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2002 Toyota Highlander Problems and Repair Histories

42 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Toyota Highlander. 12 of these members (28.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 26 repairs to 2002 Toyota Highlanders--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Toyota Highlander problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Toyota Highlander problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 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 2002 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

50% of the 2002 Toyota Highlander repairs were to the engine, 15% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, and 19% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems.

Chart based on 26 repairs.

2002 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Toyota Highlander repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 45% cost between $100 and $499, 45% between $500 and $999, and 9% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 11 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 2002 Toyota Highlander problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2013 131000    
131000 2506 Left front hub bearing. I asked Toyota to replace the remaining 3 hub bearings because I still heard the same noise that I heard the first time I took the car in; thinking it was another bearing. However after doing all that I still hear the noise when slowing down 
133000  

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
300 Replace Bank 1 Sensor 1 O2 Sensor 
300 Car wouldn't hold idle. Cleaned Throttle body and FI system. No cause found. 
78000 850 Required new front calipers + pads and rotors all around. 3 days in the shop-first 2 days at dealer who couldn't diagnose a vibration/grumble problem. 
79000 0 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. Slight squeak from the steering column in cold temps. 
Toyota Highlander in Montana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 113000    
120000 768 Replaced front brake pads 
152000  
Toyota Highlander in West Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 210000    
220000 400 replace fuel sensor 
220000  
Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 101000    
101000 425 Service indicated the check engine light came on due to a damaged gas cap which was replaced. Light is now back on again so the car is going back in tomorrow. Vacuum hose was not attached correctly causing the check engine light to come on. No charge for resolution. 
 

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 111000    
121000 0 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. 
130000 603 P0420 and P0430 engine light codes. Replaced O2 sensors. 
145000  
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 101000    
109000 600 One oxygen sensor failed. 
142000 0 Car emits puff of white smoke on cold start 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 124000    
156000 0 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. 
165000  

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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 103000    
105000 600 calipers sticking, causing car to wobble when braking plus rotors wore out as a result. 
134000 180 One of the ignition coils required replacement 
141000 0 one of ignition coils required replacement 
143000 0 ignition coil replaced last January was defective. replaced again. 
146000 100 replaced drive belt 

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2001.5 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in Victoria, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 69440    
76880 1000 Break rotor become really thin and need to be replaced. 
79980  

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