Toyota Prius owners have reported 34 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the contact noticed that the instrument cluster panel failed to display reading levels. The vehicle was taken to three independent mechanics. The mechanics were unable to duplicate the failure. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.
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The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the instrument panel was unreadable due to fog. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,618.
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The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact sated that while driving less than 10 mph on a wet road surface, the brakes failed to respond when engaged and went straight to the floor. In addition, the brake pedal became stuck to the floorboard when depressed. The contact was able to coast to the shoulder where the brake pedal was released. The vehicle resumed normally and was later taken to the dealer, who advised that the battery failed and caused the brake actuator to fail. The dealer replaced the battery. The failure and current mileage was 61,000. Updated 02/11/2014 the consumer stated there was no resistance and the pedal did not get stuck, but it had no effect in stopping the vehicle. After several seconds, the consumer coasted to the shoulder at which time, the brakes started to work. Also, the battery was replaced. A month after the incident, the instrument cluster failed again, with no warning lights and it had to be replaced.
For several weeks, I've been having intermittent lowering of dashboard lights, or complete lack of them. On this car, that means I suddenly will have no speedometer, no gas gauge, which can be very dangerous (particularly the speedometer!). When I brought it to my mechanic, I was told that this was a common problem, but that Toyota had not issued a recall for the part which requires the replacement of the entire instrument panel. There are no issues with the actual bulbs; it's a computer issue, from what I'm told. This is not an age issue of the car; this is a serious safety malfunction!.
No one injured. Minor problem, but Toyota refuses suggestions "for legal reasons", so I have to report it to you, and hope that you will relay to Toyota. Good car, good dash lighting system, nice rheostat to dim the instrument panel lights at night, to assist in night road visibility. The problem is that as you dim the instrument panel lights, the lighted symbol for the emergency flasher light switch goes completely dark before the instrument panel lights do. So, on a dark night, you dim the lights to make the instrument panel lights just bright enough to read, without excess reflection or distraction, and the emergency flasher switch becomes invisible because its light went completely out before the other instrument panel lights did. This increases distraction and reduces reaction time when you need to find and turn on the emergency flasher light switch. I doubt this problem is limited to just my car. The simple solution (everything seems simple to the guy not doing the work) would be to design and wire the dash panel lights so that the emergency flasher switch light stays a little brighter than all the other lights, as they all dim. That way, the switch you might most need in a hurry will be visible, even if you have dimmed your instrument panel lights. Quicker turn-on of the emergency flasher alerts following drivers sooner, increasing their safety, and mine. Thanks for working to keep us all safer on the road, and to improve the vehicles we drive.
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When ambient temperature is cold, sometimes dashboard lights and speedometer do not come on when the car is started. Car runs but with no instrument panel. Sometimes when the car is in this state the car cannot be turned off by pressing the start button. Car can only be turned off by pressing and holding the start button down for several seconds, and even this does not always work. This problem has been getting worse over time. Toyota dealership refuses to investigate the problem, but it is documented in their warranty repair t-sb-0172-09 combination meter intermittent display bulletin. Instead, the dealership tries to sell us a new car!.
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The instrument panel on a 2008 Prius decides not work at varied times. It is a sporadic problem which occurs then goes away. You could be driving down the highway at night then you see that you have no display telling you: 1) how fast you are going, 2) how much gas do you have, or 3) distance traveled. It's too difficult to troubleshoot because the problem would goes away.
2005 Toyota Prius driving display went out when driving.
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2006 Toyota Prius. Consumer states unintended acceleration
the consumer stated the vehicle was on cruise control, when the engine suddenly revved. He noticed the speed had increased from 72 mph to 74 mph. He released the cruise control and the engine stopped revving. He then set the cruise control again, and it happened again. The consumer also stated he noticed the lcd screen had froze and it was giving false information. The consumer has since sold the vehicle.
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The odometer on Toyota Prius 2005 stop working. For Prius model, it is called the combination meter. This is because this meter is working in conjunction w/ the start/stop button and on board computer to put the car in drive/neutral/reversed or park.
