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 6 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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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.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (230 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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)

"Had to make a quick stop. The antilock brakes worked for that stop and then there was a malfunction that needed to be repaired"

Ed M., IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Total system failure. Needed to replace entire module at a cost of $2200"

Brian C., VT (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Calipers

"Had to rebuild both rear brake assemblies"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"sticky frozen calipers"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Normal"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers "froze" and caused excessive heat and damage to rotors"

Daniel W., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Frozen caliper on the left font side due to corrosion"

Tim O., WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"One on front was hanging up"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the car was taken in to Toyota for routine maintenance and one of the calipers was cracked and had to be replaced before they would release the car to us.. It was stated that the brake could come loose and stop the wheel, possibly causing us to lose control of the vehicle"

Larry E., MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Warped caliper on one rear brake"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have experienced higher than normal problems I feel with brakes either calipers seizing, brakes wearing, etc"

Kevin S., NB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Both rear brake calipers needed replacing due to uneven inside pad wear"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The right rear brake pad wore out, and the caliper seized"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It caused the brakes to be somewhat applied while driving, causing excessive heat."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers were not releasing properly and I was losing brake fluid"

Kevin S., NB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"“Frozen” to brake rotors causing premature brake pad failure and extremely hot wheels all of which affected VSC and the VSC warning light to go on. $2,000."

T B., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both rear calipers froze leaving me with only the front brakes. It took me a year or two to notice the problem."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"gone through 2 sets of calibers"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brake calipers seized."

Richard V., BC (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Master cylinder

"It started on August 18, 2020 and I took it immediately to my Dealership for repairs. Problem was repaired the next day."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I allowed the brake fluid to get to low air got in system and brake pedal went to floor very slowly."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Needed to replace front brakes but they were the original so had over 140000 miles on them"

Maggie B., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Seems the Rotors do not last or are made of inferior materials which wear too easily"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Had both front and rear brakes replaced, normal wear but also extremely rusty"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"replaced rear pad and rotors"

Andrew M., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heavy rust required rebuilding 4 brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"rotors severely worn replaced all four corners"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Light squeal. changed pads"

Tom S., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes were worn and needed replacement"

Anonymous, AK (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Just second set of rear brakes for 143,000 miles"

Gustave D., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"About every two years I have to have the brake pads and rotors replaced"

Douglas M., NL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"warped rotors and hung-up calipers. Caliper issues have occurred before"

Patrick F., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"routine required inspection cited: brake system needed service, engine gasket leaking oil, & needed routine 200,000 belt replacement"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"When I put on the brakes, they required more pressure and I fwlt like I hAd to put the brakes on sooner."

John G., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The brake pads had never been replaced, and they were showing signs of wear. I had to push harder on the brake pedal, so I had the brake pads replaced and the rotors turned."

Linda W., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"We had all front and back brakes redone. We were hearing a noise that made us question whether something was going on. When we took it to the dealership, it was the brakes."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"needed new brake pads"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"The parking brake would not disengage and needed to be repaired"

Tom S., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"parking brake cable rusted causing it to lock in the braked position, which resulted in premature wear of the brake shoes"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Did not work and the Toyota dealership removed it saying it was not needed. I discussed it further with other service reps at the dealership and found it was definitely needed. So I had a new one installed with some of the old parts"

Douglas M., NL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"came apart due to age/ware"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes wore too quickly...rotors pitted...caliper stuck"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear breaks were replaced. In less than 30,000 km the rear right needed replacing again. The rear right rotor needed replacement as well because there was no warning to stop driving the vehicle because wear to the break pad"

Konkolus R., AB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Since it was a certified used car I had expected the brakes to be brought up to new condition"

Paul S., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The local Toyota Dealer replaced the front and rear brakes at 70000 and 63000 miles respectively but they had to be replaced/repaired after only 17000 miles due to poor workmanship by the Dealer's Mechanics. I went to an Independent Mechanic to have"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Seems like the brakes constantly have to be maintained"

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Premature wear caused by calipers freezing and causing excessive wear"

Daniel W., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"brakes seem to wear out quickly. Have to replace brakes every 20 to 30 thoUSnd miles"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"premature seizure of wheel calipres premature wear of rotors and brake pads and front end bushings"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Excessively fast rear brake wear including frozen caliper on rear passenger side. During the 7 years I owned this car I replaced the pads 4 times, the rotors twice and the calipers once"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers get frozen and wear down the rear brakes. I have to replace the rotors and pads. This has happened several times now"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Brake pads need replacing. Considering the mileage I do not consider this "premature" but there is no box for brake pads replacement"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"related to wheel bearing problem"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"When braking there is a grinding, rubbing sound. Several repair shops say there is nothing wrong. I know better."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Brake lining replaced during 60,000 mile check. No accidents--just regular replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"replaced 3 separate times"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The rear right rotor was beyond repair after driving the vehicle home which was less that 5kms after noticing the grinding noise of metal on metal destroying the rotor"

