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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 4 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 (sec.) 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2010, standard from 2017.
Road Test

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

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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

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

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 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 keyless entry did not work. Once I got inside, the car would not start and had to be towed. The 12V Battery was replaced”

Carol D., MO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“fuse had to be replaced”

M M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Panic buttons on both keyless entry fobs began setting off lights and horn at random intervals. Bought new fob cases (C$25) and paid dealer (C$150) to disable panic function on car”

John G., ON (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Car would repeatedly not start”

A B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Module that controls all the monitors, mileage & displays went out. Repaired for no cost”

John W., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“passenger airbag sensor and hatch opener sensor both died”

Quentin G., VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“problem with the battery cooling system that disabled the vehicle”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

“Gas gauge does not accurately reflect how much gas is in the tank. Correctly tells you gas can is full, but then says it is empty with 1/2 or more tank of gas still in place”

Cem S., DE (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Twice in the past few months the instrument panel is dark when the car is turned on. No display at all. Error intermittent. Might be related to specific cold/wet conditions”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The whole dash board with all lights went out”

Patricia R., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“All dash gauges went out at 220,000 miles. Panel replaced by Toyota at no cost! Even paid for rental”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash display failed completely about six months ago. This was an issue that had a recall, but the dealer never notified me of it. I got a new display installed covered by the recall”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A known issue, the speedometer display failed, it was replaced under Toyota warranty”

Michael C., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Fuel gauge isn't working properly. Doesn't show "Full" when full”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“gauges indicated engine overheating”

Karen O., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dashboard would go black while driving- no speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge or warning lights. Had to have "cluster replaced, very costly and time consuming. Also had to replace both the hybrid battery and the small battery in rear”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

“same as 2010 Blubs go out to quick”

Ron D., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Moisture collected in the headlight casing so it was fogged and then eventually it shorted out the light. Had to replace the entire unit”

Suzanne D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights go out intermittently and often”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lamps need replaced OFTEN”

John S., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver's side headlight stopped working. When they replaced the headlight, they said a computer part failed, which caused the headlight to burn out. Repair cost was nearly $800”

Philip A., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“socket was corroded and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replacement headlight is very expensive ($400)”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight tilting system”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced two yrs ago. Going out again May be the front battery”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“right front headlight out but bulb still functional. Problem is part of electronics bundle”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The headlights suddenly turned off when I was driving at night. By turning the stalk to the off position, then to the on position I was able to get the headlights to come on, but they repeatedly shut off again. The next day I had both headlight bulbs replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent shut off of HID headlight. Had to replace lights and ballasts”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lost the headlight retainer spring while changing bulb. Very labor intensive endeavor to change bulb. Toyota does not include this as a purchasable part. Cost $25 for a used spring. Now bright lights don't work. Unable to determine cause. No information readily available on how they work with a D4R HID bulb”

Dennis G., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The cost is very expensive and they go out much faster than other lights on other vehicles. The distance the light provides is below average”

Robert M., AL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“loose connection; had to replace bulb; cost over $500”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“My left xenon headlight "flickered". When I investigated the possible cause of the problem, I found that this had been an ongoing problem with this type of headlight. According to the dealer and Toyota, there has been a recall. I was never informed of it. After some "discussion", Toyota agreed to fix the headlight problem which involved the module, not the headlight”

Vicki R., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Seals fail & moisture damages bulbs so the entire headlight has to be replaced. Both headlights replaced in 2016”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Original HID headlights were replaced under warranty at 2.5 years (28,614 miles), and now 7 years after that both went out again. Bulbs alone are $150. Each!!! Labor, to remove the bumper (!!!) another $145. Toyota now uses longer lasting and even more expensive LED for their high end lights but I'm stuck with these HID monsters. $300 to replace a headlight!!! Ugh. Just happened this month so I'm still seething”

Ellen S., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Wiring harness appears corroded. Burning through headlights roughly every three months”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“had to replace bulb when it burned out”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Currently, one headlight and one taillight are out”

Jessica D., MO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hate the plastic headlight covers...tarnish easily”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlamp leaked moisture. Very expensive replacement. Second headlight this happened to in the past 3 years. Internet reveals it's a common problem for this model of Prius”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Passenger-side headlight would turn off at random times”

James F., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“lightbulb failed and had to be replaced”

M M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“For more than a year, I had to replace one of the front headlight bulbs about every three months. One time it would be the driver's side, the next the passenger side”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The headlight has poor electrical connection. Time to time it will go off and when it is turned off and on, it would work”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“While driving the right headlight will go out periodically. If I turn the headlights off and an it will come one again. In order to replace the headlight I'm told that the front bumper needs to be removed to do so. $300+ for the mechanic to check the headlight”

Peter M., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One or both headlights go off without warning nearly every time I drive at night. A quick off/on with the switch takes care of it for a while. Dealer said they could replace the headlights for $300 each but would not guarantee that would fix it”

Janey B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Moisture leaked into the housing under the lens of the driver's side headlamp. The lamp occasionally would fail to illuminate due to the moisture. This required a complete replacement of the headlamp assembly at a cost of over $400”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The left headlight bulb burned out. It cost $195 for the dealer to replace it because the light is not user friendly to replace. The bulb itself is $155”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the headlights goes out occasionally. Dealer convinced me to have bulb replaced then both bulbs replaced by recall but problem persists”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I went through about five rounds with the dealer before I learned that both LED headlights that came with the vehicle were defective. Dealer was very slow to take care of the problem”

Bob B., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“very poor distance beam”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both headlights often dimmed intermittently -- sometimes at the same time. Were not covered by recall due to mileage. Replacing both headlights solved them problem, but it is very expensive since they needed to remove the bumper to access them”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“repeated headlight bulb (halogen) failures. (6) occurances”

Bob C., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I replaced both my headlights when they both failed at the same time. This was a recalled item. One of my replacement headlights failed 1 year and 4 days later -- just after the warranty expired”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight would occasionally and unpredictably go out. Seems to be better after headlight replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The factory installed HID headlights are ongoing trouble. They have burned out and appear dim even after replacement. They are a safety problem and should have been recalled. We will soon have them replaced with halogens”

Anonymous, DC (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to get bumper removed to replace headlights. Expensive to replace. Previous cars were very easy to replace a headlight bulb”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“sometimes only one headlight goes on”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight would fail intermittently. Dealer said it was due to a faulty bulb. It cost about $300 to replace, $150 for labor (hard to get to), and $150 for the bulb. It seems excessive to me”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have to replace the headlight bulbs about every 6 months. the diagnostic to find the issue is VERY expensive”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The control module had to be replaced for the HID headlights. The manufacturer makes it very difficult to change the bulbs yourself, so all of it ended up costing far more than it should have (multiple expensive headlights and labor costs)”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The HID Headlight failed and replacement was $200 at the dealer. The later learned that Toyota charged me 3X what the same part cost at Amazon. Other than this one instance I have had no unreasonable service experiences with dealership”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights and tail lights are very expensive to replace, because the front and back of car have to be removed. My 2007 also has a wiring problem with lights --sometimes off, sometimes on. Had it fixed at least 3 times. Currently ok”

