really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,732 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius electrical problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 3 of 10)

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problem #146

May 012014


  • 65,000 miles


The rear door latch cover material has deteriorated and the latch is no longer operating as expected. The rubber material is a soft gummy consistency and the latch mechanism to the hatchback fails to release allowing access to the rear storage area. This area contains the spare tire.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #145

Oct 052014


  • 146,429 miles
At approximately 65mph a red triangle warning light appeared on the dash panel accompanied by a yellow circle. The parking button was flashing and a pink cartoon car appeared on the display. The car was running fine so I continued till I reached my freeway exit. At the bottom of the exit I had to stop for a red light. The exit is dark and has a sharp curve. Upon stopping the car the transmission locked and the engine shut down. I was unable to start the engine and the car could not be pushed out of the way due to the transmission lock. Frantically I had to get a flashlight and wave off oncoming traffic. It was very dangerous. After a few minutes I retried the engine and it started allowing me to get off the ramp and get home. The warning lights stayed on. I took the car to the dealer the next day and after they tested everything they said that there was nothing wrong. Next time I might not be so lucky.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #144

Sep 292014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
2007 Prius dashboard lights malfunction - completely dark. See NHTSA # 10544698 and many other complaints regarding dashboard lights/cluster going completely dark and engine will not shut off. This is an extremely serious safety issue and dealerships will not repair for free. The part needed is a combination meter/cluster that costs around $1000 to repair from the dealer. Please everyone - push for national recall as this is an extremely dangerous safety issue.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #143

Jan 012013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles


The back hatch door grip handle on the hatch of my 2007 Toyota Prius no longer functions properly. The rubber grip has degraded and is soft and sticky during warm weather and in cold weather becomes nearly immovable. The back hatch door grip handle frequently jams rendering the car inaccessible through the rear compartment. This is a major cause for concern and is a serious safety hazard. There have been multiple cases of this complaint reported. This rubber grip is clearly a material of poor quality and given the past history of electrical problems Toyota has had with the Prius it is highly probable that this is one more. Before someone is injured or dies as a result of not having egress from this vehicle Toyota needs to be made to take responsibility and provide repairs at no cost.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #142

Sep 122014


  • 60,000 miles
While driving on the highway, both headlights shut off. This caused a near accident with other motorists on the highway. By rapidly toggling the headlight switch on and off, the headlights turned back on. This has been a persistent issue even though I have had the bulbs replaced at a great expense.

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #141

May 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The buttons on the steering wheel began to stop working. One by one, each began to fail. I wasn't too worried since they're simply the climate and stereo controls, however, as I began researching all signs pointed to this being the "clock spring" assembly. This also controls the airbag and is a huge safety issue. I went to the dealer who confirmed and said this would cost $500 to repair. When I asked about the airbag they said they do not recommend that I drive the car because the airbag "might not work" anymore. After seeing a sufficient amount of posts here, I wanted to also add my feedback as it appears this is far more widespread than just an isolated incident. I have drive 4 other (non-Toyota) vehicles for well above 200,000 miles and never had this issue. My father (automotive mechanic for another car brand) said he's never had anyone come in with this issue before. Considering that toyta prides themselves as having safe vehicles, I would hope that they consider a recall on this life-threatening part failure.

- Alpha, IL, USA

problem #140

Jul 312014


  • 145,000 miles


Rear hatch release latch has been getting stick to the touch and increasingly difficult to open. Tried cleaning the latch and discovered that the rubber covering the latch seems to be melting. Checked online and discovered that this seems to be a common problem and, if not corrected, will likely result in latch release switch failure. The location of the rubber latch release cover protects it from direct sunlight and there seems to be no reasonable explanation for the failure of this part other than a defect in manufacture.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #139

Jul 012014


  • 57,000 miles
The tail lights intermittently go out when driving at night, while the brake lights are fine. It is related to a problem with poor quality tail light sockets on this model and year. Replacement bulbs do not address the problem. This seems to be a common problem, not unique to my vehicle only.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #138

Jun 022014


  • 48,000 miles
The hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius appear to be defective. When I turn the lights on initially, they both illuminate, but the lights dim progressively, and after several minutes the lights are essentially dark. This occurs in both headlights and started only this month. This is a significant safety issue, as it is very dangerous to drive without working headlights (particularly when one assumes that the headlights are working since they turned on initially). It is my understanding that the issue is beyond replacing the hid headlight bulbs; according to the repair shop I visited, there may be a defect with the hid electronic control units (ecus). I understand as well that this is a defect that has occurred in numerous Toyota Prius vehicles and that Toyota in 2011 agreed to a settlement of a class action lawsuit that provided some repair coverage for certain owners.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #137

Sep 042013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 121,653 miles
The right headlight had to be replaced. It would turn off and if I turned the lever on and off while I was driving it would come on for a while. On a dark night it was dangerous. I replaced the right headlight and it cost a total of $229.55 which I thought was outrageous. Now the driver's side headlight has gone out too. I might have to drive it only in daylight unless I can find a cheaper way to replace the headlight. I was stopped by the police for the first headlight out, but given a warning. I bought the car to save money but headlight replacement costs are way too much in my estimation.

