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Opting for the high-end Touring version of the Prius brings wider wheels and tires and a tighter suspension than the car's base version. This gives it better handling and braking, so it got through our avoidance maneuver three mph faster. It also stopped about 10 feet shorter from 60 mph. The main performance drawback is lower mpg: 42 vs. 44. However, the edge in performance could also give drivers an extra margin of safety.
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 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

Opting for the high-end Touring version of the Prius brings wider wheels and tires and a tighter suspension than the car's base version. This gives it better handling and braking, so it got through our avoidance maneuver three mph faster. It also stopped about 10 feet shorter from 60 mph. The main performance drawback is lower mpg: 42 vs. 44. However, the edge in performance could also give drivers an extra margin of safety. We think that's worth the extra money.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

“can't find the problem”

Alan F., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Body control module

“Main Display module failed but was under warranty $800 to fix with a refurbished unit new would have cost $3000”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The module failed and required replacement. It was replaced without cost, though it did take a couple of days”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dashboard replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Failed to stay engaged”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The cruise control switch was bad ever since it was new, with the top popping off the switch. I would push it back on. I told them about it and they couldn't find a problem. Then the switch popped off for good. They wouldn't cover it;”

Rick K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It didn't function on "one" occasion. It corrected itself by the next day”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I experience occasional blinking out of the gauge lighting. Need to roll the dimmer switch back and forth several times to keep the contacts clear to keep it lit”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The main instrument panel failed. No gauges, speedometer, etc. Entire unit replaced at no cost by dealer”

John J., AL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Gauges and most warning lights which are displayed in one unit failed to function at all. At one point the car refused to shut down. The problem was ultimately corrected under warrantee but took two weeks after the third and total failure to be corre”

Elliot D., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“In dash display went blank. Toyota replaced it without charge”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“instrument panel went out, needed a replacement module, was covered by a silent recall”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This turned out to be a complicated problem with the computer that oversees car operations. The symptoms were that indicator lights were not functioning properly and the ignition couldn't be turned off without using the override procedure. This turned out to be an issue which Toyota discovered after cars were produced and sold and although the warranty had expired they extended the warranty and replaced the combination meter assembly at no charge”

Thomas K., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“After I had my front hubs replaced because they were making noise, three lights o the dash have now become problematic = AVS,VSC, and an ! in a bracket and a circle”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Screen and gauges brightness comes and goes”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I've had to replace my front lights 3 times!”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“premature burnout and expensive to replace”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both OEM headlights failed within about 6 months of each other and had to be replaced”

Ted F., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent on/off headlight problem. Replaced by my auto mechanic”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have replaced a total of 4 headlights bulbs”

John D., WA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Passenger side headlight worked intermittently. Replaced HD bulb to resolve problem”

Kevin L., NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight burned out quite early. Replacement was very expensive because of the labor required. The front bumper had to be removed to access the light”

John B., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight replaced under warranty for known issue”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The headlights began intermittently turning off while driving. Sometimes one would go out, sometimes both. Turning the switch to "Off" and then back to "On" would relieve the issue. It turned out to be a fault in the headlight control electronics, wh”

Barry F., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both headlights went out and there was a problem with parts connecting the headlights to the car and because "Toyota was in litigation", Toyota wouldn't fix it. I finally paid for parts about $800 per headlight”

Martin C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“High Intensity bulb went out. They had to remove front bumper to replace. Replaced both bulbs while apart @$150.00 each. Total cost $480.00”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replace one headlight for $400 and then two years later the same one goes out again”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Trim pkg included high intensity headlamps (an additional cost), one of which failed after two years the other one last year. Replacement involves removal of the front bumper - costly & time consuming. Should've been a recall- Toyota knows this issue”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dealer cost to replace over $100. I bought bulbs online for about $35 each. Installation very difficult. Had to get instructions from YouTube. If I didn't have small hands I wouldn't have been able to change them myself”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace both headlamp bulbs for a second time this past year”

Cathy S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“defective ballasts causes bulbs to burnout frequently”

Sarah N., MN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“We have replaced 6 headlights on this car since purchase. Cost to replace a headlight is $135 at the dealer, or $17 at my local service station. Dealer says the bumper has to be removed despite Owners Manual "Do it yourself" instructions”

Herbert H., AR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“had to replace both headlights; expensive”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver's side headlight has burned out 3 times within a year and a half”

Dorothy B., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The front bumper must be removed to change the headlight bulb. Very expensive”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight occasionally goes out but I can turn it back on by turning the switch off and then on”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The driver side headlight & taillight intermittently goes out-it does not illuminate. We've replaced the bulb on 2-3 occasions, & the problem continues, leading me to believe it is a wiring issue. Also, it is very expensive to replace the bulbs!”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights and tail lights have required numerous bulb replacements at significant cost”

Tony S., KY (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have high intensity headlights. They are insufficient to see deer and other things on road. Have replaced expensive lights, one or two computers to control lights, realigning does not help. Burnishing lens was not required”

R H B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermittent head light failure, where head lights would go on and off while driving, either both or one or the other”

Linda C., WI (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“burns out approx 2 yrs cost high to replace”

Anonymous, WY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID bulb failed on a road trip. Received a warning from a county policeman. The bulb was very expensive to replace, over $400”

Anonymous, DE (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Extremely expensive Bulb & difficult to change”

James M., NH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They are those special lights and they both went off while driving at the same time”

James L., WV (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID aiming mechanism not working”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“bulbs hard to change failed early”

