2001 Toyota Highlander Reliability - Consumer Reports
The Highlander was the first car-based, mid-sized SUV in its price range. The refined and effortless powertrain is combined with a supple ride and easy access. These serve to enhance the spacious, quiet, and comfortable interior to make Highlander a pleasant vehicle for everyday driving. Emergency handling could be more capable, but it's secure enough overall. In sum, the Highlander is a very good choice.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Highlander will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Toyota Highlander owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Idiot light went on and ABS had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Light came on, needed to reset/relearn the system and it was fixed. Also, there is some minor surging when stopped at stoplight"

Anonymous, UT (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The sensor magnet in the left rear rotor started to slip. Due to some corrosion the whole assembly had to be replaced and it was quite expensive. Other than that, only regular maintenance items have been required. Best car I ever owned"

Gary M., ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"One was sticking and causing the vehicle to hesitate intermittently. Felt like it was stalling."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I work on an army fort and am on sand roads much of the time. I have had caliper issues repeatedly due primarily to these conditions"

Richard K., MI (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper collapsed (left front wheel) locking one of the wheels. Given age of the vehicle and our location (Ontario Canada) issue may have been due to our city's use of road salt during winter"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"One rear caliper was frozen and required replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"2 of 4 calipers failed to release pressure when warm,"

John H., WI (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Caliper was sticking. Had to replace rotor due to excessive wear on one side from stuck caliper. replaced brake pads and lubricated caliper. No problems since"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced calipers and brake hoses"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0-L V6)

"Seems to wear brakes quickly"

William M., NY (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"it's got 280000 miles on it"

Robert L., FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"significant steering wheel vibration at 60 -70 MPH was corrected by replacing brakes, calipers and rotors. Have had issues with this over several years, now seems to be fixed right"

Laura R., PA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Needed brake pads and had that service done before anything major"

Anonymous, DC (2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0-L V6)

"calipers "stuck" on locating pins resulting in premature brake wear. Rotors and pads replaced early"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Seems that I'm always having to machine or replace the rotors"

James M., GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Needed complete brake job"

M D., NJ (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wearing on rotors on the car"

Joynelle P., GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"The brakes front & back seem to corrode to the point of so much rust build-up and sticking that they are in need of replacement about every 3-4 years at a cost of about $800 for all four wheels. I can count on it!"

Dick D., NH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"bearings all need to be replaced"

Kathy G., IL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Age related"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Loud squeal when turning steering wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"rusted to the point shock came off"

Richard K., MI (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as my prius Had car for 16 years and I used to go over speed bumps very fast and eventually my struts needed to get replaced and I got an alignment. I would call this normal maintenance and not a failure. Also an engine mount bolt had to be replaced too"

James S., VA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace front shocks due to driving issues"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"struts need to be replaced"

Kathy G., IL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace suspension 2 months ago"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Was found during routine service check at 95K miles."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Recommended replace every 75,000 miles. 4+X later, they needed replacing."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"All struts have been replaced except for one. The last one is leaking, but due to other issues (transmission leak) we chose not to do any more fixes. It has almost 200k miles."

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Basically, there was heavy vibration and noise from one wheel. Needed to replace ball joint"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Worn steering rack and pinion (teeth or gearing?) created chunky-feeling steering. Mechanic flushed steering fluid as a cheap, low-probability-of-success fix compared with replacing rack and pinion, and it has been passibly better since then"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota Highlander 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"The steering wheel started vibrating over 55 miles an hour, alignment checked and is fine and now it started squeaking. Having it looked at again today"

Myrna R., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Wife informed me that steering was stiff and made turning the wheels difficult. Bottom line was $2,000 repair and/or replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"some of the connections had been "frozen" with rust"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Terrible noise continued for one month, thought it was a bad tire but turned out to be a bad front bearing, fixed and works fine now"

Anonymous, UT (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Stopped working. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete and total failure of entire AC system rebuild estimate from dealer = $4,500 not yet completed"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor has failed. Needs to be replaced. Already replaced the condenser. Looking at another $1,200. I am coming to the point where it is time to replace, but the engine and transmission are still going strong, so I am inclined to replace the compressor"

