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

Owner Reports

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

"Blew a fuse for the second time."

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

"Blew a fuse a few months ago. Fuse replaced, worked for a few months and quit again. Have not yet replaced fuse again. 12V power used only for charging phone and powering Garmin GPS"

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

"can't find the problem"

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

"I don't know what to call it but the electronics to control the visual panel showing the speed and gauges went out and when this happens your car will not start."

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

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"dashboard replaced under warranty"

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

"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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"one marker light burned out"

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

"I had a back up light out. I took the car to my local Toyota dealer, was told that replacing the bulb would take an hour and would cost about $50. Twenty minutes later I was told that the light bulb was very expensive and very difficult to get to - they would have to order the part - and the job would cost $500! I took the car home. The next week I took the car to a local independent repair shop and got a new (90 cent) light bulb put in in about 10 minutes - my cost: $10 and a loaf of blueberry bread (the repairman was a friend of the family. I had had satisfactory service done at Victory Toyota since I bought the car. This time there was a new service manager. I am never going back there again. I did complain to the Better Business Bureau."

Martha W., MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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 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)

"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 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)
Gauges

"The gas gauge often indicates that the tank is empty even when we refilled the tank and the indicator alarmed that the tank was empty soon thereafter on multiple occasions. We took it in for service and they said nothing was wrong - twice, yet the problem persists."

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

"there was a recall involving dash lights not lighting up - we found about the recall too late and couldn't get it corrected. only affects the car when very cold, after driving about 10 miles, and then leaving engine off or 15 -20 minutes usually corrects itself"

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

"Early in 2018 one of the Prius headlights burnt out. I went to the auto parts store they gave me a pair of headlights for 28.00. The headlights didn't fit, I went back and they had given me 2007 headlights. So they gave me one 2008 headlight, it cost 150.00. That's not all, you have to remove the front bumper & fender and other things to change the light bulb. I changed it and it didn't work, so I took it to the dealer. The dealer put another new bulb in it for 150.00 plus labor for a total of 279.00. For a headlight!? A month later the other headlight burnt out. Never again will I ever buy a Prius. I'm 64, when I was younger you go to the auto parts store, pay 2.50 for a headlight & install it yourself in 5 minutes."

John F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"High intensity headlights and associated ballasts failed and needed replacement."

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

"Replaced HID headlight bulb"

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

"Headlights just have always been terrible on Prius Generation 2 cars. Literally can't see at night."

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

"Replacement of one headlight bulb that burned out required removing front fender to access. Dealer estimate for job was over $200.00!. Replaced myself without removing front fender, but it was a struggle of about 5 hours!"

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

"Costly replacement of headlight lamp or generator"

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

"Needed to replace the left headlight due to moisture inside it"

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

"one burnt out"

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

"One of the headlights repeatedly went out. We had it repaired several times but the problem would reoccur"

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

"One HID bulb failed after 8 years, so I replaced both."

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

"Cost to replace headlight outrageous."

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

"both headlights failed as separate times. on this vehicle, this is not a simple bulb replacement. The cost to replace was almost $150 in parts alone. why they were built this way, I have no idea."

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

"Headlight stopped functioning. After 4 months still waiting to have them replaced. No ETA."

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

"My car came with high intensity diode (HID) headlights. These last a long time but are ridiculously expensive to fix or replace. I spent about $750 just to replace two bulbs. Would definitely not purchase another car with this type of lights if I have a choice."

Jean R., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drivers side headlight burns out routinely at 3-6 month intervals. Dealer wants big money to keep car all day to troubleshoot. As long as they keep replacing bulbs free, I’ll wait."

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

"expensive repair head lights would go on&off this was a hazard. there should have been a recall on this."

Joyce M., NH (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to replace hid ballast"

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

"poor design in that they have to drop the bumper just to change a headlight bulb- not to mention that the bulb was pretty expensive itself."

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

"Both turned off at the same time. Would alternativlly go on and then off."

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

"Headlights are next to impossible to service. Some mechanics remove the bumper and or fender. I invented a tool and with the use of mirrors and 99 extra doses of extreme patience. I was able to replace a lightbulb."

