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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,946 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 33 of 46)

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problem #261

Apr 012009


  • 55,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius hid headlights will go out intermittently. Started roughly 6 months ago. Went to dealer several times. Lights would work when they turned them on and said there wasn't a problem. A night when you are driving they will just go off. Turning switch off and back on then the lights will work for a while. Now our dealership is closed. Closest dealer is over an hour away. That dealer states that they have never heard of this problem. They quoted me a cost of $90 per hour to diagnose the problem which the said could take most of a day. If I want them to replace the bulbs it would be almost $1000 with no guarantee that is the problem. I have seen many complaints on the internet about this.

- East Gull Lake, MN, USA

problem #260

Aug 102009


  • 35,500 miles
Driving at night and my passenger side headlight works intermittently. Works for 10 minutes and then fails. Hid type headlight on 2007 Toyota Prius.. only problem on passenger side headlight.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #259

Sep 202009


  • 120,000 miles
The headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius go out randomly. I have spent over $1500 to have the problem fixed and now less than a year later the problem is occurring again on a daily basis. I have been ticketed by local police and placed in danger of crashing on several occasions when they both decide to go out.

- Murray, KY, USA

problem #258

Aug 012009


  • 44,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius--front right headlight keeps going off. Will come back on when I switch off the headlights altogether. Bulb seems ok because it works most of the time both hi and lo beam. I contacted my Toyota dealer and will have to pay $280 to replace one bulb! I have purchased a pair of specified bulbs for $59 from autozone, but have not been successful following the steps in the manual to remove the old bulb. Car has 45,000 miles.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #257

Aug 112009


  • 40,000 miles
Hid headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius, go out. 1st happened fall, 2008, both bulbs replaced by dealer, under warranty (@appr. 30,000 mi), Jan. 2009. New bulbs only lasted 10,000 miles, 8 months, and needed to be replaced again (warranty). Dealer says new, replacement bulbs, have a 1 year warranty. One bulb had been out, but came back on, other was very dim. Dealer only wanted to replace the dim bulb, but after I had a very heated "discussion" they agreed to replace both of them. This is very definitely a safety issue, and should be treated as such by the ODI!!!!!!!! I have previously filed a complaint with ODI:confirmation #10255785, for the previous (same) problem.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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problem #256

Sep 202009


  • 60,000 miles
Left headlight failure 2007 Prius. We are not getting satisfaction from Toyota. The dealer tells us it will cost $220 dollars per light. He said it used to be $350 per light. Our headlight went out on a wet and gloomy night trip from new ulm mn to minneapolis.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #255

Sep 202009


  • 35,000 miles


I was driving down the road at night in my 2007 Toyota Prius and both headlights went out. Every time I drive at night one of the lights will go out. This is a routine thing with the car. I took the car to the dealer and they said they know about the problem but it is not a safety issue. Toyota said it would cost me over $800.

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #254

Jul 152009


  • 38,000 miles
Both 07 Prius headlights intermittently go off. Took to dealer and was diagnosed as headlight bulbs were going out. For lifetime bulbs to last just 2 years isn't near a lifetime bulb. Dealer states the cost per bulb was $175. This issue has been happening the last 2 months.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #253

Aug 292009


  • 63,000 miles
Head light on /off problem with 2007 Prius 63000 miles. Intermittently goes off.... turn switch on/off /off and light works again. Not related to bumps, just happens. Safety issue...loose half of night vision.

- Rushville, NY, USA

problem #252

Sep 182009


  • 98,000 miles
I have had both hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius replace with the computers for a total cost of $600. I already have the second bulb in the passenger going bad and they want another $300 for bulb and labor. This is a car that isn't even three years old yet.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #251

Sep 172009


  • 31,000 miles


31,000 miles on 2007 Toyota Prius. Headlamps would come on and off. It alternated between lamps. Bulbs were both replaced.