Kilmar L., WI (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor went out summer of 2016. This the only problem with the a/c that this care has experienced"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Air stopped working and engine was lurching when air was on"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The compressor became very noisy any time the A/C system was turned on. The dealer's mechanic determined the clutch was going bad. The compressor and clutch were both replaced as a single unit. This eliminated the noise"

Willard W., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Air conditioning failed. Needed repair"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Car would not blow cold air"

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The temperature adjustment stopped working. The dealer said the temp adjustment unit in control panel was bad. Due to high cost at dealer, I bought a used control panel on eBay and changed it myself. That fixed the problem at half the dealer's price"

Willard W., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"I could not control the heat nor AC. Toyota wanted $1,400 to replace it. I bought a used one for $500"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Developed a leak and had to be replaced and the air conditioning recharged"

Gerald W., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heated driver seat hasn’t worked for 2 yrs."

Anonymous, NH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Very slow freon leak. First time with this issue. System recharged and blows cold. (Before climate control board failed.)"

Elizabeth B., TN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"A/C stopped working. Mechanic thinks it's either a leak in the system or needs a new compressor. New compressor, if that's the problem, is too expensive to consider for a 2001 vehicle."

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The car's paint has been relatively robust since its purchase in 2001. In 2015 paint surrounding the roof rack began blistering and peeling; we had it repainted by an independent vendor. However, in the last few months small areas of paint have begun to flake off to bare metal around the hood."

Russell P., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"paint is rapidly peeling on hood and roof."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"As the car ages the paint is fading but still pretty good for a car this age"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"My Highlander is an emerald green. The protective clear coat has come off in many areas and the green paint has come off down to the metal. A good paint job would be more than the vehicle is worth"

Mary D., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"The paint started peeling and cracking about 5 years ago. started on back bumper and now whole car is involved"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0-L V6)

"Paint on hood and top has back oxidation problem"

Sue J., TX (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Edges of body panels developed chips that started to rust. Garaged vehicle"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"paint is peeling on hood and roof"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"problem with the area of hood and top, the paint comes out and peeling. I have not painted yet"

Anonymous, PR (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"The top of the car is definitely chalking and I've been told it can't be fixed. The bumpers have a dull scraped look that won't polish up"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"black trim around windows fading"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Paint began peeling & fading 2-3 years ago, has accelerated in past year, especially on roof and hood"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Serious rust driver side door. Worst I've ever had on vehicle this age. Rust beginning on roof above windshield"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Rust around 1/3 of read hatch window"

Charles B., NH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"had to replace the catalytic converter.....pricey, but with close to 200,000 miles it was time"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"ran out of gas on two occasions when gauge showed 1/4 tank left. Toyota dealership indicated there were no problems, and issue might be related to transfer between tank. they recommended a costly check of the gauge system, but did not guarantee that it would fix the problem. since vehicle is 16 years old, we opted not to fix, just monitor mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"have had check engine light come on for various sensors of which I've had to replace about 6"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Took 2-3 visits to local mechanic to resolved issue with check engine light."

Russell P., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Refusal to shift into 4th gear caused by faile sensors. Some might have believed this to be a transmission problem, but when the sensors were replaced, the drivability problems disappeared"

Anonymous, BC (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"135000 miles, O2 sensors need to be replaced. Check engine light is on"

John W., AL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light comes on every couple of months sometimes it needs a sensor replaced and sometimes it just needs to be reset"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"ICON GOES ON FOR A FEW DAYS AND GOES OFF FOR A FEW DAYS"

Craig M., MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"replaced all 4 Oxygen sensors when it was about 6 years old and now again they are causing my engine lights to keep going on, so I replaced I think only 1 about 2 weeks ago and my engine light keeps coming on also sometimes the highlander is blowin"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"I have had to replace three different sensors which have all been expensive and the check engine light is back on again"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensor and engine light always on. Haven't had fixed yet"

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The car was so loud as I drove it sounded as though there was a hole in the muffler."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Hole in connecting pipe"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0-L V6)

"Using a lot of oil--not a serious problem yet, engine light stays on"

Olive W., GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"I own a shop so we welded in a new pipe section behind the rear-most Catalytic Converter"

Randal R., WI (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"pin whole, repaired twice, then replace part of exhaust pipe"

Andrzej W., MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Flex pipe needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust manifold rust through fixed for $ 250. Not bad after 17 years, in fact it is great."

