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 30 of 46)

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problem #327

Nov 112009


  • 85,000 miles


Starting at approximately one year old, the Toyota Prius hid drivers side headlight started to flicker occasionally. It was mentioned to the dealer however it never seemed to be failing when at the dealer. Then at about two years of age, the headlight would blink completely out occasionally, again mentioned to the dealer but would not duplicate at the dealership. It was discovered that just cycling the switch off and back on would restore the headlight. It is now failing on a more regular basis but not when at the dealer. The passenger side is now doing this as well and I have a real fear of both lights failing at the same time and causing an accident. As of today, no repair has been made but Toyota has issued a case number but remains firm that an expensive diagnosis should be made without acknowledging responsibility for this failure. I will be getting it repaired and this headlight issue could amount to $1000 or more. This is a badly designed bulb and assembly. Consideration should have been made to replace this bulb with ease considering the failure rate it is experiencing. The most recent date is the one listed below.

- Valley View, TX, USA

problem #326

Nov 132009


  • miles
The headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius shuts on and off intermittently while I am driving. When I take the vehicle to the dealer, they say they cannot find the problem because it happens to be working when it is there. I find this hard to believe since this is a well-known defect among 2007 Prius owners.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #325

Nov 102009


  • 65,000 miles
The passenger side hid headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius is malfunctioning. The light on the passenger side will frequently go out, leaving me with one headlamp. If I cycle the headlights off and back on, the passenger side headlight will come back on for a while, and then repeat. This is a safety issue, driving with one (or no) headlight. My car has about 65,000 miles, though it is only 2 and a half years old. This appears to be a common problem with the 2007 and 2006 Prius models with the hid headlights.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #324

Nov 042009


  • 37,500 miles


Hid lamp intermittent outage in my 2007 Toyota Prius.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #323

Nov 082009


  • 26,000 miles
Hid headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius fail intermittently. Turning light switch off/on sometimes makes light(s) come back on. Driving country roads after dark with no headlights is very dangerous. Toyota acknowledges the problem, but still wants an arm and leg to repair problem. Apparently headlights, and computer board with ballasts need replaced to completely fix the problem.

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

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problem #322

Jun 152008


  • miles
The passenger headlight goes on and off intermittently causing a safety issue when driving. This started occurring during the first year of ownership. I have been pulled over by the police twice for having a light out. This is a big safety concern for driving at night. When the car was brought in for service, the dealer quoted $700 repair and it would not be covered under warranty. The service manager acted as though he had never seen this before although every Prius owner who owns a computer, can read and had this problem is aware of this defective component and Toyota's unwillingness to address this safety issue.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #321

Oct 192009


  • 59,000 miles


I have a 2007 Toyota Prius and my headlights keep going on and off. Quoted from 150 to 800 to replace. I think this is a factory defect.

- Hoquiam, WA, USA

problem #320

Nov 062009


  • 64,341 miles
My 2007 Toyota Prius has been experiencing premature failure of the hid headlights for the past month. They alternately go on and off by themselves sometimes both together. One incident involved them both turning off one night on a dark country road without any illumination. This threw me into immediate panic as everything went completely black. It was only by luck that I was alert enough to have a mental picture of the road that I was on and was able to quickly slow down while navigating away from known obstacles. Once stopped I turned the vehicle off and on and the lights returned and remained on for the remainder of the trip. Quite a dangerous event. Last night I was traveling on an illuminated highway and was subsequently stopped by a state law enforcement officer. When asked if I knew why I was stopped and I replied no, he stated that it was due to my drivers side headlight being out. When I inquired Toyota for a price to have this situation corrected I was told $1000+ for the cost of materials and labor and it was not covered under warranty. This situation truly is a safety hazard that needs to be corrected immediately at no cost to the consumer under an official recall. I have to think that there are others out there with a similar problem.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #319

Aug 012009


  • 36,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius. I have observed that one of my headlights flickers and dies sporadically, but relights when the headlights are switched off and then back on. After relighting, a single headlight again eventually flickers and dies. According to internet research, this is a common problem with Toyota high intensity discharge headlights, and a case by your office has been opened (and closed) under case number: PE09019. I strongly believe this case should be reopened.

- Wilmington , DE, USA

problem #318

Oct 052009


  • 38,000 miles
Hid lights on 2007 Toyota Prius are going out.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #317

Nov 032009


  • 24,323 miles


My 2007 Toyota Prius hid headlights would go dim and finally without warming shut off and become dark. I would need to shut off the headlight switch and turn them back on. This "winking" of headlights would occur continuously.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #316

Oct 312009


  • 45,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius - the headlights go off intermittently with no warning, rhyme or reason. Turning the switch off and then on temporarily fixes the problem but not completely. Toyota dealer says the bulbs are burned out and wants $1000 to replace them. If the bulbs were burned out, why do they come back on?