Sean O., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID bulbs burn out more frequently than any other car headlights I have experienced”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It cost more than $300 for each headlight to be replaced around 70000 mi. I think the old type blub would have been much better if it had been an option”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight has electrical glitch. Goes out sporadically; installing new bulb did not fix problem”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Frequent Headlight failures on both Prius, possibly 1 per year”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both CID headlights burned out after 100,000 miles. I wasn't ready for the cost to replace them!”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“transformer and bulb”

Alan F., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights began dimming and over time would go completely out. I would take it in to the dealer and they would fine nothing wrong - this was over a years time. I finally found a lot of people complaining of the same problem online - took it back t”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Have to replace a headlight every 2 months”

Jon S., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Fogging-left headlight”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlights failed while on a dark mountain road. Dealer replaced these for free”

Edward W., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights kept going out. The issue was part of a class action lawsuit years ago, but these were way past that. Had to pay for new light installation (self install not an option)”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The HID headlights would go off inadvertently, first one, then the other. Eventually the right headlamp failed. I replaced it (a difficult task, as there was very little space, so had to take off several unrelated parts), now both headlights work fin”

Bruce V., HI (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Low beam burned out. Extremely difficult to replace, but I did it. I think they want you to take to the dealer for replacement, which is big bucks!”

Gerald P., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Expensive replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights, both right and left, burn out quickly. Have replaced at least 6”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Halogen headlight replacement must be done by the dealer and requires disassembly of the front of the vehicle. The cost is about $300.00”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlights have failed twice since purchasing the car. They slowly became dimmer, to the point of not wanting drive at night. And, they are very expensive. In 2015, it cost $601 to replace both lights”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID bulbs”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver side headlight started leaking moisture. The entire headlight mechanism was replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the headlights seem to always have a short and have to be touched under the hood to keep them on. There was a factory recall for headlights and dash lights but I still have the same problem with a short in the headlights”

Chris W., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The same headlight went out for the 2nd time in 2-3 years. It is very difficult to gain access to it to remove the old one and install a new one. The owner's manual is not very clear”

Mabel A., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Expensive parts and labor to replace”

Chris W., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cannot easily change head light bulbs. Had to bring to dealer. Price is bulb plus one hour labor to change 1 head light. Had to change both this past year. Cost about $130 each”

Keith B., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Have had 2 Priuses where the headlights have failed. It is VERY expensive to replace (over $400 each). This should NOT happen. I also see a lot of Priuses on the road where one headlight is out. This should be a defect that is fixed by Toyota!”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“burnt out”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlights stay on occasionally when i shut off car”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right headlight went on/off. Dealer replaced it and it worked fine. Also had to replace a crack belt”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“one when out several years ago and it was replaced under a recall I believe (might have been under warranty but I think it was a recall) Then again last year it went out and it was not covered and was expensive to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Two identical Prias. Wife's is fine. Mine developed leaking both headlight housings (no accidents). Eventually, one bulb burned out and subsequently caused its ballast to also go bad. Anyway, $1400 later & I had two new housings, 2 bulbs & 1 ballast”

David R., UT (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Within months, both headlights went out. Dealer charge over $200 to replace each bulb. Then the ballast went out and wanted to charge over $500. Changed the ballast ourselves for less than $200. Found out the bulb is available for $50 for two”

Larry M., TN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“both burned out. Terribly expensive to replace”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water got into the headlight housing causing a short. Had to replace the entire headlight housing”

Anthony M., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Intermitant headlights.replaced both headlights . Parts $100.worked performed by me”

Jim F., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“both headlights had to be replaced, total cost $1200, cumulative downtime 7 days”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One goes out then will come back on when turned off then back on”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Condensation in headlight assembly”

Kathy H., WI (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“needed to replace the HID ballast that controls the headlight”

Peter J., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced the headlight assemblies as they leaked water into them”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight wiring harness has failed. After several visits to dealership, and multiple parts ordered, it's still not repaired after three weeks”

Susan B., CO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The HID headlight bulb started flickering. The Toyota dealership wanted $315.00 to replace because to properly replace the bulb they have to remove the whole front fender panel. The HID bulbs cost $140.00 to $160.00 a piece and I replaced it myself. It was an enormous amount of work just to replace a headlight bulb”

Hal A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The lights don't last much more than a year or two and are very expensive for the bulbs, not easily replaced on your own”

Jon P., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight had to be completely replaced. Very expensive”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cost to replace the headlight. Couldn't do it myself”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“just recently the low beams have stopped working”

Dave D., OH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Moisture inside the headlight”

David K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water in headlight module”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Considerable water appeared in both headlights causing dimming of the lights, then later the driver's headlight went out completely while I was driving at night. Cost to replace both lights was approximately $2000 because both the lamps and excitor mechanism were damaged due to the water built up inside the lamps over time”

F A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“headlights stopped working- needed bulbs and relays”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One headlight kept flickering on and off. After a LOT of expensive repairs which didn't work, it turned out the ballast for the headlight needed to be replaced - a $40 job”

Marijah S., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“In a car with almost 200,000 miles, one would expect the headlights to fail, but they seem to fail every 15,000 miles or so”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HID headlights have failed resulting in an expensive replacement bulb purchase”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Headlight failed”

Craig R., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“HD lights turned on and off randomly. Dealer could not find problem. He recommended a $250 new bulb. That solution did not seem appropriate. Recently the problem went away, temporarily I am sure”

Richard B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One or both headlights have gone dark a number of times. Turning the lights off and back off "fixed the problem" but only for a few minutes. I replaced both bulbs, which fixed the passenger side problem, but I wound up replacing the complete drivers side headlamp assembly complete with all accessories ($400.00 without labor) to no avail. After several months the problem started again. I am going to get rid of the vehicle soon”

