Electrical System Problems of Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius owners have reported 446 problems linked to electrical system (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2004 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this Prius is JTDKB20U44_. Odometer stops working at 299,999 miles. Toyota says there is no fix. This electrical system problem happened on Oct. 22, 2013.
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#2 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Prius. After the car has been parked for awhile, the dashboard was completely black. The car powered on, but there was no speedometer, no fuel display, and no odometer. The car will drive and gas engine and hybrid system works as usual, but there are no power steering, the turn signals do not work, and the wiper does not work. After driving for 5 to 15 minutes, the dash would light up and car drives like normal again and the problems mentioned go away. Based on internet research, this seems to a common problem. There are almost identical complaints on this site including NHTSA id number 10544698. Significant safety concerns exist due to the temporary lost of power steering, no turn signals, and no wiper during a rain. It was Thursday, October 3, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#3 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Toyota Prius. Crash happened when the problem occurred. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20U98_. I rear-ended the car in front of me in a very low speed accident, listed on my ticket as 1+ mph by the police officer who witnessed my accident while at the scene attending to an already-occurred accident. When I was 2-3 car lengths behind the car in front of me, going approx. 5-10 mph, I saw their brake lights go on, and I pushed the brake pedal and nothing happened. I pumped the brakes, and nothing happened. When I realized that my car's momentum was not slowing in the slightest, and that I was going to hit the car in front of me, I tried to maneuver into the vacant right lane, but the failure of the car to even slow down made accident avoidance not possible. When I struck the car in front of me, the blow was primarily with the left front corner of my car contacting the center of their bumper. My car was totaled; their car need a new rear bumper but only for cosmetic purposes. I will testify under oath in a court of law that the brakes in my 2008 Toyota Prius failed, and that is why I had this wreck. This electrical system problem happened on Aug. 31, 2013.
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#4 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2004 Toyota Prius. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20U34_. Same intermittent headlight problem posted here hundreds of times. Why is Toyota only fixing 2006+ model years? the same problem plagues all model years. It was Wednesday, October 16, 2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
#5 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car involved was a 2007 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTDKB20U57_. During cold weather I lose all odometer speedometer backup light gas gauge . Back up lights have caused a lot of close call when I'm backing up one time I got close to hitting a pedestrian because they did not know I was baking up I have ran out of fuel on the freeway and I never know how fast I'm going. This problem is well documented and Toyota knows a bout the problem but will not issue a recall. It was 09/28/12 when this electrical system issue happened.
#6 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2010 Toyota Prius. Driving 45 mph down busy 4 lane street when car just went out of gear from drive to neutral and wouldn't go into gear. Car came to a stop in heavy traffic and I was almost hit by several vehicles. Had to push to side of road. Called dealership and they sent a tow truck. They said they had never heard of this happening before but while I was sitting there waiting for a ride I went online and saw that this has happened to hundreds of people. The others affected by this defect said that heat causes a magnet to detach taking the car from drive to neutral. I am very thankful that this did not happen on the freeway or could have caused fatalities. Toyota has not recalled any vehicles or made notification to owners. This is dangerous and I'm only putting complaint in now since I didn't know how to previously. Found out 2 days after incident that the dealership has had this issue with more than 100 vehicles and that they were not being honest when they said they never saw this before. Toyota needs to get the word out before someone is killed. This problem occurred on 06/04/12.
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#7 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2007 Toyota Prius. In order to start, the brakes must be depressed. The electrical switch that detects the brake pedal being depressed also controls the brake light indicators. This switch has started to fail, operating intermittently. The symptoms are inability to start the vehicle to "ready" mode for driving and the brake lights not operating which is extremely unsafe. Once the car has started to "ready" and can drive, the brake lights may or may not operate during driving. This electrical system issue occurred August 1, 2013.
