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2013 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (10%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (39%)

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

Other (17%)

Chart based on 41 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2013 Toyota Highlander.

2013 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (70%)

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Chart based on 37 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 FWD

Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Feb 2016

31300 mi
computer 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2015 - Jul 2019
Jun 2016

55000 mi
Drivers side window noisy when closing. Window drive mounting bolts needed tightening 
Oct 2017

62000 mi
Replace rear wheel bearing 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Dec 2013 - Aug 2014
May 2014

2000 mi
Battery had to be replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

31300 mi
Defective windshield replaced under warranty. Windshield cracked from the edge up toward the center and left under the rear view mirror. Windshield was either defective glass or damaged during manufacture. Replaced without any problems. 
Mar 2017

52000 mi

US $125
Dead battery 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2018
Dec 2014

45000 mi

US $150
Replace failed tire pressure sensor 
Jun 2015

55000 mi
Water pump failed Rear wiper failed. Replaced 
Feb 2017

101000 mi

US $400
Rear brake job. 

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Nov 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2015

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. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

34900 mi
Rear strut failed. Both were leaking fluid. Both rear struts replaced under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

37700 mi
Speaker passenger side sounds broken especially when using cell phone over system. 
Dec 2016

56000 mi
Tsb for whine around 40 mph. Transmission replaced under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2017
Jan 2015

31300 mi

US $60
battery terminals excessively corroded leaving a white mess on each. Mechanic said it was due to 2 different metals in contact with each other while acid leaked from battery. Told me Toyota does not support a sealed battery for vehicle. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

12000 mi
Tire pressure monitoring system required recalibration for persistent warning light 
Dec 2016

62000 mi

US $175
Driver side window motor 
Jun 2017

72000 mi

US $239
Seat latch on rear seat was broken and had to be replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Jun 2017
Nov 2013

3720 mi
Replace loose driver's side grip assist handle, adjust top of driver's side door to eliminate wind noise. 
Dec 2013

4960 mi
Slight steering wander. Alignment was done to correct. Noise in headliner repaired. 
Aug 2014

12340 mi
Brake booster noisy. Replaced unit. 
Sep 2014

14260 mi
Headlight assy. defect required replacement along with rear hatch name plate trim piece due to corrosion. 
Jul 2015

24260 mi
Rear wiper seized, replaced linkage and motor. 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

36000 mi
Bad battery cell. Dealer replaced battery under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

60000 mi
Popping and rattling noise from under dash. Diagnosed as worn intermediate steering shaft in need of replacement. Decided not to repair at that time. 
Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2018
Dec 2018

68000 mi

US $57
Rattle in the front end while turning. Phillips Toyota of Leesburg said they could not see any problems. No repair made. After doing my own research it was possibly the intermediate shaft problem or front wheel bearing. I'll have to keep an eye on it myself. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2013

5300 mi
door locks not working properly 
Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

185000 mi

US $700
Water pump failed and was replaced. 
Jun 2018

208000 mi

US $475
Airbag control module and sensor in passenger seat failed requiring replacement. 
Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

48360 mi
Tire blow out on highway Power lift arm ripped out of rear hatch door frame. Estimate cost $5000.00- Out of Warranty 
Jan 2018

54609 mi
Power Lift Arm ripped out of rear hatch door rame stripping threads. (Reported Japanese Aluminum Refinery sold contaminated aluminium to Honda used in rear hatch. New Toyota Canada Enhanced Warranty is for 8 years or 240000km). 
May 2018

57041 mi

C $230
Replace Windshield, Rock Shots, Sub Zero Temperature 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

50000 mi
Lots of air noise from day one 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

35000 mi
Replaced rear wiper motor 
Jun 2018

78000 mi

US $250
Battery died and was unchargeable. 

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Tennessee, United States
Oct 2017 - Jul 2018
May 2018

45000 mi

US $82
A headlight stopped working. Replaced bulb. 
Toyota Highlander in Montana, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2018
Dec 2016

31000 mi
Loud whine from hybrid drive train under light load, speeds 35 to 50 mph. Dealer acknowledges noise but says it is not sufficient to warrant repair. Pursuing with Toyota national now. 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2013 - Jul 2018
Sep 2014

18000 mi
Auxiliary battery shorted out 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

3000 mi
Check Engine Light came on with message on display to "Check Hybrid System". 
Apr 2017

47500 mi

US $729
One rear brake caliper was sticking causing rotor to overheat. Replaced 2 calipers, 2 rotors, and pads. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

50000 mi

US $150
Battery and terminal replacement 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

52000 mi
Drivers side sun visor will not stay put & keeps falling down to obscure the view. I am living with it for now because the new parts alone are estimated at close to $300. 
Toyota Highlander in Nevada, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

13000 mi
Seat belt buckle needed replacement 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2013

27000 mi
Drip rail molding came loose on both sides of the roof. Dealer replaced them with an updated piece at no charge. 
Nov 2013

32000 mi
Battery was leaking around terminal post causing corrosion. Battery was replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2017

40300 mi
Driver seat frame broken. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

40000 mi
Strut tower broke, made a loud noise going over bumps. Repaired under the dealer 60 day warranty. During repair they stripped a bolt and had to replace entire strut. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

123000 mi

US $1000
Replaced faulty wheel bearing left rear. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Delaware, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

48600 mi
Heavy corrosion 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2018
Oct 2015

