A lot of the Prius's appeal is its 44-mpg overall fuel economy and ultraclean emissions. But it also provides a roomy interior, hatchback versatility and admirable road manners. Although relatively small on the outside, the long wheelbase and efficient space utilization give it interior room comparable to that of a midsized car.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2010, standard from 2017.
Road Test

A lot of the Prius's appeal is its 44-mpg overall fuel economy and ultraclean emissions. But it also provides a roomy interior, hatchback versatility and admirable road manners. Although relatively small on the outside, the long wheelbase and efficient space utilization give it interior room comparable to that of a midsized car. On the downside, the unusual control layout and gauge cluster may be confusing to some and the electric steering lacks feedback.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Toyota Prius owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"While driving the Prius all the warning light came on and this was after have had the car in for it regular check up, which was great. We were told that it was because of the gas cap. The did not think it was the Hybrid battery as that had been check"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cruise Control 'stick' broke off of the steering wheel"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"Cannot access Energy display because of screen frozen up"

James B., VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Digital display failure"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Digital instrument panel failed - $700"

David S., PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dashboard would go black while driving and lose speedometer, odometer, gas gauge and warning lights. Had to replac "cluster", very costly and time consuming. Also had to replace both the hybrid battery and the smaller battery in rear"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Not being a car expert, I'm not sure if I'm using the correct words for the technology which failed. The entire front panel needed to be replaced. That controlled the speedometer, the climate system, other parts of the from control system.They did not pay to replace these parts"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights needed to be replaced and it was complicated to do ourselves and expensive o have someone else replace them. Also, the light bulbs were expensive"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight flickered and needed to be replaced. Cost was nearly $200. Rediculous!"

Joan S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to have headlight changed"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This car has had to have headlights replaced more than one a year for the life of the car"

Matt B., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight failed - replacement cost was ridiculous"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights were going dark without any warning. I replaced them and that completely resolved the problem. My concern was 1) I had no idea I was driving with no headlights 2) the cost for headlight replacement was truly high (approx $1500)!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One halogen headlight burned out"

Steven B., WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"As stated before, the front bumper system needed to be removed in order to change the bulb. This had to be done by the dealer, making it an expensive job. In other cars I have owned, I was able to change the bulb myself"

J B., WV (2005 Toyota Prius)

"headlight failed, expensive replacement of whole light assembly. Same with one taillight"

J H., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replacing one HID headlight cost about $400 as they had to take off the front bumper to get to the headlight"

Mark H., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The automatic headlight leveling system malfunctioned"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Prius is 'bulletproof' - a fantastic and reliable car. However, the older models have had some issues with their headlights frequently (ever 12-18 months) going out"

James G., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight changed to pink, then blue hue. Finally, it stopped working. Toyota offered no financial help on this safety issue, so I paid around $500 to replace a headlight. I think this is a bad design, and Toyota should have covered the costs"

Leslie D., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights have gone out twice since I have had it. Expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"they "leveling feature" quit working, and the dealer supposedly fixed it, but then it stopped working almost immediately"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HID documented problem with light going off during driving then coming back on after switching off"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bulbs may go out at any time and then will come back on once they are cut off and back on. Experienced this with each headlight several times until they were replaced. Dealer contributed this action to this type of bulbs! I have gone through this wi"

Johnnie C., NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"They needed replaced. Has to be taken to a garage because they were the retractable ones and the bumper of the car needed to be removed to replace them"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights sometimes go off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights burn out frequently (at least one per year)"

Kathleen C., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This is a ten year old car. The bulb burned out. I consider that a great record for the car. Also some of the brake lights and running lights burned out, and again I consider that to be acceptable"

Philip Y., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The problem was the igniter, which cost over $500.00 to replace entire head-light assembly"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"In the last six months starting at 102498 miles,I have had five headlights burn out, two passenger side lights and three driver side, today 6/02/25, 10 7365 miles. Most of them were under the repair warrentee. Most checks of components revealed no pr"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One (HID) headlight will only turn on if the engine compartment is cold. I had a similar problem a few years ago (at 120K miles, 40k miles ago) where one or both headlights would fail to turn on, or worse, turn off while driving. Replacing the bulb"

Carmel K., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"head light would not turn off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights randomly turn off from bad light computer"

Charles W., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Special high beam headlight and control panel cost $600 for one light"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One head light doesn't come on every time I turn the car on. It cost $300 to replace just the light. The problem still isn't corrected because it isn't the light that is the problem. I am going to take the car back to correct the problem"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"occassional failure"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to replace another headlight bulb"

