The well-rounded Toyota Highlander has always been one of our top-rated SUVs. For the 2004 model year, the Highlander received a larger V6 engine and a small third-row seat capable of accommodating two children in a pinch. This Highlander was quicker, returned better fuel economy and handled more securely than the version we tested in 2001. The ride is very comfortable and the quiet interior has impressive fit and finish.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.
Road Test

The well-rounded Toyota Highlander has always been one of our top-rated SUVs. For the 2004 model year, the Highlander received a larger V6 engine and a small third-row seat capable of accommodating two children in a pinch. This Highlander was quicker, returned better fuel economy and handled more securely than the version we tested in 2001. The ride is very comfortable and the quiet interior has impressive fit and finish. While not very agile, the Highlander's standard electronic stability control (ESC) ensures safe handling. Excellent crash-test results and a traditionally high resale value round out the package. A gasoline/electric hybrid version is available.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (230 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 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

Calipers

"Rusted and frozen. Expensive to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Frozen caliper was rubbing on the disc causing the wheel rim to get very hot. It was repaired to my satisfaction"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"caliper freezing up"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front caliper hung up"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Front right and both rear calipers have been replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Repaced Caliper because was sticking due to corrosion. Changed both calipers because garage recommended that procedure"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Two of the calipers would not retract, resulting in premature break ware, poor breaking and over heating which appears to have contributed to a wheel bearing failure"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"both rear calipers frozen and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"One of the front calipers froze"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The Calipers keep rusting and locking up because of vehicle being parked outside in the winter"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"A rear caliper seized. Caused excessive wear and warping of front rotors. Had to replace all 4 rotors and pads and rear caliper. $1150.00 at private mechanic. Would have been more at the dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Sometimes the vehicle sits for a month and two calipers froze up from rust"

David B., PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"scouring on brakes required replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"They froze on two wheels. The dealer wouldn't rebuild them but insisted on replacing them at a very heafty cost"

Brent H., NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"frozen caliper"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"FROZEN CALIPER"

Robert A., NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"brakes wore out sooner than expected, causing premature need for caliper repair"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers were freezing up on two wheels"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to be replace both rear calipers, rotors and pads"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side caliper would not release fully and dragged on the rotor. The heat on the wheel was the clue that it had a problem"

George H., MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake calipers seized again, one of the few recurring problems on this vehicle"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"rear caliper on passenger side siezed it was not oem"

Roger T., ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear caliper piston sticking caused premature brake pad wear"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear calipers seized"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Power booster failed diagnosed by having to repeatedly add brake fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced master cylinder and vacuum booster to solve braking problem"

Clifford M., TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"Froze in place, needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"had to change the brake calipers, brake fluid leak on to the wheel, and the brake pads are wearing out faster than the original pads"

Kwong L., MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Frozen caliper even though brakes were redone only 8,000 miles ago. Too expensive to repair was $900+ to repair"

Ruth C., MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Unusually uneven wear"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Road salt buildup on brake pads and rotor - excessive rusting over winter season"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Three Total break replacements in 120,000 miles. Seems excessive"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Because of winter weather the rotors need to be replaced because of the Calipers rusting and locking up"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"rust from lack of use"

David B., PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced more often than normal"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Te shop told me that I need to replace the rotor and pad. No9 symptoms of rotor problem"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting is a continuous problem"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"when backing up there was squeaking, changed the back rotor and pads"

Kwong L., MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes were squeaking when we bought the car used. Got new brakes. Still squeaked. Replaced again, still squeaks especially when wet. Garage assures me they are okay"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"It squeaks when backup and brake"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

"I think the ABS had something to do with the brake failure but I'm not certain"

Jacqueline R., OR (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced pump and computer. Very Expensive!"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear speed sensor failure caused by ice in connector at sensor caused ABS caution light. Once connector cleaned, problem did not return"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"pads and rotors were worn"

Charles D., NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight leak in transfer case"

Paul S., NM (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It was state inspection time and the pad thickness was below state requirement after almost 60000 miles of driving"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front breaks and pads were replaced last Fall. My son did the work"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"At 104000 miles I had brake repair to pads and rotors at a cost of $450 by an independent mechanic rather than a brake specialty shop cost of $850"