54700 mi

US $1000
Doors not locking with fob or door buttons. Replaced body ECU 
Aug 2016

68000 mi

US $100
Replaced original battery due to leaking 
Apr 2018

88000 mi

US $30
Replaced brake light switch due to codes and ABS warning light 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2015

58000 mi
Rear end locked up/Froze on highway. Toyota certified when purchased and maintenance at same dealership. Total replacement covered under warranty. 
Apr 2017

75000 mi
Complete right side of Audio system failed, replaced amplifier. Amplifier did not fix problem, had to replace entire radio/GPS system 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2019
May 2016

69000 mi

US $100
R/H rear wheel bearing failed. Replaced by dealer under extended warranty 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

39300 mi
struts in the hatch started squeaking. Toyota ordered the part for replacement. 
Dec 2014

30000 mi
Blower for air condition and heater had to be replaced. Seal in back hatch window was coming off so dealer replaced it. Air condition has a slight squeak when it runs. 
Apr 2017

68000 mi

US $200
A bolt had come out of the window making it not roll down and up correctly. The bolt was put back on. 
Jun 2017

70000 mi

US $347
Right Rear Wheel Bearing went bad. 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2012

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. 
Nov 2012

5800 mi
Growling noise was still present when the car was due for its 5000 mile maintenance. Brought it to a different dealer who found the left rear wheel bearing had failed internally. Replaced bearing. Problem gone. 
Toyota Highlander in Kansas, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

74600 mi

US $60
Headlight Out 
Jan 2017

87000 mi

US $180
New Battery 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Replace of dead battery 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2013
Oct 2012

3000 mi
high pitched engine whine at varied speeds. 
Mar 2013 high pitch engine whine that the dealer said was normal 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

73000 mi

US $750
Driver door handle broke off 
Oct 2017

95000 mi

US $300
Outrageous issue: The positive terminal for the battery is Not a replaceable item, but costs $2,700 in parts plus 5-6 hours of labor: the full electrical engine harness must be replaced. Who made this incredibly stupid decision? When I told the dealer that I would never buy a Toyota again, they decided to make a repair of their own, where they sawed through the harness and made it possible to replace the terminal only. 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

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. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

111700 mi

US $420
Brought it in to have the tires rotated and a brake component got bent and they needed to replace the brakes for the noise to go away. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
May 2014 - Jun 2017
Mar 2017

81840 mi

C $150
Replaced rear brakes 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

78000 mi

US $120
5 percent of the time the starter would not crank. Starter was replaced and issue went away. 
Toyota Highlander in Arizona, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

72000 mi

US $4500
Torque converter threw a "check engine" code...dealer replaced entire transmission. 
Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

63000 mi

US $150
Replaced coil on one cylinder 
Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

104000 mi

US $380
Check engine light on accompanied with erratic shifting. Car would die at stop lights and could only be re-started in neutral. Dealer found park-neutral safety switch faulty. Replaced switch and car now drives normal. Cyclical loud whirring noise similar to tire noise heard from rear of car. Noise would get louder the faster it was driven. Left and right rear wheel bearings bad. Replaced with aftermarket from an independent shop. 
Toyota Highlander in Kentucky, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

145000 mi
Popping noise from back door opening and closing, Toyota extended the warranty for this problem 
Toyota Highlander in New Hampshire, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

67000 mi
Bought car with a little bit of factory extended powertrain warranty still valid. Heard pinion gear whine when driving, found that Toyota has a Service Bulletin out for a batch of improperly honed pinion gears, took to dealer. Dealer verified and put in a remanufactured transaxle under warranty per the service bulletin. Excellent service, no hassles, car is now perfect! Way to go, Toyota! 
Mar 2018

76000 mi

US $40
One headlight burned out. I replace all four rather than wait for them to go one at a time. Also, I live in rural NH so I put in a full set of extra bright but legal bulbs rather than standard bulbs. Much better on back roads with no street lights! 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

81000 mi

US $300
Replace front and rear brakes. 
Mar 2018

95000 mi

US $200
Brake service rear 
Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Dec 2013 - Jul 2015
Feb 2013

8000 mi
Replace master power window control unit. 
Toyota Highlander in Michigan, United States
Jul 2016 - Aug 2019
Jun 2017

58000 mi

US $150
Replaced Battery 
Jul 2018

69500 mi
Swollen lug nuts caused OEM wrench not to fit. Belle Tire replaced all 24 with different lugs FREE. 
Toyota Highlander in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2017

69000 mi

US $100
T-SB-0034-13 (Steering Intermediate Shaft Noise) Quote: Some 2008 – 2013 model year Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles may exhibit a clunk, pop, or knock-type noise when turning the steering wheel left or right. A new intermediate shaft has been developed to address this condition. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

69440 mi

C $950
Front drum has been replace after only 35000 KM! 
Toyota Highlander in New Brunswick, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

4220 mi
faulty speaker. replaced under warranty 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2018

68820 mi

C $2253
The oil pump control circuit of the hybrid system malfunctioned. 

