Electrical System Problems of Toyota Prius - part 1

Toyota Prius owners have reported 799 problems related to electrical system (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   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 1
Failure Date: 06/12/2018

While driving our 2010 Toyota Prius ii on the interstate we began noticing a burning smell. Then, the abs light illuminated on the dashboard. We pulled onto an off ramp and as we slowed the vehicle down smoke began coming from under the hood. We drove very slowly down the road and the smoke became more prevalent. We turned on a side street and my husband put the vehicle in park, got out, walked to the front, and noticed that the passenger front head lamp was melted and there was a flame. We quickly got our family out of the car (2 kids in carseats in the back). We moved away from the vehicle and the flames become larger and larger. We called 911 and the hood was engulfed in flames by the time the firefighters arrived. They were able to put the fire out quickly, so it did not spread into the front cabin or rear of the vehicle. We had not had any recent work done and the vehicle was fully operational until the time of the fire. We had not been experiencing any problems prior to this incident.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Toyota Prius 2
Failure Date: 06/06/2018

When comes to a stop and on acceleration vehicle won't move especially after rain and car wash. It happened 10 times since June 2017 and once a week lately. Every time it starts with loud noise from engine,right after that the battery bar dropped from full bar to one bar quickly in one second. If I have to stop at the traffic light when this happens it won't move. Early this year 01/12/2018,it 's being towed to puente hills Toyota dealer and service couldn't find any clue after 5hrs. On 06/01/2018 we brought it in again for same issues to the same dealer and being told no clue after 5 hrs again . On 06/06/2018 at 18. 38 pm pst, it happened again. . I feel so unsafe to drive, it might get me killed anytime when it happens,.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Toyota Prius 3
Failure Date: 06/04/2018

My car will turn on, but it will not shift into drive or reverse until numerous attempts. I usually have to turn it on and off for about 10-15 times before it will allow my to shift into gear. The key fob will lock and unlock the car. The car will still turn on, ac will still come on, radio still works. The only thing that doesn't work on the first 10-15 tries is the sifting into gear. Priuschat forum talk about this issue a lot. They all have similar stories with the same details as mine. It takes me about 5-7 min to get my car started. Once I finally get the car in gear, no issues pop up for the rest of the drive. All of this started about within the last month for me.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 4
Failure Date: 05/23/2018

The 2007 Toyota Prius touring with 151k on it started experiencing dashboard going blank when power button pressed. The emergency signal and direction signal works but other navigation or main display including speed, fuel gauge and mileage doesn't work. Dealer said, it's out of warranty to replace even though it's part of safety warning by Toyota before. The vehicle was able to run without dashboard display including break system working but not sure. It's very danger to run this vehicle without dashboard and may run of fuel or go over speed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 5
Failure Date: 05/17/2018

Combination meter is defective, light panel, including speedometer & fuel levels go dark, unable to tell speed of vehicle or remaining fuel, multiple incidents, all began (thus far) while vehicle was stationary.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 6
Failure Date: 05/03/2018

Brake acu.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 7
Failure Date: 04/21/2018

The other day my brake light, traction, and abs light came on. Took it to the mechanic and they said it's code c1391 - abnormal leak in the accumilator, electrical issue, and I must go to the dealer. I've seen others complain about this. Shouldn't this be a recall?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 8
Failure Date: 04/15/2018

Combination meter is failing. U was told by a dealer that Toyota had issued a warranty enhancement, instead of a safety recall. Since I am not the original owner I was not notified of the problem and by the time I discovered it, the warranty extension has expired. Toyota refuses to pay for repairs. Instrument panel not working is a safety issue and Toyota has to be forced to issue a recall.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 9
Failure Date: 04/12/2018

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the odometer was not going over 300,000 miles and was stuck at 299,999. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed an odometer cluster. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the failure was not due to the vehicle needing maintenance. The dealer (ira Toyota of danvers, 99 andover st, danvers, MA 01923) diagnosed that the odometer needed to be replaced, but was not due to a defect. The failure mileage was 299,999.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius 10
Failure Date: 04/12/2018

As a safety professional, I have a safety concern on the inverter not operating correctly and putting me, my family, and the general public in harms way. I am therefore holding national highway traffic safety administration and Toyota corporation responsible here on forward. I am driving my vehicle in California busy freeways.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Toyota Prius 11
Failure Date: 04/05/2018

I was getting on the interstate and all of a sudden I lost power and my dash lite up check hybrid system /abs/ breaks. I can not drive my car because it has no power please help thank you.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 12
Failure Date: 04/04/2018

The vehicle was having issue with the steering locked up when turning with motion about 20+mph. The hybrid system is not as advertised the 50mpg in any way as it only gets average about 35mpg. The vehicle has 87000 miles and the old symptoms from second generation followed suit with it. The dash went totally off when weather is cold and suddenly turned back on when it gets warm. I had driven a few miles without the dash on and it was a bad experience since I cannot figure out the speed or what is going on. The steering is the major issue as we dare not to drive the car and the technicians from the dealer said nothing wrong with the vehicle but third party technicians recommend to take to Toyota for recall. U turns are the worse that locked the steering and the car almost come to a stop with beeping alarms.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 13
Failure Date: 04/01/2018

Lighting on speedometer only works when it is warm outside. I can't tell how fast I'm driving or if I have any gas. Happens when vehicle is moving and when stationary.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Toyota Prius 14
Failure Date: 04/01/2018

