Battery Problems of Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius owners have reported 46 problems associated with battery (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2004 Toyota Prius. . 10/09/2012 I went to start my 2004 Prius I hit the power button and the dashboard lights had not work. You did not know the status of the car. Actuated the power switch and the brake peddle numerous times to no avail. I tried to select the gear and the car would move. But dash board display did not light. The lights and turn signals work fine. I drove 15 miles home with on display. I selected the park button and the car parked I went to turn off the power button and the car would not turn off the was in the battery mode. I tried to shut it off by disconnecting the 12 volt battery to no avail. I found a fuse that if I pulled it out the car would shut off. I tried the power numerous times and the car turn on and with the dashboard display working. On the morning of 10/10/2012 I tried go to work and when the power and the brake are pushed the dash board lights would not light. The car would move if selected to drive now the engine was running because the car was cold. I placed the car in park and selected the power button to off now the engine will shut off. Again I tried the power and the brake numerous times to no avail. I tried the fuse trick again it worked the engine stopped. Replaced the fuse and tried the power button it work and the dash display were lighted with numerous lights because I shut the down in unapproved mode. Turned the power switch on & off. Numerous times all light were normal except the check engine was on I drove to the Toyota dealer. I was told that is a normal issue the dashboard displays go bad. I understand the dashboard display can go bad. My issue is the safety problem that when the display fails the power button does not shut car off in the battery mode or the engine mode. That¿s a big issue . It was Wed., Oct. 10, 2012 when this battery issue occurred.
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#2 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2005 Toyota Prius. VIN of the vehicle was 1J8HG48K16_. My Prius dash keeps going black, the car won't shut off . Also had it in park engine revved and started to drive away. I jumped in and it wouldn't shut off I had to rip the key out. The rear taillights go out all the time. The doors and hatch locks won't unlock half the time. I had a new battery put in but it still happens. This battery issue occurred Sep. 1, 2012.
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#3 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20U74_. 2004 Toyota Prius. Consumer states unintended acceleration the consumer stated the sudden acceleration happened three times, over a six year span. He managed to put the vehicle in neutral, coast to the side of the road, and turned the vehicle off. Once the vehicle was restarted, all worked fine. The consumer stated a few weeks ago his vehicle was about to reach 300,000 miles, as he reached for his camera, he realized the odometer never went past 299,999 miles. However, within five miles, the vehicle suddenly lost power brakes, the air condition stopped working, the hybrid drive shut off and the fan for the hybrid battery came on, as well as yellow and red lights appeared on the dash. Also, two warning graphics appeared on the navigation screen, one indicating trouble. The consumer pulled over, and shut the engine off. He then restarted the vehicle and everything went back to normal. It appeared that by shutting off the engine and restarting it, caused the main computer reboot. The consumer stated it continued several more times, until he arrived home. The dealer informed the consumer the vehicle was a large computer, and when one component stops working, such as the odometer, other components cease too. The dealer explained an odometer limit was placed on the vehicle by the factory. It was Wednesday, February 1, 2012 when this battery issue occurred.
#4 - Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Prius. Approximately one week after having my battery replaced by a Toyota dealership in temecula, CA the digital display on my dashboard stopped working and no longer displayed my speed, gas tank gauge, trip mileage or total mileage. After another week or so passed, the display, or cluster display, as it is listed on a Toyota repair estimate from November 3, 2011, would work intermittently by again displaying my speed, gas tank gauge, etc. The display would sometimes work for a few hours and then stop working, and not work again for several days or a week or more. Currently, it the display continues to work intermittently only, causing me to drive for days or a week or more with no visual display of how fast I am driving or how much gas I have remaining in my tank. This failure of the cluster display is a hazard to me and especially to my young teenage daughter because we do not know for sure how fast we are driving or how much gas we have remaining at any given time when the display stops working. I had my vehicle inspected by the Toyota dealership in temecula, CA and they recommended replacing the combo meter since they believe there is an open circuit in the combo meter, but they could not guarantee that their recommendation would resolve the problem. They then advised me that a service bulletin was issued for problems with the cluster display, but no recall has been ordered and they could not cover the cost of fixing the problem under warranty. I then called Toyota corporate offices at 800-331-4331and spoke to the service director, who offered me a 40% discount on the cost of replacing the combo meter on a reimbursement basis and said if a recall was ordered I would get a full refund. I believe the problem on my Toyota Prius of an intermittently functioning cluster display presents a significant hazard for the reasons stated above and warrants a recall. The failure date was May 16, 2011.