Jim J., MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One of the headlights stops working at random intervals while driving. Turning it off and back on fixes the problem temporarily"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right front headlight went out. We had to have it replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It is unacceptable for such expensive headlights to cause "cataracts" as a result of the gases used. The insides of the plastic/glass become so pink it is dangerous to drive even with the brights on. It is quite possible that this is not unique to the Toyota Prius. But my expectations of Toyota or greater than those of lesser quality brand cars"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Toyota Prius 2005 came with two possible headlight systems. Mine came with the more expensive. Replacing the headlights was very expensive both labor and parts. After some agonizing, I replaced both headlights rather than incur the labor when or if the second one failed. Internet research told me that they tended to fail after 10/12 years. Still overall the best car of any kind I have ever owned"

Louis Q., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The right headlight finally gave out and we had both replaces after consultation with the dealer"

John D., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was challenging to determine that the back lights were out"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to replace a bulb, but had to pull the fender cover to get to it"

John H., MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed two new headlights"

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"one of the headlights stopped working and the repair was quite expensive"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights go out about one per year"

Michael F., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The auto-leveling part of the headlights stopped functioning"

Patrick J., MO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The area where the bulb is located is very small and it took a couple of tries before the light from the bulb aimed straight ahead"

Judith K., MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace brake light panel at a cost of $250. Headlight also $200"

Joan S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Driver's side brake light went out - required replacing entire brake light unit (not just a bulb or two). Appeared to be designed to be replaced in its entirety"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fog light is out - not replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear lights sometimes come on during the night, and can't be turned off"

Peter G., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replace rear license plate light"

James H., OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Difficult access to change bulbs in taillight modules"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right brake light went out. One LED out caused all LEDs to fail. Not possible to replace. The whole light assembly had to be replaced @ $225. (It is a sealed unit. What happened to 60 cent bulbs and do it yourself!"

Herbert F., SC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Again, ten year old car + heavy driving mostly in urban areas I think that this record of reliability to be acceptable"

Philip Y., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the rear light assembly in total when some of the lights went out as it is one unit. Seemed absurd to have to pay $280 to fix an out light"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One of the tail lights stopped working and the entire assembly has to be replaced, not just a bulb. Cost several hundred dollars. Toyota said this was common problem as the car gets older"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"brake light not working"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tail light assembly failed. These are LED lights and not replace-able. Needed to replace the whole assembly, which was costly and difficult to install"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both stop lights failed at different times. This required that the entire "tail light" assemblies had to be replaced at the cost of $240. each. One headlight failed...can't remember the cost"

Fred M., AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"multiple failures on rear lights"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Two parking lights burned out"

John G., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tail light went out and it turns out to be a major job for the mechanic!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left brake light failed. Replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Our key, even with new batteries, isn't recognized so we have to push the unlock button instead of it being recognized when we approach the car"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It went down completely and the Toyota shop said $2700 to fix. Took it to an electrical guy and he charged $100 plus two new key fobs"

Ellie E., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"No longer worked. Used smart key until keyless entry replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When the key battery dies, you have to take the key apart, and use it like a regular key. The battery was replaced at a dealership -- we couldn't get it apart the rest of the way. Also, after 9 years, the starting battery was replaced (not the hyb"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Stopped working, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"keyless entry only works on rear driver side door and trunk"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At times it takes more than (2) attempts to open the trunk using the keyless entry"

J H., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Remote engine starter

"Had to replace the remote control that controls all these function"

Del N., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Every time I buy gas, the engine warning light comes on. It last for two to three days. I was told by the Toyota service department that "it probably has to do with a loose wire attached to the gas cap'. It was never fixed"

Mark H., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Hybrid battery causes every thing to go off. The new Hybrid battery is only warrantied for 1 year unlimited mileage. The original battery was for 8 years or 100 thoUSnd miles. My question is why is the new battery not as good as the original. Wh"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Parking brake light stays on. Foot pedal switch needs to be replaced"

Jack F., OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wiper motor stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Paul M., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"It was disturbing that there was no indicator to show that the auxiliary battery was near/at end of life. Instead there was an alarming message on the dash screen regarding a brake malfunction accompanied by difficulty restarting to get service"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This was the third battery we've replaced. Not the main battery but the auxiliary"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of 12-volt battery after 9.5 years or 182,585 km of service"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The battery was low, and that caused numerous failures with the door locks, engine ignition, various warning lights, etc"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The vehicle shuts down when the non-hybrid battery (i.e., battery #1) dies, even if the car is running. Unlike most vehicles that will continue to run after a battery failure, this stup*d thing shuts down at highway speeds when the battery dies"

John W., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Small (normal) battery needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was time!"