S A., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Drivers side burned out. It's high density discharge and the bumper had to be partially removed to replace it”

J F., IN (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight burned out twice. Very expensive to replace. Dealer would not offer any concession”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right headlight bulb burned out”

Ted M., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They had become very weak. One of them was periodically turning off. They had to be changed”

Mary F., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to replace the headlights and it was expensive”

Kent S., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Foggy lens cover”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“After accident it rt side light goes out after 3 fixes”

Caroline D., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID headlights failed after second year of ownership. Deal charged $750 to replace head lights”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The right headlight will light when switched on, but often goes dark later. According to what I've read on the internet, there is a common problem with this year and model with moisture getting into the ballast and causing the light to fail”

Peter M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights turn off at times and cost about $500 to replace since need to remove bumper. Bad design!”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight intermittently fails”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both high intensity discharge bulbs failed. This model year had an extended warranty for these, but it had expired. Very expensive for dealer to replace - over $200 each”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent problem with headlights not working”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Early failure and apparent short in wiring”

David S., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Seal on headlight (left) allows moisture in and fogs light. Right headlight goes on an off intermittently. Have taken it to dealership, they have not been able to fix it”

Anonymous, UT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water accumulates inside the driver side headlight. The light bulb burned out and had to be replaced about 2 wks ago and is already accumulating water again. I've owned multiple autos, of different makes over the last 40 yrs., and never had this issu”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“We've had to replace the same headlight 2 times in the past 5 years”

Charles B., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the headlights goes out and comes back on for no apparent reason--can't seem to be fixed”

David T., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both headlights failed under 100,000 miles, but after warranty expired. Extremely costly to replace”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“$300 to replace a headlight (HID) and I did this for both lights”

Bill P., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The headlights burn out at least twice per year due to the heat build-up in the assembley. They are extremely expensive to replace, and this has been a problem since we purchased the car”

Greg R., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They go out far more frequently then any car we have owned in 44 years together. It is odd”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“So difficult to access I had to go to the dealer...this dealer is notorious for high service charges and for low-balling estimates”

Richard F., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“burnt out bulbs”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When headlamps failed, replacement was expensive”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight kept going out, right would dim at times. Turning them off and then on again would fix it, but it kept happening more frequently. Dealer replaced left headlight (under warranty) and it fixed the problem with both”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Passenger side headlight burned out. Replaced”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“These were recalled and repaired, although the we had to pay for one, since went bad out of warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights turn off randomly; have to turn on/off to relight”

Melissa K., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights go out while driving. Usually the right one, but sometimes both. Very scary at night. Dealership said they could replace head light for $300+ each, but could not promise it would fix the problem”

Jane B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Individual headlights have burned out twice in 2 years.. Wonder about product quality”

John M., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Head Lights do not seem to last long and are expensive.Have replaced the original headlights at least twice”

Terry W., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Within 2 yr of purchase, one headlight (very expensive) failed. More recently, the second failed. I vaguely recall that the first failure was due to a generic defect that affected many such vehicles. The second failure was intermittent, with ini”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both have had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Xenon headlight failure has been wide spread on the Prius, yet Toyota refused to recall them. They are VERY expensive to replace due to the labor involved. ($300+)”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlamp burned out - normal for this age car. BUT a major pain to replace yourself, and dealer charged over $500 to do it -- primarily because of the nature of he bulb”

Dennis W., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dealer charges $1000 to replace headlamp. Others charge $750. This is rediculous. Lamp went on and off for two years”

Ann M., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlights failed. Replacement difficult”

Karen O., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights must constantly be replaced on the first Prius. The second Prius has different headlights and one of them would work sometimes and not work other times. Replacing the headlight solved the problem”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Explained in previous text box”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“High Intensity Discharge headlights failed. Toyota replaced them free under a class action settlement”

Marc L., NH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right headlight flickers and then goes out. Once or twice both have done it. I have parts to replace the entire assemblies and bulbs. This would be the second time this has occurred. Toyota initiated a recall 4 or 5 years ago, but were not tremendous”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replacement told her very expensive, and it is impossible to replace them on your own”

Matthew C., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When using the headlights, periodically they fail. Then switching the headlights on and off, they go back on. Occasionally they both go off at or near the same time leaving me in total darkness. Only switching the headlights off then on restores t”

Earl C., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“was going off and on for two years. could not pass inspection this year. so had it replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight has blown 3 times in the last 1 1/2 years. Seems to be a problem of this car and perhaps many.?”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The lens got cloudy and we had the dealer special clean/polish them”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“We would be driving in the dark and the lights would shut off on their own and not turn back on. A wire was loose in the end - they had to lift out the engine to fix it”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Taillight does not always work, despite repairs. In the past the headlights did the same”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“turn signal flashes, as if the flasher is on, at random times”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“multiple tail light failures. bulb and electrical connectors”

Bob C., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“sometimes the only one rear light goes on-brake lights always work”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Sometimes one of the rear lights did not work properly”

Mary F., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent tail light failure (out completely but not bulb....something with the wiring or socket)”

Richard F., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There have been several burnt out bulbs”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Have replaced several brake/side light bulbs”

John M., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Electronic door locks are another big problem with the 2007 Prius. Both driver-side and passenger-side door locks have been replaced three times in ten years - and Toyota charges over $700 each occurrence. Toyota should be embarrassed about their low-quality parts”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“inserted fob wrong side up. now have to leave fob in or else warning light keeps blinking. too expensive to fix”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“touchpad on hatchback entry button melted/failed and had to be replaced--cost about $200. Not covered by warranty or otherwise by Toyota, though this seems to be a widely experienced flaw”

Marcia C., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“could not get access to the car used the over ride key to get in. found out the small battery which runs the system had died and needed to be replaced. The dashboard panel which controls a/c and heating does not respond to touch anymore”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the two key fobs cannot be used for keyless entry - Toyota says it will jeopardize smart keyncapabilitynofmthemothermone”

Clare P., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I believe the battery died”

Elizabeth H., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Keyless entry system failed, requiring work on equipment in the front doors”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Keyless worked intermittently. All Electronics seemed dodgy. Problem was the auto battery (not main lithium batts) was dying. I didn't know it had one until it was dead and car was not driveable. Hard to access & recharge; had to tow to replace”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the battery went dead 2x now”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Power lock had to be replaced on driver-side door”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Inconsistently works...with fresh batteries”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

“Not working; always says low tire pressure; expensive to replace for each tire, so I just live with it and check pressure manually at times”

Cem S., DE (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tire light stays on”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The tire pressure monitor light is always on when the car is in use”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tire pressure indicator light on dash is lit all the time, even when all tires are properly inflated, but I have not yet asked the dealer to look at this problem”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the tire pressure sensors stopped working, probably because the battery was dead. Replaced all four sensors”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tire pressure monitor seemed to fail when new tires were installed”

