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2008 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (37%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 258 repairs.
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2008 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 114 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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2008 Toyota Prius

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Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

36000 mi

US $1700
Nav display no longer responds to touch. 

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2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

90000 mi

US $750
Carbon buildup on engine intake has to be cleaned. 
Mar 2015

99000 mi

US $2400
Failed catalytic converter had to be replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2016
Jul 2014

95300 mi

US $40
Steering completely locked. Recall repair had been completed prior to this incident. Shop cleaned contact points. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

53000 mi

US $500
Normal (12V) battery identified as problem behind a series of inaccurate Check Engine Light firings. Water pump also identified as needing replacement on this trip. 
Aug 2014

55000 mi
P1121 code - known frequent problem with Priuses of this vintage; eventually got manufacturer to pay for full replacement of coolant flow control valve! 
Toyota Prius in Oklahoma, United States
Aug 2011 - Jan 2017
Jun 2014

60000 mi

US $700
Water pump leak at the housing. Replaced pump, gaskets and coolant Replaced accessory drive belt that was worn and frayed. Replaced rear hatch switch. The rubber switch boot was torn. 
Sep 2016

80000 mi

US $34
Replaced burned out parking and license plate bulbs. 
Jan 2017

83000 mi

US $645
Replaced 3 way coolant valve. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2008 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

58280 mi

C $10
Rainwater leaks into car through body cracks where rear qtr-panel reaches roof, just behind the hatch. A quick search shows this is not unusual. Dealer wanted 2 hours to just test. I traced the problem and put sealant on the cracks. Its a temporary fix. 
Mar 2016

87420 mi

C $400
Front bearing assembly replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
May 2014

78360 mi

C $350
Pads rotors front 
May 2016

100440 mi

C $570
Front right wheel bearing 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jan 2016
Dec 2011

53747 mi

US $150
replaced 12 volt battery with Optima Yellow-Top 
Sep 2014

103000 mi

US $400
Replaced engine coolant pump 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

67000 mi

US $1000
HID Headlights reached the end of their life 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

115500 mi

US $5
Cleaned throttle body and air filter. Added dry gas to fuel tank 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

99000 mi
Left rear shock replaced under Toyota platimum warranty. Costs was zero but would have been $315 if no warranty. 
Toyota Prius in Georgia, United States
Sep 2014 - Oct 2016
Oct 2014

83000 mi
Replaced pads Calibrated headlights Oil change, engine and cabin air filters replaced, radiator cap replaced due to signs of leakage 
Nov 2014

84000 mi

US $112
Changed ATF; replaced ATF drain plug; inspected brakes; replaced horns; replaced PCV; topped off fluids 
Jun 2016

105000 mi

US $115
Wiring issue 
Oct 2016

111000 mi

US $150
Coolant control valve was bad; throwing P1116 and P1121 codes and check engine light; replaced valve and replaced engine coolant; also did oil & filter change; rotate and balance, new wipers  repaired horn wiring 
Toyota Prius in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2013 - Nov 2014
Oct 2014

113000 mi

US $100
Lag in response, cleaned dirty throttle body. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

45000 mi

US $475
LED headlights needed replacement. Known Prius problem 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2015
Mar 2014

78000 mi

US $700
Fuel gauge failed. Required replacement of gas tank, which has a specialized vapor-capture system. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

80000 mi

US $294
Leaking main engine water pump 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2014
Aug 2013

107000 mi

US $336
replaced break pads and rotors 
Toyota Prius in Iowa, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2016
Oct 2013

96300 mi

US $110
Front left wheel bearing replaced 
May 2015

120000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 4 shocks, when removed none really were very bad, car needed aligned really bad so I wanted to do shocks first. Also alignment required shims on rear and camber bolts up front, it drives like new now. Alignment cost 300. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2016
Jun 2013

125000 mi

US $450
Routine brake replacement at 115,000 miles. No other problems. 
Jul 2016

184000 mi

US $623
Front wheel bearings 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2015
Apr 2013

