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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 7 of 45)

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problem #776

Apr 012009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Hid headlight will go out while driving and this has happened 4 times with the most recent 2 days ago. All of the times this has happened, the bulb and computer are replaced at a cost of $700+. very expensive on going problem.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #775

Oct 072011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My lheadlights flicker, and go out all the time...I have 2 teen daughters that are of driving age and they cannot drive at night due to the lighting issue...I have been on the freeway going upwards of 75 mile per hour on highway and both headlights have went completely out...I assumed Toyota was a good brand it is soo dangerous to drive my car at night!!

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #774

Aug 152012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Almost every time I use the headlights, one or both will extinguish at some point. If I turn them off and back on, they will come back on as if nothing had happened. The occurrence is random, but happens most of the time I use them. Sometimes I can see when one goes out, but frequently, I don't know until I either get on a very dark road or am stopped behind another vehicle and see the reflection in their car. I think this is dangerous on at least two levels - they will go out when I really need them or oncoming traffic won't see me properly.

- Moorestown, NJ, USA

problem #773

Dec 192012


  • 100,000 miles


In the beginning we would be driving down the road the left headlight would go out then the right side starting going out. If we turned them off and right back on the would come on and sometimes stay on and sometimes not. Then occasionally the Y will both go out at the same time leaving totally in the dark. We replaced the bulbs and that helped for a while but they started again. I then replaced the ballasts. That did no good. This is not only annoying but a big safety hazard.

- Mcgehee, AR, USA

problem #772

Mar 162011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 86,342 miles
The right headlight goes out intermittently. You then have to switch the light switch off and then on again and it comes back on. A particular problem because our left light went out and then we had to depend on the right headlight only until the left one could be fixed. We had no headlights several times during this time. The right headlight just goes off whenever and you have to click it back on. Very scary and dangerous at night. I've talked to dozens of other Prius owners and they have had the same problem. It seems to be a manufacturing defect and should be recalled for the fix.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

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problem #771

Nov 162013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Headlight randomly goes out. If lights are turned off then on, it comes back on. Light goes out approximately every 5-10 minutes while driving. I've read other reports on this issue and believe Toyota needs to develop a fix for this problem.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #770

Oct 242013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles


While driving vehicle at night, noticed that passenger side head lamp turned off. Vehicle was stopped on the curb and tried to turn the headlight switch on off again, but could not turn on one head light. I was afraid to drive the vehicle with one lamp, since local township police can give me a violation ticket. The high beam works but not the low beam. Toyota needs to fix this issue via product recall.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #769

Nov 232012


  • 55,000 miles
Left headlight comes on for a few minutes then goes to. I have replaced the bulb and ballast and light still not functioning properly. I bought extended warranty with car but w/ 100 dollar deductible but they say headlight isn't covered.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #768

Jan 042011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Headlamps will go out while driving. They will work and then suddenly they are off. You can usually turn the lights off and back on and they will work again. Has done this over the time we have owned the car.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #767

Oct 202013


  • miles
Left front headlight. It goes out after 5 minutes of driving. I replaced the bulb and it still goes out. The cost of bulbs are very expensive and Toyota should be made to replace this item and have all 2007 Prius recalled. One accident could cause a major catastrophe on the roads because lights turning off in the middle of a drive is unnerving and dangerous.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #766

Sep 092011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


While driving to work one headlight went out and stayed out until I stopped the car turned off the lights and then turned them back on. This went on for a week and we took the car into Toyota dealership where the replaced the bulbs at no charge cause we were under warranty. However, this problem has continued to happen over the last 80000 miles. Now we are seeing both headlights go out at the same time and or one or the other. We are tired of purchasing new headlights over and over again..

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #765

Oct 302013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 209,000 miles
I love my Prius but my headlight situation is terrible. I drive 56 mile one way to work. I leave at 5:00 so I do a good bit of night driving. My headlights go out averaging 10 times per trip. All I have to do is turn them off and then back on. But when you are going 70mph it makes you nervous. Worse is on country roads with no streetlights, when they both go off simultaneously it scares the dodo out of me and the wife. Usually one goes out at a time but occasionally both at once. Toyota replaced both bulbs twice and the computer board that controls each light independently once, while it was under warranty. But the older the car gets the more this happens.

- Jessup, MD, USA

problem #764

Sep 282012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
During cold weather I lose all odometer speedometer backup light gas gauge. Back up lights have caused a lot of close call when I'm backing up one time I got close to hitting a pedestrian because they did not know I was baking up I have ran out of fuel on the freeway and I never know how fast I'm going. This problem is well documented and Toyota knows a bout the problem but will not issue a recall.