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2012 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2017
Jul 2014

33700 mi
Door alarm for key in ignition was not functioning due to electrical ground issue. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

66000 mi

US $350
All 4 brake pads 

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2011.5 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in New Zealand
Jul 2012 - Oct 2012
Aug 2012

12900 mi
a bump or knocking in the steering when turning left, toyota replaced steering intermediate shaft as per the 2008 T-SB-0296-08, but problem remains the same, I guess this is a new problem that Toyota has not come across before 
Oct 2012

15500 mi
foot brake was going to the floor replacing foot brake parts 

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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
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

90000 mi
Liftgate piston was squealing and not lifting rear gate to 100%. Replaced piston. 
Jul 2016

101000 mi
Clicking noise coming from the steering system when turning. Thought it might be CV joints, but Toyota replaced the intermediate steering shaft and problem was fixed. Hinges for rear liftgate have been slightly bent such that a feeler gauge between the hinge and body exceeds 0.005'. Hinges were replaced per Toyota TSB. 
Jan 2018

121000 mi

US $100
Replaced TPMS sensors in wheels. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Jul 2012

39000 mi

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

75300 mi

US $1
Battery had gotten super weak, would require jumpstarting after leaving lights on for <1 min. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012
Mar 2012

16000 mi
Clunking noise with sharp turn 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

34000 mi
Driver side visor hinge mechanism broke, will not flip up 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Dec 2010 - Jul 2018
Jul 2012

44200 mi

US $500
driver side locking mechanism/electrical motor quit working. Was covered under warranty. 
Jul 2018

176000 mi
Door lock actuators replaced. Toyota Corp agreed to pay for repair. This was the fifth time they have gone out. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2018
Nov 2015

38000 mi
Left tailgate hinge bent by automatic lift. Apparently well known, but ignored defect by Toyota. 
Dec 2015

38000 mi
Dealer replaced two bent hinges[at my expense] Then said it was the motor. Cost of motor $1200 plus labor. Opted to go to manual operation. Well known Toyota problem that should be a recall item. Toyota no help. 
Feb 2017

50000 mi
Entire rear tailgate and motor replaced. Dealer did repair after persistence. 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Nov 2015 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

84000 mi

US $1
Muffler heat shield rotted out by bolt holes. Repaired by adding larger washer to secure shield in place. 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

35320 mi

C $200
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 Colorado, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

70000 mi

US $130
Battery Replaced $129.95 
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 Maryland, United States
Sep 2014 - Jan 2018
Jul 2015

30000 mi
Worn bearing replaced 
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

25700 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 Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

12700 mi
Alarm system goes off by itself. Dealer said that was due to the sensor on the hood latch. 
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2010 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

37820 mi
some paint bubble up and some rust. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Feb 2013

63400 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. 
Nov 2015

127600 mi

US $115
Replaced the battery, had a couple of rough starts, had battery tested and was showing ready to replace 
Aug 2017

162000 mi

US $474
Vehicle wouldnt start, just heard a click and then nothing. Started was replaced. 
Feb 2018

176000 mi

US $740
Vehicle was making a loud noise when driving above 35 MPH. Shop replaced the passenger side rear wheel hub. 
Toyota Highlander in Alaska, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2013

13400 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. Unsuccessful attempt to repair it. Repairable only by replacing the strut, a cost of over $500 with part and labor. Not worth this. 
Jul 2016

41000 mi

US $180
Drivers side window glass became separated from mounting and fell into door cavity. Dealer stated bolts had fallen out of mechanism. 
Sep 2016

49000 mi

US $300
Power lift strut for rear hatch failed 
Feb 2018

67000 mi
Entire rear hatch replaced under some kind of unpublicized recall. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

26700 mi
Headlight failure 
May 2013

31400 mi
Rear hatch automatic opener/closer failed & dislodged from mounting point resulting in part replacement & body work 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Oct 2016
Aug 2014

47560 mi

C $3500
front end, rack and pinion, intermediate steering shaft 
Jan 2016

68200 mi

C $4200
rack and pinion , intermediate shaft 
Sep 2016

76260 mi

C $2600
2nd time problems with the transfer case. This time seals, and transmission seal 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2017
Dec 2016

29000 mi

US $300
car alarm keeps going off once/ twice a week; could not identify problem nor knew about issue, by the way this model is a 2011 highlander AWD 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

74000 mi

US $130
Alarm system -- would go off by itself. Dealer disabled the alarm (cost to repair the system would have been much higher). 
Jan 2018

90000 mi
Routine oil change/tire rotation Car would not start once. Started the next morning - took into dealer, who said battery and systems were fine. No charge for the visit and no problem since. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
Jul 2012

23500 mi
bolt which holds drivers side window track fell out 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2015
Apr 2013

14000 mi
Rubber roof molding strip came loose 
Toyota Highlander in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

65000 mi

US $200
Check engine light and traction control lights were on. Mechanics trouble shot the evap system for leaks and determined that the problem must exist in a very difficult and expensive to reach area in the exhaust system. We elected not to fix. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

82000 mi

US $800
Pads and rotors replaced 
Apr 2018

87000 mi

US $25
Loose heat shield 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2013

20000 mi
Seal for rear window replaced due to shrinking of original 

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2011 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2010 - Jul 2018
Jan 2014

21240 mi
Driver side window not closing. 
Mar 2014

59520 mi
Driver side window previous problem was fixed 
Aug 2015

85800 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. 
Jul 2016

104460 mi

C $1600
Rear left wheel bearing Some steering rod part was noisy. 
Aug 2016

105400 mi

C $25
Right headlight replaced 
Dec 2016

109740 mi

C $25
Left headlight replaced 
Feb 2017

111600 mi

C $1200
Right Front & Right rear wheel bearings replaced Since leaving dealer shop ABS, AWD Traction Control lights come on and off. 
Sep 2017

