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2006 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (41%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 266 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2006 Toyota Prius.

2006 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 110 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Toyota Prius

Engine not specified

Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

38000 mi

US $390
Multi Function Display failure. Does not turn on at all. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

46000 mi
CEL came on, Toyota replaced a sensor under extended warranty (some sensor related to the cooling system).  They also replaced the auxiliary audio harness under a TSB at the same time. 
Feb 2009

51000 mi
Right rear passenger window motor was replaced under extended warranty due to it making a unusual noise (it did still work and perform fine, just a noise issue). 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2012
May 2012

109000 mi

US $150
Nav system not totally functional. 
Jul 2012

114000 mi
Nav system not totally functional when sold. 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - May 2015
Jan 2013

124300 mi

US $325
broken left rear spring 
Apr 2014

141000 mi

US $450
left front wheel bearing 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
May 2010 - May 2014
Jan 2013

145000 mi

US $505
Controls on right half of steering column inoperable. 
Apr 2014

186000 mi

US $2800
Broken rod in engine, presumably due to wear. Entire engine was replaced with used engine (68K) as it was much more expensive to rebuild. 
Toyota Prius in Ohio, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2015
Dec 2012

165000 mi
Still a problem. Weird pattern of warning lights including at times the CEL Car still runs just fine but there is a question as to what systems are working correctly. Will report more as this story unfolds. 
Jan 2013

165300 mi

US $160
12v battery died had to break into car to gain access to battery for replacement. Also one of the headlights died fortunately not HID so no real problem - just annoying. Still a problem with warning lights - Brake, brake ABS and VCS. 
Apr 2013

166500 mi
Skid control computer died and had to be replaced. Not easy to replace and not at all easy to diagnose. Took three months to track down the problem. 
Oct 2013

180000 mi

US $40
Car suddenly started to misfire. Check engine light flashed at first then became steady. No problems previously at all. Turned out to be worn spark plugs. I have never known plugs to fail suddenly. 
Toyota Prius in Maryland, United States
Aug 2006 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

45000 mi
HID headlights failed 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Sep 2006 - Nov 2015
May 2013

29000 mi

US $120
12v battery dead. Called AAA and they replaced with new. 
Toyota Prius in Ohio, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2015
Aug 2013

128700 mi

US $140
Serpentine belt replacement. Made noise, dealer said it was fraying. 
Toyota Prius in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2016
May 2013

110000 mi
The main hybrid battery failed. Replaced under 150k warranty. 
Dec 2014

160000 mi

US $425
Rear breaks replaced. 
Apr 2016

179300 mi

US $717
Rotors and pads replaced New muffler 
Toyota Prius in Washington, United States
Jan 2014 - Sep 2015
Jan 2014

98000 mi

US $965
Dealer did these repairs prior to my purchase of the vehicle (copies of receipts in hand). Fluid Leak in Trans Area - left front axle seal replaced. Alignment performed. Replaced missing engine cover Replaced lower splash pan Wiper blades 
May 2014

105000 mi

US $300
ABS, TSC and BRAKE warning lights came on. Emergency brake switch needed to be replaced 
Oct 2014

115000 mi

US $800
Rear brake pads replaced and rotors turned. Both headlights replaced and tail light replaced. 
Jan 2015

117700 mi

US $978
Two cells of the HV battery were not working and all dash lights came on quite unexpectedly. Diagnosis by dealer confirmed HV battery needed to be replaced. Dealer replaced the HV battery and two cables. Toyota covered 70%; I paid 30%. 
Toyota Prius in South Africa
Nov 2010 - Jul 2016
Nov 2012

108160 mi

R 90
I took my car to Toyota and they pulled a P3110 "IGCT Relay Malfunction" and a B2799 "Immobilizer Malfunction" code. They reset, checked and cleared everything and the error hadn't occurred since. Cost me $90. 
Nov 2013

123380 mi

R 100
Leaking engine water pump (not the inverter).Replaced along with new V belt 
Sep 2015

156240 mi

R 200
AC wasn't making cold. recharged with gas. Fine now 
Jul 2016

163060 mi

R 2500
Main traction battery failed 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Nov 2013

