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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 1 of 45)

problem #897

Aug 012016


  • 87,000 miles


The headlights of my 2007 Prius go off unexpectedly while driving. I have learned that if I then turn the switch off and on again they will come back on, but only for a short time. This has occurred as many as eight times during a 45 minute drive. At night on dark roads this is dangerous. I have had three near-misses as a result. Toyota had issued an "enhanced warranty" (5 year 50K miles) because of the many complaints filed around this situation, but I purchased my Prius used, older than 5 years, and more than 50K miles. I have spoken to Toyota North America, obtained case #1609193626, but they refuse to cover the cost of repair. Local Toyota service centers also refuse to do the repair work unless I pay full cost out of pocket. At this point I seem to have no options but to pay the cost myself, which I understand can be as much as $1,500!

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #896

Sep 022015


  • 135,000 miles
Headlights go out while driving, and come back on when headlights are switched from on to off then back on again. This can happen 1 time during a trip or multiple times. Diag of issue is not easy and usually multiple parts are replaced trying to fix the issue.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

problem #895

Apr 012015


  • 73,000 miles
My headlights began flickering intermittently about two years ago. Dealer said nothing is wrong because they worked when I was there. 18 mos ago the driver side went out. Bought two bulbs but before I could replace the driver side came back on again and the passenger side went out. Then they went back to being intermittent - as they are now. Basically they flicker or go on and off. Ridiculous.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #894

Sep 202016


  • 170,000 miles


One or both of the Prius headlights will switch off on its own and I have to turn off the lights and turn them on several times in order for the headlights to stay consistently on. This is a serious safety issue when I am traveling at highway speeds at night and lose my headlights and then have to switch them on and off to make them work.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #893

Aug 312016


  • 105,000 miles
Headlight burned out; they want $ 450 to fix. Researching, we find that this is a known safety issue, subject to multiple legal actions, including class action. Their current "customer service" solution? "sue us!!"

- Exeter, NH, USA

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problem #892

Sep 072016


  • 120,000 miles
The ballists inside the two front headlights intermittently turn on/off. Both lights went out at the same time while night driving, causing a serious safety concern while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle has 120,000 miles and both lights randomly turning off/on is not safe and Toyota should incur a recall.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #891

Aug 202016


  • 120,000 miles


Bought 2007 Prius used and everything worked. Now the driver side headlight wont work after several new lightbulbs and a ballast have been changed. It has never been in an accident to my knowledge, I would like to know if Toyota will fix their problematic vehicle.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #890

Aug 082016


  • 160,000 miles
One or both headlights will randomly turn off while driving. Mechanic was unable to find a problem to fix. This is very dangerous when traveling on the highway at high speeds. Toyota needs to recall this vehicle and fix the problem!

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #889

Jul 202016


  • 70,000 miles
The right headlamp low beam works intermittently, I turn it on and off and it usually works again, my online research indicates this happens to many other Prius owners and no recall has been issued as of yet

- Belhaven, NC, USA

problem #888

Feb 012016


  • miles
The headlights turn off during driving, so I exit the freeway and turn them on and off and they start again and so on, I already changed the bulb did not help, I took it two times to the longo Toyota in el monte California and they refused to repair it stating that they could not duplicate it, I I complained about the noise of the ABS system and they refused to repair it there is recall on both

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #887

Jul 012016


  • 156,200 miles


I am the original owner of a 2007 Prius. While driving, the car headlights shut off randomly. Sometimes it is the left, sometimes the right, and sometimes both. One way of fixing the problem is to turn lights off and immediately on again but the problem would reoccur again randomly. I keep checking to make sure the lights are on and have had many drivers flash at us since the lights are off when I don't even know it. I am now afraid to drive the car for safety reason. Both hid lights have been replaced less than 2 years ago. The problem is unlikely related to the bulbs since turning the lights off and on would temporarily fix the problem. After researching the web, it appears that this is a common problem for this generation of Prius. I know there was a class action filed several years ago but there is no recall for this issue. I want to raise the awareness of this issue again and I'd obviously like Toyota to do something to fix the issue since driving at 65mph last night and having both lights simply turn off was a terrifying experience.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #886

