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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,011 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 26 of 46)

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problem #405

Feb 032010


  • 49,519 miles


There are intermittent problems with both headlights and both tail lights on my 2007 Toyota Prius. Bulbs have been replaced but the problem persists. My Prius includes the hid headlamp package. Headlights will appear to work when turned on initially, then one or both will fail while driving or stopped. Failure can be temporarily resolved by turning the lights off and back on. Time to failure is not consistent; failure may occur within 60 seconds or may not happen at all during an hour long drive. The tail lights appear to work randomly. I noticed the driver side tail light was not working, but later found it working and passenger side tail light was not working instead. This problem has resulted in one police traffic stop.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #404

Feb 042010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 23,320 miles
I was driving my 2007 Toyota Prius when the left headlight suddenly went off. I had to stop the car because I could not see well. I turned off the headlights and turned them back on. Subsequently, the left headlight was working fine again. This incident has happened several times before and involved the right headlight. I took the car to a Toyota dealer and the right headlight was replaced. Now, the same incident is happening with the left headlight.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #403

Mar 102009


  • 37,000 miles
Passenger side headlight goes in and out randomly. The dealer is saying that it's a computer problem and it would cost more than $1000 to replace it. I had my car for less than 2 years before it started happening but it's over 36,000 miles.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #402

Jan 092010


  • 55,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius headlight failures headlights turn on and off at will they say it is a bulb problem but it keeps recurring you can be driving down the road and lights go completely out.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

problem #401

Jun 072009


  • miles
Prius 07. The headlights go off. Depends on how bumpy the road is. You have to turn the lights off and then back on for them to come on again, only to go right out. It happens all the time. I was told it would cost around $400 a light bulb, and as long as it was not dangerous, they were not planning on doing a recall.

- Johnsburg, IL, USA

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problem #400

May 202009


  • 27,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. It has the hid headlamps. They have been failing intermittently since last year. When I have taken the car to the dealer they are working. I know many others are having this problem. My car only has 28,000 miles on it and the headlights should not be wearing out yet.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #399

Jan 252010


  • 50,000 miles


Both headlights in my 2007 Toyota Prius go out while driving, sometimes intermittently. While cycling the hid bulbs on and off will power them back on, the problem is now worsening. These are very expensive bulbs and other car manufacturers do not have this problem. The Toyota response is not acceptable and it's become apparent there is a pattern of denial and obfuscation from this manufacturer. Their handling of the sudden acceleration and floor mats issues tells us they will not act in a responsible and fair business manner until forced to. Please force them to rectify this dangerous flaw and to act responsibly to their customers.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #398

Jan 072010


  • 47,000 miles
High intensity head lamps will go out on my 2007 Toyota Prius. Very unsafe, especially if I am on an unfamiliar road after dark. Toyota claims that there is not a problem, but they also say that they do not know why they go out. They also have promised to pay for new bulbs if I have them installed by their tech, which I understand, but they charged $150 to install and I have not rec'd a refund check for the bulbs. This a definite safety issue if they can't figure out how to fix them so it does not re-occur. The car had less than 50,000 miles on it when it started to happen.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #397

Jan 052010


  • 70,500 miles
Driver side hid headlight goes out intermittently while driving and while the switch is turned on. Can relight by turning off lights and turning them back on; passenger side light remains lit when the drivers side goes out.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #396

Feb 012010


  • 80,000 miles
Hid headlights, intermittent failure. Both sides. 3 times last week.

- Aromas, CA, USA

problem #395

Dec 102009


  • miles


Headlights on 2007 Prius continue to go out during driving. I have been on the highway and had both lights go out without knowing it. I feel very unsafe in this car. Toyota quotes over $150 for parts to replace each lightbulb. Which, I am told, may not correct the problem, it may be in the controller.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #394

Jan 282010


  • 32,556 miles
At any time while driving one headlight goes out. Both lights must be turned off and back on then light comes on. Sometimes it goes right out again. Car has the optional hid headlight system.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #393

Jan 292010


  • 20,988 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius with only 20,000 miles. The headlight works randomly. It appears to be a widespread problem with other Prius.

- Jefferson, LA, USA

problem #392

Dec 122009


  • 6,850 miles
Hid headlight goes on and off. Once it goes off, it could be turned back on by flicking the switch off and back on again. Sometimes it doesn't come on at all or suddenly goes off while the vehicle is in motion. Tw*

- Emeryville, CA, USA

problem #391

May 192009


  • 33,705 miles
One or both headlights spontaneously turn off. It happens at least once per night and sometimes many times. Often I can pull over and turn them on and off until the problem corrects. At first Toyota said there was nothing wrong. Then the passenger side went out completely and the driver's side was still intermittant. Toyota then replaced the passenger side headlight and the dealer told me the Toyota warranty manager wouldn't let them replace both. Later the second headlight went out completely and Toyota refused to fix it because my car had passed the 36,000 mile mark. Tw*

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #390

May 012008


  • 32,000 miles
Before the 36K miles the driver side hid went out then it would come back up, I mentioned it to the dealer they replaced it. I also mentioned that their is a class action relating to the Prius hids. At 40K the passenger side hid starting acting up also the dealer refused to replace it even though I had extended warranty. This is an ongoing issue with all Prius' and it should be recalled. It can cause a major accident. Tw*

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

problem #389

Jan 102010


  • 30,000 miles
Within 15000 miles, the passenger side hid headlamp began flickering and would randomly go off. This was replaced by the dealer free of charge. At about 30,000 miles, the drivers side hid headlamp began randomly shutting off. This has become more frequent and is becoming a safety hazard.

- Arlington, WA, USA

problem #388

Jan 202010


  • 59,000 miles
My driver side hid headlight has been intermittently going out for several months, becoming much more frequent now. The light suddenly goes off and then if I quickly switch the lights off and on it works but lately has been going out again after a few seconds. I have not yet replaced the bulb, as Toyota is charging $150 for a single bulb.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #387

Dec 122009


  • 50,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius 50,000 miles when noticed the problem. 55,000 now. Probably has been going on longer than that. At first one or the other headlight would go off, usually within a few minutes of starting to drive. Noticed in the reflection on cars ahead that one light was off. Discovered that turning the headlights off and then back on usually fixes the problem at least until I get to work. Luckily it's well lit most of the way. Now I have had both lights go off at the same time. If it wasn't for the fog lights, I would have been in trouble. Got the notice from Toyota that they are reimbursing customers who have already replaced them for any cost over $150 per lamp. They were charging people $300 per lamp and some dealers were replacing the computer that controls them also. They will reimburse customers for that unnecessary expense too. I am trying to convince Toyota that since it was the bulbs that were the problem, they should reimburse customers for the total cost of replacing the lamps. My platinum protection does no good for lamps. My Toyota dealer says the cost to replace both lamps now is abbot $450 including labor.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #386

Jan 102010


  • 69,000 miles
The passenger side hid headlamp has begun to go off unexpectedly. It will come back on if the lights are turned off for a few seconds and then turned back on. 2007 Toyota Prius, 69,000 miles. It has failed 3 times in 9 days. Not repaired yet, still have the headlamp.

- Carmi, IL, USA

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