#8 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. VIN of the vehicle was JTDKB20U78_. Some months ago the driver's door lock stopped working. I ended up using the key to open the door for a couple of months, since Toyota dealer quoted me $500 to correct the problem. After a couple of months, I decided to pay and the issue was fixed. To my surprise, the front passenger door lock is going bad now. When I try to unlock it from within the car, using the "unlock doors" button, it will work every 3rd time or so. Clearly a bigger issue, not isolated to my individual vehicle. I only have 70000 miles and always serviced my vehicle at the Toyota dealers. I would like Toyota to pay to fix my lock and reimburse me for the actuator I already paid to replace. This problem occurred on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
#9 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2007 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTDKB20U67_. When the car was turned on in the morning after sitting overnight, the dashboard was completely black. The car powered on, but there was no speedometer, no fuel display, no odometer, and no back-up camera when put into reverse. When I got to my destination, approximately 15 minutes drive time, I was unable to power off the car after repeated attempts. The car finally powered down after I held the power button for several seconds. When the car was turned back on after about 11 hours, the dashboard was working again, also powering down worked as normal. The failure date was Friday, Sep. 20, 2013.
#10 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Toyota Prius
The car involved was a 2009 Toyota Prius. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTDKB2U893_. The back door/hatch switch rubber is melting/very sticky. The problem was first reported in the 2007 Prius and other model Toyota models. I expect that this switch will become defective and it is the only means to enter the hatch area of the Prius. The hatch area is the location of the spare tire, flares and other safety products carried in the automobile. This is a very common problem of Toyota models and is definitely a factory defective part. It was 08/01/13 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#11 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
Consumer has a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the engine stalled without warning. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally but the failure later recurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where the volt battery was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 49,312. This electrical system issue occurred Fri., Aug. 30, 2013.
#12 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The vehicle was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The VIN of the car is JTDKB20U68_. My headlight keeps going out. I know its a known problem but there has not been recall and it did not occur until recently, so it does not fit in with the Toyota 50,000 miles and under rule. However, I have been stopped a couple times and its happening more and more every day. This should be recalled!. This problem occurred on Monday, Sep. 9, 2013.
#13 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The car involved was a 2005 Toyota Prius. I had just had my oil changed and when I was leaving I started the car but the dashboard lights didn't come on. I drove on and still nothing. When I was at a stop light, the lights came on with the error msg that my brakes were engaged. I tried multiple times to depress and release the emergency brake, but same message. I couldn't move the vehicle because the front brakes were locked. I had it towed to the dealership and they said they had to get Toyota involved but it sounds like three computers are fried. This is very frustrating since I got the vehicle because it had such wonderful reviews (yes this was some years ago) how do computers just "up and fry" without any warning. I am hopeful that Toyota will do the right thing and step up and take the necessary steps to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. Also, whatever they could do for me would be greatly appreciated since I was a die hard Prius fan. . . . . Until now??? :,(. This problem occurred on September 2, 2013.