36000 mi

US $49
rear lic bolt stuck and was removed 
Mar 2014

43000 mi

US $165
12v Aux battery died after 6 years (good life span) and was replaced by father son team 
Aug 2015

64700 mi

US $600
winter weather took its toll on pads and rotors. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
May 2013

51000 mi

US $320
Mechanic reported that the front brakes had a vibrating feeling to them and that the rotors needed to be replaced. The brake pads were still fine. 
Jan 2016

82700 mi

US $350
The original 12V battery needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2016

92000 mi

US $950
replacement of front struts left and right Evap system. One part of the gas line replaced 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2014
Sep 2013

70000 mi
After washing the car, I noticed moisture in the rt headlight assy. 
Nov 2013

70700 mi
Occasionally vehicle would not start. Not sure if we were not turning off correctly, or if rear decklid not closed all of the way and some interior light left on. Battery checked very good. We might carry small gel battery for emergency.  
Dec 2013

71000 mi
I inspected battery and discovered it was original, almost 7 yrs old. I replaced battery and no longer have any problems starting. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2016
Nov 2013

56000 mi

US $320
Replaced 12v battery 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

100500 mi

US $120
Replace drive belt. 
Jun 2014

106000 mi

US $1000
Replace front pads and rotors Replace front sway-bar links. 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2014
Apr 2014

85700 mi

US $20
Replaced headlights (non-HID). 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Dec 2016
Feb 2014

45000 mi

US $220
Rubber melted on rear hatch door latch. Replaced latch assembly. 
Feb 2015

50000 mi
Notice a slight misfire when coming to a stop. WAs not reproducible at shop and no codes stored in current flow but cylinder misfire was in history. Throttle cleaned. 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Jun 2008 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

54000 mi

US $300
The auxiliary battery (located at far back) died in the super cold weather. We had it replaced at dealer. 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013

91000 mi

US $120
Passenger door frame out of alignment, door gasket also torn causing wind noise. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

90000 mi

US $170
The start sequence is powered by a small lead acid battery; boot computers, energize brakes, engage big hybrid battery. A weak small battery could not energize the fly-by-wire brakes causing warning lights and car would not shift into drive 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2014 - May 2015
Oct 2014

159700 mi

US $120
Tie-rod end on both side of the front axle. They were worn out due to occasional excessive load. 
Toyota Prius in New Mexico, United States
Jan 2016 - Oct 2016
Apr 2016

97300 mi

US $500
replaced both rear shock absorbers, leaking 
Toyota Prius in Israel
May 2015 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

126660 mi

$100
filled the gas for the AC didn't start in the morning 2 days in a row. needed a jump start. the 14v battery was replaced. early wornning i got was park error ~ a week bifur. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

120000 mi
AC fan motor intermittently would not turn on. Fan motor was removed, cleaned, and oiled to reduce friction at start up. 
May 2016

125000 mi
Auxiliary input stopped working. Car would not switch to AUX to play music at all. AUX input was removed, and two resistors were bypassed by soldering together (by myself). Now AUX works, and can be switched to even without any input. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

150000 mi

US $400
Replaced passenger side wheel bearing (necessitated entire hub assembly) 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

53000 mi
3 Way coolant valve needed to be replaced. Was under warranty. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Feb 2016 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

89000 mi

US $281
The traction battery failed and was replaced with a new battery. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

113000 mi

US $410
Rear hatch garnish broke off the car and needed replacement. 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

71500 mi

US $600
Coolant Control Valve replacement 16670-21010 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2011
Aug 2008

8100 mi

US $800
reprogrammed new fob pull out and rebuild transmission that dealer broke on last visit 
Sep 2008

8300 mi

US $220
fix problem with suspension post transmission rebuild  
Jan 2009

20000 mi

US $890
Replace rebuilt transmission with New transmission like they should have in the first place 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Dec 2013 - Jul 2015
Jan 2013

