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 5 of 46)

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problem #827

Jan 052015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 72,333 miles


The hid headlights intermittently flicker on and off, sometimes staying off for the majority of a drive. At times, both fail. I see there was a successful Toyota Prius hid headlight class action settlement that covers owners of Prius made 2006-2009 with an extended warranty. But I just purchased this vehicle a month ago and was not informed by the dealership of the problem and am beyond the 50,000 miles or 5 year period of the extended warranty. Is there any way I can still have Toyota fix this in my vehicle?

- Cold Spring, NY, USA

problem #826

Jan 112015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 193,000 miles
I just purchased this car less than a month ago used from a Toyota dealership. While entering a freeway onramp, my drivers side headlight went out completely. I had to pull over and turn the lights off and back on then the light functioned properly for the rest of my drive.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #825

Oct 012014


  • 80,000 miles
The high intensity headlights (hid) bulbs (right and left) are keep going out. I replaced 4 times and keeps happening. I researched online and found out that this is a common issue on Toyota Prius model 2004-2007. Many people have shared about this specific problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #824

Dec 312012


  • miles


My headlights keep going out. Both headlights will go out at once. I've replaced the bulbs which did not change anything. I also contacted Toyota multiple times, all incidents ending up in them telling me they would do nothing about the issue, it's not a recall and will not be a recall and it's my responsibility to take care of. Even after I pointed out the multiple articles I read of Toyota reimbursing and extending the warranties for this issue. Along with the class action lawsuit. I've long extended the warranty because I bought the car used. It had over 30,000 miles on it when I bought it. The Toyota dealership is even less of a help! going down a dark highway at 65 mph and both headlights going out is insane. Not to mention being pulled over multiple times for the headlight(s) being out. This is one of the worst safety hazards a car can have and should recalled and every Prius owner should have this issue taken care of!

- Freemansburg, PA, USA

problem #823

Jul 312014


  • miles
2007 tooyota Prius. Occasionally at night, the headlights go out without warning. The incident happened three times.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

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problem #822

Jul 262014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My family was almost killed when both headlights went out at the same time on a dark mountain road. This should be a recalled item. People will die when both lights go out and they are not as lucky as we were. I paid over $600 to have both of these lights replaced. I am shocked that this item has not been issued as a recall item.

- Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA

problem #821

Feb 282013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


The driver's side headlight has an issue where it will go out. Generally, it will stay out unless you turn off the lights and then turn them back on. Engaging high beams does not fix the issue. It occurs anywhere from 2-3 times in the course of a 15 minute period if I am on top of turning them off then back on right as it goes out. The bulb has been replaced before and it has not fixed the problem. This issue has been going on for longer than the stated date above, but the date above is the point at which I have owned the car. Several mechanics and even the dealers have been unable to diagnose the exact problem causing it. I still have no solution to my issue.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #820

Nov 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Headlight hid lights goes off without any reason. Problem has been found in various vehicles as per the online forums.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #819

Oct 202014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Hid headlamp on passenger side went out. Flashed repeatedly and is now functional again.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #818

Apr 132014


  • miles
Left headlight would spontaneously turn off while driving. Briefly fixed by turning off and on again.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #817

Sep 012012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The passenger side headlight will go out after a few minutes of driving. By turning both headlights 'off then on' this seems to cure the problem for a few minutes, however, inevitably the passenger headlight will turn off again on it's own. The dealer replacement cost for this is $400 which is excessive for a headlight. Replacing it myself requires removing the bumper and skid plate, which is ridiculously difficult just to replace a simple headlight. Regardless, I don't think the headlight is burning out because there are hundreds of people that have the same problem online. It seems like more of an electrical issue Toyota should deal with.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #816

Sep 292014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
2007 Prius dashboard lights malfunction - completely dark. See NHTSA # 10544698 and many other complaints regarding dashboard lights/cluster going completely dark and engine will not shut off. This is an extremely serious safety issue and dealerships will not repair for free. The part needed is a combination meter/cluster that costs around $1000 to repair from the dealer. Please everyone - push for national recall as this is an extremely dangerous safety issue.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #815

Sep 252014


  • 82,234 miles
Rear tail lights defective wiring. Causing intermittent lighting. Almost rear ended by semi truck at night. Bulbs fine wiring defect. Very common on internet.

- Aurora, OR, USA

problem #814

Sep 122014


  • 60,000 miles
While driving on the highway, both headlights shut off. This caused a near accident with other motorists on the highway. By rapidly toggling the headlight switch on and off, the headlights turned back on. This has been a persistent issue even though I have had the bulbs replaced at a great expense.

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #813

Feb 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
In February 2014 my driver's side headlight went out. I had it fixed. The very next day my passenger side headlight went out. In September 2014 the driver's side light went out again. Had it fixed and again, the very next day, the passenger side headlight went out. My headlights are prematurely expiring. This represents a safety concern.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #812

Sep 062011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights failed to operate sporadically. The contact replaced the light bulbs on numerous occasions but the failure persisted. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #811

Sep 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 62,567 miles
My priuses hid headlights will intermittently turn off while driving. Initially, when starting the car, they will both work, but will often turn off or be very dim. It is almost impossible to see the road when it is dark and raining. We have even been pulled over one of them being turned off and received a ticket. I have replaced both bulbs ($175/ea) at the auto store and this did not correct the issue.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #810

Aug 062014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
For the past year, one of my front headlights goes on and off intermittently. I've had Toyota look at it twice and they can't figure it out. They've tried replicating it and nothing. This is a safety problem that I've learned is common among Prius between the years 2006- and 2009. Toyota needs to figure this out and should have a recall.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #809

May 012014


  • 85,000 miles
The headlamp on my Prius periodically turns off while driving. It comes back on after turning the lights off and on again, but will still periodically turn off after this reset.

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #808

Dec 012009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The head lights, turn signals and fog lights turn-off randomly. *very dangerous! I've replaced the expensive hid bulbs, but the problem persists. I've taken the car for repair to the local, "thurston" Toyota dealer, but they will not repair it under warranty or recall.

- Willits, CA, USA

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