Joan M., MO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HAD REGULAR BATTERY REPLACED 2 YEARS AGO"

Joanna J., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The smaller Prius battery needed replacement but the Dealer Service team needed a couple of trips to the shop to figure it out. The car was not holding a charge, but there were no warning indications that it was the smaller battery that needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"hybrid battery quit. thought i'd have to replace it, but mechanic identified one bad cell and replaced it. working okay for 5 months"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trans axle seal replacement & hybrid battery failure"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"it was just out of warranty, unluckily for me"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At about 130,000 miles hybrid battery warning light came on. Replaced hybrid battery with a refurbished battery warranted for 3 years. Toyota's new batteries are warranted for only 1 year. Toyota needs to extend the warranty on their new batteries"

Denise H., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid traction battery failed at 105K miles and had to be replaced"

W F., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced complete hybrid battery system, and also the starter battery"

Jake S., OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"New Prius came with as I recall an 8 year warranty on Hybrid battery. Battery needed to be replaced within one or two months of end of Warranty, but we had to pay full cost for new battery. Expressed concern to Toyoto and they sent us a $500. vouc"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hybrid battery failed and had to be replaced at 148000 miles. Understood that this would happen at some point, but costly repair. Good as new now"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery lasted 9+ years which was longer than expected. Failure mode was graceful - slow degradation in mileage until lights came on - replaced the battery at dealership"

John H., VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Several warning signs lite up. Diagnostics at dealer showed hybrid smart battery going bad. Dealer quoted $2,600 for new battery and $1,300 to install. Currently looking for another service repair shop"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery system failed at 130k miles. I consider this normal maintenance since this is longer than expected for replacement"

Tracey M., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Th hybrid battery had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery failure was expensive and the warranty is only a year. Think the warranty should be at least 5 years as the original warranty was 8 years or 100,000 miles"

Raymond D., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Hybrid Batter had some problems. Toyota replaced it under Warranty. Great service"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After purchasing the car and driving it for a few months, the master hybrid warning light came on, and the battery needed to be replaced. It was only a few months out of warranty in my state"

Zachary W., WV (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We realized there was a problem when the Master Warning light along with the Brake, VSC, and one other went on. The car still drove OK. We had it diagnosed (for $121). One of the cells in the hybrid battery was bad. So needed to choose to repair with"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery quit working (thankfully while under warranty) and required a day and a half in the shop to replace. If the warranty hadn't covered the service and battery, the cost would have been over $13,000"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery died while on a trip out of state. $3300 to replace"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The traction battery died, for no obvious reason, at 110,000 miles. It cost $3,109 to replace it"

Garry W., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The battery failed"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HV Battery died at 203000 miles"

Jack H., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to have the batteries replaced two years ago. Then this year they failed and had to replace them again. Fortunately the warranty was good and it didn't cost anything"

D M., VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO HYBRID BATTERY LOSING POWER. BATTERY WAS REBUILT AND CORROSION REMOVED"

Joanna J., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dashboard warning indicator>computer reading for failure of hybrid battery>dealer quoted $3250. Replaced with used/rebuilt battery for $1580. No one could or would advise me on how long I could have driven after the original warning light"

Lew E., NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery quit two weeks ago, just turned 148,000. Have been considering whether to replace hybrid battery or get a new car"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Original battery lasted 161,000 miles and 11 yrs old. Dealership wanted $4500 to replace. Used an offbrand battery recycler and had them install battery at my home, 300 miles from there shop for $1645 and an 18 month warranty"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery lasted 11 years before needing to be replaced. Not bad considering they only warranted for 8 years or 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The original hybrid battery had to be replaced. The replacement was done by a Toyota dealer for large amount of money with very little guarantee against future replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hi, I had to replace the main hybrid battery in 2017"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The warning light came on. I had it towed to the Toyota dealer, and they told me that I needed a new Hybrid Battery. Fortunately they paid for the batter, which would have cost me $3,000"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"I was driving and the check engine light came on and the engine would not come on to recharge the battery pack. After I shut off the car I turned it back on and the engine started normally. I took it to the dealer but they could find nothing wrong"

Larry V., HI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of cooling stack valve"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery died at 90,000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery warning lights indicated overheating. Cleaning the fan fixed the problem. Much cheaper than replacing the fan"

Scott L., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car would not turn off and then could not turn on. It ended up being a recall item that we found when we did some research. The dealer was not familiar with it"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I don't know what is wrong with it"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"this was serious. we do not know what was the original problem. the end result was: entire exhaust pipe replaced, intake airflow sensor replaced, spark plugs replaced. 2 spark plugs were damaged, maybe leading to the airflow sensor failing, killing"

Leslie G., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Coil

"Each cylinder has a coil and two of four failed. Made for a ROUGH ride and we're replacing the car"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Can't seem to keep the wheels aligned for more than 2 months at a time. I have garage check the alignment every time I take in for an oil change and if it hasn't drifted out of parameters, it's too close. Previous set of tires only lasted 20k miles even though I rotated every 5k miles. Mostly shows up as uneven tire wear"

