This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertrains to boost engine performance as well as fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 7 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

This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertrains to boost engine performance as well as fuel economy. The result was significantly quicker acceleration, coupled with cleaner emissions and a moderate increase in fuel economy when compared to their conventional versions. Highlander Hybrid's 22-mpg was among the best we'd seen in a midsized SUV up to that point. Overall, the Highlander Hybrid provides an inviting blend of performance, fuel economy, comfort, and features, but it comes at a higher price.

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 (155 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (215 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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)

"ABS system pump failed"

Richard C., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The system finally wore out from normal USge and I had it replaced. I also had to purchase a new electric battery that cost around $5000. Alone. Well worth the maintenance expenses as my vehicle drives like a dream"

Betsy M., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The brake pedal would start slowly dropping while stopped in traffic. If I were not alert the vehicle would start creeping forward. It took multiple trips to the dealership before they properly diagnosed the problem and repaired the correct component"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Calipers

"Left rear caliper went at about 170,000 miles, R rear caliper went at 175,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Installation of one caliper was done incorrectly and would not completely release from the rotor."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver front and both rear calipers needed to be replaced as they had all frozen."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The caliper became stuck and started to over heat one of the rotors"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Stuck caliper damaged rotor and caused severe brake heating."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Rear was sticking which led to rust on rotor. These were all original parts, so they have been on there quite a while"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers had seized to the mounting studs and/or the mounting studs were rusted to the brackets"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The right rear caliper was hanging up. Replaced the caliper and rotor"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"calipers were frozen on rear brakes"

Charles K., MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Toyota dealer replaced front pads. After repair front left wheel smelled and wheel hot to touch. Dealer then replaced caliper. Slide pins rusted on rear brakes, causing lack of braking"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear calipers rusted and froze up"

Joseph E., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"These needed replacing when they were rusted because of non-use. The non-use occurred because they were not adjusted properly"

S M., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The right front caliper was frozen. It would work somewhat at highway speeds, and the cause shuddering as you slowed down. Had to replace the caliper, brake hose, tire, and other parts in right front wheel"

Martha P., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers [front and back] froze up from rust; likely from the road salt of multiple winters in upstate NY"

Jan R., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"seized, needed cleaning - more than once"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"At approx. 94000 miles, the rear calipers seized. The Toyota dealer discovered during inspection and made full repairs. I am completely satisfied with service"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The RH front caliper locked up, clamping the rotor causing it to overheat and turn blue"

Ned V., IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"2 of the 4 calipers froze. These were the original ones"

Larry D., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"a brakes were done 2 years ago and the rear brakes a month ago apparently seized up for no apparent reason, had to replace rotors and calipers"

P E., MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"One was not working properly"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have had to replace 3 out of 4 brake calipers"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"One of the calipers seized so that one brake pad wore much more than the other"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"seizing"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rear calipers tend to "freeze" and wear the rotor"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"one front caliper seized destroying the caliper, rotor, and brake pads"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"worn"

William M., WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had both calipers replaced last year and now caliper is sticking again, have to take it to shop Monday"

Connie H., GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Three out of the four original calipers have needed to be replaced due to freezing up and warping rotors"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Calipers seized and was causing tire wobbling and loss of mileage."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Caliper froze up"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Master cylinder

"The rear seal of the master cylinder leaked into the power booster"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"multiple problems with the brakes. Squeeking and rubbing sound"

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brake petal went straight to the floor...NO BRAKES...period !"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Toyota advised me that the front brake pads needed changing. I did not have to pay for the parts ( but I did pay for labor), because the first change, years ago was guaranteed as long as I owned the car."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace brake pads because the rotor was not adjusted correctly when it was replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I own three Toyotas and the brakes just wear and rust out."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"during inspection the garage noted that I needed to repair the braking system"

Thomas C., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed brakes weren't stopping as well and got brake pads replaced"

Kim N., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I had to have a major $2400 brake job done in 2014. Probably just normal wear, but I have had the brakes repair previously also"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"After 125000 miles needed new pads. Not bad life for original equipment brakes"

J C., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"rear brake replacement"

James M., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The brakes made a noise and we had the brakes fixed. Normal repair"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The pads had worn down and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The original brakes lasted to 110,000 miles. I had the dealership perform routine pad replacement maintenance on the front brakes. After about 20,000 additional miles I had a problem with the right front brake banging. Cause was from improper work pe"

