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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,734 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 36 of 45)

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problem #197

Aug 012009


  • 88,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius hid headlights randomly go black. As I'm driving either one or both of the headlights go black. The only way to fix this is to manually switch the lights off then turn them back on. I've taken this to my Toyota dealership (sloane Toyota) and they couldn't find any problems.

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #196

Jul 252009


  • 50,400 miles
1. unable to determine any event or cause of headlight failure 2. either one of both of the headlights will go out intermittently, sometimes frequently and sometimes not. It is not possible to tell during daylight driving when they go out. Both have gone out at the same time while driving at night. Turning the switch off and back on will cause the lights to come back on. Two Toyota dealers have told me that they aren't sure what the problem is, but they want me to pay to have both headlights replaced at around $500 before they will try anything that is covered under warranty.

- Madisonville, TX, USA

problem #195

Jul 302009


  • 40,970 miles
Driver's hid headlamp intermittently goes off without notice. Turning the headlight switch to the "off" position and the "on" sometimes solves the problem temporarily. Many other complaints from other owners describing the same failure.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #194

May 012009


  • 33,285 miles


Vehicle: Prius 2007. Mileage: 33,285 problem: Unpredictable intermittent and spontaneous turning off of left front headlight due to overheating of the transformer control located directly under the headlight. From the internet discussion groups re this problem I believe it is widespread, potentially a dangerous safety issue, and to my knowledge not recognized as such by Toyota. I feel this should be investigated.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #193

Jul 182009


  • 24,500 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius with 24,000 miles on the clock. My driver's side high intensity discharge headlamp has failed prematurely. My Toyota dealership has quoted me $193 for a replacement headlamp and over $350 to have them replace it. This is outrageous. I have also seen on various online bulletin boards that this is a consistent problem with Prius and that Toyota is not accepting responsibility for what is clearly a defect.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

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problem #192

Jul 152009


  • 33,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius - 33000 miles - driver side headlight keeps going out intermittently causing potentially dangerous night time driving conditions. If I turn the light switch on and off the light comes back on but goes off again a short time later.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #191

Jul 272009


  • 34,900 miles


While driving on interstate 405 in portland, or, the hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius suddenly turned off. Switching them off and then on again caused the lamps to work again temporarily, with the left and the right lights turning off at random. Fortunately, I was in a well lit area of the interstate and no harm resulted from this incident.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #190

Jun 122009


  • 37,000 miles
The head lights failed after a short period of driving at night. The incident recurs often and it impacts on our safety and the safety of other drivers.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #189

Jun 152009


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. The left headlamp repeatedly fails without warning. Recently, both headlamps blink and go out.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #188

Jul 232009


  • 28,050 miles
I have a 2007 package 5 Toyota Prius and the headlights keep going in and out. This happens randomly while I'm driving and alternates headlights. Usually if I switch the lights off and turn it back they both come on. This was brought to my attention by a friend who noticed I had one headlight out. Otherwise I'll randomly notice it in the reflection of the car in front of me. Last night both headlights went out while I was driving on the interstate. This is very dangerous and we as drivers may not even notice. It puts me as well as other drivers at risk. I looked online at forums and it looks like this is a common issue for the Prius' and it costs $2000+ to repair. I think that Toyota should have to issue a recall for this before someone gets seriously injured. They sold a faulty product and should be responsible for resolving the issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #187

Jul 212009


  • 60,000 miles


Hid headlight goes out intermittently.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #186

May 232009


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. Recently the drivers headlight will go out for a short time (10-20 min) then come back on. It will do this intermittently.

- Fraziers Bottom, WV, USA

problem #185

Jun 132009


  • 39,500 miles
Noticed the passenger headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius was out. I turned the lights off and back on and they came on. Now it frequently goes off, but will come back on when I turn them off and on. We priced a new bulb, which is in excess of $150. But now we are concerned that will be a waste of money. If we replace the bulb and the problem is something else like wiring, etc...then what"!"

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #184

Jul 212009


  • 59,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius. The last few weeks my headlights flicker and then turn off with no warning. Sometimes only 1 light goes out but usually they both do given the time. This is a huge safety hazard if you are on a curve road and then all of a sudden see nothing. Toyota dealer says my warranty gold plus 6 years 100K miles does not cover this.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #183

Jul 152009


  • 46,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius, purchased new, now 46K miles, hid headlamp failure, stopped by police, hard to troubleshoot, oem part too expensive, looking for affordable replacement, unsafe / illegal to drive with one headlamp.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #182

Jul 012009


  • 26,850 miles
On my 2007 Toyota Prius, I am having intermittent front headlight (hid) failure. I have less than 30K miles on the car and have noticed that the front driver's side hid works and then doesn't work, then comes back on. I have not gone into the dealership yet, but I have read hundreds of forum postings at that all have had the exact same problem with no resolution from Toyota. This is a safety hazard!!!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #181

Jul 192009


  • 53,500 miles
2007 Prius. ~43K miles noticed intermittent outages on passenger side head light. Mentioned this to dealer, who said he could change the bulb, but it could be the computer, and that was an expensive repair. A few months later, now at 53K miles, both headlights went out without warning. Could turn them off and on again, and they would work for about 90 seconds before one or both of them would fail again. Driving down the highway and being caught in pitch black for the few seconds necessary to turn my lights off then on again was not sustainable. I was 2 hours from home at 9:30 pm. Had to find alternative lodging, and continue trip in daylight.

- Hampton, CT, USA

problem #180

Jun 282009


  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius with 62,000 miles. At 45,000 miles I noticed the hid headlight would go out a short time after they were turned on. If the light were turned off and back on the headlight would stay on for a short time and then go out again. Toyota said I could try changing the bulbs. I had bulbs replaced at 60,000 miles with the appropriate hid bulbs. The headlight on the driver side still goes out a minute or two after tuning the lights on and will light up again if the lights are turned on and off; however, the headlight goes out after a minute or two. Through the internet I have learned that this has been a chronic problem that many other Toyota Prius owners have experienced.

- Titusville, PA, USA

problem #179

Jul 152009


  • 42,500 miles
The hid headlight in my 2007 Toyota Prius isn't working quite right! after a few minutes of running the headlights, the driver's side just turns off. If I turn the headlights off and back on again, it works just fine. I've read that this is a documented problem so I wanted to have my problem put on record.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #178

Mar 152009


  • 34,000 miles
2007 Prius hid lamp failure. Driver side (left). Initially turns on and then immediately dims to no light.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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