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.

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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 2006 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

12V power plug

"The exterior plug hasn't worked for a few years. I haven't attempted to fix it because I generally use the outlet in the console"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Body control module

"the same problem with the combination meter"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cruise control

"Cruise control doesn’t work when instrument panel goes dark"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"electric system seemed to have intermittent issues with radio volume going up and down with adjusting and the volume control on head unit not working . Cruise fails to work intermittently"

Floyd D., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cruise control inoperative. Broken spiral cable that wraps around the steering wheel column caused an open circuit. Cost to repair including parts, labor, shop supplies and state taxes was $573.83. Work was done professionally by the Toyota dealer and I've had no further problems."

Robert B., NM (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear taillights burn out at least once or twice a year. I've never had a car that requires so many replacement bulbs"

Ben A., IA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have one headlight that does not stay on. I would assume that it's the light itself but it's been doing this for about a year and if I turn the lights off and on, it comes on and can sometimes stay on the remainder of the trip"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rear light (not brake) went out. I needed someone to tell me about is as I couldn't see it myself"

Nan S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear tail light burnt out at approximately 115000 miles. Cost to replace approximately $350.00. My issue with Toyota is that they are aware of the frequency of repair of the rear lights as well as the front lights for approximately the past 5 years"

Hugh S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Running lights in rear burn out more frequently than any car I've ever owned. I replace one every six months or so"

Ben A., IA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The taillights on this car burn out constantly. I replace them constantly. And my daughter was once even pulled over when driving across the country with my wife for having burned out taillights. We keep spares in the glovebox. And the funny thing is"

Ken W., WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brake light LEDs on one side failed to come on bright with brake application. Brake light assembly, lenses and lights, replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"Instrument panel has gone dark except for check engine light"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The dashboard would not light up and this was extremely dangerous at night when I was driving. I could not tell how fast I was driving or how much fuel I had in the gas tank. I also had to change my hybrid battery at cost of over $3000 dollars"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sudden loss of lights on dashboard panel and sound system. Found out about recall from CR magazine. System repaired with no cost to me"

Antoinette S., GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The backlighting for the dashboard controls goes in and out, so sometimes I can't see the controls at night"

Sarah W., MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"all the lights on the instrument panel went out.Unable to start the car"

John M., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The dash lights keep going out and I have found out the warranty was extended to cover this but it is past the time of the extended warranty. Never received any notification from Toyota"

Karen T., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Entire dashboard intermittently went dark - impossible to tell whether the car was on or off. Car became intermittently unresponsive - wouldn't turn off or wouldn't turn on. Repair shop said this was a somewhat common problem - repair was expensive, around $800."

Paul S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"One headlight repeatedly fails and Toyota has not been able to fix the problem. I need to replace the bulb in that headlight about three times a year."

Lauren S., NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bulb burned out, cost > $400 to replace"

Steven W., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"As with our prior 2004 Prius, one of the headlights goes out after turning on. We've been told the repair would be expensive (problem-solving plus parts)."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My wife's used 2006 Prius had to have both headlights replaced with in a week of purchase. My daughter`s air pressure monitor problem was solved by the dealership with a piece of black electrical tape pasted on top of the icon."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlight control unit stopped working. This car had had the same problem about 10 years earlier; the control unit was replaced then also."

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At about 90,000-95,000 miles the headlights would go out from time to time, leaving us with only one headlight. To my knowledge, one headlight was always working."

M C., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight intermittently goes off and I have to turn light switch off and back on to restore light. Has happened on both sides but not at the same time. Replaced passenger light (horrible job to DIY) and that side has been ok. Driver's side will be even worse to replace (DIY)."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My headlights have been going out intermittently for several years. Had a mechanic try to figure it out, removing all of the lighting parts and putting it back together but it has not been fixable. Have received quotes of between $700 and $800 per headlight assembly to fix but have not done so. It was also suggested that I try replacing each of the processors for the lights at a price between $100-200 each, but have not done this. The lights come back on when the lighting control is turn off and back on again. I understand that this is a known issue with this model but it was out of warranty by the time it started happening to me, so they wouldn't do anything about. That's pretty annoying when it's a known problem."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The HID headlights fail intermittently and are very expensive to replace. There's not only the cost of the headlights themselves but the cost of dismantling part of the front of the car to get to the bulbs themselves."

Les P., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Arm on the self adjusting headlights broke, arm can't be replaced must replace the entire assembly. Much to costly"

Raymond K., CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front headlight went out...Extremely expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I simply had a headlight burn out but it cost over $350.00 to replace! They told me the 2006 Prius was the only model year that had this difficult design"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights have a known issue that Toyota will not automatically fix. They go out intermittently and you have to turn them off and back on again manually. They come back on easily enough, but it's annoying and a safety concern that they go out intermittently. Have looked into replacing them, but it's too expensive!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replacing headlight due to what I believe to flawed design and/or durability and/or planned obsolescence was extremely expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Condensation on inside of both headlight lenses. Dealer estimated repair cost $650"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"passenger side head light give low volt and cut off frequently"

Varghese A., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One or both lights will go out then will come back on unexpectedly. The dealer can't get it fixed"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Each headlight stopped working (or started refusing intermittently to come on) this year, so I replaced both the ballasts. It was pretty expensive. The repair shop said a lot of older Priuses have this problem. his year, and the repair guy said"

F R., WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Yellowing and clouding of headlights became a safety issue from the resulting reduced brightness of the lights"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights come on, but then one will go off. We have been told this is a computer problem that will be very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have had several failures of headlights while travelling. Toyota charges $700 to replace headlights, AND THEY HAVE FAILED AGAIN WITHIN 2 MONTHS"

B S., NV (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights are very expensive to be replaced and can only be done at the dealer (special tools?). They cost $300, they have cut the price to $150"

Sara W., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight lamps have had to be replaced numerous times and they are VERY expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Lights exceedingly dim after first year, and even replacement does not fix problem. Flickers as well"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Halogen lamps failed, not unexpected except for the price of $179 each"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights have burned out about every10-11 months for a few years now"

Wayne K., ID (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Today I replaced the drivers side headlight...again. Two weeks ago it was the passenger side headlight. This happens every few months. This has been going on for the past ( almost) 9 years! Nobody seems to be able to find the problem, including t"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"expensive to replace! I have replaced both at this point in time"

Nan S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Prius has had issues with the HID headlights. Both were replaced and paid for by Toyota at about 50000 miles. I replaced one failed headlight recently"

William A., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace entire headlight assembly"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed to replace bulbs. Couldn't do myself - too complicated. Also, lenses seem permanently cloudy (we shine them up, and they get cloudy after a couple of months)"

Sarah W., MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights have intermittently gone out at different times"

Barbara L., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent issue where one of the light will not come on. Researched it and found it's a common problem (they were sued for it). Replacement bulb may fix the problem, but it's $100+ per bulb to replace"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Since I've owned the vehicle, Toyota has paid to replace both headlights twice. It's not the bulbs that are really the problem but the connection. However, I'm having the same issue (for at least two years now) and they won't pay again"