120590 mi

C $2500
EGR VALVE ASSY CHANGE THE EGR VALVE REPLACED EGR VALVE CLEANED PIPES CLEARED CODES CHANGE THE FRONT RIGHT SPEED SENSOR REPLACED RIGHT FRONT ABS SPEED SENSOR CLEARED CODE NEW RIGHT FRONT SPEED SENSOR FAULY OPEN CIRCUIT AT TIMES ABS LIGHT ON PART ON ORDER ABS ACTUATOR ASSY REPLACED SKID CONTROL ECU AND REPROGRAMED ALL ABS SYSTEM 
Mar 2018

130200 mi

C $300
Paint over 3 big spots of rust on tailgate. Rust came again. Replaced Windshield Wiper Transmission Linkage 
May 2018

132060 mi

C $200
REPLACE LICENCE PLATE BULBS AND SOCKET SEIZED [parking brake] CABLE WAS REPLACED 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2018
May 2016

48500 mi

US $550
12V Battery died. Unable to jumpstart due to Hybrid system. Special Toyota Hybrid 12V battery resulted in $500+ repair 

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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 - Jun 2018
May 2015

48360 mi

C $46
Driver's window not descending properly, sometimes a portion of the window not in the door completely. 
Apr 2016

61460 mi

C $120
Driver Sunvisor broke. Later Toyota issued a recall, apparently wide spread sunvisor problem. 
Sep 2016

68200 mi

C $160
change back sway bar bushings. Rubber deteriorates probably because antirust treatment (oil) and bad roads. 
May 2018

91760 mi

C $130
Right side sunvisor replaced (noise, trepidation, very loose) 
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

26500 mi
Loose roof trim. Long piece of rubber trim under passenger of roof. Under the roof-rack 

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2010 Toyota Highlander

Engine not specified

Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

29000 mi
Bearing worn out. Replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
- Mar 2011
Oct 2010

5000 mi
Interior trim replacement Rear window replacement 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Jan 2016 - Jul 2016
Jun 2016

97000 mi

US $400
The back hatch/door's struts/shocks fail to keep it raised and open-- as in the only way to open and keep it open is to physically hold it up. All methods of raising it have this same result (key fob, manually, driver button) 
Toyota Highlander in Kentucky, United States
Nov 2014 - Jul 2018
Apr 2015

70000 mi
Driver sun visor broke. Dealer replaced no charge. Toyota stands behind their product. 
Toyota Highlander in Arkansas, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2017
Sep 2015

87000 mi

US $400
Struts were worn out so that car suspension felt wobbly on bumps Lower steering shaft needed to be replaced. Steering shaft would "clunk" when steering wheel was turned at very slow speed. This is a common problem reported on the internet (there is a TSB and Toyota redesigned the shaft) 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015 Intermediate Shaft replaced due to popping/knocking when turning at low speeds Radio volume knob intermittent. Rotary encoder going bad. Entire Radio Replaced. Non Nav, Non JBL, OEM deck Driver Sunvisor Stuck in down position 
Jun 2016

111000 mi
Sun visor repair covered under extended warranty 
Toyota Highlander in Districto Federal, Mexico
Jun 2011 - Dec 2018
Oct 2011

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. 
Aug 2012

24260 mi
Driver window elevator failed to work properly. Window could not be kept closed. Dealership changed window elevator for free, as part of original warranty. 
Sep 2014

47120 mi

$800
Steering column was replaced after identifying extreme wear in a joint. 
Apr 2016

63840 mi

$1500
Steering column noise first occurred in 2015. After dealer analysis, replacement of steering column was necessary and done. In early March, steering column noise appeared again which required replacement of parts again. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2012
Aug 2012

43500 mi

US $750
Rear hatch latch was defective causing constant warnings about the rear hatch being open. Car alarm would occasionally be set off, too. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
May 2012

16000 mi
One of the end caps on the running boards fell off. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2013
Jan 2012

12000 mi
Oil leak. Faulty hose that started leaking after standard oil change. 
Toyota Highlander in Kansas, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2012
Jul 2011

24000 mi
Strut leaking, replace strut.  
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Jun 2011 - Mar 2016
May 2015

56000 mi

US $100
Driver door window was making a popping sound. Dealer repaired following Toyota TSB. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
Jun 2013

41000 mi

US $240
Driver's side sun visor broke, and it would not properly go down. It went down too far (in the down position) which was a safety issue because I couldn't see in front of me. 
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2011 - Apr 2016
May 2014

55840 mi
had to replace the motor for rear window wiper 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2012
Sep 2011

31000 mi
Windows do not function properly (cannot open or close). Dealer ordered part but did not repair. Transmission leak. Shop could not find where leak originated from, and painted transmission over to identify leak next time. Front shocks leak Water freezes in doors. Shop could not figure out why because weep holes were clear of junk 
Nov 2011

33000 mi
oily transmission. Dealer conclusion was that this is not unusual leak, not a problem. Windows do not function properly 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2017
Dec 2017

67000 mi

US $1200
Water pump was replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

29000 mi
Alarm system - defective hood sensor 
Oct 2014

30000 mi
Rust forming around tailgate rear wiper and below license plate. Toyota Rep said it was caused by scratches, but at goodwill would cover 1/2 the cost to repaint, should we choose to have it repainted 
Toyota Highlander in Missouri, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