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#14 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
VIN of the vehicle was JTDKB20U84_. My 2004 Toyota Prius's hid lights are going off intermittently and coming back on when I turned them off and back on again. The driver's side is going off again and will come back on again when I turn it off and then back on. Also, my headlight leveling system warning light is coming on. When I drive on the highway light goes off, I feel very unsafe. I have to turn them off and back on in seconds to avoid a possible accident. Dealer can't find the issue. They recommend to change the bulbs but it doesn't solve problem. It was Monday, August 26, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#15 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2003 Toyota Prius. My 2003 Prius (first gen, from japan), has been thru a few recalls - 1 was to seal the battery better early on (04ish), then it was given new pinion shaft nuts. Latest issue has been an issue all along, just not diagnosed/fixed til now. Sometimes the 'check engine' light would come on, with the car/! /triangle graphic on touch screen. This time it didn't go away. Long story short, it was the electric water pump that needed to be replaced. Dealer said it wasn't cycling properly, leaking antifreeze; also a big hybrid battery issue was showing up, but they suspected when fixing water pump it might clear up battery issue. Did research, found this has been a big issue for a lot of Prius owners. Saw the consumer reports & this story, from a Toyota news release. The following is exactly what I've experienced, & my car was part of the pinion shaft nuts/steering column recall, but not water pump recall!: "Toyota is recalling 670,000 of their popular Prius hybrids in the us to correct two safety issues. They say all of the vehicles will be inspected to see if a part in the steering shaft needs to be replaced due to an issue that could cause excessive wear. 350,000 of these same Prius vehicles (from 2001-2010 in japan ) are also being recalled to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system. Toyota says the pump could fail and cause the hybrid system to stop running. They said its dealers will inspect & replace any defects free of charge. Recall notices will go to owners in Dec. 2012. About 2. 77m vehicles worldwide are affected. "Toyota did not pay for my repair, $669; that was with a 15% off coupon! I am keeping my receipt. Toyota needs to include my VIN in the next batch of recalls for this defective water pump, which has been defective since day 1, but a slow diagnosis, that may have affected the overall function of the hybrid system battery permanently. No fun!. It was Aug. 10, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#16 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Toyota Prius. There was crash involved with this Toyota Prius. Climate control buttons failure when steering wheel is straight; spiral cable/ clock spring failure. This problem occurred on Aug. 20, 2013.
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#17 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car was a 2007 Toyota Prius. Toyota sold me a brand new Prius with a headlamp not working. After I signed all the purchase papers, they pointed out that the right headlamp was not working and told me that it was alright to drive home and return the next days for repair. After four or five trips to the Toyota service department, they replaced the defective control unit. At a later date when the car had about 50,000 miles, I was driving on a freeway from los angeles to menifee, CA, at night in the hov lane. I seemed to have difficulty seeing the road and thought something was wrong with my eyes. So I switched lanes to the slow lane where, with less glare from the oncoming cars, I realized that both headlamps were not working. This was a dangerous situation on the high speed crowded freeway, so I pulled off the road at the next exit. Toyota replaced the headlamps, and I was compensated for the cost of repair upon the outcome of a class action lawsuit. Recently I noticed that the headlamps were failing again at around 115,000 miles. Immediately I had Toyota repair both headlamps, as I didn't want to experience the hazard of both headlamps failing again. From my personal experiences, there is a dangerous design flaw in the Prius that must be addressed especially before both headlamps fail again. I am concerned the next time the headlamps fail I will have no advanced symptoms and both might fail again simultaneously while i¿m on the road at night. This electrical system issue occurred May 26, 2007.
#18 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTDKB20U37_. Passenger-side high intensity headlight started intermittently failing. The light goes out randomly and unexpectedly. Turning both headlights off and back on again temporarily fixes the issue. This electrical system problem happened on 07/25/13.
#19 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2007 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20UX7_. After taking the vehicle in for a recall for a steering column issue, 3 of the buttons on the steering column fail to operate once the recall repair was complete. The dealer says it's an issue with the clockspring cable and are not willing to repair it at no cost. It was Wed., May. 15, 2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
#20 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius
The car was a 2005 Toyota Prius. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20U05_. Digital dashboard display is, from time to time, so dim as to be almost invisible. Sometimes it appears to be about 90% of brightness, other times at about 5% or less. This makes it almost impossible to read such information as speed, warning lights, etc. When it is visible, it is a major distraction, taking considerable time and effort. Toyota has extended the warranty for this problem, but my Toyota dealer refuses to perform the repair, claiming that as long as they can see the display at any level, regardless of how dim, there is not a correctable problem. Since the problem is intermittant, they may not see it at its worst. This electrical system problem happened on 01/01/2013.