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"It seems to be incredibly EXPENSIVE to repair."

J L., TX (2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"exhaust pipe rusted out & oxygen sensor was exposed"

William R., ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"the exhaust pipes and catalytic converter were cracking at the welds and connection points and needed replacement along with the oxygen sensor that monitors it. Cost was $1800 to repair"

Dick D., NH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The vehicle is 20 years old, replacing a 20 year exhaust pipe is normal tear and wear. I dont consider it a problem."

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Oxygen sensor failed"

James L., MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace several sensors in last year totaling about $1000"

Mark S., TX (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light came on indicating knock sensor problem. Replaced knock sensor but still have check engine light on. This problem also causes the overdrive not to engage. I now believe it is the engine computer that has gone bad and is too much to repair. I cannot get this car registered with the check engine on so I will probably sell it."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Have minor but annoying engine oil leak which leaves a stain on my garage floor."

L M., MB (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the engine cover rubber gasket dried after 16 years. pretty good, more than expected. I would consider this wear and tear maintenance not a defect."

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have rear main seal, valve cover gaskets and lower and upper oil pan seal replaced at a cost of $2000"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Suddenly started burning 1l of oil per 500 to 1000 km of driving, mostly at higher speed"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Rear Main Seal had to be replaced"

David G., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"We've been told there's a crack in the engine, which is why it's burning oil so much. Have to put oil in it every month. Been told days are numbered and option is either new or used replacement engine or buy a new car"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"For the first time I've owned a Toyota, I'm using oil much more than ever. It goes into the shop this week"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Brake light socket had to be tweaked"

Anonymous, HI (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Tail light issues twice"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"right stop light does not work"

Andrzej W., MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"One rear tail light not working. Replaced by authorized mechanic"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"rear tail light would burn out frequently. Replaced wiring"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Rear rt. brake light intermittently goes off..socket needs to be tightened"

Anonymous, MB (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Gear indicator lights on shift console constantly going dead"

Charles B., NH (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"ceiling light fixture will not hold a bulb"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Engine warning lite always on...even after previous replacement of oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, MB (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"within the last 10 days, while going thru a touchless car wash, water started dripping in 2 locations from driver side top of windshield"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Water leaks around poor seals in windshield"

Elizabeth B., WA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Water leaks in during storms and we can't find out from where."

Anonymous, PA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

"suspect a screw came off from air conditioning air outlet direction control behind panel"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"noise and fan rattles when ac or heat turned on"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited)
Wind noise

"The loud wind noise is coming from the windshield. I had it replaced and the noise may be due to the replacement windshield rather than the car's original windshield."

Mary D., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced both front door weather seals under warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Air noise around drivers door while traveling greater than 70 miles per hour"

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The engine light went on and I took it to my mechanic. He said I needed to replace it, which I did"

Sara W., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"had to replace dying battery"

S L., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"The battery looses its charge and can't seem to be fixed"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Toyota Highlander)

"battery went bad. replaced it and solved the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Coil

"Engine started missing and would not accelerate to higher speed.Had problem once before and knew what was happening and needed to get to my mechanics shop right away or risk damage to the engine. Was same as first time 3 years ago with the coils2 and 3.This time 4 and 5 was problem. Shop has repaired and will have the 2 remaining coils replaced at later time. Working on this the harness was replaced as was worn badly. As was a sensor needed replaced too."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"These were replaced same time as the coils were replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Power window doesn’t work on the right back door."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"RUST!!"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Seat belts

"Rear seat belts - on both sides of rear seat - no longer retract. Was quoted over $1000 to fix these, so drive car not being able to use rear seat until this expensive repair is made. Don't understand why repair is so expensive."

Larry W., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"about 1 month ago sunroof suddenly stopped opening; makes noise but does not move -- sounds like latch does not release"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Windows

"The control switch on the driver door quit working for the back right passenger window. I put the window down and then couldn't get it up again with the same driver switch. The estimate for repair was thousands of dollars! More than the car is worth!"