William D., ME (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Always on”

Anonymous, RI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“too sensitive”

David T., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The right front tire monitor needed replacing”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It was checked out but not repaired: Toyota said this is common”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Low tire pressure gauge failed. Replaced and another went bad, but started working about 4 months again, for no apparent reason”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Light comes on when tires are cold; tire pressure is normal. This maybe a replacement sensor installed by a tire dealer”

Maarten K., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

“Brake warning light came on indicating shut down of brake assist. Tried to reset myself to see if it was just temporary error and could not. Took to dealer and they reset the code with their special code reader and all is fine. This started when my foot slipped off of the emergency brake and the brake released quickly”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Entire instrument cluster went dead. It was replaced by the dealer at no cost”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Air pressure warning light came on even though air pressure was ok. Dealer seems to have reset the light at no charge”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace panel”

Eugene M., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“related to failing battery cooling system”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Windshield wiper washer seems blocked with poor stream, not pointing correctly. Dealer service guy said I needed an entire new "wiper system". I decided to delay such an expense. I do without this feature”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash light would suddenly no come on widen switched on. This was an intermittent issue, that took several visits befor the dealership admitted it was a Toyota call back!”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 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

“Cruise control stopped working”

Lee O., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Occasionally (around once or twice a month), my Backup camera does not display an image. Then the next time I use it, it displays an image like it's supposed to”

Thomas L., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Occasionally goes blank when starting the car. This ocurs for no reason at all, and only from time to time”

Ralph A., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Unit controlling back-up camera, radio, climate, control works sometimes or stops. New unit would be $ 4000 or reconditioning would be $1500+. Have not fixed the problem yet”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“skips”

Douglas W., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I listen to books on CD so I use the CD player a lot. But the CD player on my previous cars (Camry and Accord) did not fail”

Don J., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When I put in the CDs to play, the CD player skips a lot to the point that I can't really use it anymore, regardless of the condition of the CD itself”

Anonymous, NM (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen difficult to see

“Can not see display at all during daylight. Can see faint display in the evening”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

“no display for battery charging/discharging. Display for climate control options such as fan speed, defroster, etc. does not work. Climate can be some what controlled by using buttons for auto ac on or off and setting temp for auto control”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Screen does not respond to touching it cannot control ac, heat, radio, screen etc nothing works from the screen”

Anonymous, RI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I he screen would freeze up any time doing the drive”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Touchscreen doesn't respond. Only way to control AC/heat or radio is through controls on steering wheel. This problem started about 2 months ago”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“MFD stopped functioning. In addition, some of the buttons on my steering wheel stopped functioning. Most annoying, b/c of this, defroster does not work. $2-$3k to fix. I'm ignoring & annoyed”

Jamie L., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The climate control module doesn't work well. Often does not accept touch screen commands. Fan doesn't start or cant't change fan speed. Will cost $2500 to fix!”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On occasion, when turning on the car the dash lights do not turn on at all (car may or may not drive) or when turning off the car the dash lights stay on and car engine does not turn off”

Wendy C., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

“This was an item that Toyota knew about but I missed the window of replacement and was never notified of a possible issue”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“display went blank and could not turn off car. took to Toyota and it was a known problem but car was 3 mos out of warranty. Dealer fixed it and Toyota gave us a credit for use for future Toyota repairs”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Can't drive car with no display screen. It needed to be replaced. $800”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Have to disconnect 12v battery to get reset and make the display work”

Michael B., AR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The main dash display goes blank from time to time and requires double clicking or holding power button for 5 seconds to turn car off and on”

Alina P., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“All system displays went blank”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display screen goes blank at unpredictable intervals. Requires restarting system, sometimes two or three times”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The screen would go blank upon startup”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Speedometer screen does not display when temperatures are below -5f and car is outside overnight. it will come back on after 45 mins driving with turning off and special sequence. Known issues in hot cards. Special recall, but car has too many miles to be covered”

Peter M., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“toyota replaced it free of charge”

Donald R., NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display screen stopped working. Bought used part on ebay. If given a choice, I would have selected regular dial controls for the a/c and radio/CD which are more reliable, cheaper and lighter”

Don J., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dashboard would go blank when I would turn on power. Toyota had a recall on this problem. The combination meter was replaced free of charge”

K M., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The master display went blank. We called Toyota and they took care of it for free even though the car was way past warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Blank Screen”

Anonymous, DE (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“computer and display replaced by Toyota under extended warranty”

Tim E., NM (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not sure which display screen referred to. My instrument panel went blank, odometer stopped increasing in addition.. Toyota had added the problem to their warranty and it cost me nothing to be repaired”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This has been a recurring problem..took it to dealer twice and they could not fix it. Just found out, byreading on internet, that it is a known problem covered by warranty BUT my warranty on it may have expired. Very unhappy!”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The display screen went blank which was covered under a recall. We were given a rental car for a week”

Roger B., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“in very cold weather (<-10) the display was blank on startup. Came on when the car was thoroughly warmed up or when the weather warmed. Problem was also associated with the power button not turning off the car with a simple push if the display was bl”

Karl D., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The LCD monitor has failed and needs to be replaced. I am using the controls on the steering wheel for A/C, radio”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display-Navigation screen totally failed and had to be replaced - very expensive!”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Entire multi-function display system quit and needed to be replaced”

Melinda H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“navigation monitor screen completely went blank. I purchased a replacement monitor and installed it myself”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Aux/CD button doesnt work”

John R., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The input device for MP3 players no longer works right. The chord must be precisely aligned otherwise sound will not be played through half of the car”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“GPS now says no data available(Haven't looked into situation yet)”

Debera B., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Has never worked properly; unusable”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“GPS now works erratically”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The navigation system would not find an address properly and sent us on circuitous routes to a destination. The first time the dealer replaced the computer for Nav System and the second time dealer added new software. We are out of warranty now what?”

Alexander B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The disc stopped working in the map system after a secondary battery replacement. I had previously had to reboot the under seat system in the past. I have not repaired it at this time. Phone provides gps..but not as convenient”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This has the WORSE software of any navigation system I have ever used. So unfriendly, I only use it to look at the map, and I will no longer upgrade them! This is a clear case of in-house design is pathetic”

Ralph A., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Navigation system stopped working completely. Evidently, a few years ago some water got into the passenger compartment. Since the GPS is located under the front seat it got wet and eventually rusted out. This is obviously a bad location for the GPS”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Quality of calls leaves everyone frustrated. I hear them clearly but they can't hear me clearly. I sound like I have a mouth full of marbles or underwater”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

“Radio changes stations when car goes over bump. Replacing radio with aftermarket radio”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Sound system is failing. Sometimes it won't turn on”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the radio has been an issue from six months after the purchase of this vehicle. The radio volume control knob occasionally works. You never when the on/off button s gong to work. Very annoying. Also, the rear and front window heater controls do not work on the steering wheel, but do work when using the display screen”

