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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,210 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 12 of 25)

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problem #262

Feb 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The lights started burning out. They continue to burn out every few months, or less.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #261

Feb 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The lights started burning out. They continue to burn out every few months, or less.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #260

May 102012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 68,200 miles
Headlights go on and off at random while driving. Sometimes they wont come back on until I turn the switch off and back on. Sometimes only one light will go off and not come back on until I turn the switch off and back on several times.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #259

May 102012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 68,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Headlights go on and off at random while driving. Sometimes they wont come back on until I turn the switch off and back on. Sometimes only one light will go off and not come back on until I turn the switch off and back on several times.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #258

Mar 012012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
My Prius headlights are very erratic and unsafe. While driving, one or the other and sometimes both go off. No bumps or other incidents have occurred. They just go off. By turning the lights off and then back on, they always correct themselves, until the next occurrence, which may be in minutes, or days. This condition is entirely intolerable and is not due to loose connections or bad bulbs or any other cause. It obviously is a defective firmware or hardware sensor problem. It is very unsafe, as it has happened to me at night while traveling through an intersection. I have looked at reviews on the internet and it appears that many Prius owners are experiencing the exact same problem. Thanks and I hope enough complaints come your way to cause a corrective action of some sort!

- Lafayette, CA, USA

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problem #257

Mar 242012

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
We were pulled over by a policeman and was notified that our passenger side head light was out. We shut the lights off and then turned them back on, they stay on for a few seconds or minutes and then they turn off. We understand that is a real problem with the Prius. We have had 3 priuses and this is the first time we had a problem. If you have to have a dealer put in your light it can be $300 to $500. ( for changing a light bulb that is not even funny).

- Ellensburg, WA, USA

problem #256

Jan 292010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just like many other Prius seen on road, my Prius got the headlight problem, it was starting two years before, sometimes its right headlight on would be suddenly off, if I turned it off and put it back on again and the right headlight would be coming back again. Unfortunately, starting from last week, when I turned on the headlights, the right one just on for around 10 seconds, it would be automatically off but now the right light didn't come back again. I believe it is not only my car problem. I have seen many Prius car on the road having this problem too. It may be caused the manufacturer defect.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #255

Dec 012011

Prius

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that his headlights would diminish slowly and over time they would not function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised him that he needed to replace the bulbs. Within a few months after the bulbs were replaced, the failure had recurred. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000. Rvk

- Etna, CA, USA

problem #254

Aug 052009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Passenger side headlight suddenly went out.

- Gaylesville, AL, USA

problem #253

Nov 072008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The passenger side headlight suddenly went out.

- Gaylesville, AL, USA

problem #252

Oct 012011

Prius

  • 39,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at night, the drivers side headlight will intermittently dim and then turn off. Turning the light switch off and then back on will allow the lights to come back on but the drivers side headlight will immediately dim and then without warning turn off again.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #251

Jan 262012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 62,750 miles
I received a warning ticket for the driver's side headlight being out while using windshield wipers in rain. When I got home after less than 50 miles, both headlights were working. During the next 3 days both headlights were on every time I checked. On Monday at about 5:30 pm the passenger side headlight was out. When checked several hours later only the driver side headlight was out. On Tuesday I took the car to the gateway Toyota dealer service at route 37 East and batchelor street in toms river, NJ. There I was charged $521.56 for the replacement of both headlights. It took from 2 pm to 5:45 pm. In addition to this repair they wanted to do about a thousand dollars additional work. I purchased my Prius from towne Toyota in ledgewood, NJ and take it there regularly for service. The most recent service was about Jan. 12th, 2012. That dealer performed the regular 60,000 mile service and suggested no more. I have found information about this intermittent headlight problem on line and the class action suit. Unfortunately, my car is beyond the mileage limit of 50,000 miles. My concern is safety should both headlights fail at once and that no warning about this problems comes from Toyota. And I don't like getting tickets for problems that come and go.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #250