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #315

Sep 092009


  • 33,000 miles
When driving at night my wife told me her right head light would go out. When I check the car it was working!! so after several months of this of her telling me this story we started leaving the lights on during the day and checking to see what was going on. Finally we noticed that not only does the right head light go out but they both go out.so I took the car to the dealer with the lights on and by the time I got there both head lights failed. My car has 34,890 miles on it and it is 2years into the basic 3 year warranty. The dealer replaced both bulbs and told me to come back if it happens again and they will replace some other electronic part. They seem to know there is a problem or defect in lighting system in the car.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #314

Nov 052009


  • miles
2007 Toyota Prius - passenger side head-light has stopped working with only 42,000 miles on the vehicle. Checked the internet and find that this is not a unique issue, there are quite a few others with the same concern. This is the third Toyota I have owned and I've never had a complaint about any of my previous automobiles.

- Ijamsville, MD, USA

problem #313

Jan 252009


  • 25,000 miles
Random failure of either or both headlights. Headlights go off and will come back on when the switch is turned off and back on, but likely will go off again. This is a well known defect on the 2007 Toyota Prius, Toyota will not pay to fix this problem, instead choosing to charge 200 to 1000 dollars to repair with no guarantee that it will not recur.

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #312

Nov 042009


  • 55,260 miles
I have owned a 2007 Toyota Prius since new (3 years). I noticed about 3 months ago that, when I turned on my headlights, the right lamp was starting out at full brightness but gradually dimming until it completely went out altogether. Switching the lights off and on again would restore the light to full brightness, but then the light would gradually begin to dim again. This is a very serious safety issue, as I do not know that the light has gone out while I am driving (as I said, it is very gradual and obviously cannot be seen from the drivers seat). The dealership recommends changing both hid bulbs, with a quoted cost of $553 including parts and labor. Apparently lightbulbs are not covered, even under extended warranty. After researching this issue further, I have learned that this is an extremely common problem with the 2007 Prius. In light of that fact, Toyota should absolutely conduct a recall of what is obviously a significant defect, and a very serious safety issue as well. It is extremely unfair to sell us a faulty product and then ask us to pay for the repairs, or else endanger our safety by driving with faulty headlights.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #311

Oct 232009


  • 36,500 miles
2007 Prius with 36K miles, hid headlights. Stopped by police who told us that we had both a headlight and a tail-light out. This was only a couple of weeks after the car passed state inspection. Upon returning home, found that both headlights were working but that taillight was out. My wife mentioned that other people had been telling her for a couple of months that there was a taillight out on the car, but it was always working when we checked. The next day after the police stopped us, I noted that all lights on the car were working. Took car to dealer, where they claimed that they thought it was a bulb issue and could replace if I wanted. I countered that a bulb should either work or not, and that this intermittent operation seemed to indicate an electrical or wiring problem, but the dealer didn't agree. The dealer checked all the lights, and found them all to be working. Just after returning from the dealer, I discovered that the passenger headlight was out.

- Williamstown, MA, USA

problem #310

Oct 102009


  • 42,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius (touring edition) with hid headlights. My headlights continue to flicker as if they are going out, and quite often I notice that one or the other bulbs isn't working. Once I even had both headlights go out without any notice on the dash board, and only noticed they were both off when entering an unlit street.

- Lakeway, TX, USA

problem #309

Mar 012009


  • miles
I own a 2007 Prius touring vehicle. The hid headlamps frequently fail. Typically what happens is that I am driving and notice one of the headlamps flicker quickly then turn off. Often times the remedy is to simply turn the headlight switch off, then turn it back on. Typically, the headlight will stay on a few minutes to many hours. I have contacted my dealer on the issue, but the total fix costs nearly $1000. After reading about complaints, many owners experience the same issue months or years after the fix. I feel Toyota should take on the responsibility to fix this issue because they are aware that many of their vehicles with hid headlamps experience the same problems. It is not due to overuse, neglect, or abuse on my part. It is a defect my Prius was likely to experience the moment they sold the vehicle to me.

- Paoli, PA, USA

problem #308

Oct 052009


  • 65,000 miles
Headlights, both driver and passenger sides fail. Can be corrected temporarily by turning off and then turning back on. Already stopped by police with a warning. Has been occurring for a month or more. Happens in all conditions, sun, rain, cloudy, etc.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

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