really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,090 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 27 of 46)

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problem #387

Dec 122009


  • 50,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius 50,000 miles when noticed the problem. 55,000 now. Probably has been going on longer than that. At first one or the other headlight would go off, usually within a few minutes of starting to drive. Noticed in the reflection on cars ahead that one light was off. Discovered that turning the headlights off and then back on usually fixes the problem at least until I get to work. Luckily it's well lit most of the way. Now I have had both lights go off at the same time. If it wasn't for the fog lights, I would have been in trouble. Got the notice from Toyota that they are reimbursing customers who have already replaced them for any cost over $150 per lamp. They were charging people $300 per lamp and some dealers were replacing the computer that controls them also. They will reimburse customers for that unnecessary expense too. I am trying to convince Toyota that since it was the bulbs that were the problem, they should reimburse customers for the total cost of replacing the lamps. My platinum protection does no good for lamps. My Toyota dealer says the cost to replace both lamps now is abbot $450 including labor.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #386

Jan 102010


  • 69,000 miles
The passenger side hid headlamp has begun to go off unexpectedly. It will come back on if the lights are turned off for a few seconds and then turned back on. 2007 Toyota Prius, 69,000 miles. It has failed 3 times in 9 days. Not repaired yet, still have the headlamp.

- Carmi, IL, USA

problem #385

Oct 152008


  • 35,000 miles
2007 Toyota pruis touring model...ongoing problem...both headlights go off at frequent intervals, but presently if I turn the switch totally off and back on they come back on. Right side happens more frequently than the left side although there is no consistency as far as timing. Can happen as soon as I start the car and not again for an hour. At times after turning the switch completely off (not a real comfortable feeling while driving down the road) and on they do come on but sometimes go back off within seconds and it has to be repeated and sometimes they will stay on.

- Cohasset, MA, USA

problem #384

Dec 192009


  • 49,000 miles


Hid headlight on driver side keep going off sporadically while driving.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #383

Jan 022009


  • 40,000 miles
2007 Prius headlights went out while driving on a dark mountain road. Very scary very dangerous.

- Ojai, CA, USA

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problem #382

Jan 132010


  • 52,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius headlight goes out.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #381

Nov 042009


  • 40,000 miles


I have a 2007 Toyota Prius and the driver's side headlight goes out intermittently. I have had quotes anywhere from $300 to $500. After getting over the initial shock, I find out this is a common occurrence with Prius owners. This is clearly a defect and could cause an accident. I find it rather unbelievable that Toyota could charge someone an outrageous amount of money for something that is clearly a defect of this vehicle.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #380

Jan 012008


  • 14,000 miles
My 2007 Prius front headlamps overheat and without warning go out and then will work again once it cools off. Toyota replaced one while in warranty but refuses to do the other since car is now out of warranty. They say "use headlamps only when absolutely necessary". this is a $300. Item to replace. Toyota knows of problem and now says they will charge only $150 for parts. This should be a recall item.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #379

Dec 202009


  • 46,699 miles
My passenger side hid headlight works intermittently. If I turn the headlights off then back on then the headlight functions. I only have 46,700 miles on the car and the hid lights should last longer than that. I've noticed the problem at least once every 2 weeks.

- Canton, CT, USA

problem #378

Oct 252009


  • 75,000 miles
Both headlights go off at frequent intervals, but presently if I turn the switch totally off and back on they come back on. Right side happens more frequently than the left side although there is no consistency as far as timing. Can happen as soon as I start the car and not again for an hour. At times after turning the switch completely off (not a real comfortable feeling while driving down the road) and on they do come on but go back off within seconds and it has to be repeated. I pull in to check and all the lights are on, so the bulbs are good. It also is affecting the high beams. They do not work if the light has blinked off once and I have turned it back on and then try to use the high beams. They will not work at that point. If I turn the high beams on before the headlight has blinked off they work as they are supposed to so those bulbs are also not burnt out. This blinking of lights now occurs daily. Started out happening every so many days (I drive 50 miles to work 4 days a week) and now happens at least once each day. I never know how long it will stay on after returning. Dangerous.

- Slippery Rock, PA, USA

problem #377

Jan 062010


  • 49,248 miles


I have a 2007 Prius with hid lights and have had issues with both front headlamps turning off intermittently as well as the back passenger side light. The driver side headlamp had to be replaced at approximately 35000 miles, and the passenger side light at 50000 miles. Thankfully, dublin Toyota replaced the driver side headlamp at no cost, stating it was unusual to already be experiencing problems. The passenger side however was going to cost $425. The dealership cut me a brake and charged "only" $325. $150 for the light, the rest for labor. They said it was not covered under warranty, but replacing a headlight should not cost more than replacing all 4 tires! also, this is a safety issue that should be publicized by Toyota directly. I drive at night, and I live near the coast where there is plenty of fog. Lights that randomly choose to stop working are not safe whatsoever.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #376

