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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 39 of 45)

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problem #136

Jan 012008


  • 50,000 miles


Headlights on 2007 Prius go out unexpectedly. I have called Toyota and they will not acknowledge the issue.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #135

Jan 012009


  • 38,000 miles
The left (driver) side headlamp fails intermittently.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #134

Mar 222008


  • 30,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. The vehicle currently has 55K+ miles on it. Starting at approximately 30K+ miles the driver's side headlight started turning off at random times while driving. I first noticed this when pulling into my garage and seeing that only one headlight was shining on the garage wall. I made an appointment to have the bulb replaced, but the next time I operated the vehicle the headlight worked normally. I canceled my service appointment accordingly. Over the following 12 months, through to now, the driver's side headlight will occasionally turn off while driving. If I turn the headlights off and then back on, the driver's side headlight will start working again, although sometimes dimmer than normal. As the problem happens inconsistently and there is no particular event that I can do to cause the problem, I have been unable to recreate the failure for Toyota service.

- Raynham, MA, USA

problem #133

May 182009


  • 65,328 miles


My 2007 Toyota Prius headlights go off intermittently while driving. I have had two hid bulbs replaced under warranty for the same situation, so this is the third bulb to fail. If lights are turned off and turned on the bulb will come back to life.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #132

May 122009


  • 30,000 miles
Passenger side hid headlamp showing intermittent flicker/failure after only 2.5 years and 30K miles. Turning lights off and back on temporarily resolved the issue. Two confirmed occurrences, possibly more unknown.

- Albany, OR, USA

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problem #131

Apr 272009


  • miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights- the headlights intermittently go out. It can be very dangerous at night. It seems to be a common problem with these lights and cars.

- Mc Farland, WI, USA

problem #130

Mar 242009


  • 41,000 miles


Driver's side headlight goes out while driving. I have been pulled over by police and given 2 verbal warnings. When I notice the light is out I turn the lights off then on and the light will illuminate again. I am now noticing that the headlight will "turn off" anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour after turning on. My passenger headlight was replaced while still under warranty (6 months ago @ approx 33,000 miles). I now wonder if both headlight were going out without my knowledge? (I have fog lights and drive in the city). I am now at 42,000 miles. (I drive approx 2,000/ month). So within a 6 month period both lights have to be replaced. Unfortunately, I am now out of the standard warranty and I will have to pay $400+ out of pocket to repair.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #129

Oct 102008


  • 30,000 miles
Intermittent failure of hid headlight bulb. Lights at startup, but typically fails within 5 minutes. On and off again with no discernible pattern. More off than on as time goes on.

- Linthicum, MD, USA

problem #128

May 072009


  • 56,000 miles
Passenger side headlight goes off intermittently. If I notice the headlight is out I can turn my lights off then back on and the headlight that was out will come back on. I noticed it for the first time a couple of days ago.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #127

Apr 152009


  • 62,500 miles
Failure of Toyota Prius hid headlamps, problem is intermittant and leaves me "driving in the dark."

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #126

Apr 012009


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights dim soon after they are activated. After driving for a while, the driver's side light would dim. Currently, both passenger and driver's side headlights fail. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer in an attempt to get repaired by the manufacturer. The current mileage was 44,000 and failure mileage was 42,000.

- Old Hickory, TN, USA

problem #125

Apr 152009


  • 50,000 miles
On multiple occasions one or both of the headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius have gone out without warning. The lights come back on when I turn the light control completely off and then turn it back on. The lights will then work for awhile before turning off again. There is no alarm or notice the headlights have gone off. I reported the problem to Toyota (800-331-4331) two weeks ago. When and if they return my calls, it's typically right before the person calls goes home for the day. On multiple occasions, I have called and there have been "communications errors" on the Toyota end. They tell me someone will call within 24-72 hours and we start all over again. In my opinion, they are avoiding me.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #124

May 012009


  • 34,249 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius and the headlights intermittently turn off. I can turn the headlight switch off and back on and it usually corrects the problem. I took it to the Toyota dealership and they ordered new bulbs saying they were going out. The bulbs are hid bulbs and the dealership said hid bulbs go off intermittently just before they go out. This does not sound like it is reasonable. Also, I have researched this problem on many different sites and located hundreds of threads that describe the same problem. Most refer to the computer being the problem and having the bulbs replaced prior to the computer replaced does not correct the problem.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #123

Mar 152009


  • 36,600 miles
2007 Toyota Prius hid headlight failure - I've only had the car for less than 2 years and under 40,000 miles, and both headlight have been shutting off intermittently. My headlights were turning off at a number of points while driving on dark roads, which resulted in considerably unsafe driving condition; luckily no one was ever hurt. The cost of replacing the bulb is astronomical - my dealership quoted me $300 for replacing one bulb.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #122

Jun 012008


  • miles
The driver side headlight has been replaced three times on a car less than two years old, and it is still not working all of the time.

- Colleyville, TX, USA

problem #121

Apr 132008


  • 67,000 miles
No real events leading up to this failure, but all of a sudden the front passenger hid headlamp on my 2007 Prius (67,000 miles or so) has started flickering and now not functioning at all. I understand these failures are not supposed to occur, especially this soon, and the replacement cost is exorbitant.

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #120

Nov 012008


  • 48,500 miles
Left headlight is intermittently failing. Night driving safety is impaired by this. Currently, 1 bulb is intermittent, but if both fail... this is a huge problem. Happens most times the car is used, but not for sure. When it fails, I can usually fix it by turning the car off, and back on again. Local dealer swapped the left and right bulbs, now problem is on the right. This indicates that the bulb is the problem, not the 'ballast' / computer. Background: Hid headlamps require high voltage to start, and medium voltage to operate. A computer or ballast does this voltage control. Prius with hid have a huge number of failures in this area. Toyota is stonewalling, and won't fix unless you've been a loyal customer of some dealership. This is a safety issue, and, in my mind, should have nothing to do with loyalty, or change in residence, or anything. I bought the car used [ w/37K miles on it, in May 08 ], and an extended warranty [ Toyota 'extended care' ]. I've since moved to Canada, although I do drive this in the us.

- Incline Village, NV, USA

problem #119

Feb 142009


  • 45,000 miles
Headlight driver's side has same problem as passenger side headlight had (November 2008) which is it winks out on occasion. Headlight will turn back on when the headlight switch is turned off and back on again but will go out again. No rhyme or reason as to when it happens. Started to occur at 45,000 miles.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #118

Apr 122009


  • 30,000 miles
The passenger side headlight turns off intermittently at night. Comes on and goes off randomly, even when on a flat surface or sitting still. Recently I was driving on a dark, winding road and it went out presenting an extremely dangerous condition. According to the discussion boards, this is a very common indication and very expensive remediation item which will prevent many from fixing during out current economic crisis. I am very worried about my wife driving at night in this car don't want my children in it at night. This is a very serious issue in that the driver could hit something resulting in injury to the occupants, or another car could become confused by the headlight failure resulting in an incident. Again, the message boards are loaded with discussion on this item.

- Newtown Square, PA, USA

problem #117

Apr 092009


  • 42,000 miles
Headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius go out and then come back on when the engine is turned off and then back on. Several months ago this happened with the passenger side vehicle and a Toyota dealership repaired this at no cost. Now it is happening with the driver side headlight and a Toyota dealership will not fix this because the warranty is up. The warranty was up on the first headlight but issue was fixed at no charge. This is a safety issue and this is a common complaint.

- Montross, VA, USA

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