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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,890 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 23 of 24)

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problem #37

Jul 142009


  • 38,000 miles


Prius 2008 headlight go off and back on. Dealer says this is a known problem but Toyota has not done a recall. New light will be $500 plus labor to put it in. Asked if this can happen with the other side and dealer says yes.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #36

Aug 152009


  • 30,000 miles
I currently own a 2008 Toyota Prius, and formerly owned a 2003 Prius. After approximately 30,000 miles, I was made aware by others that my driver's side headlight was out. After further investigation, I learned the lamp would turn on if I turned off the lights and then turned them back on again. I have since been pulled over three times due to a headlight being out. The function of the light has become very inconsistent- I conducted a road test of over 30 miles (auto mileage 47000) resulting in the drivers side lamp burning out seven times without relationship to driving conditions (speed, bumps etc). This is a serious safety hazard. I have paid almost $200 to Toyota dealers who could not isolate a problem. Since then, I carry the dealer info with me so when I get pulled over again, I can show the officer I have attempted to fix this problem to no avail from the manufacturer. Since then I have discovered this is a common problem in this model. I have even seen other Prius' with the driver's headlight out.

- Middle Grove, NY, USA

problem #35

Jul 252009


  • miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Prius. My passenger headlight began to change color and intensity and then began to turn off while driving. Then both headlights started to turn off while driving. The headlights will come back on if I turn the switch off and then back on. The headlights have been inspected at a Toyota dealership who said that they need to be replaced. The dealership quotes $655 for this repair. After researching the problem, I have found this is a known defect among many Prius owners.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #34

Jul 152009


  • 70,000 miles


Headlight passenger and driver side will intermittently turn off. If I turn off the headlights completely and turn them back on they will sometimes correct themselves and stay on for up to 15 minutes before turning off again.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #33

Jul 152009


  • 47,500 miles
Defective hid headlights of Prius by Toyota. My 2008 Toyota Prius hid left side headlight began fading, intermittently ceasing and eventually ceased completely around 2nd week of July, 2009. The 100K mile bumper to bumper platinum extended warranty on the vehicle purchased from the Toyota dealer when I bought the car would not cover this replacement. So, I had to pay $325 dollars on July 24th to replace it. That evening, the right side hid headlight began having the same gradual failure and it's now working weakly and intermittently. Another $325 dollars will be needed to pay for it and I don't have it. For months, I have observed other Prius with 1 headlight out and this is obviously a defective product. Please investigate, punish and mandate a recall from Toyota.

- Clifton, VA, USA

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problem #32

Jul 252009


  • 30,400 miles
Passenger side hid headlight failure on 2008 Prius touring model. The light failed suddenly while driving at night. It flickers when turning the headlight switch off then on again but does not reilluminate. Mileage is 30.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #31

Apr 152009


  • 38,000 miles


2008 Toyota Prius headlight(s) turn off without warning. Over the past three months, the passenger headlight turns off anytime from 2-30 minutes after being turned on. Sometimes the driver headlight will turn off. On one occasion, the remaining light turned off, leaving me in the dark! luckily, I was in a 30mph zone with street lights. That's when I discovered that turning the lights off and on somehow resets them. Internet reports indicate that this is a common problem with hid headlights on the Prius. It's a safety issue, as my local police have twice informed me.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #30

Jul 142009


  • miles
The driver's side hid headlight system malfunctions (light goes out) approximately 30-60 seconds after vehicle startup. The passenger side hid headlight system failed (replaced) nine months ago.

- Alma, MI, USA

problem #29

May 152009


  • 40,000 miles
2008 Toyota Prius driver's side headlight goes out unexpectedly while driving. The headlight comes back on if the headlights are turned off and back on again. This has been occurring nearly daily since May 2009. Problem occurs on both smooth and bumpy roads and at different speeds.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #28

Jun 012009


  • 25,000 miles
Both front headlamps intermittently fail. Turning the lights on and off fixes it for a short while. It is dangerous to drive without knowing if the lights are on at night.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #27

Jun 222009


  • 7,420 miles


2008 Toyota Prius hid headlight failure. Vehicle was purchased new 2nd week of April 2008 and has less than 7,500 mi on odometer. Driver side hid headlight failed on the evening below without warning while on highway. Worked intermittently but dim, between June 22nd till replaced on 6/29 under warranty.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 282009


  • 37,000 miles
2008 Toyota Prius. Hid headlight dims or goes out. Turning lights off and back on restores headlight. There are numerous reports of this problem on as well as other places. This is a safety issue for night driving.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #25

May 202009


  • 40,000 miles
My 2008 Toyota Prius headlights go out intermittently while driving. Sometimes one light, sometimes both. I will turn the lights off and turn them back on and they will both work for varying periods of time before one or both go out again. Extremely difficult to duplicate for the service personnel.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #24

Jun 012009


  • 28,800 miles
Drivers side hid headlight flickers and dies. Can cycle power and comes on for 5 sec and dies.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #23

Mar 102008


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the bulbs blow out each month in the headlights and tail lights. The bulbs were replaced three times each. The current mileage was 91,000 and failure mileage was 3,000.

- Paintrock, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 012009


  • miles
My 2008 pruis head lights have been going off at night. It is very dangerous because there is no warning at all. After turning the light control on and off they will come back on. The dealership told me I needed new bulbs at $259 each. I told them the bulbs were working and on and will come back on. After I told him reading about all the problems on the internet he told me to contact Toyota. Haven't heard from the as of yet.

- Gainestown,, AL, USA

problem #21

Mar 152009


  • 21,500 miles
Passenger headlight went out on our 2008 Prius in March 2009. Since the car is still under warranty, the dealership replaced the headlight. The service manager told us that if we see even a "flicker" to come back in and have it replaced again before our warranty runs out. On May 26, 2009, the driver side light went out. We will be taking it in to have it replaced as well.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 172009


  • 62,000 miles
Left headlight goes out, usually after the car has been on for a minute. Usually it stays out for the entire time the car is on. The right headlight also went out once, requiring me to drive with just the dim flood lights, but it came back on a day later and has stayed on. This is a major safety issue when even one light goes out, and is intermittent, but to have both lights go out while driving at night is very dangerous. Since it is intermittent, I would have to say this is a defect and not just the bulb burning out.

- Waller, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 212009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. In November of 2008, the passenger side headlight bulb blew out. The bulb was replaced. In April of 2009, the driver's side headlight bulb blew out and was also replaced. Currently, both headlights are working, but the contact believes that the failures could recur. The failure mileage was 25,000. Updated 06/09/09 updated 06/09/09.

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #18

Apr 092009


  • miles
My 2008 Prius passenger headlamp intermittently fails to light. It is usually not working, but sometimes after turning the on/off switch a few times, it works for a period. When it fails, my headlights do not illuminate the road correctly, causing a very unsafe situation. I have received a warning from local police. I have not attempted to fix this yet, but after reading through this,, forum, I decided to file a complaint.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

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