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2016 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (4%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (19%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 27 repairs.
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2016 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (13%)

< $100 (81%)

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Chart based on 16 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

12000 mi
Front left speakers intermittent, this turned out to be problem with wife's iphone 
Oct 2017

24500 mi
Clunking noise from front left wheel . Left front brake caliper replaced and CV axle nut was found to be loose Brakes work well, but clunk when applying after moving in reverse 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Sep 2016 - Dec 2018
Mar 2017

9000 mi
Replaced window trim piece along bottom of passenger front window. Was catching wind and whistling while driving. Required part to be ordered again and another trip to get it correctly installed. 
Dec 2017

25000 mi
Rear shock needs to be replaced. Dealer ordered part but has not contacted that part is in. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

10000 mi
Cruise control stalk light would flicker occasionally. Handled under Toyota TSB, no charge. Took about an hour once parts were available. 
Toyota Highlander in South Carolina, United States
Oct 2016 - Nov 2018
Aug 2017

7000 mi
Cruise control stalk illumination would flicker, only detectable at night. Replaced/repaired ground wire. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016 I had 125 miles on the car and the transmission jolted...I couldn't get the car past 1st gear (auto trans) . They towed it to the dealer. Check engine light was on. Dealer said it was 1.5 quarts low on trans fluid. This car was brand new. 
Feb 2017

1000 mi

US $75
Rear passenger tire side wall started separating. Dealer and Toyo Tire company said it wasn't their fault and they said it was road damage. , but the separation clearly wasn't road damage as there was no other marks or damage on the tire. The tire company agreed to a one time "good will" settlement of 75% coverage of the cost . I paid $75.00 out of pocket . 

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2016 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in New Brunswick, Canada
Apr 2016 - Mar 2018
Aug 2017

14880 mi

C $75
Wheel Alignment 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Feb 2017 - May 2019
Apr 2018

33500 mi
Infotainment system was locking up on startup. Dealer updated the software. 
Apr 2019

49000 mi

US $550
Replace front pads and rotors. Normal wear maintenance. 
Toyota Highlander in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

2480 mi
A pump in the fuel system turns on and runs for extended periods when vehicle has been sitting without use for days. Concerned over possible fire hazard with vehicle being in attached garage. 
Jun 2018

6820 mi
Right rear shock absorber leaking fluid, leaving puddle on ground. Required two trips to dealer, one to see problem then second to install replacement, as there are no parts stocked in Winnipeg for Toyota and they have to be ordered from Toronto. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2016 - Jan 2019
Feb 2018

25000 mi

US $300
Front Passenger brake pad had premature wear and signs of rotor overheating. 3 other wheels were fine. 
Jun 2018

28000 mi
Rear hatch pistons needed to be replace. Premature rusting and noisy when opening. 
Jan 2019

37000 mi

US $450
Premature front brake "Warping". Brakes were only 1 year old. Something went wrong! 
Toyota Highlander in Idaho, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

100 mi
Light came on and was reset by dealer. 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
Aug 2016

8300 mi
Something in the driver seat is moving and "popping" out of place. Irritating when driving. Dealership then broke side of seat trim and needs to replace it. And now the original "fix" is already not working again. 
Oct 2016

11500 mi
Seat was doing same "popping" as before, this time the dealer disassembled the seat in house and diagnosed it as the lumbar needing grease which they did and solved it (so far!). 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Sep 2016

4000 mi
The automatic rear hatch does not reliably open using the inside button. The repair was unsuccessful and will have to go back. Update: We discovered that it was happening because you first have to unlock all doors of the vehicle before the tailgate will raise. If you are used to having a sedan and someone wants you to pop the truck, you just pull the lever. However, in the Highlander, you have to first unlock all doors then push the tailgate button. Seems unnecessary to me, but so be it. 
Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

1000 mi
L front passenger window not operable from driver side, only partially worked from passenger side; L sideview mirror puddle light did not work, power mirror did not work, door lock did not work electrically. 
Nov 2016

2800 mi
wind noise R side mirror--attempted repair, not successful 
Dec 2016

4000 mi
front passenger side door wind noise 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Jun 2016 - Dec 2017
Mar 2017

9000 mi
Cruise control stalk light was going in and out TSB existed and repairs were made under warrantly 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

19190 mi
Entune software update per T-SB-0103-16 Cruise control stalk illumination intermittent operation repair per T-SB-0031-16; replaced (1) flange bolt, (2) plate washers, & (1) repair w/ wire terminal 
Nov 2017

25825 mi
Replaced OEM battery (bad cell in Johnson Controls p/n 28800-03044 582A/125RC) with Toyota (Interstate) TruStart 575CCA/130RC 

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