Linda G., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Passenger headlight would cut out or dim or flicker with no pattern"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When headlights are on for awhile, the right one goes out. If I turn the lights on and off, the head light come on again"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right & left front combination lamp control modules needed to be replaced. Since the car had 173K miles on it, this probably was to be expected"

Cricket H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drivers side light turning off at times. Common Prius problem"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights have been woefully inadequate from the time I purchased it. Brights particularly. I consider this a serious safety issue"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights have become intermittent and will go out while driving. Fortunately when it goes out it is only one side or the other and not both. We have had them replaced two times and the problem still exists"

Walter W., WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights failed without warning (not at the same time). Expensive to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced both headlights, they both quit working suddenly while driving at night, extremely dangerous. The replacement headlights both burned out less than a year later! Bought from a Toyota dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent halogen light failure"

Randolph G., MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A known problem not covered past warranty period. Headlights go out intermittently requiring turning them off and back on again. Have made multiple attempts to replace and repair, but all have been unsuccessful so far. On-going problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the bulbs burn out within 1 year and are expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We have had to replace a very expensive component in the headlights 3 times"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"headlight leveler relay switch"

Charles C., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace both headlights after one side (passenger) would flicker and periodically not go on"

Robert K., MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the right front side beam (not straight-ahead beam) went out, necessitating replacement of both headlights with new ones. Evidently you can't have one with halogen and one without"

Suzanne R., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One headlight shorts out constantly, shuts off in the middle of driving, has to be turned on and off. Special halogen? headlights are very expensive to replace, but mechanic can't repair it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"both this prius and my 2004 has had multiple headlight issues requiring expensive repairs"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"expense of new headlights when they burned out"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"THE HEADLIGHTS ON THIS MODEL CO ST 176.00 FOR THE PART AND ANOTHER 125.00 TO INSTALL AS TOYOTA DESIGNED THE HEADLIGHTS MOUNTING TO REQUIRE REMOVAL OF THE FRONT BUMPER OF THE VEHICLE TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE HEADLIGHTS. I was told this design flaw was n"

R K., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I am constantly replacing the headlights on this car. As in once a year. It started when it was about two years old"

Ken W., WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cost: to replace the right front light, they had to remove the whole front bumper. cost to replace both headlights was $150"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Lights go off suddenly. Turn switch off and on turns them on again. Dealership sounds clueless. My research has uncovered a service bulletin from several years ago. I wrote to Toyota. Although car beyond limits, it wasn't when problem was discovered"

Paul S., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One headlight goes off intermitantly, but it's fine when we take it in"

John B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight wiring harness had short and kept burning out the passenger side headlight. Tried to tell dealer was a short, took 4 times for them to listen and replace wiring harness. Now no problems"

Warren H., NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights have failed. Cost to replace (each) is over $200 and non-dealer mechanics can't replace them correctly"

Laurie M., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One headlight failed; very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"To change a headlight bulb, which is already ridiculous in its cost, the labor involved is over $200. It's an insane engineering failure in my opinion. Cleaning the plastic lens is also impossible for the average owner"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"burned out - expensive"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight goes off after driving for a while. To restore lights, need to turn light switch off and then back on"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The left headlight has died twice. They are $300 to replace"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced headlights failed repeatedly"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One of the headlights would sporadically fail, and then become operational again when turning the lights off and on again. Replacing both bulbs appears to have solved the problem for now"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One of the headlights goes out, but comes back on when you turn the lights off and back on. We had this repaired a few years ago, but the problem has returned"

Donald C., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight, which cost $250 to replace, had been replaced under warranty in the past."

Mark G., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights too expensive"

Peggy P., MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This is the second time during my ownership that the headlights have stopped working. To the driver, they appear to still be working. Replacement cost was $700. I consider this to be a huge safety issue worthy of a recall. The lights are not burned out. If you turn them off and then back on, they turn on for a variable amount of time. So when you turn the car on in the garage, the lights are working. You just never know when they will turn off."

Gloria S., CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"second time headlight failed in 13 years--very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"Rheostat failed, so couldn't control brightness of instrument panel lights, and they were slightly dimmer than usual. Even after fixing, I have trouble reading the speedometer when the sun is out"

A M., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Control module on driver's door could no longer lock/unlock the door. Manual mechanism still functioned. Replaced control module (~$600 repair) and working like a charm again"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"remote control key fob would operate spontaneously"

Jeff S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Inconstantly detected by car. Change of batteries did resolve the issue"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"driver's door won't open with remote occasionally"

Kirk B., OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure sensors are a very common issue. Have had to replace multiple until we got one to work."

Jonathan G., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Tire pressure monitors did not work. Had them replaced. Quite costly."

W K., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My wife's used 2006 Prius had to have both headlights replaced with in a week of purchase. My daughter`s air pressure monitor problem was solved by the dealership with a piece of black electrical tape pasted on top of the icon."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The dash light is on, and won't go off, even though the pressure is to factory standards throughout"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Monitor shows low pressure when tires properly inflated"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The dealership could not tell me which tire need a new tire pressure monitor and suggested that I get all 4 changed at a charge of $200 per tire"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The light stays on and even after a trip to the DEALER, there was nothing that could be done about it"

Charlotte F., TN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure light. Toyota service said it was not possible to determine which wheel pressure sensor failed and all four wheels would have to be disassembled to diagnose and fix. It was going to be expensive and time consuming. I elected to live with the"

Robert S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The only thing the tire pressure monitors have done for us in the 9 years we've owned the car is fail (twice) and cost us money and time"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sensors in this car are generally too sensitive, causing false positives too often"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"Warning light for low tires stays on. They turn it off, but if I do something that makes other warnings flash (open door without putting in park, etc), it comes back on and stays on. Was told it might cost $500 to fix, so I don't"

Kathy J., OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Warning light indicating loss of tire pressure cam on. Took car to nearest service garage after this happened. Turned out that the tires were fine, the problem was that a sensor failed. Had sensor replaced. Same thing happened 8 mos or so later. I assumed it was another sensor, so did not take the car in until a scheduled service. Has another sensor replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"loss of panel lights affected warning lights. Repaired under recall. Notified by CR"

Antoinette S., GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"a sensor in the tire pressure monitor failed"

R W., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The warning light for tire pressure stays on, so never sure if there is a problem or not. As noted, a dealer evaluation did not solve"

Charlotte F., TN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"tire air pressure warning lights"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"low tire pressure indicator remains on even after putting air in tires"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dashboard lit up like Las Vegas with warnings - turns out when 12v battery drops below a certain charge level while moving (like from full blast AC in the desert), it triggers the !!!DO NOT DRIVE!!! warning lights to all come on"

Michael F., CA (2006 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Screen completely out of focus. Opaque display. Toyota dealer unable to give me any definate solution other than it would cost $800-Maybe"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

"I have a 6 CD changer and it will not play nor release a stuck disc"

Deb K., MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A c became jamed,would not eject . This made my cd unoperable. This happened while driving when I tried to eject the disc that was playing. The cost to repair was estimated at over 300.00 so I elected not to repair and am using a Sony car c player as"

R K., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"CD player has difficulty loading/unloading discs. Likely dust problems over the years"

Paul S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen difficult to see

"the display is difficult to see in daylight, too much glare, etc"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pressing the display screen does nothing to change settings"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Toyota issued a TSB regarding the Information Display in the Prius on 1/2005. I bought my car 9/2006 and had to have it replaced in 2010 and have again had problems with it. Toyota tried to get me to cover the full cost, finally agreeing to pay h"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"touchscreen and display wore out."