Joe B., FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a problem, just replaced brake pads and rotors after 65000 miles"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Braking was soft,sound of metal on metal was noticed,took longer than normal to stop"

Willie M., LA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Did a 100,000 mile major maintenance- belts, cooling system, all hoses, flush transmission system, plugs and cleaned all fuel injection system"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The brakes needed replacement at the expected number of miles. Not a problem"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes wore out sooner than expected since the previous dealer brake check up, causing the calipers/rotors to wear out prematurely, thereby needing more extensive repair work"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced brakes"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper mounting moved pad on only one side resulting in uneven wear of the outside pads. Required resurfacing of disk and new caliper mounting apparatus"

Rod S., WA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Needed rotors turned"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I just had normal replacement of the brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sorry usual wear"

Robert L., ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I'm not sure but the brakes failed to catch causing an accident. Our mechanic told us it was a break failure but I don't know the details"

Jacqueline R., OR (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Intermittent cooling, needs a new compressor according to the shop"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have to put new refrigerant each year"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Air can all of a sudden start blowing hot even with air conditioning on. I must jiggle hot/cold button back and forth to get it back to cold"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"we were shown a switch that can be turned to heat or cool under the hood. Also only have cold air if gauge is tuned to very bottom of range. This has been going on 3yrs. Still cools still heats. So not eager to spend the money for repair"

Linda G., FL (2004 Toyota Highlander)

"HAD TO REPLACE COMPRESSOR & CONDENSER"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"On occasion our A/C will blow hot air, we found the issue on line but Toyota doesn't have any recalls on it"

Cindy T., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

""Replaced A/C Air Mix Motor""

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Total failure of the electronic control unit"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the knob that controls the temperature of the system has failed and if the climate system is turned on the temperature can not be raised or lowered and is stuck at 80 degrees"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Simple temperature control is hit-or-miss, with no relationship between the cooler-cool-neutral-warm-hot rotary control detents and the actual results obtained"

Joe H., TX (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"control module failed"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater would not come on for over a year unless I played with the temperature knob. Last summer, the heater would not shut off. Whittier Toyota wanted $1100 to replace it, p & l. New part was $550 on line. Found a repair on eBay for $42+postage"

Diane Z., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It always blows cold air. you cannot adjust the temperature"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Temperature and fan controls are not operable. Control module costs several hundred dollars to replace"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It would switch from heat to AC without warning, regardless of the place on the temperature dial I had selected"

Kristi E., CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"A/C fades in and out (goes from cold to hot) periodically. Have tried to have it fixed but no luck"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The climate control system requires replacement. during summer months it will intermittently blow how air and in the winter cold air. It requires simply moving the temperature control know to reset. However I needs to be repaced"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Air conditioner blew lukewarm air"

Mark S., MO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"both heater and ac have not worked all year, in winter the heat would not come on-just cold air, in summer, only hot air was blown out. The part to replace cost almost 800 (it was a housing for the tubes for airflow-which to me seemed way overpriced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure Unsure)

"Heater no longer blowing"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"the temperature control selector failed, requiring an $1100 module replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Relay had to be replaced on system. A/C and Heat did not work"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Evaporator

"REPLACED DUE TO LEAK"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Heater system

"When heating is selected the blower sends out cold air, but sometimes jiggling the knob will make a connection and hot air will be produced"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Temperature control knob became sufficiently loosened behind the dashboard, that controlling the temperature became impossible. Local, independent mechanic fixed it, charging 1/2 hour labor"

C Y., OR (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Temp adjustment either all on or all off"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Heater control does not always work. Nut under dial becomes loose"

Wm L., KY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Problem is with the temperature gauge knob. Very difficult to,get the heat to come on, can blow cold air if you go over a bump. Unit is very expensive to replace. M"

Ruth C., MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hot/cold dial doesn't work, you have to play with it & move it up & down to get either the correct heat or cold"

Thomas H., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heater would alternately blow hot and cold air, independent of what temperature setting was dialed in. Finally repaired at dealer - proved to be broken wire to thermostat"

W J., CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"difficulty setting comfortable heat setting"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The heater control stopped working. A conductor ribbon is too short and caused conductors to break. A rebuilt controller was installed. Apparently Toyota was aware of this, but never recalled the controller"

