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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,878 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius body / paint problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 082014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 53,341 miles


The hatchback lift has deteriorated and no longer works. The Toyota service representative quoted me $570 to replace it, stating it could pose an electrical system safety issue. No damage has occurred and since it is keyless... how does this happen" the clear coat has degraded only on the piece of metal that encloses the hatchback's lift mechanism and started flaking about the same time that I noticed it was getting harder and harder to lift the hatchback. Could these two failures be related" when these problems started several months ago it didn't occur to me that there might be a connection. The service rep ignored my question about a possible relationship.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 252014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The rear hatch release button/cover has disintegrated into a mush of black gooey material that turns my hands black. I have read that many other people have had this issue but that there has not yet been a recall. It doesn't seem reasonable that a 6 year old car should have this happening to many people. Clearly it was a defective part to begin with.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

May 212014


  • miles
The latch handle on the hatchback has "melted" for lack of a better word. The handle has become gooey and leaves a black residue on my fingers every time I open the hatchback. Because of this problem, the handle is harder to use, making it more trying to open the trunk.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 102012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 30,427 miles


The rear hatch latch rubber cover has melted, making it difficult to open the door.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 092011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
Rear liftgate rubber guard has become melted and gooey causing intermittent back liftgate door look issues. I need to replace just the rubber piece.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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problem #1

Nov 102011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
The lift gate's problematic opening, has caused the latch and the body part that it is attached, to break away from the vehicle.

- Studio City, CA, USA

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