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

"Encountered a commonly reported problem with Prius Generation 2 vehicles. Failure in headlight ballast in both headlights. Problems started with flickering and intermittent shutdown. DIY replacement of both ballasts appears to have corrected the problem, for now."

R G., TN (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

"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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Expensive replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius 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 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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heated or cooled seats

"Probably on same fuse as 12 Volt port"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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)
Keyless entry

"Rear passenger and rear driver side power lock modules have failed"

James E., IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"drivers door cannot be locked or unlocked with the remote or the electrical control in the door. must use the key or the mechanical lock in the door."

Anonymous, NC (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)

"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)
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)
Tire pressure monitor

"One wheel sensor failed. Very expensive to replace. Low pressure light won't reset."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Prius 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)

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
USB port

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

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

"doesn't work anymore"

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

"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 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)

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

"Back up camera got water in it. Toyota wanted $1,000 to repair. I bought a used camera on ebay for $26.00, and replaced it myself in 45 minutes after watching a YouTube. It works great!"

Pamlyn A., NY (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

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

"my last 2 cars have been toyotas- avalon and prius-both over 8 years old- and both of the cd players quit working but the problem is that you cannot get a new factory spec replacement."

Anonymous, FL (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 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)

"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)
Display screen difficult to see

"changes from light to dark, no reason"

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

"Same issue / problem description as hardware replacement"

J K., GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The multi-function display would not respond to finger touches meaning that you could not change any of the climate features or radio stations. I had to remove the display and send it off for repair, costing me about $350 total."

Scott P., GA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

"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)
Display screen goes blank

"my screen went blank.So when you started the car you had no idea if car was on or off. It was 1 day before I was going to drive to Florida for the winter. I had to leave the car for 3 to 4 weeks while they sent to Japan for a part to be made for my car."

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

"The display screen goes blank on certain settings like the map and audio display."

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

"Freezing weather caused screen to go blank. Was a recall during the first two years of ownership. Ignored because we were always in FL winters, stayed in PA this past year and had to have it repaired."

B F., PA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The on-dash display got intermittent and then went permanently dark. It controls and displays informtion for GPS, climate, radio, backup camera etc. -- making those functions essentially permanently unusable. Separately, the other display, with speedometer, odometer and gas gauge, has also gone dark a few times, which prevents the Start/Stop button from stopping the engine normally (as well as disabling cruise control and speed monitoring by the driver. Toyota apparently extended warranty coverage for this (which is reportedly due to a design error) to 9 years. My problems started at 9.5 years."

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

"On occasional cold mornings the display screen goes blank. The car is driveable but difficult to shut the engine. Later when I return to the car the display screen comes back on again."

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

"The control display unit completely died which took out not only the features already mentioned but also: Radio and control AC and control GPS maps and navigation ..simply put EVERY feature it controls! I had to replace the entire unit"

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

"The screen indicating speed goes blank and mileage is not recorded. The larger problem is occasionally the car is very difficult to shut off. We had a previous Prius with the same issue and had it repaired. This is not yet frequent enough to justify the cost of repair. A nuisance about twice per month"

George C., CO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The center display console worked intermittently for a month in 2018, then went completely blank. This prevents me from using many standard features of a car, like adjusting the air conditioner fan speed, setting and finding radio stations, linking phones to the car via bluetooth, etc. Some items can be minimally controlled via steering wheel buttons (a/c on/off, temperature up/down, radio seek up/down), but that is much more difficult than having the display. Losing a radio station and having to find it by seeking up repeatedly until you hear what you think is your station is not ideal (station frequency is not displayed anywhere other than the display console). I can't have a/c on with gentle fan. Frustrating, but replacement may cost as much as $1,300 according to dealer. I won't know how much it will cost until I commit to a $200 diagnostic test. Makes me very leery of any car with an all-function center display--like Tesla. A failed Tesla screen makes me expect a $2-$3k expense!"

