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 1 of 46)

problem #907

Jan 092017


  • 180,000 miles


Passenger side headlight goes out while driving. Must turn lights off and back on to get it to work again. Stated it's the bulb, assembly, and computer causing the issue. It's a known problem with these vehicles with hid lighting systems.

- Markleville, IN, USA

problem #906

Dec 202016


  • 10 miles
The headlights (single or both) turn off while driving at night. I turn them back on and both seem to work for a few minutes and after a few minutes the problem occurs again, when 1 or both lights go off.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #905

Dec 122016


  • 54,000 miles
Headlights sporadically turn off while in motion. Sometimes it is just one headlight, sometimes it is both!

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #904

Sep 012016


  • 130,000 miles


Right headlight randomly goes out. As of recently, both started going out randomly. Seem to turn back on when turned off and on again.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #903

Nov 252016


  • 90,700 miles
Three times within the last week, while driving at night, the headlights suddenly went out. Although I was able to turn them back on right away, this is an extremely dangerous situation to be in when driving on a dark road.

- Fairfield, IA, USA

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problem #902

Jan 012012


  • miles
My vehicle seemed to be having a recurrent problems with headlights. Initially it started with randomly turning off. I tried to get this investigated by the dealership but was told that these are sometimes driven by weather conditions and could happen. However later on I happen to understand that there was a hid recall. Unfortunately I never received the letter nor Toyota dealership did their due diligence by validating active recalls and taking care of this for me. I am deeply disappointed with Toyota and the dealership both for their laxity in being responsible as Toyota to take care of this for a customer. As I never received the letter I never got an opportunity to respond to the campaign for the hid issue with Toyota Prius 2006 - 2009 models

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #901

Oct 162016


  • 104,000 miles


This is a known problem with 2007 Toyota Prius... headlights on my Prius go out intermittently posing a safety hazard while driving at night. Either one headlight goes out or the other. You have to turn headlights off and on to correct. There were 2 occasions when both headlights went out at the same time. I was driving home on the freeway late at night and could have been killed. My mechanic informed me to replace the left and right front headlight ballasts and bulbs. This is a major safety hazard and Toyota should be held responsible!.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #900

Nov 012016


  • 90,000 miles
Problem with lighting turning off at night without warning. Both lights turn off at different times. Upon turning off and back on they turn on but turn off soon thereafter. Apparently known safety issue subject of lawsuit and settlement for low mileage car. NHTSA should compel manufacturer to fix the problem.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #899

Sep 052016

Prius 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Toyota recall 2007 Prius' due to faulty high-density discharge headlights. Headlights are a safety hazard and go off and on while driving at night. At times both headlights have gone off. Toyota should take responsibility and repair. It is their fault! not mine. I cannot drive at night due to this problem.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #898

Jul 012016

Prius 4-cyl

  • 107,373 miles
When I drive my car with the lights on they randomly turn off. We have tried twice already to try to tighten this and it still turns off while driving. The bulbs are in good condition. I have kids and feel this unsafe to be driving.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #897

Oct 132016


  • 90,000 miles


The headlights come on together but the passenger side will randomly go off while driving. Usually they come back on when I turn them off and back on. One time they both went off while on a highway and I could not get them to come back on. I drove to the hotel with out the headlights, the next day they worked.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #896

Aug 012016


  • 87,000 miles
The headlights of my 2007 Prius go off unexpectedly while driving. I have learned that if I then turn the switch off and on again they will come back on, but only for a short time. This has occurred as many as eight times during a 45 minute drive. At night on dark roads this is dangerous. I have had three near-misses as a result. Toyota had issued an "enhanced warranty" (5 year 50K miles) because of the many complaints filed around this situation, but I purchased my Prius used, older than 5 years, and more than 50K miles. I have spoken to Toyota North America, obtained case #1609193626, but they refuse to cover the cost of repair. Local Toyota service centers also refuse to do the repair work unless I pay full cost out of pocket. At this point I seem to have no options but to pay the cost myself, which I understand can be as much as $1,500!

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #895

Sep 022015


  • 135,000 miles
Headlights go out while driving, and come back on when headlights are switched from on to off then back on again. This can happen 1 time during a trip or multiple times. Diag of issue is not easy and usually multiple parts are replaced trying to fix the issue.

- Shelby Twp, MI, USA

problem #894

Apr 012015


  • 73,000 miles
My headlights began flickering intermittently about two years ago. Dealer said nothing is wrong because they worked when I was there. 18 mos ago the driver side went out. Bought two bulbs but before I could replace the driver side came back on again and the passenger side went out. Then they went back to being intermittent - as they are now. Basically they flicker or go on and off. Ridiculous.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #893

Sep 202016


  • 170,000 miles
One or both of the Prius headlights will switch off on its own and I have to turn off the lights and turn them on several times in order for the headlights to stay consistently on. This is a serious safety issue when I am traveling at highway speeds at night and lose my headlights and then have to switch them on and off to make them work.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #892

Aug 312016


  • 105,000 miles
Headlight burned out; they want $ 450 to fix. Researching, we find that this is a known safety issue, subject to multiple legal actions, including class action. Their current "customer service" solution? "sue us!!"

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #891

Sep 072016


  • 120,000 miles
The ballists inside the two front headlights intermittently turn on/off. Both lights went out at the same time while night driving, causing a serious safety concern while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle has 120,000 miles and both lights randomly turning off/on is not safe and Toyota should incur a recall.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #890

Aug 202016


  • 120,000 miles
Bought 2007 Prius used and everything worked. Now the driver side headlight wont work after several new lightbulbs and a ballast have been changed. It has never been in an accident to my knowledge, I would like to know if Toyota will fix their problematic vehicle.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #889

Aug 082016


  • 160,000 miles
One or both headlights will randomly turn off while driving. Mechanic was unable to find a problem to fix. This is very dangerous when traveling on the highway at high speeds. Toyota needs to recall this vehicle and fix the problem!

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #888

Jul 202016


  • 70,000 miles
The right headlamp low beam works intermittently, I turn it on and off and it usually works again, my online research indicates this happens to many other Prius owners and no recall has been issued as of yet

- Belhaven, NC, USA

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