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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,084 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 13 of 24)

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problem #233

Feb 102011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


Headlights on my 2008 Toyota Prius intermittently go out. The left side or the right side or both headlights at the same time. A very very hazardous condition at night! I checked the Toyota site, but no sign of a recall going on. I can't understand why a recall hasn't already been issued, as I understand they are aware of the problem.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #232

Apr 042011


  • 60,000 miles
One headlight on my Toyota Prius keeps going out. 3 new lamps in just 6 months. It is only on the passenger side.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #231

Oct 152008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My 2008 Toyota Prius headlights keep going out, the bulbs are fine, but I have to turn off and turn on the light many time on highway to make them stay on. That is not safety way ever. If I forgot to turn it off and on again, I can cause an accident or police officer will give pull me over.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #230

Oct 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


We have a 2008 Toyota Prius purchased in October 2007 and have had intermittent problems with the headlights going off during operation. We have had this problem for the past 6 months. When contacting Toyota they have not helped at all saying that they extended the warranty to 50,000 miles for this and we are over that mileage mile stone which is very convenient for Toyota. The cost to put in two new headlights is over $600 which I cant afford. With all the complaints I'm reading about its amazing that a recall is not in affect or that the department of transportation isn't ordering a recall.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #229

Apr 102011


  • 52,000 miles
Both headlights and inside lights failed, suddenly and without warning, while traveling on a dark stretch of interstate highway at night. For the past two months, the right headlight failed suddenly on occasion, but it could be turned back on my switching off the headlights and then turning them back on. This is the first time all lights failed, and it almost caused a crash.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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problem #228

Mar 162011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
I will start the car and both headlights are on then one or the other will just turn off, luckily both have not turned off at the same time. Sometimes they can be on for a long time and sometimes a short time, there is no rhyme or reason for it. It happens all the time, enough that I was stopped by the police for having a headlight out.

- Bealeton, VA, USA

problem #227

Mar 012009


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that two years ago, the headlights began illuminating intermittently. The headlights were replaced by an authorized dealer yet the failure continuously recurred. Both the dealer and manufacturer advised the contact that the headlight failure was due to production and that they were able to repair the failure, but at her expense. The vehicle was not further repaired. The current mileage was 55,000 and the failure mileage was 26,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #226

Jun 042010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Headlight passenger side going while driving coming back on do not know when both will go out. Cost to replace one headlight $150 for bulb $95 to replace. Have heard other owners having same problems and more then one time. Have heard of overheating problem causing early outage of bulbs over and over. Also problem with computer causing these problems. Problem show up for first time I believe in 2010. It is getting worst and I'm no longer driving.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #225

Sep 102010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2008 Prius and have had to replace both the left and right hid lamps. Approximate cost is $150 per replacement. I feel that the hid failure is a hazard, both of the hid lights came on and went out periodically over time before eventually failing, finally. The hids should last longer than 2 years and intermittent outages should not be a part of a critical night time operating system.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #224

Feb 252011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 35,457 miles
Condensation builds up inside the hid headlights during humid days, after rain, and after carwash. Inside of headlight is streaked with water stains.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #223

Jan 152011


  • 44,000 miles


Purchased new 2008 Prius August 13, 2008. Has hid headlights. Present mileage 45000. Around January 15, 2011, first noticed headlights appeared to not be on in early evening. Check switch, turned it off-on, headlights came on. 2nd time, 2 days later, lights again seemed to not be one, checked switch, which was on. Turned switch off then on, lights came on. Subsequent times, problem with driver side headlight intermittently turning off. Sometimes turns on without doing anything, other times must turn switch off, then on. No noticed problem with passenger side headlight. Dangerous when headlight switches off at night. Noticed on websites that others experiencing same problem. Contacted dealer from whom purchased vehicle. Told that since car out of warranty, would have to pay for any diagnostic and repair costs (estimated $300-$500 cost). Indicated problem is most likely bulb going bad, but couldn't guarantee repair work would fix problem. Asked dealer why hid bulb goes bad after only 30 months of operation (have original headlights in 2004 Chevy cavalier and 1976 GMC pickup). Was told that should only expect 24 months of life with hid bulbs which contradicts what was told by dealer when car purchased that bulbs should last lifetime of car. Toyota implies that issue is my problem to solve.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #222

Feb 222011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Passenger side headlamp goes out and come back on intermittently-had to hold headlight switch manually to have headlight stay on.

- San Marino, CA, USA

problem #221

Feb 182011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
While driving at night I noticed the left headlight was out. When pulling into garage I turned lights off and back on and the left headlight had came back on. With knowing this I have noticed this repeating over and over again. If I turn the lights off and on again the headlight will come on again. It has also occurred that both headlights have gone out at the sametime. We were pulled over by the police for the headlight being out. So we turned the lights off and on again and the headlight came back on. This seems to be a on going problem with the hid headlights of the Prius. This is a very dangerous situation!

- Stanwood, WA, USA

problem #220

Feb 172011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2008 Prius; headlights go off randomly, and can be turned back on by recycling the off-on switch. This is very dangerous, as it has happened with my 15 year old son driving and he panicked when the lights went out. Was told by dealer the would need to replace the bulbs (even though they still work) for $560, and that may not solve the problem. Next step is to replace the computer which controls the lights for $1200. So, possibly $1,760 for headlights! this is a crime, and I feel like Toyota and their dealer have raped me. I am totally disgusted.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #219

Feb 152011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Headlights for 2008 Prius keep burning out, Toyota dealership replaced the bottom pair of lights last year and passenger side lights keep going off certain days. Toyota is refusing to fix it, they want me to pay large amount of sum for new lights.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #218

Apr 082010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that whenever he would drive 35 mph or above, both headlights would intermittently fluctuate on and off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed her that the failure was common for her year, make and model therefore, the dealer was willing to take the liability for fifty percent of the repair cost. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 76,000. Updated 03/03/11 upated 1/4/11

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #217

Jan 062010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 41,173 miles
2008 Toyota Prius passenger side hid xenon headlamp going on an off randomly. Went to Toyota dealer they said it was the bulb and when replacing the bulb the mechanic found out the headlamp connector was corroded. I paid for a new bulb and connector. My problem is how a vehicle with only 40,000 miles could have corroded wire connectors already. The bill was $353.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #216

Jan 032010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Right headlight goes out and you have to turn light switch off and back on for it to come back on. The time range on the light going off varies from time to time. It can happen as fast as every 2-3 minutes. The ballast and bulb has been replaced and this did not correct the problem.

- Whitesboro, TX, USA

problem #215

Jan 122011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 54,475 miles
2008 Toyota Prius driver side hid headlight went out prematurely.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #214

Dec 242010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 57,820 miles
There were no distinguishing events that led up to the total failure of my 2008 Toyota Prius driver side headlight and door lock assembly (front). They both no longer worked within a 1 day period and required replacement. Noticing 2 or more other vehicles of the same make and model there for light replacement caused me to inquire what caused their light malfunctions. In the matter of minutes of my calling in, roughly an hour into the dealerships opening, I was told the lights were available, by the time arrived, within 5 minutes, enough autos had arrived also with the "hid" headlamps out that the dealerships entire stock of lights had been used up, and required my having to return after another shipment of lights were received, as well. I did not request the old part.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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