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Headlights problems of the 2008 Toyota Prius - part 1

349 problems related to headlights have been reported for the 2008 Toyota Prius.

car   Headlights problem 1
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

Replaced the headlight, after a few months the new headlight shuts itself off. Have to turn the headlights off and back on to get the headlight to come back on. This happens while driving and you never know when the light shuts it's self off.

car   Headlights problem 2
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

The headlights flicker all the time - then both will automatically, randomly turn off during night driving. . . Extremely dangerous.

car   Headlights problem 3
Failure Date: 09/17/2017

Right front light began failing sometimes recently, apparent at night, occasional. Left front light quit for awhile yesterday, then relit and worked for awhile. Both are unreliable and replacement is complicated, expensive, and does not work often it appears. We will try replacement of bulbs, it is unreliable and headlights are required at night to work, always! pure scam it seems, by Toyota and us governance, both for sale, so sad. Let us buyers beware.

car   Headlights problem 4
Failure Date: 09/15/2017

The hid headlights go out while driving every couple of months and need to be replaced. This is a known issue to Toyota who has made no attempt to fix it. Consumers are being told by dealers that they need a new hid computer at their expense ($1800). It is dangerous to be driving at night and have your headlights go out! the only "fix" besides spending a ton of money on the new computer is to replace the bulbs every 3 months, which is crazy.

car   Headlights problem 5
Failure Date: 08/02/2017

I had a headlight failure a few weeks ago. It came back on after a few days. Now the other one is out! this is dangerous.

car   Headlights problem 6
Failure Date: 06/13/2017

The passenger light keeps failing when it is on at night when I am driving. It has started to happen more and more. It is definitely dangerous. I have already been pulled over once for the headlight being out.

car   Headlights problem 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

Pasdanger headlight goes on and off without cause and at will.

car   Headlights problem 8
Failure Date: 03/28/2017

The headlights flicker or/and turn off without notice and quite often, regardless if the vehicle is stationary or in the middle of the freeway at night. Replacing the hid bulbs doesn't remedy the problem. This may be very dangerous.

car   Headlights problem 9
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

I bought my 2008 Toyota Prius from by boss in June 2016. When I bought the car the passenger headlight was out, so I bought a new one and had it replaced. For the past few months I have noticed that the driver side headlight goes out just out of the blue, it comes on when I turn the lights on and it may stay on for an entire trip or it may just stay on for a few minutes. I can turn the lights off and back on and it will come on and like I said, it may stay on the entire trip or just for a few minutes. I haven't noticed any specific thing that makes it go off such as road condition, weather, it will even go off while sitting in the driveway. I have had it checked for loose connections, wire damage and none was to be found. I have read that this has been an issue for several people that have the Prius. This has caused me to be pulled over and fortunately the officer understood, once I showed him that it comes on and I explained that I can't determine when or if it will go out, and he gave me a warning. This is also very dangerous with limiting lighting for visibility while driving at night.

car   Headlights problem 10
Failure Date: 02/15/2017

Just purchased this vehicle. Left headlight will flicker a few times and then go out. The whole light is off, both low and high beams will not work. If I turn the lights off and then back on it will work again.

car   Headlights problem 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

The drivers side headlight will go out while driving the car. This happens without warning and with no apparent resaon. Toyota fixed the problem under warranty in 2009, however the problem is still happening. This is a true safety defect with this car!! Toyota knows about it but has not offered to fixed the problem beyond their warranty extension of five years and 60k miles. I must say it's quite uncomfortable to be driving at night on ther highway and other un-lit roads and have one of your headlights go out. This safety defect is expensive to fix. $800. 00 to $2400. 00. Depending on how may defective parts need to be replaced!! I contacted the local Toyota dealer and the national Toyota customer service center. I opened a case with them (171-0041862). However Toyota did not offere to fix the safety defect on my car.

car   Headlights problem 12
Failure Date: 11/19/2016

My headlights intermittently go off and it will change which headlight (between my two white front headlight and gold headlights). It happens while I am driving. I can turn my headlights on and off and it sometimes fixes the problem. On one occasion all my headlights went off.

car   Headlights problem 13
Failure Date: 10/11/2016

Headlights go out unexpectedly.

car   Headlights problem 14
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

Both headlights cut off at the same time while driving at night (55-65 mph) on an unlit winding road above a reservoir. Managed to stop the car near the right side of the road without going off the edge and although the headlights did not come back on, we used the high beams to get us down the hill to our destination.

car   Headlights problem 15
Failure Date: 09/10/2016

Passenger side headlight will come on normally but then will dim and go out while in operation (parked or in motion). Headlight will come on again briefly when headlights are turned off and then on again, but then dims and goes out. Mechanic said bulbs are fine, that the problem is the computer.

car   Headlights problem 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

Headlight go out while driving car . Sometimes one light goes out and both have gone out at highway speed.

car   Headlights problem 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

Driving at 35 miles per hour on a rural paved road both headlights failed simultaneously nearly causing myself and my son go off the road down an embankment while trying to get the lights to come back on at night. The hid headlights have been an issue in the past with a class action lawsuit being paid. I need to get this repaired and want Toyota to cover the recall warranty work.

car   Headlights problem 18
Failure Date: 08/31/2016

Right front headlight fades out after 9-10 minutes of driving. Toyota dealer says it's due to some "overheating" issue and wants $600+ to replace!!.

car   Headlights problem 19
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

The headlights have started to randomly turn off -- sometimes just one or the other, other times both turn off at the same time, requiring that I turn them on again manually. This has happened a few times in the past week on the interstate, along a rural stretch with a 70mph speed limit in maine.

car   Headlights problem 20
Failure Date: 06/27/2016

Same issue as described here. .

car   Headlights problem 21
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

While driving the vehicle at night, the driver's side headlight goes off. The lights have to be turned on and off repeatedly to keep the headlight lit.

car   Headlights problem 22
Failure Date: 05/23/2016

Both headlights come on when turned on, however after an undetermined amount of time (the time frame varies) the drivers side hid light turns off. I am able to temporarily correct the problem by turning the lights off and then back on. This, however, is a huge safety issue, as I am unable to see the roadway during the time the lights are off (I drive on county roads where there are no street lights). I have replaced the bulb, however that did not fix the problem.

car   Headlights problem 23
Failure Date: 04/27/2016

While driving, high intensity headlights are unreliable - each side randomly turns off. This is a dangerous issue.

car   Headlights problem 24
Failure Date: 02/03/2016

I've got a 2008 Prius. One of the headlights keeps going out. I can't really tell when or how it goes out since I can't see it. I'll notice it when I see the reflection in the back of another car. If I turn the bright lights on and off it has no effect, but when I turn them all the way off and back on the light comes back. Sometimes on long trips it will stay on the whole time, sometimes it won't. Sometimes on short trips it will go out, sometimes it won't. It is not an event I can make happen.

car   Headlights problem 25
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

The hid headlights on my 2008 Toyota Prius touring model have numerous critical safety problems. The headlights go out completely and randomly at any time while driving. I have been thrown into complete blackness on windy country roads. I have had several vehicles swerve to avoid me as I have swerved to avoid cars, trees, curbs, poles etc. Furthermore, the lights are very dim causing further driving difficulty and danger with even worse performance in inclement weather. I have become very anxious and the lights going on and off distract and worry other drivers. It is so bad that I risk my life by driving the car at night.