Konkolus R., AB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace/rebuild both rear brake assemblies"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The rear rotors had to be replaced due to inferior work by the Toyota Dealer which ruined them"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rotor replacements with every other brake pads replacement service"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Rear rotors needed replacement plus pads and calipers. Front left caliper was biggest symptom. All was normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors and brakes were seized up because of corrosion from winter/street salt"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"wear and tear"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had the rotors ground down and bad humming noise after repair when braking"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"rotors were warped possibly from the stuck caliper"

Tim O., WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The rotors were replaced as part of the service work preformed when they replaced the rear calipers"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors are warped. Not unusual in cars, but still requires work done."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cannot keep rotors from warping. Have changed calipers and gone with both OEM and best gradr NAPA had to offer"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"backing up regularly and usually after extended wet weather they squeak loudly. has been repaired twice returns occasionaly"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Supposedly was given ceramic calipers, but front breaks still squeak for a short period of time each morning"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"after "fixing" brakes they still squeak, but not as often"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"squeaking when applying brakes. Minor oil leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Noise when braking"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Squeaks in reverse every morning"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The best is slipping when we turn on the vehicle with the air conditioner on"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes squeaking seems to be an ongoing issue with this vehicle. The brakes work well, they just seem to squeak loud especially when going in reverse"

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front disc pads needed to be replaced: maintenance repair"

David D., HI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes have a tendency to squeak when backing up. Brakes generally work fine, though."

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Needed new brakes - brakes that came back were not as good. Squeaked at times. Had to push down harder to stop on hill. Mechanic fired day after working on my car - learned later. Brought back to dealer. Charged additional money - no improvement"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"My brakes needed replacing at 90,000 miles. I had no problems until the dealer fixed them. The problems started. I took the car back and was charged another $200. Problem still there"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Never had a problem with the brakes until they wore out and had to replace them. Temperature seems to affect them. Took the car back to the dealer and they did another adjustment and charged me an additional $200 plus what I already paid. Both the mechanic and repair service person were fired right after the work was done."

M K., MD (2005 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

A/C compressor

"clutch on AC sealed unit requires complete replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Failure. Replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Just stopped working. Replaced it"

Kevin K., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Neither heater nor a/c work at times. Dealer says over $1000 to fix"

Frank E., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Car could not be cooled, but new part installed and problem was corrected"

John M., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace it"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"doesn't cool very well even with new coolant"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The A/C system in my Highlander had to be completely replaced. It was a $1,200 repair."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Gradually stopped cooling last year and had freon added. Then stopped cooling again. Shop fixed the leak and replaced the compressor. Now cooling well again. Expected problem on a 15-year-old vehicle."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Appears to be related to poor connections in wiring harness in dashboard a/c control unit."

Anonymous, MS (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped providing cold air. Compressor failed. No warranty, was expensive to fix."

Sharon R., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The climate control dial would not change the temperature setting"

Alberto M., VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There is a failure in the thermostat system that is a mo0re than $700 repair"

Paul S., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It turns itself off and on, pot holes do it best"

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"climate control unit failed in 2013"

Ed T., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Toyota has a common problem with temp knob failing to control temp. The three wires connected to the knob to control temp are TOO short by a few mm's and break over time. Toyota won't fix the wires ($50 solder job). Will only Replace Complete Module"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Temp control knob doesn't work much of the time. Very annoying"

James F., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The temperature knob doesn't change the temperature"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the manual heat cold dial malfunctioned so I could not switch from cold to heat. The whole unit needed to be fixed"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control system (knobs etc) have developed problems. I priced a replacement unit ($1,000) way overpriced by the Toyota Dealer"

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Erratic heat and cooling"

Jay F., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Temp control dial not responsive. Told need to replace the whole interface at a cost of $2k"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Randomly blow hot or cold air. Wires in climate control module vibrated loose. Soldered back on for $100.00. Toyota dealer wanted $1200+ for new climate control install."

Charles K., WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"No long able to adjust the temp."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The dial that controls air climate no longer works. I am hoping my mechanic can remedy it. I tried to buy a replacement air climate control but Toyota Dealer quoted me $1,000.00; which is totally unacceptable. Ripoff !!!"

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The temperature adjusting panel failed. $1000 repair"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"We had to replace the whole control panel at a cost of over $1000.00"

Dick C., TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The A/C set at the coolest setting blows cool and then hot air and then back to cool. This is an intermittent problem."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There is an air climate control in the 2005 Toyota Highlander; that has a rotating dial for the temperature. In my case, the dial does not turn the temperature up or down without putting pressure on the dial in the right place. To replace the part at Toyota would cost $1,000 plus at a Toyota Dealer. Totally not worth it; but this is a flaw in the air climate system of the 2005 Highlander."

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A single connection broke in the climate console a replacement console cost $600-1100, I removed the console and fixed the connection without buying a new one. This is a common problem with the design of Toyota climate systems and is due to poor design."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan control failed. Replaced two or three times, finally got a good part. Appear to be a number of problems with defective parts from Toyota"

Alice A., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Cable in climate control unit broke off due to temperature control knob coming loose. Dealer quoted $900 for the part, plus labor. I found a Youtube video describing how to fix the problem. Soldered a new wire on. Heater and AC now work fine"

Chris H., MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Temperature control loose wiring - common problem, expensive fix at dealer but I repaired it myself with UTube guidance!"