Charles L., OK (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Xenon or similar headlight had to be replaced for the 2nd time. Very $$$”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced both and they were very expensive”

Bob C., MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left headlight bulb, assembly, and controller required replacement, potential cost $600. I appealed to the company. They paid for the repair”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replacing the license plate lights is very difficult with interior panel removal without damage almost impossible”

Charles D., MT (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Like the headlights, the driver side taillight intermittently goes out-it does not illuminate. We've replaced the bulb 2-3 times, but the problem persists, leading me to believe it is a wiring problem. Bulb replacements are extremely expensive”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“2 left tail lights”

Richard S., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lights burned out”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Parking lights, front. Self replaced”

Gerald P., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Exterior bulbs dim or burn out very regularly! Way more than on any other vehicle owned”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tail light bulbs burned out (2) License plate lights burned out (2) Parking light burned out (1)”

Stanley S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“fog lights burnt out”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Burned out taillight”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tail lights out”

William R., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“moisture gets into light well”

Wendy W., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Two headlights burned out during warranty, and two burned out at my expense. They need more durable headlights. These were the high intensity headlights”

Frank G., OH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

“Exterior lights burnt out - headlights, running lights, license plate lights”

Charles D., MT (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dashboard lights did not work in cold weather. Toyota recalled and replaced the part free of charge”

Thos S., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Trouble starting. Real problem was with the battery for which you did not refer”

Peggy B., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Door locks often do not lock or unlock”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“purchased from toyota a new key. it works out of the key fob but not in the key fob. the car is with toyota today and should be under warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The pad on the hatch to unlock melted and burned my finger”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Remote engine starter

“Apparently hanging my keys (with key fob) at my front door is close enough to the car in the driveway to DRAIN the 12volt starter battery!”

Katharyn W., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I'm not sure if it's the remote engine starter that is the problem or something else. Five times since 2008, my dashboard has said that car can't start due to the car not being in Park, when it was. I have been to the dealer three times and they chec”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Frequent and almost constant indication of tire pressure problems, through two sets of tires. Seems to often be related to climate temperature but not always”

Herbert H., AR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Changes in the ambient temperature set off the tire pressure monitors. It should have a USble range that takes a wider variance before alerting”

Stephen S., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to have the Toyota dealership replace the tire pressure monitor as the part is located inside the tire. It cost $250.00. The warranty on this particular part ran out at 75,000 miles”

Hal A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The light went on and remained on even though our mechanic said the tire pressure is OK. He said problem is with the light itself”

Kathleen C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
USB port

“doesn't work anymore”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I cannot play my iPhone through the car's sound system”

Kathleen C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace the small starter battery”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“My 2008 car often shows low air in tires in spite of full pressure and no puncture. Every time dealer resets. Since it is not a critical issue we just ignore it”

Rohit S., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“part of instrument panel”

Elliot D., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“An interlock thing in the hybrid system prevented the car from going into gear. A 3rd battery was weak and caused all the warning lights on the dashboard to light up”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 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

“Plastic lens on camera is clouded. Should be glass and much more scratch resistant”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

“6 CD changer was stuck with CDs in it. Would not play at all, kept clicking every time the car was started even though it was on the radio selection”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“jammed cd stuck inside”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It Stopped working”

Jim R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Within 4 years of purchase of car, CD player failed to load/unload cd discs and dealer said only option was to buy new CD player which would cost about $1500; I opted not to replace the cd player”

Roselyn C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“changes from light to dark, no reason”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

“Total dash display goes out entirely and intermittently”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The touch screen in the car is no longer functioning making some of the features like setting radio presets, accessing the phone's directory or adding a different phone impossible to use. I think it is a $2000 plus repair”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace screen”

David K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When 10 degrees F or colder the Display screen goes blank and the instrument panel is all black also”

Mark P., AK (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Touch screen functions are no longer active”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Screen is locked on one screen cannot go to climate control screen or any other screen Thousands of dollars to fix th e problem. Not fixed!!!”

Mark K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Toyota known display defect since 2001. Shame on Toyota for not making a more reliable multi-function display”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dash lights go off sometimes and you have to roll the switch”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The dashboard display will not turn on at times and the GPS/information display will not show information. When this happens the car will not turn off and must be left running until the display returns”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The "Combination Meter" which controls some of the instrument panel displays had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“"Multifunction Gauge" Speedometer odometer, etc. intermittently went blank. Replaced under factory extended warranty for this part”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The radio back lighting has an issue. The light goes on and off. Replaced the radio before with a whole new unit, but now this radio does the same thing. I think it is a well known problem with this model of Prius”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The display screen quit working for the second time. The first time occurred ~ 4 months after purchase and was replaced free of charge under warranty. I was told at the time it was a "very rare" occurrence! This time Toyota wants > $3,000 to replac”

Anonymous, ND (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display stopped working. I did not have an extended warranty but it was still covered by Toyota at no charge. They even provided a rental car. Excellent service!”

