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Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (17%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (9%)

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Toyota Highlander electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 97 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

12700 mi

US $100
Bad smell from air vents 
28000 mi fuel gauge and odometer worked sometimes and not others 2 days in a row. took it in to dealer they ordered part should get back tomorrow. 

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2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

12000 mi The cruise control light on the knob went out. 
19840 mi The settings for bass and treble would keep resetting to default in a day or two, Toyota updated the software and all is well.  
4000 mi Heater is erratic in behavior temp control takes 30 minutes to stabilize. A/c controls normal Door locks do not always respond to key fob and unlock, rear hatch get stuck in open position requires manual closing (this SUV is not made for manual closing have to overcome the force of the actuator) 
9300 mi

C $12
Blew two fuses for auxillary plugs, after attempting to run small air compressor. Replaced fuses no other issues. 

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2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

231-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

13000 mi Update to Bluetooth connection system. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

9700 mi Battery had a bad cell and was dead. Could not jump start so had to tow. 
24000 mi GPS/Radio Locked up repeatedly and required a hard restart each time. Became more frequent over the last 3 months 
8300 mi Head unit constantly reboots 
18000 mi

US $18100
Head unit constantly freezes and reboots. Dealer states nothing can be done until they witness it. 
22000 mi Rear hatch electric struts were replaced after originals completely failed. 
17000 mi AC condensate drain line was installed improperly and was blocked and all AC condensate was collecting under flooring/carpet on the passenger side of the car both front and back seats. All flooring was soaked and smelly & had to be replaced. 
34000 mi software upgrade 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

10000 mi Radio speaker rattled 
17000 mi Rattling stereo speaker, fixed for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Bad retainer clip. 
20000 mi Rattling speaker. This was the fourth time. 
26000 mi The radio would freeze ( not accept volume or channel changes) then cut off while driving, followed by a safety screen for the backup camera which would display for about 60 seconds. Afterwards, the radio would return to normal. 
10000 mi Entune keeps dropping Bluetooth calls. Had to get it updated to newer version @ dealer which included the fix. 
22000 mi Bluetooth issues and tire repair 
9700 mi Problem with electric tailgate 
29140 mi Head unit would lock up/reboot and lose all navigation POIs. Started happening weekly, dealer replaced head unit. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

231-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

5300 mi Trunk power liftgate wouldn't close all the way. Replaced actuators 

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

2000 mi Battery had to be replaced 
55000 mi Rear wiper failed. Replaced 

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

24700 mi Speaker passenger side sounds broken especially when using cell phone over system. 
34720 mi Replaced rear wiper motor 
14260 mi Headlight assy. defect required replacement and trim piece due to corrosion. 
24760 mi Rear wiper seized, replaced linkage and motor. 
31700 mi

US $60
battery terminals excessively corroded leaving a white mess on each. Mechanic said it was due to 2 different metals in contact with each other while acid leaked from battery. Told me Toyota does not support a sealed battery for vehicle. 
36000 mi Bad battery cell. Dealer replaced battery under warranty. 
5700 mi door locks not working properly 
12000 mi Tire pressure monitoring system required recalibration for persistent warning light 

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

18000 mi Auxiliary battery shorted out 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

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

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

10000 mi Replace of dead battery 
30000 mi Blower for air condition and heater had to be replaced. Air condition has a slight squeak when it runs. 
55300 mi

US $1000
Doors not locking with fob or door buttons. Replaced body ECU 
72700 mi

US $60
Headlight Out 
48700 mi Heavy corrosion 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

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

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

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

45300 mi

US $500
driver side locking mechanism/electrical motor quit working. Was covered under warranty. 
75700 mi

US $1
Battery had gotten super weak, would require jumpstarting after leaving lights on for <1 min. 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

14000 mi Alarm system goes off by itself. Dealer said that was due to the sensor on the hood latch. 
27300 mi Headlight failure 
74000 mi

US $130
Alarm system -- would go off by itself. Dealer disabled the alarm (cost to repair the system would have been much higher). 
127700 mi

US $115
Replaced the battery, had a couple of rough starts, had battery tested and was showing ready to replace 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

48000 mi

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

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

24460 mi Driver window elevator failed to work properly. Window could not be kept closed. Dealership changed window elevator for free, as part of original warranty. 
93700 mi Radio volume knob intermittent. Rotary encoder going bad. Entire Radio Replaced. Non Nav, Non JBL, OEM deck 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

32300 mi Windows do not function properly 
29000 mi Alarm system - defective hood sensor 
35400 mi Replaced Left head light, drivers side!!! 
40000 mi Excessive corrosion on Positive battery terminal and Bat lock down bracket. Never happened to my 2005. Battery has gone dead twice with just the radio on. Doesn't seem to be long lasting. Probably need a new bat less than 2 yrs old. 
50300 mi Electrolyte level low in three cells of the battery. Added that filtered water. 
55000 mi

US $100
Drivers side power window motor fell out of its mounts. The window was inoperable and fell out of the track. 
56840 mi had to replace the motor for rear window wiper 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