Bill S., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Temperature control knob has loose connection"

Terrence O., IN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine shut down and woulnd't start for a while, but then magically did later. Tried to get it fixed but couldn't finhd anything wrong and it has been OK since"

James F., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Temperature knob solder connection broke"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Knob to adjust AC did not function & heat not AC came from vents"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"most common problem is the electrical failure in the air conditioning. Found a place on the web that did simply re-attached to connecting wire by heat. When returned, it all worked great. Saved me lots of money from the dealership"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Evaporator

"Dealer removed entire dashboard to repair. Left several scratches and gouges, along with new rattles and squeaks on dashboard after repair was completed"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking coolant and had to be replaced. Had to remove dashboard to get to it which resulted in very expensive labor charges"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Heater system

"Heater wwworks erratically and dealer cannot find the problem"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Heater ran hot and cold in the winter. Wires to temperature controller needed re-soldering"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Heater operation failed to work correctly when climate control failed"

Ed T., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Twice had to replace heating/AC unit due to malfunction. Very costly"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heater loses heat. Have to turn the knob back and forth to get the heater to work"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heat some times on and some times off, maybe the switch contact issue. it is existing for a long time!"

Arnold L., NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Problem with heat and air conditioning on and off just when you need one or the other"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heater would not send out heat"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"When the heat is on the air turns cold and vice versa...need to continually turn the knob to get the correct heat or air"

Chris C., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some time it work, sometime it doesn't. Don't know why!"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control unit failed. No heat or A/C. Cost $1000 to fix"

Ed T., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"When turning the Highlander, the climate control system blows out hot air or cuts out"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starts erratically"

Jay F., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"temperature control failed, broken wire to circuit board, fixed myself"

Darrel W., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"had to replace radiator due to leak"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"System not blowing as cold as it should. System evac and recharge performed with dyed refridgerant. Leak(s) could not be located"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Leaky valve"

Stephen G., CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"slight leak, less than a pound a year...just watching it at this point"

Richard J., TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"leaking"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The freon leaks out after about 8 weeks requiring it to be recharged several times per summer. We were told that it probably cannot be fixed. We are planning on taking it to the dealer to see what they think."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"The refrigerant slowly leaks out meaning that it has to be added about once a year"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Refrigerant was added and the climate system worked. A year later, refrigerant had to be added again. A small leak was suspected but not found."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Cold air became less and less so we had the freon checked and they did a basic A/C service which cost about $100.00"

Dick C., TN (2005 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

"Tire vibration"

John G., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Independent service shop could not get alignment right so had to take to dealer to correct"

Hp M., WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Ball joints

"It was making a loud noise when driving."

Nette H., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"When turning the steering wheel, noise was heard. Diagnostics showed the Lower Control Arm Bushing was worn out. The Control Arm Assemblies were replaced and the noise went away"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Wheel calipre seizures front and back front bushings wear"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Noticed noise for about a month, problem quickly repaired. Normal wear and tear."

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Pressure hose was beginning to seep. Replaced it"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Steering is not smooth when the vehicle is cold. Fluid is at correct level and system has been flushed twice"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"power steering leaks are why I had to replace the assembly. couldn't pass state inspection otherwise"

G Y., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"after being in storage for 6 months, it is leaking PS fluid, am taking it in tomorrow"

Mary W., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hose replaced"

Donald W., NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The metal part of the line behind the passenger wheel rusted and leaked . I purchased a new part and power steering fluid at NAPA and replaced myself."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pressure hose was beginning to seep had it replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Return hose leak"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Cost $3500 to replace almost all the steering components. No evidence of leakage or issues prior. Steering did lock up once again after repairs without any problems being found. Worry about my daughter driving the car now"

Carrie P., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering hose leak - New hose installed which corrected the problem."

Donald W., NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Had to replace all four struts at a significant cost"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"FAILING PER DEALER"

Ric G., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Noise coming from front right strut. Replaced all four because of "bounce" and handling when driving. At 215000 miles not unexpected that struts would be worn out. Dealer cost way out of line for replacement. Saved $600 at independent shop when r"

J V., NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front struts on both sides needed to be replaced and the price at a good non-dealer mechanic was over $2,000 so I traded the car in instead of doing the repair. Dealer would have charged over $3,000"

Samuel S., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"ride seemed worse than normal : replaced struts now things are normal"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The vehicle has 75,000 miles on it. The front end started getting "mushy". At the 75K service it was noted we should consider replacing the front struts. We researched it and concurred. Handles much better"

Peter P., CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"oil leak in strut"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear struts are original and have finally gone out"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"rear struts completely shot. Expensive replacement at $900+ However, these were original struts with 145,000"

Patrick F., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The rear struts are in need of replacement dew to age and higher mileage"

Robert G., KS (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"struts required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"As with my Camry reviewed with mechanic about probelm"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The vehicle tends to drift sideways on washboard road conditions. Replacing all struts this week"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rear struts needed to be replaced as the Shock absorbers failed. No other problems were experienced."

