Car Will Not Start Problems of Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius owners have reported 22 problems related to car will not start (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Prius based on all problems reported for the Prius.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2015 Toyota Prius 1
Failure Date: 01/11/2016

Car was stationary in driveway car would not start and master warning light was on in addition to a warning saying "shift malfunction. When parking, park in flat place and apply parking brake securely" a buzzer was sounding. This indicates a shift control system error. The car would not start. Notified dealer and the car was towed. No error codes were found. The car started for the dealer.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Toyota Prius 2
Failure Date: 02/13/2015

This car has had 3 new batteries and it has just over 5,000 miles. Today aaa jumped the car and I drove for over an hour to charge up the battery, then I went grocery shopping, came out and the car wouldn't start. Called aaa they came out and started my car and came home. Got up to take it into the dealership and it won't start. The test he ran on the battery I was told the battery is ok, there is something wrong in the electrical system. The electrical monitor on the dashboard does not show me how many miles per hour I have been driving. The blue line go up making me think the battery is charged, but when I stop I cannot restart the car. I cannot afford to keep taking my car into Toyota to get it fixed. The dealership is Toyota temecula valley on ynez rd, also called Toyota4u. Com. Maybe it is the power button, not connecting to the electrical. Last time the service rep yelled at me that it was my fault for not take the car out every day and driving it on the freeway, and I was so embarrassed I said just put another battery in it. I have always had Cadillac before this, but I felt Toyota was a reliable car, and my neighbor like them.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 3
Failure Date: 10/14/2014

Driving on sb hwy 35 at 74mph, master warning light came on and vehicle shut down, no electrical or engine control. Pulled safely to shoulder of road. Car would not restart. Got out of car, locked car, unlocked car (Toyota technician instructions), then car restarted. Got car off the road, contacted state farm for tow to autonation Toyota south austin. Toyota technician removed a third party telematic device (in-drive) from obd port. Vehicle diagnostic scan showed two communication errors u0100 and u0111. Third party telematic device was not reinstalled. Vehicle was test driven, held overnight, test driven again and the errors or shutdown did not repeat. Toyota service manager said they have seen third party devices connected to odb port cause errors and have to be removed or replaced. We have three hybrid vehicles in our household each with a third party telematic device from in-drive. All three have been removed and returned to in-drive with supplied packaging and return instructions.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 4
Failure Date: 04/26/2014

Without warning, after stopping and turning off the engine, my Prius engine wouldn't start and all of the warning lights went on when I tried to turn the engine over. . Thankfully, I was not in an intersection or on a road when this occurred. The Toyota dealer I had the car towed to, told me I had a poaa6 code and need to replace a transaxle assembly. (repair costs are over $4000. 00) after a little bit of research, it appears that a lot of 2007 Prius owners are experiencing the same product failure. I just found out that Toyota has a service bulletin about the problem but does not cover the failure after 60,000 miles, except in a few states, such as California, which made Toyota extend warranty to 150,000 miles. . No Toyota mechanic ever advised me about this problem. Had I known it's potential, I would have purchased an extended warranty. TSB number: sb-0306-08 rev 2nhtsa number: 10037588tsb date: March 23, 2011date added to file: may 26, 2011 failing component: electrical system:battery summary: Toyota: malfunction light is on with two internal trouble codes. It is a problem with the transaxle assembly. 2004-2008 Prius.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius 5
Failure Date: 11/23/2013

2013 Toyota Prius v. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system failure. The consumer stated when his wife exited the vehicle, she noticed the headlights were not on. They were set to remain on for a brief period after the engine was turned off. She got back in the vehicle and the electrical system failed; no lights, the door locks did not work and the engine would not start, the only functioning item, was the brake lights. The consumer and his wife tried several times, to get the vehicle to start, so eventually they had a technician come and start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where they were unable t o find a problem. The second occurrence happened on may 31, 2014. When the consumer returned to the vehicle four hours later, he was unable to unlock the driver's door. Eventually, he removed the physical key from the electronic key fob, and opened the door, but was unable to start the vehicle. The only sign of electricity was two green turn signal lights flashing simultaneously when he pushed the power button. The consumer returned hours later, and the vehicle started immediately. However, the clock had zeroed out confirming the power failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they were unable diagnose a problem.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 6
Failure Date: 10/20/2013