#21 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2007 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTDKB20U17_. After short peroid of servicing a recall on steering extension shaft #c0t, some of steering wheel buttons stopped functioning due to damages to clock-spring cable. The dealership don't want to admit their technician fault failing to realign the steering wheel to center position. Many of Prius second generation hybrid owners been recalled have this issue after fixing the shaft. Is the damaged spring cables already were or due to lack of expertise?. This problem occurred on Wed., Mar. 6, 2013.
#22 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Toyota Prius. The VIN of the problem Prius is JTDKB20U84_. Both headlamps go off and on sporadically, as follows: approximately thirty (30) days after buying this used car, the left hid headlamp appeared burnt out. Both left and right headlamps were replaced on or about January 8, 2013, as recommended for this type of light. On installation, either light would flash on but then go out again, but turning the headlamp switch off then on agan seemed to rectify the problem. Both headlamps then remained on for approximately two weeks, at which point the left headlamp was sporadically out for approximately two weeks, when it would go on only if the headlamp switch were turned off them back on again. Both headlamps then worked for approximately six weeks, at which point the left headlamp went out for approximately four weeks, but then came on after approximately one month when the police found the right light to be out. They said it needed to be fixed; that it is a safety hazard, at which I explained the history of Toyota Prius headlamp issues and that I would pursue an appropriate remedy for this manufacturing defect. The right headlamp remains out to this date, but did come on for approximately one week in the interim. Turning the headlamp switch off then on again has not helped since the day of installation. The failure date was Thursday, December 20, 2012.
#23 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2008 Toyota Prius. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20U58_. Rear hatch release cover melts off switch. My Prius rear hatch release rubber cover became sticky a year or so ago. Then started melting off the switch this year. I left the car sit for a week in high 90 temps and the rubber cover was nearly melted to my license plate. It was no longer attached to the electric switch. I researched on line and found several people complaining about this issue. Toyota wants $200 plus for the switch. This should not breakdown like this. Would like to have Toyota fix the problem since it has a hard time keeping this part in stock. That shows it's a problem. It was Fri., Jul. 12, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#24 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. While driving home, friends who were following me passed me then calledto let me know that my car's right front light and left rear light was not working. For the last week or so people coming towards me blinked their lights . . I have regular checkups at the Toyota place, so I ignored it. Looking back on it, they were probably trying to tell me about the headlight. I took my 2008 Prius to the Toyota dealer to replace the bulbs. The repair representative said that the front lights were working but the left rear light wasn't . When I told him both lights were definitely not working the previous night, he said if I wanted, they could replace the rear light with a bulb, but the right headlight was more difficult due to removing the bumper and changing the light assembly (not just a bulb!). This would cost me about $300. I thought that a bulb replacement would do it but not so, this car has blue lights that require bumper removal to even get to the light. Since the light was working at that time and $300 is a lot for a retired single woman , I told him I would think about it. Not knowing if the light will work or not, I quit driving after dark. However, unexpected rain storms forced me to turn the lights on a couple days ago. It worked. However, the problem is I am not sure if they will come on or not. Maybe the left headlight is doing the same thing: going off and on when I have no indication that this is happening. I bought the Prius to save money on gas and called it my "last" car and have taken care of it as prescribed. Now I don't feel safe to drive it at night or when it rains. This electrical system problem happened on 07/04/13.
#25 - Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2013 Toyota Prius. While driving the car--on numerous occasions--the dash lights all illuminate at once, followed by unresponsive controls for a few seconds. Then the dash lights go out (return to normal) and normal controls and acceleration return. This problem occurred on Wed., Jun. 19, 2013.
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#26 - Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius
The vehicle having this issue was a 2013 Toyota Prius. While driving on the freeway the car's dash lit up and the car's engine died and then restarted. The fuel quantity displayed, decreased by three bars before returning to it's normal--accurate--level. The car then drove normally and allowed me to get it into the driveway. This electrical system problem happened on Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013.