34000 mi
Bolt fell out from drivers side electric window. The window would not go all the way down and would slam shut in the up position. 
Oct 2011

35400 mi
Replaced Left head light, drivers side. Replaced Left head light, drivers side!!! 
Jan 2012

40000 mi
Excessive corrosion on Positive battery terminal and Bat lock down bracket. Never happened to my 2005. Battery has gone dead twice with just the radio on. Doesn't seem to be long lasting. Probably need a new bat less than 2 yrs old. 
May 2012

48100 mi
Electrolyte level low in three cells of the battery. Added that filtered water. 
Jul 2013

81200 mi
Recurring problem- loose bolt in window scissor mechanism. Caused window to slam shut in closed positipn. Repaired myself this time. Used lock-tight to secure bolt. 
Mar 2015

118000 mi

US $4
Per Costco mechanic-aluminum cover on lug nuts allows road water and salt to get between lug nut and cover causing corrosion. The cover swells up larger than the 24mm. It is Difficult to remove the lug nuts. Replace lug nuts or gap. 
Jan 2018

158900 mi
Alarm would indiscriminately sound off. Most times where 2 or 4 AM. Per internet removed the hood latch limit switch. No more problem but now can’t set up alarm. Dealer Getty too expensive and too evasive about repairs to consider using that company!!! 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

37000 mi
One of the pins holding the drivers side window fell out, inside the door. The glass tilted erratically when raising/lowering the window. Dealer fixed it "no charge" while in for an oil change and out of warranty, since oil change took 4hr! 
Sep 2017

100000 mi

US $1199
Brake job + Rotors for shaking/vibration and excessive wear. 
Toyota Highlander in Indiana, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2013
Jun 2012

55000 mi

US $100
Drivers side power window motor fell out of its mounts. The window was inoperable and fell out of the track. 
Oct 2012

63200 mi
Transmission was slipping. After EXTENSIVE (6 days) analysis, no problem was found. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2011

10000 mi
driver window, clip & track. window would drop, not stay up. 
May 2012

16000 mi
noises from the wheel area. Dealer was not able to replicate, so we don't know what the exact problem was/is. 
Sep 2012

26000 mi
steering became much looser over a very short period of time. dealer could not find anything wrong. 
Nov 2013

37700 mi
wouldn't always start on the first try. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Feb 2014 - Dec 2018
Feb 2016

64400 mi

US $189
Drivers window made noise when lowered 
Aug 2016

68900 mi

US $1800
Replaced right & left bushings Replaced one motor mount 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Apr 2013

34200 mi

US $154
Engine light came on - opened the gas cap and replaced it tightly as instruced in manual. We were out of town so brought it to dealer. They reset the computer and light went off. driver side window not operating correctly. Bolt replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Arizona, United States
Jun 2011 - Apr 2018
Feb 2017

82000 mi

US $600
The rear hatch sensor was always showing ajar, even when closed. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jun 2012 - Nov 2014
May 2014

63900 mi

US $78
Window was making noise when going up. Second time it happen since owning vehicle. Passenger arm rest on door panel broke and sunk in. Dealer refuse to fix it. Ridiculous to pay $600 for a door panel just because of arm rest. Vehicle is only four years old and interior parts shouldn't break like this. 
Sep 2014

71000 mi
Aux jack wasn't working. 
Nov 2014

71000 mi
Passenger arm rest on door panel broke and sunk in. Returned to dealer to have the aux jack repaired, ended up trading the Highlander for a Sienna. 

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2010 Toyota Highlander 4-door

6-cylinder CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2014 - Apr 2017
Jul 2015

77700 mi

US $375
Power window mechanism - wouldn't work 
Sep 2015

81000 mi

US $50
ignition coil failed 

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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 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

86700 mi

US $523
Intermediate steering shaft replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2018
Apr 2012

57000 mi
Replaced water pump. Under warranty. 
Nov 2017

153000 mi

US $100
Replaced cracked engine mount 
Dec 2017

157000 mi

US $15
headlamps 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2015
Mar 2013

39000 mi

US $650
replaced two front struts 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2018
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. 
Jan 2018

142000 mi

US $240
Left front tire pressure sensor failed. 

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2009 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

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 Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Jul 2018
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. 
Jul 2018

132680 mi

C $950
Replaced the rear rotors/pads and emergency brake pads due to wear. The replaced components were not OEM and wore out in one year's time. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2019
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. 
Jan 2018

88000 mi

US $400
Outer control arm joint cover was ripped. Muffler heat shield mounts rusted. 
Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2010 - Mar 2018
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 Michigan, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

41200 mi

US $120
rear windshield washer pump replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

85000 mi

US $6
Replaced passenger side headlight 
Toyota Highlander in Michigan, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2018
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 Alberta, Canada
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

71920 mi
automatic tailgate stopped working. Nothing done, Toyota says they cannot fix it! 
Feb 2018

83080 mi
Replace [power] rear tailgate 

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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 - Jun 2019
Jan 2014

75700 mi

US $600
Noise heard while turning. Determined to be Intermediate steering shaft failing. Replaced shaft. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

68000 mi

US $20
License plate light bulb change. Took more than ten minutes. 
May 2018

69000 mi

US $400
Changed break pads and rotors 
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 Florida, United States
Oct 2016 - Sep 2018
Aug 2018

140000 mi

US $600
Alternator, belt, and tensioner replace 
Toyota Highlander in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2018
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 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 Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2018
Feb 2010