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

"Toyota covered the replacement display"

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

"Touch screen features stopped working, then it turned white, then constantly restarted and lost ability to control bluetooth, navigation, climate, rear backup camera. Some features could still be accessed on steering wheel (radio control, AC)."

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

"Display screen intermittently goes blank. When that happens it can be difficult to shut off the ignition."

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

"Dash lights for speed, gas remaining, did not light up one morning until after I stopped and then restarted car. Now lights seem a little dimmer but have not failed. Toyota service could not detect a problem."

Mary M., GA (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When I started the car one cold evening, the main display (speed, fuel level, odometer) did not light up. Car was still drivable, so I drove home. That night I googled it and learned that this was a problem often incurred in this model. Toyota had extended the warranty to 9 years - replacement without cost. However, my auto was nearly 10 years old, so wouldn't be covered. Next day, called Toyota, confirmed the warranty situation, learned that it would cost nearly $1000 to fix. Made an appointment for later in the week. However, after the weather warmed up a bit, the display lit up again. Cancelled appointment. There was one other time when the display did not light. I turned the car off and the on again, and it was fine. I seemed to have dodged this bullet, but I'm not looking forward to next winter!"

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

"The dashboard display sometimes will not come on, which is the odometer, the speedometer, the gas gauge, all the other idiot lights. It happened 8 years ago, and 3 times in the last couple months. It seems to return after the car is turned on for the next trip. One time it came on while driving, and once went off during driving. It has always come back to life eventually. I noted that the odometer doesn't register any additional miles while it is out."

John M., MO (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display screen is a very common problem with the Prius. Shame on Toyota for not making it a recall. It is so common that small companies have been formed by entrepreneurs to repair. Electron Automotive in Orange County CA and AutoBeYours in Indiana are excellent companies to repair, and thy have excellent and fair pricing. They provide easy videos on the internet to remove, and you can mail the screen in for repair. If you are lucky enough to live nearby. You can bring in for repair. Toyota charges way too much for this repair to make sense."

Anonymous, CA (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)

"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 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 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)
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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"any control of temperature, gps, music or monitoring can not be selected."

Anonymous, MI (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)

"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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Was not able to connect a second iPhone. Also was not able to get built in bluetooth to open garage door."

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

"Bluetooth no longer worked when the Multi Function Display died"

Anonymous, CA (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)

"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)
Radio

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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)
Speakers

"all speakers have been blown resulting in significant distortion in the upper range"

James E., IA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"high pitched whine coming from the speakers even when radio turned off. turn off vehicle and restart and it goes away. can't find the short in the electrical system from under the passenger seat to the speakers."

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

"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)

"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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The front bumper shield is so low that it got caught on parking blocks and came loose."

Keith B., PA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Air foil became loose"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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)

"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 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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"It seems the paint was fading quite early. It seemed to scratch all of the car even on the roof. There was a rust spot early on . It had chips on different places of the car. In the interior, the upholstery actually wore out and looked like it was dirty The upholstery that covers the middle console fell off."

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

"The clear coat is totally oxidizing and looks is now a white crusty coating on the car."

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

"Paint has been cracking on back bumper (only). Looks crummy but does not affect else."

Victoria H., MI (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Our 2008 Prius is painted fairly dark pearl blue with clear-coat on top. The clear-coat began peeling on the roof and the most-sunny side after about 7 or 8 years. At 11 years it's gotten quite bad. Hard to tell if the paint underneath is OK or not. The care is seldom garaged, and is in the San Francisco Bay Area."

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

"The clear coat is flaking off. It's unsightly and will eventually cause paint failure, but it's not worth fixing. The car is outside 24x7 in southern California."

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

"roof paint started peeling and toyota wouldn't cover it. this car sits in the same place as our other cars that are alder and they have no paint problems. Read many reviews and its clear toyota won't cover it so we gave up and had car painted."

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

"The paint on the bonnet and roof started to crack and then peel."

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

"Small chips, possibly from stones being thrown up. Has happened on the hood since 2008 but in the last year have had more frequent chips along driver's side."