Jan 012011


  • 45,000 miles
As indicated by numerous other owners of this car the headlights go out, then you turn the lights off and on, and they come back on for an undetermined amount of time again. It happens when driving, sitting at a light, or any time when the car is running. It doesnt matter what speed you are at or the temperature outside. I'm not sure of exact date when it started but it was around 45,000 miles and it was out of warranty because we owned it since new and took it to our dealer who could do nothing for us. We changed the bulb ourself...numerous times now. I love the car other than the headlights. There are thousands of others of people out there with the same problem. Its a safety issue.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #885

Jun 092016


  • miles
This is the well known hid problem on my 2007 Prius. My car didn't reach the 90K miles yet and some cases the driver side hid buld sometimes does not come on after I turn on lights or sometimes it goes out while I am driving. One random way of fixing is to turn lights off and immediately on again. I am just about to replace the hid bulbs in pair first to see if this solves the problem, then maybe the ballast is the next on list as I figured out from the info available on the web.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #884

May 142016


  • 95,000 miles
While driving, at night, both headlights went out (went dark). Since I was near home, within my subdivision, I stopped the car immediately and switched the lights off and then back on again. The lights came back on, so I drove home and have not driven the car after dark, again.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #883

May 272016


  • 56,000 miles
56K on my 2007 Prius. Driving last night on a dark country road and the lights flickered then went out. Turned them off and on and they came back on but it repeated all the way home. Now I cant drive at night till I get this fixed. Come to find out its an issue with these cars. Does someone have to die to get this taken care of?

- Langley, WA, USA

problem #882

May 252016


  • 200,000 miles
The trunk release latch on my 2007 Prius has deteriorated almost to the point of not being able to open the trunk. The same part was replaced about 4 years after I purchased the vehicle. And now, it's happening again. It's like the plastic stuff is melting and falling apart. We are having to purchase this same part, for the second time now. Love my Prius, but hate having to make repairs on the same issue 2 times. Also, I had the headlights repaired (from a recall) about 2 years after I purchased the car. The front headlights are still doing the same thing. The problem was never really fixed. While driving at night and in day time, the headlights go out. Usually they go out one at a time. Like the right side will go out. Then you can flip the switch to turn them on and off, and it'll work again for about 5 minutes. Then the left side will go out. This usually happens every night while driving and I have to flip the switch on and off about 9 times while driving short and long distances. I just usually flip the switch and they come back on again. Sometimes while driving at night, they both go out at the same time. Really a safety hazard when driving around with my 2 small kids!! brought it back to Toyota dealership in lake charles to be repaired. But they said they couldn't re-create the problem, so they couldn't fix it. How long do you think I can keep driving around in the dark with malfunctioning lights and kids in the car"???????????????" this happens daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Kinder, LA, USA

problem #881

Mar 142016


  • 88,000 miles
After a dealer service, my Prius' headlights started randomly going out. Sometimes the left, sometimes the right and sometimes both. If I turn off and back on, they will both work for a few minutes, then will again go out. This is dangerous and Toyota should recall the vehicles affected by this issue and fix for good.

- San Anselmo, CA, USA

problem #880

May 202016


  • 127,000 miles
The headlights work intermittently and have needed bulb replacement 3 times so far. Also all the tail light and the tag lights went out at the same time recently and required bulb replacement. When driving we had no idea the lights were out and only found out when we were pulled over by police. This constitutes a very dangerous situation in my opinion. Also the hatchback handle sometimes fails to work due to the rubber cover deterioration.

- Trappe, MD, USA

problem #879

May 052016


  • 88,000 miles
The lighting, I believe is basically led, has, over a period of, time, become so dim that it is impossible to read when not in the shade(ok at night) the dealer said that there was a notice, but only if the display had completely out. I believe that a dim display (that cannot be seen during normal driving)is a real safety problem. This is a constant problem not a particular date and time. The photo attached is the driver view of the instrument panel during operation. Also a picture of the VIN panel.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #878

Feb 012016


  • 101,510 miles
While driving the passenger headlight will start to flicker and then go out. If I turn the lights of and then turn them back on they will come back on but then go back out again.

- Dixon, IL, USA

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