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Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

830 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota Highlander. 70 of these members (8.4%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 23 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Toyota Highlanders--an average of 0 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

28% of the Toyota Highlander repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 19% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 20% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 355 repairs.

Toyota Highlander transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota Highlander transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 22% cost less than $100, 41% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 7% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 54 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 Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Districto Federal, Mexico
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 6820    
12400 0 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. 
40300  

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 25000    
31000 0 Transmission leak. Shop could not find where leak originated from, and painted transmission over to identify leak next time. 
32300 0 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

Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 45000    
84000 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

Toyota Highlander in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 6000    
61000 0 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. 
94000  

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2005.5 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Victoria, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 38440    
81220 1600 transfer case rebuild 
96720  

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2005 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

230-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 45000    
59000 0 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

Toyota Highlander in Idaho, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 27000    
40000 200 Replaced leaking output shaft seal. 
53000  

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2003 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 80000    
87000 0 Tranny started slipping.  

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2001 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

155-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 60140    
60760 400 transmission leaked and brake pads replaced 
 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 68000    
88000 100 Transmission cooler hose was split and leaking. Replaced with new hose & new hose clamps 
96000  

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