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2012 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (6%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (19%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 36 repairs.
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2012 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (40%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 10 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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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Nevada, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

13000 mi
Seat belt buckle needed replacement 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2017
Jul 2013

27000 mi
Drip rail molding came loose on both sides of the roof. Dealer replaced them with an updated piece at no charge. 
Nov 2013

32000 mi
Battery was leaking around terminal post causing corrosion. Battery was replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2017

74000 mi
Driver seat frame broken. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jul 2016 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

40000 mi
Strut tower broke, made a loud noise going over bumps. Repaired under the dealer 60 day warranty. During repair they stripped a bolt and had to replace entire strut. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

123000 mi

US $1000
Replaced faulty wheel bearing left rear. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
Aug 2015

58000 mi
Rear end locked up/Froze on highway. Toyota certified when purchased and maintenance at same dealership. Total replacement covered under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2016
Oct 2015

55300 mi

US $1000
Doors not locking with fob or door buttons. Replaced body ECU 
Aug 2016

73300 mi

US $100
Replaced original battery due to leaking 
Toyota Highlander in Kansas, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2016
Feb 2016

72700 mi

US $60
Headlight Out 
Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Dec 2013 - Jul 2015
Feb 2013

8000 mi
Replace master power window control unit. 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2016

69000 mi

US $100
R/H rear wheel bearing failed. Replaced by dealer under extended warranty 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

77000 mi

US $400
The brakes needed to be done. They replaced the pads and shoes and resurfaced the rotors. 
Toyota Highlander in Delaware, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

48700 mi
Heavy corrosion 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Replace of dead battery 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2016
Sep 2012

4000 mi
Drivetrain making a growling/grinding noise. Noise confirmed by dealer. Source not found. Crankcase oil changed. No sign of wear or grinding. Unknown if other components inspected. Holding open ticket. 
Nov 2012

5500 mi
Growling noise was still present when the car was due for its 5000 mile maintenance. Brought it to a different dealer who found the left rear wheel bearing had failed internally. Replaced bearing. Problem gone. 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

3000 mi
high pitched engine whine at varied speeds. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

19700 mi
struts in the hatch started squeaking. Toyota ordered the part for replacement. 
Dec 2014

30000 mi
Blower for air condition and heater had to be replaced. Seal in back hatch window was coming off so dealer replaced it. Air condition has a slight squeak when it runs. 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

11000 mi
Clicking noise 50% of the time when shifting from park to drive/reverse. Dealer has replaced the shift mechanism twice. Now they are telling me that this is a common sound on highlanders. 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

39000 mi

US $325
adjustments 
Dec 2016

73000 mi

US $750
Driver door handle broke off 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2014 - Dec 2016
Jul 2015

48760 mi

C $700
Need to replace front disk and pads and shim clip 
Sep 2015

49600 mi

C $550
rear disk and pad to be replaced 
Toyota Highlander in New Brunswick, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

4720 mi
faulty speaker. replaced under warranty 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

187-horsepower 2.7L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

55000 mi

US $1100
All pads and rotors 
Toyota Highlander in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

34300 mi
Door alarm for key in ignition was not functioning due to electrical ground issue. 

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2011.5 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in New Zealand
Jul 2012 - Oct 2012
Aug 2012

14000 mi
a bump or knocking in the steering when turning left, toyota replaced steering intermediate shaft as per the 2008 T-SB-0296-08, but problem remains the same, I guess this is a new problem that Toyota has not come across before 
Oct 2012

15500 mi
foot brake was going to the floor replacing foot brake parts 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

29000 mi

US $300
car alarm keeps going off once/ twice a week; could not identify problem nor knew about issue, by the way this model is a 2011 highlander AWD 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2016

48500 mi

US $550
12V Battery died. Unable to jumpstart due to Hybrid system. Special Toyota Hybrid 12V battery resulted in $500+ repair 
Sep 2016

51000 mi

US $1100
Front brake pads and rotors gone. Rear pads at 20% and rotors gone. Replaces all pads and rotors. 

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