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Toyota Highlander Problems and Repair Histories

832 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota Highlander. 240 of these members (28.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 358 repairs to Toyota Highlanders--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Toyota Highlander problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Toyota Highlander problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Toyota Highlander problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

27% of the Toyota Highlander repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 19% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 20% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 358 repairs.

Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota Highlander repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 42% between $100 and $499, 30% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 175 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Toyota Highlander problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 0    
6000 0 Smell emitted from air vents. Akin to mulch smell. Dealer replaced Hepa filter and treated system with Ozium. 
11000 30 Under the drivers side door arm rest cushion is a plastic support piece. This piece cracked. It supports the arm rest cusion from inside the arm rest. 
23000 0 Radio volume would not function with dial. It did function with steering wheel buttons. Dealer replaced radio under warranty. 
45000 1000 Replaced bad O2 sensor Replaced front rotors and brake pads 
56000  
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 0    
3720 0 Passenger seat airbag not working, seat was replaced. 
39060 0 Replacing engine head gasket 
48360  

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 0    
4960 0 Check Brake System and Check VSC messages came on. Brake pressure accumulator replaced due to internal leak. 
35960  

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 31000    
36000 0 Adjusted brake pedal for brake light switch to activate. 
86000  

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 25000    
38000 39 Windshield washer pump clogged with gravel,dirt. 
39000 30 Window jumped track, replaced into proper position. 
41000 30 Noisy belt, tightened 
68700 800 New wheel bearing 
73300 300 remote needed to be replaced 
 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 26000    
27000 0 ALL brake warning lights appeared on the dashboard along with "CHECK VSC SYSTEM". I had only manual (push pedal HARD) brakes. Dealer replaced ABS Actuator under warranty and paid 2 days of rental under warranty. 
30000 0 Felt a "click" in the steering when holding wheel in a constant position in a turn. Dealer replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
81000  
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 25000    
30000 0 TSB on brake actuator getting air trapped a causing it to clunk during braking. Bleading of the brake system provided a temporary fix, but it will need to be redone again as the noise has returned. 
31000 0 Brake Actuator is still having issues with trapped air causing a malfunction. 
35000 0 Brake Actuator is still having issues with trapped air and Toyota has not fix in place. I have been told it's a non-safety issue and can not be repaired. 
83000  

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008    
35 Air conditioner stops working. Added refrigerant with anti-leak. 
95480 120 A/C failure did not last for a long time after repair. Will take it to shop this or next month. 
98580 300 A/C system cleaned by shop, filled out with sealant and leak detector (UV dye). 
138100 250 Caliper replacement 
177640 250 Exhaut system gaskets replacement ( 2 burned out) 
203360 4300 Replace control arms and bearing. Replace struts and shocks. Replace parking shoes and cables. 
205360 826 condencer replaced; eletrical issue with compressor is fixed 
216420 1021 Left from strut start leaking (noticed my mechanic at the previous visit) Done by another shop (fixmycar.ca) less that 6 month ago 
226300 600 stabilizer bar, joint one of the calipers 
234640 950 replace broken control arms; joints 
240560  
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 65000    
66000 1400 Frozen caliper; rusted discs. 
102000 1000 Water pump and timing belt. This is the second water pump and timing belt replaced. The first replacements occurred at 60K miles. 
105000  

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