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Toyota Prius Problems and Repair Histories

1997 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota Prius. 675 of these members (33.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1235 repairs to Toyota Prii--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Toyota Prius problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Toyota Prius problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Toyota Prius problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

26% of the Toyota Prius repairs were to the engine, 2% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 37% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1235 repairs.

Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota Prius repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 54% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 479 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Toyota Prius problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 0    
1000 0 Defective speaker in front door, replaced. 
 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 5000    
23000 0 Screen has gone out on several occassions, mostly when really hot outside. Screen replaced by dealer. 
 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 0    
4000 0 Rear stereo speakers never worked; repair was fixing a loose speaker wire. 
 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 37000    
39000 0 Poor MPG 42 
 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 2000    
6000 0 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 
22000 0 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 
33000 0 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 
48000 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. 
85000 330 Needed new H20 pump. 
 
Toyota Prius in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2006 2000    
5000 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. 
36000 133 suddenly could not start car, but they could with my other key and reprogrammed the car, something about the immobilizer. 
52000  

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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 31000    
32000 0 Vehicle went completely dead in my driveway, was towed to the dealership, and the 12 volt battery was replaced. I had noted and reported an odor of something burning coming from the hood area which the dealer could not confirm. While driving the same d 
63000 498 Grinding type noise noted when gas engine engaged. 
76000 1050 R&R Compressor Assy 
113000 480 Headlamps out of adjustment.R&R Headlight Level Sensor sub assembly 
132000 1390 R&R Shifter. R&R Hub & Bearing Assemblies front left and right 
Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 23000    
39000 0 The HID headlamp self-levelling system went "default", warning light came on - one wire had chafed, was replaced under warrantee. 
 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 33000    
38000 0 Brake adjustment, balance tires and oil change 
 

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