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2011 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (16%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (32%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 77 repairs.
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2011 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (16%)

< $100 (73%)

Chart based on 51 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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2011 Toyota Prius

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Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2011 - May 2012
Dec 2011

3000 mi
Blu-Logic problem with reception clarity. Adjustments were made to the microphone. I was told if this did not work contact Toyota. It did not work. I am now waiting to hear back from Toyota. 
Mar 2012

6000 mi
Cont.on unsuccessful repair in December 2011. Met with Toyota service rep. Afterward Toyota said the Blu-Logic is within specs, and works as designed. El Cajon Toyota made a Blu-Logic manufactures recommended repair. Repair did not work. 
May 2012

8000 mi
The Blu-Logic problem is over. Not from Toyota, but my dealer El Cajon Toyota, refunding 75% of price. Even though El Cajon Service, the Blu-Logic Tech, and all the people I called said the calls sounded terrible. Toyota insisted No problem 

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2011 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2017
Oct 2016

94000 mi

US $100
Oil leak. Engine had to be pulled to correct problem. 
Toyota Prius in Hawaii, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2017
May 2014

34000 mi

US $125
we felt the a/c system wasn't cooling properly they felt differently so waranty didn't cover I had to pay $125.00 not a happy camper! 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017 leaking oil seal 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2017
Nov 2012

21800 mi
Center console rattling Glove box damper fell off Underhood weatherstrip torn 
Dec 2012

24000 mi
Driver's door creaking noise. Underhood weatherstrip replaced 
May 2013

35300 mi
Loud creak noise when opening driver's front door. "A-pillar" reinforcement bracket for door check was reformed to eliminate creak Tailgate interior panel fell off - reattached Center console rattling - dealer advised to compare to another car? There's clearly a lot of "value engineering" that has taken place with the Gen III Prius; it's a symphony of interior rattling plastic that means I'll never ride alone. Dent in passenger's side rear quarter removed - (Dented by dealer) Ultrasonic welds on tailgate interior panel failed - Replace rear hatch interior panel - Defective 
Jul 2013

36800 mi

US $43
Replace burned out headlamp bulbs. At 65,000 miles, I have one original bulb existing on the exterior of my Prius. Toyota likes to use these subminature 5W bulbs everywhere that have shorter life than full-sized bulbs in other cars.  
Dec 2013

56000 mi

US $70
Replace burned out headlamp bulbs 
Feb 2014

62000 mi

US $60
Replace blown out headlamps again. This vehicle obviously has a poorly regulated power supply where its electrical system suffers voltage spikes on start-up that result in infant mortality for bulbs. Note that I always drive with my headlights on. 
May 2014

73000 mi

US $45
Replace burned out headlamps again. Dealer found a TSB for the headlight wiring harness after I complained, was supposed to order a part, but I haven't heard back from them. 
Oct 2014

90800 mi

US $38
Replace burned out headlamp bulbs - yet again. And I got halogens this time to avoid the frequent HID bulb replacements of my 2006 Prius. Toyota won't pay to upgrade the undersized wiring harness once the car is out of warranty. 
Feb 2015

100000 mi
Replace burned out headlamp bulbs - set #7. Toyota TSB outlines 3 hour repair to upgrade gauge of wires in headlamp wiring harness. 
Aug 2015

120000 mi

US $766
Driver side front door panel replaced due to failed heat stake welds holding armrest 
Oct 2015

124200 mi

US $872
Replaced leaking axle seal 
Toyota Prius in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2016
Mar 2013

13000 mi
radio lcd display was faulty, replaced under warranty 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

42700 mi
Auxillary battery died 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2017
Oct 2015

55300 mi
Low tire pressure warning light remains on even when tires are properly inflated. 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2017
Oct 2016

70300 mi

US $40
Rear bumper sagging. I bought the brackets and replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2017
Nov 2016

103000 mi

US $200
Needed new 12V battery two low beam headlight bulbs 
Toyota Prius in Washington, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2017
Aug 2016

82000.0 mi

US $500
seal was leaking head gasket 
Toyota Prius in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2014 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

70500.0 mi

US $90
Rubber seal portion of both left outer window trim strips disintegrated, turning themselves into sticky, gummy messes. I replaced both with new OE ones---which I HOPE are made of improved material capable of withstanding sunshine! These things are NOT purely cosmetic, as they are supposed to prevent rain and stray trash from running into the door. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2017
Mar 2016

56000 mi

US $20
I should have checked it before the state inspection but I didn't. Dealer said I had a front left blinker bulb out. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

48000 mi

US $180
Air conditioning wasn't blowing adequately cooled air, Problem since new, I should have reported within the warranty period. 
Toyota Prius in Washington, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Brake failure two times. Petal went to the stop with no brake. One resulted in repair of $4100. The second was witnessed by two other people. Both occurred at very low speed. Toyota's was the disgusting. Blamed it on driver error. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
Sep 2014

27000 mi
The AC is not cold enough especially when long period of time exposed under the sun on a hot day. 
Toyota Prius in Kentucky, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
Nov 2012

