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Toyota Avalon 2008-2010



  • nceencee Posts: 419
    I have 32,000+ miles on my '08 Avalon Touring Edition, and have on several trips, averaged 30+ miles a gallon. Be aware, that a quarter of a tank after a long trip means you'll likely put 12+ gallons into the tank when you fill it up.

    I run mine until the fuel light comes on, and then about 50-75 miles more, and end up putting in 16+ gallons when I fill up. I've done this many times on trips and average around 480 - 520 miles (one trip I had 556 miles on it when I filled up) on the tripmeter at the time I fill up.

  • I have a 2008 Avalon Limited. Cold wearther recently caused the tire pressure sensor light to come on. How do I reset it? The reset button is not located where indicated in the manual.
  • If they are properly inflated and everything is working properly, the light should reset itself. Does with us.
  • My 2006 Ltd had the sensor light come on also with the recent cold spell. When all four tires were checked, they read 291/2 psi. I filled them to 32 psi. The warning light has remained on. I also do not know what the next step is other than going to the dealer.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    Well I had one replaced about this time last year, and now it sounds like BOTH front axles are gone!

    One hell of a noise coming from the front end. YES it worst when its cold, but its there all the time (When turning sharply, and under acceleration).

    The car is 12 months old this month, and has 32,000 miles on it. But this is not the kind of wear I'd expect from a car like this.

    This does cause me to think harding about waiting for the 2011 Avalon (or what ever they are going to call it, if anything), or start looking at something different.

    Mercedes S600?
    Lexus LS 460L?

    My wife's 2003 Camry has had NOTHING replaced. It has 50,000 miles on it.

    My 2008 Camry, all-be-it not as comfortable on long road trips, had no issues with it. I had that about 1 year and put on 30,000 miles on it.

    Not sure I want to keep this car for another years or so,waiting for whatever might come from Toyota to replace the Avalon.

    First off, is it going to be worth the wait?

    Is it going to be priced at a point I can afford to trade in on?

    Will this car with 40,000 miles on it, be worth as much or is it worth more now?

    All things to think about I guess.

  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Check the spare.... happened to me, in Florida no less.. :)
  • fin-I checked the spare and indeed it had low pressure. After inflating it to proper pressure, the warning light went out in about 30 seconds.

    The owner's manual sections on the spare tire and the tire sensor did not mention a sensor on the spare.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays
  • fin and blackdog4 - Thank you so much for the tip. I added some air to the spare and viola! -- the low pressure indicator light turned off. Thanks again and Merry Christmas
  • price for my low beam halagon bulb (2008 avalon touring) from autozone store was $25.00 what are these $800 bulbs i am reading about?
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    fin and wwest:
    sorry--have been off-line for a while and missed your posts regarding my unreliable headlights. Problem is gradually getting worse: my poor daughter just drove home and realized that she was running only the fog lamps, not the headlights. We are getting intermittent loss of either one, or occasionally both headlights.

    The possibility that it's voltage related is a great one, and I'll clean the battery posts and get the battery tested (though at less than 3 years old, that would be a pretty wimpy battery). Hope that is it, as I am expecting some ridiculously expensive electronic glitch.
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    The Limited model uses auto-levelling HID headlights, which now to my regret have become a very expensive and unreliable luxury on my '08. Wish I had simple halogens like you.
  • nceencee Posts: 419
    The Touring model has the same headlights (I have one and I checked).

    Sucks to be us:(

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,413
    The Touring model has the same headlights

    That is one I could never understand. Why did the Touring and Limited models get the HIDs and not the XLS? Really disappointed me when I leased my '06. Same thing with my '09 Genesis, you can only get HIDs with NAV. What does one have to do with the other? Darn packages.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • I wish I could replace my HID's with plain 'ol halogen lights. The self levelingdims are okay (except for the replacement costs) but the high beams really suck. The reach on the brights are so bad, if I leave them on, oncoming vehicles are not bothered by them. On the other hand, my wife's 2010 Camry throws light WAAAY down the road.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Have you checked to be sure your high beam bulbs are working??

    New HID's are mostly of the "bi-xenon" type, a low beam position and a separate high beam position with the high beam position "enhanced" with a pair of halogen bulbs. Generally the high beam bulbs are also used for DRL functionality.
  • kbetts1kbetts1 Posts: 36
    Not sure where you guys are getting the $800 figure. Are you including the balast?

    OEM forgetaboutit..


    HID Bulbs are DR2R for '05-'07 and DR4R for '08-09

    You may be able to find them even cheaper with some looking but expect to pay $50 a bulb minimum and $80 for a ballast

    As for the lights that go off and on it has to be a bad ground wire. Nothing else makes sense. But just in case here is an HID troubleshooting guide...

