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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 17 of 40)

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problem #464

Oct 012009


  • miles


The headlight (on the passenger side) intermittently goes out. I can turn the lights off for a second and then back on and it comes back on. Sometimes it will stay on for hours, sometimes it will only stay on for minutes. I had the same problem previously with the same car and Toyota replaced the bulb, ballast and headlight assembly before it stopped having the issue. Now about 20 months have passed and I am seeing the same thing again.

- Marvyille, TN, USA

problem #463

Dec 022009


  • 75,285 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Prius and the drivers side headlight will go on and off without warning. I took it into the dealer and it cost over $500 to replace the headlight. This a clear safety issue. Headlights that go off without warning could lead to a very dangerous circumstance. Headlights are items like windshield wipers that need frequent replacement and should not cost $500.

- Jackson, WY, USA

problem #462

Nov 012008


  • 60,000 miles
About a year a go my passenger side headlight started turning on and off randomly on my 2006 Toyota Prius. I took my car to Toyota of berkeley I-80 junction service center to fix the problem. I was told that Toyota would be more than happy to do a full diagnostic on my car at the cost of $125 to see what the problem was but since my light was on at that time they did not think they could duplicate the problem. My passenger side headlight had been randomly turning off while I was driving and in order to get my light to turn back on I would have to stop my car, turn my lights off, then turn them back on, and occasionally this would correct the problem. Recently my headlight went out completely and I took my car to Toyota of dublin service center to have one of my headlights replaced. I was then shocked to learn that my car had hid lights that cost $400 per bulb plus labor to replace. My front bumper needed to be removed in order to get to the lights therefore it was not a simple job and would take a few hours to complete. Hearing this appalled me! when I purchased the car and the extended warranty I was never told anything about replacing the lights and how much it would cost. This is a ridiculous charge for lights that do not last three years. I believe that there is more wrong with this car than just a light that needed to be replaced. I feel that the faulty lights in the 2006 Toyota Prius are a safety hazard and need to be recalled. I am a single mother with two young children. I do not feel safe driving my car with my children, nor do I feel good about selling my car to an unknowing buyer, and I do not have the money to keep paying repair bills in the amount of $1000 or more to replace headlights! I am asking for an immediate recall of the 2006 Toyota Prius so this safety hazard can be corrected.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #461

Dec 012009


  • miles


I have a 2006 Prius and the headlights keep going off. One or the other or both go off while driving. Flipping the switch gets them back on for a while. The dealer tells me $420 to change the two bulbs. How can this happen in a two year old car?

- Carmel Valley, CA, USA

problem #460

Nov 252009


  • 50,000 miles
The hid headlight on the passenger side of my 2006 Toyota Prius randomly goes off. Some times it comes back on by itself while I'm still driving some times not. It doesn't happen by any particular trend like a bump, turn, or anything else. It just goes off. Nothing I do seems to make it come back on, it just comes back randomly. It's been doing this for a while now. When it goes off my visibility at night along the roads righthand side is greatly reduced. In particular, I'm concerned that the reduced light on that side may increase my chance of not seeing a pedestrian or a deer along side the road until it's too late. I took it to the Toyota dealer and they said they don't know what's wrong but they would likely replace some headlight computer and bulb which they said would cost about $800! it shouldn't cost that much to fix a headlight that randomly goes off due to some defect in the vehicle which causes such a safety hazard for me and pedestrians on the road.

- Swannanoa, NC, USA

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problem #459

Nov 282009


  • 60,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights that intermittently go off. This is a problem with many Prius with the hid headlights. We had one replaced on 11/28 at a cost of $240. The other has problems also but we could not afford to get it replaced at this time. Toyota repair says light system overheats, maybe. They aren't sure.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #458

Nov 262009


  • 37,000 miles


Hid bulb flickering, works on and off all the time on my 2006 Toyota Prius Toyota dealer asks about 400 dollars to replace one bulb.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #457

Nov 012009


  • 37,000 miles
Issue: 2006 Prius with hid headlights work intermittently 1. events: No specific events leading up to the event other than regular driving and usage of the headlights 2. failure: The passenger-side headlight goes out every time I drive the car now and reduces night time visibility. 3. corrective action: I replaced the light bulb, but the issue still remains the same. From research online, it appears that this is a common issue with Prius models between the years 2004-2007 and is linked to defects in the control units.

- Hebron, KY, USA

problem #456

Jan 102009


  • 38,500 miles
Head light on driver side- intermittent operation. Headlight would go off during driving, come back on later. Occasionally both headlights would go off. Took car to Toyota dealer for replacement of driverside light. They found nothing wrong with car/wiring passengerside headlight. With new driverside headlight car worked fine for 8 months. Then driverside headlight started with above problem. Old headlight is still available.

- Hershey, PA, USA

problem #455

Oct 052009


  • 49,000 miles
The left headlight on my 2006 Prius goes out, but will come back on if I turn the lights off and back on. This occurs randomly while driving, often being undetectable until a reflective situation comes up and the light is noticed.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #454

Nov 242009


  • 60,812 miles


2006 Prius high-intensity discharge (hid) lamps cut out - turning the lights off and on will temporarily fix the problem. First passenger side in September 2008 at around 50K miles, now driver side November 2009 at 60812 miles - vehicle is at dealership right now so I do not have access to the VIN. Both times the dealer replaced at no charge (lawrenceville Toyota, 2871 rt 1, lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648 609-883-4200). I just wanted it reported because it seemed a safety hazard and there appears to be others experiencing this issue as well.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #453

Oct 152009


  • 67,183 miles
Hid headlights on 2006 Prius fail at random. Auto purchased in May 2006. First failure in November 2007 at 29,015 miles; right headlight. Bulb replaced by dealer at no charge. Second failure in August 2008 at 42,930 miles; left headlight. Computer sub-assembly replaced under extended warranty, bulb replaced at cost of $375 by consumer. Third failure in October 2009 at 67,183 miles; left headlight. Not repaired at this time. Sub-assembly will still be covered by extended warranty but bulb will not. This is same light that failed a year ago. I believe this is a serious safety issue. Headlights failing at night are not a good thing.

