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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,689 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

lights problem

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 24 of 48)

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problem #489

Jul 142010

Prius

  • 75,321 miles

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

The hid headlight on the passenger side of my Prius is starting to flicker and go on and off. The bulb is supposed to last 10 years but it's been only 3 years since I bought the car. The bulb or headlight electronics is defective but I've been told it could cost up to $1,000 to repair. It seems this is happening to a lot of Prius owners.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #488

Jul 132010

Prius

  • 67,100 miles
The headlights in my 2007 Prius turn off without notice. Sometimes a single headlight will go out, sometimes both will. There have been several occasions where I have found myself in total darkness while driving. I am able to get the headlights to come back on by turning the headlight off/on lever. The headlights always go out within the first minute or two of starting the vehicle, and continue to randomly go off as I drive. The car was taken to the dealer for repair. The lights went out at the repair shop as is noted in the invoice. Both headlight bulbs were replaced at a cost of $345. (part # toy 90981-20029) it took 3 labor hours to replace these bulbs for which I was charged an additional $295. The invoice states: "H.I.D. ballasts and wires with connections are ok at this time." The Toyota service advisor stated that they were having problems with the original bulbs and they now use a different bulb, however nothing was covered by a recall. While no accident occurred in our vehicle due to headlight failure, there was a significant possibility of an accident. There are many reports on the internet by other Prius drivers of this same problem.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #487

Jul 132010

Prius

  • 76,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius ; for the past 6 months my hid headlamps spontaneously turn off, and I need to turn the light switch to off then back on again, for them to re-light. This week it happened on a dark country road and I suddenly had no lights at all. Thank goodness there were no cars or pedestrians on the road at that time and there was no damage. I brought it to my local Toyota dealer today and they say my lamps have burned out and need replacement, to the tune of $550.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #486

Jul 132010

Prius

  • 75,000 miles

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

2007 Toyota Prius headlight failure. This is my second complaint. Problem has existed sine 2008. How long will it take for action" you have over 400 complaints on this issue. It is a real problem, and unsafe. Will someone need to be killed"

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #485

Jul 072010

Prius

  • 40,134 miles
Intermittent hid driver side headlight off while driving. Recovers with restart of engine and/or turning headlights off and on again. When on it is dimmer than the passenger side light.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

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problem #484

Jul 062010

Prius

  • 73,600 miles
There has been repeated failure of one or both headlights suddenly going off without warning. This has occurred numerous times under all driving conditions - local, highway, good weather and bad. There is no apparent action that causes the headlight failure. Sometimes it is either headlight and other times both lights will fail. It is not a complete electrical failure in that the car still operates and the dash board stays lit. There was a burning odor after the last incident, but no fire. The car was shut off for a few minutes, restarted and driven away.

- Northvale, NJ, USA

problem #483

Aug 102009

Prius

  • 34,000 miles

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

2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlamps. Light works intermittently, turns itself off and on without any input from the driver. Cost of replacement bulb is obscenely high and the procedure of changing the bulb is prohibitive for an average car owner. The replacement bulb appears to have the same problem. I have other make of car with hid bulbs without any problem at all.

- Norwich, NY, USA

problem #482

Jul 022010

Prius

  • 30,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius 30,000 miles. Individual hid headlights spontaneously turns off. Will come back on if we turn lights off completely and then turn back on.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #481

Jun 132010

Prius

  • 46,000 miles
The drive side headlight randomly goes out while driving. Turning the headlights off and then back on will resolve the problem. This happens many times a month. Last occurrence was yesterday.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #480

Jan 102010

Prius

  • miles
Condensation in 2007 Prius headlamp for 6 months. I have a platinum extended warranty in effect. Toyota will not repair or replace the defective headlamp under the warranty & will not acknowledge responsibility for an obvious manufacturer defect that according to internet research is a very common problem in Toyota vehicles.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #479

May 242010

Prius

  • 55,000 miles

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

2007 Prius hid headlamp goes out intermittently. One has already been replaced under warranty and the other is now going out after warranty expired. Headlamps should last more than three years.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #478

Nov 142009

Prius

  • 40,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius headlight failures. Problem first appeared after 3rd year after purchase. The driver's side or passenger's side will go out after about 10 minutes of driving. I have replaced the bulbs 3 times so far and still no fix. Toyota has recently reduced the price of their bulbs from $300 a piece to $150 a piece with a $300 labor charge, but only warranties it for 1 year. Which is still too expensive and not a solution to the problem, but a stalling tactic.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #477

