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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Toyota Prius suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 112002


  • miles


Tires on vehicle are coming apart on the inside tread line after approximately 5,000 miles of use. We had one crash where car could not be stopped in time. Did not put the crash together with the tire problem until recently.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 292005

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have serious and repeating problems with suspension/ tires on my Toyota Prius 2001 car (manufactured 06/01). Three times the front tires where abnormally and significantly worn (during approx 7,500 miles) with, with side and top scars etc. Toyota already changed the tires four times but they are unable to solve problem. However, the same problem is likely repeat itself again and again, and changing the tires is not a solution. I do not like driving on such dangerously worn tires; moreover, it is against the law to drive on tires in such condition). Car was regularly in scheduled Toyota service (including tires rotation, pressure check etc.).

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 232001

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Excessive front tire wear, said by Toyota to be "inherent in a hybrid vehicle" but not advertised to purchasers anywhere in their sales brochures or warranty packet, is a safety hazard to anyone expecting tires to last more than 12,000 miles. Toyota blames the tire manufacturer; Bridgestone blames Toyota. Toyota also refuses to specify whether the 2004 model, which has substantially larger tires, will be any better. They simply won't admit that there is a problem.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 292003

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer states that while driving fuel in vehicle is consumed faster than it should be. The gas tank have been replaced twice, and the vehicle is in the shop at this time for another fuel tank. Consumer feels that vehicle may have been damaged during Transport to dealership because the front end is out of alignment. Vehicle has had five front end alignments since ownership.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 142001


  • miles
Continued excessive tire wear possible cause vehicle weight and alignment problem. I am on my third set of tires in 30,000 miles and the tires that are now on the car are wearing poorly after less then 5,000 miles. Toyota is refusing to help me with this problem any further then they have. The car wonders in slightly windy conditions and freeway driving which fells unsafe. Toyota has had to replace the computer and do a valve job due to the loss of power I experienced, which could have been a very dangerous situation.

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 022002

(reported on)


  • miles
Front suspension has been wearing out front tires. Warranty of tires expired.

- Poteau, OK, USA

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