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

"Peeling and fading"

Ernest B., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cracking and peeling paint on the air foil"

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

"The clear paint coat peeled off the top of the car, but not in any other part of the car."

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

"I had to have the car repainted because the paint cracked and peeled over the entire roof , hood and back."

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

"Paint fading and clearcoat sealant flaking off"

Ernest B., AZ (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 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 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)

"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 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 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 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)
Rust

"Needed body work on rust on running boards and wheel wells"

Sally B., NH (2008 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

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 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

"It seems that in today's world that 110K miles is awfully early to have a ball joint need replacement. I've owned many used cars (GM, VW & Subaru) in the last 50 years, with many going well over 100K miles and never had to replace a ball joint on any of them. Especially since it's a Toyota. Oh Well."

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

"Worn out and had to be replaced"

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

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Bushings

"Heard a loud creaking noise when going over bumps or going into reverse. Diagnosis was bad bushings in the lower control arms. Replacing the lower control arms fixed the problem."

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

"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

"Shocks wore out...after 11 years"

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

"They just wore out and it cost almost $4000 to remedy all the problems."

David C., WA (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)

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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)
Tie rods

"Sway bar needed replacement"

Max B., NJ (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)

"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)
Tire wear is uneven

"The hughly rated alignment shop that i have used for over 30 years told me my car had sagged and needed some shims installed so that it coukd be properly aligned. I spent about $400 on the job and the probkem was solved to my satisfaction."

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

"After the car was 3-4 years old the wearing of the tires became excessive. My husband had to purchase new tires every year and then after 5 years we replaced his tires every six months. For whatever we did the tires never wore evenly."

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

"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)
Wheel bearings

"Dealership told us not to drive much without repairing wheel bearings, so we did. Cost was reasonable; service is always good."

Victoria H., MI (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car was running very noisy. Was having an oil change and ask them to check tires for noise. They found bad wheel bearing and repaired it."

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

"seized causing car to pull to side"

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

"Right front began to be noisy, suspected wheel bearing, it was and we had it replaced."

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

"Wheel is beginning to be loose."

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

"Had a bad ball bearing in front right wheel replaced."

Oleg T., MD (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to replace both front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Prius 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)

"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 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 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)

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

"There was a significant water leak that allowed water into the battery compartment."

Marilee K., WI (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I began finding water in the spare tire well. After checking online, I found out that 2008 Priuses often have this problem due to a faulty weld in the upper part of the hatchback. I fixed it with silicone sealant. I mentioned it to the service manager at Toyota, who denied that this was a common problem with this year/model."

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

"Replace water pump"

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

"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 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)
Other/unsure

"Passenger front wheel bearing required replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"exterior weather stripping on drivers door where the window sits came off when I rolled my window down and up, no I have water leaking into my door"

Jeremiah F., KS (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"driver's side noise on the highway"

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

"Driver's door window"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius 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)
Squeaks or rattles

"the car has a rattle from the dash, to the right of the steering wheel above the air vent, it is loud and annoying"

Jeremiah F., KS (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dashboard rattles. Seems to be endemic with Prius. Sometimes aggravating, other times can be ignored."

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

"The entire car kind of squeaks and rattles when driven."

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

"Squeaks and ratles from rear suspension"

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

"Inside dash panel is a persistent rattle that has continued and not been fixed by three warranty visits to dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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 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)

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Door seals dried out"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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 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)

"It seems as though the wind comes through the windows"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius 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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Just failed. Brake light, ABS, (!), and CVS alert lights went on"

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

"The ABS actuator had to be replaced. The part cost about $1100, labor $300"

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

"Prius warning lights indicated failure with ABS. It was repaired under an extended warranty for that specific failure."

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

"ABS actuator failed. Very costly repair."

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

"Air in system and a resulting noise, no driving issues"

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

"Actuator had to be replaced, was a $2500 repair"

Anonymous, NC (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)

"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)
Calipers

"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 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)
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)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal wear and tear."

