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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,130 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2006 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 10 of 40)

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problem #604

Jun 012009


  • 40,000 miles


2006 Toyota Prius driver side headlamp is faulty--goes out intermittently. (lightbulb is not burned out, as light will come back on if the light switch is turned off and then turned back on.)

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #603

Jun 152010


  • 66,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Prius had a problem with the headlights whereby one would go off and on intermittently. There was no apparent pattern as to when this would happen, although it seemed to occur after the headlights had been on for more than 10 minutes.;

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #602

Oct 042010


  • 55,000 miles
My 2006 Prius has a "winking" right headlight --- sometimes on, sometimes not. It is a high intensity discharge type. The car now has 70,000 miles on it but this behavior has been going on intermittently for over a year. I base that on the several times in the past year someone has told me the light was out but, when I went to look at the light, it was on! recently, I have witnessed it myself. I understand I am not alone with this problem. Hopefully, replacing the bulb will fix it but even that is an expensive proposition and the bulb may not be the culprit.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #601

Sep 012010


  • 35,000 miles


The headlights on my Toyota Prius 2006 have been going out for the past month, more than once a day. I took the car to be inspected and was told I would need high resolution hid lights that would cost over $500. I went online and found out that tons of other people are having the same issue as me.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #600

Sep 222010


  • 30,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius headlights come on and off. When they go off, you can turn off and on and they will come on. 2 years Toyota replaced left headlight for $300. This seemed to fix that, but they did not replace right at the time, which I wanted them to do. Now right does it. I can't afford $300 to replace bulb. Instructions for doing it yourself does not help. Unable to do according to directions, Toyota said they had to take off front end to it that is why so expensive.

- Quinton, VA, USA

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problem #599

Sep 142006


  • 625,320 miles
The hid headlamps of my 2006 Toyota Prius, simultaneously shut off. Turning them off and then on again restores them. Toyota's answer was to replace the bulbs as they will reportedly do this when they are on the verge of expiring. I have replaced both bulbs, and the problem was not solved, in fact it worse than ever, rendering my vehicle unsafe to operate after daylight hours. I replaced both bulbs with high quality oem bulbs, and the first time I drove the car after replacement, the lights shut off more than 10 times during a 13 mile trip. Please reconsider your finding from this case: PE09019 as these cars age, more and more people are reporting both headlamps shutting off - with the only solution being turning them off/on.

- Coupeville, WA, USA

problem #598

Sep 142010


  • 55,000 miles


2006 Prius drivers side headlight intermittently stops working. If I shut off and restart from the switch they start up again.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #597

Sep 122010


  • 68,000 miles
I have a headlight that goes on and off intermittently on a 2006 Prius. It cost me $273.13 to fix at the dealer. $273.13 for a light bulb!!!!!!

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #596

Jun 102010


  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle: 2006 Toyota Prius hid headlights (usually passenger side) intermittent.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #595

Aug 282010


  • miles
Vehicle: 2006 Toyota Prius headlights (passenger) intermittent or sometimes completely out for over an hour.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #594

May 102009


  • 40,000 miles


2006 Toyota Prius. Passenger side hid headlight extinguishes intermittently since about 40K miles. Dealers want upward of $700 to replace one light. At purchase the headlight was represented to last twice as long as standard headlights. Toyota engineering made it very difficult for a layman to replace the bulb. If/when the other headlight dies at night it could be tragic.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #593

Aug 192010


  • 71,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. After 4 years of ownership both hid lamps have failed at 72,000 miles. The lights were working when I leave the garage however when I returned home they were dark. Turning the headlight switch off and back on seemed to correct the problem. I do not know how long they were off or how often this has happened but it is not acceptable to have both hid lamps to hail intermittently and unexpectedly after only 4 years. This style lamp should last years and years. Cost to replace lamps at dealer over $1,000.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #592

Aug 062010


  • miles
Headlamps needed replacement a total of 4 times- 2 each side. Passenger side replaced 9/2008, 8/2010; driver's side replaced just under 1 year apart: 1/2009, 1/2010.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #591

Jun 012007


  • 20,000 miles
I'm among the many who have defective high intensity headlights in my 2006 Prius. Around 20K miles I started having problems with flickering and intermittent outage. The dealer wouldn't replace them for free and I couldn't afford the $1000 it would have cost to replace. While driving at night on a treacherous country road I almost went off the road when the lights went out completely while attempting to turn on the brights.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #590

Feb 022010


  • 51,214 miles
Failure of the passenger side headlight.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #589

Aug 012009


  • 90,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius hid headlights stops working (turns off) will driving. Started out with the right side (passenger side). Now both sides of the cars will turn off randomly. Problem is at night, you must turn off & on headlight switch for the hid headlights to come back on. This has been an on going problem, have replaced the hid headlights bulbs twice and the ECU headlight computer and the problem still persist.

- Mt Airy , MD, USA

problem #588

Jul 032006


  • 300 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Prius. The headlights have been shutting off, sometimes seconds after turning them on. Sometimes the drivers headlight and others the passengers headlight. I've even been pulled over by an officer, told him about the ongoing issue with trying to get Toyota to own up to it, and was told that he had run across this before. He let me go without as much as a warning. This problem is all over the internet. Toyota refuses to take responsibility. Help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #587

Jul 052010


  • 59,000 miles
Driving at night with headlights on. Left headlight flickers, a few seconds later the right headlight goes dark. Less than a minute later, the left headlight goes dark. No headlights while driving on hwy 85 in san jose. I slowed and then checked to see if the light switch worked. I turned the headlight switch to off, then back on and the headlights came back on. After less than a minute, the lights repeated their failure process again. I repeated the switch off/on, multiple times until I reached my destination. I cannot operate the vehicle when it is dark.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #586

Jul 012010


  • 20,000 miles
On my 2006 Toyota Prius, the headlights randomly switch off, sometimes one at a time, sometimes both. The lights will both turn back on if I switch the lights off and back on. The lights switch off again anywhere from a few minutes to a few days after this 'reset.' The car had been driven for only 20,000 miles when the first incident occurred.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #585

May 102010


  • 60,000 miles
The headlamp in the 2006 Toyota Prius worked intermittently. I am unsure of the duration of this but suspect it lasted for approximately six months before taking it to a dealer. The headlamp appeared to dim while driving but stopping and checking revealed that the headlamp was working properly. When the vehicle was turned off and immediately back on, the headlamp worked. It went out while driving and, just as suddenly, came back on. I took it to the dealer and was told that the hid needed to be replaced. Because of the high labor cost to remove the bumper (approximately $300) for headlamp replacement, both lamps were replaced at a cost of about $700. I did not ask for the replaced part and the dealer did not offer it. (the trip to the dealer was delayed until all other possibilities had been explored because the cost involved.) the unsafe condition of driving with one functional headlamp and one intermittently function headlamp was necessary until the money for repairs could be obtained.

- Olney, MD, USA

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