Blair B., NV (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"intermittently does not respond to touch"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"No touch screen control. No tire pressure indicator"

Varghese A., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Touch screen inoperative"

Walter K., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittently but infrequently, the car displays have not come on when driving. This creates a hazard because I can't see how much gas I have or how fast I'm driving"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Touch screen became intermittent. Dealer said it needed to be replaced for $1700. I read online that it was common for the outer bezel to touch the screen and cause the problem. Fixed myself for free. Occasionally needs attention"

Chris W., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The touch screen no longer responded to touch and the screen had to be replaced at my cost. It is a well known problem with Prius cars over 6 years old"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display screen continues to display information. But the Touch-screen capability is gone. I cannot make any changes using the touch screen. Meaning I cannot change radio stations, cannot change A/C settings, cannot reset mileage calculations,"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At irregular times the dashboard display goes out. Not mileage or speed. Seems to do something with the start ignition switch"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed to replace entire screen thi week which controls all systems! Very disappointed in the$1800 cost! Not okay! Toyota should recognize the recurring problem with this screen and cover 1/2 of the cost"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The multifunction display screen (big touch screen) froze twice, unfroze next day. This problem is documented on Toyota user web sites. Toyota quoted about $3000 to fix it. If it freezes for good I might check aftermarket replacement"

Michael G., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I can not control air conditioner, or audio with display screen. I have to use steering wheel control. Display sceen does not respond"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Touch screen is non-responsive. Must use steering wheel controls to make changes"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Touch screen lost one dimension of control, so touch triggered action from the spot across the screen - it seemed to be better after temperatures improved, so may be temp dependent. Can get by with steering wheel controls."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen buttons move around randomly. Repair costs more than the blue book value of the car."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"My daughter`s 2006 had the interior lights on the dash go out. Also could not shift out of neutral for a while. After dealer said they never heard of that problem I Googled them and found many Prius owners had or still are having the problem."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One day the MFD died. What I miss most is the rearview camera. Also the ability to see the temperature and the radio station settings. However as the car was 11 years old at the time I wasn't prepared to pay thousands of $$ for a replacement screen"

Nina L., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Instrument cluster went blank, Toyota had given extended warranty but it had expired. I contacted Toyota Corporate and although they would not cover the repair they did offer a service voucher which more than covered the cost."

Russell L., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main display has failed, unable to use any system going through this unit. Cost of repair is prohibitive in a vehicle of this age."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"For the first time since I've owned the car the in-dash interactive screen showed nothing but vertical lines in the display with no access to any of the standard controls available through the screen. The rear-mounted camera is no longer visible through the screen. Not sure what I'm going to do about it at this point."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Speedometer, odometer, etc., all went blank. Then when car was stopped, it couldn't be turned off. Took it to local independent shop, where they advised me that the system could be reset by pushing the on-off button for a long time. Repair will cost $700+ and require leaving the vehicle at the shop for several days while new unit is ordered. This apparently has been a problem with this vehicle, but the service bulletin expired"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After selecting "display, the screen goes blank for several weeks. Often the miles per gal display goes crazy. The service center said that to try to fix the problem would be to replace the entire system and be very expensive"

Raymond E., AL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The multi-function display died completely. I really miss the backup camera & the ability to see what radio stations I'm using & also the air condition display but replacing the MFD would have cost almost more than the car was worth"

Nina L., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"At times the car has not displayed odometer, speedometer, gas levels, etc. when turning on. The screen has become hard to see. The dealer wants $950 to replace it. Sometimes the care will not turn off at all. The dealer says it's related to the scree"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen went blank and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen went blank and had to be replaced. A new screen was very expensive so I chose a rebuilt display screen. This display screen has worked fine and is actually brighter and clearer, plus it only cost one third of a new one"

Bruce S., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Indicators went blank: the speedometer, odometer, fuel guage, warning lights. Car was drivable, but it wouldn't shut off normally except by holding the button down. Toyota had a free replacement up to 9 years, which just barely applied"

Michael G., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"On occasions the display screen for the back-up camera gives me a ghost image. When brought to the dealership the problem cannot be re-created"

Mark S., CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Combination meter communications with other computer causes the dashboard lights (speedometer, fuel gauge, transmission gear selection indicator) to not illuminate. The backup camera fails to display and the car won't turn off. It has happened 3 ti"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"With a blank display screen, the navigation, climate control, audio, backup camera, etc were all or mostly unUSble"

Aric B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The Hybrid Battery died. Luckily I was in a CART warranty state, and under the 150000 mile CART warranty limit"

Brian B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen went blank; speed, gas level, etc. were not displayed. Car was driveable, but needed to be brought to a shop immediately."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"combination meter had problems at times"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"With the blank display screen the Heat/AC, radio, etc. would not function either at all or properly. Ultimately I took it to the Toyota Dealer and a refurbished display screen was installed; it was a costly but satisfactory repair."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The main display screen (speedometer, fuel gage, etc.) is blank when starting the vehicle and remains out for a period of time, usually not more that a day. Then it will work for several days until it doesn't again."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The radio buttons some times stop working. Have to use the steering wheel controls to turn on the radio at times"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Touchscreen failed, rendering navigation, phone pairing, climate control, and many other options unavailable. While problem was intermittent for a while, indicating bad connections, only solution offered is complete replacement at very high cost"

Ross H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Laser reader for navigation cd died. There was no way to repair the player and the whole unit would have had to be replaced. I chose not to purchased an after mkt portible navigation unit that performed just as well altho it's screen was less visi"

Tim B., OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I was able to pair my Verizon phone but cannot pair my Huawei phone"

Mark S., CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"Volume increases or decreases all on its own and only the steering wheel control can be used to adjust volume. The volume knob on the dash failed to work after a few years. Radio stations selection sometimes change on its own, and not to another preset"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"volume knob only works intermittently. sometimes the volume on the radio jumps around to different levels on its own"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Radio would occasionally change volume level by itself. Controls sometimes not respond"

Paul L., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sporadically, the power switch for the radio/CD player does not work. We have had to resort to just turning the volume all the way down to turn it off"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"failed to work"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"Some of the steering wheel controls for the heating/ac system no longer work"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"air recirc button failed just today"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"The available commands are hard to find and only really apply to a limited set of navigation operations. Only real use we have found is entertainment at how it trys to interpret what we say into its limited vocabulary"

Ross H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"commands for phone could never be understood regardless of how slowly there pronounced or how loud they were given. Other commands for other functionw, e.g. climate always worked well. Phone commands were useless"

Tim B., OR (2006 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Heard crunching noise, so took car into Toyota dealership. They stated that the teeth had worn done/disappeared at the junction of the driveshaft and axle"

David W., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bearing failure in both front axles each costing over $500 to replace"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"front wheel barings"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This was not a problem in the past 12 months. It happened in 2009 and was covered under warranty"

Edward R., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

"The auto stopped working properly. The dashboard icon said do not drive. Took it to two places that said that the battery pack was about dead and would need to be replaced. $3200 to replace, $1700 value in working order. Gave it away in trade for $500. Very sad."