111000 mi
The battery failed and had to be replaced. 
Apr 2014

122000 mi

US $1000
Front Passenger wheel bearing was bad. 
Toyota Prius in Washington, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2016
May 2012

50500 mi

US $50
water pump seepage fix and recall work related to acceleration fix (shortening the pedal) 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2006 - Jan 2015
Dec 2011

120000 mi

US $650
Engine water pump was leaking. Had it replaced. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

130000 mi
Needed catyltic convertor, new tires and was losing oil 
Toyota Prius in Delaware, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2013
Jan 2012

39000 mi

US $249
Driver's side headlight was replaced. It still worked, sometimes, but usually went off more than it stayed on. Dealer insisted it needed a new headlight $275 The battery was replaced. It could be jumped and had been charged, but Dealer said it wouldn't hold once it had drained to nothing. The car was new when I got it in 2006, now has 38,000 in 2012, and it is the second new battery required. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jan 2007 - Dec 2016
Dec 2011

85000 mi

US $470
Water pump was just starting to leak 
Sep 2014

120000 mi

US $500
Water pump replacement 
Toyota Prius in Alabama, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Feb 2012

142000 mi

US $100
Replaced idler pulley. 
Jul 2015

198700 mi

US $1000
Hybrid battery failed. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

101300 mi

US $425
HID headlights were individually turning off infrequently at random, but became much more frequent recently. Car had too many miles to qualify for class action settlement on this issue. Both bulbs were replaced. 
Jan 2014

135000 mi

US $350
Water pump leaking coolant, discovered while replacing serpentine belt. Pump replaced. 
Aug 2015

167500 mi

US $3900
Traction battery failing. Red triangle and check engine illuminated, could not accelerate to high speeds. Hybrid battery replaced. 12v battery low, was outputting 9.9v 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2012
Sep 2012

58000 mi

US $450
Front driver side wheel bearing replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2006 - Dec 2016
May 2012

88300 mi

US $250
water pump seal was leaking and was replaced 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2016
May 2012

114000 mi

US $1350
Clunking sound on bumps front disc exhibited rusting on edges - could not grind down and pads were replaced 
Sep 2014

162000 mi

US $300
Bulb replaced, antifreeze and plugs replaced 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2015
Apr 2012

100000 mi
Hybrid battery defective. Battery was on back order and took over 6 weeks to arrive at dealership 
Mar 2015

141000 mi

US $96
Both HID headlights replaced. Charge was labor only. Purchased bulbs thru Amazon for less than $45 each 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2006 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

24000 mi

US $370
Dead 12V 
Nov 2015

25000 mi

US $887
Clean Throttle Plate Replace Water Pump Replace Belts 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Nov 2013 - Sep 2016
Mar 2014

213000 mi
Warranty Enhancement - ZTV 2004 to certain 2009 Model Year Prius Vehicles Extension of Warranty Coverage for Combination Meter (replaced combination meter for FREE) 
Apr 2016

239300 mi

US $80
Replaced both inner tie rod ends and performed alignment. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2016 - Jan 2017
Jul 2016

142000 mi

US $300
Brakes, oil change, oil, air, cabin filter change 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
- Jun 2006
Jun 2006

5000 mi
Door panel vibration 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

153000 mi

US $1900
Hybrid Battery 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
Apr 2016

224000 mi

US $129
Replaced 3 cells in the traction battery and completed a discharge/ charge "refresh" on all cells and tracked initial voltage, internal resistance and final voltage 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
May 2015 - Jan 2017
Jul 2015

81000 mi
AC suddenly stopped functioning. Autonation Toyota in Austin misdiagnosed the problem, returned it to me as repaired which it was not. After returning it to them they re-diagnosed it and repaired it. They refunded all charges. AC problem had been misdiagnosed and was returned to me unrepaired. Service manager acknowledged misdiagnosis and failure to properly test after first attempt to repair. Dealership service facility finally repaired at no charge to me. 
Jan 2016

85700 mi
Main hybrid battery pack failed. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
- May 2007
May 2007