Joe D., AB (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"These were after market brakes that we had installed 2-3 years ago. The squeaking occurred when it rained. The brakes gave no warning of failure. A warning appeared on the dash telling us that there was a problem. Our mechanic told us that the tangs that make the squeak had likely rusted off. We replaced with Toyota brakes this time."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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 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 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

"When I bought the vehicle with 80K miles the parking brake would barely hold the car, especially in reverse. I had the Toyota Dealer look at it and they adjusted it and it works fine as a parking brake. However now in the morning, if it has rained the night before and I leave my house and head down hill and stop at the bottom of the hill, the rear brakes tend to lock up confusing the anti-lock breaking system. It makes the first stop in the morning awkward, but from then on the brakes work fine. I'm guessing that new drums and pads would solve the problem, but the real issue is that moisture from a light rain ( I don't drive through any puddles ) causes the problem."

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

"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 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)
Regular brake failure

"Break acctuator, batter replacement, dassh lights"

Glendy F., TX (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rotors

"CALIPER DID NOT RETRACT AND DAMAGED ROTOR."

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

"Had to press brake pedal further to stop"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Prius 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)

"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 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)
Squeaking

"SQUEAKING AFTER HAVING ROTORS REPLACED."

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

"When the weather is raining or really damp , the brakes on the Prius sqeak, stick and activate unevenly. We have to be extremely careful of how we use them in those conditions. Of course the dealer says that is normal operation for the car."

Anonymous, WI (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)

"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)

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 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

"Ran over a folding ladder on interstate; resulting damage under vehicle were not fixed completely. Been in repair shop several times - needs to go in again."

James M., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"Water pump for cooling the hybrid engine failed. Replaced."

John C., TX (2008 Toyota Prius 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The water pump showed signs of leakage during a routine service visit, so I had it replaced."

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

"Water pump failed - noisy and leaking a bit."

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

"NOTICED DRIED ANTIFREEZE FLUID RESIDUE ON ENGINE NEAR WATER PUMP."

Aaron C., NV (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trouble code indicated coolant pump problem. Diagnosed as bad coolant pump and it was replaced."

Clayton H., IL (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 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 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)

"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 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 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)

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

"Needed replacement by dealer. $700 repair."

Matthew H., MA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A year ago I had to have the Freon replaced in my air-conditioning unit. A few months ago I had to have the entire system replaced for a cost of $2800."

Nettie B., FL (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It failed and was expensive to replace. Also, a solar radiation sensor used to cycle the compressor on and off seems to e intermittent and will prematurely stop the AC from working - still have this problem"

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

"It physically broke"

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

"It stopped cooling"

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

"Stopped blowing cold air"

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

"Part of frozen screen"

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

"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)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower stopped working. repairs cost $215.00"

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

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

Heather J., MO (2008 Toyota Prius 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)
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

"Replacing the evaporator was very expensive, due to the labor required to access the evaporator within the dashboard."

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

"Evaporator coil was leaking freon. The part was relatively cheap - about $150. The dashboard had to be completely disassembled so the labor was around $1000"

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

"Mold growing in the evaporator"

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

"When the outside temperature requires heating inside, sometimes there is none at all, or only after driving many miles. Not clear what causes this. It might be related to a slow leak in the coolant system, which results in an alert message."

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

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"Compressor leaked, had to be replaced"

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

"Air conditioner does not work."

Joan P., MN (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Coolant is leaking onto serpentine belt."

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

"A/C stopped working. Mechanic couldn't find the leak, but added coolant to fix it for now."

Joan P., MN (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)

"Water pump needed replacement after it started leaking coolant"

Leo C., MA (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

"The rubber boot covering the hatch handle/switch deteriorated. Replacing it was easy; a few dollars and 30 minutes of my time for work that the dealer wanted $100+."

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

"I live in a warm climate, and the plastic that depresses on the handle of the trunk to open it becomes so soft in summer months that the trunk cannot be opened."

Pamela W., NC (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The rubber latch for the rear hatchback door melted after 8-9 years. needed to be replaced at a cost of $360."