James M., OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Two of the cells in the hybrid battery became weak enough to cause the car to go into limp home mode. They were replaced at a cost of $50 for parts and $500 for labor."

Dave S., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The main hybrid battery failed at about 160,000 miles. The display lit up and warned me to STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY and call the dealer. Cost of replacement: $3,000. When I bought the car, I was told hybrid battery replacement would be about $800."

Peter B., NH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery required replacement"

Stephen C., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Inverter failing code; dealer initially quoted $5000 to repair. After internet search, I asked them price for used inverter - they completed job for $1000. This has been the only major repair during lifetime of Prius."

Richard M., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The main, high voltage battery that propels the car's electric drive motor failed. $1,800 replacement cost."

Edward K., UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drive batteries need to be replaced shocked that they have lasted this long"

Bob M., AL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HYBRID BATTERY FAILED; THIS APPEARS TO BE VERY UNUSUAL ON A SECOND-GEN PRIUS; the car is out of use most of the time, We had left it outdoors in a hot climate (central Texas). The 12 volt battery died and was not quickly fiex, so the fan that cools the hybrid battery was out of action. Toyota dealer quoted $6,000 to fix a car worth $4-5,000. Non-dealer repaired for $1900, with rebuilt battery. Car now on 12-volt trickle charger in garage! Note that in UK Toyota charges ¿1100, so $1400"

Mike S., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed about 6 months after warranty ended. Not cheap to replace"

John S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery finally failed on our Prius in July 2016. We had that replaced with a recycled battery (>$1000). The replacement hybrid battery also failed last month - that was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery replaced at 238000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replace drive battery"

S S., KY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of "big" battery, just prior to 10-year ownership date. It was replaced under warranty at no charge by dealership"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Small battery in Prius died"

Stan H., KY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main battery failure, requiring replacement. Starting battery failure requiring replacement (3rd battery!!)"

B G., WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wife driving on freeway. Complete loss of power. Emergency lights did not work. Got to mechanic and was able to restart the car. Toyota dealer indicated weak 12 volt battery that was replaced. No problems since then"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main hybrid battery failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both batteries were dead when I returned from vacation, so I had to replace them both for a cost of $3500. I had hoped this wouldn't happen as I feel at age 80 I don't have too many more driving years ahead"

Nina L., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Power battery failed. Cost over$3000 to replace"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The $3000+ battery pooped out at 107000 miles. Toyota ddi give me a $1000 coupon toward the work which saved me some. Their customer service was outstanding as far as accessibility and courtesy. They also had, in their computer all the Toyotas I h"

George G., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The traditional car battery went dead and caused the brakes to set so the car was towed with towing wheels. It couldn't be moved otherwise. The access to the battery was difficult because of the equipment hauled in the area over the battery locatio"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"main hybrid battery needed replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cell 13 of the hybrid battery failed. I was told by the repair shop I need to replace the entire hybrid battery. It cost $3200"

Richard M., WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Main drive battery failed at 9 yrs 3 mos. Toyota replaced at no cost"

Lee B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The main battery pack went bad. Replaced with aftermarket rebuilt unit"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid battery failed. Toyota replaced it at no charge"

David P., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"main battery died, required replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"MAIN DRIVE BATTERY FAILED AT 125000 MILES. $3200 TO REPLACE"

Gary B., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Same as just mentioned - same event"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One cell of the hybrid drive battery died at about 220,000 miles. Replaced just that cell, and everything was fine. Now another one appears to be close to failure"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"NiMH battery failed due to one bad cell"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The electrical motor battery died. Toyota replaced it"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car would not start because auxiliary battery had to be replaced. This was not as bad as replacing the main battery would have been, but it still cost several hundred dollars"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hybrid battery went bad at 131000 miles. Toyota wanted $3500 to replace it. I replaced it with a refurbished unit from a used car dealer for $700 and it has worked fine for a year"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The problem with the car is that the major battery died. The car worked perfectly until it didn't, which was while I was on a highway driving home from the airport. The car speed got slower and slower until finally it would only crawl at 5mph and I was lucky to be able to get off at an exit and to a safe place to pull over. The two was long and expensive and the replacement battery and work on the car came in around $3k"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The main battery failed had bad cells"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid / drive batteries failed. Approx. 2 years after the 10 year warranty expired."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the battery for $3000."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure of the traction battery."

Laurence O., NJ (2006 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

Ball joints

"We have now replaced all the ball joints. One at a time!"

Jef S., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"wore out"

Jim B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Bushings

"After 200000 miles they wore out"

Jim B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The bushings dry-rotted and I had to have the control arms replaced at a cost of $1700!"

Claire B., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dealer said sway bar bushing needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wore out, expensive to replace"

Jim B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"after 200000 miles they wore out"

Jim B., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I was advised that the struts were sufficiently worn as to need replacing; they were the original struts. I agreed; they were replaced. It seemed routine"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Recommended replacement of struts at 140000 miles, not an observed problem"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"it was about time"

Thomas G., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car rode very roughly. The shocks and struts were worn and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Replaced both rear struts (one was leaking). Had to perform realignment after replacement. $800 total cost"

SUSn S., UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Worn out"

Kim R., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Struts were leaking aftf man miles and years."

Ronald G., OK (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car felt as though there were no shocks. Now instead os adding madpherson struts, a whole assembly is out in. Expensive but the car runs fine now."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"roads conditions caused broken sping on one strut"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Springs or torsion bars

"broken rear spring"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Broke rear right hand side spring. Probably from hitting an unseen pothole at night"

M W., NS (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rear coil spring broke"

Steve T., MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tie rods

"Needed replacement due to bolts frozen"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Loose, worn"

Kim R., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

"every 3-4 years I have a wheel bearing that needs replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left front wheel bearing became noisy and was replaced due to wear. (239,000 miles)"

C T., OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"squeeking from front wheels that persisted and changed with speed of car."

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left front wheel bearing failed at about 100,000 miles. Had to replace the bearing and the axle."

Ronald W., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"noisy left front wheel bearing and half shaft"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wheel bearings on one front wheel went bad at about 187,000 miles. Problem was repaired at Toyota dealership"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both front wheel bearings (both sides of car) needed to be replaced in the last 12 months"

David S., MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have had to replace the front wheel bearings 3 times. That seems like a lot"

Charles L., MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had mild rolling noise in r front wheel"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both front wheel bearings began making noise and were replaced within 8000 miles of each other"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car was riding a bit squirrelly (is that a word?)"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right front wheel bearing/hub assembly became noisy and was replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Loud wheel bearing assembly needing replacement"

Dennis D., NM (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to do front wheel bearings at around 170k miles"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front wheel bearing work out at about 170000 Km. Detected due to hum when driving. Had them replaced"

M W., NS (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The problem created a noise and vibration that progressively got worse. It also started to affect the steering accuracy. The dealer said the wheel bearing would eventually have exploded. They charged $700 to repair it."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wheel bearing failing noisy. Mounted in Aluminium housing; moderately expensive to repair,"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A front wheel bearing became noisy, car was usable but made us nervous. Replacement was expensive, as was the recommended 200000-km maintenance (spark plugs, *all* fluids, etc.)."

