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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
163,127 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

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2004 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2004 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #6

May 092016

Prius AM Package #7 1.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,080 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It was just the left headlight. I've got the safety package with special HID headlights. When I turn the lights off and on again, it comes back on for awhile. Two nights ago both headlights went out. Very scary!

- , Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 072016

Prius 1.5L-G/E

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,600 miles

We've noticed this problem only a few times in the car since we've owned it. That's been about 3 years. We seldom drive at night but whenever we have it's always been an issue. usually just the left goes out and resetting the lights brought it back on.

This past week the same thing started to happen and resetting it worked a few times but then both headlights went out and resetting the switch did nothing. Thankfully dawn was on the way and with the fog lights on we just kept going. once I felt comfortable turning the lights off completely and after waiting 3-5 minutes with the switch off I tried the lights and they came back on. There is definitely a problem with something; maybe an overheat issue with the bulbs, wiring or control box.

This is a huge deal. If we'd been driving into the darkness instead of dawn we'd have been very put out!

- , Norton Shores, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 012015

Prius 1.5L 4 cyl Dohc 16 Valve

  • CVT transmission
  • 164,909 miles

I read about this issue several years ago. It has always been my driver side headlight that intermittently goes out while driving. I can't tell myself that it has gone out until I get back home and drive into the garage, or pull into a parking spot with a wall in front of me. It's dangerous. My wife got pulled over by the police for having an inoperable headlight. Turn it off, then back on and its OK...but for how long?? Am very disappointed in Toyota for not acknowledging and finding a fix for the problem with so many complaints registered.

- , Chesterland, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 012015

Prius

  • CVT transmission
  • 260,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE REASON REPLACEMENT OF HEADLIGHT BULB COSTS SO MUCH AND MAY NOT FIX THE PROBLEM. THE BULB WORKS.....JUST INTERMITTENTLY

Update from Mar 20, 2015: BOTH headlights are now going off intermittently.

- , SANFORD, ME, USA

problem #2

Feb 092015

Prius

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

My left headlight turns off randomly. Every now and again turning the lights off and on again will fix the problem, but when you’re driving

70 mph down a dark highway, you don’t want to have to keep your fingers crossed that the lights will come back on. Been pulled over, lucky didn't get a ticket.

Last year the back lights went out, replaced the left bulb 5 times, which didn't work. Sometimes all of my lights would randomly go out. Kept getting pulled over for lights not working. Had to replace the whole back, left light fixture, which solved that issue. Dealership wanted over $1,000. Paid about $300 online and did it myself.

So tried of these Prius light issues and being pulled over by the highway patrol, when there is NOTHING WRONG with the bulb.

- , Caddo Mills, TX, USA

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problem #1

Dec 012013

Prius

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,174 miles

Very dangerous. Had to keep flipping lights on and off while driving. Seriously, we could be killed!!

- , Hastings, MI, USA

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