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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 8 of 46)

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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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problem #756

May 262007


  • 0 miles
Toyota sold me a brand new Prius with a headlamp not working. After I signed all the purchase papers, they pointed out that the right headlamp was not working and told me that it was alright to drive home and return the next days for repair. After four or five trips to the Toyota service department, they replaced the defective control unit. At a later date when the car had about 50,000 miles, I was driving on a freeway from los angeles to menifee, ca, at night in the hov lane. I seemed to have difficulty seeing the road and thought something was wrong with my eyes. So I switched lanes to the slow lane where, with less glare from the oncoming cars, I realized that both headlamps were not working. This was a dangerous situation on the high speed crowded freeway, so I pulled off the road at the next exit. Toyota replaced the headlamps, and I was compensated for the cost of repair upon the outcome of a class action lawsuit. Recently I noticed that the headlamps were failing again at around 115,000 miles. Immediately I had Toyota repair both headlamps, as I didn't want to experience the hazard of both headlamps failing again. From my personal experiences, there is a dangerous design flaw in the Prius that must be addressed especially before both headlamps fail again. I am concerned the next time the headlamps fail I will have no advanced symptoms and both might fail again simultaneously while IżżM on the road at night.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #755

Oct 252012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


I purchased my 07 Prius from a dealership in September of 2012. There was only 1 previous owner & at that time my car's mileage was around 55K. I commute 1 hr and 20 minutes to work (one way) & my first incident occurred after dropping my son off at daycare early in the morning, almost a month after purchasing my car. I noticed my right headlight was out. When I got into my car, I turned the headlights off and back on. Both my headlights came back on so I didn't think twice about it. Afterwards, almost every month I noticed my right headlight turned off, which started to concern me, but after getting quotes on how much the repairs would be I knew it would take some time for me to budget the costs into my monthly expenses. After another month or so, I found myself driving on highway 55 westbound (cary, nc) at around 9pm at night & both of my headlights suddenly shut off. Highway 55 does not have much lighting in the first place & I am very lucky that my 2 year old son was not with me. I panicked but quickly turned my headlights off & on again. Fortunately, they turned back on. Now almost every month, & aside from one of my headlights failing nearly every 2 days, both of my headlights randomly shut off. In fact, my headlights shut off again this morning at around 5:45am during my commute to work on highway 55. I did some research but found Toyota has only agreed to pay for repairs for '04-'09 models (with the same hid headlight issue) through the earlier of 5 years warranty and 50,000 miles or reimburse drivers who have already paid to have the problem corrected. I've already contacted Toyota at 1800-331-4331 and filed a complaint but I was told that my car (at 102K miles) was now ineligible for this program. This issue should be an official recall to avoid any severe accidents it can cause for owners who cannot afford upfront repairs.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #754

Jul 252013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Passenger-side high intensity headlight started intermittently failing. The light goes out randomly and unexpectedly. Turning both headlights off and back on again temporarily fixes the issue.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #753

May 042013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
My passenger headlight went out after replacing it 6 months prior. I am aware now that other Prius owners have similar issues with headlights.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #752

Jul 152013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver side headlight, keeps going out.switch off the lights then back on it works for a little while, but stills go out.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #751

Jan 152013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights became inoperable intermittently. The contact stated that after turning the headlight switch off and back on, the headlights functioned normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the headlights would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #750

Jul 092013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 137,186 miles
Right headlight flickers when starting car, then goes out intermittently. Known issue with 2005-2007 Prius.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #749

Jun 282013


  • 79,000 miles
I have previously filed a complaint regarding this vehicle # 10520690. Now this vehicle can no longer be driven at night as both headlights go out while driving. This is extremely unsafe and scary. If this were the only vehicle I had to drive I would have a real problem because I can not trust to drive it after sunset. Toyota needs to fix this problem!

- Peoria , AZ, USA

problem #748

Jan 162013


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, both head lights failed. The contact was able to turn the lights back on once activated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #747

Feb 052013


  • 70,000 miles
The drivers side headlight goes out for no apparent reason. The headlight will come back on if you shut off the lights and turn them back on. This is dangerous and a known problem by the manufacturer and nothing is being done to fix it.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #746

Feb 102013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 62,461 miles
Both headlights went out without warning. This has recurred numerous times since then, also with taillights. I've been pulled over 4 times by police for lights out. Next day, they're fine, or a different light is out.very dangerous and scary, as we live in a rural area with windy roads and no street lights.

- Greenwich, NY, USA

problem #745

May 212013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 101,614 miles
Both front head lamps shutoff at the same time while moving at about 25 mph. Turning off the head lamp switch and turning the switch back on restored the lights.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #744

Aug 152012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The head lights turn off, while driving, when turned off, and on again it comes back on. Toyota will not replace the lights because we are over 50000 miles. This is an ongoing problem with the Prius high intensity head lights, and the whole component should be replaced with a better version. They want to charge us 450 dollars for replacing the light bulb, which according to research will stop working again, after a period of time. Please have Toyota recall this light system and replace it with a better system. Its a great hazard when your lights go off while you are driving at night. Thank you for your consideration.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #743

Apr 082013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Driver side headlight will begin to flicker and then shut off completely. Turning the lights off and turning them back on relights the headlight only for it to happen another 10 to 15min later on average.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #742

Apr 292013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My headlight problem has gone on for as long as I have owned the car.I have asked the dealer to check the lights on numerous service calls and was always told they could not find a problem. The bulb was replaced at a cost of $300 but the problem persists. The right light goes out. It comes back on if I turn the switch on and off, however I do not always realize the light is out. I have been stopped numerous times and given work orders to get my light fixed. I am tired of this problem and I don't know how to fix it.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

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