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Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems

895 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Toyota Highlander. 24 of these members (2.7%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 26 transmission repairs to Toyota Highlanders--an average of 0 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Toyota Highlander problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Percentage of Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Chart based on 451 repairs.

Toyota Highlander transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 58 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 repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

12400 mi   Check engine light turned on while on a 400 km trip back from sea level to Mexico City (2,300m OSL). Car was left for two days at dealership. The mechanic said the cause was transmission overheating, fluid changed as a precaution. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

31000 mi   Transmission leak. Shop could not find where leak originated from, and painted transmission over to identify leak next time. 
32300   oily transmission. Dealer conclusion was that this is not unusual leak, not a problem. 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

84000 mi US $330 Truck was having occasional shift flares when shifting in lower gears. The transmission oil was reported as being dirty, so we changed the fluid which took care of the problem. 

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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

61000 mi   Trans. was intermittently "hard shifting". No codes were set. Mech. was able to replicate by driving vehicle. Toyota covered 100% of repair, out of warranty, as I had brought it in twice previously for same issue with no resolution. 

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2005.5 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

81220 mi A $1600 transfer case rebuild 

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2005 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

59000 mi   Leak developed in the transfer case, repaired by the dealer. 

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

40000 mi US $200 Replaced leaking output shaft seal. 

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

88000 mi   Tranny started slipping.  

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2001 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

60760 mi C $400 transmission leaked and brake pads replaced 
88000 US $100 Transmission cooler hose was split and leaking. Replaced with new hose & new hose clamps 

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