10000 mi
vehicle lost power on hwy 680 nothing was done by toyota to fix this 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
- Dec 2007
Nov 2007

32000 mi
Drivers side axle seal went bad. Warranty covered in full. Dealer claims that seal was improperly installed by manufacturer. 
Dec 2007

38000 mi

US $400
Passenger side HID headlight goes out intermittenly. Rumor has it that this problem is very common, and is actually caused by defective bulbs that were installed in 2006 year prius'. Dealer will not cover cost. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Jul 2011

90000 mi

US $55
Owner replaced right headlight HID bulb after it started to only light up intermittently. 
Sep 2012

107000 mi

US $55
Owner replaced left headlight HID bulb after it started to only light up intermittently. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2012
Mar 2011

91216 mi

US $319
Water Pump was leaking identified on previous periodic maintenance check. REplaced pump and belt 
Dec 2011

106398 mi

US $454
Had to replace original battery Replaced the engine coolant control valve sensor and coolant. 
Toyota Prius in Nevada, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2008

23000 mi
Left axle seal replaced under warranty  
Toyota Prius in California, United States
- Jan 2007
Jan 2007

12000 mi
air con coolant leak when car was new. took TWO visits to get it fixed. no problems the last 12000 miles. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2015 - Jan 2017
Jan 2016

158000 mi

US $366
Replaced windshield washer pump and headlight 
Mar 2016

165000 mi

US $622
Replaced brakes 
Oct 2016

179000 mi

US $480
Right front wheel bearing; diagnosed a while ago, but problem has gotten worse 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Oct 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

215500 mi

US $2300
Was burning oil; about 1 qt/350 miles. Replaced engine. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

203000 mi

US $2500
Hybrid Battery died 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

166000 mi

US $400
struts need to be replaced for first time 
Toyota Prius in Ireland
Jan 2014 - Feb 2016
Jan 2015

63840 mi

€20
Interior light switch, front left, needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2015

70680 mi

€100
Brake drums developed so much rust they started to constantly make a beeping sound. Drums were cleaned and shoes replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

101000 mi

US $940
Three way valve in coolant system was stuck. Also, water pump had minor leak. Both were replaced 
Toyota Prius in South Carolina, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2015

178000 mi
No instrument panel display, and car could not be shut down for about 1 hour. Dealer replaced instrument panel at no cost, under extended warranty. 
Sep 2015

185000 mi

US $3910
Replaced high voltage hybrid battery. rebuilt front brakes 
Dec 2015

195000 mi

US $125
Replaced spark plugs at 65,000 miles. One was found to be defective. 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
Jul 2015

116700 mi

US $240
12-volt battery had a dead cell, After testing, the battery was replaced. 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2015

109000 mi

US $1800
Replaced traction battery at 106,000 miles, in March. Used rebuilt battery. I had a surging when first started for the first 5-10 minutes when parked in the direct sun, in very hot weather for 4 years. Trouble code 3-14. New battery eliminated problem. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Oct 2015

125700 mi

US $250
Tire pressure monitor sensor in one wheel failed, replaced. 
Dec 2015

127000 mi

US $250
A few weeks after replacing a pressure sensor in one tire, the low-pressure light came on again. Don't know whether new sensor bad or another one quit. Haven't returned to dealer yet. 
Aug 2016

130700 mi

US $220
Replaced reostat controlling instrument panel 
Oct 2016

131700 mi

US $691
Check Engine Light came on when Hybrid cooling pump failed. I got a 20% discount on repair as reward for using dealer for maintenance and repair. 
Nov 2016

132300 mi

US $175
Parking brake pedal disconnected from brakes. Pushing pedal down had no effect. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

124000 mi

US $1525
Hybrid battery failed and was replaced under warranty Touch screen multi-function display failed. Refurbished unit installed by dealer. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

158000 mi

US $360
Change brake pads and rotors in the front wheels 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Apr 2012 - Nov 2016
Mar 2014

135000 mi
Trim from hatchback release/license plate light broke off 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2008 - Feb 2013
Jun 2011