Vehicle stall . Show �check hybrid system � stop the vehicle in a safe place� dealer said probably inverter ipm failed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius 15
Failure Date: 03/27/2018

Sometimes as I drive the vehicle, after a while, either one of the headlights turns off randomly. I don't always notice when it happens, other than when pulling up behind another vehicle at a stop light and notice that there is only 1 headlight reflection coming from my vehicle. They both work normally if I turn them off and on again.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 16
Failure Date: 03/22/2018

My mother has a 2008 Prius that has two serious issues that Toyota has acknowledged and even offered to fix under what they call a support program. Sounds great right? here's the problem. 1. She never received a letter notifying her of the problem and that it needed to be fixed (and only now that the issues have become her issues is she aware there was a recall and 2. Toyota set a time frame to fix these issues which she is now past. Again, sounds like they tried to do the right thing? the first issue is an internal leak causing her brake booster to malfunction (which is a Toyota issue, not an age or wear and tear issue) and the second issue is that there are no lights on her dash board(combination meter) which means that for a Prius, there is no way to tell your speed or gas levels. So take that in. She has a car, that has two major issues, one of which Toyota fixed up until Dec of 2017 and the other Dec of 2016 and are caused by faulty parts and labor by Toyota, and they will no longer fix these. The break issue cost $2400 and the dash $800. For an issue that is caused by Toyota not the driver or wear and tear and is a serious safety issue. This is the kind of company Toyota really is. Several years ago my mom received about 14 letters stating she needed to come in and replace her floor matts because they were part of a recall. Floor mats! she's received recall issues on her door lock among other things that she promptly had fixed. She took her car to the Toyota dealership many times and no one ever mentioned these issues or "support programs". But breaks and dashboards aren't as important as floor mats or door locks. I would love for Toyota to explain to me and everyone else, how something they acknowledge is a Toyota issue, has an expiration date to get fixed by them.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius 17
Failure Date: 03/19/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 50 mph and attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver depressed the brake pedal and the front end of the vehicle began to swerve and vibrate. The ecu sensor indicator illuminated and the brakes failed. The driver was unable to immediately stop the vehicle. The vehicle eventually stopped in the middle of a busy intersection. The vehicle was driven directly to allen jay Toyota (40 us hwy 27 north, seabring, FL) who initially was unable to determine the cause of the failure. After retrieving the vehicle, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ecu was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 18
Failure Date: 03/02/2018

The dashboard goes black! no instruments. I have contacted Toyota and they said I missed the recall and won't fix it. It happened again today! 3/02/2018 you have to put the fob in and press the start button for 3 seconds just to get the car to turn off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 19
Failure Date: 02/25/2018

While driving on the highway, the instrument panel cluster on our 2010 Prius went out and we were without a functioning speedometer or gas gauge for the remainder of the drive. This problem has happened to many other 2010 Prius vehicles and Toyota refuses to warranty this extremely costly repair, which causes many drivers to use their vehicles without a speedometer for extended periods of time.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 20
Failure Date: 02/17/2018

Our Prius has been losing power. It has 68k miles and we are the original owners. Driving at hwy speeds we noticed we have to push hard down on the gas just to get the car to maintain highway speeds. Hills are even worse. We are also still waiting on the parts to fix our headlights. Over the years I have changed the low beam bulbs at least 6 times! when are the parts coming?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 21
Failure Date: 02/14/2018

The combination meter on my 2005 Toyota Prius is not working. So my instrument panel will go out or go dark and my car will keep running.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius 22
Failure Date: 02/13/2018

Combination meter is going out on the car. This controls the dashboard lights, meaning that I cannot see how fast I am going or if there are any gauges or sensors lit up alerting me to a problem with the vehicle. Toyota had an extended warranty on this but it has now expired and they want $1000 to fix it.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 23
Failure Date: 01/16/2018

Starting may 2015 whole dashboard in my car sporadically goes black, I can't see how fast I was going or how much gas I have left or use my backup camera in my car. For about an hour I couldn't even get my car to turn off. This has been happening ever so often since may of 2015 and is very dangerous driving my car in that condition. The other day my car ran out of gas on the bridge from the 5 freeway to the 91 freeway and I was stranded on the side of the bridge with cars passing at high velocity because I wasnt able o see my gas meter. Toyota has known about this defect as shown below and issued a warranty extension for all models 2004-2009 and my car falls 2 months outside of the warranty program and they refuse to take responsibility. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 24
Failure Date: 01/13/2018

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 30 mph, the instrument panel lighting stopped working. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and then drove to koons tyson's Toyota in tyson's corner, va where it was diagnosed that the combination meter was faulty and had to be replaced. In 2015, the vehicle was taken to the same dealer because the instrument panel lighting flickered. The contact was advised by the dealer to disregard the symptom. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: 1801160899. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Toyota Prius 25
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

On Friday, January 12, 2018 I fount the car seat severely smoldering on the passenger side. The care was filled with brown smoke and toxic fumes. The seat was completely burned and melted and toxic residue. Fire department put out fire with water. Car seat heater apparently did not turn off and smoldered all night. Toyota giving me the run around, delaying investigation at least 5 weeks or more. The car was parked in garage, last driven brief distance evening before. Garage now with toxic fumes and residue. Car likely totaled, and Toyota trying to get out of any assistance/responsibility. They are on purpose being very difficult, and forcing me to comply with their agenda, or lose option for their taking some responsibility.


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