Karl Z., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Cluster display went blank but was covered under warranty, but I had to research it on the internet, because the dealer wasn't aware of the coverage”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“combination meter display and computer replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Multi-function display unit failure at cold temperature. No speedometer, no fuel gauge, no odometer. Car won't turn off properly. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the screens that shows current MPG, MPG since last fill-up, etc. no longer functions. Would cost $500+ to fix it”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“At least 3 times a year, the display would go blank for at least 15-30 minutes. The last time it happened, I finally had it checked out. A component in the electrical system had gone bad. It was replaced and covered in full by the warranty. Otherwise”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Sometimes the display screen will be completely blank. It is difficult to determine whether the car is on or not without putting it into gear and driving. It can also be extremely difficult to shut off. I am told it is a very expensive replacement so”

Kenneth K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display screen which is needed for backup camera, bluetooth, navigation, manual climate control and radio station readout quit working. A rebuilt one cost me $2100. A new one would have cost me $8000”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display screen went blank and would cost $7,000 for a new one. We obtained a used one for $500”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Once it went blank and dealer checked. Did not find any problem. Reset computer and it worked. Again in month it happened again. With an effort we could start car but would not shut off or move. Finally towed to dealer who estimated $2200 cost. We wr”

Rohit S., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A few times (3-4) in the last three years the speedo, engine status, and control displays (not the rectangular display) have failed to light up after starting. This goes away after 10-15 minutes which allows us to use cruise control”

Jake G., NM (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“same as other”

Mark P., AK (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display went blank while 800 miles from home. Recovered spontaneously. Dealer replaced display due to Toyota recall”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dealer replaced under 10yr, unlimited mileage warranty”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Display would go blank which prevented being able to shut car off. Was replaced by dealer under an extended manufacturer warranty”

Glen T., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“went blank suddenly. $2600. to fix. traded car. bought another Prius. will report on next year”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The information screen indicating speed etc stopped working (went dark) and car would not turn off without inserting the key fob. Toyota replaced the item under an extended warranty program”

Michael H., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“On morning start display screen isoccasionally blank”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“At certain times upon startup the display screen remains off”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“it goes blank. Sometimes a re-start will bring it back. Not the case with GPS screen. White lines or nothing on it”

Richard A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“See 1st Response”

Anonymous, ND (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“to get an update it would have cost me more than buying a Garmin with free up dates. It did not include parts of town that had been there for 20 years or more. I did replace the air compressor in 2013 for $831”

Christine R., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“difficult to use, slow to respond to searches, very expensive to update maps”

David K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It died. White vertical lines sometime and blank other times. Other functions work well though”

Richard A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“It is inconsistent. about 50% of the time it works fine. Other times it says it's connected, but the sound still comes from phone. Other times no connection at all. It connect100% reliabily with Garmin Blue Tooth”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Blue tooth has failed - fix would require replace of all radio and other electronics - or so the dealer says”

Michael K., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Doe snot pair with the iphone to play music”

Russell K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

“knob broke and required replacement of entire radio system (fortunetely under extended warranty)”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Positively horrid reception and channel discrimination in the area where the vehicle of most often driven. Problem does not exist in other vehicles or at home”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

“control buttons on right side stopped functioning. I must now reach to dashboard to control A/C & venting, GPS map, engine performance display”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Steering wheel controls are becoming next to useless, requiring use of the navigation screen to utilize”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“dont respond”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Serial wireing harness fraid. Caused some steering wheel buttons to fail”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Toyota Bluetooth system does not communicate with the newest iphone IOS to play music. The work around is to connect the iphone directly by USB cable. I called Toyota once about the issue but they didn't appear interested to correct the issue with already sold cars”

Russell K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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

“The trim under the front of the car fell off and was troublesome”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hatch panel is very loose and parts are broken. The hinges on the hatch seem defective”

Tony S., KY (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The trim across the doors is coming loose”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“"Grill" is loose, slips down periodically”

Rahcel M., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Plastic "garnish molding" cracked in my hand while opening the tailgate during the winter. Ordered replacement one from Singapore and installed it myself”

Gloria V., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“A large panel below the trunk fell off while driving on the highway. It had not been previously damaged”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Because the car us very low in front have hit the cement stoppers or curbs many times. The front under carriage is loose and coming off”

Cheryl N., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The fabric covering the console between the driver & passenger seats has come loose. It looks tacky but I am not ready to spend the money needed to have this corrected. Seems like poor workmanship”

Joan G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Center console arm rest cloth covering came off. Had to glue it back on”

Scott P., GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Fabric and plastic pieces are coming unglued in several places”

Wendy W., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint is cracking on the roof of the car”

Richard O., AL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“back spoiler commpletely faded and chalked”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The problem is with the chrome paint on wheels peeling off and Toyota will not stand behind them. They were ordered as option with car”

D W., MO (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“fading paint on front bumper and rear spoiler”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on rear spoiler faded and rough (very common on Prius). A known problem with matching coating chemistry to surface being painted”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear spoiler is an eyesore. The paint is badly blistered. This is because the car is parked outside, in our driveway, 24/7, and the sun is really hot. Still.a better paint job would have survived the "sunburn."”

Bob R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“most of it was in the hatchback door and some on the driver's side”

Marion M., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint peeling from hatch area around lock on back”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Trunk door's paint fading”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the panels on the tailgate had the clearcoat delaminate”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint on what I would call "the spoiler" on the hatch back is fading and is rough to the touch. The rest of the car's paint is fine and holding up very nicely”

James S., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on horizontal body parts of car is giving way. Especially on flat surface on the hatch at the rear of the vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint used to color this vehicle scratches very easely and often”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint chipped off the hood down to the metal. Several fairly small, but noticeable, chips over most of the hood”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on the roof and hatchback has faded and is flaking. Very poor paint job”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Spoiler faded/cracked”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Finish is peeling off the plastic spoiler, resulting in faded color”

Michael H., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“blistering of paint on rear panel below rearview window”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear spoiler on the Touring model is showing cracks in the paint. Rest of the car paint looks line”

Steven L., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The bumper paint is peeling and the paint on the door handles is flaking off”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hood paint has blistered and peeled off in some small areas. This appears to be caused by rust under the paint”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clearcoat (top layer of factory paint) blistering on top and on the side usually facing the sun. Started after about 6 years. Car (in California) is not garaged”