Alfonso M., GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The ride became rough for back seat riders when vehicle had 4 passengers; not including the driver."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Shocks and struts failed and lost fluid, on one side. Repairs were very expensive."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"just worn out. leaning and wind caused steering issues"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering u joints loose. Requires replacement and realignment"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A thumping noise from the steering assembly. Not a safety issue but annoying"

Thomas P., MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace intermediate shaft"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota Service Bulletin for "knock feeling" while steering at low speed"

Hp M., WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It has been fixed"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited)

"had to replace the steering module (assembly)"

G Y., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Surprised that we needed to replace with such low mileage"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace both lower control arms and sway bar links, replaced left CV axle, replace front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The rack, hoses, and pump needed replacement."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem found during service on the vehicle"

Stephen S., NH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Replaced intermediate steering shaft due to hearing clicking noise when making turn to left or right.l"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"During routine maintenance, discovered that the outer tie-rod needed to be replaced for the rack and pinion steering. No symptoms prior to that"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Tie rod end caps seized requiring replacement. Prior to replacement wheel balance could not be completed"

Adolfo C., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"had noise when making turns and kind of humming noise. Turned out to be damaged tie rod"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"It was making a small noise, my mechanic noticed it during a regular checkup,and replaced it. I don't remember further details"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear wheel bearing went bad at 95,000 miles which was found when I had my mechanic check a vibration problem. Repair cost less as the bearing came out easier then expected, still cost $825"

Samuel S., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"When the right wheel bearing began to make a lot of noise on hard right turns, I had it replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear. Noticed noise for a few months. When identified, problem quickly repaired."

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"car left in frozen parking lot twice in January 2020. Both wheels rubbed and grabbed. Both rear wheel bearing replaced. returned twice soon to be 3 times for metal grinding to reduce rubbing when turning corners, both left and right."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The right front bearing was making some noise. Took it in for confirmation of need and learned the left front was in worse condition; both needed to be replaced. The front bearings are pressed, requiring a shop to do what would otherwise be a simple replacement. This repair ran $1,600 (including a tie rod which also had to be replaced in order for an alignment to be completed)."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"door gasket has come out of track"

David N., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Even when the car was new, the rubber gasket inside the driver's side door kept coming loose and the door wouldn't close properly without trying to push it down. Dealer repaired it by gluing it down. That didn't last. Then they replaced it twice. I j"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"molding to right of windshield interior has popped loose and will not pop back into place."

Anonymous, MS (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"at approximately 90k miles my Highlander started losing large areas of its maroon paint to expose a white primer. It looks like they painted a dirty car leaving a maroon color with large white spotted areas. If the primer would have been darker"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some areas where the paint has some marks like it faded in a specific spot, not over a larger area"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"chips in paint and dull finish"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"On one of the side view mirrors, the paint chipped off"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"paint peeling in chunks around drivers side door mirror"

Carrie P., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on exterior door mirrors has peeled off"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"front of car has several chips from stones, presumably, but I've never had another car chip this easily and we wax several times a year"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on front hood starting to crack and come off, but with 10 yr old car that is not in a garage, what can you expect"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"paint peeled of both mirror housings. Cost of repair approximately $350"

Brian K., IN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint started peeling off the mirrors"

John M., ON (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"More than 30% of the paint on the exterior mirror housings has peeled off"

Rodney G., GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint is cracking on the hood of the car. Dealer says it is a problem bug not covered under any recall"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading, cracking. Typical for non-garaged vehicle in FL sun"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"pAINT FADING CCHALKING AND PEELING ON ROOF, HOOD AND AROUND WINDOWS"

James A., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Within the last 2 years the paint has begun peeling off of the drivers side mirror first and now the passenger one. The paint has now entirely peeled away and is unsitely. We did notice this on another similar aged highlander so indicates some type of flaw. Though we do recognize the car is over 12 years old, this is a concern for a car we intend to keep longer based on historic reliability"

Carrie P., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint has steadily been fading, pitting, cracking, and peeling on the top, hood, and the sides of the Highlander since 2010 or so. In some places on the hood, it's beginning to rust as a result of the paint deterioration"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on the front of the car in the grill area has faded and appears to be very thin, also on area on the valence has peeled"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Grille paint fading"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeling, cracking around side mirrors"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat peeling off on horizontal surfaces exposed to hot Arizona sun"

Dennis L., AZ (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"paint on side mirrors chips and flakes off"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"This is a pre-owned, Toyota certified car. The paint all around the passenger-side mirror has chipped off. Toyota must have replaced the mirror and did not use primer. The car is Olive Green and the passenger side mirror base body attachment area is chipped and mostly white"

Belinda L., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The area around the outside mirrors (both sides) has turned white; the blue paint has just disappeared"

John L., VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Nose of car is chipped and fading. Bumper is so faded it looks terrible. Rust is taking over paint at door edges for windows."

Jeffrey M., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Years of peeling paint. Much fading"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"maroon paint started pealing off around 50,000 miles revealing a patch work of a white primers under the paint resulting in a maroon and white zebra effect."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading out.Also have chipping on the hood."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"paint chipping on hood"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping on the exterior driver's side mirror."