Stephen H., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Sometimes the volume control does not work on my in-dash radio. When this happens, I use the volume control on my steering wheel”

Thomas L., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“on and off volume knob quit working”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“buttons sometimes don't work to control it”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“have to press OFF several times before it will turn off”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Audio control knob doesn't work, steering control does. Front and rear heater controls , in dash, don't work Very frustrating!”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Aggravating - continual power drawdown leaving 12 v battery dead numerous times. Dealer said it probably needed new battery and I paid for one, but after many requests to do a load test, finally discovered the radio had shorted and was drawing power”

Clare P., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Poor reception”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On-off button no longer works; radio randomly switches channels up or down; volume control on radio-cd console no longer works”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Radio spontaneously loses station”

Cinthia R., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

“cuts out”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

“The section controlling the defrosters and air cabin air quit working”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The steering wheel module that controls the defrosters and air flow does not work”

J M., AK (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On occasion, when the dash lights do not come on the car will not shift into drive or when the dash lights will not turn off car will not shift into park”

Wendy C., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“I have had to have the whole underside be torn off because it was dragging when I was driving. Then I was having problems with a piece interfering with my left tire (rubbing on it.)”

Elisabeth-Ryan T., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hot Colorado sun has degraded rubber moldings and some have dried/rotted away. Will have to replace soon”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The trim around the hatch release eventually came loose”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The trunk trim that holds the lock, the latch, and the camera had come loose. I have it push the few remaining button closers that holds this piece into the truck cover itself”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“As this car is outside all the time the rubber window gaskets have rotted”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The molding outside the windows keeps coming off”

Anonymous, NM (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The bumper coverings and fenders are not solid enough for city street parking. We recently replaced the rear bumper, damaged over time from routine parallel parking incidents. Most Prius vehicles in our area bear similar damage”

Anonymous, DC (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rubber on doors had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rear bumper came disconnected on passenger side -wrap around part. Had to have it reconnected at dealership”

Timothy D., NH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Spoiler on hatchback came loose and was repaired”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rust formed in rocker panels when dirt/sand/rocks got caught up in some form of extended plate that runs under the doors and covers the rocker panel”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Latch falling free of tailgate”

Wayne M., NS (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rear seat cup holder assembly in the back of the center console falls out”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Clear coat is peeling”

Janice J., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat on the top of the car is almost gone (peeled away). Paint has also faded”

Eric D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Color coat is disappearing. Roof is gone, hood i going and back end is faded. The only disappointing thing about the car”

Charles H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint sealant on rear spoiler chipping off”

Anthony F., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on rear spoiler cracking open. Same on driver side rear door handle. Had to replace cracked window rubber”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The front hood is experiencing a lot of cracking and peeling. We haven't done anything about it yet”

Jeff L., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“"Clear coat" is now bubbling and peeling away across the entire car”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint on the roof and top of tailgate was peeling so I had the car repainted about a month ago”

Alina P., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat peeled off the roof and color faded over the tops of the doors. This adversely affects the appearance of the vehicle. We store it outdoors but feel that should not cause this issue”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat flaked off flat sky facing surfaces”

Gary D., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The clear paint has peeled, particularly on the roof. It has been unsightly for several years. Prior Toyotas also had paint problems. There has been no recall and no willingness to fix the paint”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Serious problem with fading and peeling on roof and bumpers”

Willard L., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The color is seaside pearl/FE11. Paint on horizontal surfaces faded and peeled. The car was not garaged since 2012. Noticed that other Prius' with this paint color have similar problem”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front hood pitted and faded, rooftop faded. I saw an identical model and color with the same exact appearance”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint fading on rear spoiler”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The clearcoat on the rear of my hatchback has failed. This has never happened to any other car that I've owned”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat on paint flaked off on several areas of the body and would not be repaired by dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“paint cracked and peeled on plastic body parts on back”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear door latches made from different material than front door latches and the dealer told me it's my responsibility. There are door latches appear to made of plastic material and the paint has completely peeled and cracked off the handles”

Robert T., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The "clear coat" on the rear spoiler is peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat on the roof portion of car almost completely peeled off, repair estimated at $600”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint peeling in two very small ares”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint fading on top surfaces of rear hatch”

Joe O., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Fading, chalking over hatchback area”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“paint chips off easily and seems to be a very thin layer of paint on finish”

P- D B., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat beginning to crack and paint under fade on some parts of the car mostly on rear spoiler and roof”

James B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“All door handles cracked and had to be replaced. Bumper faded badly. Rubber trim around doors had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car is parked outside. Paint is cracking on body and door handles. Unable to use garage at this time”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint on the left passenger handle is cracked and peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear seal is peeling off at back of hatch on roof portion”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint has small bubbles that break open to reveal primer paint underneath. This is particularly prevalent on the hood and roof. The car is parked outdoors so I suspect sun damage”

Wayne M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“paint cracking on hood”

Richard M., ON (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint has cracked likely due to changes in temperature. Scratches can open up into larger cracks, then rust”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint peeled off the front bumper. As I live in Texas, this is not uncommon: I see lots of cars with peeling paint”

Dennis W., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

“Not major problem, but there are a few paint dinged areas that have a small amount of rust. I try to keep it waxed”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Live up North and starting to notice rust in Fender area back of front tires”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“Water pump went out. I think the dealer servicing the car said it was the primary pump”

Anonymous, UT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There was water in the wheel well, probably due to seal leak in hatch back. Raining today to confirm. Seal may just need cleaning. It did not look broken”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water pump was leaking and replaced under extended warranty”

Darren E., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The passenger side tail light foam seal failed and slowly filled the 12 volt battery compartment with rain water. The problem was resolved by the owner on a Saturday afternoon. Cost: $20 for one sided sticky foam sheeting”

Donald C., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The leak was in the window washer system. There was a hose just in front of the firewall that was punctured and the windows would not be sprayed. I tried to fix it but it was difficult to get to So, we paid dealer $200 to fix it”

Alexander B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“primary (belt-driven) water pump had slight seeping leak, detected during oil change. I had the dealer instal a new water pump. end of leak. This is the only part replaced on this car, so far”

Robert S., VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“two inches of H2O in 12 V battery compartment”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water leaks on seals on hatchback hood. Causes freezing--cannot open lid at times”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Weather stripping on door deteriorated and cracked and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water seal on all windows disintegrated and had to be replaced. Rubber seal on rear hatch handle disintegrated and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Believe there is an original defect in driver/passenger (front) doors. Bottom edges are rusting out and I see water on the running board(s) after rain”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hood latch is problematic--cannot open at times. Water leaks causes hatch to freeze”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I was disappointed that the rubber seal around the driver's side became brittle & broke off while at the car wash. It allows outside air in and creates enough noise that I have to increase the volume when talking on my phone (through the stereo conso”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is a noise in the rear lift gate that the dealer has been unable to fix in several visits over multiple years”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A squeak occurred near the dash and windshield where they meet on the lower driver side”