Peter S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint on both rear door handles is cracking and fading on the rear spoiler”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The black trim coating is bubbling, peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“continued significant deterioration of clear coat”

Doug A., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat on roof and hood flaking off”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint clear coat has failed on hood, roof, and rear deck. Paint is beginning to bubble and flake”

William M., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The spoiler needs repainting”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Paint on the rear bumper is cracking and peeling”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Clear coat peeled off all panels I had it repainted”

C S., NM (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rear "spoiler" shows extreme fading compared to the rest of the car”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Door handles: paint has cracked into little broken lines on all four doors. Lip on lift gate of hatchback has completely faded to pasty white. Paint on Prius is not as good quality as one would expect”

Roselyn C., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Peeling”

Gregory C., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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

Alignment

“Required alignment at 70,000 mi”

Joel G., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Steering wheel was pulling to one side and tires were wearing unevenly”

Nathan P., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have had 4 or 5 alignments over the 100000 miles I have driven it. This seems excessive”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Ball joints

“Replaced one - normal wear”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The ball joints on the front right wheel went, and less than a year later, the left, and I only drive 15 km each day on side roads, so no potholes. Our key fobs stopped working when my husband pressed a small button while washing the car”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Worn out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Bushings

“A bushing at the axle/wheel needed replacement at about 45,000 miles, was not covered by warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

“Oil leak from right rear shock”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replaced rear struts after 140,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Strut Broke, Was Replaced under warentee”

Bill T., CT (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace struts”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Pep Boys (Monroe replacements, lifetime) gas replacements went bad”

Anthony V., PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“With uneven tire wear I was told both shocks and bushings needed replacement. And that it was a "red line" item. In hind sight I would get at least a second estimate as the cost seemed high, around $1700, but also a notion if it had to be done NOW”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Harsh ride with loud noise when driving on less than perfect sirface”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The original shock absorbers were worn out at 100,000 miles and we had them replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“After I took the Prius in for an oil change, a Toyota service technician said that my left strut needed to be replaced. I purchased a set of struts from the dealer's parts department and had the both struts replaced by an independent mechanic”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front struts leaking, needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I hit debris on the road and the car began vibrating at higher speeds (70+ mph), so I took it to my repairman (NOT a Toyota Dealer) and he replaced the linkage near the wheels and realigned it...no more vibration!”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The steering rod became loose and had to be replaced”

Roger W., WA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right tie rod began vibrating. Easy to replace for under $50 each”

Edward B., WA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Tie rids caused steering issues”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

“The tires on the Prius do not meet the warranty miles of the tire due to the heavy weight of the car. Replace the tires at Tire Factory and they said that the car is too heavy for the recommended tires and they wear out prematurely”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Bearings/hubs went bad @ about 65k mi”

H D., TN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Bearings/went bad @ about 65k mi”

H D., TN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Passenger side front wheel bearing started to make noise”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“severe noise greatest at ~40 mph from left front wheel. Not dependent on engine speed (car could be running on battery alone) or breaking, worse with turns, typical for wheel bearing but not diagnosed on the rack or with wheels off”

Matthew S., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Needed to replace on wheel bearing”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right front wheel bearing noisy and failed, then, at separate time, left front wheel bearing failed and was also replaced”

R H B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both front wheel bearings failed at about 90000 miles. I had them replaced a a cheapie place, VIP, and they failed again within a month. I had them replaced again at the Toyota dealer and they seem fine. VIP refused to make any adjustment”

Robert R., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have had to replace both the left and right front wheel bearings this past year”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Steering pull and vibration noted while preparing for a long trip. Rented a car while shop replaced the badly worn right front wheel bearing and support, plus did a front brake job while in ether, (first one in 120k miles!)”

Gloria V., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“failed”

Wayne W., WI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Wheel Bearing Failed at around 180,000 km It was seized onto the CV shaft as well so both had to be replaced cost about $900 to fix”

Chris B., BC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace the driver side wheel bearing for the second time”

Karyn S., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace both front wheel bearings at our expense (large!). Seems odd on a brand with high quality ratings, and premature for the mileage (IMO)”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both front wheel bearings caused very loud noise on highway speed and then some vibration”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“front wheel bearing had to be replaced”

D W., NH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both front wheel bearings had to be replaced within a couple months of each other”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“left front wheel bearing needed replacement at approximately 126000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2008 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 had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“a hole in some water tank. Repair was about $500”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine Coolant pump needed to be replaced because of a slow leak”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to have the water pump replaced because it was leaking”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water pump leakage, replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump went out”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water leaks into the drivers side trunk when it rains”

Susan A., AK (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“One of the headlight housings gets water in it when it rains. I have to dry it out with a heat gun. I haven't been able to reseal it”

John W., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replace water pump”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I brought the car in for routine maintenance and they discovered a good deal of water in the spare tire well. They said it's not an uncommon problem with Priuses”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Driver's door window”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“rubber seals at the doors are weathering and gives more road and wind noise due to that wearing”

Patric B., WI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“driver's side noise on the highway”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Annoying, intermittent, squeaks and rates that the dealer was unable to solve”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Interior noise from loose fittings, etc”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The wheels and ball bearing needed replacing due to normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The rear view mirror rattled. The dash rattled in multiple locations”

Orion B., NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Inside dashboard rattle behind glove compartment. Very annoying, but too laborious and/or expensive to try to fix”

Wm D., NH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Latch on the hatchback rattled”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Terrible rattles all over the vehicle. Everything seems to be rattling”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The drivers side window squeaks when going up. Dealer unable to correct without replacing more than willing to pay”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The car is beginning to show some age by the rattles/squeaks. Since the engine is so quiet, the other noises become more noticeable”

