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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,212 miles

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2005 Toyota Prius brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 072006

Prius

  • 15,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving 20 mph and applying the brakes when the skid control warning light illuminated. The vehicle began to slide uncontrollably. The contact was able to gain control. The failure would occur during braking in low gear; traveling uneven roads or gravel. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000.

- Lewisburg, PA, USA

problem #16

May 242007

Prius

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently experience braking failures. When the brakes were applied, the vehicle would surge forward before the brakes would engage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure continued to occur intermittently. The vehicle was again taken to an authorized dealership where the vehicle was serviced accordinging to remedy associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V039000. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 115,039.

- Alachua, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 092010

(reported on)

Prius

  • miles
2005 Toyota Prius makes a loud noise caused by anti-lock brake problems. The consumer stated the noise was heard when the brakes were applied. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. Upon diagnosis, the consumer was informed it would cost $2,300 to correct the problem. The service rep stated a tsb had been issued regarding the problem, but there was no safety issue involved. The service rep it was not necessary to have the unit repaired.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #14

May 232009

Prius

  • 18,461 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving 55 mph the mass air flow sensor failed causing the vehicle to shut off. The contact towed the vehicle to the dealer to have the mass air flow sensor replaced. The ABS warning lights also flashed on the dash board causing the brakes to fail while driving 40 mph. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer to have the ABS brake actuator replaced. The failure mileage was 18,461. Updated 11/10/10 updated 11/18/10

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #13

Feb 122008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving 15 mph out of a parking lot in inclement weather, the contact applied the brakes and the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle accelerated through a stop sign and crashed into a vehicle. The crash caused damages to both vehicles. No one was injured during the crash. The contact was able to drive the vehicle after the crash occurred. The contact has not called the manufacturer. The contact stated the brakes always malfunction during inclement weather. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 3/24/10 updated 06/30/10.

- Lagranger Highlands, IL, USA

problem #12

Feb 202010

Prius

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while driving at 20 mph on a bumpy road the contact applied the brakes to slow the vehicle down and the brake failed causing the vehicle to accelerate into the intersection. The vehicle eventually came to a stop. The contact feels this vehicle is unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 012009

Prius

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. He experienced the identical failure as the 2010 Prius when he attempt to engage the brake pedal. The brakes began functioning normally whenever he wasn't driving over a bump in the road. He has always experienced the failure but he thought it was normal. When he took the vehicle to the dealer for routine service and mentioned the brake failure; the dealer told him there was nothing to be worried about it was a normal function for the Prius. The failure mileage was 120, 00 and the current mileage was 143,000.

- Vacaville , CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 262009

Prius

  • 37,047 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving 20 mph over a bump in the road approaching a stop sign, with his foot on the brake pedal the vehicle surged forward and the brakes failed. The dealer will be contacted about the failure. The failure has occurred 20 times and more frequent whenever it rains. No repairs have been made. The failure mileage was 32000. The current mileage was 37047.

- Saint Helena , CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 212008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the brakes were momentarily unresponsive at low speeds including 10 mph when driving over a pothole or rough surface and appeared to lunge forward. He noticed the problem continuously since he purchased the vehicle. He had neither taken the vehicle to the dealership nor spoken with the manufacturer regarding the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was approximately 86,000. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000. Updated 03/18/10 updated 06/17/10

- Shorewood, MN, USA

problem #8

Jan 062005

Prius 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Feb. 4, 2010 -- similar to what is being said about the ABS brakes in a 2010 Toyota Prius not working properly if the vehicle has hit a pothole or is going over wash-board type surfaces, I have noticed that my 2005 Prius has done the same thing when I go over very rough/choppy road surfaces. This has happened since I bought it brand new in Dec. 2004. I never thought much about it until the recent reports of the 2010 model. I just chalked it up to the wheels bouncing in reaction to the surface.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 132009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles

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

Brakes stopped working.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 102007

Prius 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Brakes stopped working.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152006

Prius 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Brakes stopped working.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 292008

Prius

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving 50 mph he was going over a ridged roads with her foot on the brake pedal the would vehicle accelerated on its own. The failure has occurred everyday for approximately 2 years. The dealer has not been contacted. No repairs have been made. The failure mileage was 70,000. The current mileage was 99,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving 15 mph over rail road tracks the vehicle accelerated while his foot was on the brake pedal. The failure occurred approximately 12 times last year. The dealer was not contacted. No repairs have been made. The failure mileage was 45000. The current mileage was 56000. Updated 3/8/10 updated 06/04/10.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 062007

Prius

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. Whenever the contact attempted to apply the brakes while driving approximately 25 mph over a bump in the road, the brakes did not fully engage which increased the stopping distance. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and the contact has noticed the failure since the day the vehicle was purchased. The current and failure mileages were 47000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 062009

Prius

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving between 5-19 mph on an icy road surface when the brakes were applied and the anti-lock brake system was inactivation and failed to deactivate. The vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into a vehicle on the front driver side. The failure occurred whenever encountering abnormal roads including icy road surfaces. There were no injures. The police was not called to the scene. Both vehicles were damaged. The vehicle was not inspected for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Range, NH, USA

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