hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,511 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius miscellaneous problems

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jul 102009


  • 15,000 miles


On 3 separate days, 2 during the summer of 2009 and 1 during the summer of 2010, our Prius transmission has automatically and repeatedly shifted from D (drive) to N (neutral) without warning while the car was moving. All incidents happened on extremely hot days (temperatures near 100) in the afternoon after the car had been parked out in the sun and without us having made any accidental contact with the shifter / drive selector while driving. This created dangerous situations several times as the car erratically slowed as we entered intersections or pulled out onto busy streets. Our initial response was to depress the accelerator, but when this had no effect, we discovered the transmission light had moved from D to N. it was especially dangerous when making left hand turns on busy streets with oncoming traffic. We discovered that we could keep the car moving by constantly holding the shifter / drive selector lever in the D position. Turning off the air conditioner did not help the problem. After the first time this happened, we took the car to the dealership to investigate the problem, but the service technicians there were unable to reproduce it. This glitch remains a concern to us because the loss of power and acceleration is unpredictable and therefore dangerous, but at least we know we can keep the car moving by holding the shifter in the D position. Because the car is so computerized, I suspect an electronic component of the drive system may malfunction at high temperatures. The mileage number I gave is an approximation since I didn't record the actual mileage when this first happened, but the dealer who serviced the car shortly thereafter should have that information.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #6

Nov 152010


  • 43,000 miles
Headlight goes on, then goes off. Won't stay on. I was informed the other one could go out at any time, so I should replace both, at great expense. I was told by Toyota that the hid headlights were covered under the regular warranty, but not the extended warranty. Bulbs (especailly those costing $300) should not burn out or randomly flicker on a two year old vehicle. To prevent future/additional problems, I had to replace both headlights, including the one that was working. This is a definitlely safety issue...I check bulbs regularly, and all are working when I turn the car on. Obviously, I can't check while I'm in motion - which is when they flash off - and was fortunate that both bulbs didn't burn out at the same time, which could have resulted in a crash, injury or accident (or worse) that I would have been liable for.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #5

Jun 022010

(reported on)


  • miles
2008 Toyota Prius. Consumer expresses discontent with recall issues the consumer stated he is afraid to drive the vehicle and no one has any suggestions.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 012010


  • 30,000 miles


My wife kathy and I own a 2009 Prius. We have experienced a problem that is persistent but the dealer cannot replicate the problem on the last several visits for routine service. They checked bulletins etc. But claim no problem exists. The problem: "lunging of the vehicle and noise with shaking of the car." My wife drives the vehicle most of the time and experiences the problem often. I experienced the problem mainly in a parked situation standing next to the car talking to friends. In quiet mode, something like a compressor kicks in or engine starts, car literally lunged forward and rocked back and the clanging noise sounded as if the motor mounts were not doing their job. I explained the symptom to the dealer and they said there is not a compressor" I realize compressors are old school but that's the best correlation I can come up with. Another issue: After starting the car, moves from park to neutral but will not go into reverse or drive. This is an occasional issue. Please help! response: Thank you for contacting Toyota motor sales, U.S.a., Inc. We appreciate your consideration and hope to have your email addressed as quickly as possible. Our current office hours are Monday through Friday from 5 am to 6 pm and Saturday 7 am to 4 pm pacific time. If you need immediate assistance, we recommend you contact the customer relations manager at your local Toyota dealership. ----- dealership said they cannot find anything! ------ my wife and I are realtors and we've had clients that don't want to ride with us in a Prius because of the recent news. I just want to know if my vehicle is safe"

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 092010


  • miles
We own a 2008 Prius. The transportation secretary (and the latest incident in calif.) leads us to believe it is unsafe. All we can get from Toyota and its dealer is wait until you get a letter. When is the government going to force them to do something?

- Pipe Creek, TX, USA

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problem #2

Feb 052010


  • 1 miles
Pursuant to the 2010 Toyota Prius recall, it must be noted that we have 3 Toyota priuses in my family -- mine is a 2008 Prius, my mother has a 2008 Prius, and my significant other has a 2007 Prius -- and all of them have the same braking issue that I keep reading about in the news. Everytime a bump, pothole, railroad tracks, or any other road anomoly is driven over, the brakes disengage. Since we live in mn, there are a lot of potholes, so the brake disengagement issue happens daily. This issue has been mentioned to our local Toyota dealership. We were told that the issue is normal operation of an antilock breaking system.... that seems doubtful in light of the 2010 Prius recall. Please make sure that other Prius model years are considered for government investigation. I think you will find that most Prius owners are aware of and have thought about this break disengagement issue. Regards, josh rogers 612.310.8218 cell joshrogers1@msn.com email

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #1

Oct 132008


  • miles
I am writing about a caution statement on page 48 of the Toyota Prius 2008 owner's manual. The caution statement states "people with implanted pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators should keep away from the smart key system antennas." People wanting to test drive or purchase the Prius or any vehicle with a smart key system should be asked prior to driving or purchasing the car if they have either of these devices. If so, the smart key system should be deactivated. Also, Toyota should send a letter to all owners of vehicles with a smart key system warning them to deactivate the smart key system if either the driver or a passenger has a pacemaker or defibrillator. This caution information should not be located on page 48, but should be clearly posted on the vehicle and sticker.

- Selden, NY, USA

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