Was driving to nova scotia 10/18/13. Stopped for coffee after 2 hrs of driving. Car would not restart. Returning to maine10/20/2013 was passing a tractor trailer truck with another trailer truck passing behind me as well. No check engine light had come on at any time during the trip. Suddenly,all the warning lights on the dashboard lit up and the car stopped working while driving at 75 mph. Tried not to slow too quickly with truck bearing down behind me ,but could not accelerate either. Car had popped into neutral . Got off on left of two lane highway . Car was dead. Would not start. Had towed to Toyota dealer in amherst. Diagnostics found no cause. Had to drive 4 hours back home next day not knowing if it would happen again. Took car to Toyota dealer 45 miles from my home in us. The following week . No cause found. Happened again shortly after on main street, blocking traffic . Towed to local mechanic. Was there one week. Unable to diagnose. Towed 45 miles to Toyota again. There another week. I was told it was a problem with fuse box assembly. Shortly after, the master warning light came on, as well as a warning symbol on the touch screen meaning 'malfunction in hybrid system. ' towed again to Toyota dealer. Front battery replaced. Noted today that Prius recall on '09-'14 models for exact same thing that happened to my '08 model. Total cost $600. 00 plus $270. 00 towing and $120. 00 for hotel .

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 7
Failure Date: 09/01/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. In order to start the vehicle, the emergency brake had to be engaged. The contact also stated that the headlights failed intermittently but would function normally after attempting to activated them several times. In addition while driving at various speeds, the transmission would erroneously shift into neutral and all of the contact¿s attempts to shift back into drive failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The current mileage was approximately 57,000. Kmj.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 8
Failure Date: 06/08/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start unless a particular warning light was cleared by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. The contact was unsure of what light illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled when speeds exceeded 50 mph. The contact also stated that the failure may be due to the engine plug-in battery add-on kit that he personally installed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that there was a low battery indicator problem that caused the failure. The technician informed the contact that once the add-on was removed, the failure ceased. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Updated 02/12/lj the consumer stated his complaint was against the makers and distributors of the phev conversion kit, he had installed in his vehicle. The battery kit was used to provide additional electrical battery power to the built in battery of the hybrid. The consumer stated occasionally, the phev kit would cause the engine to shut down while driving on the highway at speeds of 45 -65 mph. When the incident occurred, there was a warning beep and the general warning triangle would appear on the dashboard. Once it happened, the consumer was unable to re-start the vehicle, until the general warning triangle was cleared. He had to clear it, by disconnecting the 12 volt battery for a minute and the re-connecting the 12 volt battery. The consumer stated after the engine shut down for a third time, he removed the phev battery kit. Updated 02/13/13.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 9
Failure Date: 04/16/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after sitting idle for a few days. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they advised the contact that the failure was due to the battery being unused for more than 10 days. The dealer advised that the battery should have been disconnected before allowing the vehicle to sit idle for so long. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after receiving a jump start. The failure mileage was approximately 6,500.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Toyota Prius 10
Failure Date: 04/02/2011

