really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,210 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 18 of 25)

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problem #142

May 012010


  • 40,000 miles


Both hid headlights have gone out in under 40,000 miles in my 2008 Toyota Prius.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #141

Apr 102010


  • 52,895 miles
2008 Prius with hid headlights. The problem is that the driver's side headlight goes out intermittently. Turning the lights off and back on again sometimes restores the defective light. This is a safety related issue that appears frequently on the Prius chat list and is an expensive fix. Toyota has chosen not to address this issue at this point.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #140

Dec 272009


  • 58,000 miles
I have a 08 Prius. The last few months I have been having problems with my headlights. I have people tell me I have a light out, but when I check its working. It seems that I am driving in the dark sometimes with just my fog lamps, I turn the lights off and on then they seem brighter. Headlamps cost $179. Plus labor. Toyota will not guarantee that is the fix and talking it may cost upwards of 4-5 thousand dollars for dependable lights. This seems like a crime too me. I hear of a possible recall of this problem but not really sure what to do about the problem now, I don't have 4-5 thousand dollars to have properly working headlights.

- Decatur, MI, USA

problem #139

Apr 102010


  • 36,300 miles


The hid headlamp of my 2008 Toyota Prius was working intermittently and I got a traffic ticket for it. Since I was unaware that the lamp was out, the ticket was only a warning. I had the lamp replaced at my expense at 36300 miles and $300!

- Winchester, IN, USA

problem #138

Apr 232010


  • 38,232 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Prius that has intermittent headlight failure. I have been traveling to and from Washington hospital center and my residence in southern Maryland. Approximately, 75 miles each way daily to visit my mother in icu. I have been stopped on numerous occasions by the metropolitan police department as well as the Maryland state police for a headlight out. While being issued a citation, I turn my lights off and on again so the officer can see that it is a mechanical failure, not negligence on my part. This is a safety issue that needs to be repaired by Toyota.

- Broomes Island, MD, USA

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problem #137

Apr 102010


  • 32,000 miles
2008 Toyota Prius headlights - the car only has 2 years and 30K miles and the passenger headlight flickered until it finally stopped working. Went to the dealer and they want over $300 to change a light bulb!! so trying to do it myself and I have to take the car apart. It is unbelievable!

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #136

Apr 202008


  • 44,000 miles


2008 Toyota Prius--44,000 miles, led headlights keep going out--$166 part + $45 labor. I replaced one in January, 2010, now another April 19, 2010. These are very pricey lightbulbs and need to be recalled and not priced to the customer. The incident date below is the second occurrence. When the police stopped and issued me a warning to tell me that my front headlight was out, he also said that my rear tail-light was out as well. There are definite problems with Toyota and their Prius lighting and I'm tired of paying the bill. My bill today is $250. I also bought a $1100 extended warranty which was of no use.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #135

Apr 152010


  • 45,000 miles
2008 Toyota Prius hid headlamps are intermittent while driving. Public and personal safety hazard! replaced hid bulbs with the proper type, and the intermittent continue to occur. Phillips D4R hid bulbs are the recommended replacement bulbs. Hid headlamps wink off at random, when the brakes are applied. I think that the internal mechanism of the headlamp beam adjuster (which consists of a weighted, damped and movable subreflector) may be hitting the bulbs and causing them to prematurely fail, or the bulbs and ballast are faulty. Phillips D4R hid bulbs are extremely expensive, and are extremely difficult to replace because the access to the back of the headlamp assembly is very cramped and confined.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #134

Apr 102010


  • 28,000 miles
Hi, while driving to work this morning, my left headlight flashed and then stopped working. My 2008 Toyota Prius is about 1.75 years old with approximately 28,000 miles. I have heard from other Prius owners that they have had problems with their headlights. I have also heard the replacement cost for the headlight is $300. I find that hard to believe, nonetheless headlights in everyother car I have owned seem to have a life of 10 or more years. This is a safety issue because I drive to work early in the morning when it is dark and I sometimes don't return home until after dark. The bulk of my driving has been in the daylight, however I need my car to get to work. Also on 3 occasions my cruise control accelerated beyond where I set it. For example I reset the control after having hit the brakes. I got back to my speed and set the cruise control at 70mph. I noticed a short while later the car was going 95. I hit the brakes to slow down and the car immediately came out of cruise control and slowed down as it should. I now take the car all the way out of cruise control shutting it off after I hit the brakes. I next turn the control back on and reset the cruise. Using the cruise this way I have not had the problem of the car speeding up. II figure I will continue to use the cruise this way and observe whether there is any problem. However, I don't believe Toyota intended for the cruise control to be used this way. Thank you