24000 mi

US $300
Replaced leaking water pump. 
Toyota Prius in Georgia, United States
Jun 2016 - Jan 2017
Nov 2016

111300 mi
Power button and dash board whould not respond. Took to dealer, found that it was a recall issue. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

98000 mi

US $450
Brake light switch malfunctioned, causing engine to not start. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
May 2016 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

147700 mi

US $15
Headlight went out 
Dec 2016

152000 mi

US $150
Car was making weird flappy noise while accelerating. The mechanic looked at it, and found the oil was the consistency of syrup. Oil change fixed it. 
Toyota Prius in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

101000 mi

US $738
Headlights low & high beams didn't work. Problem was on control side of headlight relay; removed dash to locate problem area found an open in harness goes from fuse block inside the car. Replaced original wire with new. Repair not guaranteed 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

83000 mi

US $285
replaced one headlight. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

48000 mi

US $2400
Touch screen would no longer accept commands. Had to be replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Utah, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2016
Jun 2015

100000 mi

US $250
Water pump replaced as it was beginning to leak. Cost of about 250 
Aug 2016

108000 mi

US $370
the multi function display failed. Repaired by autobeyours, taken out and put back in by me. Easy to do after watching youtube video. Works well once again. Worth doing as car is very reliable. $325 repair + $45 shipping it out. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
May 2015

78740 mi

C $625
Water pump leaking coolant fluid. Replaced it and the belt. Front windshield washer fluid pump failed. Had to be replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2015

87000 mi

US $72
My 2008 Prius has the HID headlights and they were blinking so I replaced both with new bulbs. 
May 2016

95000 mi
Drivers side HID headlight burnt out again. 
Nov 2016

99500 mi

US $200
drivers side front strut failed, lost all it's fluid. I installed two new front struts. 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2016
Feb 2015

59000 mi

US $215
Need new starting battery. Organa AL 8 years old. 
Mar 2016

71000 mi

US $600
Diverter valve in coolant system was not closing. Check engine light on. Fixed with valve replacement. 
Nov 2016

79000 mi

US $5
Rear latch switch gummed up by adhesive used oncover 
Toyota Prius in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2015
Mar 2015

125000 mi
Battery went dead in winter severe cold. Could not restart by an exterior battery boost. The small battery was replaced and several fuses. Problem originated in an obscure fuse. 
Toyota Prius in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

123380 mi

C $820
Faulty Wheel Bearing. Was Seized on CV shaft both had to be replaced 
Jun 2016

150040 mi

C $900
Struts were worn out. 
Jul 2016

152340 mi
PCV Valve replaced to try to improve oil consumption. Didn't help. 
Toyota Prius in Vermont, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2016
Jun 2015

98000 mi

US $50
Replaced the air blower, which was intermittently failing. 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Oct 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

91000 mi

US $150
Exhaust heat shield rusted and needed to be replaced 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Aug 2015

88300 mi

US $200
Front left wheel bearing noisy. Replaced bearing and hub. 
Aug 2016

95000 mi

US $200
Wheel bearing that was replaced a year earlier failed again and had to be replaced. Suspect faulty replacement bearing. 
Toyota Prius in Ohio, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2016
Jul 2015

140000 mi

US $600
rear end hit at 100k caused rear bushings and shocks to go bad Toyota refused responsibility even though I took it to them twice so I had a local shop do it at 1000 $ cheaper 
Toyota Prius in Nova Scotia, Canada
May 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

146940 mi

C $160
Brakes had to be cleaned 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

154000 mi
Replaced inverter cooling pump under recall 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2016
Mar 2013

64000 mi

US $190
The display controller (part that shows odometer, speed, fuel gauge) had failed. 
Apr 2015

83000 mi

US $12
Driver side power lock failed to operate correctly. It would move slightly, but not enough to engage or disengage. 
May 2015

84000 mi

US $60
Resonator pipe broke from catalytic converter 
Feb 2016

88000 mi

US $600
The Multifunction Display (touch screen) stopped working entirely. I removed it and sent it to a shop that services these displays. Leaky water pump and worn timing belt replaced. Car happened to be in the shop for a replacement accessory battery. Physical key does not unlock the car. Service center investigated it, but did not do anything. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Aug 2015
Feb 2011

