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Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (17%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (9%)

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Toyota Highlander transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (21%)

Chart based on 61 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

55000 mi Rear differential pinion seal replaced. Could see fluid blowback upon inspection 3 months earlier; subsequent visit showed it to be quite wet. Sign of a problem applies, but there were no non-visual/mechanical symptoms. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

58000 mi Rear end locked up/Froze on highway. Toyota certified when purchased and maintenance at same dealership. Total replacement covered under warranty. 
4000 mi Drivetrain making a growling/grinding noise. Noise confirmed by dealer. Source not found. Crankcase oil changed. No sign of wear or grinding. Unknown if other components inspected. Holding open ticket. 
11000 mi Clicking noise 50% of the time when shifting from park to drive/reverse. Dealer has replaced the shift mechanism twice. Now they are telling me that this is a common sound on highlanders. 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

16000 mi Clunking noise with sharp turn 

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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 mi oily transmission. Dealer conclusion was that this is not unusual leak, not a problem. 
64300 mi Transmission was slipping. After EXTENSIVE (6 days) analysis, no problem was found. 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

51860 mi Oil transmision cooler leaking, had to replace the whole unit 
62000 mi Started feeling weird vibration when driving in the 80km/hr range. Felt like AWD system was acting up. I pulled over switched to low speed 2wd, drove for a couple of blocks at low speed, switched off low range and kept going without issue. 
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

48360 mi

C $1800
Had transmission oil leak that required the drive-shaft and other components to be removed in order to fix the leak. Parts were only 10% of the repair, the rest was labor. 
58280 mi

C $1200
Replaced leaking transfer case seals 
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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2006 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT FWD

150000 mi

US $400
Half shaft (Left) 

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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 FWD

210700 mi Storage vibration/ loss of power. Mechanic says its CV joints, but not sure I believe it. Need 2nd opinion from dealership. 
244000 mi

US $1500
Vibration in front end. Front axle replaced. 

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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. 
161000 mi

US $1147
Replaced worn U joints. 

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2004 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

97960 mi

C $150
Replaced front differential seal. 
40000 mi

US $200
Replaced leaking output shaft seal. 
90000 mi

US $1900
Replced drive shaft from front to rear due to play in shaft. 
283340 mi

C $2312
driveshaft assembly replacement over the broken U-joint 

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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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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic AWD

159700 mi

US $370
Pinion oil seal with new 80W90 Gear oil. 

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

170000 mi Transmission gave out after 3+ years of minor power fluctuations. 

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

144460 mi

C $560
Worn-out Front universal joint 

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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 mi

US $100
Transmission cooler hose was split and leaking. Replaced with new hose & new hose clamps 

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Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems

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