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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,697 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 18 of 45)

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problem #556

Nov 012010


  • 60,000 miles


Headlight and tail light on the passenger side of our 2007 Toyota Prius goes on and then off. We can't depend on the lights to stay on.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #555

Nov 122010


  • 62,000 miles
Headlights go on and off intermittently. One of the head light is bad and goes off, when I turn it off and on, it will work and after 1 -2 minutes it goes off again. It is unsafe to drive like that.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #554

Nov 102010


  • 33,000 miles
Faulty hid headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius. The lights go out while driving. To re-activate the headlights it is necessary to turn the headlight switch to the off position and turn it back to on position to re-activate the headlights. The headlights may work for a few minutes or only a few seconds before going out again. The problem may be due to a faulty igniter or control circuit. A number of other Prius owners are reporting the same issue on online forums.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #553

Aug 012010


  • 52,500 miles


Passenger hid headlight has failed multiple times.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #552

Oct 292010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact stated that the visibility diminished and the passenger side headlight failed. She turned the headlights off and turned them back on. The failure occurred intermittently. The driver side headlight was replaced in 2009 under warranty. The dealer stated that the contact would be responsible for costs associated with replacing the passenger headlight. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 80,000.

- Providence , RI, USA

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problem #551

Nov 032010


  • 62,289 miles
The headlights on my Toyota Prius failed. Came on some times then after turning on and off. The wire harness to the bulb of the headlight seem burnt, and after reading hundreds of complaint just like this, Toyota has a problem-I have a problem -hundreds of dollars to replace headlight bulbs is insane and not the only issue here.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #550

Nov 042010


  • 62,515 miles


I have a 2007 Prius with hid headlights. On an intermittent basis, one of the headlights will not operate or will stop operating. Turning the lights off with the switch on the stalk will restore operation. Not a good thing to have to do on a dark two lane rural road on a dark night. As an example, yesterday during a rain filed day, the headlights were turned on as required by Maryland law. We were leaving to drive to pa when my wife got in the car she noticed the right headlight was out. Off and on did not seem to make a difference. After arriving in pa, I had to drive on a dark and rain filled road and I believe that the right light was working but the left (driver side) was not. I was taking my son to the er and did not have time to trouble shoot the problem. Today, in the middle of the day, both headlights were fully functional. I first noticed this problem about 10 months ago on a night trip. The problem has occurred three or four times over the time period. I know I will get a huge bill from Toyota to replace the bulbs and that may or may not solve the problem. It is a huge safety issue.

- Tall Timbers, MD, USA

problem #549

Nov 032010

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving at various speeds with the headlights and suddenly they failed to operate. The failure occurred whenever the headlights were turned on. The headlights would function when the switch was turned on and off. The dealer was notified of the problem and informed him that the headlight replacement cost was $300. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 1/19/2010 updated 01/27/11

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #548

Jun 012008


  • 20,000 miles
We have had multiple intermittent problems with the hid headlamps on our 2007 Toyota Prius. Both left and right have been replaced once. (at less than 25,000 miles.) they had been suddenly failing while driving. Very scary situation!!! now out of warranty, right lamp intermittently fails. It seems to work on and off without any clear reason. Dealer does not seem to have clear idea what cause may be, but says first thing to try is to replace lamp (>$400), if that does not resolve issue, it may be a "control" module at >$1000.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #547

Nov 022010


  • 65,000 miles
I have been reading excessive numbers of complaints on the web regarding issues with Toyota Prius headlight issues. Some consumers have put out over a thousand dollars, others hundreds to get issues resolved and in some cases appear to be unresolved. I inquired at Toyota regarding the issue and I was told there is no current recall but in the event one is ordered, those that have put out hundreds and a thousand plus would probably be reimbursed. Has any investigation been conducted regarding this matter? in my opinion, this is a transportation safety issue with people driving down the road not knowing when or if their headlights are going to fail.