49995 mi
HID bulbs went bad. Toyota extended warranty to 50,000 miles so they were replaced free. 
Nov 2012

79000 mi

US $600
Hybrid system water pump 
Jan 2013

81000 mi
12 v accessory battery was replaced because car would not start. $260 for a battery. 
Aug 2013

84000 mi
The rubber handle for the rear hatch melted off in the scorching Louisiana sun. Now attempting to open the hatch will result in a black, sticky, tar-like substance on your fingers. 
Aug 2015

96000 mi
The rubber handle for the rear hatch melted off. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2013
Mar 2010

40000 mi
Exterior spoiler came loose. Dealer reattached. No cost 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2010
Mar 2010

28000 mi
BRAKE Warning Light illuminated for no apparent reason. Immediately made appointment for dealer to investigate. Brake light remained on for 17 miles, then at stop light just before entry to dealer, light self-cancelled. Dealer could not duplicate. 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2007 - Oct 2011
Feb 2010

22000 mi
Right headlight (both high & low beams)went out. Dealer tested for electrical issues and did not find anything. Bulb was replaced. 
Apr 2010

27000 mi
Marker light / turn signal went out, replaced. Left HID bulb also replaced due to service bulletin. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2012
Jan 2010

27000 mi
Replaced left HID Headlight which had gone out 
Feb 2010

27000 mi
replace Right HID lamp 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2013
Dec 2009

12000 mi
Remote key fob button popped up, no longer able to use keyless entry. 
Jan 2011

26000 mi

US $83
A/c blower motor replaced, a/c air filter I had to pay for. 
Jun 2012

44000 mi
Engine water pump and hybrid water pump and battery 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2007 - Dec 2016
Jan 2010

19000 mi
Passenger front seat developed a squeak, particularly in cold weather, the first winter we had the car. Car was in for accident repair anyway and we had the seat work done at that time. 
Aug 2012

49300 mi

US $25
Reported a rubbing noise coming from front brakes. Dealer could not duplicate. Car is still making noise. 
Mar 2015

83000 mi

US $120
Thermostat on coolant pump that pumps hot coolant to a thermos tank next to the engine failed and had to be replaced. 
Sep 2016

93000 mi

US $350
Gearshift was stuck in neutral, had to be held in D to go forward. Shifter replaced under a TSB, apparently this is a common enough problem. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2015
Oct 2009

32000 mi
Cruise control was activated at 65mph on a rainy day on the highway and a car cut me off. I braked to override the cruise control. Instead of disengaging, the car sped up. I piled on top of the brake and changed lanes. Called Toyota and they blew me off. 
Toyota Prius in Israel
Sep 2008 - Mar 2015
May 2010

28520 mi
Leak in water pump discovered during routine maintenance. Replacement covered by warranty. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Jul 2013
Sep 2010

21000 mi
Replaced blower motor flap servo 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Aug 2010

60000 mi

US $225
Right hand light bulb replaced.  
Apr 2014

93000 mi

US $350
Front drums corroded. Replaced. Pads were ok. 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2014
Aug 2010

65000 mi

US $300
Struts holding rear hatch needed to be replaced 
May 2011

80000 mi
There was a rattle when front tires went over a bump. Only noticeable at speed below 15 mph. Front Sway Bar links were worn out. 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2015
Aug 2010

21000 mi
broken driver windshield wiper (hold down nut) cap replaced, part number 90084-94001. Waiting for the warranty paper work took much longer than replacing the part. 
Jan 2013

49700 mi

US $166
Odd symptoms intermittent, happened only twice with my wife driving - engine revs up when removing foot for accelerator at 55 mph to slow down for stop light. Service Advisor recommended Injector Flush & Induction Service 79.95 each. Not fixed. 
Toyota Prius in Maryland, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