    HID's really need to be adjusted as I posted earlier to gain maximum benefit. Also, uping the wattage of the driving lights might help too for filling in the abrupt cutoff of the HID's.
  • I have been reading how disatisfied people are with there stock HID bulbs and the short light throw they present. Apperantely the stock xenon HID is 4300k. What I have found we would probabely be happy with 5000k to 8000k for max brightness. My left beam on my 2008 (18 mth old) Avalon has been flickering, so I will probably change both sides of my HID D4R bulb to a higher output than the stock. There are some very reasonable prices on line (must less than dealer cost). Would appreciate your thoughts on this.
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    I started the latest headlight discussion, as my '08 Limited headlights are intermittently shutting off. Your comments are very interesting. Some questions:
    1) Do you not find it very strange that your bulb is burning out after only 18 months? I thought HID bulb life expectancy was much longer than that. Is there any chance you are having early signs of the same problem I am having? It started wtih just the left headlight periodically shutting down, but now it can be either, or occasionally (and with much amusement on my part :-o) both. I do not believe this is due to simultaneous premature burnout of both bulbs.
    2) I had a problem previously with extremely short throw on the headlights which was caused by a misalignment of the autolevelling mechanism. You might want to check on this too.
    3) I am not sure how much higher color temp bulbs would actually improve throw distance/brightness. I thought it was mostly a question of how blue vs yellow the light appeared.
    4) Prompted by your post I looked online at D4R bulbs--&about $75-100 each. Got to love how my Toyota dealer quoted me $800 to replace them. So, Toyota can't make a profit selling cars? Let's just gouge our existing owners! Any idea how difficult it is to replace D4R bulbs yourself?
    5) to others who responded to my initial post, have not yet had a chance to clean battery posts and get battery tested, as low voltage has been suggested as one possible cause of the headlight malfunction. Will post back with results.
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 591
    Note: Color temperature as measured in degrees K is not the same as lumens or foot candles or any measure of brightness. As you go up in K from the factory setting you will actually produce less light. The primary thing that changes is the color of the light. This is the reason that standard HID lights are set in degrees K as they are.

    This is a common misconception as HID lights are frequently compared to standard headlights and the HID's are much brighter, yes.
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    more obsessive headlight info: I now realize that this is a known problem in the Prius, which uses the same D4R HID bulb. Toyota even has a Customer Support Program in place: see this link

    Toyota headlight problems with Pruis

    Why my dealer did not put two and two together and mention this to me is, putting it mildly, frustrating. Their quote of $800 to replace bulbs also contradicts the factory's decision to lower the price of the Pruis HID bulb (also a D4R) from $300 to $150.

    I will see what they say when confronted with this information.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The manufacturers chose 4300K because over the eons of human existence our eyes have become "tuned" to our sun's light spectrum. 6000K might in fact be "brighter" in pure lumens but not to humans.
  • kbetts1kbetts1 Posts: 36
    Thanks for the link to the Pirus HID problem. Didn't know the bulbs life got shortened by turning on and off while hot. I do it manually from now on. But as for the HID Bulbs....

    Found this site where they go for $49 a pair and you can select the color temp...

    Don't know if they are good or not but they are a supporting vendor on a Honda performance web site. When I need new bulbs I'll give them a call as they are $100 cheaper than elsewhere..
  • my left headlight does not shut down (yet) it just occasionally flickers i will have the dealer check the auto levelling system. a site i came across stated the max brightness is obtained between 5000K(kelvin) to 8000K 5000k is pure white light.the bulb will become more blue in color as the color temperature is increased. i dont know if this will light the road better than our factory 4300k hid.i am not a do it yourself guy so i would not attempt to change the bulb. i do think a brighter halogen would help the distance of the beam, like a sylvania silverstar ultra. for interesting info check out enjoy all your input guys
  • my left side low beam (HID) has gone out twice but then comes on again. has this happened to any one else? do you think i should replace or wait and see if it goes out completly.
  • kbetts1kbetts1 Posts: 36
    In the eye, the rods are the cells that see low level light and the cones react to color (colour). The cones react much faster to color than the rods react to changing levels of light.. So lumens are the output of the light effecting rod cells and the degrees kelvin are the color (colour) of the light effecting cone cells.

    HID outputs almost three times lumen of a halogen bulb (1200 vs 3200) and draws 20 watts less electricity while doing it (HID 35w vs Halogen 55w for low beam). The HID outputs the most lumens at 4000-4300 degrees K. Halogen outputs at about 3200 K.

    So, depending on your eyes you might want to go with a more yellow light because it scatters better than higher temps (higher frequency) lights (more blue coloured). For us old guys our night vision decreases and we might be able to see a more yellow light as being brighter)

    Anyway, this has been a very interesting discussion and I've learned a lot from doing some web searches as well as from input from you guys...

    I'm going to replace the HID as soon as they start flickering with some 3500k (yellowish). But I'm going to replace the H11 fog lamps with some 3000k HIDs I found which I hope will give me the best of both worlds.

    Overall, the Avalon is the best car I've ever owned..... Great Car!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why bother with fog lights at all...??
  • would like to install low beam hid bulb by myself.( 2008 avalon) can somebody give me directions thank you
  • I have a 2008 Touring with only 8k miles, purchased new in June of this year.. Today, I discovered that the aluminum trim on the center console is nothing but glue on paper which is peeling off. Anyone else run into this problem? I don't have my warranty book with me, but I think all body hardware is covered for 12 months-12k. Any and all input would be appreciated.
  • During the summer my left headlight went out just a couple of times but now it's doing it every 5 mins or so. If I turn off the switch and turn it back on they work for another 5 mins. The dealer switched bublbs from left to right to confirm it is the bulb and it is the bulb. The replacement is $344.00. Can anybody tell me where I can get it cheaper?
  • mlinggamlingga Posts: 58
    Yes! I am in the exact same boat. As you may recall from prior post, I was quoted $800 by my local Toyota dealer to replace both bulbs. That is despite the factory notification regarding Prius headlights (which use the same D4R bulbs), in which they said they were lowering the bulb prices from $300 to $150 each. Ridiculous.

    At any rate I've found multiple sources for replacement bulbs. I ended up ordering via from a supplier called Halo Automotive. Two D4R bulbs for $95 including shipping. That was way less than at $229. Google and you might find even cheaper prices but I got the free 2nd day shipping on amazon.

    I also found out that my local body shop will replace the bulbs for about $150, so my total will be about $250 for both headlights. Installation does not sound easy--he says it involves dropping the bumper--so for me it was derinitely not a DIY project.

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