#27 - Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius
The vehicle is a 2013 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKN3DU4D_. While slowing down for a red light the car's electronics made a beeping noise, all the dash lights came on, the gas gague displayed a rapidly dropping quantity, then went back up to half full. A red triangle was displayed on the dash during this time. During this time, the car was completely disabled and unable to move and was sitting in the intersection. I tried multiple times to restart the car, the dash lights would come on, but the car wasn't actually running or responding to pedal inputs. After 7 minutes the car finally started back up and I was able to drive to the dealership. I left the car's engine running (ev mode while parked) and they hooked it up to the computer. They said everything was fine and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. This has happened before, and it happened again, two days after the dealership gave me my car back (they kept it that weekend). It was 07/12/2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
#28 - Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius
The vehicle was a 2013 Toyota Prius. When putting the vehicle in reverse a loud beeping is heard inside the cabin. We aren't sure of its purpose as the beeping cannot be heard outside of the car if the windows are up or if the windows are down and the radio is on. The beep can only be faintly heard outside of the vehicle if the windows are down and there is no other noise. Because the beeping is so loud in the vehicle, the driver cannot hear shouts, screams or other distress signals to alert them of a hazard when backing up. The beeping is loud and constant and is not affected by the nearness of an object, as with other vehicle beeping backup systems. The loud beeping creates a hazard by distracting the driver and not alerting people outside of the vehicle. This electrical system problem happened on Fri., Jul. 12, 2013.
#29 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius
The car involved was a 2007 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this Prius is JTDKB20U37_. Right headlight flickers when starting car, then goes out intermittently. Known issue with 2005-2007 Prius. This issue happened on Jul. 9, 2013.
#30 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving at CA. 20 mph a sudden jolt and clunk occurred and the car was stalled. Various dashboard lights came on, and the dash displayed "check hybrid system. " towed to a Toyota dealer, the problem was stated to be a failed inverter-converter that needed to be replaced. It was Jul. 3, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#31 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Toyota Prius. Dash board controls and light went off. I have informed Toyota and the dealers of this issue several times that the dash board lights go off and then the car doesn't shut down for a long time. I finally diagnosed the issue myself (bad combination meter) and informed the dealer. They informed me that although Toyota had an extended warranty on the meter that my car was out of warranty. Eventhough I had complained about this issue before, it was not documented properly and therefore not the dealer or Toyota itself would fix the issue. This is an extremely dangerous issue. As the car drives without any of the dash board lights on. You have no way to know how much gas you have or how fast you are driving. And if you find yourself outside the warranty period they are unwilling to fix the issue. Help !!!! I can die driving this car !!!! I am in the process of selling it but I have to drive it to and from work. This needs to be a forced recall !!!! call me I have details of my conversations with Toyota ! this should be in the news. Gary. This problem occurred on Friday, July 22, 2011.
#32 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius
The car is a 2008 Toyota Prius. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20U58_. Left hid headlight flickers on and off, then turns off. If I turn the headlights off and then back on again, the light will stay on for a bit, but then will eventually flicker out again. Also, the bulb is very difficult to access and replace, and Toyota reportedly charges a lot to replace and install these bulbs. It was June 27, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#33 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius
The car involved is a 2006 Toyota Prius. The vehicle unexpectedly shutdown while driving. There was no power and the brakes were boggy. The red triangle warning light came as well as the abs and engine warning lights. After pulling over the car restarted and drove fine but the red triangle remained on. The next day it was working fine. Toyota was unable to find anything except a low voltage warning. The failure date was Fri., May. 10, 2013.
Other Electrical System related problems of Toyota Prius:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||446|
|Instrument Panel problems||31|
|Battery Dead problems||18|
|Headlights Turn Off While Driving problems||17|
|Car Will Not Start problems||15|
|Computer Failure problems||7|
|Dashboard Failed problems||7|
|Horn Assembly problems||6|
|Back Up Alarm problems||3|
|Ignition Module problems||3|
|Battery Propulsion System problems||3|
|Electrical Failure problems||3|