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really awful
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 24 of 40)

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problem #324

Jul 152009

Prius

  • 79,000 miles

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

Headlight on 2006 Toyota Prius intermittently dies causing a safety issue.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #323

Mar 152009

Prius

  • miles
After owning my used 2006 Toyota Prius for a week, I had my 1st incident: I was driving down the road at night, and right headlight went out, while left headlight remained on. Turned the headlight switch to 'off' position, and then to 'on' position. The headlight came back on for about 5 minutes, and then went off again. About 2 weeks later, I started having the same issue with both headlights. I used the same method as above in order to get the headlights to come back on. It does not seem to matter whether or not I have just started the car, or whether it has been running for a while... the bulbs go out when the car is 'cold' and when it has been running for a while. I took the car to my regular mechanic to see if it was the bulb, etc. ( as electrical problems will not be covered under my used car warranty ). I almost wrecked the car going around a dark curve in the road the other day, when both headlights went out. I have also been pulled over twice for improper equipment... but fortunately, I was not fined. I expect that I will eventually get a fine if this problem doesn't get fixed... or worse... I could have a wreck and be killed... as most of the driving I do is at night, and often... I drive on country roads that have no street lights... not to mention... deer running out in the road.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #322

Jul 152009

Prius

  • 72,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Toyota Prius the lights flicker and sometimes go off.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #321

Jul 192009

Prius

  • 35,212 miles

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

My 2006 Toyota Prius headlights go off unexpectedly while driving. When I notice one going off, I turn the lights off then on again and the light comes back on. Only one goes off at a time. Most often it is the left light, but sometimes the right. I have received one ticket already. This has been going on for six months. My father's 2007 Prius has the exact same problem. Toyota replaced his small battery, but he still has the problem.

- Prince Frederick, MD, USA

problem #320

Apr 302009

Prius

  • 45,000 miles
2nd headlight problem to report. 1. normal driving. 2. right headlight turns off at random times. This is in addition to left headlight problem reported earlier.. have notices several instances where both headlights were off at the same time. I do not drive after dark very much at this time of year, problem becomes apparent when pulling into garage or when noticing reflections. 3. turning the headlights of and on again initiates a restart. Problem recurrence is random.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

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problem #319

Jul 152009

Prius

  • 82,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius. My headlights failed on mountain road without any warning. I was doing about 50mph and swerved into the shoulder to avoid going off cliff. This vehicle is a death trap after dark and somebody is going to lose their life because Toyota doesn't seem to take this seriously. I called their consumer hotline an was told I would have to foot the bill of nearly $900. I was then told by Toyota to have the car repaired and they would reimburse me. I found a Toyota dealer to do repair for $502 and now Toyota tells me this was not a participating dealer even though it was an authorized factory Toyota dealer. It truly seems like Toyota is trying to avoid this problem. I now want to sell this car asap but am concerned for the safety of the person who will ultimately buy it from me. I'm wondering if I could face a lawsuit for knowingly selling a car with this serious safety defect ? please help us !!!

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #318

Jun 102009

Prius

  • 98,000 miles

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

Headlights turn on and off, one at a time with out rhyme or reason. Sometimes the passenger hl will be out, sometimes the drivers side, other times both are on.

- Pensacola , FL, USA

problem #317

Jul 082009

Prius

  • 67,000 miles
We own a 2006 Toyota pruis. The headlights turn off. We had the same issue repaired about 2 yrs ago when the car was relatively new. Now it's back. Looking on the web, there is significant anecdotal evidence that there is a significant design flaw with the lights. There are literal thousands of pointing on this particular issue. It is not a major financial problem for us as the first was fixed under warranty and we bought the extend warranty that cover this also, but it is a safety hazard as the lights will eventually totally go out when driving. To restore them, you have to rotate the light switch from on to off and back on. My guess is they have a problem with the circuit card, but aren't doing anything to deal with it. It would be interesting to know if Toyota changed the circuit card design.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #316

Apr 122009

Prius

  • 45,000 miles
Approximately 2 mos ago the driver headlight began to flicker then fail, intermittently but regularly each time it was turned on. I would be able to get it to come back on by turning my lights off then on again. A few weeks ago the passenger side headlight began to do the same thing. Now everytime I use the lights, one, the other or both at the same time will fail, forcing me to do the of/on thing to re-engage them. They will both fail again shortly thereafter.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #315

