definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,168 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #84

Sep 032012


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights randomly shut off while driving. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer, but the specific repairs were unknown and the failure recurred. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- New Town , CT, USA

problem #83

Dec 072012

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving to the store one evening, the headlights suddenly flickered and went out. I turned the light switch off and on then they went back on. Ever since this the lights(driver side) go off and usually come back on after turning the light switch on and off. No resolution to this after contacting Toyota since I appear to not be under warranty.

- Indiana, IN, USA

problem #82

Nov 012011


  • 95,000 miles
While driving the headlights will shut off. Sometimes the drivers side would go out. Sometimes the passenger side would go out. Sometimes both headlights will go out. If you turn off the headlights and turn them back on they will work for various amounts of time. Dealer mechanic states this is an extremly common occurance with this vehicle. Repair cost was quoted at approx $600 to replace the headlights and that possibly this could not fix the problem and could need further repairs but this is where they start with this known issue.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #81

Feb 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Headlight on driver side intermittently goes on and off (mostly stays off) and has been doing this for 60,000+ miles (I have 127,000 miles on it now). I got quoted a huge amount to replace the light - $100+ for the light and one hour of labor. Ridiculous! I see that many more have had this same problem and I just think Toyota should do something regarding this obvious defect. So, decided to do this official complaint. I should have done this a long time ago! it is very dangerous driving around with one headlight but who is to say the problem would fix itself even if I get the light replaced. Something is terribly wrong!

- Penn Valley, CA, USA

problem #80

Nov 052011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Passenger headlight went out while driving. When I went to replace it the next day, the light was working. Today (Dec 30, 2011) problem occurred again.

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

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problem #79

Nov 052009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Hid light randomly go out. Sometimes the driver side, sometimes the passenger side...sometimes both. They usually come back on by turning them off and back on at the switch. Dealer quoted $700 per light to fix. Ridiculous for early failure of a "upgraded" light option that we had to pay extra for when we purchased the car.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #78

Dec 012011


  • miles


Carlos collado, et. Al. on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated vs. Toyota motor sales, U.S.a.. Inc..a California corporation: Case# CV10-3113-R & #cv-10-3124-R. the consumer owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The case involved 2006-2009 Toyota Prius vehicle owners losing one or both headlamps while driving at night.

- Closter, NJ, USA

problem #77

Feb 252011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 31,214 miles
I have brought this vehicle to the Toyota dealer four times in this past year for intermittently working headlights. One or the other front headlight turn off without warning. When the headlights are (both) turned off then on, they usually, but not always, both come back on. The dealer is clueless even when problem is demonstrated to the head of the service department. Based on a review of internet chat groups, this seems to be a well known and documented problem, including a class action law suit filed earlier this year (collado et al V. Toyota motor sales).

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #76

Oct 052011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 66,500 miles
Headlights randomly goes out while driving. When headlights out, interior lights (lighting of dashboard, etc.) continue. If you turn lights off, then on again, headlights work. Does not happen every time.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #75

Dec 012007

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the headlights would intermittently fail or activate independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they replaced the bulbs yet the vehicle continued to experience the headlight failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. Updated 09/28/11 the consumer stated one of the headlights was replaced under warranty. After the warranty expired, the other headlight started to fail. Updated 10/07/11

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #74

Aug 262011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


2007 Prius headlight failure - passenger side headlight goes out frequently. By turning lights off and back on it stays on for a while. I can't reproduce the problem when I want to. Looking at consumer complaints it seems to be a wide spread problem and very expensive to replace bulb which doesn't help the problem. Major safety issue at least that Toyota is just brushing aside. I am not a satisfied Toyota customer by all means.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #73

Jun 222011


  • 20,000 miles
After 20K miles the headlights need to be replaced at a cost of over $600. Headlights intermittently go out and come back on. Sometimes passenger side only, sometimes both lights dim then come back up. Turning the headlights on and off seems to correct the issue.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #72

Jun 012011


  • 71,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius touring edition hid headlights turn off randomly while driving with the headlights on. I turn off the headlights and turn them back on and they come back on for a variable time before going off again.

- Belcamp, MD, USA

problem #71

Jun 012008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while both high intensity headlights were illuminated they would shut on and off intermittently. The dealer replaced both headlights, but the failure recurred within 10,000 miles. The manufacturer was notified, but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Davidson, MI, USA

problem #70

Nov 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights would fail intermittently for a period of two months before becoming inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure and the dealer wanted to change the bulb. The contact did not allow them to complete the repair. The contact stated that when the failure occurred, if he would switch the headlight off and on, it would work so he did not believe the failure was caused by the bulb itself. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage was 30,000. Updated 02/23/11 the consumer stated the head lights would fail intermittently. Updated 05/04/11

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #69

Nov 012010


  • miles
2007 Toyota Prius. Consumer states problem with headlight the consumer stated quite frequently and for a long time, one of the hid headlights would go out completely when the headlights were on. Sometimes, it would be the driver side and sometimes the passenger side. The consumer stated if he turned the headlights off and then back on again, the problem would temporarily resolve itself only to happened again at a later time.

- Marinette, WI, USA

problem #68

Aug 142010


  • 52,000 miles
Toyota Prius 2007. Headlights intermittenlty go out. Both lights go out on their own.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #67

Mar 112010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the headlights shut off intermittently. There were no warning lights prior to the failure. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that they could not find anything wrong with it. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 130000 and the current mileage was 141000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #66

May 132007


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while driving, the headlights would become abnormally dim before failing intermittently. The contact would have to repeatedly switch the lights on and off before operating as normal. The dealer advised that the headlights would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Jblibertyville@Sbcglobal.Net, IL, USA

problem #65

Jul 212009

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated the headlights would intermittently fail without warning and would often flicker from on to off repeatedly. The headlights were replaced by the contact yet the failure persisted. The contact stated the headlight was replaced three times within one year. The manufacturer advised there was not a recall for the failure and disregarded the failure as a safety issue. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000 and the current mileage was approximately 108,000. Updated 10/21/10. The consumer also stated the brake and taillights failed as well. Updated 10/25/10 updated 11/15/10 * bf the consumer stated she will be contacting Toyota again, as the headlights are not performing as they should. While on her way home, the headlights started blinking on and off, until finally they went completely went out. Updated 11/26/10. Updated 01/06/11 updated 03/02/11

- Fayetteville , OH, USA

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