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 36 of 46)

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problem #207

Jun 102009


  • 43,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius 42,000 miles. Passenger headlight goes out after a few minutes and sometime randomly. Either the bulb is failing, wiring is failing, or the computer is failing. This is very unsafe if it happens at night.

- London, OH, USA

problem #206

Jul 302009


  • 50,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius headlight (passenger side, driver side or both) randomly fails but then works when headlight switch is cycled off and back on. This behavior occurs to either side separately and sometimes both at the same time.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #205

Feb 012008


  • 13,000 miles
Headlights (hid) both work intermittently everyday since car was one year old.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #204

Jul 152008


  • 28,000 miles


Headlights keep going out on relatively new vehicle. Purchased 2007 Toyota Prius toward end of 2007, beginning of 2008. Passenger headlight went out at 28,000 miles and was replaced under warranty in July, 2008. Five months later, drivers side headlight started to go out and was informed this would need replacement, replacement cost approximately $200/event. Now passenger headlight placed just over 1 year ago has gone out again. Dealer offers no recourse except replacement each time. Do not feel replacing headlights every year is safe or fair, especially at excessive charges for service.

- Plover, WI, USA

problem #203

Oct 102008


  • 40,000 miles
My headlights would suddenly turn off and I would have to manually turn it back on.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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problem #202

Sep 152008


  • 48,000 miles
We own a 2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlamps. At around 48,000 miles the headlights started to flicker intermittently on both sides and eventually would go out completely. Sometimes the passenger side goes out, sometimes the driver side goes out, sometimes both. The lights come back on by turning the switch off and on again only to repeat the problem a few minutes later. It's difficult to know whether the lights are out when driving at dusk and at night when one light is out.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #201

Jul 282009


  • 21,000 miles


In early 2008 during normal driving at night both hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius went out at the same time. I reached for the stalk and rotated it both ways, and they came back on. I figured I did not turn it fully on, but some weeks later both lights failed again while driving at night. The dealer replaced both bulbs, but nothing else. The car had about 21,000 miles on it. Now, August 2009 the passenger side bulb has failed twice at night that I have noticed. Both times it came back on after being turned off and back on, as both times before. Current mileage 52,433. I worry that both sides will fail at the same time again while driving at night. This is not at all safe.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #200

Aug 032009


  • 35,646 miles
Headlamps go off intermittently.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #199

Aug 032009


  • 43,000 miles
My hid bulbs are turning off and on intermittently, I would like to replace but will cost about 900 for Toyota to do it. Seems like a defect and a danger if they keep turning off and on there own.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #198

Jun 152009


  • 72,500 miles
Subj: 2007 Toyota Prius headlights. Body: After speaking with Toyota Corp. They have informed me that I will have to take my car to a Toyota dealer and have the headlights replaced. These lights are defective and Toyota is charging between $750 to $1000 dollars to replace light bulbs. This is a widespread safety concern from the forums I've been to. My first experience was driving down a dark road and the lights suddenly went out. I was scared but was able to make them come back on by turning them off and on again. This must be the scam of the century because they are only guaranteed for 36,000 miles. I'll end up spending almost $1000 dollars annually for light bulbs" these bulbs aren't do it yourself either. You have to take the bumper off to get to them and the bulbs can cost $700 dollars a pair before labor. I also paid extra to have this car certified for the 10yr bumper to bumper but doesn't cover bulbs they claim. I don't even know for sure if it's bulbs so this could be even more costly. If so many people are having their lights go out while they are driving why is this not a recall yet" very scary. Just go to some online forums and you will see there is a serious problem with Toyota's hid's for Prius and they will not admit to it. I have small children and don't feel safe driving this vehicle anymore. This car is going to get somebody killed one day and nothing is going to happen until that day comes. Very very sad.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #197

Aug 012009


  • 88,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius hid headlights randomly go black. As I'm driving either one or both of the headlights go black. The only way to fix this is to manually switch the lights off then turn them back on. I've taken this to my Toyota dealership (sloane Toyota) and they couldn't find any problems.

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #196

Jul 252009


  • 50,400 miles
1. unable to determine any event or cause of headlight failure 2. either one of both of the headlights will go out intermittently, sometimes frequently and sometimes not. It is not possible to tell during daylight driving when they go out. Both have gone out at the same time while driving at night. Turning the switch off and back on will cause the lights to come back on. Two Toyota dealers have told me that they aren't sure what the problem is, but they want me to pay to have both headlights replaced at around $500 before they will try anything that is covered under warranty.

- Madisonville, TX, USA

problem #195

Jul 302009


  • 40,970 miles
Driver's hid headlamp intermittently goes off without notice. Turning the headlight switch to the "off" position and the "on" sometimes solves the problem temporarily. Many other complaints from other owners describing the same failure.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #194

May 012009


  • 33,285 miles
Vehicle: Prius 2007. Mileage: 33,285 problem: Unpredictable intermittent and spontaneous turning off of left front headlight due to overheating of the transformer control located directly under the headlight. From the internet discussion groups re this problem I believe it is widespread, potentially a dangerous safety issue, and to my knowledge not recognized as such by Toyota. I feel this should be investigated.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #193

Jul 182009


  • 24,500 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius with 24,000 miles on the clock. My driver's side high intensity discharge headlamp has failed prematurely. My Toyota dealership has quoted me $193 for a replacement headlamp and over $350 to have them replace it. This is outrageous. I have also seen on various online bulletin boards that this is a consistent problem with Prius and that Toyota is not accepting responsibility for what is clearly a defect.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #192

Jul 152009


  • 33,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius - 33000 miles - driver side headlight keeps going out intermittently causing potentially dangerous night time driving conditions. If I turn the light switch on and off the light comes back on but goes off again a short time later.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #191

Jul 272009


  • 34,900 miles
While driving on interstate 405 in portland, or, the hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius suddenly turned off. Switching them off and then on again caused the lamps to work again temporarily, with the left and the right lights turning off at random. Fortunately, I was in a well lit area of the interstate and no harm resulted from this incident.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #190

Jun 122009


  • 37,000 miles
The head lights failed after a short period of driving at night. The incident recurs often and it impacts on our safety and the safety of other drivers.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #189

Jun 152009


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. The left headlamp repeatedly fails without warning. Recently, both headlamps blink and go out.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #188

Jul 232009


  • 28,050 miles
I have a 2007 package 5 Toyota Prius and the headlights keep going in and out. This happens randomly while I'm driving and alternates headlights. Usually if I switch the lights off and turn it back they both come on. This was brought to my attention by a friend who noticed I had one headlight out. Otherwise I'll randomly notice it in the reflection of the car in front of me. Last night both headlights went out while I was driving on the interstate. This is very dangerous and we as drivers may not even notice. It puts me as well as other drivers at risk. I looked online at forums and it looks like this is a common issue for the Prius' and it costs $2000+ to repair. I think that Toyota should have to issue a recall for this before someone gets seriously injured. They sold a faulty product and should be responsible for resolving the issue.

- Portland, OR, USA

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