Anonymous, ON (2006 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"at 170000 miles vehicle stopped operations. I replaced the battery and no further problems since."

Lauren S., NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Jumpstarting the Prius is a real challenge. The regular battery is really inaccessible and designed in a way that even the most compact electronic jump start system won't stay on the the batter poles. The hybrid battery is accessed t through the rear - and there is no way to manually open the cargo door if the battery is dead. We had to call AAA and get a simple jump start because all our battery chargers - inclined the most compact high tech one - would not work. Toyota still has not addressed this issue in its new models. Since Priuses can lose their charge when parked for a week or two, Toyota really needs to address this issue."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The original starter battery (not the hybrid battery) needed to be replaced, but considering it was more than 100,000 miles old, not unreasonable. It was expensive to replace ($350+)"

Peter R., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the battery (not the hybrid system batter) that powers the displays and other non-engine electrical systems"

Paul S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"STANDARD BATTERY JUST DIED WITH LITTLE WARNING, ONCE REPLACED, THE HYBRID BATTERY WAS DAMMAGED BY THE STANDARD BATTERY FAILURE. HIGH COST TO FIX HYBRID DUE TO SRESS CAUSED BY STANDARD BATTERY GOING BAD"

Bruce F., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Coil

"Engine started misfiring suddenly. One cylinder. I drove it about 10 miles home, read the code, then to the shop"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electronic ignition

"Would not go into drive or reverse. engine would not come on. Possibly throttle body sensor problem. After trip to shop (where they said I needed hybrid battery) and no repair, car was fine."

Lisa B., GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Reached end of life of batteries."

Larry V., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Because of the age both batteries needed to be replaced and it currently runs good as new, but getting both batteries replaced was very expensive (probably cost more than the car did) but I'm positive the car will run for at least 5 more years with no issues."

Steve C., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"After red triangle dash light triangle illuminated water pump and inverter coolant pump replaced. 10 miles after the repair ($645) the red triangle illuminated again, code reads replace hybrid battery. currently reviewing options."

M V., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid traction battery finally emitted a code. I could sort of tell it had been dying because when I looked at the charge it would be all over the place. But there isn't much warning that your battery is wearing out before it finally codes. I drove it several hundred miles after that, and arranged to have the battery replaced, before codes became so frequent that I was afraid to drive it further."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed within months following 10 year warranty expiration"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It suddenly stopped working."

Robert P., NM (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"10 year hybrid battery needed replacing; this was 5 years longer than we were told to expect when we bought the car in 2006. The replacement cost was $2000 less than we were told when we bought the car also. So we didn't consider this replacement a 'problem' but more like routine maintenance"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed at 137000 miles. It cost 3200 to replace it at the dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Though it was past warranty on time, Toyota and the dealership covered 80% of the repair cost and got a core credit for recycling the old battery. So 1st repair on a nearly 12 year old car was about $700. I was happy with Toyota overall"

William R., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery cell went bad at 114000 miles and I replaced the entire hybrid battery, not just the cell that failed"

A K., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Enough cells in the hybrid battery failed for the entire battery pack to fail. Dealership wanted $4000. Paid an independent "used" battery dealer $1900. Good as new!"

Julia I., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery died at 100K miles and was VERY expensive to replace in part because it is labor intensive involving taking the back part of car apart. Toyota obviously did not design this battery to be an easily replaceable part. Cost me $3.2K in total pa"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery went bad at 112,000 miles. Fortunately, we had a year and 3800 miles left on the warranty is"

G G., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Warning lights indicated hybrid battery problem at 137k miles. Dealership replaced totally for free under Maine warranty up to 150k-10 years"

Steve M., ME (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery died. Dealer gave me problems with warranty and I called Toyota in Ca. They covered the entire cost including labor for the replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We replaced the hybrid battery (we didi it ourselves) with a remanufactured hybrid battery 2 years ago and that one failed so we purchased a used Prius battery from ebay and installed it ourselves. We live on a gravel road and think dust was the prob"

Barbara P., IA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car lacked power. Towed home. Dealer replaced hybrid and 12-volt batteries. Charged me $3750 dollars. Upon my complaint rebated $600"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"battery died the next month after warranty expired. A huge expense"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery died at 94,000 miles. Had to put new battery in car and was not covered under warranty. Had to pay full amount. Had work done at a private mechanic due to dealership price. No problems after battery replacement"

Warren H., NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Battery failed and was replace. Cost was over the top"

Nurney R., HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"STANDARD BATTERY FAILED. A FEW MONTHS LATER THE HYBRID BATTERY ALSO FAILED. CAR CANNOT BE USED IF THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE HYBRID BATTERY. SAID IT WAS CAUSED BY THE STANDARD BATTERY GOING BAD"

Bruce F., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Original main hybrid battery died in 2016, at which time I purchased a refurbished battery from a 3rd party vendor. The refurbished battery was a waste of money. The vendor provided a generous 3-year warranty and I made extensive use of it - about every 6 months they had to replace the battery again. Unfortunately (but predictably, given the quality of the product), the company finally went out of business and I decided to buy an original Toyota battery - which has been working perfectly ever since! Wish I had purchased the Toyota battery in the first place."

Paul S., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The original Toyota hybrid battery was replaced in 2015 at 90,000 miles. The replacement was not a Toyota battery. It was made by Greentec Auto, and I purchased a 4-year warranty with it. The Greentec replacement hybrid battery failed in July 2018 after only 36,000 miles and 3 years. My journey was delayed 5 days (over a weekend) until Greentec replaced its battery under warranty. Because the original Greentec warranty (which was not extended) runs out in June 2019, I have had a used Toyota hybrid battery installed from a 2014 Prius. I expect the hybrid battery (my 4th battery) to last until I trade in the car a few years from now. I am now working with a dealer in Lutz, FL who specializes in used Prius and other electric cars."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced with toyota oem battery at 10 years 6 months, 6 months after warranty expired. Replacement lasted just over 2 years, came with 1 year warranty. A lot of money, may end up ditching the car."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed new hybrid battery. Not unexpected after 150k miles."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid died suddenly, no warning. Fortunately, I was at home in garage with it, but it had to be towed to have the hybrid battery replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hybrid battery failed 3 months out of warranty at 10 years, 3 months and 95,000 miles. CR ratings and cost analysis should include cost of battery replacement. I used to think of Toyota's as 200,000 mile cars."

Brian F., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"I am only getting about 35 mpg. I think the hybrid battery is worn out. At 168,000 not bad"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid/electric battery had to be replaced"

Allan B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed at 80000. Was under warranty and was replaced at no charge"

Ray T., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plugs needed changing. Problem with cylinder."