This was the second time that the car would not start after a sitting for approximately seven days. It had to be towed to the dealer where purchased where checked and jumped. I was told to not let the car sit idle. Today I contacted Toyota directly at 800-331-4221. I was given case # 1108121588. Representatives were very professional and checked with Toyota technicians for the 2009 Prius. Apparently, the car should not set for 4 to 5 days, (7 days at the outside) without being driven. Concern: dealer and Toyota do not mention this serious flaw. As a sole female driver in the household, I would no have purchased this car given this very pertinent information. It means that something as simple as taking this car to the airport for a trip is not a prudent possibility. Trying to do a personal part to use less gas and lessen emissions comes with a serious and not stated safety issue.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 11
Failure Date: 02/03/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Prius. While driving between 65-70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled and shut off completely. The electronics of the vehicle were still operating, but the vehicle itself could not be restarted. The vehicle then shifted itself into park. The hazard lights in the vehicle began running off the auxiliary battery, which is a low power battery. In addition, the hazard lights turned off. The contact called Toyota, but they were unable to assist. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The battery was jumped and the vehicle was restarted. A diagnostic was performed and the vehicle ran normally for six weeks before the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer again and they stated that there was smoke coming from the fuse box, which meant a fuse was blown. After replacing the fuse box, the vehicle performed normally. The technicians were unable to find any other failures with the vehicle; however, the contact does not want to drive it due to fear of the failure recurring. The vehicle has been repaired, but is still at the dealer. The failure mileage was 46,000 and current mileage was 47,500.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2008

- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact attempted to start the ignition. The engine failed to start as a result of a dead battery. The engine functioned after a jump-starting the vehicle. The failure occurred on two separate occasions, and approximately two weeks after the first occurrence. The battery had been replaced twice. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer with an estimation of five different times. A specialist diagnosed the vehicle and stated the vehicle was operating normally. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 35,000.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 13
Failure Date: 11/24/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle did not start after being parked overnight. There was no response from either the engine or electrical system. The vehicle was jump-started and taken to a service dealer, where the vehicle failed again. The dealer was unable to determine the problem. The manufacturer was notified, who stated that the failure was due to driver error.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 14
Failure Date: 05/01/2006

The 2005 Prius we own will not start at scattered times (after driving for some time and then stopping and turning the engine off). The screen on the dashboard panel lights up partially and not always the same on repeated tries. Other strange electrical events occur such as the automatic windows going down when the car is turned off after trying to start it unsuccessfully. The car will start at some time - up to 20 minutes after letting car sit. These events are similar to those that occurred in days prior to the March 29,2005 when the car stalled at 45 mph on a highway in the outer banks of north carolinas and was serviced with what became a recall later for Prius's. The most recent problems occurred on March 17th and may 1, 2006. We have taken the car to lustine Toyota in woodbridge, va and they have tested the car and say that everything checks out ok and their is no service bulletin from Toyota. They are looking at the car again today. We are concerned that the problem could continue and place us in a dangerous situation either from another stalling incident or leaving us in a dangerous place with a car that will not start.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 15
Failure Date: 04/03/2006

: the contact stated while driving 35mph, the master warning and check engine light illuminated followed by the vehicle operating at a reduced speed. The vehicle continued operation for about a mile before eventually stalling. The vehicle would not restart, but remained in electric mode. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it is currently awaiting inspection. Contact requested to delete the complaint from the system because it was a mistake.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Toyota Prius 16
Failure Date: 01/13/2006

: the consumer stated there is an investigation pe05029 concerning the electronic control module. The vehicle displayed the same problems as indicated in the investigation, but was excluded from the special service campaign due to the VIN. The vehicle stalled at highway speed, operated at a reduced speed, and ultimately stalled out. When this occurred, various warning lights on the dash panel illuminated. The engine did not restart and the vehicle was towed to a dealer. The dealer replaced the electronic control module.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 17
Failure Date: 07/29/2005

2005 Toyota Prius stalling at 35-40 mph. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to a repair facility. The consumer was told that the problem was due to bad programming at the factory. The computer wa reset per TSB eg047-04.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 18
Failure Date: 06/07/2005

Consumer's vehicle stalled while driving on the interstate, and put his life at risk. The car would not restart. Consumer bought an extended warranty from Toyota, and they had no record of that when calling them. Prior to the incident vehicle's consumer computer indicated that the vehicle was low on gas by a flashing green light, and the computer was indicating that the vehicle was getting its power from both the gas and electric engines. The vehicle's computer system did not recognize any commands. Prior incidents the car dieseled at stop lights sometimes for minute and consumer got 28mpg in the city, where the gas engine seemed to be running even on downhill stretches and when stopped.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 19
Failure Date: 05/05/2005