Anonymous, MT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Mostly in the dashboard”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“squeek in front seat”

David A., NJ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Wind noise around the windshield lower left and right corners”

Robert B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dash panels rattles”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Generally a noisy car. Back tailgate closure is especially noisy. Dash board also very noisy, especially on some road surfaces”

Wayne M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“something rattles under the dash”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Mostly suspension and springs, I think”

Allan B., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right front door rattles when driving. Rattle is inside, but I haven't tried to isolate it”

Jon A., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There are about 3 different, loud rattles stemming from the dash board area”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car is getting old. There are some generalized squeaks and rattles, minor but a little annoying”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dash rattles when temp gets hot”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rattle noise coming from under dashboard. Toyota service guy said the "only solution is to remove entire dashboard" to find what is loose. I decided this is extreme, and chose not to pay for such an effort. I will continue to live with it”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hard to say. Noisy and hard to locate”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front left wheel is rattling. the dealer thought it was due to brakes but after replacing the brakes they found it is an issue with the wheel. An upcoming $600 repair will be needed to fix”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A ttle in the right hand side of dash near windshield”

Don L., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front windshield frame had rattling which I had to pay the dealership to fix”

Ken J., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is a rattle in the dash sometimes. It has not been bad enough to take to the dealer-which is 25 miles away”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine compartment had noise, determined to be water pump problem. Replaced the water pump and belt and solve the problem. cost at $350”

Joe Z., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“wind noise in driver's window”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver's door seems to have wind noise and there is a whistling wind noise that appears to come from the exterior reader view mirror housing on the passenger's side”

Marilyn M., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is just wind noise at the corners of the windshield. No leaks, yet”

Robert B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I think it's a windshield seal”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The driver's side window has developed wind noise over 45 MPH that the dealer has been unable to fix without replacement. Most noticeable at freeways speeds”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Increased whistling and highway noise”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“In general the car has a lot of street and highway noise”

Don L., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“bad cell in the auxiliary 12V battery (not the hybrid battery); cost to repair ~$200”

Marcia C., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I've gone through 3 "auxillary" batteries in 80,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dead battery, on at least 4 occasions requiring a jump to re start. Not a problem with the battery per se. Not the hybrid battery. Not definitively diagnosed. Possible related to leaving a dome light on (or door ajar) while parked”

Stephen S., DC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“12 volt battery needed replacing”

Veronica T., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine Starter Battery went out at about 80,000 / four years old. I was disappointed to find out that it is a Toyota "only" battery. Replacement Cost was about $350. Standard replacement car battery is about $100”

Ernest H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“12V battery required replacement”

Jason W., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The battery and a relay failed and had to be replaced”

Hilliard G., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lack of service expertise for hybrids even at Toyota dealership”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

“I consider 190,000 miles on the hybrid battery very good. This car has had few issues. I'm very satisfied with how reliable it has been. I'd like to add at 190,000 miles this is the first time my brakes have had to be worked on. It's a good Car!”

M S., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to replace both the hybrid main and auxiliary batteries”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hybrid battery just needed to be replaced after 10 years”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cells in the hybrid battery failed. Prior to failure, the hybrid battery would swing wildly between full and nearly empty. The hybrid battery was replaced at 105,000 miles. The car was about 9.5 years old at the time. Cost of hybrid battery replacement and installation at the dealership was about $4,000”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed exactly 3 weeks after the California 10-year warranty expired. Sigh”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“this is the 3rd rebuild hybrid battery for this car”

Anonymous, AR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“a leak near the hinge of the hatchback flooded the well where the spare tire and hybrid battery are kept and resulted in the destruction of the hybrid battery”

Richard L., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery system kept activating Check Engine light; dealer eventually recommended replacement after several failed attempts to diagnose the exact problem”

Paul S., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery pack failed with P0A80 code. Multiple modules within the pack deteriorated to the point that they would not perform as well. One module had an actual cell failure rendering the pack unusable (generated the P0A80 code)”

Steve K., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed at 113000 miles and had to be replaced for more than $3000. We replaced it with a refurbished one for less than half that at an 18-month warranty. Even though the battery was past the end of its warranty it seems like it should have lasted longer”

Katherine K., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“After 10 years hybrid battery was having trouble charging”

Joel S., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed at approximately 110000 miles; Toyota covers til 150000! Replaced for free! 4000$ job! Yay”

Karin L., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Car has been regularly serviced at Toyota and maintained like new. Battery failure at 60,000 miles not covered by warranty due to age of car. Cost is approximately $3600. Would not consider buying another hybrid or electric. Have had better reliabili”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I noticed that the battery was not holding it's charge overnight like it had in the past for a few weeks just before the odometer hit100,000 miles. I took the car into the dealership at that time for it's routine maintenance because I wanted it chec”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Expensive quote from dealer. Ended up ordering a battery on the internet and doing the entire replacement myself - took me two full days but very satisfied with the result. (I am a retired engineering-physicist with previous auto repair experience.)”

Arvid Mary L., NM (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Need a new hybrid battery several cells were bad. Cost of replacement was to high from Toyota. There are several good after market businesses out there who will replace battery at more more reasonable price. All battery go bad fact of owning a hy”

Jeff B., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Main hybrid battery failed at 130000 miles. Was still under warrenty and replaced at no cost but stilll was a major failure”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car started acting up. its a '07 model bought in '06 took it back to the dealer who wanted $3,300 for a new battery. Apparently I missed a recall to check the battery terminals. The battery failed at 109K miles and I replaced it with a battery f”

Sean L., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Many of the dash lights lit up and I was able to get home in "limp home mode". Car was towed to dealer who said a coolant valve stuck in the closed position and overheated the hybrid battery. The battery was replaced under warranty but the valve rep”

Ira S., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the 12v battery went bad. the 210v is ok”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Several cells (4 or 5 I think) in the battery were not functioning. I should have recognized this before the 100,000 mile warranty ended, but I didn't. Slightly lower mileage and some erratic charging indicators are what I missed”

Marlin J., NM (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery charge not sustained. Replaced the 12v battery. Think hybrid battery is starting to fail”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery failed with only 30,000 miles! Age may be more important than mileage”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replace the battery labor only cost 325.00”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“battery is starting to hold less of a charge. requiring the motor to kick in sooner and more frequently”

Dexter C., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electronic ignition

“Often encounter a problem trying to start car; press the power on and it has some bootup/computer problem? Holding power down for more than 5 seconds does NOT turn off car. Car will only start after ~ 15 minutes”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Car won't start when button pushed; have to cycle through accessory modes and push button again; sometimes 2 or 3 times”

Melissa K., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“I have had to replace Spark Plugs twice since owning the vehicle”

Bill R., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 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

“Failure of rubber door gasket”

Joe O., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

“Rear Hatch releas push button is sticky and gummy”

Janice J., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatch won't open when it is very cold or very warm. Not sure why”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatch latch rubber handle diaphragm melted/deteriorated”

Gary D., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“see earlier comment, all part of the same issue”