13500 mi

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

20200 mi
Replaced Water pump 
Jun 2018

121000 mi

US $150
Accessory belt tensioner started to lean on one side and only part of the belt was rolling over it. Replaced the tensioner. 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Nov 2015
Sep 2013

85000 mi

US $250
TSB for oil cooler line replacement. Replaced Rubber hoses with metal tubes. 
Aug 2014

99600 mi

US $500
Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2011
Dec 2010

56000 mi
Car exhibits a rattling like a collapsed lifter. Dealer says they all do that but could not find me another car of that age and vintage that exhibited the symptom. TSB for engine rattle, replaced timing chain tensioner. 
Aug 2011

72000 mi
Aftr earlier work on a TSB instalation the timing chain tensioner came loose tearing up all kinds of internal parts and flooding the engine with metal particles. 
Toyota Highlander in Georgia, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2013
Feb 2012

29000 mi
Replaced defective cam gears in engine, addressed air bag TSB 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2015
Nov 2014

106800 mi

US $415
Magnet attached to compressor unbolted itself and fell off car. AC is not able to engage magnetic compressor clutch. Caused AC light to flash on dash. Had to replace 
Oct 2015

117000 mi
V6 Cam issue that makes noise upon start. $5000 cost to be repaired covered by Toyota. 
Nov 2015

117000 mi
Needed a new top radiator hose, which I bought at dealership and handed over at trade-in time. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Nov 2007 - Sep 2013
May 2012

66900 mi

US $450
Driver's side front window came off track, track was bent, new window assembly installed 
Jun 2013

87000 mi

US $450
Automatic window opener came off track, driver side front, bent the lifter which had to be replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

170000 mi

US $1200
Would only blow hot air, would not cool 
Mar 2016

189000 mi

US $35
Fuse for electric power ports 
Mar 2017

205000 mi

US $2000
Leaking water pump Replace Axle Boots 
Jun 2017

212000 mi

US $250
Plastic trim on drivers seat with seat controls came loose 
Nov 2017

222284 mi

US $365
Replace leaking inner CV boot 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2014
Sep 2014

48000 mi
Water pump bearing 
Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

134000 mi
Main seal leaking oil; had to pull engine to repair A part in the rear brake was broken Brake noise- no problem found 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

100000 mi

US $800
Water pump leaking. Replaced at 100K miles. 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Feb 2018 - Dec 2018
Aug 2018

105000 mi

US $566
Water pump leakage. 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

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

Toyota Highlander in Georgia, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2015
Jul 2012

64700 mi

US $75
The water pump was making a lot of noise, and the shaft felt loose, but it had not completely failed. The service manual actually says to pull the engine for this. I was able to change it with the engine in place, but it was a major pain. 
Toyota Highlander in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2011
Dec 2010

58000 mi

US $20
intermittent problems with console features turning off at random. mechanic found a loose connection and problem seems to be fixed.  
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Jul 2017
Nov 2016

107880 mi

C $1000
Alternator required replacement. 
Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2014

97300 mi

US $481
Check engine light, dealer found codes for air fuel sensors. Replaced air fuel sensor. 
Feb 2017

140000 mi

US $1500
Needed new tie-rod but Toyota doesn't sell separate part so had to replace entire steering mechanism. 
Jun 2017

144000 mi

US $770
replace hub bearing 
Nov 2017

152000 mi

US $1200
Leak in oil cooler hose. Went through about 8 quarts of oil with multiple stops to buy more oil and refill before I could get it to the dealer. Numerous complications from the leaking oil that had run all over the back and bottom of the car but fortunately the engine itself was still OK. Just saw a post on the web from someone who says they issued a recall for this in 2010, but the dealer mentioned that to us! 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

100000 mi

US $900
Water Pump needed replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Illinois, United States
Jan 2011 - May 2014
Jun 2013

60000 mi

US $107
Heard grinding noise from engine, no visible leak, replaced water pump, discovered small leak once removed. Replacing water pump solved issue. Dealer cost was very high to perform fix. 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Nov 2009 - Aug 2012
Sep 2011

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. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Aug 2016
Aug 2011

19220 mi
Abnormal Noise from tailgate. Shocks defect identified by Dealer. Parts ordered. All covered by warranty parts installed free of charge 1 week later. problem resolved. 
Jul 2014

31820 mi

C $450
coolant pump leakage. replacement done 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Sep 2007 - Aug 2017
May 2008

6000 mi
Smell emitted from air vents. Akin to mulch smell. Dealer replaced Hepa filter and treated system with Ozium. 
Oct 2008

11000 mi

US $30
Under the drivers side door arm rest cushion is a plastic support piece. This piece cracked. It supports the arm rest cusion from inside the arm rest. 
Jan 2010

23000 mi
Radio volume would not function with dial. It did function with steering wheel buttons. Dealer replaced radio under warranty. 
Dec 2012

45000 mi

US $1000
Replaced bad O2 sensor 
Dec 2016

89000 mi

US $900
All four struts replaced 
Feb 2017

91000 mi

US $100
Heat shield rattle 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2015
Jul 2012

99800 mi

US $550
Clunking noise when turning fixed by replacing the "core in the steering column". The car now drives better than ever - good road feel. This fixed the mediocre steering feel we had from day 1 owning the car. First ever repair on car! 
Jan 2013

