really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,792 miles

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2005 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2005 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 8 of 15)

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problem #151

Nov 192011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 150,200 miles


Prior to this major problem, my driver's side headlight would go out intermittently and the come back on. On 11/19/2011, both headlights went off after being on for about 10 minutes. When I tried to put the high beams on all front end lights went out. I made it safely to my destination. The next day I check the headlights and they both worked fine. I checked the fuses and all were fine. I usually drive with my headlights always on, but decided to leave them off all day in hopes that the problem wouldn't repeat on my 6 hour drive home. Four hours into my drive home, it was getting dark so I turned my headlights on and they worked, but within an hour they both went off. I turned them off and then back on and they came on again. Over the next hour the both headlights went out multiple times and I was able to get them back on by turning them off and then back on. For the last hour of my drive the headlights stayed on and worked fine. I've heard of other Prius owners having similar problems and I believe that since non-working headlights are a major safety issue that Toyota should recall the Prius and fix this issue.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #150

Nov 102011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Headlights goes off all the time while driving. I have been experiencing the problem with headlights for almost three years.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #149

Jun 022011


  • 18,206 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the head lamp leveling system was corroded, causing the headlight to move up and down abnormally. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The dealer replaced the head lamps at the owners expense. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,206 and the current mileage was 19,421.

- Royal Oak, ME, USA

problem #148

Oct 122011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 44,200 miles


Headlamp would go out at random intervals. Always came on when first switched on but would go off while driving. Would reproducibly come back on when the switched was flipped to off and back on again. Would then go off again at later time. No way to tell whether operational while driving.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #147

Oct 092011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I was driving with my two children on the 405 North freeway just South of the 10 freeway at 9pm in my Toyota Prius 2005. I had issues with one of the headlights already. It would flicker and then turn off without warning. Last Sunday, however, both headlights failed, including all interior lights, as I was speeding down on of the busiest freeways in the country at nighttime. It was pretty terrifying.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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problem #146

Sep 062011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
The headlights went off suddenly (of course I was night driving); I stopped, turned the lights off and back on and they worked for about 15 minutes. The driver side light then went out and I had to pull over, turn them off, back on and the light came back on. This is currently an intermittent problem but one that needs resolution.

- Bealeton, VA, USA

problem #145

Sep 092011


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph with the headlights activated and suddenly the driver's side headlight changed to an orange illumination and then became inoperative which resulted in the reduction in visibility. When the light switch was turned on and off repeatedly the driver's side headlights began to illuminate properly for a brief moment. The vehicle was not repaired nor was the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Jackson, PA, USA

problem #144

Jan 042011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Drivers side hid headlight intermittant operation. Headlamp goes on and off at various times in traffic at night.

- Fort Ashby, WV, USA

problem #143

Jun 012011


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights failed without warning. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the bulbs most likely caused the failure. The headlight bulbs were replaced but to no avail. The contact spoke with the manufacturer a second time and was told that the computer which operated each headlight could possibly need replacing. That vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 158,000.

- Mayl, FL, USA

problem #142

Aug 202011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
When driving at various speeds, one or both of the hid headlights will go out. If I turn them all the way off, then back on, they will light up, but may go out again or may stay lit. The vehicle is a 2005 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. Note: The headlights will not relight on their own; they must be turned off then back on.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #141

Aug 192011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


The headlight leveling control warning signal came one, the car has only 36000 miles. This is a very expensive fix and has safety issues, and appears to be a defect on many similar models.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #140

Aug 072011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 97,650 miles
While driving my 2005 Toyota Prius on an expressway at night the passenger side headlight went out. There was no lights on the expressway and I nearly hit a parked car on the side of the expressway. I pulled over at the next exit and checked the headlights. The passenger headlight was indeed out. I turned the car off and went into the restroom. When I came out and restarted the car the headlight was on. Five minutes later the headlight went out again. I turned the lights off, then on again and it came back on. This happened at least twenty times during the four hour trip home. Scary and dangerous in my book.