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#5 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2005 Toyota Prius. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was JTDKB20U85_. When starting the vehicle up, no speedohmeter display is illuminated. The display for the vehicle enviromental controls (miles per gallon/energy use) still works. Along with the speedohmeter display, the rear hatchback door does not work. I tried to adjust the inside light display to see if the light level was turned off. This was not problem. I turned the light adjustment knob in both directions, and still no speedohmeter display. Upon trying to turn off the engine, it will not turn off. I was able to shut the vehicle off by disconnecting the car battery in the passenger side rear hatch back area. Note that because the rear hatch back door does not work, all the vehicle parts which leads to the rear battery has to be taken out from the rear seat of the vehicle. One particular time I disconnected the car battery on the black portion of the battery,and the vehicle did not shut off. I brought the vehicle to the Toyota dealership several times, and because this problem happens intermittently. Toyota was unable to duplicate it. However, one day when it was not working, I brought it in to them. They later claimed that it was a "cold start" problem to the computer that is responsible for the speedohmeter display (besides other things, rear hatch back door, cruise control, etc. ). Toyota claimed they found the problem on the internet, and it was not a recalled part. This particular part (computer) normally happens only in the states that are very cold. This battery issue occurred Thursday, August 25, 2011.
#6 - Battery problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
The owner has a 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled and a hybrid system failure message came on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to come up with a concrete diagnosis but stated that the failure might had been caused by a one volt over charge on the hybrid battery which happen as a result of excessive braking. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 43,000. The failure date was July 8, 2011.
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#7 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2004 Toyota Prius. The multifunctional display (mfd) failed following dealer replacement of the 12v battery. The dealer is now recommended $5,000 replacement of the mfd. Mfd failure in the Prius seems to be an increasing event based on on-line chatter on blogs. This appears to be a basic design flaw in the Prius mfd system that causes loss of communication between the radio and climate control systems. It also causes the display to be totally ineffective for display of key hybrid engine performance. This battery problem happened on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.
#8 - Battery problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2010 Toyota Prius. I own a 2010 Prius. I have owned the car since oct 2009. Twice I let the car sit in my garage without driving it for 6 days. The battery completely discharge over the 6 days such that the car has to be jumped in order for it to start. Both times I took the car to Toyota service center and both times they did not find anything wrong with the car. There solution was to not let the car sit undriven for that long. However, if I took the car to the airport and left it while I was gone for a week, it would not start when I return. This is not acceptable to me since I travel a lot. According to Toyota I have no recourse. This battery problem happened on Feb. 16, 2010.
#9 - Battery problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Toyota Prius. I was on a trip to arizona and when driving in my 2010 Prius from flagstaff to phoenix during the evening, the batter display's top segment glowed red many times in the descent from flagstaff. It was a very difficult to drive to keep the top segment from turning red as the vehicle was coasting and I did not want to exceed the speed limit so I really did not now what to do. I decided to shift to neutral so the engine was not breaking. However in neutral I was wearing out my vehicles brakes which also worried me because of the possibility of overheating the brakes. I looked in my vehicle manual but nothing as in the booklet about this type of occurrence. So I asked my Toyota service personnel at rudy luther Toyota in golden valley, mn and they had not heard of this problem. He gave me a the telephone number for customer service representatives at Toyota and after discussing this incident with many people in customer service at Toyota, the end result was "that the battery was fully charged and when this occurs the top bar will glow red but this will not effect the battery". I do not know if this is true or Toyota is just putting me off but others at the following Toyota forum have also experienced this problem. Is this a safety problem, I do not know. Is it a battery warranty problem, I do not know. But please look at this forum thread and maybe you can discuss this more fully with Toyota. This battery issue occurred Sunday, December 27, 2009.. Read more...
#10 - Battery problem of the 2009 Toyota Prius
The VIN of this vehicle was JTDKB20U09_. Toyota Prius yr/mdl 2009/1224 a
I have attempted to have the following checked with Toyota of hickory where I purchased the Prius and was told that I needed to allow the battery to heat up before trying to place it into reverse or drive. My Prius will go into n, it will lock all doors and windows and not go into gear or start. I have been locked in the car during this past summer without air and I attempted several times to cut the car on and off before it would go into gear. This is very horrific to say the least. I was at lake norman Toyota yesterday and was told this was a common complaint. Yet no one offered to take this car in and check for problems. From the day I drove off the lot until now this hybrid gas/elec sedan has given me nothing but trouble. This battery problem happened on Jan. 27, 2010.
