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2009 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (10%)

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2009 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (37%)

Chart based on 27 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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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2017
Jul 2015

86700 mi

US $523
Intermediate steering shaft replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Aug 2013 - Aug 2017
Sep 2013

76000 mi
Power steering electric assist motor failed. Twice during the week prior to the failure an intermitant humming noise was heard in the driver side dash area. (At parking lot speeds while turning) Dealer said they'd never seen this before. After the power steering repair, the same whirring noise occured at slow speed turns. The dealer admitted to hearing the noise. They couldn't identify what was wrong and sprayed some sort of lubricant on the steering parts under the dash. 
Jan 2014

96200 mi

US $500
Rear hatch motor failed. 
May 2016

118000 mi

US $200
Many electrical failures/issues, seemingly unrelated. Door locks inoperative, engine starting intermittent, security system going off on it's own. The battery was bad. Replaced battery. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2015
Mar 2013

39000 mi

US $650
replaced two front struts 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2017
Apr 2012

57000 mi
Replaced water pump. Under warranty. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2012 - Sep 2017
Aug 2017

71920 mi
automatic tailgate stopped working. Nothing done, Toyota says they cannot fix it! 
Toyota Highlander in Michigan, United States
Dec 2014 - Oct 2017
Dec 2014

45000 mi

US $1200
Replace radiator 
Sep 2016

78000 mi

US $812
Radiator replaced at 78,000; original radiator had been replaced at 33,000. Strong suspicion that this is a defect which Toyota should report. 
Toyota Highlander in Indiana, United States
- Aug 2010
Aug 2010

28000 mi
Radio display went out. Replaced radio under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

32000 mi

US $512
Check engine light came on. Codes revealed Bank 2 o2 sensor 1 faulty 
Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2010 - Sep 2017
Dec 2010

11160 mi
Interior fan stopped working. No air blowing into the cabin at any fan speed. Taken into dealership, supposedly a loose connector, easy repair, no charge as still under warranty. 
Mar 2015

32240 mi

C $350
Water pump leaking. Require replacement. dealer willing to goodwill 50%. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2017
Feb 2012

35000 mi
Hood latch alarm failure. Hood latch was replaced under warranty. Hood latch alarm failure. Hood latch was replaced under warranty. 
Jul 2014

54300 mi

US $951
new water pump 
Dec 2015

67000 mi

US $393
replaced the exhaust gasket, bolt and spring. 
Oct 2017

86000 mi

US $400
Outer CV joint boot was ripped Muffler heat shield mounts rusted. 
Toyota Highlander in Michigan, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2017
Jan 2014

41200 mi

US $120
rear windshield washer pump replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Sep 2017
Apr 2013

84520 mi

C $193
Replaced rubber oil cooler hose with one made of steel. This due to TSB not being covered by Toyota as car is out of warranty. 
Oct 2016

108020 mi

C $420
Rear wiper arm seized, and the electrical grid didn't fully work. Solution was to replace the rear window. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2017
Jan 2014

115700 mi

US $600
Noise heard while turning. Determined to be Intermediate steering shaft failing. Replaced shaft. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2017 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

124002 mi

C $400
replaced all pads and rotors 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
- Jul 2011
Jul 2011

28000 mi
Alarm system going off. TSB identified problem as hood switch. Hood switch replaced under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2017
Mar 2012

38000 mi
Radio display goes crazy, especially when cold. You can't adjust anything when it does this. This is the 2nd radio that been installed. Also sometimes the tune knob will not change the station or any other adjustments you make with it. 
Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2017
Feb 2010

13500 mi

US $70
Alignment. Problem with tire feathering. 
Sep 2010

20200 mi
Replaced Water pump 

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2009 Toyota Highlander Repair Histories

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