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle while wearing sun glasses he stated that it was difficult for him to see the speedometer. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that nothing could be done to correct the problem. The current and failure mileages were 1000. Updated 3/24/10 updated 05/10/jb.
We recently purchased Prius 2010 v with technology option. After driving it for two weeks car design has caused a life-treating situation for driver and two passengers (one of them being a child) by stopping at the intersection in a non-drivable condition in a way of high traffic in the night. Car had to be blocked out by police for 1. 5 hours and later towed to dealership. Later investigation revealed that inability to drive was caused by instrumental panel light dimmer turning off instrumental panel when headlights are switched on. Note that dimmer itself was not operated by the driver (it might have been moved unintentionally some times earlier) and actual act of turning instrumental panel off was triggered by turning on headlights which increased dimming level to "full off" state. This car does not have any "non-electronic" instrumental panel and so is not drivable with it off. In fact both driver and passenger was not aware that car is even on at that time because there is no "drive" shift indicator except on instrument panel, and first reaction was to try and restart the car, which further make drive shift position uncertain. This is extremely unsafe design. Dimmer should not be able to make care not operable. In this car without any non-electronic instrumental panel, it should be never possible to completely turn it off. This function should be eliminated to prevent an eventually fatal accident that is waiting to happen (or maybe already happened). Note that car manual does not mention: 1) that instrumental panel can be completely off with the dimmer 2) that there is a dependency between dimming level and headlights. . Read more...
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving the vehicle at various speeds using the headlights during the day the contact noticed that the instrument panel became very difficult to see. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be determined. The current and failure mileages were 13000.
I have written Toyota on several occasions and they have failed to respond. I own a 2009 Prius. First,navigation system is very poor and sends you to wrong addresses. On Aug 17,2009,the fuel gauge was at one bar and a red triangle came on dash and car started pulling and dragging. I pulled off of the road on the shoulder and tried to restart car. It started again and then it pulled and dragged and I got back on the shoulder. It would not move. I tried to place the vehicle in neutral but it would only stay in park. This created a dangerous problem especially not being able to move the car and then the tow truck had to make arrangements because car would not leave park. As I waited for 2 hours for the tow truck,the hazard warning lights I turned on and then they only would blink on the right side of the vehicle. This is very dangerous since it was my left side that was exposed to traffic. I was later told that the car ran out of gas. This does not explain the nonfunctional hazard light system,the vehicle being frozen in park and the pulling and dragging on the highway. Was the gas gauge malfunctioning? I have written Toyota many times and completed surveys explaining these concerns and they fail to acknowledge or respond. I think a safety issue is raised.
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The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately between 65-75 mph on normal road conditions when all of the warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Suddenly, a strong burning odor circulated inside of the vehicle and the engine began to overheat. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The cruise control, power windows system and cellular phone power outlet became inoperative. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and turned the engine off. The vehicle restarted and resumed operation with caution. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure was contributed to the transaxle. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunctions. The contact previously owned a 2002 Toyota Prius and experienced the identical failure. The failure mileage was 68,500. The VIN was unavailable.
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The contact test drove a 2010 Toyota Prius from a authorized dealer. He states that he was wearing polarized sunglasses. He had extreme difficulty reading the instrument panel cluster and speedometer gauge which exhibited dim lighting. The VIN was unavailable. Bl updated 10/09/09 the consumer stated the vehicle has a dashboard display just below the windshield that reports the speed, fuel level and other operating information. The display is a reflected image of a vacuum-fluorescent display inside the dash. Unfortunately, the reflection path polarizes the displayed image so that it is all but unreadable through polarized sunglasses. Updated 10/16/09.