Joan G., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Squeaks”

J O., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Several trim pieces on the dash rattle and squeak”

Richard N., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Over the years there is more vibration rattles in interior”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rattle/squeak appears to come from the rear hatch hinges. Exact problem location not clear. Dealer ignored the problem, and is refusing to look into it. Local body shop is presently in the process of finishing diagnosis and will repair at my expense”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It seems as though the wind comes through the windows”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Increasing wind and road noises”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There's an almost constant noise on the highway that sounds like the window is a little bit open, but it's not”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Only when raining, a whistling noise comes from the drivers side rear view mirror”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not so much wind as general road noises. It is difficult to carry on a conversation at highway speeds”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“At highway speeds, there is a constant 'whistling' noise”

Richard N., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Other/unsure

“Passenger front wheel bearing required replacement”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“small antifreeze leak discovered after I bought from dealer. The dealer refused to fix it when under warrantee but said I should fix it after it was out of warrantee. I fixed it but will never go back to that dealer for anything including an oil chan”

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump failure; all antifreeze leaked out”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Overheating

“The coolant switch between the electric and gas engines was stuck. The sensor system warned me of the problem immediately and there was no damage”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaking”

Frederick L., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaking. Found during periodic maintenance”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Service Tech identified evidence of seal leak. Not ready to spend $$”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It started to leak and had to be replaced. It was noticed by at a regular check-up by Toyota Dealer”

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leak in water pump, second time , first covered by Recall”

Richard S., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Slight leak/seepage noticed by service personnel, replacement advised, drove about another 5,000 miles and had replacement done at next service”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump was leaking”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hybrid cooling pump failed costing about $500 to replace. When it failed the car was almost undriveable but we did manage to make it to the shop”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump leaking at 132,000 miles”

Alan K., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“water pump failed”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When I got an oil change the mechanic showed me the water pump was leaking”

Jerome B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump got 'crusty', needed replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaking pump cost $693 to replace it and all belts. Not a big surprise for a 6 yr old car”

William B., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“while having routine service on the vehicle, mechanic told me water pump was leaking”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump failed, to replace it required removing all obstacles to it and the auxiliary v belt. replaced the belt to avoid future high costs for removing the same equipment required for the water pump”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Pump had major leak spraying coolant all over engine compartment”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to be replaced because it was leaking (found during routine maintenance at 45000 miles). Not covered under warranty. Cost about $800 at the dealer”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have been told that current cars seem to need water pumps replaced at about 6 or 7 years, in our case with relatively low mileage. Planned obselence? I'm not a big fan of that”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It needed replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Seal failure, sprayed coolant everywhere. Replaced pump, no serious damage”

Harold D., KY (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“failure was covered under a recall. dealership fixed it with no hassle and quickly”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Leaked. Easily replaced before failure”

David N., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“leak in water pump requiring replacement”

Richard N., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The shaft seal on the water pump leaks. This is a common problem”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“second water pump replacement”

Douglas D., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This was an incidental finding while a problem with the climate control blower was being evaluated”

Anonymous, NH (2008 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

“ABS sensor ring malfunctioned, Causing car to shudder and act like it was braking. The car was braking on and off. 700. dollar fix”

Daniel R., VT (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“This was part of the master brake control unit. In other words, the ABS repair and the brake cylinder repair were both done at once and were intrinsic parts of the same piece of hardware that had to be replaced”

Tim Y., GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Brakes would vibrate. Toyota covered the problem through an extended warranty program. Would have cost $1-2000”

Michael H., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both the front calipers and rotors required replacement at 48,000 miles. Given the nature of my driving I felt that this was somewhat "early."”

Wesley S., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When the linkage was replaced in the front, the repairman mentioned I might need to replace the calipers, which sometimes needed done with the brake linings, so we had that done to eliminate the noise in the brakes”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“cannot find any reference to major front wheel bearings. I have had three of them replaced, all at different times over the past 80000 miles. This is a chronic and expensive problem ($600) which a number of other Prius owners have had”

Richard B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to replace rear brake pad and rotors”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I use the "B" gear when slowing down and this was only the 2nd time I had the front brakes done since I bought this car; it had 22,000 miles on it when purchased”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Brakes on vehicle have always been a bit grabby. Dealer checked a couple of times under warranty, but said no problem found. Had brakes serviced (rotors and pads replaced) at Meineke and they have been more normal since then”

James R., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They don't last forever...but they did last over 70,000 miles. Can't complain”

C B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Although the brakes lasted a very long time, the cost of replacement was quite high”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“First set of new brakes!!!”

Karyn S., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Brake wear seems a bit excessive even though the mileage is getting high. The Prius is a heavy vehicle and the suspension system causes extra break and tire wear. I will be having the 4th set of tires installed on 4/27/2015”

Patric B., WI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Right front wheel brakes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

“Parking brake cannot hold vehicle in position on a slight grade. Has been adjusted 5 times previous, currently is still not able to hold car from slipping”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When the brake light was on, and the car clearly responding to it, I called the Dealer (Luv Toyota in Lakewood, NY), and quickly found the solution”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It just works sporadically & has never failed to work when it has been at the dealer for service & we requested they check it”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

“Caused by defective Caliphers”

Richard R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Front right brake shoes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Went in for inspection sticker... was told front brakes would need redoing. I suggested pads only; they sounded horrified and I caved to new rotors as well. Left dealer with check for over $400”

C B., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Both the front calipers and rotors required replacement at 48,000 miles. Given the nature of my driving I felt that this was somewhat "early."”