33000 mi
The damper on the glove box broke, causing it to drop open suddenly instead of gliding open. 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

31000 mi
The hatch hold-up struts required replacing, they'd weakened. Fully paid for by Toyota's warrantee. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2016
Dec 2009

76000 mi
Engine Air Flow Sensor Failed - Check Engine - Computer kept shutting down engine - Had to tow to not wear down hybrid battery 
Oct 2011

167000 mi

US $350
Coolant flow sensor for inverter - replaced sensor and valve 
Aug 2012

210000 mi

US $250
Inverter coolant pump failed and was replaced 
Sep 2014

310000 mi

US $770
Hybrid Coolant Pump Failure 
Toyota Prius in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Aug 2009
Mar 2009

11000 mi
Fuel filler door would not open when interior lever was pulled. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

14000 mi
weak struts on rear hatch probable leak in AC drain. Apparently fixed itself. 
Dec 2009

24000 mi
rear hatch struts replaced 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2016
Mar 2009

10000 mi
Odometer and instrument panel lights would not come on for 20 minutes. 
Toyota Prius in Washington, United States
Oct 2007 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

86000 mi
Brakes would intermittently lose about 90% of their stopping power. If car turned off completely, brakes returned to normal until next episode. Although Toyota offered warranty extension on '08 Prius brakes, it refused to cover this repair. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2016
Jun 2008

8000 mi
aux port alternator whine TSB to install noise filter behind aux port. 
Sep 2010

28000 mi
FOB button stuck TSB for gas pedal reshaping. 
Apr 2016

50700 mi

US $130
Both HID headlight bulbs were failing. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2014
May 2009

36000 mi
When iPod was plugged in to both aux and 12v ports and the stereo was in aux mode, there would be noise out of the stereo system. Fixed by installing new audio interference filter as part of a TSB.  
Toyota Prius in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Apr 2011
May 2009

8680 mi
Engine check light came on. Took vehicle to local dealer who determined via the code that there was a misfire problem. Cleared Engine Check light. Suggested we had picked up water in gas. Added 150ml TSP water eliminator. No further problem. 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2012
Oct 2009

29000 mi
4 burned out lights, including headlight 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2014
Oct 2009

40000 mi
Known quality problem with Toyota HID Head lamp. Replaced under goodwill by Toyota/Dealer. 
Jul 2011

87000 mi
HID Bulb burned out after last replacement 15 months ago. Due to continued bulb problems with Toyota HIDs dealer agreed to fix problem for no charge labor or parts. 
Aug 2011

90500 mi
The same HID headlight bulb that burned out in July burned out again in August. Passenger side Head Light. 
Dec 2011

96000 mi

US $340
Water pump was leaking, had a new after market water pump installed. 
Toyota Prius in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2015
Sep 2009

22000 mi
XM Radio antenna that is included with the Toyota Prius XM package is mounted inside the car. This is a design flaw that renders it unusable outside of a metropolitan area where there are XM ground repeaters. Toyota agreed to replace w/external ant 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2016
Jan 2009

11000 mi
The fuel filler door which can only be opened by a cable lever switch that had to be adjusted to allow the filler door to unlatch and open wide enough to allow your hand egress to open the door completely. The dealer greased the hinge and adjusted the cab 
Apr 2009

23000 mi
HID headlamp bulb repaired/replaced under warranty during a scheduled maintenance service. The repair has been working correctly since then. The HID lamp would initially light but would not stay lit..... the bulb was replaced. 
Jan 2011

60000 mi

US $250
Replace defective hatch struts ...cost of struts replaced under extended warranty..additional cost of the 60,000 mile service plus dealer recommended brake service which cleaned and lubed all brake parts... 
Jul 2011

61000 mi

US $250
Noticed I had to turn radio louder with windows down with beginning of warmer weather. Thought tire problem. At regular service interval dealer found and replaced defective both front wheel bearings. Charged for alignment. Very slow AC leak, recharged. 
Aug 2011