Mary D., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

"Right side windows will not go back up once let down. Must wait and they will eventually go back up after many attempts or we must assist by pulling while press the up control"

Sue J., TX (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Mechanical failure. Replaced unit with used OEM unit"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"CD player stopped working for no known reason. All else is fine."

Anonymous, MA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Keeps clicking trying to eject a disc even though there is no disc in it"

Anonymous, (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"the cd changer stopped working. Seems to be a common problem with this unit"

Natale L., AR (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Transmission replaced at about 175,000 miles, which I thought. Bit early, considering I got 235,000 on my last Camry. The rebuild is failing, not Tayota's problem. It has been superb otherwise"

Gravely I., SC (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"The car is old and the transmission at the wield line has started to leak"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

"Gasket(s) needed replacing"

Don S., ME (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine not yet replaced but mechanic says it will have to be. It is burning (not leaking) oil at a significant pace"

Richard E., MS (2001 Toyota Highlander)

"currently dead in my driveway.. wont run well at all Toyota' s 3.0 L was discontinued cause its a piece of shit. Not at all happy with this purchase. Bought it cause they were supposed to be reliable"

Mark T., ON (2001 Toyota Highlander Base 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"A wheel bearing started making a light noise. I had it replaced even though it probably would have lasted many thoUSnds of miles. This is the best car I have ever owed"

Bruce B., CA (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Climate control board lost all power. Inspection showed no broken wires or connections. All fuses and relays good"

Elizabeth B., TN (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission is leaking from the main gasket. Our mechanic (who doesn't do transmissions) said no one would replace the gasket without rebuilding the transmission. With almost 300k miles it's not worth it, so we continue to use it minimally around town while we look for a replacement vehicle."

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Apr 15, 2004
THIS CONDITION COULD ALLOW THE DOOR TO BE OPENED WITH THE INSIDE WHILE THE OPERATOR BELIEVES THAT THE CPL WAS ACTIVATED. IF THE DOOR WERE OPENED FROM THE INSIDE WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION, AN OCCUPANT COULD FALL OUT AND BE INJURED.
Summary:
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES HAVE A CHILD PROTECTION LOCK (CPL) SYSTEM ON BOTH OF THE REAR SIDE DOORS. WHEN AN OPERATOR OF THE VEHICLE CLOSES THE DOOR VERY HARD WITH THE CPL LEVER SET TO THE LOCK POSITION, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE LEVER MAY CONTACT THE BODY PANEL, CAUSING THE CPL LEVER TO MOVE INTO THE UNLOCK POSITION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL SHORTEN THE CPL LEVER. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 7, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. SSC 40B.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V181000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 366572
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jul 30, 2002
IN THE WORST CASE, NOZZLE BREAKAGE COULD RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE IF THE VEHICLE ROLLS-OVER AFTER A HIGH SPEED FRONTAL CRASH.
Summary:
ON SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THERE IS A BREATHER HOSE THAT ATTACHES TO THE NOZZLE OF THE ON-BOARD REFUELING VAPOR RECOVERY (ORVR) VALVE, WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE TOPSIDE OF THE FUEL TANK. THE BREATHER HOSE IS ATTACHED WITH A CLAMP, WHOSE "TABS" FACE IN THE UPWARD DIRECTION. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS CRASHED UNDER THE NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (NCAP) TEST (I.E., 35 MPH FRONTAL BARRIER CRASH), THE CLAMP "TABS" CONTACTED THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BODY DUE TO MOVEMENT OF THE FUEL TANK, CAUSING THE NOZZLE TO BREAK.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL ROTATE THE SPECIFIED CLAMP. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 23, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V208000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 154593
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jul 05, 2001
THE INCREASED PEDAL STROKE WILL LENGTHEN THE STOPPING DISTANCE OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTIITY VEHICLES. THE RESERVOIR FILLER CAP OF THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER MAY INDUCE A VACUUM, INTRODUCING SOME AIR INTO THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR. THIS COULD CAUSE ABNORMAL BRAKE NOISE AND INCREASED PEDAL STROKE WHEN THE BRAKES ARE APPLIED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL BLEED THE AIR FROM THE BRAKE LINES AND REPLACE THE RESERVOIR FILLER CAP. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 30, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V228000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 41169
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