Jim B., IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The temperature control knob turns OK, but the actual temperature sometimes does not coincide with the position of the knob. ie, when turned to hot, it will blow cool air, and when turned to cool it will blow warm air. Only happens intermittently"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"REPLACED THE EVAPORATOR DUE TO LEAK"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Coolant leaked out last fall"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"A pink liquid leaked from area near drivers front left tire...cost was $8??.00. Used official Toyota part to replace part that had failed"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"failure of an 0 ring"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Have been adding stop leak and refrigerant every year for three years"

Brent H., NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have had the AC serviced 3 times. It still doesn't get very cool. Also, I can feel the temperature going up and down while it is on"

Joyce W., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"slow leak of refrigerant needed to have condenser replaced"

William S., MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"a/c wasn't blowing out cold air any longer. Had the dealer replace the refrigerant and a/c is cold now"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-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

Alignment

"Alignment was off resulting in power steering issues, tire wear, and a few other minor issues. Fixed and works great now"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering hose had problems twice but likely due to alignment problems mechanic said. Fixed now"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hose started to leak because of age, some rusting"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Maintenance facility suggested that the power steering should be flushed. whatever they did in the flushing process caused a leak. my local mechanic was able to fix it with minimal hassle by splicing a new line into the PS. Facility that damaged it was unable to fix and said I would have to go to a dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Reservoir-to-pump hose developed leak. Considering it had 270k miles, maybe not so bad"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Tri Mac Toyota of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia said all I needed to correct the power steering line leak was a new hose on the positive pressure side of the power steering pump. They wanted to charge me over $700.00 for the new Toyota part but I found a new Napa Auto power steering line for $186.00 instead. The problem continued for another 6 weeks while I topped up the power steering fluid every couple of days. I knew I needed a new pump right from the start because of the sound that the power"

Anonymous, NS (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking fluid and expensive to repair"

Mark E., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"see prior note"

Robert S., NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Steel line was rusted out"

Bruce M., NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"high pressure lower line corroded through"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Slow leak, replaced the power steering hose"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Dealership replaced a hydraulic hose on power steering system at a cost of around $1,000 as I recall"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Lost power steering and had to replace the power steering hose and pipe"

Gerald H., PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Return hose leak"

Colantonio M., PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Tri Mac Toyota in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia overcharged me when they installed a new Napa Auto part power steering pump"

Anonymous, NS (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"leaking high pressure hose"

Kenneth T., WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Fluid leak. Estimate is close to 2K. Have not moved forward yet"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A metal hose deteriorated which caused a leak which in turn required a great deal of steering effort. Pep Boys repaired the problem, but it cost over $400.00 to fix. The highlander had less than 40,000 miles on it at the time of repair"

Robert S., NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"pump"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"LEAKING HOSE OUT OF POWER STEERING PUMP"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Driver felt vibrations front L side. L front strut leaking and R front strut worn. Replaced both front struts"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Strut mounts had to be replaced. Waited until struts were ready to be replaced. $2000.00 repair"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"SHOCKS/STRUTS WERE WORN. REPLACED AT A SHOP AND ALL IS WELL"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Front struts wore out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"see comments regarding lower control arm replacement"

Walter M., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"struts needed replacing due to high mileage and normal wear"

Don H., MT (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Cost to replace was about $2400"

Myron W., MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rear suspension finish. Hitting the bottom often"

Marc C., QC (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"After 200,000 + miles the lower control arms and ball joints need replacing. I attribute this to normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Problem was discovered by dealer and rplaced"

R T., ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"A steering knuckle was worn/damaged and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PE (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The steering problem caused over $3000 in repair cost, a huge investment for a car at this milage and age. It was already about 8 months ago, but I recall there was something about the balls in the steering system and to replace it was needed. Agai"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure Unsure)
Wheel bearings

"Left rear wheel bearing was howling and needed replacing. Very expensive"

Timothy O., WI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I heard a constant rubbibg or grinding. I suspected a wheel bearing or perhaps break pads rubbing on disc"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Hub failure"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Failed left and right rear wheel bearings"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Ball joints

"The ball joints just wore out after 11 years of use. I don't consider this a big issue"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Bushings

"to replace front lower control arms and struts requires removing the engine. Repairs would cost almost half of book value of car"

Walter M., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-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

"Catalytic converters (2) and 02 sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Very expensive replacing 2 catalytic converters and O2 sensors"

Mark E., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace the catalytic converter, which I considered too expensive"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The catalytic converter was replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace cat converters. Very expensive. $1500+"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"it was an expensive repair!"