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions when the "engine" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. There were numerous failures with various components within the vehicle. The consumption mpg screen on the instrument panel displayed inaccurate information. The engine exhibited a reduction of engine power. When depressing the accelerator pedal an excessive decrease in acceleration occurred. The fm and am radio selector failed to function properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing on two separate occasions. The technician was unable to duplicate the failures. There were no resolutions. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunctions. The failure mileage was 2,000. The VIN was rejected and will be updated upon receipt of the safety complaint form.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. While driving 10 mph, the front driver's side tire went flat. The contact replaced the tire with a spare. The vehicle then began experiencing numerous failures. The instrument panel gauges illuminated and the odometer began to fail. The dealer stated that it would take a few days to diagnose the cause of the failure. Days later, the mechanic explained that there was an issue with the computer system not recognizing the oversized tires. The mechanic placed the regular size tire back on the vehicle, which corrected the issue. The contact is concerned that the spare tire could cause dangerous driving conditions if it ever needed to be used again. The current and failure mileages were 14,500. Updated 11/14/08. Updated 11/18/08.
Summary: Prius low fuel warning light/buzzer came on, and only 5 miles later car ran out of gas, in a bad place at night on highway. The manual states that when low light comes on you have three gallons or less. With the Prius, even treating this conservatively as only 1 1/2 gallons, that should still be over 60 miles. I had driven the vehicle between 30 and 50 miles with low light on multiple times previously. This usually works occasionally fails fuel warning is clearly dangerous. And from internet researching, it is clearly a widespread problem, and Toyota not only is completely ignoring it, they denied to me having received any complaints on this (there are previous complaints on this even right on this NHTSA website). Driving from colorado to kansas city on I-70, a little after passing the sign that said "topeka 27 miles", just after 10 at night, the low fuel light illuminated and warning sounded. We planned to stop at the next fuel stop, which we expected to be within 20 miles at the most. About 5 miles after the light illuminated, the car suddenly lost power, the gas engine clearly had quit, the red triangle warning illuminated, along with another warning. After the initial scare, I pulled the vehicle over, slowly, under battery power, not knowing what had happened. In the manual we found that the second warning indicated "hybrid system malfunction", and not to attempt to drive the vehicle. Some 10-15 minutes later, as we were trying to get emergency help, that warning disappeared, and a new message came up, "add fuel". Eventually we borrowed gas from a family that stopped to help us in this rural area, and got help from a highway patrolman. Toyota checked vehicle, denies problems, denies receiving complaints, refuses to send warnings to Prius owners. Nhtsa, this is a safety issue, like your recall 00v384. 6/19/08 add * the consumer believed that the low fuel warning light was defective.
On a 2007 Prius gas gauge showed 2 bars and was driving across a bridge in California when the gas engine stopped. Looked at the gas gauge and it still showed 2 bars. Was fortunate enough to be on a section of the bridge with a breakdown lane. 1/2 mile further on and we would have been stuck in one of the traffic lanes. The vsc, check engine, and hybrid system failure indicators where on - but not the low fuel!!! got towed to a dealer. Service manager told us that the car was out of gas and that the "gas gauge was stuck" that's why it didn't show empty. He blamed it on the bladder design of the fuel tank and said it was "a design defect" that Toyota new about. This is a significant safety issue - we could have been killed.
Impossible to read the dashboard on a bright day. Cannot determine speed-- this can be very dangerous- affects stopping distance and pedestrian safety.
Control screen started to work on and off. Driver could drive to 5 minutes and the screen would begin to work. After several days of this, the screen stopped working altogether. We can therefore no longer use our heating cooling controls, or our navigation system. We have not repaired this defect yet.
The multi-function display (mfd) failed. (cross reference nhsta complaint #10173892). . Read more...
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Prius. On approximately 10 to 12 occasions, the vehicle would drive roughly and the instrument panel lights would illuminate while driving at various speeds. The vehicle had to be pulled over to the side of the road and turned off. After approximately five minutes, the contact would restart the vehicle, but the instrument panel lights would still be illuminated. The vehicle has been taken to two Toyota dealers and the location where the vehicle was purchased, but no one could determine the cause of the failures. The current mileage was 40,000 and failure mileage was 25,000.
All Toyota Prius vehicles since 2004-- cannot see the dash board during all bright, sunny days. Cannot see speedometer- do not know the speed of the vehicle. Very dangerous !!!!!!! at night, a wide green slash appears on the windshield at drivers eye level. Impairs night vision. Again, dangerous -impedes rivers ability to see properly.