Gerald B., MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Brakes were replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Normal/Routine Break Ware developed over time"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rear disc pads replaced at 120,000 miles. Excellent, but the cost at the dealer was very high, over $300.00. Time crunch required it to be done at a dealer in a city a way from my home and not at my normal repair shop"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"car has 100,000 miles and needed all brakes replaced, very normal"

Ned V., IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"lack of maintenance from prior owner caused a major repair when I took it to the shop to include replacing rotors that were no longer serviceable"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Nothing special, brakes relined"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The back breaks wear out before the front breaks it is a four wheel drive car. They want $450 at certified dealers to do breaks. They want to change rotars, break pads and the calipars whether they need it or not to warranty their work. First brea"

Marleen S., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"All brakes needed replacing"

Beverly S., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid)

"I had to change all brake pads and put on new rotors"

Tom R., MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I only remember 1 other routine maintenance."

Jerald N., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I think the brake issue is the weakest link, as I've had to replace them several times since I've had the vehicle. Otherwise, it's an awesome vehicle."

Sandy F., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander)
Parking brake

"Needed adjustment to be affective."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Frozen brakes temporarily, no diagnosis, freed up on its own upon backing up"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Excessive rust caused the parking brake line to lock up"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The break was frozen on so the the breaks were applied while the car was moving. Destroyed rear breaks in less than 12 months. This happened 2 times. The first time, I was not told the parking break has seized up."

Joseph D., MT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"This was a result of the caliper being stuck"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"was driven gently, and it's a hybrid, so I was surprised at the brake's requiring replacement"

Elsa G., NH (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"see prior comment on brakes. Also, just recently replaced 3 wheel bearings"

J D., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Due caliper seizing the extra wear also required new rotors"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A rear brake pad wore out"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"One caliper was stuck causing excessive wear and heating"

Robert A., BC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The only issue with this car has been consistently poor wear for the brakes and part failures. I've replaced nearly all of the calipers due to them freezing up and causing warping of the rotors"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Seems as though the brakes needed more repair than would be normal. I think it's the weakest link. Not horrible, but could have been more reliable."

Sandy F., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"When applied, the brakes bounce. I've taken the car to my mechanic and he says they are ok. However, it is very annoying."

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The front right brake didn't retract completely and was rubbing causing the vibration noted."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors became warped and needed to be replaced. The problem began 6 months ago."

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace brake pads and rotors due to incorrectly installed rotors from previous replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"After a hard emergency stop, the front rotors were glazed. That caused a pulsing action when brakes were applied. We needed to have new pads and rotors turned in front."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors warp due to failure to dissipate heat. OEM rotors were replaced with a heavier duty rotor at mechanic's behest and they STILL warped. Apparently a design problem"

David Y., NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the wear out too fast causing steering to shake when brakes are applied at normal highway speeds"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors warped due to rusted slide pins"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear Rotors became unUSble (rusted) because the calipers were out of adjustment and only the front breaks were working properly"

S M., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"rear brake pads and rotors need replacing every 25000 miles. Also hood safety latch failed causing hood to slam in to windshield at highway speed"

J D., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"New rotors 1 1/2 years old had to be replaced again"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rotors developed corrosion pitting and had to be replaced"

Neil G., AB (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Brakes grinding. Had it fixed at Firestone dealer"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just routine maintenance. Replaced front brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, AK (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It was the front right rotor which had to be replaced because it was noisy, and concerned me. I was told it was not dangerous yet, and wouldn't be for quite a while, but I had it repaired as soon as it was diagnosed. No other problems with this car! At all"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"We had to replace the rotors with a relatively short time between the rotors being turned and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors are worn so I experience pulsating when I apply the brakes. The brake pads are fine, however"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Worn"

William M., WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"Every time I break it makes a squeaking noise that all the mechanics can not fix"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"brakes always seemed to squeal and the repair place couldn't seem to correct it."