135000 mi

US $900
Both front wheel bearings failed 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Aug 2006 - May 2015
Sep 2008

34000 mi
Front right head light would turn off while driving. Turning lights off and on again would turn head light back on, but only for a short period of time when it would turn off again. Problem was covered by a TSB. 
Aug 2009

53000 mi

US $250
A/C blower motor stopped functioning.  
Jul 2011

89000 mi

US $900
Cracked radiator, leaking water. Water pump, etc repaired/replaced. 
Sep 2011

92000 mi

US $350
AC blower motor went out and had to be replaced. 
Sep 2012

109000 mi

US $450
Front axle seal leaking 
Toyota Prius in Tasmania, Australia
Feb 2007 - Jul 2009
Jul 2008

14880 mi
Nav system failed to correctly show position. New map disk fitted to solve problem. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2006 - Apr 2014
Sep 2006

11843 mi
replaced rear camera on rear hatch, under warranty 
Jun 2008

34855 mi

US $111
35,000 mile service and 4-wheel alignment. Replaced right side HID bulb under warranty 
Apr 2009

45000 mi

US $135
While in for Oil, Filter, and wheel alignment the technician discovered that the water pump was leaking which also affected several belts. The water pump and belts were replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2010

59000 mi
water pump was leaking causing a loss of coolant. Car was flatbed towed to dealer for repair. 
Nov 2011

80000 mi
The 12v battery, which was replaced 18 mos. prior had failed. The dealer replaced it at no cost to me. 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Jan 2008 - Dec 2016
Apr 2008

52000 mi
Driver side headlight shuts off randomly. I was told that both HLs need to be replaced at a cost of ~900.00. I am shopping for aftermarket lamps. 
Jun 2008

58000 mi

US $90
Replaced HID bulbs, sourced on eBay and installed myself. Cost $90 for the repair. 
May 2009

79800 mi
Hybrid traction battery failure, replaced under warranty 
Jun 2011

119000 mi

US $114
Inverter coolant pump faulty per Toyota TSB/recall. Throwing up error messages on the dashboard and about to fail completely. Parts replaced under warranty. 
Toyota Prius in Ohio, United States
Aug 2007 - Jun 2012
Oct 2008

26000 mi
I experienced the HID headlight problem that is somewhat common on the 2006 prius (The Headlights dim, blink, or go out while driving and don't restart). The dealer replaced both bulbs as directed by a TSB. Dropped off 9am, picked up 5pm next day. 
Jul 2010

46700 mi
Problem presented as a rumbling/vibration sound that got loud at around 45MPH. right front wheel bearing was bad. Replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Mar 2012

65000 mi

US $1
the power lock actuator motors broke for the front driver and read driver side doors. I took the door panels apart and took the actuators out for repair. I sanded the communicators on the DC motors, reassembled, and reinstalled. 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2006 - Mar 2012
Nov 2008

37000 mi
HID headlights fine first 2 years, 10 months, then intermittent failures began. Lights would always turn on, then would go out after 5-25 minutes of driving. Sometimes left, sometimes right, sometimes both. Believe defects in original bulb manufacture. 
Nov 2011

72000 mi

US $290
Right High-Intensity-Discharge headlight failed, both license plate bulbs failed. Bumper cover must be removed to replace headlight bulb so had dealer do it. Total cost for light bulb fixes, $290. Headlight bulb was three years old. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

59000 mi

US $125
Left headlight HID was blinking off at random times. Technician could not definitively diagnose problem. Charged me 125$ for one hour diagnosis labor. They did replace HID bulb (stated 330.00 value) under warranty. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2007 - Dec 2016
Jan 2009

56000 mi

US $242
HID headlight on drivers side intermittently not working. After reading Prius Chat I decided rather than have the dealer perform diagnostics I would just have them replace the headlight. Seems to have solved the problem 
Jun 2009

62000 mi

US $240
HID Headlight failure, second one to fail. Called the Toyota National Customer Service line and they will reimburse me for the headlight repair. Two other small bulbs were also replaced 
Apr 2010