Keith U., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Ball joints

"Both front end ball joints had to be replaced due to leaks. Maybe these are called bushings? Not sure Also, you didn't have a category for this but we replaced the batteries in the Prius last fall as well"

Robin F., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bushings were separating on the front lower control arms. Mechanic at dealership said this is very unusual for the Prius, but these would become a problem in the future"

Daniel W., NH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"Needed to replace the rear struts for the second time"

Dave Z., TN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced front struts at about 170,000 miles. No real problem, just a rough ride"

Jason C., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One strut was leaking. Both needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Noise"

Morrie G., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced worn out shocks at 275000 miles"

John H., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the entire front left strut"

Jack M., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear shocks needed replacing. Shock attachment poorly designed; mechanic needed to dismantle the trunk area to get at ONE stupid bolt on each shock. All other bolts accessible from underneath"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I can't recall for sure but I believe it was a routine inspection of the suspension system and, after 200K miles, it needed new struts"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"i strust failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Struts required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front struts diagnosed by dealer as leaking severely at about 125000 miles. Had them replaced"

Jon W., AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear struts leaking, replaced. Front struts also need replacement-verified by dealer + 2 mechanics"

Lynn R., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear strut gave out and needed replacing"

Toby D., UT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Well, the car does have 330,000 miles on it, and the suspension seems to be going out. Replace left front wheel hub and front brakes (myself) all for <$300. Brakes were still ORIGINAL, over 300,000 miles on them. Regenerative braking is great!"

Robert D., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to be replaced - not smooth over bumps"

Carl B., AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace 2 front lower control arms"

Bart D., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had no problem but my mechanic told me they needed to be replaced and that my tire wear would be better if I did"

Sallie S., NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to be replaced -- worn out"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Worn and out and need to be replaced, but the cost of them isn't worth it relative to the value of the car"

Lucas S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Springs or torsion bars

"Surprised that this failed before about 150000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"spring frozen"

Morrie G., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Struts and springs both needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One spring broke. Second one replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One rear coil spring was cracked"

Daniel W., NH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Premature tie rods and rear springs along with front end bearings all needed replacing. Broken rear springs"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The left rear spring broke after hitting a pot hole"

Paul M., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tie rods

"Left front tie rod had to be replaced at 150,000. Otherwise car has been performing great"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dealer insists that tie rods are 'frozen' and need to be replaced every time we try to get the wheels aligned"

Christopher B., NJ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Historically the tire wear has been uneven despite regular rotation, correct pressures, & alignments. Corrected problem with aftermarket shims on rear (which is not supposed to be able to be adjusted.) Tires replaced frequently"

Michael J., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Suspension is likely the cause of the uneven tire wear"

Robert D., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"related to the alignment. The car is very heavy and the wear has been significant"

Keith U., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"damage caused by corrosion due to heavy salting and bimetal housing. hub and bearing replacement"

Beverly E., PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left front wheel bearing"

Jack M., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both left and right wheel bearing required replacement. Perhaps the only vehicle I have had that required this fix at this mileage"

Peter B., ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Corrosion wore out both front wheel bearings and axles and associated linkages at 99K miles. The car was driven in Vermont for 90K miles. Repair was 1000K per side"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to replace right front bearing, cost c $500--for such a trouble free car, a big ouch"

John H., MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to be replaced"

Donald B., RI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel vibration

"One of the pins came loose and the steering wheel would vibrate violently. I took it in to have it fixed... $3,200 later it is tight and quiet again"

Debbie H., OK (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"THE WHEEL COVERS GET KNOCKED OUT AND I CANT PUT THEM BACK IN PLACE. VISION IN FRONT OF THE CAR IS POOR AND I HIT OBSTICALS THAT HURT THE COVERINT OF THE CAR"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Door moldings were noisy"

Steve R., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"plastic structure that you grab to lift the tail gate got loose. some of the plastic 'rivets' holding it in place appear to have broken"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Air dam problems"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is old. The bumper connection is loose on the left size, and the hatchbach opener panel is loose"

Sharon K., DC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The trim around one of the front doors had to be repaired, due to wear"

J H., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The roof of car and spoiler on lift gate clear coat peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It badly needs a paint job"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the flat black on the mirrors and doors is very faded"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint on the plastic parts at the rear of the car began fading quite noticeably. We had to have it repainted"

Michael S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"paint is fading and chips off easily with every ding to the car"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat on roof peeling. Rash looking peeling on bumpers, hatch"

P P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on hood and roof is starting to peel. Will probably opt for paint job this year. Car has never been garaged"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat peeling"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint continues to flake and peel off of the hood. This started very soon after purchase and continues to progress. It was not due to any neglect on my part, but rather appears to be a paint/application defect"

Kasia S., ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint has faded and peel off the body"