Jul 172009

Prius

  • 45,000 miles
Driver's side hid headlamp shuts off after being on for a short time. Turning the headlamps off and back on restarts the headlamp. This started at around 40,000 miles and now the passenger's side headlamp is occasionally showing the same symptoms.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #314

Aug 202008

Prius

  • 45,000 miles

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

2006 Toyota Prius has had headlights on both sides replaced due to intermittent operation which can be temporarily recovered by turning the headlight switch off then back on. All Toyota wants to do is replace bulbs when the bulb obviously is not the problem. I am sure they are being disingenuous with customers in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. It is way past time for a recall - please!

- Irvine, KY, USA

problem #313

Jul 102009

Prius

  • 75,000 miles
My 06 Toyota Prius has the hid headlamps. At about 40,000 miles the left hand lamp began going out at odd times and coming back on again by turning the switch off and on again. Before I got Toyota to agree to replace them (at $850) I was driving down a dark road with no moon at night and they both went out on a turn. That was when I increased my complaints and they replaced them at Toyota cost. The car now has about 76,000 miles and the left lamp is acting the same way. I will replace the lamp and complain to Toyota, but feel this is a safety issue and the lamps should be redesigned or recalled en-masse.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #312

Aug 012007

Prius

  • 25,000 miles
While under warranty, driver side headlight flickered and would go out. It would always come back on after turning the headlights off and on again. Same thing happened a few months later with passenger side headlight. Dealer replaced or repaired both at different times while under warranty. No longer under warranty, and I have paid for a replacement headlight once. At present, both headlights flicker and go out, now with remarkable regularity. Fortunately, turning them off and on again corrects the problem for a few minutes, so I have never been forced to stop driving at night (although I have been stopped for driving with only one headlight at times). At this time, I am at the point where I turn my headlights off and on every five minutes day and night. It has become a nervous tic.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #311

Jun 272009

Prius

  • 60,000 miles
Intermittent headlight failure on Toyota Prius (2006) headlights (hid) without warning. Teenage driver received two summonses for driving at night without lights. Toyota (dealer and corporate) recalcitrant re:acknowledging problem (confirms lights working normally) requiring replication in shop (charging diagnostic fee to examine whether lights are off or flickering) despite law enforcement summonses.

- Tuxedo, NY, USA

problem #310

Jun 012009

Prius

  • 46,452 miles
I have a 2006 Prius with hid headlights and have noticed that on one occasion one of the headlights was out. The problem was intermittent as turning the headlights off and on a little later fixed the issue. I understand that this is a common problem at this time with the Prius and wanted to lodge a safety complaint against Toyota on the issue.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #309

Jul 082009

Prius

  • 71,200 miles
Headlights work intermittently. Have changed the light bulb modules twice and the problem still occurs.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #308

Jun 282009

Prius

  • 43,265 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Prius with less than 45,000 miles. The driver's side headlight is either failing to light, lighting and then going out at some point while driving, and sometimes can be reset. Cost to fix is between $400-500 and is not covered by warranty. Problem could lie in the computer that controls the headlights and may be causing damage to these bulbs that run around $150 or more each. If that is so, then this problem will reoccur.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #307

Jul 052009

Prius

  • 24,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Prius had intermittent headlight failure for over a year - I am aware from Prius owner website of several hundred others with this same problem. After being stopped for faulty equipment, stranded in an extremely dangerous area of downtown miami, I paid $963 on 6/26/09 to have both hid sub-assemblies replaced. They failed again on Sunday July 5, less than two weeks later when I was on the fl turnpike, over 150 miles from home, miles from a rest stop or help, alone and in the dark. I was forced to drive in the dark for miles before I could pull over and wait until daylight. Toyota has been made aware of this dangerous issue but have done nothing to correct it. It is not a mileage issue - I have put less than 200 miles on the car since the blasts were replaced. Someone is going to be badly hurt if Toyota does not step up and find a more permanent solution to the faulty hid ballasts.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #306

Jul 042009

Prius

  • 61,500 miles
Failure of hid headlight on 2006 Toyota Prius.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #305

Jul 062009

Prius

  • 40,600 miles
I had the passenger side hid headlight fail on my 2006 Prius long before it should have failed. I have 40,600 miles on the car and have owned it since April of 2006.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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