79000 mi
A/C Condensor leaking 
Nov 2010

90000 mi
HID Headlights are self leveling but the drivers headlight was pointed high. After checking the leveling system it was determined that the gears the move to level the light needed cleaning as they were all "Gunked up" problem solved 
May 2014

156000 mi

US $1497
A/C compressor had a short and had to be replaced Water pump was leaking 
Mar 2015

172000 mi

US $1945
Hybrid battery pac needed to be replaced 
Mar 2016

190000 mi

US $150
Hybrid battery replacement from February 2015. Failed and was replaced under warranty 
Toyota Prius in Georgia, United States
Aug 2008 - Sep 2015
Dec 2008

56000 mi
Prius stopped running, but limped to dealership. Main battery and several other items replaced. Cost not disclosed. 
Jan 2009

58000 mi
To diagnose low gas mileage; reported to be result of higher ethanol levels & not a problem with car; skeptical. 
Sep 2013

137000 mi

US $200
belt replacement required 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2016
Dec 2008

29000 mi
Driver side head light intermittently fails, or drops in output. Turning the lights off and then on generally fixes the problem, for a short time. These are HID lights. 
Feb 2009

30000 mi

US $139
This time the dealer chose to replace the driver's side HID lamp, under warranty. I found the TSB on-line, which prompted them to cover the lamp. So far, everything seems fine. 
Jun 2009

35000 mi
Passenger side HID lamp became intermittent. Dealer replaced light and both ballasts, under warranty. 
Nov 2011

55000 mi
Automatic open/close feature of driver's window quit. Relay was replaced. 
Jun 2015

82000 mi

US $2150
The touch panel shorted out, making it non-responsive to touch. The panel is on order, so I must return to the dealer. 
Sep 2015

82000 mi

US $800
The HID ballasts were defective, burning out the headlights. 
Toyota Prius in Quebec, Canada
May 2007 - Dec 2016
Jan 2008

27900 mi
Thought that the front hood was warping. Husband brought my car for regular oil change. Dealer said that the light was broke and would cost $233 to replace, not including time. The work was not done. I returned 21Feb and had to insist to manager ... 
Nov 2013

153120 mi

C $130
wiper arm motor changed 
Sep 2015

186620 mi

C $100
Changed coupling between muffler and exhaust system (donut) 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

15000 mi
The housing that held the gas fill door assembly came loose. A new one was installed. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jul 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

23000 mi
Screen has gone out on several occassions, mostly when really hot outside. Screen replaced by dealer. 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
Dec 2006

39000 mi
Poor MPG 42 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
Dec 2006

6000 mi
Left rear passenger seat does not lock into place. Service Mgr could not get it locked into place either. When I picked up the car, I was told by him that the Service Tech said I needed to "slam" it harder. However, the right rear seat does not need t 
Sep 2007

22000 mi
Car started making a "flapping" sound in the front left panel, possibly near the left wheel. Sound only heard above 45mph, especially noticeable on the fwy. It started out occassionally and inconsistently, but eventually became louder and more noticeabl 
Jan 2008

33000 mi
Problem 1: Brake actuator makes squeaking noise when brake pedal depressed, but dealer could not duplicate problem. TBS issued for Brake actuator, but not covered after 36K miles. Problem 
Oct 2008

48000 mi

US $85
Car makes an ANNOYING rattling sound in mid-dash area, above the MFD screen. Mechanics admit hearing rattling, but unsure of exact problem. They would need the car for another whole day to rip out the dash and see if they could diagnose & repair rattle. 
May 2010

85000 mi

US $330
Needed new H20 pump. 
Toyota Prius in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2006 - Dec 2011
Nov 2006

5000 mi

US $50
Tire press. light came on while driving, stopped and put air in and tried to reset but the light did not go off. More user error- I didn't hold the set button down long enough and they put in a little more air. 
Dec 2009

36000 mi

US $133
suddenly could not start car, but they could with my other key and reprogrammed the car, something about the immobilizer. 
Toyota Prius in Arkansas, United States
Jul 2006 - Jun 2011
Apr 2007

14000 mi
Replaced key fob. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2006 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