John C., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Sticky (to touch) hatch release”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear trunk lid release failed and would not open especially during cold weather. Repairs were non-existant. Replacement was over $300”

William D., ME (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hatch latch became unopenable and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rear trunk opening latch non-functional due to melting polymer cover- seems common on several years along this time- Toyota does that recognize as common problem”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rubber covering to the rear hatch opener "melted" and about a year ago and recently the approx. 18" assembly came off in my hand and required nearly $600 to repair”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rubber on rear hatch latch became soft over the last few years. Turned into almost a tar consistency. It started to interfere with the operations of the latch and get goo on fingers. Hundreds of 2007 Prius owners have same problem. In all the foru”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace latch on hatch door”

Dean-Reba B., IN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“melting rubber inside trunk latch. replacement was covered by Toyota”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The keyless module driver's side failed and cost over $500 to replace. Earlier, the hatchback latch was replaced under purchased extended warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seat belts

“Passenger seat belt latch failed, requiring complete replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The entire back panel that you hold onto to open the hatch broke off in a shattered piece”

Suzanne D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had instances where I could no longer open my hatch. I was told that it was due to ice building up inside during the cold winter months”

Elisabeth-Ryan T., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hatch/trunk handle malfunctioned --the handle itself deteriorated -- and to fix it we had to replace a much larger part containing the handle, to the tune of about $350. We were not under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Our ability to open the tailgate became difficult just as the rubber covering the latch started to disintegrate. I believe this was an issue for many 2007 Prius owners. I purchased and fitted a new latch 2015”

Stephen H., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rear trim section came off last summer. I was able to buy the part on the internet and install it myself, but we couldn't use the trunk very easily for a couple of weeks”

Jeff L., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Panel with latch release button broke loose”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace the hatch release”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hatch is not able to be opened at all because the rubber hatch "handle" has turned to goo. Apparently this is a common problem with 2007 Prius cars. Quoted $370 to replace. Really cuts down on the functionality of this car”

Linda B., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The latch for the tailgate became sticky and inoperable. We had to have it replaced, put in the interim the trim covering the latch, which is used to lift the hatchback became loose, and eventually broke after we had replace the latch. $500 for the Latch, $500 for the trim. pain”

John C., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Plastic panel that has the hatch release cracked and needed to be replaced. All plastic, after market was ~$250 vs ~ $300+ at dealer, plus installation. I installed myself”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rubber coating came off and continually left rubber on my hand especially in hot weather. Toyota dealer said the had changed the latch covering, but if I wanted it replaced it would be $250. I had it done at a body ship for $100”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the weatherproof cover over the hatch latch release melted over the past year or so, making it more and more difficult to open the hatch. The melted rubber also made a mess of your hands as you struggled to open the hatch. It was an easy fix costing”

Robert S., FL (2007 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rubber on the hatchback release melted. It is too expensive to replace, so the dealership put black tape to cover the goo and that has become sticky , too. The rubber melted and dripped onto the bumper. I get black fingers whenever I open the h”

Beth O., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On the tailgate, the panel that holds the locking button has cracked, apparently too thin or weak to cope with the pressure or stress of operating the button. The button works but the narrow panel is split through”

Charles J., MD (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hatch release lever is connected to a piece of trim. When opening the hatch, some pressure is exerted on this trim which has come loose”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rubber seal covering the hatch latch has degraded. When hot it becomes a gooey mess and then gets hard when it cools down and is hard to operate. If you research, this is a common problem for the 07 year”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatchback locking mechanism is stiff and hard to use. Pulling on it may cause the trim to come loose. Hatchback often does not raise all the way”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Area that you grab to lift up the hatch broke, necessitating a $550 repair. The release mechanism where you place your hand to lift it melted”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hatchback latch became gummy and sticky and failed to open the rear hatch. Entire latch panel needed to be replaced”

Melinda H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

“Driver side window would not raise or lower, had to replace the entire mechanism along with the window, cost about $700”

Patrick H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The front windows rattle excessively when the windows are rolled down. It has to do with the gaskets (they were replaced once and that fixed the problem for a while)”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“Had noise in front end of car. Had ball joint replaced. 6 months later had noise on other side of car. had ball joint replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One CV joint needed replacing”

Stephen S., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Wear requiring replacement”

Michael H., VA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

“original equipment finally failed”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“3 struts were replaced last year However some of this may be due to pot holes. I spent $500”

Linda M., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Just got the car. Learned it shudders on bumps on right front. Scheduled into shop this week”

Walter K., NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced due to age”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One was leaking, had all replaced”

Fredric H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Reported leak in rear strut by dealer service dept”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Noise in rear traced to struts. Replaced April 2015”

David B., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replaced worn struts”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replaced all struts @ 113000 miles because of poor quality of ride”

Allan F., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dealer and another mechanic stated one needed replacing”

Ernest H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Suspension needed new struts. Tire wear uneven”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The technician noticed oil leaking from the shock strut system and recommended they be replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I drive a lot of bumpy city roads and my struts had to be replaced”

Roman S., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Struts are leaking & Springs are worn down”

Bill R., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Excessive bounce, failure to hold road. Shocks were replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Springs or torsion bars

“car had a lot noise dealer change springs and shocks what a different this is the first time I put money in the car”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Actually rear struts, but they really affected handling and it took two or three visits to the dealer to isolate the problem. Also wore out a set of tires prematurely”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver side rear spring broke”

Russell F., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

“Replaced wheel bearing on left front”

James M., AK (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Another very expensive problem. I imagine that since this is a 10 year old car one would expect some things to need replacing. Cost $380, and when Sears did the repair they damaged my tire pressure sensors which then also had to be replaced and necessitated 2 more visits to the repair shop”

Linda B., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front right wheel bearing caused vibration when driving and was replaced”

Mischul B., VT (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One front wheel bearing worn out. Replaced for about $500/”

Robert K., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They had to be replaced three times because, it turns out, the after-market wheel bearings were junky. Here's one place where Toyota made parts are superior”

David E., VT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“broke around 100 k front right”

William L., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“both front wheel bearings needed replacement @134000 miles, needed 20 ton press to change out because of steel bearings carried in an aluminum housing severely corroded in place after seven years in Mi salt and winters”

Allan F., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not done when tires were replaced. Replacement tires are now chopped”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I aligned it for the first time, but the strut repairs required a second alignment”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering feels like it "catches" and then released when turning either to the right or left at speeds under 20 mph. Been checked at Toyota. Recall replaced some parts, but steering issue has remained. We have been concerned abut safety, but Toyota te”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not sure of the terminology, but my steering completely failed. The steering wheel turned around but wheels did not move. We were told that a bolt had come undone. I'm guessing it was a big oops because we were not charged for the repair”

Elizabeth H., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

Stability control (ESC)

“Only thing I hate on this Prius. VSR/ ECT system kicks in way too easy creating dangerous conditions. I am told form the time we bought this car that's the way it is designed and there is no repair for it. only car I need studded tires in winter . If car thinks I am slipping all engine & breaking cut out”

