I guess I'm one of the lucky
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a 06 with 60,000+ miles on it. Just took it in for the major service and found out the right headlight went out. I too drive with my lights all the time. They told me it would cost $220 for one light to be replaced. I don't have HID but 60% of the cost was for labor. I balked at the price and I was able to get them to offer $140 for one side. I figured that if one is out then the other was going to go soon so I asked what would offer to do both...They came back with $250 for both light. I still think it's a rip off but I'm not going to crawl under and do it myself so I guess I'll have to pay it!! Try talking to the service people...they have the power to deal a little and if they don't then go to their manager. It can't hurt to ask!
2006 Prius - Let me add to
2006 Prius - Let me add to the weirdness here. I started having tailight problems at 30k...bulbs kept going out. I have replaced 5 tailight bulbs. However...I have noticed that even after replacing them sometimes they just don't light. Other times they are just fine. I also noted that the license plate lights go out and come back on....I just assumed it was a loose bulb and they are working right now so I figured I would wait for warmer weather to take them apart.
45k miles - Driver's headlight went out. I am, just starting to analyze if it is related. I had heard the ridiculous cost of replacing a headlight stories that are now circulating. Sounds like Toyota might have to learn a lesson on this. I suspect there is a looming electrical design problem on all of these cars. Toyota may be hoping it goes away. I will let you know what i find.
2006 Prius- My good news is
2006 Prius- My good news is that my Prius does not have the HID headlights and the bulb was $40 and labor was only $25. The dealer said that Toyota was trying to make the cost of replacing bulbs easier on us.
My bad news is that because changing the bulb is so difficult the mechanic accidently gouged my bumper cover and now the dealer will have to repair or replace it. They felt badly and will take care of it.
I wonder if you guys can bailout on the HID headlight bulbs and go back to the conventional ones that mine uses. The dealer said they are trying to reduce even the HID bulds to $150.
Looks likethey may be getting the message...so there is hope.
Ok I know this is a Prius
Ok I know this is a Prius blog, but here is the thing...the headlight problem isn't just a Prius issue. I have an infiniti QX4, and my driver side HID headlight goes out randomly. From everything I have researched, this is an issue either dealing with the bulb, ballast, or cpu. Clearly, no one has an answer and the dealship sure as heck doesn't know. My question is, who has dealt with this and actually had a fix? What did you do? How much did it cost? What other things did you try before finding the fix?
My 2007 Prius just developed
My 2007 Prius just developed the headlight problem. I have a manual but was dismayed to see what it takes to simply change a light bulb. What a terrible design!
I'll probably try it myself if my local dealer won't do it under warranty. I don't trust the dealer (Rosner Toyota-Stafford, VA) where I bought it. They've already proven themselves untrustwory on a repair shop issue.
I'll go to the FTC site, but if anyone takes it to a class-action suit, please contact me.
Good luck, everyone.