112000 mi

US $210
Adjustment to rear brakes as part of full service 
Oct 2014

113000 mi

US $500
Coolant sensor triggered "check engine" light; replaced 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2006 - Dec 2016
Jan 2008

36000 mi
Brake system made noise when car was stopped and brakes were firmly pressed. Brake actuator replaced according to TSB. Coolant transfer pump made high pitched whine on start-up and shut-down, especially in cold weather. Pump replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2011

121000 mi

US $315
Weeping engine coolant pump replaced. 
Mar 2012

135000 mi

US $850
Replaced HV battery due to reduced battery capacity resulting in poor climbing performance. 
Jun 2012

142000 mi

US $1300
Transaxle failed and was replaced with salvage transaxle. 
Mar 2014

180000 mi

US $385
Replacement of left front wheel bearing 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Aug 2007 - Jan 2017
Jan 2007

22000 mi
Have had intermittent cracking noise in steering column or rack and pinion. Dealer has looked for the cause of the problem on two occasions but could not pinpoint the problem. Otherwise trouble free. 
Oct 2007

32000 mi
Took my Prius in to the service department again to diagnose a cracking noise and sensation that can be felt in the steering wheel. It is an intermittent problem and as with the two other times I have taken the car in it didn't make a sound for the techni 
Dec 2007

32000 mi
I located the cause of the cracking noise in my steering column by myself. The plastic in the dash must be rubbing on the column. Adjusting the wheel up and down eliminates the problem.  
May 2011

58000 mi
Replaced halogen headlight. Very difficult to replace. Not the best engineering for replacement.  
Sep 2012

70000 mi

US $15
I replaced passenger side headlight bulb. 
Apr 2016

103000 mi

US $16
I replaced the driver's side headlight for the fourth time. The passenger side headlight is the original. Not sure why the one side burns out frequently. Last headlight lasted a little over a year. 
Jan 2017

106000 mi

US $16
I just replaced the drivers side headlight bulb again. This happens about twice a year.The bulbs are very difficult to change. I have to loosen the bumper so I can take the entire headlight assembly out so I can change the bulb. This is a chronic problem. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2006 - Dec 2009
Oct 2006

6092 mi
Replace ABS actuator and resistor. Separate trip to reconnect dimmer switch on dash. 
Sep 2007

18000 mi
MFD does not always switch to back up camera when car shifted into reverse. Random occurances. Could not replicate in shop. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2006 - Dec 2016
Jul 2011

46000 mi

US $800
Yaw sensor for Vehicle Stability Control was replaced and LF speed sensor for Anti-lock Braking System was replaced. 
Sep 2011

49000 mi

US $1014
Transmission fluid leaking from corroded parking cover. Ten hours labor to get to, diagnose and fix leak. 
Apr 2014

77000 mi

US $1100
replaced both front wheel bearings 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Mar 2009

60000 mi
Noisy thermos water pump. 
Jan 2012

110300 mi

US $200
Replace muffler - can rusted through, no longer attached to pipe towards resonator. 
Mar 2014

150000 mi

US $60
Slow coolant weeping from internal combustion engine water pump, replaced with OEM (Aisin) part from Amazon plus a gallon of Valvoline Asian Car 50/50 coolant. 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2008 - Sep 2013
Oct 2010

54000 mi

US $119
brake actuator makes a chirp/squeak when car is stopped. TSB BR001-07 describes situation. 1st step is to bleed the brakes and see if problem still exists, which it did. 2nd step (not taken) is to replace the $1200.00+ brake actuator. 
Sep 2012

79000 mi

US $82
Sheathing covering rear hatch release has turned into a sticky, gooey, mess. Rubber sheath is not sold separately, replacement of hatch release switch is required ($72 + $10 shipping). Web search shows this as a frequent problem. 
Sep 2013

86000 mi
I think the noise decreased/stopped after we got more miles (and brake usage) on the car. 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2014
Aug 2010

52000 mi
Inverter coolant pump replaced under powertrain TSB warranty 
Dec 2013

137000 mi

US $400
Hybrid battery failure. Rebuild a spare and replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
May 2006 - Dec 2016
Aug 2010

