Hey, same issue here three
Hey, same issue here three years ago with my 2006. My car was less than a year old and I replaced my headlights twice and on the third visit to the dealership, a mechanic admitted its a common issue. So instead of replacing it again, I called the 800# on Toyota's site several times (over two weeks) and they finally arranged to have my headlight replaced again. I was the annoying customer caller, but needed to be. They also refunded my money for the other two replacements (I had to fax in receipts) and they made sure to throw in the disclaimer that the money was "an act of goodwill" and not an admittance of an ongoing issue.
I'm positive they replaced something other than the headlight because I haven't had the issue since 2007.
On another note, I don't think the Prius headlights give off enough light. Any fixes, please let me know.
I changed out my 2005
I changed out my 2005 driver HID light myself without taking the bumper off. Watch the YouTube video to see how the lamp asszembly/housing comes apart and you can actually stick your hand in there and do it from the top. You will need to remove the fuse box cpover and the nearest two big fuses to get leverage. Also, a small mirror to look at the wire pins, etc... help also. It took me all of 4o minutes.
PePBoys has the HID lamp (Osram 35w 4300) bulb for $119. You can get it online cheaper but I wanted it today.
About the 2004 headlights.
About the 2004 headlights. According to the owners manual you don't have to take off the bumper to put in a new headlight. I had my local mechanic do it for thirty bucks. I put in the hot blue lights and now one blew out or maybe the wire is loose but check out the manal and you will see that you merely take off the front cover and then unplug the connector. The unplugging of the connector is tricky and I don't know the name of the tool. Its kind of a sideways plier. So yeah either do it yourself with the user manual or bring it to the local guy who you trust, (there are so many bad mechanics out there) and have them do it.
I got my letter also. This
I got my letter also. This does not fix the problem. The lights still go out and Toyota makes $300.00 in parts, not including labor. Its a pacification of the REAL problem. I'm glad that those who paid for unnecessary repairs are getting reimbursed, but we still need to keep up the pressure for a recall on this problem. As I read the entries, seems to me that even replacing bulbs does not correct the problem as many times folks have to have work done several times? Join the Class Action @ http://www.girardgibbs.com/Prius.asp...%20hid&_kt=c46...
Well it seems I just joined
Well it seems I just joined hundreds of Prius owners on on this "rip Off" on replacing a headlight bulb. First off at 80 years old, I am not crawling under the car, or open the hood to go inside of the engine compartment unit to fix it even if I knew how. The next real problem was stopped by police and detained about 20 minutes checking to be sure my car was not stolen??Then I turned the deadlights on & off and sure enough the left (drivers side) went on, but the officer said I must give you a ticket as there was no light on when I was stopped. I had to have the light replaced in 24 hours to have the summons voided out. So off I went to the dealer. who are nice enough to the tune of $150.00 for the bulb, plus $80 for labor plus tax. for a grand total of $250.00. I was tole this was a real bargin as the bulb has a $300 retail, and Toyota people are giving us a break. I think ( hard to recall) but in my 62 years of driving, I might have replaced a seal beam once, if at all. Oh, I forgot the passengers side looked dim and they suggested I replace that bulb also. So whatever money I saved on gas ( reason why I bought the 2007 Prius,
just went out the window). As soon as things change around a bit and see what the other makers are doing, like Ford or Chevy, thats when the Prius gets traded in. I see by the hundred of letters posted here, it is a waste of time, to even consider Toyota to do a recall I see it does not pay to be loyal and have all your work done at the dealer, like oil change, tire rotation etc.So this is where we get seperated, and for good reason