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2002 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

Chart based on 22 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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2002 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2013 - Jul 2015
Jul 2013

131000 mi

US $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 
Nov 2014

148000 mi

US $757
Water pump replacement, belts, ignition work, battery. 
Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2008 - May 2011
Mar 2008

58548 mi

US $300
Replace Bank 1 Sensor 1 O2 Sensor 
Mar 2009

64329 mi

US $300
Car wouldn't hold idle. Cleaned Throttle body and FI system. No cause found. 
Mar 2011

78000 mi

US $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. 
May 2011

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. Slight squeak from the steering column in cold temps. 
Toyota Highlander in Montana, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2012

120000 mi

US $768
Replaced front brake pads 
Aug 2014

155000 mi

US $650
Replacement (non-OEM) parking brake broke apart and required replacement. 
Toyota Highlander in West Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2011
Dec 2010

220000 mi

US $400
replace fuel sensor 
Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2010
Aug 2010

101000 mi

US $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
Dec 2010 - Jun 2015
Oct 2011

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. 
Aug 2012

130000 mi

US $603
P0420 and P0430 engine light codes. Replaced O2 sensors. 
Feb 2015

157000 mi

US $2500
Engine header bolts worn to where required torque not possible. Machinest bore new holes into engine block so that new bolts could take hold. The overall problem caused by this was engine coolant leaking all over. Old and worn out water pump replaced. 
May 2015

162000 mi

US $75
Engine was idling slow. Cleaned throttle control mechanism. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2013
Jan 2011

109000 mi

US $600
One oxygen sensor failed. 
Jun 2013

142000 mi
Car emits puff of white smoke on cold start 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2013

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. 
Oct 2014

170000 mi

US $200
Changed Oxygen Sensor Bank 1 Sensor 2.rnStill has not resolved all the Engine codes being reported. 

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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
May 2010 - Sep 2013
Jul 2010

105000 mi

US $600
calipers sticking, causing car to wobble when braking plus rotors wore out as a result. 
Jun 2012

134000 mi

US $180
One of the ignition coils required replacement 
Jan 2013

141000 mi
one of ignition coils required replacement 
Mar 2013

143000 mi
ignition coil replaced last January was defective. replaced again. 
Sep 2013

146000 mi

US $100
replaced drive belt 

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2001.5 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in Victoria, Australia
May 2010 - Jun 2012
Apr 2011

76880 mi

A $1000
Break rotor become really thin and need to be replaced. 

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2002 Toyota Highlander Repair Histories

51 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Toyota Highlander. 16 of these members (31.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 43 repairs to 2002 Toyota Highlanders--an average of 0.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

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