40700 mi wouldn't always start on the first try. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

71000 mi Aux jack wasn't working. 
75000 mi Returned to dealer to have the aux jack repaired, ended up trading the Highlander for a Sienna. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

80700 mi

US $500
Rear hatch motor failed. 
118000 mi

US $200
Many electrical failures/issues, seemingly unrelated. Door locks inoperative, engine starting intermittent, security system going off on it's own. The battery was bad. Replaced battery. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

41300 mi

US $120
rear windshield washer pump replaced 
11160 mi Interior fan stopped working. No air blowing into the cabin at any fan speed. Taken into dealership, supposedly a loose connector, easy repair, no charge as still under warranty. 
34000 mi Hood latch alarm failure. Hood latch was replaced under warranty. 
28000 mi Radio display went out. Replaced radio under warranty. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

38000 mi Radio display goes crazy, especially when cold. You can't adjust anything when it does this. This is the 2nd radio that been installed. Also sometimes the tune knob will not change the station or any other adjustments you make with it. 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

170000 mi

US $1200
Would only blow hot air, would not cool 
189000 mi

US $35
Fuse for electric power ports 
108500 mi

US $415
Magnet attached to compressor unbolted itself and fell off car. AC is not able to engage magnetic compressor clutch. Caused AC light to flash on dash. Had to replace 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

117000 mi

US $200
Rear brake lights in turn signal housing were not working. Only center light on tailgate worked. Required new harness and connector to restore function. Good samaritan told us brake lights were out - no dashboard warning or alert. 
134300 mi

US $200
Air conditioner was not cooling on driver's side of the car. Dealer recharged with dyed coolant to detect possible leak. No leak was found and AC now works perfectly 
136000 mi

US $65
Burned out headlamp - Not OEM but previously replaced 3rd party bulb. Replaced with another 3rd party bulb. 
154000 mi

US $2100
Interior evaporator was leaking Freon and needed to be replaced. Involved entire dismantling of dashboard to get to it. 
76880 mi

C $900
the car did not start. thought it was the battery (which was earlier replaced). turned out to be alternator. 
134000 mi

US $400
Navigation 
3720 mi Passenger seat airbag not working, seat was replaced. 
6000 mi Smell emitted from air vents. Akin to mulch smell. Dealer replaced Hepa filter and treated system with Ozium. 
23000 mi Radio volume would not function with dial. It did function with steering wheel buttons. Dealer replaced radio under warranty. 
95500 mi

US $1600
The AC was leaking INSIDE the car. Had to pull dash etc. 
110000 mi

US $1146
Alternator went out while in a trip out of town, $746 
58000 mi

US $20
intermittent problems with console features turning off at random. mechanic found a loose connection and problem seems to be fixed.  
24000 mi

US $300
Dead battery. Would not start with a jump. Towed to dealer. 
77500 mi

C $250
Alarm started going off for no reason. Hood latch sensor failure. Told it was due to vibrations over time rattling it loose. $150 part 
94220 mi Inspected vehicle following repeated (and random) flash discharge of battery. Already replaced the battery in October 2014 following the first instance. Issue remains unresolved. 
15000 mi Had a TSB installed to fix problem with alarm system intermittenly going off. Dealer replaced good latch sensor. 
96000 mi

US $900
Alternator and battery needed replacement 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

106700 mi

US $25
R headlight burned out. Replaced bulb. 
59000 mi Evaporator drain clogged. Blew out with compressed air. Still water collecting on passenger side floor. 

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2007 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

69500 mi

US $517
GPS became unreliable and diagnosis was damaged Data DVD which was replaced 

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2007 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

147000 mi

US $475
Alternator failed -- replaced. 
124000 mi

US $225
Car was loosing power and battery light came on dash, eventually lost power. Replaced the battery which was in older anyway to avoid a tow, drove to mechanic and replaced the alternator with aftermarket part. 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

205000 mi

US $620
Rear passenger electric window failed. Replaced motor 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

133700 mi

US $850
Window stuck in down position. Had to replace both window and regulator. 
155000 mi

US $47
Low tire pressure gauge reset. 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT FWD

153300 mi

US $1300
AC Condenser leak 
145000 mi

US $900
AC condenser needed replaced as AC stopped working 
36000 mi Adjusted brake pedal for brake light switch to activate. 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

114000 mi

US $110
Trailer wiring harness and converter 
122000 mi

US $50
Issue with battery holding charge even with new battery. Hybrid system charges vehicle and if you don't drive it much or long distances the battery can discharge. No fix available. Charging the battery at home and have emergency jumper. 
73300 mi

US $300
remote needed to be replaced 
91600 mi

US $63
Dead battery replaced. 
119000 mi

US $30
Changed headlight bulb 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

58000 mi

US $250
Alternator and battery replacement. 
167000 mi

US $890
Alternator failure 
110000 mi

US $710
Replacement of alternator 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

85000 mi

US $200
Routine replacement of battery. 