90000 mi

US $450
Leaking water pump was replaced by dealer. Requested new serpentine belt since old one had 88,250 on it and there would be no additional labor charge. 
Sep 2012

124000 mi

US $245
Front right HID headlight started working intermittently. They said the entire front bumper had to be removed in order to replace it, which added to the cost of course. 
Oct 2012

126000 mi

US $28
Right (passenger) front foot well was getting very wet. The AC drain line was clogged. The dealer cleaned it out, dried the carpeting and floor mat. The floor is staying dry. 
Sep 2015

181000 mi

US $165
Front left HID headlamp began to work intermittently and needed to be replaced. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2011
Jul 2010

36000 mi
Inverter pump failed. 
Nov 2011

53000 mi
Erroneous gas gauge reading - gauge showed 1/8 tank when more than half full of gas. Dealer "reset" the gauge reading. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2016
Oct 2010

145000 mi

US $4200
Hybrid battery failure 
Mar 2011

162000 mi

US $710
Water pump, $480 
Aug 2011

175300 mi

US $710
Headlamp bulbs, $230 
Sep 2011

178000 mi

US $745
Front shocks, $745. 
Dec 2011

187000 mi

US $35
Replaced license plate illumination, parking lamp bulbs, and the plastic retention clips that hold the interior hatch panel that must be removed for access to the plate lamps, (the very expensive clips of course shatter as panel is removed) 
Feb 2012

194000 mi

US $174
12V battery died 
Mar 2012

196000 mi

US $800
Replace worn front strut shocks 
Apr 2012

198000 mi

US $121
Dash rheostat malfunctioned 
Apr 2014

224300 mi

US $1400
Replace front and rear shocks Replace upper strut supports Replace spring insulators Replace spring bellows 
May 2016

243272 mi

US $160
Replaced HVAC blower motor Replaced HVAC blower motor 
Aug 2016

233500 mi

US $215
12V Accessory Battery Defective 
Toyota Prius in Hawaii, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2016
Sep 2010

51000 mi
Hybrid inverter pump broke. 
Jul 2013

91300 mi

US $200
Noise from front end. Especially loud at 25 - 27 mph. Replaced wheel bearing. 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

75000 mi

US $220
HID headlights began to fail. Replaced for 270 - dealer credit of 50. Cost 220 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Sep 2006 - Jul 2016
Apr 2011

38000 mi
headlight intermittently out on driver side, common with these cars. dealer replaced both HID bulbs. no charge, completed within 2 hours. not a bad experience at all. 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2012
Apr 2011

127000 mi

US $20
Passenger HID headlight intermittently faded out while driving (turning headlights off and on again made it work temporarily). Replaced passenger side HID bulb ourselves; $20 per bulb bought online. Took two hours, but probably half hour if experienced. 
May 2011

129000 mi
Driver's side headlight intermittently failing. Couldn't DIY on driver's side. Shop removed bumper for headlight access, replaced bulb with one we'd bought online. They charged 1/2 hour labor. Attempted to DIY drivers side headlight change. Gave up after 2 hours trying to remove cover; space too cramped to DIY. Took to shop (mentioned in separate entry). 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

62000 mi

US $400
Computer died this time battery car would not shut off transmission kept shifting in neutral while driving all dash lights came on car would not start or shift water pump leaking 275$ head lamp front right replacement of all wiring (fried) replacement of actuator replacement of another actuator replaced battery had no brakes! 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
May 2006 - Jun 2016
May 2010

78300 mi

US $15
headlight out...owner replaced 
Dec 2010

87000 mi

US $15
Head light out, replaced by owner 
Jan 2012

110300 mi

US $15
Owner replaced curb side head light. 
Apr 2016

185000 mi

US $400
Finally had to replace front (only) brake pads 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2009

83000 mi

US $400
Driver side headlight turning off after a while. Paid $600 for similar issue on passenger side 2+ years ago. Problem worsened recently; independent shop replaced the bulb in early April, but problem got even worse. Problem still exists, but less frequent. 
Toyota Prius in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2006 - Mar 2013
Aug 2009