Anonymous, VA (2006 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

"Trim under the front bumper hangs low and can catch when parking. Trim fell and dragged on ground, especially when braking or turning. Have replaced twice."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bumper falling off. The handle for trunk also fell appart"

Eric L., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rubber on latch melted several years ago, worked okay but recently trim comes off when trying to raise hatchback. This makes it difficult to open. Usually releases but not enough to raise the hatchback"

P K., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A plug in the front bumper fell out. Also, the back mini-spoiler keeps getting loose and rattling"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Back latch separated from body, had to replace entire trunk panel"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Plastic bumpers crack"

Daniel S., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"There was a loose molding piece under the driver's seat that Ourisman Fairfax Toyota, Fairfax, VA, had failed to resecure over several service visit and requests. Hertrich Toyota, Milford, DE, resecured the trim piece properly at the first service visit for this issue."

W S., DC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rumbling sound from dashboard like its loose"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the protective coating is peeling on the top of car"

Andy G., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat started peeling off even before the car was 5 years old and Toyota would not cover under warranty. Most of the clear coat is now gone."

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Just one of those light green Priuses that have peeling, cracking paint."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on rear hatch faded and some cracking."

Edward R., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat chalked on roof. Had to repaint"

Anonymous, MS (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"exterior glossy coat peeled away in area under the rear window"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"In a few areas, paint is peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clear coat over paint has peeled/chipped away over the roof, hood, and door edges"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Roof and other paint most exposed to sun, severe peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Due to extreme heat"

Anonymous, PR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Like many Toyota's here in Southern California, the paint is peeling and the clear coat is flaking off. I received an estimate of $1800 just to get the roof and hood painted because of the extensive prep work needed"

Todd J., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"cracking and chalking on the hood, roof, and lift gate"

Joseph S., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on hood is pitted. On rear spoiler it is fading and peeling. On top near side channels it is starting to peel"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The top coat of factory paint is peeling off the hood in patches. The silver undercoat is not peeling off. Apparently there is a factory defect in the adhesion of the final color (White) to the undercoat"

Marvin G., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The "spoiler" started to blister and fade. Had to be repainted"

Franz D., MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The roof has started peeling off"

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on roof is blistering. Some fading. It is a 13 year old car though."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Clear coat started pealing after about four years. Warranty would not cover. No rust, however."

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The clear coat that covers the entire body of the car has cracked and peeled. I was told by a repair shop that the previous owner may have cleaned the car with the incorrect type of cleaner. I have not had the car fixed."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This has been an ever increasing problem for the past 5 years."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint cracked and peeled on the roof, hood, bumpers and sides. The hood, sides and bumpers had been repainted by the Toyota dealer three years prior, due to minor scratches caused by parking in public lots used by inconsiderate people."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

"Rust has begun to appear on the front window between the molding and the body of the roof"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Automakers should have solved the rust in front of the rear wheels problem by now. Planned obsolescence?"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rust problem particularly below doors on both sides of car became more pronounced when car was about 6 years old. Has gotten into frame and not repairable. Means that we will need to replace the car, although it otherwise remains reliable and inexpensive to operate."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is bubbling paint on the roof near one of the doors. It's a small patch, but, nonetheless, it shouldn't be happening at all."

Brian H., CA (2006 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

A/C compressor

"compressor failed. $1500 to replace. 2 days later compressor failed a second time. dealer said metal debris in system caused 2nd failure. did not flush system before replacing. But no matter, wanted additional $3500 to fix system. not accepted and am using without A/C. In Florida no less. Dealer said too bad not our problem. Gatorland Toyota"

Stephen K., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Lost coolent"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It failed at about 198,000 miles and cost about $1,300 to replace. We had the dealer do the work"

Kenneth K., TN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was the original AC compressor that cane with the car when it was new. It died and was replaced. I think that was pretty good longevity considering the miles on the car and the hot climate I live in"

Tracy S., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Charged, and leaks again"

Walter K., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A/C went out, dealer thought metal got into line, both compressor and condenser had to be replaced. Being a Prius (not belt-driven), these are not standard parts"

Antonineta N., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A/C failed to cool during hot spell. Repair required removal of dash & change of whole system-$2400"

T T., HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The A/C system only cooled very little. Added refidgerant, and now it cools better, but the A/C is inadequate for long trips in the desert in warm weather"

Paul T., NM (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Not engaging or fails to cool"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The A/C was not functioning and I was told that the A/C condenser needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The air compressor failed at about 120,000 miles"

Cliff G., AR (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electric AC compressor had to be replaced twice. Replaced with used salvage part though both times"

Damico A., OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Freon leak minor"

Terry P., MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Automatic climate control

"Just lately - very slow to cool and never gets really cool."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Temperature sensor has apparently failed. Need to manually turn heat or air on/off. No way I'm paying to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Blower works, no A/C output, compressor not engaged or fails to cool"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cool air was not coming out of the right vent on front passenger side. Cool air came out of the left vent . Both vents are on the front dashboard. Dashboard was removed to replace AC evaporator and dryer"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Automatic exterior air door malfuctioned"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"needed to be replaced (but this is an 11 year old car)"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Blower motor developed dead spot where it would not start. I replaced it myself to repair"

Bradley S., GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It went out and had to be fixed. Also had to replace the big expensive battery"

Mary S., NV (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Intermittent problem with blower not working. Technician cannot find problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Condenser

"Part of total system failure not repaired"

Stephen K., FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Evaporator

"Leak in the evaporator core resulting in $1500.00 repair"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the unit"

Susan S., WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"Lost refrigerant but mechanic could not find the leak. Repressurized with colored agent to find leak in future. Still OK"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Air Conditioner didn't keep car cool. Had to replace a part (sorry, I don't remember exactly what was replaced)"

Arny S., OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It just took one refill to get it working again, but it is still a weak A/C system"

Paul T., NM (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I was told that the water pump needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HVAC coolant pump was cracked and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vehicle interior wasn’t getting cool so had dye foush to find leaks. No leaks found but pressure low so added refrigerant."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"No longer blowing cold air, refrigerant needed to be recharged."

Anonymous, IL (2006 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)

"All the brake warning lights came on and lost power assist. Repair center could not find the reason. They unplugged the connectors and reattached them and problem seems resolved."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Traction control ABS system is too sensitive; every time a small bump or pothole is hit while braking, ABS system kicks in. Especially in rain or snow, this issue is a problem. This system caused 3 fender bender (single car) accidents - hit a snow bank turning into driveway, hit a curb making a left turn, hit parking lot post - all accidents were at low rate of speed, but caused damage to vehicle"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"ABS light would go on and stay on at regular intervals. ABS actuator replacement solved problem"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When braking on a rough surface like a rutted road or railroad tracks, the brakes on all wheels will release for approximately 1 second before re-engaging"

Harriman R., MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Took longer to break, made noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"ABS Actuator Assemby failed. $2800 repair. They said that after replacement of the main battery, while rare, this is the next most expensive repair for a Prius."

Anonymous, MS (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"One of the calipers was frozen. I did not note a problem when driving. This was detected during routine maintenance at the dealer. They dismantled it and cleaned off the build up on the caliper and reinstalled. The car seems to stop more easily no"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

"Heard some grinding and when I brought it in to my mechanic, we took care of the sounds."

