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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 8 of 40)

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problem #644

Feb 032011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


I own a 2006 Toyota Prius with original hid headlights. The headlight on the driver side keeps flickering and going out. I have to turn off the lights and then turn them back on to make the light come back on.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #643

Jan 282010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Toyota is charging over $250 for replacement of one hid light buld. This makes it very difficult to replace a piece of required safety equipment on the 2006 Prius.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #642

Jan 272011


  • miles
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've got a package 6 2006 Prius. One of the headlights keeps going out. I can't really tell when or how it goes out since I can't see it. If I turn the bright lights on and off it has no effect, but when I turn them all the way off and back on the light comes back. Sometimes on long trips it will stay on the whole time, sometimes it won't. sometimes on short trips it will go out, sometimes it won't. I've read that this is a common problem with the model.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #641

Jul 122010


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, both the front and passenger headlight failed simultaneously. The contact received a ticket because of the failure. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Costa Masa, CA, USA

problem #640

Dec 302010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Hid headlamps go out without warning. Sometimes just one, more recently both, so driver loses ability to see at night. Turning light switch off and then on again restores the lights, but they go out again after a while. The one-light failure has been happening intermittently over the last several weeks; in last two weeks both lights have gone out at once, and the problem has become frequent and hazardous.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

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problem #639

Jan 082011


  • 123,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius. Faulty headlights. Replaced both headlights in Aug 2010 only to have one fail Jan. 3 and the other failed Jan 8 2011. Added daytime running lights by dealer in 2007 so do not have the ability to turn them off and on. Do not understand how one can have both lights fail as stated in so many other complaints.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #638

Jul 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


I own a 2006 Toyota Prius. I purchased the vehicle new. It has approximately 57,000 miles. For the past six months, the front headlights will randomly stop working - sometimes the driver's side, sometimes the passenger side, sometimes both headlights. If I turn the headlight switch off and back on the lights will come back on. It is my understanding that over 1,000 Prius owners have reported this same problem to NHTSA. Please add my report to this database.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #637

Jan 052011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driver side head lamp flickered, then went off causing limited visibility. Has happened several times.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #636

Apr 102010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Headlights on 2006 Toyota Prius keep going on and off for no apparent reason. Complaint has been made to Toyota and all they have done is to reduce the price of the hid bulbs.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #635

Dec 202010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius hid headlights intermittently fail. Initially the problem would occur once out of every 5 times when using the headlights... now the failure occurs every time and switches between passenger & drivers headlight failing -- have not had both fail at the same time. Passenger side is usual culprit. System resets and can last for hours of nighttime driving just by turning lights off then on again. Vehicle has not been involved in any accidents and I have followed the routine Toyota service schedule. Toyota expects owners to fork out large sums of cash to replace bulbs but are not addressing the underlying safety issue that intermittent headline failure causes. Safety recall is in order!

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #634

Dec 122010


  • 32,000 miles


2006 Prius hid headlights and taillights failed. The lights quality is very bad. We were forced to stop by the policeman. It was very dangerous on highway. Toyota is losing its reputation. The company should pay all the price for changing the bulbs. (labor + bulbs) our 2002 Hyundai's lights have never been in this situation.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #633

Jun 302010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The headlamp of Prius 2006 intermittently goes off while driving. The problem goes away if the car is completely shut off and then restarted. Many others are reporting the same problem with Prius and replacement of headlight does not rectify the problem. The problem is creating dangerous situation for driving, particularly during rain or snow because others cant see the car and the drivers visibility becomes greatly affected.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #632

Oct 012007


  • miles
2006 Toyota Prius left headlight goes off at random. Only way to get it to work is to turn the headlight off & turn back on. It occurs almost everytime the headlights are used.

- Ira Township, MI, USA

problem #631

Jul 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
My front headlights (hid) are unreliable. While driving, they go off spontaneously. By turning the on/off switch "off" and then "on, " the lights go back on. Sometimes the lights go out within minutes of turning the headlights on, sometimes it happens after 5-10 minutes of driving, sometimes it doesn't happen at all. It is most frequently the driver side light that goes out, but the passenger light goes out as well, and on at least two occasions, both lights went out at the same time. Often, because the roads are lit with street lamps well enough for me to see the road, I don't even realize my light(s) are out. This is extremely dangerous as my visibility to other, oncoming, cars is seriously reduced. I took the car to the dealer who suggested replacing both headlamps (at a cost of $172/each + $234 labor) but wouldn't guarantee that would solve the problem. The bulbs themselves are fine (and could conceivably continue working for another 5 years), so replacing them does not seem prudent as the problem would likely re-occur with new bulbs. I initially noticed this about 6 months ago, but it is happening more frequently now (several times a week vs. Once or twice a month six months ago).

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

problem #630

Feb 022008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Purchased brand new fully loaded Toyota Prius in June 2006, the head lights are hid D4R and they keep turning off multiple times even during short drives, I have tried changing bulbs multiple times but to no avail, got it checked at the koons tysons dealership and they say nothing is wrong with ballast, the car has now crossed 100,000 miles everything else works except for the lights.

- Great Falls, VA, USA

problem #629

Jun 012010


  • 60,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius hid headlamp failure. Lights have been flickering for approximately 4 months and have finally gone out.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #628

Mar 012007


  • 14,000 miles
Toyota Prius 2006: Headlamps go off intermittently, creating a very unsafe condition while driving.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #627

Nov 302010


  • miles
I own a Toyota Prius 2006 touring model. Headlight of this vehicle keeps going out. I have already replaced the headlight of this vehicle twice. And the other bulbs in the car (non headlight) more than 4 times. All of them were replaced at Toyota authorized dealer.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #626

Nov 182010


  • miles
While driving from Arizona to Texas via interstate 20, the headlamps on my uncle's Toyota Prius just shut off. It was nighttime and I was driving at about 60 mph. This is dangerous. My uncle knew immediately that the Prius does this. I didn't. I had to pull over to the side of the road, shut the engine off and wait for some time before turning the car back on and getting the lights back. Fortunately, no cars came from either direction during this time. We could have been hit because it was very dark when this happened. It turns out that Toyota is aware of this problem. My uncle found several complaints online and notices about the problem from consumers. This problem needs to be fixed. People could get hurt.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #625

Sep 112008


  • 25,000 miles
We have a Toyota Prius 2006 after approximately 6 mos the left headlight started to turn off while lights were in use. Since the automobile was under warranty I return to the dealer to report the on going problem. Each time they tested it was working fine, however this not the case it keeps shutting down for no reason. I have repeated complain to the dealer with each service and regular maintenance. I would like to know if I any recourse to have to it repaired?? or issue a recall I have seen many complaints on the internet on this problem.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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