- Salda, CA, USA

problem #546

Oct 012010


  • 24,000 miles


Driver side headlight goes off right after you turn lights on, can hardly drive at night, costs $400 to fix one headlight at dealership $250 for labor and $150 for light itself.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #545

Oct 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Notice hid headline on my 2007 Toyota Prius started to turnoff automatically. Lights do not stay on at all. They turn off after a minute or so. I had to order new headlight. Not sure if problem will continue. I'm not able to drive my car at night due to this problem. Estimated cost to repair is $500!

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #544

Oct 012010


  • 48,100 miles
Toyota Prius headlight system failure. Lights flicker on / off. No apparent cause. Very dangerous. Frequency is daily and multiple times per day. Many other owners report that replacing the hid bulb at $500 - $1,000 is not the solution. Problem returns. Appears problem is in ballast or computer. Dealers will not replace ballast until they have already collected $500 for bulb replacement. Then want another $500 for balast replacement. True system cause hs not been confirmed.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #543

Oct 252010


  • 32,000 miles
Premature and simultaneous failure of 2007 Toyota Prius headlights. First experienced in fall of 2009 (low mileage), but now dangerously frequent. Toyota claims this is not a defect, but has no explanation for the simultaneity of failure and is only replacing the bulbs without sharing any costs. Temporary remedy is to switch the lights off and back on again.

- Montgomery, MA, USA

problem #542

Oct 252010


  • 75,000 miles
For some time I have been telling the dealer that I have been informed that one of my headlights is out but when they look at it at a later time they are working. I suspect that they have been doing this for a long time. Now it appears that there is a progression. Both headlights unexpectedly turned off plunging me into total darkness while driving at 70 miles per hour on an interstate highway at 5:00 in the morning. I found myself hurtling along in total darkness. I turned the light switch to the off position and turned it back on and the lights came on again but they went off again a few miles later and I went through the same process to get them to come on. The situation happened at least 5-6 more times before I reached my destination.

- Troy, VA, USA

problem #541

Feb 112009


  • 36,100 miles
The hid headlights on the 2007 Prius began to fail just after 36K miles on the car. The driver side light turned off, but cam back once the lights were turned off briefly. The light would also flicker on a regular basis. Now at 50K miles, the passenger side light does the same behavior. What makes this a hazard is the replacement cost of the bulbs. I was quoted $400 for a single bulb replacement. Clearly unreasonable, but then doing some research on the web indicates my deal was offering me a good deal. Thus far I have not replaced the bulbs, but will have to do so soon. In my mind Toyota has a significant design flaw in their hid headlights in the Prius, as these lamps should outlast the car... consumers everywhere report otherwise.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #540

Oct 212010


  • 55,000 miles
The passenger side hid headlight on our 2007 Toyota Prius goes on and off while driving. Toyota has sent us a letter advising us that they are aware of the problem and are willing to repair the problem by offering us the bulb at half price, approximately $150. However, after doing some research I have read that the bulb may not be the problem and repairs could total $2000. Since the problem occurs without warning I am concerned that at some point the other headlight could fail and cause total loss of vision at night resulting in an accident.

- Budd Lake, NJ, USA

problem #539

Sep 152010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Hid head lamps go out at random times on my 2007 Toyota Prius. Car has 67000 miles on it. Dealer says bulbs are about to fail and need replaced. Cost is over $500. The lights will work fine for several days or weeks then will just stop working. I have been on a dark road and both lights went out. You have to turn the lights on and off to get them to work again. This seems odd that the bulbs will work for a period of time then stop working. One or both will stop working - no consistency.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #538

Oct 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Right passenger headlight fails to come on consistently. It starts and stops. Sometimes it comes on, and then without warning, it will flicker off. Turning the lights on and off will occasionally remedy the situation, but only temporarily. Have done research and this seems to be a very big problem with Toyota Prius models around year 2007.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #537

May 152008


  • miles
Passenger headlamp, turns off and have to turn lights off and on to get it to come back on. This happens constantly. The driver one did the same thing was replaced because of warranty but now my warranty has expired. Obviously this is a defect but they want $300. To replace bulb. Ridiculous price sound be covered because they said first one was a faulty bulb and now the same problem with the other one. I have vehicles 10 yrs old and not changed any of the headlamps. Clearly this is not normal.

- Ossian, IN, USA

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