Daniel P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Plaint hood pitting/chipping. Fading, especially on rear hatch"

Carole O., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on the hood is bubbling up in a few spots and getting larger by the week"

Ken M., NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right rear door handle is peeling paint. No problem with others"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"layer on top of paint is peeling off and therefore the paint is fading where it is exposed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clear coat failed. had to have car repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clear coat on paint had significant peeling, paint is fading- this may be the worst paint job of any vehicle I've owned"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat was peeling like a bad sunburn. Had the whole car repainted"

P P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hood is horribly pitted, and the paint has degraded all over vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clearcoat peeled off hood, roof, and rear spoiler. Had car repainted"

Christine A., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint on the bumper started peeling off and the headlights became foggy such that Toyota recommended I pay $350+ to replace them"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

"Small area around fuel input area"

James H., OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rusting where there are dings to the body"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left Door threshold salt damage rust"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"For some reason only the passenger front door rusted out. I replaced it last summer"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"The screen has developed a dark spot in the middle. Can not use night mode because of this. It also makes day mode difficult to see"

Judy R., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Auxiliary battery was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The screen went totally black in about 6 months. The Toyota people want too much money just to take the display apart to tell me what I already knew. Then on top of this would be the repair costs"

Judy R., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"When I press the buttons on the display nothing happens. They want $4616 to replace it, which I haven't done. Local shop replaced motherboard for $718 but the display button still don't work"

James B., VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"THE SCREEN THAT SHOWS MPG, AVERAGE AND INSTINTANEOUS NO LONGER RESPONDS TO FINGER KEYS ON THE STEERING WHEEEL, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET ALL THESE FUNTIONS TO WORK BUT NO WHILE BOTH HANDS ARE ON THE STEERING WHEEL"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Car started but within seconds entire dash control panel went blank and car would not start"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"after detail cleaning I lost display.gauges radio (am/fm/cd) car would start and run. diagnostics at the dealer said bad radio. new one ordered, after 3 days all functions returned car appeared to be "normal" old radio worked better than ever. I d"

David V., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dash suddenly went blank. OK. But $1100 to replace it, parts and labor???"

Reginald R., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The multi-function display that is utilized to show the speed, odometer, fuel level, and which gear position is engaged will randomly (really, randomly) not turn on with the rest of the vehicle. This does not occur while the vehicle is moving, but occurs when you go to turn the vehicle on, the screen remains blank. The rest of the vehicle functions normally and is driveable, and I think the computer still keeps track of odometer miles and fuel level. It will usually last for about a day, then yo"

Lorenzo S., UT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"a well known problem that warranted a 9 year extension on its warranty. Since problem was with a solid-state device whose operation was not dependent on my input (I was not in any way in control of the system -- it reported on the function of the car) I think that Toyota should be the party paying for the repair. They don't think so. So I am now never buying anything made by Toyota. That is why when I traded my Camry I bought the Mercedes. As soon as my Prius is repaired (cannot"

Lucy M., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Combination meter issue causes dash display to go dark and makes us unable to turn off the car! Seems to happen often judging by internet search"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Several months ago the navigation system display/controls stopped working consistently. The display sometimes flashes on and off. The radio sometimes works, sometimes not, sometimes cuts off while it's on, sometimes it sputters. Control over the heat/AC is reduced to the steering wheel controls. So with this on top of the hybrid battery pack needing replacement, there are multiple considerations of the cost to keep it!"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Went blank and returned after turning the car off and then back on. At the same time, the car would not turn off. After hitting the power button a few times, I put the car in reverse and then forward.... it then turned off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Several times the dashboard has gone completely blank and the car won't turn off"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen would go blank unpredictably. When that happens cannot get speedometer, odometer, gas level information - quite scary. Understand that it is a common problem. Had it fixed for ~$400 at independent garage"

Robert S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"battery died & GPS has not worked since. They were able to fix it for about 1 week. It thinks it is in another state half way across the country"

SUSn C., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Inconsistent pairing; bad audio"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Never work with my smart phone. Dealer also could not get the two to sync"

Judy R., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"the radio randomly skips channels. the channel selector will stay on a pre-set channel for days; then sporadically begin to search for new channels and not stay on the new channel for more than 20 seconds. Service center could not repeat problem or"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Poor reception"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"AM radio has never received well since the car was new. dealer checked it and said that is the norm with all Prius radiios. had problems with all display and radio earlier this year after a detail cleaning.. dealer said radio was bad . problems cle"

David V., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The AM radio in the Pruis seems to have ignition interference. AM stations are hard to listen to. There are times when you step on the gas the ignition sounds are more pronounced. Any station not within the very local area can not be turned in. T"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"Button controls for defrosters were not functional when the car interior was warm"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sometimes the controls work, sometimes they don't. If they don't work I use the controls on the display"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Several buttons that control dashboard display functions ceased to function. Functionality is accessible through alternative actions. Estimates for repair were >$600. Must replace elements housed in the steering column"