David M., GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had to replace upper half of air box and sensor. Something broke off. Failed emission test"

W M., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"after the injectors were replaced, AAA needed three separate days to get the sensors correct. (check engine light ket coming on)"

David M., GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"both sensors failed due to old age; replaced by dealer non-warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The car is starting to trigger the check engine light more often"

Charles B., TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Check engine light comes on. Had it checked and was told there is either a vacuum leak or the purge valve needs replacing. Quoted cost of $1100"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light. Oxygen sensors had failed. Took some investigation work from garage to find out which ones. Cost $1000+ to replace"

Stefan V., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failure caused emissions failure"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"replaced faulty sensor"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Engine check lights came on - diagnosed as the fuel cap. $40 total"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"the gauge would slightly fluctuate up and down, telling me I was out of gas, when I still had a quarter of gas left"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"fading, chalking, cracking, and peeling"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat flaking off"

Curtis M., AL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat one one side and section on roof has "crazed". Not sure why this occurred but rest of paint seems good for age/mileage of vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"CLEAR COAT FAILING"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Gel coat peeling on rear hatch"

Ralph M., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat peeled on hood and roof with paint fading"

Wiley T., NM (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"hood paint is chipping and rusting in spots"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is lifting"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"the clear coat has started to peel in large areas. This is not unexpected from a dark red paint in a southern climate"

Cornelius B., NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I have been getting yellow rust cracking marks up on the hood of the car, and on the roof of the car where the backseat doors are, as they have already gone through the primer and paint. I also have regular oxidation that has occurred"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust at bottom back of driver's door and on corresponding rocker panel"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Several areas where the paint has failed, either chipped or worn out and rust has appeared"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"There were many stone chips and minor scratches that needed to be repaired before the rust spread. Not the fault of the car manufacturer, but still costly"

Anonymous, PE (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"After routine accessory belt replacement the belt squealed on startup shortly after. Returned for adjustment but problem returned. Returned again for different brand belt. Mechanic neglected to reinstall lower engine cowl and right wheel splash guard"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Engine computer

"Engine light keeps on coming on. Toyota dealer and local repair facility can't target the problem. Various sensors were switched out but light still comes on now and then"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"fault lights kept coming on, had computer module replaced, did not correct problems,"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Engine mounts

"CRACKED ENGINE MOUNT"

Edward F., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Valve cover leaks. Other leaks"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"front axle case gasket leaked"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Will need new oil plan and head gaskets"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover leak"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Gaskets were leaking oil due to age and being dried out. Can't remember if it was head or valve cover gaskets"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced oil pan gasket"

Carolyn M., TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. While they were in there, timing belt was replaced even though it had already been done a few years ago"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"new radiator"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front driver and passenger carpets get wet when running the A/C unit, or the defroster. Have not been able to determine why, but have read a few internet posts regarding blocked A/C condenser drain hoses"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"air leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Gasket around driver side worn and torn"

Carolyn M., TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise seems to be coming from right rear area. Only notice at low speed over irregular surfaces"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Squeaks coming from rear suspension when I turn corners"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"wind noise seems to be getting more noticeable"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"this car is very noisy from wind and road noise. has been since purchase. My only true complaint since has been @ 28,000 miles. Even mentioned by passenger who drive a civic which is even closer to the road"

Linda G., FL (2004 Toyota Highlander)

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

Warning lights

"A "check" with unidentifiable symbol comes on periodically which Toyota service says nothing is wrong"

Gail D., OR (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"right rear brake light will not work. Bulbs were changed & Light assembly was Checked. Mechanic said it was in the vehicle wiring system"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"right rear tail light is out. Always the same tail light goes out for the life of this car"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"We can't believe you can't replace the rear side marker lights without disassembling much of the rear body including the bumper cover, bumper, interior floor"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Driver side mechanism to open or close by remote no longer will work. All other doors will work with remote key. Have to lock by hand and unlock by key for driver side only"

Morris T., SD (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Stopped working - always show tire warning. Has been reset twice, but soon malfunctions. Just haven't gotten around to having it fixed. Rarely drive the car so don't remember"