Wesley S., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“They failed to work, needed replacement”

Morris F., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had to press brake pedal further to stop”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“2nd time to replace both within 3 years”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Brakes squeaked when brake pedal released (not depressed). Took several trips to mechanic & dealer to get it diagnosed and finally fixed”

Neal M., MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Squeaking when coasting. Dealer checked found front brakes dragging and replaced front brake pads,shims and rotors, lubricated pins and sliding surfaces. Solved the problem”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

“The master brake control unit went out. The part cost $1,600 and the labor was $1,000”

Tim Y., GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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

“It stopped cooling”

C A., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Stopped blowing cold air”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It physically broke”

Mark J., NV (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Automatic climate control

“There is a loud squeaking noise when the climate temperature is changed, like a duct or valve is rubbing as it moves”

Orion B., NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Part of frozen screen”

Mark K., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Condenser

“Apparently damaged by road debris”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Condenser went out with no warning, and only mechanic i could find to work on it was a dealer. Just don't trust dealers”

Carter B., MS (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

“The "spiral cable" connecting the controls on the steering wheel with the heating/ac system failed at 124,000 miles”

J S., CT (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Evaporator

“Mold growing in the evaporator”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

“The heat was intermittent. They eventually traced the problem to the thermostat”

Kate H., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Water pump needed replacement after it started leaking coolant”

Leo C., MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I have to replace the refrigerant each year”

Rolf T., MN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Air conditioner was not working. I went to an independent mechanic, who put dye in the compressor, found a leak and fixed it. Car has been ok since then”

John E., MA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The cooling system had to be recharged, but no leaks could be found”

Richard J., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

“It was barely blowing air. Replaced the blower motor and it is working well now”

Heather J., MO (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“keeps running loudly in the rear passenger seat”

Chris S., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Blower would intermittently stop spontaneously, especially with AC as outside temerature got warmer”

Anonymous, NH (2008 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“The battery and the electric converter stopped working making it un-driveable. Had to be towed to the dealership for replacement. The wait was a week long for this to be done and a bill of $5000. This was nOT the electric battery!”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery completely died without warning, leaving car inoperable”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It would not hold a charge”

Thomas Q., CT (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The battery failed and I could not drive the car. I could not move the car. I had to have it towed and have a new battery installed”

Tom T., NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Starter Battery weent dead, was impossible to jump start had to replace batter (which dealer did for free), but spent several hours putting it in”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“start battery died. expensive to replace”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The starting battery died and needed regular replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“auxiliary battery failed. this rendered the car non operable. Could not start, drive wheels were locked. Could not shut off power until later found out you had to hold power down for 5 seconds min. Car require Tow with dollies to dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“the 12 volt battery died after seven and a half years. It's located under the back seat, behind the truck, cargo area. Dealer charged $324 to replace it”

Richard B., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

“Auxiliary battery had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The electrical starter battery needed to be replaced, not the hybrid batteries. I have had several times when I have somehow left the lights on . ( such as sitting in the car waiting for some one with the engine off ) and the starter battery has r”

June W., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Battery pack failed with P0AA6 leak code. One of the modules leaked electrolyte out the bottom hole creating a HV potential to ground”

Steve K., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“From time to time the battery seems to run dead and the car requires a jump to start”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The main computer controlling engine start and run are faulty on most all of the Prius models in this age range. It is possible to engage the shift lever and the car will run without the instrument cluster lighting up to show driver car is operable. My Prius is one of many with this problem and Toyota is aware of this problem but refuses to issue a recall or something to inform vehicle owner. I had this problem over several years. It was intermittent and came and went. This is also a symptom w”

Dan H., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“About 4 occasions when keyless entry didn't work and had to use manual key to unlock. Battery was always the problem. It was an inconvenience, but quickly remedied by AAA”

Joyce B., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Engine was extremely rough and would barely stay running. Dealer states water got into the spark plug area”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“The fabric covering the armrest wore out”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

“Had to replace trunk latch as it wouldn't latch”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rubber deteriorated around hatchback opener”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hatch handle (rubber) melted/disintegrated”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Mirrors

“Both side view mirrors were broken”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Loose and eventually broken hatch handle”

Richard R., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Not sure whether latch or hatch. The rubber has melted on the exterior opening device for the rear trunk. It costs over $300.00 to replace a faulty design. Our fingers are covered in melted, black rubber each time we need to open the trunk”

Dorothy B., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Crossmember containing tailgate latch broke off in my hand. It would have cost hundreds to replace. We used epoxy on the plastic parts about 4 months ago. It's still holding”

Tim C., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“hatch release is rubber and melted in hot sun. replaced but I had to pay $280”

Edward W., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The hatch release button melted away. Went online to do some research and it seems this is not an uncommon problem. The plastic or rubber is made of material that degrades rapidly. Cost over $300 to replace a simple button”

Steven L., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rear hatch handle plastic/rubber has melted due to heat and/or component failure”

William M., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The latch has rubber over it and it has melted in the Arkansas heat making it very difficult to open. The dealer indicated it would be quite expensive to replace”

Deanna F., AR (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“hatch lift easily broken”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“spoiler broke loose from its screw, and has to be held by duct tape”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

“drivers side window auto close bounces off frame and open again - must close with short bursts”

Anonymous, FL (2008 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

“Passenger side front wheel hub bearing failed / had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

“There was a combination meter problem on a very cold day this winter when I tried to start the car. I couldn't read the gauges and had trouble shutting down the car. The next day the car was fine, but I had received a warranty notice about this pro”

Terrence R., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“CPU keeps failing. I have a computer that resets check engine light”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Would not start”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The auxiliary battery died (not the main battery). Replacement and "reprogramming" cost $450 which I considered absurdly expensive”