Jan 092012

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Similar to other complaints regarding the headlight bulb on the Toyota Prius (www.hybridcars.com/forums/replacing-headlight-bulb-T910.html) when I turn them on to drive at night, after a couple of minutes the driver, passenger, or both headlights will go off (as if the bulbs have burned out) but if I turn off my lights and turn them back on, both lights will come back on and will eventually turn off again. In most cases when the headlights randomly turn off, both lights turn off when driving at night and I have to quickly turn off the lights and turn them back on so that I have temporary visibility with the headlights until they go off again. For example, my commute from work to home is roughly 45 minutes and every 5 - 7 minutes the lights will go off and I have to turn them off and then back on to regain visibility at night. For example on the forum, the following Toyota Prius owners had similar problems with their vehicle. 1) [xxx] 2) [xxx] 3)[xxx] 4)[xxx] 5) [xxx] 6) [xxx] 7)[xxx] list goes on and these complaints have been going on for at least 3 yrs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #249

Sep 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Intermittent headlamp failure.

- Volo, IL, USA

problem #248

Feb 022009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Hid headlights turn off intermittently. Problem first occurred in early 2009 and a Toyota dealer replaced both headlights (one had stopped working and dealer stated the other had issues). Problem recurred late 2011, with either light sometimes not working, but then re-lighting by itself. Usually, turning the headlights off and back on manually will resolve the issue for a time. Also, both of the tail lights will sometimes stop working. Usually, if I take the cover off from the inside and turn the light socket (where it snaps into the plastic molding) the light will turn back on. Unfortunately, I can't tell how often I am driving with one or both tail lights not functioning, as I don't look at the back of the car often. I have found them non-functioning 3 times in the last 3 months, and each time the bulb was fine and began working when I turned the socket back and forth.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #247

Dec 022009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 30,150 miles
My hid headlights started to fail at 30K. The dealer replaced the left one. A few months later the right side failed. Since then I have experience the one or the other headlight going out and when I shut the car off and restart it may or may not come back on. The latest event was 30 Dec 2011. I was at the dealer trying to price a bulb and verified the light was not working. When I left the dealer the bulb started working again. I saw the lawsuit was settled but my car was out of warranty. I feel this is a safety issue Toyota should recall and resolve before someone gets killed on a dark winding road.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #246

Oct 032011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Hid bulbs turn off randomly while driving. The cost was over $700 to replace.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #245

Dec 102011

Prius

  • 69,000 miles
My passenger headlight will sporadically go out. Shutting off and turning back on works, but the light dims and then goes off completely. I don't know how long it's been this way, but it is a recent occurrence. It happens whether the car is parked or in motion- no certain speed causes it to happen.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #244

Aug 302011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
In August 2011, a princeton, NJ, police office stopped me to report that my right headlight was not working. On September 1, 2011, I paid lawrence Toyota $281.84 to replace the right side headlight. Later that month, when I drove home, I noticed that the right light was not shinging against the garage door. When I got out of the car, I saw the headlight was not working. Early in October, the front end of the car was damaged by another vehicle, including both headlights. The body shop replaced the headlights. Shortly after I took the car home, I notice both the left and right headlights failed randomly. While driving, I notice the light would not be uniform along the pavement. When traffic was stopped at a light, one light would reflect from the car in front of me. When I took the car back to the body shop, they confirmed that the lights would go on and off spontaneously. They replaced both lights and the "modulator" that governs the headlights. The problem persisted. They took the car to freehold Toyota who "adjusted" the lights and modulator. When I drove the car away from the body shop, I light was higher than expected; reflecting off tree branches well above the car. A few days later, I drove the car to a store and noticed the right light was not shining against the wall of the building. A person the car that pulled in before me commented that the left leadlight was aimed so high that it blinded him, making his rearview mirror unusable.

- Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

problem #243

Oct 302011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Prius 2008 headlights turns off intermittently. One can never be sure when or how if fails. At times it works fine then it does not.

- American Canyon, CA, USA

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