- Janesville, CA, USA

problem #133

Dec 102009


  • miles
Thank goodness nothing happened yet but my Toyota 2008 Prius has headlight issues. My passenger side headlight keeps going out. I find out that it costs anywhere between 200 to 300 dollars or more to repair. And fixing it does not guarantee it won't happen again! Toyota sent me a letter explaining the problem and that if I bring it in to a dealer that it will only cost me 150 dollars plus labor. Well thanx for nothing Toyota.

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

problem #132

Apr 032010


  • 42,200 miles


Feb 6, 2010 - purchased 2008 Toyota Prius with 40,940 miles. March 1, 2010 - passenger side headlight failed during night driving. Mileage approx. 42200. Light worked the next day, but only for a short time. Worked intermittently throughout that day. Contacted dealership. March3, 2010 - headlight replaced by dealership for cost of labor only. April 3, 2010 - new passenger side headlight again failed during night driving. Worked the next evening without incident. Will contact dealership 4/5 to address intermittent headlight issue.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #131

Apr 022010


  • miles
I noticed the passenger side headline on my 2008 Prius start flickering, my car has 44K miles. According to my dealership, the fixture is overheating and will fail soon. Total cost to replace and install new bulb will be over $400 for a light bulb. I believe that this part or design is defective.

- Valley Glen, CA, USA

problem #130

Mar 282010


  • 59,541 miles
Toyota Prius - 2.5 years old, under full parts & labor factory warranty head lights hid bulbs work intermittently. Dealership response: Pay $771.43+tax for bulbs - got written quote

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #129

Mar 012010


  • 32,000 miles
Prius 2008 headlamp: Both the passenger and driver side headlamps, one at a time, intermittently turn off. If I turn the lights of for a few seconds, the light comes back on and stays on, sometimes for a short while and sometimes for a longer period. I have not had both go out at the same time. This has been going on for at least one month.

- Merion Station, PA, USA

problem #128

Mar 222010


  • 40,000 miles
I was driving to the airport one night and the headlights on my 2008 Prius turned off. I was able to turn them back on by reseting the light switch. This happen several times during my trip to and from the airport. I took the vehicle into dublin (ca) Toyota but they were unable to accurately diagnose the problem. Everything checked out ok to them even though the lights were turning on and off in their service bay. They suggested changing both lights for $600 which they said was a discount from Toyota. However they could not guarantee this would correct the problem. I decided to order the bulbs and change them myself. I understand this is a fairly common problem with the Prius. Need your help to force Toyota to find the root cause of the failure.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #127

Mar 172010


  • 36,000 miles
Left from headlight has failed at 28 months / 36,000 miles, and I've been quoted >$200 to repair!

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #126

Mar 172010


  • 35,000 miles
2008 Prius. At 35,000 miles the passenger side headlight burnt out, covered by warranty. At 40,000 miles the driver's side burns out, but it is not covered by warranty. $200 to replace. I've never been told by carson city Toyota that Prius cars have a problem with headlights.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #125

Feb 062010


  • 8,500 miles
Hello....I just received a notice from Toyota entitled customer support program..(no mention of recall). In it, they say that there is a problem with headlights going out...and while they've been charging for them at 300 dollars each, they now realize that it's some kind of electrical issue....that causes the lights to fail...now, in light of everything else, it seems that this is a potentially serious problem and should be a recall...not a "hide the problem" kind of customer support letter......someone should be monitoring this one too....if Toyota can hide something that is a recall-warranted problem, what next..? it worries me....

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #124

Mar 052010


  • 45,000 miles
2008 Prius head light failure. Both headlights have gone out. Not under warranty I had new headlight put in (1-2009 & 1 in 2010).

- Pacific Grove, CA, USA

problem #123

Mar 132010


  • 35,499 miles
Toyota Prius VIN=[xxx] passenger hid headlight failed while driving at night. Stopped, shut off engine, restarted and headlight reenergized, but failed again while driving after a few minutes. Miles on car 35,499. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Avila Beach, CA, USA

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