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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)