Kevin O., MD (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hatchback lock is poorly designed. When trying to unlock, lifted latch too hard and cracked the trim panel surrounding it. Hatchback cannot now be opened, cracked trim held together with duct tape. Dealer wants $450 to fix"

Ernest B., AZ (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace trunk latch as it wouldn't latch"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Prius 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

"latch for hatchback came off. made of cheap plastic so it broke off."

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

"The plastic cowl on the tailgate latch came loose -- we held it on with duct tape until we were able to get it repaired. The latch no longer worked, and we had no access to the rear except through one of the side doors."

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

"The trunk latch 'melted', for lack of a better word. It is a gooey mess back there, impossible to open in winter and difficult at all times. It appears this is a common issue with this model, but Toyota will not pay for repairs."

Charles S., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trunk got stuck. First time, dealer could not find problem and could not fix. Second time, we contacted Toyota and they contacted dealer, who replace trunk latch. Now, it works."

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

"Handle to tailgate was coming off so couldn't open the trunk. Cost $400 to fix"

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

"The section of Prius came loose attached to the back hatch handle."

Cynthia F., OR (2008 Toyota Prius Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The spoiler on the hatch became detached during opening because the hatch is increasingly difficult to open."

Richard N., HI (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)

"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 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 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)
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)

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 small 12 volt battery went dead without warning. I parked the car, went into a building. Thirty minutes later, I tried to start the car and it is dead because the car's electric system is supplied by that battery. The same thing happened one time several years ago."

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

"Fails every ~three years, requiring a jump or tow to get it replaced. Jumper cable access points hard to get to. Key batteries fail a little less, but I have had them done 2x."

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

"Had trouble starting car and needed a jump start several times. Soon became clear that the battery could not hold a charge. Had it replaced by my mechanic. It is a non-standard battery for the Prius, so it was rather expensive. But, this was the first time I had to do so in the 10 year life of the car."

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

"Non hybrid battery is only lasting about 2 to 3 years. It does sit for long periods unused. Would really like a way to shut off ALL usage of this battery while away to avoid it running down (dead). Turned off all systems that I could including remote entry but it is a pain to get to the battery to remove a termail to shut it down. Will probably put a trickle charger on it next time."

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

"On the tenth year of the 12v battery - guess it needs to be replaced."

James M., VA (2008 Toyota Prius Base 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)

"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)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"At the 148,748 mile mark, some cells in the hybrid battery went out, and the battery had to be replaced with a reconditioned battery. I consider 148,748 to be good mileage for that kind of problem. -- Our 2002 first generation Prius went about 144,000 miles, which was also pretty good. The cost of repairs this year was $2,049, much better than the $2,750 for the first generation Prius in 2013."

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

"Needed to replace at about 200,000 miles. Cost about $2,800 at Toyota dealer."

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

"Hybrid battery had to be replaced at the cost of $2500. Service technician said it shouldn't have happened, batteries last longer than that."

Anonymous, PA (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)

"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)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"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 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)
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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The engine light came on but the Prius still ran fine. When registration time came around & I had to get it smogged, In CA they won't do a smog check if the engine light is on. Pep Boys said the code was the CAT. The muffler shop said there are no aftermarket CATS for the 2008 Prius, so you have to go to the dealer. The dealer said $2600.00 for the CAT + $120 an hour for labor. They also said that I have to solve what caused the problem or it will just happen again & it was oil leaking from the engine into the exhaust system & it would cost over $4000 just for the labor & either an engine rebuild or a new engine. So I can't get a 2019 sticker for my car unless I want to pay their racketeering price to fix their defective car. The price to fix it costs more than the car."

John F., CA (2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to be replaced to pass CA smog"

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

"Vehicle uses oil which fouls the catalytic converter."

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

"Needed to be replaced"

Sally B., NH (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)

"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)
Exhaust leaks

"The hanger for the exhaust pipe completely rusted off and left the muffler loose and leaking. After the dealer replaced the pipe with a very expensive part it still leaked and I had to return it for adjustment."

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

"replace exhaust donut"

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

"Carbon monoxide leak"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Prius 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"