65000 mi

US $50
Defective fog light bulb. 
Feb 2013

82000 mi

US $205
Replaced defective HID, drivers side, headlamp. Replaced same LED under original warranty period but now I was told by Toyota because of lawsuit I am now out of additional extended warranty coverage. I argued to no avail. 
Jun 2013

83000 mi

US $58
Dealer replaced dead nav/brain head unit under extended warranty. Estimated cost was $8500.00 if I did not have extended warranty. There are rebuilt units available for much less but because I had ex. War. the dealer replaced with new unit. Kept getting red emergency triangle light in dashboard and " problem " across screen of brain unit before brain unit stopped working. After brain unit was replaced warning idiot light conditions still lit up intermittent. Found low oil. 
Feb 2014

87000 mi

US $30
Tail light bulb replacement...o.3 hours @ $ 99 per hour .. 
Feb 2015

94500 mi
Have had an intermittent check engine light for the past year. Dealer could never find anything. I eventually found it was very low on oil. Seems to be burning it. Not happy that dealer didn't discover the problem one of the times I took it in. 
Apr 2016

102500 mi

US $472
Check Engine light. First visit #2 cylinder problem. Change plugs, clean injectors. Mechanic also recommended cracked serpentine belt and possible water pump leakage. I okayed replace serpentine belt. 
May 2016

103000 mi

US $487
30 days and 500 miles after repair on 4/01/2016 the same condition again on 5/07/16. Check engine light. Dealer found bad injector cylinder # 2 again. Replaced faulty injector. Now problem is corrected . 
Aug 2016

106000 mi

US $40
wheel air leak.Found tire seal leak. Remove tire ,wire brush rim seal area , add some kind of bead compound and remount tire. 
Oct 2016

106300 mi

US $600
Not normal, rather loud noise coming from front of car when rolling. Took car to dealer service and found driver side front wheel bearing failing. Dealer also recommended wheel alignment after bearing replacement . 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2016
Jun 2009

10000 mi
My wife noticed a "condensation leak" feeding into the right/front passenger area near the front of her seating area ... near her left foot while seated. For this first trip, the leak could not be "replicated" by the service department. After a few days, the dealership was able to replicate the condensation leak on this trip, and found a "clogged line" ... POSSIBLY resulting from having driven over some debris on the road at some point. Line was cleared, and leak has not recurred since. 
Jun 2010

19000 mi
This is 2nd time the A/C condensation outlet has become plugged / water flowing into right front foot area instead of flowing out from bottom of car. Outlet was cleaned out by dealer; no additional leaking noticed since unplugged June 21. 
Jul 2011

29000 mi
5th attempt to fix A/C condensation HEAVY leaking into right/front seat; up to 12 oz water/hour of driving time. 5 days in shop waiting for parts. Replaced ENTIRE A/C system under warranty with new unit incl hoses & connections. 
Nov 2011

32300 mi
12-volt battery drained PROBABLY because I left headlights on and left phone re-charging plug in place for several days ( didn't drive during that time ). Jumped at home / diagnostic performed at dealer / everything checked out fine. 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2012
May 2008

10000 mi

US $186
Tire Pressure Sensor (valve Stem Broke) Causing flat tire. 
Dec 2009

42000 mi

US $95
RH headlight goes off and on. 
Feb 2010

44000 mi

US $54
Leveling Sensor Linkage worn causing squeaking in back of car. Rh head lite out and the lh off and on out. Non dealer said it was the controller. the dealer said it was just the bulbs and replaced both. 
Toyota Prius in Maryland, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

51000 mi
combination meter would fail leaving all dash lights to fail to come on when car was started. no speedometer, no fuel level nothing. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2016
May 2012

37700 mi
The turning dial no longer worked and the radio needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2015

68000 mi

US $1200
Replaced front wheel bearings and aligned wheels 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Jul 2008 - Sep 2012
Jun 2012

63000 mi
Cooling system 
Toyota Prius in Indiana, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2012