- Montpelier, VT, USA

problem #452

Nov 182009


  • 31,000 miles
Both headlights on my 2006 Toyota Prius shut off while I was driving at night.

- Tuscarora, MD, USA

problem #451

Aug 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Hid headlight on driver side started randomly turning off at about 50,000 miles on my 2006 Prius, unbeknownst to driver. If I happen to notice the light has gone out, and I turn the light switch all the way off and back on, the light will usually relight. I am constantly watching the reflection of my headlights in car bumpers on traffic traveling in front of me as well as making notice of my headlights' reflection in store windows, etc. To see if they are both on. This is extremely distracting and dangerous. Toyota dealer here in N.C. appeared to be totally oblivious to the complaints Toyota has received and said he can fix control module for $450 and replace light bulb for $135 since it is "normal wear and tear." This is not normal wear and tear. The Prius hid headlamp installation is defective. As more 2006 Prius owners like me approach the 50,000 mile mark, this defect has the potential to become far more dangerous and deadly than a loose floormat.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #450

Nov 202009


  • 56,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius headlight problem. While driving at night there was an obvious click and the headlights shut off. Turned the car off and restarted it and the headlights come back on and work for a period of time (length undetermined but this happened on more than one occasion). One or another of the head lights work intermittently.with no obvious pattern. Last night the left head light was out. I backed up the vehicle and it came back on. The same thing has happened with the right head light on occasion. There appears to be no identifiable pattern to the issue. Since this is a safety issue and my web search has indicated others are experiencing the same issue it would seem to be an item of interest that should be corrected by Toyota via a recall. The seriousness of the issue cannot be understated. Driving down the highway and having the lights go totally out for no identifiable reason is dangerous. I called the Toyota dealer and they said the head lights need to be replaced. It seems impossible for me to believe that this is the issue as the dash panel light also went out..this is not going to be corrected one customer at a time dealing with Toyota. Replacing the head lights on the Prius is a $ 450 job. $300 for the bulbs and $150 labor. I would not be concerned about the $'s if I firmly believed it was a high light issue. I was driving the vehicle and heard the click and the lights go out. I pulled of the interstate. Turned the power off and restarted the car and the headlights worked for the remainder of the trip (about 45 minutes) with no issues. This does not sound like a head light problem.

- St Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #449

Nov 192009


  • miles
I recently both a used 2006 Toyota Prius from a private seller and in more than one occasion, the headlights would go out intermittently while I'm driving - sometimes one at a time, but sometimes both would go out. I had to cycle the switch to turn them back on. Out of curiosity, I went in the internet to find out how I can fix this problem, and that's when I found out that there had been numerous cases of Prius headlight problems, particularly with 2005-2008 models. I also found out that Toyota dealerships are charging on average anywhere from $400 to $1,000 just to replace headlight bulbs, and I'm not about to fall for that. I don't believe this is a lightbulb problem because the headlights would come back on after cycling the switch. This appears to be a design problem common to '05-'08 models - something with the electrical system. This is definitely a safety issue that needs to be addressed and resolved by Toyota asap. I'm surprised that no recall has been issued yet. Is Toyota waiting for someone to die or get badly injured before they send out a recall? one can easily drive off a cliff while driving in the dark with no headlights on. (fyi, the incident date I have below is the most recent occurrence of this problem.)

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #448

Nov 182009


  • 65,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius headlights went out without warning about 65,000 miles. Turning switch off then on again restored light for a very short while. Then it went off again. Happened first with the right headlight 3 months ago now recently last two weeks the left headlight same problem.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #447

Jul 012009


  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Prius. One of the headlights flicks off, and then turns off while driving. I have to completely turn off both headlights and turn them back on to have the defected one to work again.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #446

Nov 172009


  • 60,000 miles
Headlight stops working all of a sudden. When you turn it on then off it works again. Does this continuously, I never know when they are out.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #445

Aug 012006


  • 15,000 miles
Failure of hid headlights. Starting at about 15,000 miles my driver side headlight starting going out on occasion, I figured out I could turn the headlights off and on and it would reset. Other Toyota vehicles that are equipped with hid's all have on auto sensors on the headlights so one can't turn them off, not so on the Prius. I find that interesting, because if one can turn the lights off and on, one would be able to "easily" and quickly remedy the situation of not having headlights. Seems to me that Toyota knew about this problem before the car was even in the market. The problem got increasingly worse over the next 3000 miles, at times my passenger side would go out at the same time leaving me with no headlights, that's both dangerous for me and other motorists. I was going on a night drive from St cloud Minnesota through Montana in winter so I went to the dealership in St cloud mn to fix it. They told me since the light/S wasn't out at the time they couldn't do anything. I had to drive I-94 in the snow, wind, and ice with my headlights going out! I got back after the trip without the headlight on for about 50 miles just to show the dealership. After a lot of noise at the dealership they agreed to pay for the "repairs" (over $400). But since the problem didn't appear with the passenger side light they couldn't fix that. When I went back the dealership after I got pulled over for not have headlights they informed me that my manufactures original warranty was up I would have to pay the $450 it was going to cost, and my extended platinum coverage would not cover it either. The "fix" on the drivers side only lasted to about 28,000 miles which was about 5,000 miles after the "fix". ever since then I have been driving with or without headlights (it's hard to tell at night in a city!) there is so many reasons why this defect is against the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that a recall should be issued immediately!

- St Cloud, MN, USA

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