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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 4 of 45)

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problem #836

Mar 222015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Passenger side hid head light will intermittently go out. But, the light will work properly again if it's turned off/on again.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #835

Dec 062013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Starting in 2014 our Prius headlights usually one side or the other side would sporadically go off. And most dangerous they both go off. This is especially dangerous when driving at night at high speeds. I've had both lights checked on and they are working no bulb issue. My mechanic said this is an issue with this year and model car.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #834

Sep 102014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The headlights have started working intermittently. First one at a time and now both. If they go out, turning the switch off and then on again will make them come back on. The repair cost for the headlights to be replaced is $350 + it is extremely dangerous to have headlights that do not work reliably. The fact that the repair cost is so extreme will lead to many of these cars to not be fixed. Toyota should take responsibility for the defective lights and issue a recall.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #833

Apr 062014


  • miles


For the last year or so, I've had trouble with the headlights on my Prius. I first noticed it last spring - I was driving back home along the highway and suddenly noticed my headlights were out. I flipped them off and then tried to turn them back on again and they came back on. Over the next several months it happened again - but it was hard to notice because I did not do much driving at night and when I did, it was in well-lit areas. When I moved for a new job, I noticed this happening more frequently - though I suspect I'm just more aware of the problem because I'm doing more nighttime driving and in more rural areas. The disturbing part is that now both headlights will go out - particularly after making a left-hand turn. Again, by flipping off the lights and then turning them back on, the lights will then work. But on a least a few occasions, they will go out again within a few minutes. Now, I'm noticing that one headlight will often go out - though not the same side. I've had mechanics look at it who are unable to do anything other than replace the bulb; but they don't believe that the bulb is the issue. My preliminary research online has shown me that my model Prius has a history of headlight issues that sound identical to mine. Any assistance would be appreciated - I am a teacher in a rural area with limited funds who cannot avoid driving at night.

- Roosevelt, UT, USA

problem #832

Nov 072014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Headlights go out intermittently, random malfunction. Will come back on if you turn the headlights off and back on. They work normally some of the time and then will shut off as you are driving.

- Chico, CA, USA

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problem #831

Jan 152015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
My 2007 Prius has the hid (high intensity) headlights. Sometimes both headlights go out at the same time and sometimes just the passenger side headlight goes out. I originally thought that the problem was the bulbs so I replaced both bulbs just a few weeks ago with new bulbs, but the problem is still occurring. Sometimes when I turn the light switch off and then on again the headlights come on again. It seems to be a random occurrence but it is happening more and more frequently. This is a very dangerous situation especially when driving at night.

- Monsey, NY, USA

problem #830

Jan 202015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 144,000 miles


My headlights randomly quit working, sometimes the left, sometimes the right, sometimes both. I can restart the headlights by turning the switch off and back on. This has been going on for 3 or 4 years. The dealer can't reproduce the problem (they always work there), and there is no suggested fix.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #829

Jan 142011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
While driving the left headlight went out I turned off the lights and back on, the headlight came back on. Since this first incident the right headlight done the same while driving. Both headlights have turned off at the same time while driving. It seems like this is a wide spread issue with this year of Prius. The dealership will currently only replace the bulbs at a cost to me of $1250. The bulbs don't seem to be the problem, considering they work most of the time. If you can turn the lights off and back on again and the light(s) return to working state, its seems to be an electrical controller board problem.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #828

Jan 172015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 193,000 miles
On my way home from work, my drivers side headlight went completely out. The area I work in is extremely foggy and adequate head and fog lights are required. Driving without my headlights is extremely dangerous. Toyota needs to take responsibility and replace the faulty electronics in the headlights of the second generation Prius.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #827

Jan 052015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 72,333 miles
The hid headlights intermittently flicker on and off, sometimes staying off for the majority of a drive. At times, both fail. I see there was a successful Toyota Prius hid headlight class action settlement that covers owners of Prius made 2006-2009 with an extended warranty. But I just purchased this vehicle a month ago and was not informed by the dealership of the problem and am beyond the 50,000 miles or 5 year period of the extended warranty. Is there any way I can still have Toyota fix this in my vehicle?

- Cold Spring, NY, USA

problem #826

Jan 112015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 193,000 miles


I just purchased this car less than a month ago used from a Toyota dealership. While entering a freeway onramp, my drivers side headlight went out completely. I had to pull over and turn the lights off and back on then the light functioned properly for the rest of my drive.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #825

Oct 012014


  • 80,000 miles
The high intensity headlights (hid) bulbs (right and left) are keep going out. I replaced 4 times and keeps happening. I researched online and found out that this is a common issue on Toyota Prius model 2004-2007. Many people have shared about this specific problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #824

Dec 312012


  • miles
My headlights keep going out. Both headlights will go out at once. I've replaced the bulbs which did not change anything. I also contacted Toyota multiple times, all incidents ending up in them telling me they would do nothing about the issue, it's not a recall and will not be a recall and it's my responsibility to take care of. Even after I pointed out the multiple articles I read of Toyota reimbursing and extending the warranties for this issue. Along with the class action lawsuit. I've long extended the warranty because I bought the car used. It had over 30,000 miles on it when I bought it. The Toyota dealership is even less of a help! going down a dark highway at 65 mph and both headlights going out is insane. Not to mention being pulled over multiple times for the headlight(s) being out. This is one of the worst safety hazards a car can have and should recalled and every Prius owner should have this issue taken care of!

- Freemansburg, PA, USA

problem #823

Jul 312014


  • miles
2007 tooyota Prius. Occasionally at night, the headlights go out without warning. The incident happened three times.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #822

Jul 262014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My family was almost killed when both headlights went out at the same time on a dark mountain road. This should be a recalled item. People will die when both lights go out and they are not as lucky as we were. I paid over $600 to have both of these lights replaced. I am shocked that this item has not been issued as a recall item.

- Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA

problem #821

Feb 282013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The driver's side headlight has an issue where it will go out. Generally, it will stay out unless you turn off the lights and then turn them back on. Engaging high beams does not fix the issue. It occurs anywhere from 2-3 times in the course of a 15 minute period if I am on top of turning them off then back on right as it goes out. The bulb has been replaced before and it has not fixed the problem. This issue has been going on for longer than the stated date above, but the date above is the point at which I have owned the car. Several mechanics and even the dealers have been unable to diagnose the exact problem causing it. I still have no solution to my issue.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #820

Nov 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Headlight hid lights goes off without any reason. Problem has been found in various vehicles as per the online forums.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #819

Oct 202014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Hid headlamp on passenger side went out. Flashed repeatedly and is now functional again.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #818

Apr 132014


  • miles
Left headlight would spontaneously turn off while driving. Briefly fixed by turning off and on again.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #817

Sep 012012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The passenger side headlight will go out after a few minutes of driving. By turning both headlights 'off then on' this seems to cure the problem for a few minutes, however, inevitably the passenger headlight will turn off again on it's own. The dealer replacement cost for this is $400 which is excessive for a headlight. Replacing it myself requires removing the bumper and skid plate, which is ridiculously difficult just to replace a simple headlight. Regardless, I don't think the headlight is burning out because there are hundreds of people that have the same problem online. It seems like more of an electrical issue Toyota should deal with.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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