Lawrence L., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"tailgate started to break out in rust"

John M., ON (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"paint chipping off. Noticable only close up"

M M., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Some rust on front of rear right wheel well"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I had a cracked window, when safelight came to repair, they removed the window and there was a huge rust area in the window track that must be repaired before they put the new window in. It is completely invisible if window is not removed."

Jeffrey M., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rust on hood of car due to bugs and rocks hitting the hood of car and roif of car"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Small rust spots caused when stone chips struck hood of vehicle and caused specks of paint loss"

Larry P., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Clock

"Clock on occasion will change times"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have not found replacement parts...I assume that once I do, they will be fine. The lenses have broken"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"rear passenger tail light will not remain tight in socket"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side electric windows, door locks, brake lights and both sides rear lights."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"DLR relay went bad"

Randy E., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both rear turn indicators intermittently stop working (rapid blinking inside the car signals it's not working). I have to manually undo the light and replace in the socket. Toyota says no other report of this problem. Says i have to replace the sockets - too expensive. Not happy."

Sharon R., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"Tire pressure gauge continually lit"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"Surprised at the cost of replacing high beams and also 'rediscovered' that the always-on running lights were in the same module and had burned out so long ago that I forgot they were even there"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander)

"Bulbs consistently burning ou"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"headlight lenses clouded over"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"connector to 1 headlight burned out and needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"one bulb went out"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"blown bulb on center console. hard to get to and replace"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The stock factory stereo lights are no longer clear. At night, you can't see the channels"

Christopher B., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Automatic keyless door lock failed on one of the four doors"

John B., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Remote entry/lock quit working on driver's door"

Hal S., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The driver's side door lock does not work with remote entry. It has to be unlocked with the key to get in & I have to manually flip the inside switch to lock or unlock from the inside. The other 3 doors & hatch still work with the remote. A 2nd prob"

Lucy M., NV (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Driver side door actuator motor has become weak and will not unlock driver door. Works using key cylinder though"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The keyless remote no longer locks or unlocks the car on the first try, must be pressed several times. And the passenger side door lock likewise cannot be locked or unlocked on the first try using the power door lock control within the car. Have not had a chance to have the dealer look at it yet, since I am still able to lock/unlock the car manually"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Automatic door lock failed on one door costing $1,000 to replace"

Kent R., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"There is a problem with the passenger side electric window and door locks. This problem does not allow me to put down this window and it renders the keyless entry unusable"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic door lock no longer works on the driver's door. Remote will lock/unlock the other 3 doors."

Nellie G., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"cant lock or unlock driver door"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Warning light is stuck "on". But the tires are properly inflated. Told it was probably a sensor problem. No one certified to fix it in my small town"

Kathleen F., UT (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The warning light for low tire pressure is constantly on"

Anonymous, ID (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rear windows do not work, keep coming out of the tracks. Had repaired three times. Heater /air conditioner works off & on. Checking on line there is a wire in the dash that needs to be resoldered. $600 to $1,000 to repair"

Roger S., CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor light flashes and in addition to vsc, check engine and trac off lights come on when it is cold below 32 degrees and conditions are wet. Mechanic thinks it is a sensor malfunction requiring a very expensive part $1k and many hours to install. Part is also back ordered."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"these devices simply dont work"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Tire pressure monitor came on, but pressure on all tires is good. You can reset it but it comes right back on. I think one of the sensors is out. After getting a quote on the replacement cost, I decided to ignore it considering the car's age and mileage. But it would be nice to have this feature working."

Anonymous, MS (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"Engine & VSC lights stays on. Dealership has tried 4 times but failed to cure problem"

Iva E., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There is a problem with the a sensor. This causes numerous warning lights to remain on at all times while driving"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lights when stepped on"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

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

"After heavy rain driver door will partially gather and half fill with water"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof drain clogged and leaked water into the cabin"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced the water pump"

William W., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator failure, probably normal for age of car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Drain was clogged around sealing on moon roof"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Antenna seal broke and water was leaking into interior of the car...all carpets had to be ripped out and replaced"

Chris C., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal around the high rear brake light leaked water when it rained {or carwash}"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"When driving, car had pulsating noise and didn't handle well. Needed all new struts - all were "dead." Expensive and took two days. Unrelated, the activators are dead in both front doors. Will cost $500 per door to fix. Ridiculous"

Rhonda H., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"no one can figure out what makes a funny noise when we turn the corner!"

Kae H., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Something in the rear of the car, rattles"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Have noise of something rubbing or possibly a wheel bearing that is evident when the vehicle is moving above 40 mph"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Loud scraunching noise in back...turned out the spare tire holder was loose. Dealer fixed it"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Dash is loose, there by rattling"

Dennis F., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"There is a very annoying rattle when going over rough roads. The car has been to a private mechanic and the dealer and the problem has not been diagnosed or repaired"

Brian D., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"steering and exhaust system"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base)

"while I LOVE my highlanders, the road noise on this 4 cylinder 2005 is TERRIBLE. Very noisy, always has been"

Mary W., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"this car has terrible road noise-unable to have anyone tell me why"

Mary W., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle occassionally squeaks and rattles if not properly lubricated. I believe my mechanic has addressed the issue; but I will know in the near future."