12000 mi
The passenger side sunvisor started to droop down and would bounce around while driving. The dealer reattached the sunvisor and now everything is OK. It seems the visor is only mounted to the headliner and not to a metal surface. The dealer was doing the free 5000 mile tire rotation service and while reinstalling the wheel covers, they cracked the wheel cover. They did not report this to me and I had to call them and speak to the service manager to get it replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2017
May 2013

21000 mi
Rear wiper malfunctioned and was not operating properly. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2017
Jul 2011

5000 mi
Rattling sound driving over bumps and potholes. 
Nov 2011

10800 mi
T-SB-0136-11 Installed rubber bushing. 
Nov 2012

26400 mi
While braking and hitting a bump or pothole vehicle serges forward 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2016
Jan 2013

20300 mi
Passenger side mirror paint started to crack. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2017
Jul 2016

83500 mi

US $2404
AC compressor failed and replace. 
Toyota Prius in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2017
Aug 2014

68700 mi

US $540
Failed front passenger side wheel bearing. This lead to very load road noise. Entire hub needed to be replaced. Toyota parts used. Mechanic was able to replace hub on car so no alignment needed. 
Mar 2017

113000.0 mi

US $470
Passenger side rear wheel bearing replaced 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2014
Nov 2012

12500 mi
TSB for clicking sound over Botts Dots and tar strips. Fix was to lubricate caliper pins and install a washer. Problem was cosmetic, did not affect function or safety of vehicle. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2014
Dec 2013

66000 mi

US $3500
Stone came through opening in front and damaged inverter cooling radiator. Coolant was lost and inverter failed and was ruined. Cost was covered by road hazard insurance Note: Prius has no grill work in front opening to catch stones 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2017
Jan 2012

5000 mi
Noise coming from below the shift stick. The problem is located near a seam where the plastic meets. When this area is pressed the noise stops. Still makes noise after 2 visits. Same as previous problem. Was corrected this time. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2014
Mar 2012

20000 mi
Cold start (below 40F) runs rough with a loud knock. Occurred about 8 times during the winter. Found a TSB that described my problem exactly. Dealer did not find any error codes. Not sure if repair fixed the problem. 
Nov 2013

73000 mi
Transaxle was leaking oil. A spring on the damper between engine an transaxle came loose which punched a hole in the transaxle this was the leak. Bill would have been $5,100 if extended warranty didn't cover it. 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2017
Apr 2012

16500 mi

US $75
Mirror cover fell off. Bad service at the dealer. A bit chinsy mirror cover to fall off on highway I-85. Sadly did not find the cover. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

4000 mi
Oil warning light directing me to take the car to the dealer where I bought it. Nav system would not accept addresses or phone numbers 
Toyota Prius in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2017
Feb 2012

8000 mi
extremely retarded valve timing. replaced camshaft oil control valve 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2013
Oct 2013

48000 mi
Instructions for flat-tire-jack use unclear; physical layout confusing. Ended up using jack on lower rear body panel rather than lift-point. Result: $145 damage to the panel and rock-chip catcher in wheel well 
Toyota Prius in Utah, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2014
Feb 2013

36500 mi
Armrest on driver door was falling into door. Replaced complete door trim. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2016
Mar 2014

43000 mi

US $288
While driving on US80, my driver's side window suddenly shattered. I took it to a a nearby Toyota dealer. They contacted a auto glass company and were able to replace the window. I rented a car and continued my journey. 
Toyota Prius in Malaysia
Aug 2011 - Mar 2014
Dec 2011

8680 mi
Rattling noise for steering shaft,  driver's door rattling noise, spoiler rattling noise 
Mar 2012

13020 mi

$90
Replaced steering column shaft - design fault. Fixed rattling noises - dashboard, center console. 
Aug 2012

21040 mi
Spoiler rattling noises-Partially fixed.  Accelerate and smell went into cabin-Not fixed. FL suspension link noise-Replaced. Center console cover noises-Awaiting parts. 
Nov 2012

25420 mi

$180
Noise heard when go over bump 
Apr 2013

32020 mi

$489
Thud felt when turning 
Jun 2013

34100 mi
Solved: 1. Rear boot rattles noises - fixed. 2. Fume smell when speeding. Fixed. Sealed the car to prevent fume from coming in, need 3 days. 3. Rear boot water leaking in from spoiler - fixed. 
Oct 2013

36860 mi
EPS replace. Problem resurface again--small amount of free play when turning. Smell coming from engine bay. Fixed by replacing sponge at engine bay. RF suspension replaced due to noise. 
Dec 2013

40300 mi
Timing chain knocking to engine body during cold start 
Mar 2014

41540 mi
EPS never fixed. Engine metal knocking during cold start. Replaced fuel injector and manifold. Problem still occured. Root cause was carbon deposit on fuel injector causing the morning cold start knocking. Needed special coated fuel injector. 
Toyota Prius in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2017
Jan 2012

5000 mi
Rough start after cold soak per TSB 

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