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Prius hybrid. While driving 55 mph, the power steering light illuminated on the instrument panel and began flashing a warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they informed the contact that it was safe to continue driving. The following day the vehicle was taken to another dealer and they stated that the steering gear box and electric system failed. The cost of the part is $1,800. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 85,000 and failure mileage was 83,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the automatic headlight leveling system warning light illuminates intermittently and remains on at random intervals. The failure was noticed while driving 55 mph, but occurs each time the vehicle is driven. He spoke with Toyota and they stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and the contact would be responsible for the repair. The current mileage was 50,000 and failure mileage was 43,000. Updated 10/31/07.
2004 Toyota Prius - dashboard design defect. I've been troubled by the extent to which the speedometer display in my 2004 Prius dims when I used sun glasses. Today I took a moment and rotated the sun glasses in front of the display. My experience taught me that the display emits light. Polarized lenses are engineered to minimize transmission of this light. Toyota should cease using displays with these misoriented display elements as soon as possible. I have informed Toyota. They responded: your email has been documented at our national headquarters under file #200705150093. This seemed 'inadequate' so I'm submitting this to you. It would be pretty expensive to replace all of the poorly designed elements now in service.
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 contact owns a 2001 Toyota Prius. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle lost all power and all of the instrument panel lights illuminated. The vehicle began to lose speed and the contact was able to safely maneuver it to the shoulder. While on the shoulder, the vehicle restarted without warning and reversed full throttle into the guard rail. The contact sustained head and eye injuries and a broken rib. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they performed a diagnostic, which did not produce any error codes. The failure could not be duplicated. The body damage was repaired at the cost of $500, but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer stated that if a failure occurred, the vehicle would correct itself and would not display any failure codes to determine the cause of the failure. The contact was advised to take the vehicle back to the dealer for further inspection. The contact has experienced multiple failures with the vehicle since it was purchased. She is currently not driving the vehicle and it is at the repair shop being inspected for the reversing failure and for resetting the computer memory. The failure mileage was 32,000.
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: the contact stated the vehicle stalled on two separate occasions. The first time it occurred was on April 7th while driving at a steady speed of 25mph. The second time it occurred was on April 21st while driving at a steady speed of 5-15 mph. All the warning lights illuminated and the vehicle was pulled over. Once pulled over, the vehicle would not go back into the drive position. Afterwards, it stalled and would not restart. The stalling occurred 3-5 minutes after it was pulled over. The vehicle was towed to the dealership both times. The first time the dealer replaced the entire transmission. The second time the dealer replaced the inverter. On April 23rd while driving the dash board lights became inoperable including the speedometer, and the gear indicator. The contact alerted the dealership by phone who explained the problem was likely the circuit board and it was okay to continue driving the vehicle. Afterwards, the vehicle began to blow out hot and cold air and the dealership was alerted again which explained it was okay to continue driving. Shortly after it began to rain, the wipers were turned on, and the dash lights became inoperable once again. The vehicle is scheduled for inspection on Monday may 8th.
: the contact stated when the weather is 10 degrees and below, the instrument panel did not illuminate or provide readings. This is especially difficult in driving conditions because the speed of the vehicle can not be read. The vehicle displayed the same problem several months ago, again in frigid weather of 10 and below. The dealer was notified and replaced the navigation system. After repairs were made, the weather was warmer and the contact was not able to confirm that the problem still existed. The manufacturer was contacted and replied this was a normal characteristic of the vehicle.
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While the contact was driving approximately 20 mph the brake light, anti-lock brake system and stability control warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred one time. An authorized dealer and manufacturer were notified; and the contact was displeased with the lack of response. The failure and current mileages were 61,800. Updated 05/10/10 the consumer stated Toyota has taken care of the problem free of charge. Updated 05/12/10.
2004 Toyota Prius hesitates when trying to accelerate. Instrumental panel light and slip indicator came on, then vehicle resumes full power. *****.
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