C M., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Bought extended warranty on purchase in CA.Brought it to HI 2 years later car died because of a lack of a hardened computer. Told by dealer that it failed due to roaches shorting computer which killed the inverter and was not covered by warantee”

Pete W., HI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The auxiliary battery died with no warning. The car was totally inoperable. I had to have the car towed to a dealer for repairs. Could not put the car into neutral so the tow truck dragged the car scraping the tires onto the truck bed”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Electronics in the dashboard went dead. The car would run but everything in the dash went dead. It was difficult to turn the car off once it was started. Luckily this was a recall issue I only found out about after reading consumer reports”

Deanna F., AR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“with battery failure you have a hard time being able to access the battery storage box”

Doug A., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed without warning 1 week after standard service at the dealership I purchased it from. Had to tow car to dealership. Very expensive to replace”

R D., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Hybrid battery failed - Car was under mileage limit, but just past the 8 year limit. The $3400 initial cost was reduced to $1250 after expressing my dismay to Toyota Customer Service”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“We had to replace the hybrid batteries as they stopped working correctly”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“failed annual emissions inspection for PA”

Paul S., PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Failure of converter”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It just wore out”

Mark D., KY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“insanely expensive to replace this with toyota. bought an after market unit for 1/3 the cost”

Dan S., CT (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Experienced very low gas mileage, power loss due to problem with this model's catalytic converter. Replacement of entire catalytic/exhaust system was expensive. **Another problem, not noted on your list, was very expensive replacement of headlights - twice. Headlights would intermittently go out; Toyota acknowledged the problem in a letter that indicated I should "not use my headlamps unless 'necessary' - quite amusing, as per CA law, headlamps required to be on in rain - and at night”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Getting a warning light that it is below threshold, costs too much to repair”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Because of hybrid we had to replace full exhaust as well as the converter”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exhaust leaks

“Carbon monoxide leak”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Crack in pipe joint between Catylitic converter more proximal section (forget the name). Costs ~$2100 to replace entire Exhaust system. Elected to try to get it patched or welded instead. Was just past Cat. converter 7 yr. warranty. by mileage. (80,0”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Muffler had holes and was noisy”

Michael R., NJ (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Rusted and needed replacement”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“heat shield and muffler need replacing but first time at 67,000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2008 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

“Deep cracks, replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Fuel fill shut off activates before the tank is full (especially when it's hot out)”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine computer

“The ECM of the car broke do to a short in the wiring harness as well as throttle body issue”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“There would be an ominous warning on the dash (red triangle with exclamation point), and an indication on the computer display saying something like "Unspecified Error", and the car would refuse to start for 5 minutes or so... after which is would usually clear. The dealer was no help”

Mitch P., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine overheated, needed oil transfusions between changes at the rate of approximately 2 quarts every 800-1,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

“leaking one quart every 7000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dealer replaced oil pump under warranty, then 2000 miles later said it needed to be replaced again. Also noted engine oil leak -- !200,00 to repair both. Neither job Ok'd. Still has minor oil leak, but it remains minor”

James R., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Massive engine oil consumption of 1 Qt every 400 miles”

Douglas D., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Minor oil leak. Scheduled to fix it, but not done yet. Has been leaking for a year, but I didn't notice until recent inspection”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“It has started to use oil, around, 1/2 to 1 quart per 1000 miles, no oil seen , so thinking rings, engine”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

“Needed to replace the catalytic converter due to a persistent code. Had to get a California CARB certified converter”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Had two problems; Presently the fuel gage does not read properly and usually is at least 4 gallons off when it the low fuel light comes on. Also when it is filled up it does not fill up all the way . Previously we had a problem with the fuel fill tub”

June W., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Dashboard gauge is stuck at just over 1/2 full. We have had a VERY hard winter and the car is parked outside which might explain the problem. Dealer has put in dry gas and suggested I drive 100 miles. Still waiting for temperature to get to 75!!!”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The fuel/air ratio sensor failed causing the engine light to come on and stay lit. It took the dealer several days to track the problem down to the sensor, and to repair the problem”

Ted F., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“sensor fouling caused car to abruptly lose power on the road and become un-drivable. A dealer regular maintenance not long before failed to check for this problem”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Replace O2 sensor”

James H., ME (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I drove it for about a year with the engine light on. It is an expensive repair (to replace the sensor), and it is not a critical repair. On the list of repairs that the dealership provides me every time I visit, it was listed as "red". However, when”

Marli R., ON (2008 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“The engine burns 1/2 a quart of oil per week. Mechanic says it will fail soon”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Engine failure due to oil level too low. disput with insurance company whether repair shop failed to r”

Anonymous, DC (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The engine started smoking about 13000 miles ago. We have not had it looked at yet as we couldn't spare the car in downtime. We will have it repaired in May 2015. My guess: rings. My hope: valve seals”

Jake G., NM (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Lost engine oil at a accelerated rate during a long trip. It may have been due to a loose oil pressure sensor. I failed to catch it during fuel fill ups. Over confidence in the car contributed to that”

Anonymous, MN (2008 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

Slipping transmission

“Transmission needed replacement. As luck would have it, the defective transmission part was connected to a hybrid part which was still under CA hybrid warranty, so the whole unit including the transmisison was covered by the dealer. $4000 approxim”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission computer

“If the battery gets low, it effects the Transmission computer and is a pain in the butt”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Prius is at the shop right now. After starting, transmission does not shift as directed. It worked normally for a day or two, failed to shift/start again. I took it to my mechanic, after 2 days, the problem has not appeared. , Intermittent problems are hard to fix”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The mechanic is telling us we are going to have to have the transmission replaced ($5000) but the car isn't worth that much!”

Amanda N., IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
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