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#11 - Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2007 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20U17_. 1. Sitting in traffic only rt. 287 n. The battery level dropped quickly and significantly to the point of my being unable to engage the electric engine which is the initial method of sending power to the wheels. 2. Consequences: bumper to bumper traffic had to be directed around me which caused more traffic and put me in danger of becoming involved in an accident. 3. Investigated possible recall but none was documented. This issue happened on November 10, 2007.
#12 - Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The VIN of the problem Prius is JTDKB20U87_. 2007 Toyota Prius with tire failure and brakes grabbing. The battery and headlights failed. The consumer stated Toyota has since removed this particular type of bulb and assembly from production. When the vehicle was 1 year old the consumer was stopped by the police and given a warning for the headlight being out. However, when the consumer and her husband exited the vehicle, they along with the police officer found both headlights were working and he let them go without a citation. The consumer has since discovered that one headlight or the other will just go out on occasion during every drive. The brightness of the headlights began to dim when the vehicle was only a year old. Toyota recommended using the headlights less and they further recommended not using the highly touted feature that allows the lights to automatically turn off after the vehicle has been turned off. Last month, the consumer received a letter from Toyota regarding information about a problem with the hid headlights. The letter stated the customer support program would reimburse for some cost relative to the defective headlights. However the local dealer did not agree and the cost far exceeded anything mentioned in the letter. The dealer informed the consumer the cost of installation for new bulbs would be $245 in labor for each headlight replacement, that was in addition to the exorbitant cost of the bulbs themselves. The failure date was Mar. 1, 2010.
#13 - Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2007 Toyota Prius. 2007 Prius (69k miles). Driving on highway, all caution lights came on. Towed to dealer and diagnosed with a 12-volt battery issue. $280 to replace the batter. Three weeks later, same cautions lights. Got most to clear with a restart with the exception of the "master caution" and the "engine check" lights. Dealer showed code of "p0a93" and stated inverter coolant pump needed to be replaced for another $486. Check online shows Toyota knows about the pre-2006 issues and that many 2007 and beyond owners are running into the same issue at various miles. It was Jul. 12, 2010 when this battery issue occurred.
#14 - Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
2007 Toyota Prius. Consumer states experience of difficulties with a low battery, resulting in the dashboard lighting-up with red flashing warning lights; brakes, abs and vsc, sounding of a buzzing indicator and the car shutting off a diagnostics revealed multiple low voltage codes for the auxiliary battery. The dealer informed the consumer the auxiliary battery was important for the initial engagement of the brakes and to power the computer to start the vehicle. This battery problem happened on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011.
#15 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2005 Toyota Prius. Was driving home (approx 35 mph) when master warning light and vehicle stability control system warning light came on. Vehicle would not run on gasoline power and battery quicky ran down so car was not driveable. Vehicle had to be towed to dealership. Dealership advised it was a "computer problem". This battery problem happened on Saturday, April 23, 2005.
#16 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2005 Toyota Prius. The Prius shut down, stopped using gasoline power, while I was in the passing lane and traveling 70 miles per hour in moderate traffic on interstate 40 in nashville, TN. The red triangle, check engine, vsc and a few other warning signals illuminated. I managed to avoid being rear-ended , pulled to the side of the road using battery power, shut the battery power off, and consulted the owner's manual. Approximately 10-15 minutes prior, the add fuel light illuminated and the fuel indicator displayed a single bar. Having driven the vehicle for the past 8300 miles, my wife informed me that we had about 2 gallons of gas, and could easily travel another fifty miles. The temperature was near 90 degrees. I started the vehicle and chose to drive it off the interstate. We traveled 2. 5 miles and coasted to the side of the road as the battery depleted. I managed to slowly drive the vehicle to a gas station and refueled. The fuel tank could only accommodate 8. 1 gallons of fuel; it holds 11. 7. Once refueled, the warning signals disappeared after 30 seconds, and we drove home. My wife took the car to the dealer, joe heitz Toyota in clarksville, TN, the next day for an evaluation. The mechanic said that the computer indicated that the vehicle ran out of fuel. Since there obviously was fuel in the tank, I pressed the service manager for answers. By the end of the day and after consulting with Prius technical folks in California, the service manager said that the fuel bladder may have collapsed over the sending module thereby signaling the car's computer that it was out of gas, which caused it to shut down. He said Toyota is looking into the problem and provided a lame solution; refuel the vehicle before it gets too low. This is an unacceptable answer and I implore the NHTSA to investigate this potentially deadly anomaly. It is only a matter of time before someone is in a fatal accident because the vehicle shuts down while traveling at interstate speeds. This battery problem happened on Thu., Jun. 30, 2005.
