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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,144 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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2005 Toyota Prius brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 282010


  • 96,289 miles


The parking brake light in my 2005 Toyota Prius came on and shortly after that, the ABS light came on too. I checked to make shure the brake was released and it was because I was driving the car at the time of the incident. As a result of the problem, the car is only giving me an average of 32 mpg, previously I was getting and average of 48 mpg, the battery also seems to be draining its energy faster than usual. I took my car to the penske Toyota dealership in downey, ca. 90241, and the service advisor told me that this car was not included in a recall that Toyota is conducting on some cars, therefore if I wanted them to inspect the car to locate the problem they would need to charge me for the inspection plus whatever repairs are needed. I feel that because of all the brake problems that Toyota is having with their cars, they should at least inspect the car for free. The problem happened all of a sudden while driving. I felt the car was getting a bit sluguish after the lights came on and then noticed the mpg started to go down. Right now the car only gives me an average of 32 mpg.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 092009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while applying the emergency brake the pedal and bolts fell off. He drove the vehicle to the dealer to have the emergency brake repaired. The contact is aware of the safety risk because the emergency brake can't be applied when the vehicle is parked on a steep hill. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Chico, CA, USA

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