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 6 of 25)

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problem #382

Aug 022013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Intermittent hid headlight failure. Headlights - passenger and/or driver side headlight goes out. Turning off the headlights and turning them back on restored the light, however, the lights will again intermittently failed on a longer/shorter trip, this has been occurring repeatedly and I don't feel comfortable driving during night time. It is dangerous and terrifying. There needs to be a recall again asap. I understand there was a recall in the past for similar reasons but not sure what is the status now. I bought this car privately from original owner (who bought brand new from dealer) and they mentioned that this problem was brought to attention of Toyota dealer in danvers, MA (ira Toyota) but they could not diagnose the cause. I looked around and found that this problem is known to Toyota but wondering how dealer didn't know about it. The information can be found at link articles.latimes.com/2011/Jan/19/business/la-fi-0120-Toyota-Prius-20110120 I am looking forward to hear back from Toyota or somebody who could help me fix this problem and help me drive my vehicle safely.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #381

Sep 282011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Intermittent hid headlight failure. Headlights - passenger and/or driver side headlight goes out. Replaced headlight bulbs (2X) - this did not fix the problem. Turning off the headlights and turning them back on restores the light, however, the lights will again intermittently fail. On a longer trip, this can occur repeatedly.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #380

Sep 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Well driving 65mph on freeway both headlights went off. Turning them off and on 2X worked. It happened 2 more times within 20min. I stopped driving and have not drove at night since. Luckily there was a car close both times. It was dangerous and terrifying. There needs to be a recall asap.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #379

Jun 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The right headlight and sometimes both headlights go out randomly on our 2008 Toyota Prius. This is extremely frightening! I have learned to quickly turn the headlights off and then right back on. Sometimes this takes care of the problem, sometimes for a short while, sometimes longer. Sometimes I have to pull over and fiddle with the light switch until I, once again, have headlights! since I used to leave my headlights on all of the time, day or night, I did not realize, at first, that I was having a problem. I would just think "wow, it's really dark out here!" the headlight icon on the dashboard always indicated that my lights were on, so I thought everything was fine. I had to wait until I got home to have my husband check the lights. Sometimes they worked properly so it took us a long time to figure out that we have a big problem. Our local Toyota dealer gave us the run around and acted as is they knew nothing about a headlight problem, told us to come right in and they would replace the headlights for either $8 or $12 each with no labor cost; and then changed and said they would fix the problem for $526! I said, "no, thanks!" and went to see another local shop which specializes in Toyota. They suggested that we look on the internet to see if there were any recalls relating to this problem. While no recalls are listed yet, I found many complaints from Toyota Prius owners stating exactly the same problem we are having. Please help all of us! suddenly having no headlights while driving in a poorly lit area is causing me grave (pun intended!) concerns! I try not to drive at night or in the rain, but I am not always able to avoid doing so. I am very frightened and would like to have my headlights fixed, but not at highway robbery prices! having headlights go out after only 6 years seems like a very short time to me, compared to the other cars we have owned!

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #378

May 102014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Right head light would go off on it's own. Light was replaced by dealer about a year ago. Now both headlights go out!!!!!!

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #377

Aug 172014


  • 101,000 miles
Both of my cars headlights turn off intermittently and for no reason (the bulbs and ballasts have been replaced and are in working order). I will be driving down the road at night (interstate 70mph) and occasionally both headlights will just turn off. I have almost gotten in a wreck multiple times due to the fact I'm driving at night and out of nowhere my lights go out. This is a huge safety issue. When looking this up online, I'm not the only person with my year/make/model that is having this issue. This has been happening on and off since my vehicle was at 75,000 miles. Last night specifically I almost got in a wreck going 70mph on the interstate because of it. Many times I can turn the headlights off and back on again and one or both will work again.

- Live Oak, FL, USA

problem #376

Jun 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


While driving, the left hid headlight went off. Turning the lights off and then on allowed the left headlight to come back on. This problem has happened over a several week period. Headlight illumination is suddenly cut in half without any warning. This seems like a safety recall item to me.