Sandy F., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 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 due to strut replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Ball joints

"It was about 33% cheaper to have the repair done at a Toyota dealer in a small city as apposed to one in in a big city"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Bushings

"Bushing on front worn. On most cars, this is an inexpensive fix. On the vehicle, the engine must be removed to access the bushings, therefore, the repair is very expensive"

Scott C., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"front end bushings cracked-had to replace entire suspension arm on both sides"

Kathleen K., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear to suspension requiring replacement of multiple parts in last 2 years"

Andrew J., PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Front hood faded, bushings in front had to be replaced. Font remember what else, but it cost $1800, and made a big improvement in the ride"

Martha P., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Same error light showing problem with tire pressure, when there is no problem"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Dying cat-like screeching turned out to be a steering fluid leak. Mechanic explained design (no noncorrosive pipe used & run along bottom resulting in corrosion). He had made replacement w/ non-corrosive material, which'll last longer than the rest of the car."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The problem began with undetected leaking from the high pressure hose and the pump. The leak got bad enough to draw down all the fluid in the reservoir, resulting in noisy operation when turning the steering wheel. The repair shop replaced the HP hose, a complex part that is a combination of hose, tubing and heat shield. They ended up replacing the pump several times because the aftermarket and rebuilt pumps they tried were noisy when under load, i.e. when turning the steering wheel. Finally, they ordered and installed a new pump from Toyota, which worked well and was very quiet. The Toyota pump cost nearly twice what the aftermarket parts cost; I gladly paid the difference. The shop absorbed their labor costs to install and remove the pumps that were unsatisfactory. Total cost was $650 + tax. I was without the car for over a week. Lesson: sometimes the OEM parts are worth the extra cost."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"system leaked-needed to replace entire hose system"

Bill G., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced power steering hoses"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I noticed leaks under the vehicle and found the power steering reservoir almost empty. My independent mechanic replaced the leaking hoses"

Larry D., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"leak in pump and hose"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Power steering pressurized hose connection started small leak and failed inspection. It was replaced"

Ney P., VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Mechanic noted struts in front needed replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Can't really complain. Shocks and Struts wore out after the first 225,000 miles which is a compliment rather than a complaint."

Michelle C., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Struts reached the end of their service life, and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Problem resulted from hitting a fallen rock"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Seemed like the vehicle was hitting bumps in the road harder than it had before. The dealership recommended new shocks and struts"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"One front side strut developed a leak and required both to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Replace struts"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Normal maintenance, not a serious problem"

Jay D., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Because the vehicle was used when I bought it the previous owner may not have maintained it properly. I replaced the brakes, rear rotors and calipers. The drivers side caliper was frozen. I decided to change the other side for precautionary reasons"

William G., RI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"normal wear and tear; replaced them"

William W., VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"No real problem other then the fact that they were replaced as a result of normal wear and tear on the 12 year old car with over 110000 miles."

Robert O., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"advised by dealership to replace struts. seems to ride smoother now"

William S., RI (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"There is a clunking noise in the rear. I was told this was because of a housing related to the rear axle. Told it was not a safety problem and cost of repair was in the area of $2000 so I decided to not have it repaired."

Joseph D., MT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Linkage had worn out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rack & pinion replaced. Upon starting car for post-install test, steering wheel made uncommanded turn to full stop in one direction. Garage worked with dealership to replace R&P two more times before determining that install directions were wrong"

Andy E., TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"had to have linkage repaired, boots replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Not to sound redundant but the vehicle wasnt maintained properly in my opinion so I replaced all four rotors with drilled, slotted premium ones for better braking and less wear and tear. The steering linkage etc.. was one of the recalls that were per"

William G., RI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Power steering rack was leaking and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Rear wheels making noise and found it difficult to fix"

Mark C., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Thought it was a strut or shock issue, causing odd tire wear, however, it was left front bearing, once replaced the worst of vibration disappeared, however, some vibration remains account of tire wear"

William M., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tie rods

"car vibrated at low speeds. we replaced everything for $1500"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tire ware uneven, rotation and balance only caused another tire to be worn down. Alignment didn't help either. Ended up getting new tires, balance, and alignment and waiting to see"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The uneven tire wear was related to the need for new struts which is considered normal wear after 125000 miles"

Jay D., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Wheel balance

"had brakes and wheel balance. they balance them 3 times in one week and so far can't correct so am also buying new tires to see if we can correct the steering wheel vibration"

Carol G., CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"thought I had a muffler/exhaust line problem due to noise. When checked, replaced front rt bearing"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"NOISY FRONT WHEEL BEARING"

Stephan T., QC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Bearings wore out and it was quite difficult to figure out which wheel was worn out. We finally got it on the 3rd wheel we had repaired"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Rear wheel bearings started to go. Expensive repair of about $2000"

Elsa G., NH (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"We've had all 4 wheel bearings replaced"

Tom V., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"replaced two bearings"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both rear wheel bearings replaced. Cost: $700"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Left front had to be replaced. Was very noisy"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"One of the rear hub bearing assembles was grinding and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Noise and vibration started small and grew over time until it was hard to have conversation in normal tone of voice. Replaced bearing before failure, alleviated most of vibration, but had already caused odd tire wear that still causes vibration"

William M., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"No real problem other then the fact that it was making a weird noice while driving at different speeds."

