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 37 of 46)

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problem #187

Jul 212009


  • 60,000 miles


Hid headlight goes out intermittently.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #186

May 232009


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights. Recently the drivers headlight will go out for a short time (10-20 min) then come back on. It will do this intermittently.

- Fraziers Bottom, WV, USA

problem #185

Jun 132009


  • 39,500 miles
Noticed the passenger headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius was out. I turned the lights off and back on and they came on. Now it frequently goes off, but will come back on when I turn them off and on. We priced a new bulb, which is in excess of $150. But now we are concerned that will be a waste of money. If we replace the bulb and the problem is something else like wiring, etc...then what"!"

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #184

Jul 212009


  • 59,000 miles


I own a 2007 Toyota Prius. The last few weeks my headlights flicker and then turn off with no warning. Sometimes only 1 light goes out but usually they both do given the time. This is a huge safety hazard if you are on a curve road and then all of a sudden see nothing. Toyota dealer says my warranty gold plus 6 years 100K miles does not cover this.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #183

Jul 152009


  • 46,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius, purchased new, now 46K miles, hid headlamp failure, stopped by police, hard to troubleshoot, oem part too expensive, looking for affordable replacement, unsafe / illegal to drive with one headlamp.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

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problem #182

Jul 012009


  • 26,850 miles
On my 2007 Toyota Prius, I am having intermittent front headlight (hid) failure. I have less than 30K miles on the car and have noticed that the front driver's side hid works and then doesn't work, then comes back on. I have not gone into the dealership yet, but I have read hundreds of forum postings at www.hybridcars.com/forums/replacing-headlight-bulb-T910.html that all have had the exact same problem with no resolution from Toyota. This is a safety hazard!!!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #181

Jul 192009


  • 53,500 miles


2007 Prius. ~43K miles noticed intermittent outages on passenger side head light. Mentioned this to dealer, who said he could change the bulb, but it could be the computer, and that was an expensive repair. A few months later, now at 53K miles, both headlights went out without warning. Could turn them off and on again, and they would work for about 90 seconds before one or both of them would fail again. Driving down the highway and being caught in pitch black for the few seconds necessary to turn my lights off then on again was not sustainable. I was 2 hours from home at 9:30 pm. Had to find alternative lodging, and continue trip in daylight.

- Hampton, CT, USA

problem #180

Jun 282009


  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Prius with 62,000 miles. At 45,000 miles I noticed the hid headlight would go out a short time after they were turned on. If the light were turned off and back on the headlight would stay on for a short time and then go out again. Toyota said I could try changing the bulbs. I had bulbs replaced at 60,000 miles with the appropriate hid bulbs. The headlight on the driver side still goes out a minute or two after tuning the lights on and will light up again if the lights are turned on and off; however, the headlight goes out after a minute or two. Through the internet I have learned that this has been a chronic problem that many other Toyota Prius owners have experienced.

- Titusville, PA, USA

problem #179

Jul 152009


  • 42,500 miles
The hid headlight in my 2007 Toyota Prius isn't working quite right! after a few minutes of running the headlights, the driver's side just turns off. If I turn the headlights off and back on again, it works just fine. I've read that this is a documented problem so I wanted to have my problem put on record.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #178

Mar 152009


  • 34,000 miles
2007 Prius hid lamp failure. Driver side (left). Initially turns on and then immediately dims to no light.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #177

Jul 172009


  • 79,000 miles


The headlight on the passenger side of my 2007 Toyota Prius goes on and off while driving. This can happen at different times without any regular pattern which can cause me to get pulled over by the police. The same thing occurred with the headlight on the driver's side and had to be replaced. This is a dangerous safety defect.

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #176

Mar 022009


  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2007 Prius with hid headlights. While driving early one morning, I noticed that the passenger side headlight was out. When I left work that night, I noticed the light was back on. In the following weeks, the headlight would intermittently fail and then come back on if I cycled the headlight switch. Dealer could not repeat the problem but gave me an estimate to replace the bulb. This now occurs repeatedly every time I use the headlights the light goes out, I cycle the switch, and the headlight comes back on for a while. First occurrence was at about 37,000 miles. Car now has about 41,000 miles. So far the driver's side headlight has not had this problem, but if it does, I could suddenly find myself driving without any headlights.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #175

Mar 012009


  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius, and the driver's side hid headlight goes out intermittently while driving. I have had an estimate done on the replacement of this headlight, and it was over $800. This is a major safety hazard.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #174

Apr 022009


  • 25,000 miles
The headlights on my 2007 Prius go on and off by themselves. I bought this vehicle in the usa and made no modifications. Turning the lights off and then on manually resets them and they work for an unknown period of time until they go out again. These are hid lights.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #173

Jul 042009


  • miles
Prius headlight failure. Possibly related to preliminary evaluation PE09-019. For about the last 12 months, I've noticed in reflections in bumpers, and store glass, etc... that either one or the other of my headlights have been turning off while driving. It's more than just an annoyance due to the fact that I can barely see when one (possibly both?) of the headlights is out and I'm driving on a road that does not have street lights. At first, I was going to order a bulb, but then when I tried to figure out which one was out, they would both work. I was told by a police officer on my last trip to Maine that I had a light out (not a traffic stop), and I explained the issue, and he suggested I check to see if there were any recalls. I found PE09-019 during a web search, and would like to have my complaint added. The more investigation I do, the more I realize that this happens just about every time I drive.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #172

Apr 272009


  • miles
Hid headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius are defective. They go switch off. This has happened to several Prius owners just doing a search over google. Toyota should post a recall for this problem.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #171

Jul 122009


  • 37,716 miles
The hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius are beginning to go out for a matter of seconds while I am driving at night. My car has 37K miles on it, and I feel it is entirely too early for these headlights to be going out, when they are supposed to last longer than conventional headlights.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #170

Jun 272009


  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle has 70,000 miles, 2007 Prius. Both headlights go off at random. Turning them off and back on will correct the problem temporarily until they go out again. Dealer says its the bulb shorting out $600 will correct the problem. I'm waiting to get the car home to keep the lights on while at a stand still to disprove theory of bumps in the road causing short.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #169

Jul 012009


  • 35,000 miles
I have a 2007 Prius and the headlights are blinking out. The dealership wanted 500+ dollars for the repair, saying they had to take the bumper off. I have since found out its just the bumper cover, not the bumper. The problem is in the electrical system, and this seems to be a prevalent problem with the priuses.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #168

Jan 062009


  • 55,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius headlamps fail intermittently. When the lights are turned off, the headlamp turns back on. The replacement cost is excessive for an intermittent failure.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

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