95300 mi

US $800
Water pump replaced 
Mar 2013

117000 mi

US $200
Rear brake lights in turn signal housing were not working. Only center light on tailgate worked. Required new harness and connector to restore function. Good samaritan told us brake lights were out - no dashboard warning or alert. 
Aug 2014

134400 mi

US $200
Air conditioner was not cooling on driver's side of the car. Dealer recharged with dyed coolant to detect possible leak. No leak was found and AC now works perfectly 
Sep 2014

136000 mi

US $65
Burned out headlamp - Not OEM but previously replaced 3rd party bulb. Replaced with another 3rd party bulb. 
Jun 2015

154000 mi

US $2100
Interior evaporator was leaking Freon and needed to be replaced. Involved entire dismantling of dashboard to get to it. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2015
Aug 2009

15000 mi
Had a TSB installed to fix problem with alarm system intermittenly going off. Dealer replaced good latch sensor. 
Jul 2012

46000 mi
Replaced noisy water pump under warranty (bearing going) 
Sep 2014

86000 mi
Rubber oil hose to cooler failed and was replaced per TSB with a metal hose. 
May 2015

96000 mi

US $900
Alternator and battery needed replacement 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Sep 2008 - Jul 2011
Nov 2010

51300 mi
Water pump began leaking at 50,000 miles. Water pump covered under 5 yr/60K mile power train warranty.  Also discovered and repaired an oil seal that was leaking during the same visit. 
Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

24000 mi

US $300
Dead battery. Would not start with a jump. Towed to dealer. 
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2008 - Jun 2018
Jun 2009

3720 mi
Passenger seat airbag not working, seat was replaced. 
Feb 2013

39060 mi
Replacing engine head gasket 
Jul 2014

51660 mi
Oil transmision cooler leaking, had to replace the whole unit 
Jun 2017

78120 mi

C $600
Replaced front disc and pads and rear pads 
Nov 2017

82460 mi

C $260
Front pipe gasket failed , replaced gasket and bolts/springs 
Jan 2018

83700 mi

C $950
replaced noisy water pump 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

46000 mi

US $87
Plugged AC condenser hose caused water to seep in and drench front footwells. Dealer cleared the hose and wash/dry carpet. 
Apr 2012

54200 mi
Door panel rusting at bottom. Dealer will not fix until rusted completely through. Will be covered until 5 year warranty expires in October. 
Dec 2013

61000 mi

US $153
Heatshield was loose. Was Replaced 
Sep 2014

66000 mi

US $56
Engine heat shield disintegrated, making loud metallic noises. Required replacement. 
Jun 2015

71000 mi

US $958
Needed fuel to air ratio sensors and mass airflow sensors. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Jan 2012
Sep 2011

73000 mi
In July the car was in the dealers shop for a grinding sound when starting the car. It was diagnosed as a VVTI problem. The VVTI was replaced under EXT warranty.After a few weeks the car is making the same sound dealer said to keep driving. 
Nov 2011

79000 mi

US $100
The other VVTI gear went out and had to replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2016
Feb 2016

129000 mi

US $389
Front struts making noise. Replaced along with strut links and mounts. 
Jun 2016

134000 mi

US $400
Navigation 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2017
Jun 2014

49450 mi

US $50
Car alarm was going off all by itself at random times. Read on Toyota owner's forums that the hood latch could be faulty. Since I had the same problem on my Acura a few years prior, I replaced the hood latch. Found instructions online and replaced in about an hour. Problem solved and alarm system works properly. 
Jun 2017

94000 mi

US $650
Check engine light came on 1st time in 9 yrs., 94K miles. Engine was misfiring. Problem was oil control valve sensor related to the variable valve timing in cylinder head. Toyota dealer replaced for $650 parts and labor. At the same time, I had dealer replace spark plugs because Toyota recommends at 110K. Total bill $820. Check engine light has stayed off. 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

95000 mi

US $50
Intermediate Steering Shaft was replaced and Drivers Side Heated Seat Replaced under CNA Extended Warranty. Also had Front Brake Pads and Brake Fluid Replaced while at Dealer. 
Toyota Highlander in Nebraska, United States
Dec 2014 - May 2015
Feb 2015

119000 mi

US $550
Perform air induction system service. Dealer discovered carbon build up in throttle body when they checked the air filter. 
Toyota Highlander in Washington, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

69300 mi

US $2000
Oil gasket replacement 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Apr 2017
Aug 2015

95000 mi

US $1600
The AC was leaking INSIDE the car. Had to pull dash etc. 
Apr 2016

109200 mi

US $1146
Alternator went out while in a trip out of town, $746 CV boot was torn, $400 
Aug 2016

115000 mi

US $287
Corrosion on wires on passenger side panel caused alert light to trigger. 
Nov 2016

118500 mi

US $325
Front and back struts Driver visor no longer stayed up Starter needed replacement 
Apr 2017

122000 mi

US $850
Rear axle leak. Rear brakes. 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2018
Jun 2016

122000 mi

US $35
Spark plugs need to be changed. 
Jan 2017

131200 mi
HVAC issue. I could not figure it out. Drivers Window not functioning well jerks when going up. 
Mar 2017

142000 mi

US $200
CV axle passenger side 
Sep 2018

155151 mi

US $35
Window regulator was bent out of shape. 
Toyota Highlander in West Virginia, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