R H., WA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Regardless of tire pressure, warning light continually comes on"

Dennis R., NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Have had the monitor reset 2 times and it keeps coming back on"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Had to replace wiper motor. Other problem is the sunroof motor died and is too expensive to repair"

Richard L., CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-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

"The car has a cd changer and the problem was they weren't lining up correctly with the laser in order to play. Also they wouldn't eject because the mechanism wouldn't raise the disc enough to be pushed through the loading/unloading slot"

Gary Z., PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"LED screen for climate control hard to see or is burned out"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Could not control temperature and could not read screen"

Andrew G., TN (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS system get me wrong direction too open"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"The radio itself works fine other than the volume control discussed previously"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"digital display faded to blank screen"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The volume control does not always work. Sometimes when you try to turn the sound down it actually goes up"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The tadio works properly; however, the volume control goes up and down properly for a range up from zero the goes down for a distance on the scale then goes back up. This isn't a significant problem but is a strange on that one wouldn't expect"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"I had to replace 2 catalytic converters costing $675 each for a total of $1350. Too expensive"

Mark E., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"THE CONVERTOR HAS BEEN GOING BAD FOR 3 YEARS. HAD SYSTEM PUT ON COMPUTOR. I HAVEN'T HAD THE MONEY TO REPLACE. PUTS OFF ODER. GAS MILEAGE CONTINUES TO DROP. CAR IS SLOWER"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Because of the mileage, it was time to replace it"

John M., BC (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"seal between manifold and converter failed"

Roger T., ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The mechanic told us about the issue during routine inspection. We noticed no problems. Had to get repaired to pass safety inspection"

Mark S., MO (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I had to replace a exhaust seal"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I needed to have the shield replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-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

"waterpump"

Robert B., SC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Developed a leak"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Tensioning pulley on timing belt started squeaking. Had to have it replaced"

Wm L., KY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Timing chain had stretched"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"was replaced due to age not mileage. also replaced a leaking water pump"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"fuel economy dropped 50% after timing belt replacement. Shop claims nothing wrong with their work or engine"

Matthew G., AZ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"This is an intermittent problem. Have not been able to duplicate it for the dealer. Sometimes shifts hard between 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th while accelerating"

Patrica B., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"There was a transmission fluid leak. Mechanic patched and doesn't leak anymore"

G K., NY (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"I noticed the transmission was loosing fluid after only a few years. I did not ever notice a puddle but eventually got bad enough I had it fixed for about $1,500"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Found leakage of fluid in garage; mechanic found corrosion and replaced the transmission fluid lines/reservoir"

SUSn S., IA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission slow in shifting downward when coming to a complete stop"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-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 failed resulting in battery depleting and car not starting"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Coil

"cylinder misfire due to bad coil"

Kirk P., ID (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"lost of power and miss fire"

Michael T., CT (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"One rear coil failed last year. Replaced all 3 rear coils as recommended by mechanic. One rear coil failed again within 12 months. Replaced at no cost by installing independent mechanic"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"check engine light flashing. engine ran very rough, due to misfire caused by failed ignition coil. new ignition coil solved problem"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-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

"replace front driveshaft after 13 years due to vibration and clunking noise when changing from reverse to drive backing out of driveway, other than that no other mechanical problems in 13 years, excellent car"

Marion B., ON (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Axle was making a noise. Dealer replaced it under an extended warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The climate control knob quit working and had to be replaced. $1000.00 repair"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Differential

"Differential leak gasket replaced. Not sealed properly and leaked all fluid and ruined the differential.Dealer repaired at their cost"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-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

Sunroof

"Sunroof opened but would not close. Dealer said needed entirely new unit and would be about $2,000. Too expensive for an old car. They put the window back and disconnected the switch"

Wm L., KY (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heat air not working correctly which sometime I have to set up to max heat for get warm air"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"During cold weather our back hatch doesn't stay open and has dropped and hit us in the head"

Cindy T., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Passenger side window control intermitant"

Ralph M., CA (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"overheated"

Robert B., SC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was leaking and I thought it was premature for the mileage"

Ginny C., NC (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replacement pump not as strong as OEM pump"

Matthew G., AZ (2004 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Change Vehicle