Al B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"There was no discernible problem, but the dealer mechanics said the brakes were worn and I needed to replace them"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"just normal pad replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rotors reconditioned and new brake pads inserted front brakes"

Ken E., HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to get the brakes repaired at a cost of $500+, I'm not sure if this was normal wear or not"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Need brakes replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"First time I've had to have them worked on. Seems normal wear"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Just had to replace rotors and pads, nothing unusual"

Wilf L., ON (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The only thing out of the ordinary was that I managed to go over 100,000 miles without needing to have any break work done. The brakes started squeaking and it just felt like time to do it."

Dawn H., HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

"It would seem to be possible to provide an override option when the accessory battery fails"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"wouldn't hold. That's how aI knew that there was a problem with the back breaks"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Parking brake wasn't holding. Replaced cable assembly and brake drums."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

"they wore out and had to be replaced"

Denman M., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"While driving, there had started to be a noise especially when turning. Took it to the dealer, they said it was the rotors. They replaced them, and it has worked fine"

Anonymous, SD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"front rotors replaced due to normal wear at about 175000 miles"

Michael O., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"probably just age related wear"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"One wheel's brake grabs when first starting out. Then it clears up"

Richard B., NH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Makes a funny clunky squeeky noes when backing up"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Some noticeable squeaking discovered to be worn brakes which were repaired"

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

Air or water leaks

"At the 65,000 mile inspection it was discovered that the water pump was leaking. Replacement was recommended, and I replaced it. The pump and drive belts were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"In bad rainstorms water leaks through the light unit on the left side inside the hatch storage area"

Ronald L., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water leaks into cabin of vehicle. Dealer said there were cracks in body panel joint seals and applied additional deal compound Water lead to mold and strong musty smell that has been hard to eliminate"

Charles H., WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the coolant control pump. Very difficult to get to and costly to have replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal on right rear window caused water to get into starting battery compartment and ultimately into the hybrid battery compartment which caused the battery to fail - replaced with used hybrid battery - now working fine."

Anne F., VT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"metal on metal squeak from passenger seat. Repaired by removing and reinstalling seat with a gasket between seat and mount"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I hear loud rattles in the back. When I back over a bump, I hear a loud bang. Car has been back to dealer. They swear they can't find the problem, but did not take it out for a drive"

Ann W., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Interior area rattles that don't seem to be able to resolve. More a nuisance than anything else"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"dash has squeaked/rattled for years. very annoying. trim is poor quality"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Disappointed in the dash area rattles and noises for a car of this age!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car just has not been built with traditional Toyota quality"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Driver's side front console squeaks began about 5 months ago. We have not been able to localize them. Otherwise, this car is awesome!"

Suzanne R., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Noticeable in winter driving; not taken to mechanic to identify"

Maureen P., WI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in dash board, cost to explore $500"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One in passenger dash; one at or behind rear seat. Can't locate either, even after removing all movable items throughout car"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in rear suspension when going over bumps"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dash squeaks near reflective display"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"loose muffler heat shield"

Lynda S., VT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Husband's car - and he complains about noises. He usually finds them and does something about it."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I tend to have a heavy foot and hold the brake down which causes the brake fluid to be pumped to the brakes and makes a odd noise. I will take it in to fix it for the first time in 14 years (that is other than regular maintenance)."

James J., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"The seals around the driver's window appear to be aging/drying out"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver's door doesn't stay in open position; slams shut if there is any wind or if car is parked uphill"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The doors swing shut by themselves. I've been told that a little plastic gizmo has broken or fallen off the mechanism that's supposed to hold the door open. Cheap original parts."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Glass defects

"Small window in hatchback door cracked from the San Antonio heat. I don't consider this a true glass failure."

Tom G., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

"Hatchback was hard to pull up, almost pulled handle off"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"center console latch broke, minor yet irritating issue"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The handle on the hatch: it's plastic internal supports that keep it bolted to the car broke off. The handle could still remain in place, due to some body fasteners, but you couldn't use the handle to lift anything. Apparently this is a common problem on Gen 2 Priuses, and I've seen comments about other Toyotas also. The replacement handle is $250 if I buy online, and $350 from deal (before installation). So I figured out that I could drill through the handle and bolt it to the the car using ordinary 6mm x 50mm bolts. Until that, it was not possible to lift the hatch."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The exterior trim piece on the hatch that opens the hatch was severely loose. The dealer that sold the vehicle, Ourisman Fairfax Toyota in Fairfax, VA, said the trim piece would have to be replaced and wanted $800 to replace the trim piece. I refused and took the vehicle to another, more honest, dealer (Hertrich Toyota in Milford, DE). Hertrich determined that the bolts attaching the trim piece were loose, and charged $10 to tighten the bolts. Needless to say, I will never return to Ourisman Fairfax Toyota."

W S., DC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hatch back switch and cover feel apart and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The trunk latch housing had to be replaces as it snapped out and made opening the hatchback difficult"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"See previous comment- the trim & the hatchback problem are intertwined"

P K., TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hatch unit where the buttons to open and lock the vehicle has broken off. I was quoted over $500 to replace it"

Ronald L., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Latch to open tailgate broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Portion of body around where one grips to open and lift the latch broke off of its mounts, cost $500+ to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It's an older car with a lot of miles! I think the hatch latch problem and a loose piece of hatch facing are just normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the latch for lifting the hatchback has broken off of the hatchback itself. I think this may have been caused by the hatchback sticking and not opening easily due to a worn out seal"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The lift plate for the trunk came loose. Cost $300 to replace it"

Jef S., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When I tried to open the tailgate after a snow storm/melt/freeze, the plastic panel which holds the handle broke. I used duct tape to hold it in place, but I have to use two hands to open it."

Tom P., CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"During the winter, I snapped the center hatchback panel by trying too hard to open it. I know another person this happened to, and have seen multiple Prius cars on the road with that panel taped back in place. This is probably not an issue in warm climates,"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"tailgate cross piece where door latch is mounted broke"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

"Driver's window fell into door. Repaired by local mechanic for less than $100"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Check engine light came on. Turned out to be a failure of cooling on the hybrid inverter"

A M., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radiator

"OBD code p1121 coolant valve failure"

James R., NC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"Thee inverter water pump failed. We could still drive the car but not for very long. Had to have it replaced."

