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#91 of 149 Re: Right HID light malfunctioning on my 2006 Prius [whitey9]
Jan 01, 2010 (9:21 am)
Found out a lot more on this issue over at PriusChat. Sounds like a lot of complaints have been filed with NHTSA -- I filed one today myself. Toyota just sent out a letter offering to reimburse people that paid to have a controller card replaced -- they believe the problems reside with the bulb only. They are also discounting the bulb down to $150 and offering to reimburse the difference between what people paid for the bulb and the new $150 price.
Yeah, I don't think my extended warranty will be of any help -- bulbs are considered wear and tear items. But a number of people over at PriusChat indicated they got their repair cost covered when they complained to Toyota Corporate Customer Service. I will try that route if the dealer tries to bill me.
#92 of 149 Re: Right HID light malfunctioning on my 2006 Prius [nw_viking]
Jan 01, 2010 (9:59 am)
The NHTSA? Yeah, I was there looking several months ago. They opened an "investigation", and then closed it. It seems that no one cares if you lose just one headlight. It's a concern to them at NHTSA if you lose two, and are driving the car when it happens. Mine, and other's as well, were remedied by switching off/on the headlights. The "bad" light was revived albeit temporarily. They supposedly replaced the "bulb" under warranty. AFTER the service writer gave up and surrendered before she even wrote up the repair order ( "well, we probably don't even have the "bulbs" in stock anyway." ). So three trips later my lights were both on at the same time. And so far since. The time is about up on my 3yr warranty 'tho. Good luck.
#93 of 149 Re: HID failure with 2006 Prius [nw_viking]
Jan 02, 2010 (1:17 pm)
I have an '07 and have replaced the bulbs 3 times. Each time they till me the controller is fine. In the meantime, it's $300.00 a pop. Just fot a letter from Toyota with instructions to submit all bills as proof and I will get a refund. Hope you got one too..
#94 of 149 Re: HID failure with 2006 Prius [sandoval10]
Jan 02, 2010 (4:21 pm)
So you are saying you have replaced 6 ( six ) headlight bulbs total?
That seems like kind of a stretch to me. I have done one in nearly 36,000mi. I drive w/lights on at all times. Oh my God! Eddie Money is singing the halftime show at the Arizona Liberty Bowl!!! I thot he was dead.
#95 of 149 Prius 2005 - Break lights
Jan 11, 2010 (9:32 am)
The driver's side LED appeared to be gone. However, when you get really close to the housing, you can see all the lights are still functioning but extremely, dim. The local dealers obviously want me to change the entire housing costing something close to $300. I think there might be a power supply problem as the LEDs are either on or off, correct? Has anyone been exposed to this? Pls let me know.
#96 of 149 Re: Prius 2005 - Break lights [ikg]
Jan 11, 2010 (10:38 am)
If one side is less bright than the other, then I would check for a weak ground circuit. That's what is most often the problem with "bulb-type" tailights. Body Shops are "famous" for this problem. There could be paint/"bondo" on the grounding point, or the wire is loose/not making good contact with the pin connector of the light ass'y. Check the pin socket for a good tight fit too.
#97 of 149 Re: Prius 2005 - Break lights [whitey9]
Jan 11, 2010 (10:59 am)
Thanks for your response...I couldn't access the LEDs inside the housing. I saw a pin connector in the light assy and will check this out.
#98 of 149 2010 Prius Radio Crackling
Jan 15, 2010 (5:11 am)
Bought 2010 in August. I cannot listen to my favorite FM stations because of a crackle (satellite is fine). I was told the first time I took it in that the radio and antenna were OK, the second time he took me out in ANOTHER 2010 Prius to show me it wasn't just my car (!?!?!) that crackled. The third time he said he "was reporting it to Toyota for solution." I resent having paid so much for such an otherwise great car and having such a lousy radio/antenna. Suggestions?
#99 of 149 Re: 2010 Prius Radio Crackling [comptutor]
Jan 15, 2010 (5:46 am)
GET OVER IT!!! All cars nowadays have problems. REGARDLESS of their cost.
Your car's problem could be a defective rear windshield antenna, or connection at the windshield. Or a bad coaxial cable to the radio from the windshield.
Stop resenting how much you paid for a car with a "lousy radio/antenna".
Start resenting the guy driving next to you who is texting, or applying makeup.
If you think just because the cost of the car guarantees there will be no problems with the car throughout it's lifetime, you have another think coming. WOW! That burns me up!!! What a punk.
Jan 15, 2010 (9:18 am)
I think your a little overboard calling somebody a punk just they expect to get what they pay for. When I pay for anthing new I expect to be as perfect as can be and if there's anything wrong I expect it to be fixed asap or its returned and a letter is sent to the CEO telling him what I think of their product.