#17 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2005 Toyota Prius. For the past two years, the vehicle has emitted an odor inside the passenger compartment, which sticks to the contact's clothing and hair. The odor has been recognized by Toyota as an odor that originates from the rear battery which is found under the back seat. The odor is triggered by extreme heat and while pulling heavy loads. The contact lives in arizona so the vehicle is subjected to extreme heat. Toyota stated that the odor was non-toxic and that there was no current remedy for the defect. The contact believes that the chemical may be toxic and feels uncomfortable driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was 13,000 and current mileage was 45,000. The failure date was Sunday, October 1, 2006.
#18 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTDKB20U85_. Crash happened when the problem occurred. On 2/27/09, my 2005 Toyota Prius' brakes completely failed. I was going downhill in an highly transited urban road (rte 123 in va, close to tysons corner). Thankfully I was only going about 40mph when the light changed to red. The 2 vehicles in front of me stopped. I pressed the brake pedal and my car accelerated initially, and then nothing. Brakes are meant to work. Always. I kept pumping the pedal hoping to engage the breaks, but they did not engage. What stopped me was the rear of a BMW x5. Thankfully I was the only injured party, and my injuries are mostly muscular. I could have died or I could have killed someone. In January, I had taking my car to the dealer because all the alert lights on the dash would sporadically go off. They kept the car for a week and claimed that the secondary battery needed to be replaced. I got my vehicle back and on 2/23/09 the issue restarted. I was due to take my car back to the dealer the day of the accident. I called a lawyer to see if I had a case, and was told no. I am still researching the issue because someone should be held accountable and future tragedies should be avoided. If anyone has started a class action suit, please do let me know as I would like to join you. This battery problem happened on Friday, February 27, 2009.
#19 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
VIN of the vehicle was JTDKB20U05_. The vehicle involved is a 2005 Toyota Prius hybrid. While parked in the garage, the vehicle exploded and burned. The battery could be the possible cause of the explosion. The fire burned the garage and another vehicle that was parked in the garage. Both a fire and a police report were filed. Report number 0907135396 was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that they would call the contact back. The current and failure mileages were 90,000. The failure date was Sunday, July 26, 2009.
#20 - Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Toyota Prius. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20U45_. Note: the date above does not reflect first date of occurance. This is the event date that led to Toyota admitting something is wrong with the car. Please read narrative: on three occasions the car has died while being parked at work and at home. On one occasion the car died in my garage. After the vehicle was jumped it seemed fine. No lights were left on nor were any electrical devices plugged into the accessories. When it started up the car stated that the parking brake was not properly engaged and the vehicle needed to be moved to a level surface. It was in my driveway. Another time the car did the same thing, dying at work in the airport employee parking lot. The car required being jump started and again it gave the same message. A CO-worker stated that they had heard the car alarm go off at one point about an hour prior to shift change. Both times the vehicle was checked and the report was â€œnothing was wrong with the car. Â€� most recently on 3/27/2011 the same thing occurred. This time when jump starting the battery the carâ€™s engine started and the car lunged forward at me with lights and alarm sounding. I was unable to shut down the alarm and went into the car and pressed the power button to shut the engine down. When I powered the engine back up the car alarm was again sounding and all the lights on the dash were illuminated. Powered it down and up again and this time no audible alarm but the exclamation mark in the triangle was illuminated as well as the message about the parking brake. I powered it down and up one last time and, with the message still illuminated, drove off. The message shut down when I got to the security gate. Toyota tested the vehicle on 4/1/2011 and reported that c1300 and c2300 faults were found (ecu and abs actuator). As the car is out of warranty, cost will be about $3,000. 00. (more info exists but no room here). This battery issue occurred Sun., Mar. 27, 2011.