Chris G., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

“Hybrid battery failed at 198500 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Electric motor battery & start battery both failed during this last year. Main battery was approx. $3000 to replace”

Michael W., NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I'm not certain that this falls under the Drive System - it may be a user error as I personally failed to replace the small battery until it no longer started the engine. The original small (deep charge) battery is wonderful as it has outlasted the rated 7 year warranty by almost going for 9 years and 10 or 11 months. I only realized that I should have replaced it after reading the maintenance manual. In any case, one day in February 2017 I experienced flickering of dashboard lights upon starti”

Charly S., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The wheel which keeps the dash lights bright when the headlights are on has a short and my fans sometimes don't turn on to defog the front windows. The gas gauge is also reading less gas than I actually have in the tank”

Don K., NJ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“At 48000 the main drive battery gave up the ghost with no warning. Car to old for any warranty coverage and only reconditioned batteries available from Toyota. No NEW batteries can be found. Purchased a rebuilt battery I stead with a real warranty for hundreds less than the reconditioned battery from Toyota”

Robert K., AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery system and catalytic converter failure, repaired at a cost of $3,500”

Michael D., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Main battery required replacement due to age. Car required jump start to drive to repair shop, then wait 1-2 days for new battery order. Occurred in cold weather”

Andrew T., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace the hybrid battery”

Robert T., MO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Secondary battery COMPLETELY drained (could not jump start the car). Service could not identify the cause. Did not have to replace the battery”

Frederic G., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“With no warning, hybrid battery pack died at 139K miles”

Darren E., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Main drive battery failed and was replaced under warranty”

James O., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Inverter failed”

Keith N., VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed requiring replacement”

Fowler A., AR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The main battery failed. I had 8 years and 5 days, and 69,500 miles on it It had a warrantee until 8 years. The dealer honored the warrantee and I got a new battery”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery pack failed and the cooling system pump needed to be replaced”

Carl M., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Air Conditioner stopped working which caused the High Voltage battery to overheat and possibly fail although no bad cells so far have been found. Also the Accessory battery does not seem to last very long and appears to be bad again”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Main drive battery failed about 105000 miles but replaced under full warranty. Warrantied for 150000”

Linda M., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“MAIN BATTERY REPLACED UNDER EXTENDED FACTORY WARRANTY”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“12 v battery fails with very odd and unexpected consequences. It needs to be checked regularly after it is 3 years old or so”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Total failure of Hybrid battery 1 day past 8 yr/80,000 mi warranty with only 60,000 mi on car. Toyota honored warranty & replaced the battery for free”

Cinthia R., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Starter battery (not the lithiium battery) for the engine was failing and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, UT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Traction control

“Only thing I hate on this Prius. VSR/ ECT system kicks in way too easy creating dangerous conditions. I am told form the time we bought this car that's the way it is designed and there is no repair for it. only car I need studded tires in winter . If car thinks I am slipping all engine & breaking cut out”

Chris G., PA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Driveshaft or axle

“Front wheel bearing failed and began to make a rumbling noise. Entire hub and bearing assembly had to be replaced because it is a single unit. Cost was over $700”

Judith C., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transfer case

“Car shut down and cost $7000 to repair”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Coolant leak. Replaced radiator hose”

Margaret R., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

“Pump was showing slight leaks and signs of failure, was replaced before failure”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“During a regular 5,000 mile maintenance, the shop found that the water pump was leaking badly enough that it should be replaced before the next long road trip, so I had it replaced per their recommendation”

Sheldon S., IL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not a problem with the water pump specifically, but a problem with the coolant system. The coolant flow control valve failed, which controls coolant flow between the engine and hybrid cooling systems. Car was driveable, but check engine light came on resulting in error code P1121. Parts and labor for replacing the valve was $626”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Malfunction”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Problem with coolant control valve, not water pump. That was category most similar to actual problem”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Toyota dealer service department found signs of potential water pump failure. This was indicated by signs of spray on interior of hood in line with the water pump. Tech said water pump may last longer with out replacement. I requested replacement”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaked and needed replacement”

P L., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replace under warranty free of charge”

Donald R., NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“During routine maintenance the water pump was found to be defective by the dealer”

James H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“engine water pump and hybrid battery cooling pump both replaced at $600+ each for part only”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“2 water pumps: one replaced under recall. The other one was replaced under extended warrantee”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump was replaced under warranty because of minor leak. No cost to me. Excellent service experience at the Toyota dealer”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It was leaking so had it replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had been told water pump had a slow leak about 2-3 years ago after the car hadn't been driven for a month so I decided I would watch it. Was fine, but noticed lately I needed to fill a little more frequently, so finally had replaced bc trusted mecha”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“High voltage system cooling pump failed”

Veronica T., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced due to pump leak”

John B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Slight coolant leak. Water pump will need to be replaced soon”

Ira S., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There are two water pumps. One was replaced under recall. The engine water pump was replaced at 98,000”

Ernest H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine overheated and the dealer said it was a bad water pump. This is the second water pump that was replaced on this vehicle”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The water pump was leaking and had to be replaced - fairly costly process”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cooling fan

“Failure of water flow control valve; perform cooling system bleed procedure”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A valve in the cooling system needed to be replaced - it cost us $750”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Thermostat

“The issue I had with the cooling system was actually a defective 3-way flow control valve (but this option was not available in the survey). Toyota has issued a TSB on this part, but did not offer any concession on the repair (I was disappointed)”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“No cold air”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“AC just stopped working. Brought it to the mechanic. Easy fix. Needed gas”

Anonymous, VT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A/c quit :-(”

Annalisa H., HI (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The entire A/C system failed in 2014 and both the condenser and compressor needed replacing (cost $1900)- they both simply failed per the mechanic”

Paul M., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the air compressor in the air conditioning system needed to be replaced. It was done for over $1,600.00. It was taken back two times to make it work correctly and it still was not put together correctly”

Kitty H., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Automatic climate control

“Doesn't cool as much as it did when new”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“unreliable thermostat”

Anonymous, NM (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“doesn't always read cabin temperature accurately”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

“Blower fan has been replaced six times in ten years - yet still doesn't function properly. Worst design ever, and Toyota doesn't know how to fix it. Absolutely horrible”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I never know if the blower will go on when I need to use the AC”

Arlene A., NH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The air con won't come on inexplicably in some cases for as long as 5 minutes. It acts as if it is froze up. Then it wills tart blowing and acting normally. It happens unpredictably”

John W., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not working properly in the middle of the summer”

Lee K., VA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Blower has failed six times in eight years of ownership. Dealership has replaced the blower without charge for five of those times, but nobody can seem to figure out why the problem is continuing to occur”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“on the road, something decreased power to the engine. Had to get off the freeway to (thank goodness) easily available local mechanic we use”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

“Motor that switches where the heater blows. No defroster”

Joyce D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“heater takes a long time to get cabin heat”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

“Taken to dealer and repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“did not have cool air it was leaky hose”

Anonymous, NH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“AC hose sprung a leak. Toyota Care paid most of the large repair cost”

Steve G., OR (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Unit was a little low on freon, added some freon”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Fan motor periodically not functioning has been a major issue. Also Air conditioner stopped working in 100 degree heat due to low freon level which caused the high voltage drive battery to overheat and go into a failure condition”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The AC wasn't working because the refrigerant had leaked out. They replaced the refrigerant and put in a dye to see where the leak was occurring. So far (10 months) no problems”

Anonymous, WA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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)

“The vehicle was unused four two months. When it was used again the ABS light always comes on. I plan to have this repaired shortly”

Daniel L., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Warning lights came on. Dealer reset system and flushed brake system and problem did not reappear”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

“At 190,000 miles this the first time I've had to have work done on my brakes. It is a good car! Very satisfied!”