5/6/05 my 2004 Prius with 20,400 miles without warning loss all power and shut down while driving hazard light came on warning to take to Toyota dealer. The vehicle would not start. The battery meter level was completely dead. The vehicle had to be towed to maita Toyota 2500 auburn blvd, sacramento, CA 95821, 916 481-5353 for repair. The work order stated the cause was the ecu which was reprogramed which cleared stored codes. Code pulled p3191. Is this a new finding in the Prius?.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 20
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. He states that while driving every warning light in the vehicle began to flash, then the car died. He turned the vehicle on again and it done the same thing. After this the vehicle would not start. He called Toyota ,they sent someone with gas because the add fuel light was flashing, and they put gas in the vehicle. It still would not start. Towed to Toyota dealership, they looked at the car and could not get it to start. Someone kept pressing buttons and got the car to start, then, it started every time. The next time while driving with a full tank of gas it went from three quarters tank to gas down to empty instantly. He immediately pulled into a gas station to get gas and the maintenance light was flashing. He called Toyota back, and they would tow him to the nearest Toyota dealership. Instead he drove the vehicle home. Dealership said they did checked the fuel lines and it should be fine. Toyota denied all problems with the cars, the individual who towed consumer's vehicle told him that they had several people with this same problem. He decided to trade in the vehicle because he did not feel safe. It had several electrical problems such as, high beams came on by themselves, and door locks would not open occasionally. These incidents occurred on may 1, 2005 ,and he traded the vehicle in on may 16, 2005 . It was in the shop three times.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 21
Failure Date: 06/06/2004

Consumer had 2 episodes of engine stalling. The 1st time consumer's vehicle was passing another vehicle when another vehicle appeared in the lane and consumer accelerated quickly and changed lane. The warning light came on along with a beeping noise, and suddenly lost power. Was running only on electric power until was able to make it to the side of the road. The engine did not restart until turned off the whole system and then it restarted it. Continued to have warning lights for several hours. Called Toyota hot line, and was informed it was safe to drive. The following Monday took vehicle to dealer, who placed it on a computer and noted it was normal. They thought it might have been the vehicle stability control because that light was illuminated, and earlier when that happened driver swerved into a lane. The 2nd episode occurred as accelerating to get on a freeway ramp and had slowed to enter traffic, another driver allowed consumer's vehicle to enter and driver accelerated gain and the engine cut off. Was able to drive on battery power about a mile going 40 mph to the next exit. Pulled off, and again turned system off, and again the engine restarted. This time the vehicle,s stability light did not illuminate. The display screen had a bar that said, problem. When car was taken to dealer no lights illuminated.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 22
Failure Date: 05/21/2004

Purchased a 2004 Toyota Prius on March 2, 2004. On may 24, 2004 the car stopped while I was driving it. I could not restart it for approximately 15 minutes. I sat in the middle of the street during that time. The dealer said they had never heard of this happening. Om June 16, 2004 the car stopped running while I was at an intersection. I had to wait approximately 15 minutes before it would start. The dealer said they didn't know anything about this. On June 21, 2004 the car computers were tested on a recall and found to be out of sync. They were adjusted and I was told that would take care of my problem. In continued to have problems with the car not starting. On oct. 6, 2004 I was given a new car remote control to fix the problem. I continued to have problems. On December 6, 2004 the car completely failed. I was unable to start or turn off the car. After 20 minutes it started and I was able to leave it with the dealer. The multi display unit was replaced. The car continued to stop intermittently;. On January 19, 2005 the car failed to start. A new small battery was installed. On March 29, 2005 the brakes locked up. The abs actuator was replaced. On may 21, 2005 the car failed to start. It is presently at the dealer.

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