- Brandon, SD, USA

problem #375

May 012014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Low beam headlights have failed. Drivers right headlight fails mostly, but left headlight fails about 33% of the time. I have lost both headlights after a while and is extremely dangerous at night! we have had to stop driving at night because headlights will not stay on past 5 mins. I have looked into the class action lawsuit and at 60000 miles I do not qualify for the settlement. I am very concerned with the safety of my family. I hope Toyota finds a real fix for this problem, or the 1000+ dollar fix will be for nothing. At this point I have lost faith in Toyota and I hope this issue is addressed properly.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #374

Nov 302011


  • 65,107 miles
Hid headlights have failed twice on driver side and twice on passenger side. We continue to replace the bulbs and they continue to fail.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #373

May 282014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 34,909 miles
On May 25, 2014, I was informed that one of my headlights was out. Upon doing some research, I discovered that many other Toyota Prius owners had the identical problem, and that following a class action suit, Toyota agreed to reimburse owners for repair of the faulty parts, but only up to 5 yrs/50K miles. My Prius had under 35,000 miles but was 9 months over the age warranty. The Toyota dealership charged $739.19 to replace Toyota's defective headlight bulb along with their defective module, and Toyota refused to provide any relief for this known safety issue after the vehicle beyond 5 years. Toyota failed to issue a recall for this defective headlight issue, which of course is an issue of safety.

- Abbeville, LA, USA

problem #372

May 282014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 103,565 miles


Right headlight continues to go off while driving down the road. My daughter drives this car now and got pulled over last Wednesday night and got a warning ticket for headlight being out. When she got home she noticed it out. She stopped the engine then restarted and the light came back on. Her friends have told her several times over the last 3 months that she had a light out, but every time she checked it was working. This is a huge safety concern, I looked it up on internet and see that many others are experiencing the same issue. Please help us Toyota!

- Mount Pleasant, TX, USA

problem #371

Jun 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The headlights have repeatedly burned out since the car warranty expired. The don't just slowly dim like other headlights. They go completely out of a sudden. I have had to replace headlights five times.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #370

May 132014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 176,037 miles
Since shortly after purchasing a new 2008 Prius I have had issues w/ 1 headlight going out while driving. If I pull over, shut the car off & restart it, the light usually comes back on. Sometimes I have to do this several times to get the light back on.the problem has escalated to both headlights going out at the same time. I was driving alone on a dark curvy road at 10pm going 35 & suddenly both of my headlights went off! I couldn't see a thing & was now driving in the pitch dark on a curvy road! I pulled over as quickly as I could & actually hit a mailbox because I couldn't see anything. If someone was walking their dog I would have run over them while trying to pull over.after continuously turning the car on & off, turning the lights on & off, turning the high beams on & off, I finally got the lights to go back on. While driving the rest of the way home,1 headlight went out.this is very dangerous.not only are you left driving in the dark & no one else or other cars can see you but it causes panic as it is totally unexpected & how a driver reacts when this happens can cause an accident (if not having headlights doesn't do it). A new driver or older person driving when both headlights go out would certainly cause them to panic. I have been pulled over by police for having a light out. This problem started when the car was only a few months old; Toyota replaced the bulb under warranty; this did not solve the problem as the lights have continued to go out. Having 1 light out is bad but having both go out while driving is asking for an accident & for someone to get killed. If I can be ticketed for having a light out because the car is considered unsafe than a safety recall S/B issued. These cars are getting older; please re-open this investigation so that we don't have another GM ignition issue where people have died & we find out the problem was known about for years.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #369

