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2011 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (3%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (11%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (33%)

Other (28%)

Chart based on 36 repairs.

2011 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (13%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 8 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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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

45300 mi

US $500
driver side locking mechanism/electrical motor quit working. Was covered under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Kentucky, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2015
Aug 2014

52700 mi

US $289
Rotors resurfaced 
Nov 2015

67000 mi

US $270
Brake pads front and rear. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2015
Jul 2012

39000 mi

US $250
Moulding coming loose around driver's door and rear hatch windows. 
Apr 2015

75700 mi

US $1
Battery had gotten super weak, would require jumpstarting after leaving lights on for <1 min. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

38000 mi
Left tailgate hinge bent by automatic lift. Apparently well known, but ignored defect by Toyota. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

90000 mi
Liftgate piston was squealing and not lifting rear gate to 100%. Replaced piston. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012
Mar 2012

16000 mi
Clunking noise with sharp turn 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2010 - Dec 2015
Jul 2014

37820 mi
some paint bubble up and some rust. 
Jun 2015

49600 mi

C $1200
all brakes 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

35920 mi

C $1100
Rear wiper motor, linkage and rear window struts have failed. Despite low mileage and extended warranty only motor will be covered.Dealer has patched as best he could while we wait for parts. Dealer went to bat for me with Toyota to have them honour my warranty on rear wiper. Dealer was helpful but Toyota had an adversarial approach from the start. Powered rear hatch strut came away from car body. 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Sep 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

30000 mi
Worn bearing replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Alaska, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Feb 2013

14000 mi
rubber molding that forms part of the rain gutter system blew out, again. 
Dec 2015

38000 mi

US $100
One lift strut for rear hatch has developed some sort of defect that repairable only by replacing the strut, a cost of over $500 with part and labor. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Jan 2016
Aug 2014

47760 mi

C $3500
front end, rack and pinion, intermediate steering shaft 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2015
Apr 2013

14000 mi
Rubber roof molding strip came loose 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2013
Oct 2012

25000 mi
Driver's side window had developed a rattling noise at speed, so I took it in to get it diagnosed and fixed. 
Nov 2012

25500 mi
Rattle was still occurring in driver's side window. Took the car back to the dealer, took them with me on a test drive so they could hear the noise for themselves, and then had them fix it. Had a weird metal-on-metal scraping sound at times when braking quickly. Took the car to the dealer, reproduced the noise for them on a test drive, and then had them diagnose and fix it. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

24000 mi
bolt which holds drivers side window track fell out 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

2000 mi
Loud clicking noise in left front wheel area when shifting from park to reverse and accelerating. Was told that because of the torque, the calipers may shift a little and that it is common in the newer highlanders and tacomas. 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2013

20000 mi
Seal for rear window replaced due to shrinking of original 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

62700 mi

US $669
Vehicle made a 'whump whump whump' sound that paced the speed the vehicle was at, started at 30mph and continued through highway speeds. Drivers side wheel bearing hub assembly was replaced. 
Jun 2014

101000 mi
Drivers side window was opening at an angle and not closing correctly. Bolt holding the window clamp had come loose and vibrated out inside the door. New coat of loc-tite and 20 minutes of work fixed the issue. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

14000 mi
Alarm system goes off by itself. Dealer said that was due to the sensor on the hood latch. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

27300 mi
Headlight failure 
May 2013

33300 mi
Rear hatch automatic opener/closer failed & dislodged from mounting point resulting in part replacement & body work 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2010 - Dec 2015
Jan 2014

55420 mi
Driver side window not closing. 
Mar 2014

59520 mi
Driver side window previous problem was fixed 
Aug 2015

85400 mi

C $90
Check engine light diagnosis. Exhaust part required for repair was not available. Light went off by itself after 2 days. Rust on the tailgate. Car is less than 5 years but more than 100000 km dealer said nothing can be done. 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2011 - Dec 2015
May 2015

48360 mi

C $46
Driver's window not descending properly, sometimes a portion of the window not in the door completely. 
Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2015
Mar 2013

26000 mi
Loose roof trim. Long piece of rubber trim under passenger of roof. Under the roof-rack 
Apr 2013

27000 mi
Loose roof trim. Long piece of rubber trim under passenger of roof. Under the roof-rack 

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2011 Toyota Highlander Repair Histories

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