#21 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
Driving my 2004 Toyota Prius home from work, the car suddenly lost power a few miles from my home on a busy thoroughfare. I drifted to the side of the road. All warning lights on the dash were on. I turned off the car and restarted it. It went a few seconds before dying again. This continued several times until I made it home. The incident caused other cars to have to slow down, honk and move around me. I was very scared. It was late at night. I called my husband to come help me but he was not home. The next day the car started and I took it to the dealership. They could find nothing wrong, and said they "reset the engine/battery ratio" so the car would rely more on gas than electricity , and that I would experience a slight decrease in my engine efficiency. I later complained to the service manager, that my Prius has had numerous electrical problems since I purchased it in August of2005. Twice it would not start in the morning and I had to have it towed. He also told me that what the service person told me was incorrect, that there was no way they can "adjust" the engine/battery ratio. He gave no explanation for my problems and said "no one else" has had any problems with their cars. I want to return the car for a new one, but he says he feels "confident" Toyota will correct any problems I am having. I am afraid to drive the car in case this happens again. Toyota has done nothing since I have complained. I feel they owe me a new car while they figure this out. This issue happened on Apr. 8, 2005.
#22 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2004 Toyota Prius. While driving at approximately 35 mph the vehicle completely shut down. The vehicle was hybrid. The owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and was informed that the battery was charged, and there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. There were a series of these events. The vehicle also stalled while in motion. The consumer was informed that the charging system was tested and nothing was wrong with the vehicle. This battery problem happened on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004.
#23 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle was a 2004 Toyota Prius. This is not the first time that I have had this problem, but I just learned this is the venue to state my complaints(I have another complaint on this board. I bought this car to save gas,money and the environment,but now this car is doing none of these for me in stop and go traffic. While I'm stuck in traffic in DC(i395n), the battery takes over. The problem is the gas doesn't kick in when the battery is low. I find the battery doesn't stay charged for over 28minutes while moving in traffic about 3 feet every 5 or 10 minutes. I have figured out in order to not get stalled (which has happened to me, 2 times already,besides today. ) I have to hold the brake pedal down with one foot and rev the gas pedal with the right foot in order to charge the battery and not get slammed into from a vehicle behind me! my wife refuses to drive the car now for fear that she'll stall. I'm filling my tank more often now than when I first got this vehicle. Due to the reving of the vehicle which wastes my gas(sorta defeats the purpose of buying a hybrid for the most part!), also this can't be good for the environment either! OH and lets not forget the safety factor. I have people yelling at me and saying they want to bust my a**! and even an elderly woman with handicap plates gave me the finger right after she almost slammed into my stalled car. I'm embarrassed and scared to drive over 65 because the way the car died on me 2 times before. It was 05/26/05 when this battery issue happened.
#24 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The VIN of the problem Prius is JTDKB22U14_. I drove my Toyota Prius from florida to colorado. After about 2100 miles the car stalled. I was stuck on the highway for about 2 hours at a temperature of 15 degrees until I got towed to a Toyota dealer. The dealer recharged the battery, which completely discharged while I sat in the stalled car with the heater on, and the problem was gone. It was Feb. 11, 2004 when this battery issue occurred.
#25 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2004 Toyota Prius. Driving my 2004 Prius about 25mph on my way home, all of a sudden warning lights on the dashboard lit up. The yellow brake system warning, the malfunction indicator, the master warning and the vsc warning lights were all on. The display had a message that indicated a hybrid system warning. The next day, upon stating the car, the brake system and the vsc warning lights had gone off. All other lights were still on. Did not drive the car until I could contact dealer (it was a holiday weekend). After contacting service dept, they said to drive it into the dealer. While driving, the battery level was in the "magenta" range , about three bars, much lower than normal. It rose to the normal range prior to arriving at the dealer. The repair order states "found ecu calibration off" and "reprogarm ecu to new calibrationid 34705100". The lights are now off and the car seems back to normal. The service person was unable to reassure me that this problem would not happen again, only that it was easily fixed and Toyota would cover it. My car had already had the ecu reprogrammed in 08/04, as per recall 40d. It was 05/27/2005 when this battery issue occurred.
#26 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2004 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTDKB20U54_. Since purchasing a 2004 Prius in Feb. 2004, it has stalled five times. Four were within a two week period in June 2004 and were related to a loose wire to the battery. One was in June 2005. This issue happened on Tuesday, June 22, 2004.
#27 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
2004 Toyota Prius sedan. Stalls out while driving about 35 miles hour and the electric recharable battery drains. This has happened two times to me and I have taken it back to Toyota deal for this. The 1st approximately Jan -Feb time frame. Dealer could find nothing wrong. 2nd time approximately early April. Dealer said had trouble code in computer and have corrected problem but let them know if happens again or any other problem. Engine load, automatic gear shifts hard and car rolls slightly when put into park. It was Saturday, April 9, 2005 when this battery issue occurred.