Sep 192009

Prius

  • 56,000 miles
I have recently been experiencing the headlights on my 2007 Prius going out intermittently. When I addressed with my dealership, they replaced the bulbs on both lights. Unfortunately after the replacement I am still experiencing outages with the headlights intermittently. It's difficult to know how often this occurs since it either needs to be nighttime or I need to see my reflection to know when it happens. I am convinced that the issue is not bulb related since when I cycle my lights off and back on, the headlights come back on. I have read via various articles and postings that other Prius drivers (including friends of mine) are experiencing the same problems. I feel this trend indicates a faulty wiring or mechanical problem with the headlights which is not simply rectified by replacing the bulb. This has the potential to cause significant damage/injury when the lights go out at nighttime.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

problem #476

May 252007

Prius

  • 44,000 miles
One headlight intermittently but frequently fails; turning the light switch off and on will temporarily cure the problem. The local Toyota service manager states that this is a common occurrence and that the electronic control unit integrated with the headlamp is probably at fault. Since the front bumper has to be removed to gain access to the headlights, this is an expensive repair procedure.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #475

Apr 232010

Prius

  • miles
My 2007 Toyota Prius headlights have been going on and off one at a time, and in the past month both have gone out at night. I have to turn them off and on to get the headlights to come back on, and this doesn't work everytime. I have been pulled over numerous times by the police for a light out, only to show them it isn't out. Toyota will do nothing about this.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #474

May 182010

Prius

  • 65,000 miles
The headlights on my 2007 Prius come and go. The problem is a defect in the headlights and the fix is more than $500. For the headlights. This is really dangerous because I think there is a problem and I look they are okay. Then someone tells me my headlight is off and it is but when I look at it later, they are working. I suspect that they have been doing this a long time but I did not realize it. This is dangerous. I want a recall!! this is worse than the pedal problem.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #473

Jul 312007

Prius

  • 43,000 miles
My 2007 Prius has the hid headlamps, which are too costly to repair and will randomly go out while driving at night...clearly dangerous. I try to have the bulbs replaced and Toyota dealer says its a $200 to $300 dollar job to repair (money that I do not have) while the car was still under warranty the las vegas dealer fixed the issue ( or I thought they did) but less then two years later I am having the same problem and now Toyota will not repair it cause it is not under warranty. This is wrong they tried and failed to fix now I guess I am no longer a good customer. Why will they not fix a danger situation. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #472

May 162010

Prius

  • 63,000 miles
My 2007 Prius has the hid headlamps, which are too costly to repair and will randomly go out while driving at night...clearly dangerous. I try to have the bulbs replaced and Toyota dealer says its a $200 to $300 dollar job to repair (money that I do not have) while the car was still under warranty the las vegas dealer fixed the issue ( or I thought they did) but less then two years later I am having the same problem and now Toyota will not repair it cause it is not under warranty. This is wrong they tried and failed to fix now I guess I am no longer a good customer. Why will they not fix a danger situation. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Creston, IA, USA

problem #471

May 122010

Prius

  • 36,000 miles
Toyota Prius 2007 with hid headlights. Passenger headlight intermittently on and off. I have been reading about this problem and it seems to be a common one with no solution for repair.

- Moline, IL, USA

problem #470

May 102010

Prius

  • 84,320 miles
Summary: My car began accelerating while I was in park. I own a 2007 Toyota Prius. Two days ago, I drove to my destination, pulled into a parking spot, and turned off the car. I was early, so I turned the car back on (so I could listen to the radio while I waited). The car was in park and I did not have my feet on any pedals. The car was on for less than a minute when it began to drive forward. I both heard the sound of the motor engaging and visually processed that the car was moving. I immediately stepped on the brake hard and the car immediately came to a stop. My 4-year-old was distressed because the rolling and hard stop made a big jolt. The car was still in park. I released the brake pedal and the car stayed still. I do not know if this is related, but my car headlights randomly turn off while I am driving. If I toggle the switch off and back on, they always come back on. I took it to the local dealer, where the repair guy told me they frequently see this problem, and all they do is replace the headlights (which made no sense to me, because the bulbs aren't burned out). I would say this problem happens about once a week.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

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