- Holland, OH, USA

problem #139

Aug 012011


  • 85,000 miles
On 7/31/11 I noticed my cruise control would not set. The light came on indicating the cruise was on, but I could not get the speed to hold. The next day, the cruise control worked. Midday on 8/1/11 while parked, I shifted to the D position, but the light indicated I was in N. I shifted back and forth between R and D several times, but the light indicated N. I took my foot off the brake and the car moved backward. The light indicated N and the knob was in the D position. It did this several times. I turned the car off and back on and everything worked like it is supposed to. On 8/1/11 at approximately 10:30 P.M. I was driving home on a narrow, two-lane rural highway. On a blind curve, both of my headlights went out. I could not see anything. I tried cycling my headlights off and on and nothing happened. I applied my brakes and stopped. I opened my door to see where I was in the roadway and determined I was on the fog line on the opposite side of the road and there was a hillside less than 5' from me. I was able to drive to the shoulder on the right side of the road by using the light from my door. I was extremely lucky no cars passed by while my lights were out. I could have been killed or caused a catastrophe. I turned the car off and back on and both headlights came back on. A motorist stopped to assist. I was able to follow him to a store where a friend met me and I followed him home. During the drive home one of my headlights kept turning off. Both did not go off together again. I took the car to the dealer on 8/3/11 and was told I need a new auxiliary battery and two new headlights. Cost is going to be around $700. I read about a class action suit regarding 2006-2009 Prius' headlights and that Toyota knows there is a problem with them. I believe there should be a recall because of my harrowing experience and those of many others.

- Burney, CA, USA

problem #138

Jul 262011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. They began failing, first it was only the drivers side light, and infrequently. I found that when I turned the lights off and on again, the headlight worked again. Because of the high cost of replacement, I lived with the problem. Recently, both lights failed on a back country curvy road. For an instant everything was totally black. I quickly turned the lights off and on and was able to swerve to get back on the road. As a result, I am going to have to pay nearly $1,000 to have both headlights replaced at my expense, since I had more than 50,000 miles on my Prius. Toyota customer care told me that I would not be covered by a class action case for the hid bulb replacement because my car is a 2005 and is not covered in the case. This is a safety issue and should be a recall.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #137

Jun 012010


  • miles
Passenger front hid headlight was intermediately operational for a short period of time. Eventually it would not come back on. Toyota dealer quoted $350+ for part and $150+ for labor, per headlight. According to other Prius owners and internet articles, this issue is apparent to be a manufacturer defect; but Toyota refuses to admit in order to prevent a recall. Unwilling to paid for Toyota's mistakes, the vehicle was driven with only one headlight for some time. Until recently stopped by police and issued a traffic violation warning. For safety reasons and to prevent future violations, replaced the burnt hid bulb ($50+ from amazon.com) personally (followed proper procedures). A week later, that same bulb went out. More evident indicating the issue is not with the bulb; but with the electrical system and Toyota is not willing to paid for their own mistakes. Shame on Toyota!!!

- Alton, IL, USA

problem #136

Jul 222011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The master warning light and another light came on warning of a possible misalignment of the hid headlamps on 2005 Toyota Prius. This could lead to blinding oncoming traffic if the lamps are misaligned. Toyota dealer service department claimed that even though it was a common problem, repairs would cost ~$600 for a new headlight leveling sensor (load leveling sensor) and installation.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #135

Jun 032009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the drivers side headlight would intermittently stop illuminating. The contact stated that she would have to turn the headlights on and off several times in order to keep the light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the lights fixture needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that this was a widespread issue. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #134

Apr 102011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 106,250 miles
Right front headlight would go off while driving. Required that I switch lights off and back on to get the light to work again. I had the front right headlight replaced and three weeks later the left front headlight followed the same sequence of events. I purchased a new headlight and had two different auto mechanics replace it and the left front headlight will not work. I am scheduled to take the car back to the last mechanic next week. Very unsafe to have this happen while operating the car at night and annoying and frustrating that the Toyota dealership wants $300+ to replace their obvious manufacturing malfunction.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #133

Jul 142011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving 60 mph when the automatic headlight sensor failed due to a design flaw and corrosion. The contact stated that the failure could potentially cause the headlights to blind the drivers of oncoming traffic. The manufacture was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #132

Jun 292011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 176,319 miles
I have a 2005 (01/01/05) manufacture date Prius. I don't remember the trim package. I noticed the drivers side head light would intermittently fail cycling the light off and on would resume operation. One week later while driving at night both headlights completely failed again cycling them off and on resumed operation. I was issued a warning while driving home from work by the police and demonstrated this fact. I have taken the car to the dealer who told me both headlights needed replaced and charged me $607.25 to replace.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

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