41000 mi
Slow (at the time of repair) coolant leak at the water pump. Water pump replaced under warranty and the leak was fixed. 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2011
Jul 2009

30000 mi

US $115
I went in for 30k maintenance and also for squeaky coolant pump under TSB 0087-08, and also a squeaky rear window. They could not replicate either of my problems, and nothing was fixed. I was very disappointed and angry with them for not fixing anything 
Sep 2009

31000 mi
windows squeak on way down in hot weather 
Jan 2010

35000 mi
squealing noise coming from coolant pump. replaced under TSB 0087-08 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
May 2006 - Jan 2016
Jun 2009

33000 mi
The volume on the radio would go down to zero or way up all of the sudden while driving. The 6 CD changer had to be replaced under the extended warranty. Radio was actually replaced on this trip. For the previous one, they had to figure out what the problem was. 
Jul 2011

70000 mi
Right passenger wheel bearing was making a sound. Needed to be replaced. some nut was damaged and needed to be replaced as well. They needed a few days because extended warranty people had to randomly inspect. Would have been $1K. 
May 2013

91000 mi
Bad wheel bearing 
Jul 2013

93000 mi
Headlight. Our 2006 Prius has had at least 30 bulbs replaced since we got it, including 5 or 6 headlights. 
Mar 2014

100000 mi
Another headlight 
Jan 2016

130000 mi

US $3300
Hybrid battery needed replacement. Dealer tried charging me 4400 even though two other dealers had lower quote. Dealer did not lower price until I actually sent a tow to tow it somewhere else! This is even after I talked to manager! 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
May 2006 - Jun 2015
Jun 2009

46000 mi

US $150
HID headlight failed just past time warranty (37 months), with 46,000 miles. Manufacturer goodwill covered cost of bulbs (both headlights). Paid labor only. 
Sep 2012

101000 mi

US $300
Both HID headlights replaced. 
Dec 2013

121000 mi

US $591
Replace both HID headlights. 
Jun 2015

140000 mi
Leak in condenser. No cold air blowing. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2006 - Dec 2016
Sep 2009

35000 mi

US $450
CEL on w/ many codes-most caused by aftermarket installation. Xtra time taken for repair to isolate & repair real problem-dirty sensor. 
Aug 2011

46700 mi
Problem w sound system. Incorrectly diagnosed 1st time, pointed out while still there. After approx 4 hours, 2 more hours, they got it right. (1st diag was for me to pay, 2nd turned out to be covered under warranty) 
Sep 2011

47000 mi
Part installed, audio problem fixed. 
Jun 2015

54000 mi
My tire pressure light has been on for months, even through a tire rotation and 12v battery replacement. The fix I've chosen is a piece of black duct tape over the light since I know the pressure is correct. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jul 2006 - Jan 2010
Oct 2009

68000 mi

US $50
Replace leaking water pump 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2012
Jan 2010

30000 mi
Mechanic found that the water pump was leaking and replaced it on warrantee. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Oct 2006

4000 mi
Rear stereo speakers never worked; repair was fixing a loose speaker wire. 
Toyota Prius in Ohio, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2016
Nov 2009

69000 mi
Water pump leakage identified during oil change and lube 
Nov 2011

94000 mi

US $250
12 volt battery died...car did not start 
Jun 2013

109000 mi

US $1500
Front Wheels noisy, wheel bearings replaced 
Feb 2015

124700 mi

US $300
Brake rebuild 
Toyota Prius in Utah, United States
Sep 2006 - Dec 2014
May 2010

43000 mi
Inverter pump was starting to make a lot of noise at shut down. While my car was being serviced for the recall, I mentioned the problem to the dealership, and there was a tsb out on the problem. They replaced the pump quickly and well. 
Jun 2014

76000 mi

US $340
Coolant Water Pump was replaced as it was weaping coolant. 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4-door

4-cylinder hybrid CVT 2WD

Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Jul 2006 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

41000 mi
Noisy coolant recirculating pump. Installed parts. 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4-door

4-cylinder CVT 2WD

Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008

22000 mi
Replaced driver headlamp assembly for internal condensation. 

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