139000 mi

US $122
The brake, VSC, ABS and brake system malfunction lights came on and the regenerative brakes no longer functioned. 
Apr 2013

167000 mi

US $709
The car was making a lot of noise while driving. The shop replaced the hub bearing 
Apr 2016

225000 mi

US $1586
The car was pulling to the left despite having been aligned. The car was making a very loud groan as I drove and having previously replaced the right bearing I assumed the left also needed changed. After changing the left bearing, the mechanic test drove the car and heard same noise I'd been hearing. The right bearing was also bad and the front axle had been cross-threaded and needed replaced. 
Dec 2016

237000 mi

US $515
Right side wheel speed sensor failed 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

40000 mi
Replaced water pump. 
Jan 2013

47000 mi
Passenger side headlight went out. 
Oct 2014

59300 mi

US $400
Dead 12 volt battery 
Dec 2014

60000 mi
Headlights intermittently not turning off after turning off car. Dealer unable to duplicate problem, could not solve. Dash display intermittently fails to dim when headlights are turned on. Dealer attempted to duplicate problem, but could not and therefore did not repair. 
Sep 2016

71000 mi

US $200
Replaced both headlights 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
Mar 2012

81000 mi

US $50
Blower Motor failed and had to be replaced. It would work intermittently. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2016
Jun 2012

62000 mi
One Leaking rear strut. Will repair later. 
Jun 2015

94000 mi

US $185
Leak in fuel pump 
Toyota Prius in Louisiana, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2012
Sep 2011

95000 mi

US $106
The rubber cover on the rear hatch opening switch deteriorated and was nearing failure which would have left the switch open to the elements. Supreme Toyota in Hammond LA replaced the switch and cover with what appears to be a more substantial cover. 
Dec 2011

102000 mi

US $145
The dealer technician noticed cracking in the drive belt. They replaced the drive belt with no problems. No problems since. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Dec 2016
Nov 2012

24460 mi

C $216
I had a thermostat changed as I suspected it was sticking (via ScanGauge II water temp readings). Dealer software could not i.d. any trouble and was not recommending a change. I insisted and the new thermostat has cleared up the symptoms 
May 2014

43400 mi
Leaking water pump replaced under extended warranty 
Mar 2015

55180 mi

C $67
Removed and replaced noisy blower motor for HVAC system. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2015
Dec 2012

77000 mi
Catalytic Converter Failed at 77,400 mi. Normal Car warranty expired however dealer replaced at no cost with a new one using the federal emissions warranty which covers this repair for vehicles under 80,000 mi 
May 2013

79300 mi
Water Pump leaking - replaced water pump 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2008 - Dec 2015
Jul 2012

52700 mi

US $100
Serpentine belt was cracked and replaced 
Toyota Prius in Alabama, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2015
Sep 2012

45000 mi
water pump leaking coolant, replaced water pump and belt... 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Jun 2011 - Oct 2014
Jul 2011

41000 mi
pin hole in air conditioner coil. This is the second such incident. Toyota agreed to fix it out of warranty. 
Jun 2013

59000 mi

US $458
Water pump needed replacing 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2016
Mar 2012

45000 mi
replaced water pump 
Aug 2013

58300 mi

US $150
head light 
Nov 2014

74000 mi

US $182
Head light out 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

US $30
running a little rough at idle 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Feb 2013
Apr 2011

56260 mi

C $126
Left front wheel bearing replaced under warranty. Dealer required a wheel alignment which was NOT covered under warranty. 
Apr 2012

73120 mi

C $450
new brake pads and rotors 
Toyota Prius in Ireland
Oct 2010 - Apr 2011
Mar 2011

18600 mi
Brakes sticking after letting go. Makes horrendous screeching noise 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2007 - Oct 2013
Mar 2011

66000 mi
Starting in Feb. the cruise does not engage. It started intermittent, but now permanent. Living with the problem at this time. Car is used for rural mail delivery. Needs front brake pads every 2 years. Other vehicles require every 6 months.  
Sep 2011