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2005 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

100500 mi Condensor clutch failing 
64000 mi

US $350
Alternator was whining - had it replaced. 
83000 mi

US $10
Driver door electric lock failed. Toyota quoted estate $560.00. I fixed in 1.5 hrs for cost of a $10.00 part. Thanks to youtube tutorial. Dare to do it yourself. 
46500 mi

C $3200
We found the heater to blow cooler air on passenger side than the drivers side to repair it was quoted at 3200.00. for a new one so, never fixed it. 
66300 mi

US $100
battery 

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2005 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

83700 mi

C $3000
Heater failed- problem was wiring to controls 
80000 mi

US $200
Cabin temp was not being controlled per setting of temp knob. Temp control assy removed from dash and found broken wires between potentiometer and circuit board. Desoldered broken wires, soldered new wires and reinstalled temp control assy. 
28994 mi Replaced HVAC damper servo under warranty 
206000 mi

US $1000
Dead battery 
179000 mi

US $40
Headlight connector had melted. Wiring loom was replaced. Replaced the bulb but was out again a week later. 

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2005 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $382
I had to have the alternator and battery replaced. 
85000 mi

US $375
replaced a/c control head with reconditioned one. 
87000 mi

US $1000
replaced ac compressor and evaporator 

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

150000 mi

US $39
Inconsistent A/C temp 
195000 mi

US $960
We had to replace the center control switch knob on the A/C system( which appears to be the heart of the system). The problem was the A/C would go from hot to cold at random, which became annoying. Left passenger front window motor fails intermittently and needs to be replaced. Starter is making high pitch noise intermittently, suggesting imminent failure 

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

90700 mi

US $200
With A/C on heat would randomly come out of vents. 2 of 3 wires in climate control adjuster had to be re-soldered. This problem with 04 Highlanders is well documented on various websites. 
94860 mi

C $35
Air conditioner stops working. Added refrigerant with anti-leak. 
95480 mi

C $120
A/C failure did not last for a long time after repair. Will take it to shop this or next month. 
98580 mi

C $300
A/C system cleaned by shop, filled out with sealant and leak detector (UV dye). 
203360 mi

C $826
condencer replaced; eletrical issue with compressor is fixed 
140000 mi

US $250
ac recharge 
155000 mi

US $550
power window motor and assembly needed to be replced, on 2 windows 
89500 mi

US $806
Both front door locks quit working and had to be replaced. 

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

100000 mi

US $250
Air temperature problem. Cold air blew out vents all time. Mechanic said it needed new computer board at cost of $1200. I ended up disconnecting actuator from air damper and now control air temp. by manually adjusting damper. 
91000 mi

US $375
had climate controller replaced 
131000 mi

US $210
Alternator went out. 

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

84000 mi Rear left brake lights went out. Had to retension plug adapter to get it working agin. Fixed at home. 
88000 mi AC system started faulting.  
115000 mi

US $1100
Replaced faulty condensor 

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

244000 mi

US $425
Alternator failed and battery was weak enough that it was recommended to replace it at the same time. 

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

107300 mi

US $200
Battery replaced - would not hold a charge after storage for several months. 

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

79000 mi AC light would blink when the car drove through very rainy conditions, and the AC would cut off for a few seconds. Supposedly was some sort of accessory belt clutch relay, but a new relay never solved the problem. In very cold temps (below 10-15 degrees F) the Airbag light would come on until the car got warmed up. Supposedly this indicated that there was a faulty airbag sensor, but Toyota never really fixed it. "Couldn't reproduce" was their usual diagnosis. 
Electrical, other than above, repair 

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

156000 mi My AC was blowing hot and cold. An internet search suggested that the most common reason for this is a broken temperature control knob cable. Sure enough that was my issue and was resolved for $0. 
121000 mi AC/Heat would blow intermittent, and flip back between hot and cold. $600+ repair quoted to replace circuit board. Self repair performed by pulling off AC control knob and tightening a very loose nut. No intermittent problems since. 

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2001 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

142000 mi

US $1150
AC not coooling 

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2001 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

89000 mi Check engine light. Shop advised to replace battery prior to any further work. Said this may solve the problem. Light is off for now. Will drive vehicle a few days to see if light comes back on. 

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2001 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

172000 mi

US $500
A/C condenser leak, replaced 
198000 mi

US $110
Reported AC inop, shop recharged system and found no obvious leaks. Dye was included in the refrigerant and an additional visit will be needed to check. 
200000 mi

US $400
Replaced leaking condenser 
200300 mi

US $500
Replaced AC compressor 
201000 mi AC not working, shop found that evaporator coil was cracked. Estimate of over $800, decided not to perform the repair. 
203000 mi AC never fixed. 
139000 mi Intermittant electrical short causing front and rear defroster, a.c. clock and fan position switch to malfunction. Will cost over $1,000 replace climate control unit. 
170000 mi

US $650
AC was very low on Freeon.  
120000 mi

US $300
re charged a c 
120000 mi

US $100
Likely a leak in the a/c system 

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2001 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

142000 mi

US $300
right door stopped operating 

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