Rudolf H., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"Do not know where the wind and road noise is coming from"

Dennis F., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The car is now 10 years old; our guess is that seals are dry (Colorado). Not much other recently in routine repair; in the shop right now for a "checkup" and other than a belt adjustment, all is well. Car does not "auto-adjust" and dealer maintenan"

Pat B., CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Slight increase in wind noise apparent as the car has aged. Unable to identify exact source of noise"

W E., WA (2005 Toyota Highlander)

"can't drive with one window down due to excessive vibrating noise"

Larry M., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Right sided wind noise at speed"

R W., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Wind and road noise. Seems to have little or no undercoating"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Very drafty. Poor fitting components"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The front passenger window leaks air when fully closed."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 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

Doors or sliding doors

"door handle in the rear door is rusting underneath the handle, large rust stain running down the door"

Mary W., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doors don't stay open. Dangerous parking uphill because doors slam shut."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"On-off A/C control stopped working. Had to replace the switch"

Mervin W., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Heater would blow cold air and the a/c would blow hot air"

Kevin S., NB (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Locks and latches

"motor on automatic windows failed leaving a large expense for a new motor"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side door lock actuator went bad while being serviced by a dealer"

Rodney G., GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Driver door lock actuator no longer works so now must open and lock door manually"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The driver side electric door locks do not work - they won't close or open. They can be operated manually"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

"Rearview has fallen off twice.Have had to reglue it both times."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"When moving from 'roof open' to 'vent position', the control does not stop at 'shut'. Have to watch the roof position to make sure it is closed. Decided not to spend money getting this fixed"

Richard S., AL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The sunroof would not close after opening. There is a rubber track band that broke & got stuck & would not close. Had to pull out the broken track band & manually close the sunroof"

Christopher B., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"air lifts failed has to order new ones over $100 each"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Rear windows tend to fall off their tracks -- with the result that once a window has been opened, it can't be closed. This problem was repaired once (after great effort by the dealership) but has recently returned"

Walter B., AZ (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear power window on passenger side lowered by itself with no-one in the vehicle. Used the control to raise the window and removed the fuse. Did not want to spend money on troubleshooting the problem"

Richard S., AL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"3 of the 4 doors have problems with windows going up and down. Usually, they go down a little slow and then they may not go back up all the way. They do this intermittently"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"rear left window motor and regulator were replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear windows come off tracks and wont go up or down"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"REAR WINDOWS ELECTRIC DO NOT COME UP FROM DRIVERS POSITION"

James A., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Can't power up read passanger side window from driver side!"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Both passenger windows stopped responding to the switch on the driver's door."

David T., NV (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"two car windows, at different times fell into the door and would not go up"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"some of the windows will go down, but only barely go up. i bump them up a fraction of an inch at a time."

Anonymous, MS (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"3 out of 4 power windows do not function."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"3 of 4 of the power windows do not operate."

Dean K., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Knew this was routine 200000 miles servicing"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Engine mounts

"One engine mount had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"My oil pan failed at the drain plug, I had to replace the whole system to the tune of $400"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"oil pan seeping oil"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a small oil leak left when the car is parked. It is about the size of a dime. Not a big deal, just annoying"

Brian D., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Oil pan seal leak costing about $500 to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"an oil seal in engine has failed due to age"

Randy E., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"drops of oil on garage floor. It is not serious but some is leaking around seals, perhaps gaskets"

Carl A., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"after the engine was fixed, i have had some other issues with engine leaking. I had to replace some other parts that i am not sure what they are.,"

Ivan D., PR (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil drips on driveway said to need new valve cover and intake manifold gaskets, cost over $1100."

Jerrald G., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"seals and gaskets are starting to give way. Vehicle needs engine front seals and valve cover gasket seals."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover oil leak."

William F., NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leaking from valve gasket area"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The engine front oil seal is leaky and leaks about one quart per 1000 miles. I am not repairing it due to cost and age of the vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rocker arm cover gaskets leaked. Expensive repair $1500 just for oil leak and new spark plugs."

Erik N., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"valve cover leak"

James P., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover, intake manifold, front crank shaft seal, rear crankshaft seal = $3500"

Anonymous, FL (2005 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

Coolers and lines

"Severe leak in transmission cooler. Lost all transmission fluid. Nothing indicated on dash or warning lights. Drove car several days, noticing delayed shifting. Luckily, did not have to replace the transmission, just the cooling pump"

Chris H., MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Air conditioner goes on cool then for no reasons turns on the heater. We had the coolant replaced but it still does this same thing"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace the radiator and associated lines and hoses"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Upon deceleration and at about 40-45 mph, the transmission will shift relatively hard, perhaps 2 or 3 times in quick sequence, acting as though it can't make up its mind which gear it wants! But then, it always settles into the best choice and, other than being a little jerky, continues on just fine"

K C., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Especially when cold, shifts will hesitate. Did a transmission flush and seems to have improved"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Please refer to previous description under "gear selection and linkage.""