- York, PA, USA

problem #250

Sep 152009


  • 45,000 miles
Headlamps 2007 Prius began to "wink" intermittently. I reported it to service department nothing was done. (date ?? 2008) a policeman on military base cautioned me that a headlamp was out. I reported it to service. They said they saw nothing wrong with the lamps. Third time service (June 2009) I was charged for replacement of a running light bulb. Following that encounter, I experience a total loss of head lamp illumination in interstate 65 traffic in the dark (July 27, 09). I quickly slowed and flicked the light switch on and off and light was restored. The lights continued to "wink" and again on 9-14-09 lost total headlamp illumination in traffic on ky natcher parkway, again flicking the switch restored lights. Took it to service 9-15-09 they asked for $440 to replace both lamps saying it "might" fix it and if not, I would need to spend an additional $335 for a switch box or computer component but they could not assure me that these expensive measures would actually correct the problem. I declined and reported the incident to a service department online questionnaire. I was contacted via E-mail by Toyota service representative and was told and I quote "we have replaced a few of these bulbs with success 85-90% of the time. On occasion we have replaced a control unit for headlights". when the problem was first observed and reported the car was under warranty. Warranty has since expired, my assertion is that the condition then and now are related and should be fixed as if warranty was in force. That was not acceptable to Toyota service and the issue lies unresolved.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #249

Sep 062009


  • 465,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Prius driver-side headlamp randomly turns itself off only to miraculously heal itself after being turned off. Well, some times this works but it is all quite random. Has made for dangerous driving conditions at dark and during rain.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #248

Aug 312009


  • 41,000 miles
Intermittent failure of high or low beam, left or right headlight on Toyota Prius 2007 model. I have been unable, at times, to get the lights to re-start. I've been stuck with highway driving with no lights at night! sooner or later, this will kill someone. There are thousands of similar complaints on the net; this needs a safety recall!

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #247

Sep 012008


  • 40,987 miles
My one headlamp on my 2007 Prius is malfunctioning- not operating properly. It will "dim" or go out altogether and this happens without notice. I got into a small accident the other day as I could not see the right side of the road and called the dealer. Dealer says many Prius owners are experiencing the exact same thing, but no recall- the cost is in excess of $1,200 with parts and labor. All of the Prius on-line forums describe the exact same problems- this is obviously a danger to anyone with a Prius and virtually everyone is experiencing the same issue.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #246

May 012009


  • 40,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius. There are only 48,000 miles on my car, however a few thousand miles ago my passenger headlight began turning off intermittently. If I turn off and on my lights the problem is temporarily solved. However, the headlight eventually turns off by itself again. This is a huge safety issue, and I fear driving at night now. This problem absolutely should not happen. Any google search for "Prius headlight issues" will pop up thousands of results. This issue is widespread, and there must be a recall.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #245

Sep 112009


  • 41,568 miles
Driving home and notice one of my headlights out. It is a 2007 Toyota Prius touring edition with hid headlamps. My car has only 40,000 miles and notice that other Prius owners have problems with hid headlamps. My headlamp problem is intermittent and now I have a feeling that there will be a safety issue driving at night.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #244

Sep 092009


  • 35,000 miles
Headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius periodically go out. Sometimes one, sometimes both. If I turn the switch off and back on again, they come back on.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #243

Sep 112009


  • 50,000 miles
The hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius turn off unexpectedly. Sometimes it is one light sometimes both.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #242

Aug 112009


  • 36,000 miles
We were written a work order ticket by a police officer for having one head light not working. We had checked our headlights when we started out, because a month or so back we had noticed that the light was not working for a while but then was working again so we thought maybe it was just some water in the electrical system. The lights we're always on when we started. When we started out (the evening we got the work order ticket) the lights were on but 5 miles away we got pulled over and we were shocked because we knew that we had not violated any traffic laws. While the officer was writing us a ticket the lights came back on but we still got the ticket. It is difficult to tell when the drivers side light is on or off but it is very dangerous as the officer explained because the drivers side head light is the only one that protects you from on coming traffic. The best we could do on our ride home was to reset our lights about every 3 minutes by turning them off and back on again. The problem started gradually at 36,000 miles and we had driven four thousand miles before we knew for sure that we had a head light problem and not a sporadic electrical system problem. We are glad that during that time opposing traffic did not get drawn off by our single passenger side headlight that we were unaware of.

- Clarksville , MD, USA

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