123800 mi
Engine oil cooler pipe failed and all engine oil leaked out. Vehicle was towed to dealer and the oil cooler pipe was replaced under an extended warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
May 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2014

94240 mi

C $650
O2 And fuel/air flow sensors caused check engine light to come on. Car was drivable but..... 
Nov 2015

106020 mi

C $70
Loose heat shield 
Jun 2016

111600 mi

C $90
Exhaust seal 
Apr 2017

122760 mi

C $1700
Slider seized back pads worn Alt belt 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2013

55300 mi

US $104
Paint was wearing off on all exterior handles 
Nov 2015

84000 mi
check engine light on, said it was repaired ...it came back on 15 mile away from the dealer Oxygen sensor replaced. Light came back on 30 miles away. Another oxygen sensor was replaced. 
Jun 2017

105000 mi

US $80
AC not cooling, refilled rather than test for leak to see if it holds. Discussed rust by door handles and around doors - didn't fix 
Jul 2017

105000 mi
AC lines to back leaking, replaced 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2017
Feb 2017

166000 mi

US $800
replaced struts alternator failed and replaced 
Jun 2017

168000 mi

US $400
Drive shaft replacement due to worn u-joints; u-joints are staked-in and not replaceable 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2017
Apr 2017

216334 mi

US $380
Plugs and coils replaced to try and cure a P0303 code; did not work. 
May 2017

217985 mi
Diagnosed bad CV joint in front; not replaced. Vibration is present starting at 68 mph (gets much worse around 90) and does not abate with change in throttle input. 
Jul 2017

219625 mi

US $100
Attempted to replace rear bank fuel injectors (cylinders 1, 3, 5) to cure P0303 code. Paused repair due to a stripped bolt that denied me access to the rear bank. 
Oct 2017

222565 mi

US $350
Front struts replaced to ameliorate a front-end vibration; repair was successful, but front end still vibrates. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Mar 2019
Jun 2012

59520 mi

C $600
Drivers window bracket bolt came loose, fell out and resulted in the bracket breaking. Window was fine but dealer stated the bracket couldn't be repaired only replaced at a cost of 300 plus install plus inspection, plus retinting. 
Sep 2012

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. 
Jul 2014

77500 mi

C $250
Alarm started going off for no reason. Hood latch sensor failure. Told it was due to vibrations over time rattling it loose. $150 part 
Oct 2015

94120 mi
Inspected vehicle following repeated (and random) flash discharge of battery. Already replaced the battery in October 2014 following the first instance. Issue remains unresolved. 
Feb 2016

96720 mi

C $1050
Water pump had a crack in it. Replaced it. 6hrs charged time. Fak! O2 sensor spoiling resulted in VSC and engine light warning. VSC not functioning because sensor failure prompted computer to turn it off as it is an "auxiliary function". 3 of 4 sensors failed. Suspect use of injector cleaner. Lower control arm apparently has a seal failure and has to be replaced. 
Sep 2018

131440 mi

C $450
Rear hub assembly replaced. Constant hum coming from the back wheel with some vibration at around 60-80 km/hr. Same problem occurred on passenger rear wheel about 2 years ago. 
Feb 2019

133300 mi

C $850
Alternator failed to recharge battery while driving. Replacement was needed, but due to the location of the unit it was a 4 hour repair. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
Mar 2014

76880 mi

C $900
the car did not start. thought it was the battery (which was earlier replaced). turned out to be alternator. 
May 2014

77980 mi

C $1000
Engine oil line "blew up" 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

87000 mi

US $450
Strut replacement 

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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2008 - Jun 2018
Jan 2009

4960 mi
Check Brake System and Check VSC messages came on. Brake pressure accumulator replaced due to internal leak. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2016 - Nov 2017
Oct 2017

122636 mi

C $450
Level of engine oils are dropping between oil changes and emissions gazes are entering the cabin somehow from somewhere. This has been ongoing ( emission gas) ever since they changed the heat and a.c. fan about 4 years ago 
Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

120000 mi

US $1250
Repaired front boots that were leaking. 
Dec 2017

122000 mi
Suspension was making creaking noises when I turned the car. Shop mechanic said everything was fine, but that the cold weather was probably causing the creaking sound. Since the suspension is a closed system, there is nothing to grease. I can live with the problem. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Sep 2018
May 2016

115000 mi

US $909
Replace relays for hybrid battery 
May 2018

182000 mi

US $3500
Replace booster pump & brake distributor 
Sep 2018

187000 mi

US $1500
Replace hybrid battery relay box. 
Toyota Highlander in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Aug 2017
Jun 2013

59000 mi
Evaporator drain clogged. Blew out with compressed air. Still water collecting on passenger side floor. 
Aug 2015

100000 mi

US $700
Replaced failing water pump 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Feb 2013 - Feb 2016
Sep 2014

90000 mi

US $744
Intermediate steering shaft was broken; dealer replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2018
Apr 2015

105300 mi

US $25
R headlight burned out. Replaced bulb. 
Toyota Highlander in Germany
Nov 2008 - Jun 2018
Sep 2009

11160 mi

€70
Oem (not toyota) metal valve cap sticks to the valve because of galvanic corrosion. During yearly service the garage mechanic broke the valve by unscrewing it. Tire pressure warning sensor inside tire had to be replaced with a used one ($35+shipping). 
Jul 2015

66960 mi

€400
Factory default rust points hatchback below tailgate. Toyota would fix that for nothing in USA - but not in Germany... 

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