K C., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"I have complained to Toyota about rough low speed shifting, since the month I got the car. It still does it. They tell me they can't recreate it. I just live with it but it is annoying. It's like the car can't figure if it should shift or not, so it bucks if under 30mph, occasionally"

Jeffrey M., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Keeps shifting gears and shudders when it does."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Car had trouble starting to move in first gear when cold."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The automatic transmission has a big delay shifting from first gear into second gear."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission fluid on the bottom of the case noticed by dealer about two years ago. No drips but may require new gasket/seal eventually"

W E., WA (2005 Toyota Highlander)

"Dealership had to replace seals and springs in the transmission. $1500.00 repair. Mechanic said it was a common problem with that year"

James B., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"At this point, the leak is very minor ... you can see on the transmission pan that there is a leak. It's a very expensive repair, but we were told just to wait until the problem got worse before investing in the expense"

Jane A., WA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"leaked all transmission fluid and had to replace all the hoses. just avoided having to replace the entire transmission"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"I noticed fluid dripping under the car and it was pink, Drove it directly to my service garage. Also noticed transmission was shifting slowly. It was a rusted transmission cooler that was replaced and new transmission fluid."

Teresa S., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"There was a small leak when I had the vehicle serviced 6 months prior however it became an even bigger problem which resulted in a need to replace a part."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Also replaced solenoid and still no luck....."

Barbara G., CT (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Replaced catalytic converter"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace catalytic converter"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"check engine light turned on and this EGR was the problem and need to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump sender unit gave false readings to the gas gauge. the sender unit is a part of the fuel pump. Considering the miles and age of the vehicle, decided to replace the whole unit, though the pump itself was still working."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Got an engine warning light and the mechanic put it on the computer and was told the problem. Alternator was not generating enough to keep the battery charged"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace it - very expensive"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the O2 sensors and the catalytic converter"

James B., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic converter O2 sensor failed and was replaced"

Adolfo C., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I get a constant VSC & Check Engine light on my dash. I was yold that I would have to replace my O2 sensors which is about the same amount the car is worth"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Engin check light - One of the oxygen sensors needed to be replaced"

Lawrence R., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Cost of replacement was extremely high and parts were back ordered causing me to wait over 3 months...The check engine light would come on...while waiting for the part the computer would reset itself...work okay for a while the go on again."

G F., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"I am not the principal driver of the Toyota and don't know the details. Problem comes and goes and changing gas caps doesn't help."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Highlander)

"Check engine light illuminated. Diagnostic scanning showed oxygen sensor needed replacing."

Stephen L., MD (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Cat.converters going out. Replace one, other on schedule. O2 replaced."

Doyle B., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"My dashboard warning lights come on regularly. My mechanic, whom I trust a great deal, told me it's from the catalytic converter or the o2 sensor. The warning light also, spontaneously goes off. I have not done anything to repair the system and I do pass the CA biennial smog checks."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 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

Driveline vibration

"vibration gone after the "propeller shaft" was replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Noticed an increase in road noise that turned out to be wheel bearings. Had both rear wheel bearings replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"One of the "U joints" along the "propeller shaft" to the rear differential was failing. It required the whole shaft from the engine to the differential be replaced at a cost of $1400"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Drive shaft making noise and advised to replace for safety reasons"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced driveshaft"

Larry M., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced rear axle and rear hub assembly"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

""U" joint went bad in the "propeller shaft" assembly, so the whole shave assembly needed to be replaced"

Roderick M., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace the front axle bearings"

Donald W., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Bearings failed"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"A wire connection on the temperature control module breaks. This causes the temperature to randomly go from maximum cold to maximum hot. This is a design defect that costs about $1000 to fix"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The dash control system for the air conditioner failed to adjust the amount of cold or heat. The whole panel on the dash had to be replaced at the price of about $1,000.00. It works good now."

Dick C., TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control system became dysfunctional, heater ran all the time. One tiny solder point became loose deep in the panel, had to replace the whole control panel, expensive."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control wiring had intermittent contact. Once resolved climate controls work well."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Stability control light on, but it doesn't effect normal driving."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Transfer case

"It was leaking slightly when I purchased it. at 112,000 miles....during a trip while hauling a single axle open trailer with a ultra classic Harley motorcycle, the seal let go, the fluid blew out, and the transfer case failed"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 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

Cylinder head

"Noise/clatter on start - VVTi system problem with start after overnight or when oil temp is cold. A common problem with Toyota VVTi systems"

SUSn L., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"coils replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Dealership says it needs $1000+ replacement/repairs due to age"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The situation that i had was that my highlander overheated and we had to replace the gasket, and some of the interior of the engine"

Ivan D., PR (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"The oil was leaking slowly around the engine block so I had to replace the head gasket"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Soft bolts- supposedly a common problem with 4 cylinder toyotas"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Required replacement at 106000 miles. Seems too soon."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"I had the timing belt and water pump replaced at the advice of my service agent at my Toyota dealer. It was 10 years old and had never been replaced"

Tom I., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt needed to be replaced based on mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Timing belt broke and messed up the valves and heads"

Greg H., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Belt s[plit and caused car not to run."