Craig W., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

"The rear speakers on both sides spontaneously began to make noise intermittently and of varying loudness but mostly extremely, almost dangerously loud, probably due to some kind of wiring problem. Rather than pay to fix it on such an old car, I disconnected the speakers"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"There was a leak in the driver side inner axle seal"

Laura E., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bearings needed replacing"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

"Needed replacement hybrid battery (replaced under warranty)"

Alan M., AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The power battery failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery Pack failure with no warning. One morning, it refused to start. $3400 to replace battery (while on vacation)"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The drive battery failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to replace both the hybrid battery and auxiliary battery"

Norm R., NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid system battery pack had to be replaced"

Henry A., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the hybrid battery had to be replaced. I was 2 months out of the 10 year warranty went it went. Toyota wouldn't help in anyway to replace the expensive battery, which cost $3600 to replace"

Regina B., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Propulsion battery died. Replaced the old, original battery with a reconditioned battery and have been fine since"

Gary P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"an electrical failure caused the system that switches between battery and engine to fail, and while driving there were times when the car accelerated by itself, even though I wasn't pressing on the gas. scary!"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid cooling system"

Frank A., NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Required hybrid battery replacement for $3700"

Scott L., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main battery failure"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car would not start. It needed a software upgrade for the hybrid system, which we had to pay for. Doesn't make sense as it appears to be a defect with the software, and Toyota was aware of the problem and the fix for it"

Todd F., WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced main battery for engine by dealer. Cost was $3200"

Rex S., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced the hybrid battery"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main battery failed. Replaced with rebuilt unit"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed"

Jeff K., NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HV battery failure"

Alexander W., NJ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The whole system seized up. Nothing worked. It was a small part that was easily replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery pack required replacement of two of the 28 cells. Also, the auxiliary 12 volt battery was replaced. Both repairs were done by a Toyota mechanic working after hours at his home for $700 total"

Dave S., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"14 months ago at 260,000 miles, the original battery went out. I purchased a refurbished one for $1000 and it has run ever since"

Larod B., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"In hot weather, when the air conditioner turn on, battery drop 5 to 6 bars and has shut the car down serval times. I park and wait five minutes, then restart the car, and drive it in "B" until the battery recharges. With the lights and accessoriesoff"

Duane C., ID (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveline vibration

"vehicle has driveline vibration at high speeds"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Stability control (ESC)

"Manuf recall; after I had spent time and money on attempted fix in a prior year"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"No cold air. Had to replace"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the A/C R&R blower motor"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"AC compressor had to be replaced as well as line to condenser"

David T., KY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The compressor currently dies once a year. Now on the fourth or fifth one, I think"

Garry W., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Air conditioning is not working"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fan reverts to wrong setting"

Ivan S., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"Noisy fan"

Alan M., AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heater blower stopped working. Hey - it's a 10 year-old car with 182,000 mi. It's OK"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Blower motor failed"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Evaporator

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Evaporator slowly leaks every 4 months"

Charles W., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the air was blowing hot and the system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"See previous comment. The heater fan just stopped working. It's old. So am I. I'd like to stop working"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"Loss of refrigerant, but the source was not found"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"ac became warm"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leak which required removing the dashboard to repair"

Paul S., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"O rings failed. Had to have system evacuated and new O-rings put in. Coolant replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace a water pump around 100k. Car has been otherwise without any repairs"

Mark J., MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"leaking hose"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water pump needed to be replaced. Done by a non-Toyota certified garage"

Lucy M., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leak in value. $100 part, $900 labor"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to replace the refrigerant twice last summer. The leak is so slow that dye test didn't help"

Taylor E., MO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"In this old Prius I have to get a freno charge about once a year. Small price to pay for so many miles"

Larod B., GA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"have to replace the refrigerant"

Walter H., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Brakes grabbed hard once regen braking cut out"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Computer died"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Master brake caution and ABS warning lights came on; brakes were alternately grabbing and not working. Towed to dealer; recalibration of brake stroke sensor fixed problem"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brake actuator leaks fluid"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of system pressure. Alerted by dashboard lights. Fully covered by Toyota"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Faulty ABS Actuator that needed to be replaced. After it was replaced we discovered that it was covered under waranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"Original and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"I'm afraid I don't have the technical name for what happened"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"More of a failure of the dealership to catch an impending problem. We had to have the breaks completely replaced while on a trip. It would have been much less expensive to have fixed the brakes earlier. This is the second trip we've had to take time"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I took the car in for routine maintenance and was told that one or more of my brakes was wearing and needed to be replaced. Headlight bulb needed replaced. I could not do this myself. It was a major job for the service department because the front b"

