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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,211 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2006 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #101

Dec 122009


  • 48,000 miles


I have a safety defect with the headlights on my 2006 Prius. The headlight on the right hand side was working intermittently. Took it in to the dealer. Told me that yes, it was working intermittently and the left side needed replaced also since it would be going out soon. They replaced both headlights at the cost of $614.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #100

Dec 022009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The headlights fail while driving at night. He has to turn the headlamp switch on and then back off to resume headlight operation. It cost $1200 to replace the bulbs and the module. He has to take the vehicle to a local repair facility because the authorized dealer is located too far. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- East Sound, WA, USA

problem #99

Nov 162009


  • miles
2006 Toyota Prius right headlight bulb keeps blowing. I am getting ready to have it professionally replaced for the third time and I only have 70,000 miles. I have been told it might be the controller unit for the bulb.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #98

Sep 172006


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. It took several attempts to activate the head-lights. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, and the technician stated that the head-lights needed to be replaced at an expense of $700. No repairs were made. After the repair identical failures occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and repaired. The passenger side headlight failed after the repair. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000. The current failure was 95,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #97

Nov 032009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. Whenever the contact would drive the vehicle she noticed that the left and right headlights suddenly shut off intermittently. The dealer stated that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 53000. Updated 12/22/09. The consumer paid $425 to correct the problem, however the consumer was reimbursed. Updated 12/29/09.

- Crewe, VA, USA

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problem #96

Nov 102009


  • 98,000 miles
I have a 2006 Prius with hid headlights. I have a recurring problem which seems to be getting worse. When driving with headlights on, a headlight (sometimes driver side, other times passenger side) will just go off. If I know it has happened (very dark area or can see headlight reflections in the rear of the car in front of me), I simply turn the headlight switch off and then back to on. Both lights typically come back on. It is getting worse as I find it is happening more often. I am concerned that it will happen to both lights and cause an accident. I understand the gov.'t had a case open on this topic but closed it - found that only one light going out is not a safety problem. Hundreds (possibly thousands) of Prius owners also have this problem. Toyota seems to know there is some sort of issue with the hid electronics control board but is not offering to fix it for most people (read on line that they did fix it for one person free of charge). Faulty headlights sure seems to be a safety issue - is the us gov.'t waiting until several people die from this before admitting it is a safety problem" if only one headlight working is ok, then why can't all automakers just have one headlight vice two"

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #95

Nov 052009


  • 10,000 miles


Left headlight suddenly goes out, necessary to turn lights off and then back on to reactivate. Quite dangerous on mountain roads, this has been going on for awhile, asked dealer and they were evasive about problem.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #94

Nov 042009


  • miles
Headlamp go on and off randomly on my 2006 Prius.

- Orange , CA, USA

problem #93

Sep 132009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The headlights failed while driving. The headlights were replaced at an expense of $300. The repair did not remedy the failure. He had to have the component replaced again. The manufacturer stated that the headlights did not have a recall or warranty. The failure mileage was 40,000, the current mileage was 42,968.

- Elizabeth Town, KY, USA

problem #92

Oct 162006


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. While driving the head-lights intermittently fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times. During the first inspection the head-lights were replaced. At the second inspection, the technician concluded that a remedy was not available to remedy the failure. The current mileage was 10,000. The failure mileage was 74000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #91

May 202009


  • 57,800 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. While driving, the driver and passenger headlights shut off unexpectedly. The contact was able to turn them back on. The dealer stated that the failure could not be duplicated. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 57800.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #90

Jun 012009


  • 100,000 miles
One or both headlights go out on my 2006 Toyota Prius. They can be turned on again by turning off the headlights, and turning them on.

- Bluemont, VA, USA

problem #89

Aug 012009


  • 61,000 miles
2006 Toyota Prius with faulty headlights. Numerous complaints about this very same issue all over internet.

- Louisville, CO, USA

problem #88

Jun 012007


  • miles
The left hid headlight of my Prius continues to randomly go out. While my car was under warranty I took it to the Toyota dealer who said they would change the bulbs. This was less than a year ago and again the left headlight randomly goes out.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #87

Jun 012008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that intermittently while driving the head lamps shut off. An impairment of visibility while driving increased the risk of a vehicle crash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice for two sets of replacement lamps. The repairs performed have not remedied the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000. The current mileage was 40,000.

- Alexandria,, VA, USA

problem #86

Dec 152007


  • 34,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that intermittently the head lamps fail. An impairment of visibility while driving, increases the risk of vehicle crash.the vehicle was taken to the dealer and the frontal bulbs were replaced. After the repairs the failure resurfaced. As of current date the failures have not been properly remedied. The failure mileage was 34,000. The current mileage was 84,800. The vehicle identification number was not available.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #85

Sep 032009


  • 30,931 miles
01/09 passenger side headlight went out, but would come back on when turned of and on. 05/09 brought to dealer for oil change and requested check on headlight - dealer was unable to solve problem as headlight was working 09/09 headlight off when brought to dealer- was told it would require a return appt., a special order for a replacement bulb estimated at $200 + at least $100 labor to move passenger bulb to driver side to test bulb; if problem follows bulb it is the bulb, if not it is a computer issue that would be an additional $600. Dealer offered to check for warranty on computer part. Could not pass safety inspection at this time.

- Kealakekua, HI, USA

problem #84

Jan 012009


  • 82,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius which was purchased in December 2008. When the headlights were turned on, the left headlight became dim and shut off within 30 seconds. The headlights remained on after they were turned on and off continuously; however, they would shut off again. The previous owner replaced the headlight assembly at 43,000 miles. The contact is aware of the safety risk while driving at night without headlights. The dealer quoted that the repair would cost $560 to replace the entire headlight assembly again. The current and failure mileages were approximately 82,500.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #83

Jul 152009


  • 59,000 miles
Toyota Prius headlight problem. For more details go to

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #82

Oct 042007


  • 38,985 miles
I have owned a 2006 Prius since February, 2006. I noticed (and so did the police who stopped me on three separate occasions!) the headlights working intermittently. This started in Oct. 2007. Since then I have had to replace 3 of the headlights and 2 of the headlight modules at a cost of $1589.35 total. The headlights stop with no warning. This is a safety issue, as I drive at night with my children and grandchild. The lights have only stopped one at a time, never at the same time, and I pray that they never do. I have contacted Toyota headquarters and they are reviewing my case to see if they can refund some of my out of pocket expenses for this. I would like them to replace my lights with reliable lights, but they are unwilling to do that. They have replaced my lights and module with the same kind of part as the original. Thank you for your attention.

- Malabar, FL, USA

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