Randal G., PA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Timing belt needs to be replaced at 90000 miles. Replaced it at 110000 even though no apparent problems."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It was at the time along with service that if could go out. So I had it replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 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

"we were required to get the alternator rebuilt"

Steve T., NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator died while my car was parked in the driveway. I was able to get the car started one more time and got it to a shop just in time to replace the alternator and a new battery to be on the safe side. All is well every since"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"HIghlander wouldn't start. Mechanic replaced alternator and fixed the issue"

Sandra H., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator had gone bad, this happens about every two years. then within two months, The battery goes bad. This is been an issue since the car was brand new."

Kris W., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace."

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Battery light came on. Check indicated battery being overcharged. Installed new alternator and battery. Battery light came on again shortly after fix. Although analysis showed nothing wrong, alternator replaced again on warranty. Battery light came on again. Electrical system analysis again showed nothing wrong. Best guess was that the engine computer system had a failure and the cost to repair/replace it was to expensive given the age and value of the car. Light now comes on and goes off at random times."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"BATTERY FAILED AT 36 MONTHS"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"About every two years has to be replaced. And then by the five-year battery. This is caused by something in the electrical system. As we end up replacing the alternator every two years"

Kris W., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"One ignition coil failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"It was the first time I replaced the spark plugs. Should have replaced them sooner."

Greg H., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Starter

"Over a course of one week Twice engine would not start for a few minutes and then starter did completely"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The starter failed and had to be replaced. There is a leaky front oil seal that causes about one quart per 1000 miles of leakage. Struts are leaky and the vehicle bounces around. This is probably normal for this age and mileage and doesn't really indicate a defect or malfunction. If only parts would last forever! Other than the starter, I did not repair due to cost and age of the vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2005 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

"CD player just started skipping"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"I live in Florida, it gets hot in the summer. The a/c display and all it's lcd selections are almost invisible. I just have to guess"

Jeffrey M., FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Part of the digital display for temperature, mileage and climate control went blank. When I asked Toyota about fixing it, they said I would need to replace the entire system for hundreds of do,larsSo I'm making do with a work-around"

Belinda L., CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"sporadically stops working. Dealer stats only option is to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"Preset stations will not maintain or will lose its setting, Volume control goes up or down regardless of manual rotation of knob"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The wiring harness for the AM has problems resulting in very, very poor AM reception. Repair is over $1000"

Brian B., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Last summer the stereo head unit began intermittently popping and loud static whenever turned on no matter radio/CD/tape playing"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Since beginning speaker interference from mobile device was occasional. Seems to have dissipated with newer handsets. Now radio seems to tune on its own without being prompted and lose locked in channel."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"No able to control audio output volume."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Volume control not consistent. Same with temperature control knobs. You get different temperatures at different locations of the know not consistent with hotter clockwise and cooler counter-clockwise. Volume same issue."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"volume control does not function properly."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Wore out"

Gayle R., TX (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"an anticipated replacement"

Robert M., VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Check engine light came on"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Check engine light and VSC lights were on continuously."

Derrill D., VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The MIL and VSC lights on the instrument panel first came on intermittently, then came on and stay on. The OBD codes indicate catalyst efficiency. I haven't determined yet whether the cause is a defective sensor or a worn-out catalytic converter, but the exhaust smell is stronger than it used to be. I'm also unsure if this problem has also disabled the VSC but I have heard that it does."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"One of the gaskets failed which leaked and affected the Oxygen sensor. $700"

T B., SC (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Bad gasket"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Yet to be repaired. Started at about 179000 miles"

Whitt M., OH (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Heat shield above muffler was loose and rattled at slow speeds."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transfer Unit Failed"

Joseph W., VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"vehicle was slipping out of 3rd gear. dealership replaced transmission and I paid for labor only"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Started with Major Re-build..could not get satisfactory repair results resulting in TOTAL replacement of Trans & associated control computers. Multiple return to shop over 1.5 months period before satisfaction. Shop covered all repairs under origin"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission failure at 222000 miles. I put in a used trans with 73000 on it"

Margaret M., MI (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front transfer case began making a whining sound around 40 mph. It got progressively worse over several months - louder and evident at different speeds. Eventually something broke inside it while driving and the car rapidly decelerated and would not move. The front transfer case assembly had to be replaced at a cost of $2,600. A used transfer case assembly was used. The new part would have cost over $3,000. Googling the problem revealed what the service tech told me - Highlanders are notorious for this and Toyota refuses to acknowledge the problem - probably because it would be an expensive recall. This is the last Toyota I'll ever buy."

Joel B., NY (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It has been to different stations and NO ONE can fix..As I write this it is in another shop already a week....Saying I would have had it back NOT week two....When it rains all lights come on and slows right down....FRUSTRATING NO one can fix.. We never abuse our cars....."

Barbara G., CT (2005 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission started to slip and within a few months it stopped working. Had to park it for 8 months until I had $5K to fix it."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission shifted with difficulty. transmission was diagnosed by Toyota dealership and replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Engine did not maintain constant temperature in all driving environments"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump was replaced by the dealer. Second pump in less then 3 years"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced water pump at 96,000 miles and had to replace it again at 151,000 miles due to malfunction"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
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