J B., WV (2005 Toyota Prius)

"normal brake pad wear"

Eugene O., TN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brake wear causing pull and metal wear. NOT noticed by dealer in maintenance inspection - was pointed out by tire dealer 2 weeks later (getting snow tires replaced by summer tires)"

Richard P., MI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"First brake job came at about 115000 miles... Pretty amazing brake life - No complaints here"

Ben T., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This was the first set of brakes in this car. Prior to this, it was just routine brake maintenance"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After 156375 miles it was time to replace both front and rear brakes: pads/rotors/shoes and resurface the drums on rears"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes did not last as long as previous Toyota, Celica, even with regen braking. Expected them to last much longer"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My brakes had to be replaced at $1,400. It was a surprise expense"

D M., VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Regular brake failure

"Had to spend almost $4,000 on brake system in the last two years. Part was extremely expensive and only available from Toyota. There was no alternate part supplier"

Jennifer C., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Same event as other issue"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front rotor wear required replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"We had lots of wet weather, and the calipers started squealing. Toyota of Naperville diagnosed the problem and repaired it with lubrication and no major wear in the breaks pads, so it was inexpensive"

Arne O., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had brakes relied, they squeaked loudly in reverse. I had pads replaced under dealer warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water collects in the spare wheel well at the bottom of the rear deck, which leads to a musty moldy smell in the interior"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Unresolved problem with rain water leaking into trunk area"

Henry A., TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"water leaking into trunk"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"water pump worn and needing replacing"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water was leaking into the hybrid battery compartment and caused an electrical connector failure"

Bart D., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water leaking from undercarriage in rear of car"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Slight leak in radiator hose"

Bill B., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water pump small leak Replaced pump and serpentine belt"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water was getting in through the roof door liner, then settling around the main battery compartment"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Seals or weather stripping may have contributed to the water leak problem mentioned previously"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the outside window seals are rotted and falling off"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"Two places. Something under the dash on drivers side. Something loose under the hood, or under the front "bumper". The wind deflector is torn from scraping parking curbs"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"These problems existed due to the age of the vehicle. The dealer rectified the issues"

James H., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A persistent rattle around the dashboard that the mechanics said would be too expensive (in our view) to diagnose"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"suspension or steering popping"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Ticking in the dashboard area. I cannot find the problem and too expensive for the dealer to fix. Also the paint has worn off several of the buttons. ( the garage door knob happened within a year)"

Keith N., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Latch on hatchback squeaks and rattles pretty loudly at times"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The wind noise is not extremely bad but it is loud enough that you notice it"

Richard Y., IN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a whistle somewhere in the driver window or door at speeds greater than 30 mph"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Whistling at highway speeds. Fixed by door adjustment"

Phil G., NM (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Had to replace a pump that moved the coolant. Was not the water pump but something else and was done in order to not fry an expensive engine part. I don't recall the specific part name"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Coolant flow valve replacement"

Kim G., OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"Water pump bearing failed, causing noise. Was still able to drive the car. Needed to have water pump replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pump seal needed replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Auxiliary hybrid pump failed even after warranty replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failed and replaced"

John H., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Normal wear and tear. Replacement part was defective. Replaced prior to failure one week later by dealer at no cost. End of story. The Prius has been VERY reliable transportation"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Our water pump was previously replaced (per toyota service bulletin). Shortly after this, an official recall was issued but our car was not included. We are on our 3rd water pump!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The cooling pump failed 4 months after the warranty expires"

Daniel P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Coolant flow control valve replaced. Turns out this is relatively common on my Prius at 90,000 miles. Cost ~$450"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced engine water pump for second time"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"2 water inverters replaced under warranty - water pump replaced at 65000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have had to replace the invertor cooling pump three times. It is made of plastic and is not reliable. If not detected soon enough, the invertor could overheat and replacement cost is over $11000"

Raymond D., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heard abnormal noise when engine running"

Joan M., MO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"broke/leaked replaced by faulty part, replaced again at no cost"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed replacement"

James H., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electronic water pump went bad. (inverter pump)"

Sal G., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine warning light came on and, since I was traveling out of town, I took the car to a nearby service station. Cost about $700 for repair and it wasn't done correctly. Took it to local dealer when I got home and they corrected the repair at no charge, which was really nice"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Rear window defroster stopped working"

Frank L., PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

"handle of hatch door came off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The spring latch on the upper glove box had a hinge or something that cracked and broke. Now the glove box door no longer "rises""

Christine A., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hood and gas filler access cannot be opened normally. Mechanics ripped the plastic plates from under the car to access the hood latch. And you must prop up the latch for the gas filler access to get it opened"