- North Hollywood , CA, USA

problem #763

Jun 032013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
While driving home late at night, the hid headlights started failing. First, the driver's side went off, then the passenger side went off. After driving to the shoulder in the dark, I turned off the lights and switched them back on. I was able to make it home with the passenger side light working for the rest of the way. Driver's side failed again after 10 minutes. I ordered replacement bulbs online and replaced both lightbulbs. Passenger side seems to work fine. Driver's side however turns itself of anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour. I am told by Toyota dealer that the ballast may be defective. Ballast replacement is about $250 parts and $100 labor. My headlights were already changed under "warranty" at around 35,000 miles for the same problem. Going by the countless complaints about the Prius hid headlights on the internet, why is there no recall" Toyota is clearly creating a security risk that may cost lives. Is the NHTSA going to wait until someone actually gets killed because of failing headlights before mandating a recall for Toyota"

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #762

Sep 262013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
I bought this car new. In 6 years, 88K miles with regular routine maintenance, I am on right headlamp number three. It turns off of it's own Accord, with no warning light or dimming. It just goes completely dark. At first, you could turn the lights off and back on and it would work again for a little while, but that ultimately failed. Because these are monodirectional hdl lamps, they retail around $125 --- to replace one at the dealer has been estimated at around $550. I replaced the first one myself, and had the second one replaced at a local garage. Now on the third bulb which is failing. It is a safety hazard, not to mention it makes my vehicle illegal and unsafe to drive at night. I never know when it's going to go out; I have been pulled over but not cited by local police for having the light out. I know that this is a common issue for Prius vehicles in '05 through '07 - the dealer acknowledged as much. However, because I am out of the warranty period, the onus to pay for this defect falls to me. Ironically I purchased the car to save money and gas and now am having to shell out $500 every 18 months or so because of this continually failing right head lamp. I have read it may be a housing in the lamp assembly; that was estimated to cost around $2000 to replace. Seriously. Toyota does nothing - no recall, no warning, nothing. It's wrong and it's negligent not to address this.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #761

Sep 022013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
My headlight on drivers side keeps going out. I turn the lights off then on again but now the light is almost burned out. I was told I need about 350 for the whole assembly. That's to much! no normal person has that just laying around and I've been pulled over for it twice now. If I would of know the maintenance on this car was so expensive I wouldn't of bought it!

- Raymond, WA, USA

problem #760

Sep 042013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 80,150 miles
Driver side headlamp went out and passenger side headlamp flickered. This made it very difficult to see. After turning the lights off and on again the lights came back on...but continued to act up. I sent an email to Toyota below is the email thread of their response. I am shocked by the response!! they told me the hid headlamps are designed to turn off to prevent overheating! see below. From: "ask Toyota" to:[xxx] sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:09:08 pm subject: Headlamp/ballast problem [incident: 130913-000071] thank you for contacting Toyota motor sales, U.S.a., Inc. We apologize for the issues you are experiencing with the hid headlights on your 2007 Prius. By design, hid bulbs will turn off if the bulb is starting to overheat in order to protect the electronic control unit. There are times by simply turning off the headlights and then back on; the hid bulbs will turn back on. We are not aware of any part updates regarding the hid headlight system for the Prius. We can't guarantee that a design change would be made, but your honest feedback may help us to evaluate different alternatives. Your email has been documented at our national headquarters under file #1309140862. If we can be of further assistance, please utilize the following link to find a variety of avenues to contact our offices, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Proctor, VT, USA

problem #759

Sep 092013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Passenger headlight would go out intermittently. Driver's side headlight would go out intermittently. Driver's side headlight went out permanently. Took car to dealer where driver's side headlight was replaced. Three days later passenger side headlight went out. Bought an hid headlight from amazon at one third the price and replaced passenger side headlight. One week late driver's side headlight went out permanently thirty days after being replaced by the dealer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #758

Mar 152013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while stopping the vehicle, the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Oneonta, AL, USA

problem #757

Nov 132012


  • 68,000 miles
The rh (passenger) headlight turned off. This was not a burnt out bulb, because after turning the headlights off for a few seconds and turning them back on the headlight would come back on. After driving a little while it would happen again. This happened many times until the hid bulb was replaced, but then after having a new bulb for about a month the problem came back, but this time turning the headlights off then back on would not turn the rh headlight back on. The rh (passenger) headlight will not turn on at all now.

- Glen Carbon, IL, USA

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