Apr 222012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 81,600 miles
I was leaving a store parking lot when the driver in front of me stopped and told me my driver's side headlight was out. It was getting dark so I had to postpone my plans and go straight home. When I arrived home the headlights were both on, but then on parking in the garage I noticed the passenger side headlight was off. The next morning I drove to my mechanic and the headlights were both on when I left, but on arriving there they were both off. I as shocked when my mechanic said to go to the dealer because this was a known problem with my vehicle and Toyota was sued for it. He said the dealer needed to report it to Toyota, however, the dealer denied knowing anything about the issue or that there was a lawsuit until I showed it to them online and then they admitted it. When I asked them if Toyota has changed anything about the headlight problem they said "no!" the estimate was $485. I called Toyota and complained because many people with this problem said replacing the bulbs doesn't fix the problem and that it may recur or more expensive repairs might be necessary. The Toyota customer service said they would cover the cost to replace the headlamp bulbs just this time only because I've been a Toyota customer for 17 years and not because of any negligence on their part. And like the dealer, basically lied and refused to admit they knew anything about the issue or the lawsuit but at the same time mentioned the 50,000 mile/5 year extended warranty from lawsuit for same issue, which excludes me. I do not feel safe driving this car anymore. My headlights could go off again while I'm driving at night and I could be involved in an accident. It's irresponsible and totally unacceptable to ignore dangerous safety issue like this and lie to cover it up, not only by Toyota but any government Agency paid by taxpayers to look out for the safety of the public.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #368

Feb 132013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Headlight will go off when driving, sometimes one only. Then the other. There is no set pattern. Headlights will come back on when the on/off switch is turned off then back on, then will go off again. Three oem bulbs have been replaced in one and a half years. I understand that I am not the only person that is having this problem. Toyota does not acknowledge that there is a problem. They say that it is just a bad bulb and just replace the bulb only to have the same thing happen. This is a safety issue as we cannot predict when bulbs will go out!

- Grapeland, TX, USA

problem #367

Apr 102014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Toyota Prius and the hid left headlight suddenly went out. While driving in the dark, I had to turn off my headlights and turn them back on. When I did this, both lights came back on. This issue happened several times over the course of an hour.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #366

Apr 032013


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the driver's side headlight would continuously fail without warning. The contact mentioned that he was able to turn the head light back on immediately after the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the headlight needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 137,000.

- Ferdinand, IN, USA

problem #365

Apr 102013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while driving at night the headlights shut off intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the light bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #364

Oct 282013


  • miles
Every few weeks (even several times in the same week), the dashboard lights on the car go completely dark, without warning (no, the dimmer switch is not turned to "low" or "off"-- that is the first thing we tried). Simultaneously, or sometimes at different times, the car refuses to turn off, even when the "off" switch is pressed constantly or intermittently, for up to a half-hour. Obviously, it is extremely dangerous to leave a car running, so one cannot leave the car; when driving, the loss of all the dashboard information is terrifying, especially at night when it is so distracting as to be potentially crash-causing. The Toyota dealer first claimed it was the 12-volt battery, so we replaced it. This did not fix it. At the dealer's request, we left the car with them for a long weekend, and they claimed that since they weren't able to reenact the situation, they could not help us. After some back-and-forth, they agreed to replace a "combination meter, " which Toyota had apparently found troublesome enough to offer free "out-of-warranty" repairs of. However, the dealer first said Toyota would not pay for it unless the dealer was able to independently verify the trouble, and they were not able to recreate the distressing situation. As if we would lie in order to receive a new combination meter! we just want to car to work and be safe. Now we are waiting five-plus days for the part to come in, and not even sure if it will fix our problem. There's plenty of discussion of this exact same issue all across the internet. Why has the company not figured this out, and trained its mechanics accordingly?

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #363

May 012008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
I purchased my Prius new. I have had a chronic & constant issue with my head lights & tail lights not working properly. I have had this issue checked by mechanics and have been told this is a "Toyota electrical issue". there is no problem with the bulbs or components that can be found by mechanics. This is a dangerous problem, and occurs randomly without notice. My head lights or tail lights just "go out"...any time, anywhere! I have spoken with other Toyota Prius owners (other years too), and they have the same problems.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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