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Toyota Avalon Rear Sunscreen Failure

vegasvagabondvegasvagabond Posts: 1
edited March 2018 in Toyota

My rear window sunscreen only worked intermittently for a while, then quit totally. Suddenly, on it's own, it went up and locked in place and will not retract under any circumstances, i.e. switch inoperable; no effect when moving gear selector from Park to Reverse (should retract). Most annoying is the greatly decreased visibility especially at night as the rear window is also tinted, and it also buzzes loudly for 20 seconds when the vehicle is put into Reverse from Park.

One Avalon user suggested to pull the 10A fuse or pay about $700. to repair the sunshade unit.

Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated. It that horrible repair estimate accurate?



  • fusersfusers Posts: 1

    The estimate depends on how big of thieves your dealers are. SAVANNAH TOYOTA IN SAVANNAH GA wants $1700 to repair it. This is a hazard when driving at night and I intend to report it to NTSB as a dangerous defect. MY LAST TOYOTA.

  • gohawaiiangohawaiian Honolulu, HawaiiPosts: 84

    Had a similar issue a few years ago while my 2005 Avalon Limited was still covered under an extended warranty, so I didn't pay for the repair but saw the dealership's claim for reimbursement being submitted to Toyota under the warranty. It was well over $1,500, as I recall, possibly as much as $1,700. Dealer said it was largely for labor because the screen is hard to access (or so they claimed). Problem was a short circuit which caused the screen to jam intermittently. Lately, the replacement screen once again doesn't want to raise consistently. Not worth the trouble of repairing, in my opinion, since it could fail again. One option to consider might be if you can push it back down out of sight & then not operate it anymore. Good luck!

  • I now have my second Toyota Avalon Limited and my 2014 is having the same rear sunshade problem as my 2008 Avalon Limited. It has a mind of it's own. My older Avalon actually had the shade replaced twice..... under warrantee and once without for no charge because I complained so loudly they did it to keep me quiet. Now only a few months old my new car is doing the same thing. Dealer was told and informed me that the new Avalon has several things on the fuse so just removing the fuse is no longer an option.

    Next step is to request they disconnect the shade so it doesn't stay up when not needed. Better to not have it at all than to have it jam and freeze in the up position.

    A really [non-permissible content removed] design on an otherwise excellent vehicle.
  • Similar problems with out 2007 Avalon Limited. The rear shade quit operating, we had it repaired under an extended warranty we purchased with the auto. The dealer told us it would have cost us about $1200 if not for the warranty.

    It went out again, this time after the warranty expired. The shade is stuck in the "up" position. We don't mind the shade being up, but we HATE the 20 seconds or so of GRINDING NOISE it makes trying to lower it each time it's put in Reverse.

    Now, to clear something up from the 1st post above: "the 10 A fuse" the first poster was referred to isn't very helpful, there are quite a few of them. "10 A" = 10 amps. The fuse in question is in the fuse panel under the dash on the driver's side (not the fuse box under the hood). In the row closest to the driver, I believe the third 10 A fuse from the left (there are 7.5 A and perhaps other fuses there as well).

    I pulled that fuse; the grinding noise did stop. Unfortunately, the Cruise Control also stopped working. At this point, I think we're going to reinstall the fuse and try to "muscle" the shade down. If it will stay down and stop the grinding noise, that will be good enough. I won't pay to fix it when I KNOW it will just crap out again.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Long shot--you might try to lubricate the wheels on the end of the cross bars, top and bottom. Use a dry lube and cover your rear deck beforehand to protect it.
  • Current price to repair rear shade is $1800- $1100 for the part and 5 hours of labor- extremely poor design and one of the most likely planned obsolescence's scenario's I have ever seen- in other words Toyota is taking advantage of their customers. There is no reason for problems like this in a $42,000.00 vehicle. Should we be surprised that it happens shortly after the warranty runs out. You can not pull a fuse or relay to fix the defect as they control other functions as noted above. I have checked my information with three different sources. Two I trust whole heartedly as they were not the dealer or factory. To top things off if you want to have it disabled by the dealer they want a diagnostic fee of roughly $140.00. You would think with amount of failures seen over the last 10 years they would know how to disable the malfunction or have redesigned this severely flawed engineering marvel. Toyota, why are you not addressing this safety issue more seriously. You should be taking responsibility for the repair, If nothing else at least the retraction of the unit to the down position. It's your poor design and inadequate materials being used.
  • OklahomaDriverOklahomaDriver Oklahoma CityPosts: 1
    My 2013 Toyota Avalon had an extended warranty expire in January. Now in May the rear sunshade froze in the up position. I have less than 28000 miles on the car. I took it to the dealer and after an hour and a half I was told it could not be repaired, but could be replaced at a cost of $2010.62.
    I think I will see if I can find someone who can remove it so that I can see out the back window at night. I wonder why these shade never freeze in the down position? Then we could continue to drive without the impairment!!!
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