#28 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
2004 Toyota Prius sedan. Stalls out while driving about 35 miles hour and the electric recharable battery drains. This has happened two times to me and I have taken it back to Toyota deal for this. The 1st approximately Jan -Feb time frame. Dealer could find nothing wrong. 2nd time approximately early April. Dealer said had trouble code in computer and have corrected problem but let them know if happens again or any other problem. Engine load, automatic gear shifts hard and car rolls slightly when put into park. It was 04/09/2005 when this battery issue occurred.
#29 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Toyota Prius is JTDKB22U94_. Toyota Prius, vehicle stalled at 35 mph warning light came on. Pulled over to side of road because caller was losing power from battery, and could not drive it. Car was towed to dealer, and they could not find anything wrong with it. Problem did not come up on car computer when diagnostic was done. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Caller read article in newspaper about Prius. This battery problem happened on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2005.
#30 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle was JTDKB20U74_. Car suddenly lost power when being driven 30 mph on city road. Computer said battery power lost; seems like gas engine was not recharging battery, but there was no warning until power loss. I was stuck in the middle of a city street with 2 small children, as the car would not make it to side of road. Another motorist helped push me to side of road and no one was hurt. The gas tank was full at the time of this incident. Although vehicle could not move, the dashboard and computer still had power; it would not allow me to shut it down, or remove the key fob. The car was towed to a dealership, and now must be towed to another dealiership that services this model. No repair has yet been attempted but I wanted to report incident because my internet research indicated you were investigating this model for a number of similar problems. The car was purchased in November 2003 and has 15,299 miles on it. I had one incident 12 months ago when I could not start the vehicle, but I was able to finally after 10 minutes or so. I have had no previous break downs however. This battery problem happened on Jul. 21, 2005.
#31 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Toyota Prius. Starting around may,2005, when vehicle was started with the battery indicator not quite at full capacity, lets say seven 'bars', just putting the car in reverse would begin the gradual decline of charge. If driving up a frwy ramp, the indicator would show the charge had dropped into the 'red' zone. At this time the engine would sound like the rpms were about 4,000, a real revving sound. Slowly ,with a steady level drive the battery would recharge and look as if it were normal. There was no stalling of engine but I rarely drive as slow as 65 mph! the whole process, happening at least once a day was very nerve wracking. . . Especially in the mohave desert with many 18-wheelers surrounding the car. The first time it happened I immediately called Toyota of temecula valley. I was told that this was not good and to bring the car in for diagnosis. When I brought it in, a 'technician' looked at the indicator and said it was ok and not worry about it. I had a difficult time believing that and made an appt. With Toyota of el cajon. When their technician used a diagnostic scantool he also said he could not find a problem. I did not believe him or the service $80/hr. Guy and said there was either something wrong with their diagnostic tools and/or something wrong with them to think I would go along with their story. I had no idea how right I was until I read about the defect investigation on your website. My Prius has not stalled (yet) but it has all the problems leading up to it. The dealership claims, on the work receipt they gave me, to have recalculated the hv ecu with the 40d code and the problem seems to be worse. I will have to go back again to the dealership and fight for my right to a speedy repair. This issue happened on Sunday, May 1, 2005.
#32 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
2004 Toyota Prius developed problems with stalling. ** answer required***. The first time the consumer experienced a problem with the vehicle, the dealer determined the battery was not holding a charge. The consumer experienced 2 other incidents with the vehicle. It was Jun. 5, 2005 when this battery issue happened.
#33 - Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The VIN of this Prius is JTDKB20U84_. Touch screen on 2004 Toyota Prius is defective and fails to work which leaves me with no heat at times and inability to see if my battery is operating properly, this is an ongoing Toyota problem with complaints all over the web by Prius owners. The failure date was November 7, 2006.
Other Electrical System related problems of Toyota Prius:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||398|
|Instrument Panel problems||31|
|Battery Dead problems||18|
|Car Will Not Start problems||15|
|Computer Failure problems||7|
|Horn Assembly problems||5|
|Dashboard Failed problems||5|
|Headlights Turn Off While Driving problems||4|
|Ignition Module problems||3|
|Battery Propulsion System problems||3|
|Electrical Failure problems||3|
|Back Up Alarm problems||3|