70000 mi

US $600
Cracked CVT Boot Passenger front wheel bearing 
Jan 2012

79000 mi

US $150
Combination Meter repair. Dealer wanted 4-6 weeks down time and $900. DIY repair 6hr. job total. 2 weeks down time (the meter board was sent out for repair)$150. 
Toyota Prius in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2008 - Dec 2016
Jan 2011

34000 mi
Can't completely fill up the gas tank. They told me the gas tank has a bladder in it and probably because of it being so cold it won't fill up all the way. I should wait and see if it gets better when it warms up outside. 
Toyota Prius in Utah, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

36000 mi
Control arm makes noise when turning under braking. The parts were replaced 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Oct 2013
May 2011

47000 mi

US $200
fog lamp not working. bulb & casing around it needed to be replaced 
Sep 2012

65000 mi

US $600
Battery was found to be inadequate when I took the car in due to a "check engine" light that turned out to be caused by a defective gas cap. 
Oct 2012

66300 mi
My tire inflation light keeps coming on. Somewhere there seems to be a slow leak. All of the tires LOOK OK, but the light comes on & they always fine one low 
Jun 2013

73000 mi

US $15
One tire has been leaking slowly for several months. Remounted tire after cleaning some corrosion off of tire and rim 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2014
Jun 2011

187000 mi

US $478
Running exceedingly rough. Had to replace spark plugs & other electronic parts. Wanted to replace brakes, but decided not to at this time. 
Jan 2014

350000 mi

US $4500
Engine was using oil, about a quart every two weeks, and had to be replaced with a used engine. 
Toyota Prius in Netherlands
May 2009 - Jun 2014
Jan 2012

30840 mi
ABS/VSC system reported malfunction after applying the brakes hard to avoid a cyclist. This was a software problem and was solved by installing new firmware as clearing the errors did not resolve the issue. 
Toyota Prius in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2013
Dec 2011

97000 mi

US $480
accessory battery died, needed a tow to dealer to replace 
Aug 2013

104700 mi

US $480
Rear brake lights went dead simultaneously- not a fuse and not the bulbs-- Required a trip to the shop to correct issue with wiring. 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2013
Oct 2010

71000 mi

US $65
Driver side headlight flickered after 15 min driving. Went out. Driving home both headlights went out (passenger side w/no warning flicker). Dealer wanted nearly $500 to replace both lights. Ordered bulbs on line. Took 3 hrs to replace 
Jan 2012

104300 mi

US $300
Gosh darn prius headlight problem AGAIN. Love this car. Hate these headlights. $300 to replace one bulb at the dealership. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2016
Jul 2011

69576 mi

US $50
Replaced RF wheel bearing 
Apr 2014

116000 mi

US $489
LF wheel bearing squealing, replaced bearing 
Oct 2014

121700 mi
emission check engine p0456 
Dec 2014

123000 mi
replace fuel tank failed emmision test 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Jan 2008 - Dec 2016
Sep 2011

192000 mi

US $250
Car was losing 2 quarts oil between regular maintenance (5,000 miles) PCV valve was replaced. Have not yet taken car back to dealer for oil consumption test. Update: problem persists. 
Dec 2012

250000 mi
Check engine light came on. Service dept. put it on the computer and 2 codes came up, 1. was the catalytic converter and 2: was a problem possibly with the gas cap. No definitive fix was given but an $1800.00 price was given for the repa. 
Feb 2013

260500 mi

US $943
Replace catalytic converter. 
Jun 2013

277000 mi

US $500
Replace hybrid cooling system 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Mar 2012
Jul 2011

62000 mi
noticed the battery was not reaching full charge ... diagnostic was OK .. it was the heat .. we have a heat waze ( over 40) so the battery efficiency is reduced and will not charge as fully. Noticed improvments with cooler weather now. 

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2008 Toyota Prius 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

10000 mi

US $125
AC drain hose clogged. During trips 1 1/5+ hours, driver notice water dripping on foot during turns. 

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