts: 12
    The problems Toyota had with the 2008 Avalon headlights were with the daytime running / high beam bulbs. The bulbs have been redesigned and no longer shatter in this application. I had several sets shatter and replaced myself - too many miles for the extended Toyota warranty on these. (Toyota was replacing the entire headlight lense assembly to deal with the broken glass from these shattered lights.) The hid low beam bulbs have not been a problem. If you have some mechanical ability you can easily change these.
    Both of my low beam hid headlights started flickering at one time or another and I eventually replaced both. I purchased identical HID's off of the net. To date I have only replaced each bulb once. The current general high beam bulbs have been in for the past 3 years. I have 222K miles on my 2008 LTD. No other problems - it is a great car and will give you many, many more miles of carefree driving.
  • thall9thall9 Posts: 4
    I love the car and I think want to keep it, wondering if driving without the daytime lights would help this problem.
  • thall9thall9 Posts: 4
    Can you help me understand are you saying you just replaced each of the lights and that resolved the problem. I took the car back for them to resolve the one light that went out. If I could get them to replace them all that would be ideal.
  • thall9thall9 Posts: 4
    Toyota: Service bulletin..tsb..0044-10 Rev 1. I found this online and called 2 of my local dealers and they said if I am having a problem bring it in and it will be no charge. However they did say I have to be having a problem they will not replace if I am not..currently I am not he said it was good for 10 years or 120,000 miles....hope this helps we are all in this together.
  • carlupicarlupi Posts: 52
    I recently replaced the original tires on my Avalon 2009 XL (Bridgestone Potenzas) with Michelin Primacy MXV4 because these were so highly rated and supposed to give a smooth ride. Well, these Michelin tires ride like bricks and one feels every surface roughness or irregularity. I've double checked tire pressure and it is correct (29psi). The Michelins have ruined the very soft ride that Avalons are known for and which was one of the things I liked the most about my car. Has anyone else had same issue or experience with these tires?
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