- Melrose, FL, USA

problem #136

Oct 172013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 55,579 miles


I have a 2007 touring Prius with hid headlamps and 1 of the headlamp assembly started leaking water and Toyota of kingsport, tn. Replaced it on Oct. 28th 2013 and charged me $342.30 after discount. Now the new headlight and the other one is going off while driving and this happened on May 29th 2014. There is no way a headlight should fail in 6 or 7 months. Thank you for listening to my complaint, as I can't afford to keep replacing these very expensive headlamps. I went online and it seems I'm not the only one with this problem and can you get Toyota to do something about this? I would appreciate any help you can give us Prius owners with the hid headlamp system.

- Church Hill, TN, USA

problem #135

May 152014


  • 90,352 miles
I have seen the recent recall related to many makes and models of Toyota's for the clock-springs or spiral cables in the steering wheel. This is a very important part of the car which provides the electrical connection for many components such as the steering wheel controls, horn, and air bags. I have heard of others with the same issues in their generation II Prius (2004-2009). My spiral cable has recently stopped working as well and seeing as this is a safety issue I believe Toyota should be responsible for correcting it.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #134

Apr 262014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 69,434 miles
Without warning, after stopping and turning off the engine, my Prius engine wouldn't start and all of the warning lights went on when I tried to turn the engine over.. thankfully, I was not in an intersection or on a road when this occurred. The Toyota dealer I had the car towed to, told me I had a poaa6 code and need to replace a transaxle assembly. (repair costs are over $4000) after a little bit of research, it appears that a lot of 2007 Prius owners are experiencing the same product failure. I just found out that Toyota has a service bulletin about the problem but does not cover the failure after 60,000 miles, except in a few states, such as California, which made Toyota extend warranty to 150,000 miles.. no Toyota mechanic ever advised me about this problem. Had I known it's potential, I would have purchased an extended warranty. Tsb number: Sb-0306-08 rev 2nhtsa number: 10037588tsb date: March 23, 2011date added to file: May 26, 2011 failing component: Electrical system:battery summary: Toyota: Malfunction light is on with two internal trouble codes. It is a problem with the transaxle assembly. 2004-2008 Prius.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #133

Apr 102014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The back door latch of my 2007 Toyota Prius has degraded ("melted" almost). It no longer functions properly, and I am unable to open the back hatch door. Sometimes it required considerable effort and perseverance to get it open. I cannot open it anymore as the latch broke. I am concerned that in the case of an emergency, I will not be able to get the door open. This is a major cause for concern and it is a serious safety hazard. Blue 2007 Prius in cupertino, ca.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #132

Apr 032014


  • 96,000 miles
I was returning home from a trip with a friend and driving on major freeway late at night, very dark with little visibility in a rural, unlit area..all lights in vehicle shut down while driving 70-75 mph. We could not see anything even the road, was like driving blind and very frightening trying to navigate the Prius off the road safely without getting hit by other vehicles. Once I stopped the vehicle off the side of the road in the far left lane we turned the vehicle off, but left the hazard lights on and let the vehicle sit for a few minutes. We started again, lights came on, and I drove the vehicle another 100 miles without any incident until we entered the city. I had a similar problem driving the 12 remaining miles home, but the front yellow lights worked and I had the hazard and brake lights working. The city lights improved visibility. I took the vehicle in and the only problem they could find was with one of the headlights. I was told I needed to replace both. I can't emphasize how dangerous and frightening this experience was for my friend and I, still unsure how we avoided a tragedy. I would like the NHTSA to investigate and make a recommendation to have some type of warning in the vehicle.

- Salt Lake, UT, USA

problem #131

Mar 182014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Brake (red color) warning lights appear while driving at 55 mph; yellow color indicator on ABS, vsc. Once these warning lights appear, I somehow lose 25-50% of my braking power. Not sure what is wrong despite getting brand new wheels, replaced all-new rotors, brake pads, oil and filter change. This is the 5th time it has happened in the last few weeks. Toyota should be held liable and to replace the full cost of any necessary fixes to the hydraulic brakes or run a diagnostic of the entire vehicle's electrical or brakes system or anything that leads to the dashboard warning lights at 100%. this will be a serious issue because it can lead to serious accidents if owners of this vehicle experience the same issues.

- Hollis Hills, NY, USA

problem #130

Mar 092014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 131,514 miles
Hybrid battery failed. The battery is hyped as lasting the lifetime of your car. 7 years and 131K is not a lifetime in my opinion. If I lived or bought my car in ca, it would be covered under warranty. Because I live in Alabama, it is not. Warranty should be standardized.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #129

Mar 092014


  • 68,000 miles
For the second time in a year, the electronic display panel on my 2007 Toyota Prius has gone completely dark I.e, inoperative when I started the vehicle. This panel displays the vehicle speed, gas gauge and various status & warning lights. The car still is able to be driven even though the display panel does not work, which is a hazard. The first time it happened I had the Toyota dealership's service dept. Look at the car and they could not reproduce the problem. This time I noticed that the interior door light was lit. However no door was open. While the vehicle was powered, I open and closed every door including the rear hatch. The door light remained lit. I then hit the power button to power the car off and then back on. The interior door light went out and the display panel came on, resolving the issue. I've tried to replicate the problem by opening a door and powering up the car without success. There has to be another factor involved that causes the display to fail to operate.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #128

Mar 032014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
The display screen in the center of the dash in completely black. It won't turn on.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #127

Feb 232014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
The bulbs turn off intermittently for no reason. I already replaced the bulbs but the problem did not go away. This is very unsafe. I made my research and there are many complaints of this kind of problem with the 2007 Prius. Toyota should recall and fix this problem. This is very unsafe.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

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