M S., IA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

“After 149000 miles the original front cylinders had to be repaired”

Jane T., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

“Needed new brake pads”

S D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Regenerative brakes and easy braking by me, the driver, should last forever”

P- D B., OH (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front brakes wore out unevenly due to failure of calipers to function smoothly despite having been cleaned and lubricated on more than one ocassion”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Worn and warped”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

“The squeaking noise was an indication that the breaks needed repair”

Jane T., MA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear brakes make a grinding and growling sound, even after new brake shoes were installed. Dealership has worked on the problem twice and cannot seem to eliminate the sound”

Judith C., MN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Makes a rubbing noise when engaged at slow speeds”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

“My wife drives the car from Westchester to NYC, sometimes twice a day. Brakes (and suspension) take a beating”

Frederic G., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This was the first time I had brake work done since purchasing the car in April 2007”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“During the 110000 miles this is the second time I change the brakes”

D A., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replacement of brake pads due to normal wear. Also replaced a tire inflation sensor”

Bill N., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replaced pads and rotors”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to get new break pads”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Wear and tear”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“replaced front disk brakes first time, after 140000 miles”

F F., MI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There was a problem with a drive control component that led to brake failure (luckily in a parking lot). Toyota said it needed to replace a control component (>$1000) and if it was part of a recall, we would be reimbursed the cost”

Peter H., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Belt had been replaced once. It is beginning to show some cracks and will be replaced at next maintenance”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Recently had top maintenance package done at dealer at a cost of $580. Prius in excellent shape. Drove it off dealer lot right after & engine knocked & lurched, had to return. Dealer said it was a bad fuel injector & just coincidence that it occured”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The engine has pinged and knocked for 4 + years. Dealer says 'all is fine'. Gas mileage drops every year”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine Knock or Ping at accelerating”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

“The car continues to burn approximately one quart of oil every 500 miles. No obvious signs of leaks, and it runs OK”

Eric D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Burns some oil. Have to add a quart or 2 between oil changes. No leaks on the ground so must be burning the oil”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There is a small oil leak from one of the seals”

Carl M., WI (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“engine light would come on but unable to diagnose problem because light would not stay on it wasn't till the oil light came on. It was 3 quarts low. Now no problem with oil I do check it more and no more engine lights”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cracked timing belt case. Repair cost $2000”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The oil is asked to be changed every 5,000 miles, but for the last two oil changes I have had to go in early and have the engine looked at because the engine has leaked out almost all the oil before I hit 3,500 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Prius design flaw known to owners. Gas bladder acts different in winter vs. summer. Can not depend on fuel guage.Have to fill up based on miles driven”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Only happens occasionally”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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)

“cost $350.00”

Anonymous, AR (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“"Check Engine" alarm light coming on and off. diagnostics advise the catalytic converter needs replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“My catalytic converter died and had to be replaced for $1800”

Suzanne M., NM (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Needed to replace catalytic converter”

Michael M., GA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Is this a warranty problem?”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“o2 and catalytic converter went bad”

Dave M., WA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I don't know the exact problem, but about $450 worth of service was required in order to pass the emissions test. It had something to do with sensors. While the car is high mileage, I feel that this is early for emissions testing failure”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel cap

“Had to replace twice”

Eugene M., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Showed empty when there were 3 - 4 gallons left”

D N., NY (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Rattling, missing and losing power”

Desmond W., TX (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Check engine light came on - catalytic converter failure. Replaced under California warranty, however had to argue with dealer over warranty coverage ( it's extended for California cars)”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine is burning oil at 1qt per 1000 miles. Causing the catalytic converter to fail due to oil rich exhaust”

Dexter C., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exhaust leaks

“At first the exhaust smell was strong. A gasket needed replacement. Months later the exhaust smell started again. This time more of the exhaust system needed replacement including the muffler. Months later exhaust could be smelled inside the cabin at times. Turns out the manifold was cracked. Replaced that. So far ok”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leak in muffler pipe where a bracket is welded”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Pipes

“Heard noise under car. Had pipe replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

Clutch adjustment

“Routine time for replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Coolers and lines

“Leak”

Denise N., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

“Fly wheel at 70 mph and above makes excessive noise and runs as if not in gear and running wild. Replacement tires make excessive noise all the time because they are chopped.. No alignment was done when replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission leaks

“Had to replace water pump”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had a leak of transmission fluid. Although it is great to evaluate the car for reliability, I am not sure where I can suggest rating the auto dealers who repair the cars. They are crooks!”

Donna A., FL (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“There is a possibility that it was only a temp sensor, but I believe the real problem was the actual electric motor M1 - I think”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 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

“Replaced the engine at 135,000 miles with used engine. Apparently a somewhat common issue with using too much oil and damaging the engine. I know of other Prius owners that have had to replace their engine and mechanics that confirm this. Apparently, not enough replacements done by Toyota to justify a recall. Was told similar problem exists with Camry Hybrid”

Anonymous, UT (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Warranty issue. Not sure of the issue, but my car had no symptoms”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Changed the oil every 3,000 - 4,000 miles. However, unknown to me, the engin was loosing oil somehow. They engine overheaded and broke down. It had to be replaced”

Duane B., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The dealer said they found metal shavings in the oil pan indicating I didnt do oil changes, but I always did every 3K at Grease Monkey. It was smoking and stalling”

Gary H., CO (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Head gasket

“Not unexpected after 260,000 plus miles. I will have gasket replaced at next maintenance visit. Also, just second set of spark plugs since I bought the Prius”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Whole transmission needed replacement. That's a very expensive part! They were able to find a rebuilt one which made the price more reasonable”

Donald H., MB (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Mg1 failure Motor generator for hybrid system inside transmission Replaced under california pzev warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Failed motor in hybrid tranny. Toyota wanted $5300 to replace. No rebuild available ANYWHERE. Found plenty of used trannies. Only one local shop would do the install. Car was down 2 wks. $3k total incl rental. 24000 miles on repaired car so far”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The cooling pump leaked that led to transmission failure and had to replace with a secondhand transmission. Also, some clutch plate and cooling pump”

Naishadh D., CA (2007 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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