Michael F., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Mirrors

""Smart" Mirror is terrible for my husband - bright lights not dimmed well by it, easier for me, because I'm shorter. Always had this problem"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Panels fell off, no structural means to handle the opening of the door"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The struts on the back window/hatchback lost their ability to hold it open. It was about a $450 repair"

Michael S., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

""Hatch gate" no longer connects well to interior structure resulting in great difficulty in opening rear. Expensive fix. Attempts to "reglue" are only successful for a short time"

D L., CT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Spoiler came loose"

Steve R., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tailgate hatch panel broke when trying to open the tailgate during freezing weather"

Bart D., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Latch on hatchback broke"

Carole O., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The handle/bar that opens the trunk snapped off. The bolts are broken. The wiring is still intact. I have not attempted to have it repaired because the car is so old. I just taped the handle/bar back on and lift from the bottom of the hatch"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rubber seal around hatch had come loose. Dealer wanted $278 to replace it. Body shop reinstalled it instead, for free"

P P., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is old. At 9 years old the hatch opener "panel" came loose on one side"

Sharon K., DC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

"One of the power windows was not operating properly, it was repaired by the dealer"

James H., MD (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"REQUIRES CALIF EMMISSION STANDARD 2K MORE EXPENSIVETHAN NECESSARY"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"have to replace the catalytic convertor to meet inspection"

Holly S., NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Catalytic converter"

Frank A., NC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needs new catalytic converter"

Martin M., MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace catalyst system"

Bart D., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace vacuum switching valve and canister close valve after check engine light came on"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel cap

"Minor issue/annoyance. Error code associated with check engine light indicated a problem with evaporative emissions system, with a bad fuel cap being the typical cause. Replaced with after-market cap and drove car for a couple of months but check e"

Carmel K., WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The Fuel gauge is unreliable even after replacement. The gas tank was replaced because the bladder collapsed. We still can't fill the tank completely when empty"

Ken M., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This gage has never been accurate. The "Needs Fuel" light comes on when there is still a third of a tank of fuel"

Martin M., MN (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fuel gauge under reads in cold weather. need to refill at 325 miles instead of hot weather expected mileage of 425. Service says its a characteristic of 2005 models with bladder equipped gas tank, corrected in later models(see on-line blogs about this). Not much trouble though. Great car!"

Thomas G., MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed. Entire fuel tank had to be replaced as the fuel pump is the part of that system. Cost at Toyota dealer approx. $950"

Vladimir V., NJ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed new one"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Check engine light indicates sensors malfunctioning"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace 2 O2 sensors"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter became plugged and needed replacement. I had to replace the exhaust pipe, minus the muffler, because it came as one part"

Ken M., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the cat was destroyed by something failing in the fuel delivery system, and/or spark plug failure. since the cat and exhaust are a single unit, presto *very* expensive (1.2K$) replacement"

Leslie G., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car had become sluggish going up hills and the check engine light was lit. Dealer said replacement would cost $2500. I went to the muffler shop next door and they replaced one of the two catalytic converters for only $480"

Scott L., CO (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is old. I have reached 200000 miles this year. The catalytic converter is the first expensive repair beyond tires and oil changes. I am not unhappy"

Arne O., IL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The catalytic converter became clogged but it was expected since we had 120000 miles"

Ken M., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leaking gaskets in exhaust system joints. Replacement gaskets (2) fixed the problem"

J C., ON (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Normal wear on original exhaust"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The muffler started rattling & it cost almost $1000.00 to get it fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needs replacing for about $470+ next week"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After 163877 miles we ha to go to Midas for the original muffler, pipe from cat to muffler and tail pipe replaced!"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Normal wear, just expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced muffler due to corrosion May 2017"

Amanda H., WV (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pipe from cat to muffler needed replacement as I stated before SS well as the tail pipe"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Uses about 1 quart of oil for every 2000 miles"

Stephen R., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Slow leak required removing engine block to fix for $1100"

Linda S., PA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

":High rate of oil consumption due to failing seals around the transmission and engine resulted in a $1,300 repair"

Mary B., DC (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The leak was minor, but I had the engine gaskets replaced. I have never had to check my oil between changes and don't want to start now"

Lorraine T., CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine computer

"Engine warning light indicated that an emissions control part was needing replacement. I'm not sure that it did but the tiny repair was $503"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car stops while being driven. Worst time and the last time I will ever drive the prius because it stopped on a busy two lane freeway bridge. Big rigs coming at me. Expensive two home were the prius sits undriven"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the dashboard lights do not always come therefore I can not view speed, mileage, fuel, etc"

James H., FL (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"The joystick used to shift gears has broken twice since we bought the car, despite delicate handling"

Christopher B., NJ (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

"Basically it has been slipping"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission leaks

"Seal leaked on driver's side axle"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"problem with years 2005-1012 models have to have engines rebuilt or replace after 200k miles - manufacture error on some cars"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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