Darrell Z., HI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Light went on, went to automotive repair shop, simple part replaced. Inexpensive fix."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water pump for inverter system failed. It is the second inverter water pump that has failed in this car."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water pump has been replaced twice. Also, gas engine failed to start on two separate occasions."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"water pump started leaking. plenty of warning to prepare to get a new one installed. not bad for a car with 135000 miles"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The water pump needed to be replaced due to some internal valve blockage"

Andrew S., BC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"HYBRED COLANT CONTROL VALVE AND INVERTER WATER PUMP FAILED"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"it was replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Warning lights came on. Diagnosed as water pump not flowing coolant"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leaking"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Slight seeping. Replaced it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"pump pulley developed leak around bearing seal"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed replacement"

Victor Z., VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Secondary pump failed. Third replacement with 2 under warranty"

Ken W., IN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"bearing noise had to replace"

Michael G., MO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dealer reported leaking engine water pump. Had been replaced 2.5 years previously (by a different dealer). No explanation for what might have caused leak"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Charcoal canister in fuel system failed. Long and expensive repair. Part was out of stock and when it arrived it was defective. Had to wait for second canister"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The catalytic converter stopped working, causing the "check engine light" to come on"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel cap

"Door had to be replaced as it would not open and close without a prybar"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel gauge/sender

"I understand that the fuel sending unit can fail. Unfortunately, the unit and tank are one piece. Also, the only warning for low fuel is a small flashing light that is easy to miss"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Gas gauge reading lower than in the tank. Getting worse. Dealer says to keep my fingers crossed but did not offer a fix. Problem gets more than a few hits on internet searches"

Wayne W., BC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"Check engine light came on, mpg decreased (down as low as 37 mpg from earlier avg. of 42). I checked the code at local auto parts store. Code indicated that there was a problem with the fuel injection system. Regular repair shop attempted to clean system, worked for a about 3 months, mpg improved to normal. Check engine light came back on, I went to dealer quoted $1,100 repair bill, (replacement part $700+ plus labor). Not yet repaired, I've driven approx. 15,000 with this condition, reduced mileage seems to be only effect. Unsure about emissions impact. I had oil and air filter changed, then I removed the battery ground to clear engine code and turn off check engine light. Went in immediately for state emissions test, passed with no problem. Check engine light came on thereafter and has stayed on since."

Randall B., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"All listed issues related to same event, not sure what called. Entire battery system of Prius failed - $8500 to replace - but all covered by warranty and entire system newly replaced. For 2006!!! Yeah!"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel pump

"I had to have it replaced because it was cracked"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hybrid fuel pump and regular fuel pump failed"

Marianne W., NV (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Took 3 incidents of emergency stops on freeway(lost power) and failure by dealer mechanic to find the cause of power failure. I was ready to purchase a replacement new car because of fear of this failure again on the freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer fixed a sensor. Within 5 miles of driving, the check engine light came back on. Diagnosis is another sensor. I am not going down that road"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The gas engine turned off while driving on highway. Only errors sent to computer indicated no fuel sent to engine and engine turned off. Mechanic assumed car ran out of gas. When happened 2nd time mechanic found dirty mass air flow sensor. After being cleaned, no further problems"

Erica D., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Check engine light. Code indicated oxygen sensor after cat converter. Repair cost $ 200 at an independent repair shop"

Edward R., PA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car died, needed oxygen sensors repalced. Dealer handled it"

Robert B., GA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Expensive to replace. Happens every several years."

Ethard V., SC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Code reader indicated O2 sensor needed replacement. Husband able to perform replacement DIY."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The check engine light came on. I went to the dealer who diagnosed catalytic converter failure. The car was at around 148000 miles. They said it was not covered under warranty. I checked the warranty papers in the car which said the catalytic converter was covered for 150000 miles. They then replaced it under warranty. It was not a good experience with the dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"because California Law, replace this cost me more than two thoUSnd dollars"

Chungtai T., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"found by computer check at the dealer, cost will be $2200 if I repair it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Could not pass inspection. Garage said don't do after market or try to do it yourself. Bought catalytic converter for about $450 compared to $3K at garage. Husband repaired vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust leaks in piping after manifold and before catalytic converter. Repair estimate $800 seems excessive"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There was a pin hole in the exhaust system after 192000 miles"

Albert R., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine noise very loud with major ticking/tapping (like an older car) under heavy acceleration at high altitude (>5,000 ft). Possible o2 sensor or other sensor messing with timing. Possible deterioration of gasket between engine and exhaust, or da"

SUSn S., UT (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"I ran over a large branch. It became lodged in the heat shield and rattled like crazy. The dealer removed the heat shield. Said it would not interfere with my annual state inspection."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heat shield fasteners rust on all cars and with more than 160,000 miles on it, shield coming loose was no surprise. My repair shop easily fixed this issue."

R L., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Muffler

"The car was noisy when accelerating, uphill. Turns out the muffler needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Exhaust note has grown progressively coarser and louder over time. Had system inspected at CarX, tech pointed out conditions to me. No leaks or corrosion visible in system; manifold, catalytic converter, exhaust pipe nor muffler. Apparently interior baffles in muffler have failed causing noise, coarseness."

Randall B., IL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Typical muffler problem living in an area where salt is used on the roads"

Steven M., NY (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Muffler /exhaust system had a leak at the time of the state inspection (Virginia), so I needed to repair the exhaust pipes before I could pass the inspection. I did. It did."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Other/unsure

"The warning light came on and the test said the steering wheel airbag had a problem but everything was tested but no problem was found"

Kathryn P., TN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Pipes

"All exhaust issues are serious to me but considering the high mileage I drive this car, this repair is to be expected. Reliability has been stellar. Bought new by my brother, Prius has always been in the family and I am very happy second owner!"

R L., NY (2006 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

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"For several years I've noticed a shrinking capacity for gasoline - perhaps 15 % less than new"

Andrew S., BC (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine computer

"When the computer dies, the car stops. Nothing will work."

Jonathan G., AZ (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Synergy drive has been very rough ever since I got the car. I had two other Prius before this one and did not have the lousy integration of gas and electric engine. Computer shifting between the two was rough an clunky"

Allan B., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine running rough at times. Unknown reason -possibly due to excessive oil fouling the ignitors"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine ran rough, frequent pinging, probably related to engine management computer"

Andrew M., MN (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The knocking and pinging seems to be related to the car's burning of oil at a high rate. I have to add oil about every 5,000 miles. I took it to the dealer while it was under warranty, but after testing the oil consumption, they said that, while it was kinda high, it was still within Toyota's accepted limits, and no warranty coverage would apply to address the still relatively high rate of oil burning. That's really lame for a car that only has 100K miles on it.,"

Brian H., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel leaks

"Strong smell of gasoline after stopping the car. Leak cannot be found"

Raymond E., AL (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

"Leak in timing valve cover"

Allen D., MA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Need to add one quart or more of oil every week"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Burned oil excessively"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Just before 170,000 mile service engine through a rod as a result of rapid drop in oil lever. Engine warning lights didn't warn of low oil level, and as there was no previous indication of abnormal oil use, I did not check oil levels"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I let the oil go too low too often, so it was burning too much oil. About 1 litre every 700 km. It was not smoking but something needed to be done before then, in my view. The replacement had 66,000 km and was supposedly not from a taxi. It gets w"

Wayne W., BC (2006 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

Transmission leaks

"Slow transmission leak that the dealer says cannot be diagnosed without labor of about $1,000 to remove other parts. They want to sell me a new one"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Actually what broke was the shifter park actuator which gave codes indicating the voltage from battery wasn't good and gave crazy readouts on screen until it just stopped working. Code generator didn't indicate what was wrong. Shift park actuator replacement cost $1300. Similar stories seen on the web. Many people replaced 12 volt batteries like I did hoping to change the error screen message. Apparently the shift actuator which partially short out and make it appear that you had a voltage power problem."

Jon O., CA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"We had to make a decision about a $4K repair on a 12 year old car. Ultimately we chose to replace because our second car is a 20 year old car and made the calculation that a $4k repair was wiser since we will likely need a new car soon. The fact that we now have a new warrantee on the transmission factored into our decision"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Prius None 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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