Nov 042009


  • 67,000 miles
No event leading to the failure on 2007 Toyota Prius touring model. My wife came home from hot springs, ar around 4:00pm and the passenger side headlight was not on. We drive with the headlights on at all times, or at least we used to. I checked the light assembly for loose wires, but none found. Switched lights off and back on and the light was working. The same evening we went to the theater 2 miles from home and while driving home in the dark, the light went out 3 times in the 2 mile ride. I switched the light on and off to restart each time it went out. There is no pattern to the lights-out problem. It can be on for an entire trip or on and off any number of times. We live in the quacita mts. Of Arkansas and street lights are minimal at best. The headlights are optional hid lights with the touring package (no choice). According to others with the same problem, one lights goes out, then the other one usually follows after several miles. If the situation arrises where both light go out, we could be in grave danger in the mountains. You cannot see anything at night w/O headlights, unless the moon is bright. The repair is exorbitant for the bulb and even more ridiculous for the control module and installation. This is caused from defective parts because the hid headlights are supposed to last 3 times longer than standard headlights. Toyota has admitted that they had some defective bulbs from one manufacturer. But my vehicle is beyond the warrantee. I still feel that I should not have to pay for their defective parts that they installed on my vehicle. This is their responsibility to replace at their expense. The labor and parts to replace one light and/or module exceeds $1000. That is not even reasonable. Purchasing customers were never told that those lights were that nonsensically expensive. Therefore, I am waiting for Toyota to be forced by class action law suits or customer influence to take tesponsibility for their idiotic mistake.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #375

Jun 152008


  • miles
Intermittent headlights - headlights (1 or both) may fail at any time, come back on if switched off and back on, likely will go out again. Have been warned by police about failed headlight. Toyota offers no remedy, instead charges $200 or more each to replace bulb, which may or may not fix the problem.

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #374

Sep 152009


  • 60,000 miles
Hid headlight failure. This problem is intermittent, with both lights, Toyota has failed to accept responsibility for faulty equipment and the NHTSA has failed to recognize this as an issue. This should be a recall problem. I intend to use your finding that says this is "not a safety issue" because both lights do not go out at the same time, when I am pulled over by a police man. I intend to take your findings to court when that happens, to insist that any charges be dropped because you have deemed this to not be a problem. I have a 2007 Prius and a 2000 Tundra pick-up. My Tundra has over 200,000 miles on it and has never has a problem with its lights. My Prius is another story 60K miles and light issues. Toyota knows this is a problem and with the assistance to the NHTSA they are not taking responsibility for a defect. I did just receive a letter from Toyota stating they have reduced the cost of the light bulb from $300 per bulb to $150 per bulb. Labor is not included. This is a known defect in the Prius from 2006 to 2009 according to there letter. I'd ask that you look into this situation.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #373

Sep 152009


  • miles
Drivers side headlamp goes off randomly. Auto is 2007 Prius.

- Ben Lomond, CA, USA

problem #372

Dec 292009


  • 49,000 miles
2007 intermittent left headlight failure. I sent it to a Toyota dealer because I have a "bumper-to-bumper warranty" on 23 Dec 09. They told me that it would cost me over $400 to replace two bulbs. I don't believe it's a bulb problem because I can re-cycle the switch to get it back. On 29 Dec it failed again at night during a snow storm, nearly causing a freeway accident.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #371

Dec 012009


  • 30,000 miles
Hid bulbs (front headlights) go out on my 2007 Toyota Prius. They are on sometimes, and off at other times. Replaced the first one at 28K miles, now at 46K the other one is doing the same thing. This is an obvious problem with the high intensity bulbs.

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #370

Jul 012009


  • 37,000 miles
The headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius touring has started to randomly turn off. If I shut them off and turn them back on both headlights come on. Stopped by state cops for only one headlight but when he had me turn them on both were there. $228 to replace one bulb. Waiting to see if it is fixed. 37000+ miles on car.

- Lyons, OR, USA

problem #369

Dec 282009


  • 67,920 miles
Tonight for the third time recently, both headlights went out, one at a time. Neither low or high beam worked after they were out. I have previously reported the intermittent loss of both headlights and was able to show the dealer at least one occurrence of both lights. Tonight I was able to take pictures showing both lights out in low beam with fog lamps on (the fog lamps only work with headlights on in low). I realize that there have been numerous complaints about this issue with no pending resolution. The headlights came back on when the headlight switch is turned off the on again. Within 10 miles the driver side light went out again. And, as in the past, turning the headlights off then on restored the light.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #368

Dec 052008


  • 40,000 miles
Driver's lights intermittently turn off. Passenger light first went out, now both! defective hid lighting system. Reported to dealer, only they simply want to charge me $500 to replace both lights. Toyota refuses to address issue as defect.

- Charleston, SC, USA

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