Robert O., OH (2006 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 exterior trim or moldings

"flutter noise from wind deflector when sunroof open"

Robert P., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"A piece of trim on the rear driverside door is loose"

Shann E., KY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The tops of the doors have paint chips"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Loose trim around the back window"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Center seat belt 2nd row seats. Plastic trim around hole that goes into the seat for seat belt keeps detaching and sliding with the belt"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The finish has been progressively deteriorating for the past 7 years that I have owned it. The car has lived its life in sunny Southern California. The first 7 years it was in the Imperial Valley, east of San Diego, which can be scorching hot in summer. It has not been garaged in San Diego, and I imagine, based on the condition of the finish that was the case in Imperial Valley (previous owner). The clear coat is bubbling and flaking off on every panel. The fawn tan color layer below the clear coat is still intact but it looks gnarly due to the bubbles and flakes. A good refinishing and repainting would cost more than the vehicle is worth at this stage of it's life, so I'm resigned to live with it. Appearances aside, it is comfortable, pleasant to drive, and serves me well."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The paint has started faded about three years ago. There is also peeling of some exterior finish. Other than that, this car has been a work horse."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The clear coat has been pealing off in chunks. It started on the hood first, but is everywhere (hood, roof, doors, etc) now. Once the clear coat comes off, it causes the paint that was underneath to start fading, oxidizing, pitting."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat starting to flake off on back door spoiler and roof near windshield. Paint underneath is fine"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on both exterior mirrors has completely come off revealing a gray unprimed finish"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"The paint on the roof has cracked. This also happened with my formerly owned 2009 Yaris (more severe on the Yaris)."

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"paint peeling all around mirrors"

Alex F., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat started decomposing about 3 years ago. We have noticed this problem occurs on most cars after about 10 years, especially when not garaged."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The clear-coat is peeling."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"a lot of chip spots on hood and front of vehicle. this vehicle is driven seldom on any travelled roads. Almost always on paved streets and highways"

Gordon E., ND (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"We have never had a car with a paint job that has chipped as much and in as many places as this vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"paint pealing on body and bumpers"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The hood has chips in in, had to have it repainted"

Shann E., KY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The paint is fading on the roof and hood"

SUSn H., AL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"extensive peeling on both outside rear view mirror mounts"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Clear film seems to be peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on roof is starting to show chalking. Have not had this repaired. Not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Silver color had lost all clear coat on hood and roof areas"

Matt P., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Real bad clear coat paint and the lenses for the head light had to replaced due to becoming opaque"

Reinaldo G., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"fading chalking"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Paint is peeling off at the mirrors"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is coming off of the side mirrors"

John E., ME (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The hood has chipped paint"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Paint has peeled off of the right side mirror. Clear coat is breaking up on top and sides of body"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The paint on the roof of the car began bubbling and peeling. So far, it has only affected the roof"

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Mirror paint peeling and flaking"

Alex F., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"part of the scoop on the hood is made of a different material then the body and is not holding the paint as well as the body it is fading and cracking. same with the mirrors. scoop and mirrors the paint is also fading. by the way i have a 4 runner, which you didn't have listed"

Carol G., CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"hood paint chips from road debris"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeling on trim piece by side view mirror"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat peeling, exposing paint to fading."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Paint is extremely poor. It has cracked, faded, and chalked."

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear Coat has separated from Base Coat on Hood Roof Top of Doors"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat is flaking off."

John T., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"See previous"

Martha P., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat is coming off top front and mirrors"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"Rust on the right rear panel, just past the rear wheel. Had to take to body shop to be repaired."

Norman G., MO (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Some rust forming above windshield"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Has rusted through in one spot"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Bottom of hatch in the center developed rust. Had it fixed once by dealer - they repainted. Then it came back and I sanded and painted with rustoleum before winter and now it is back again"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 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

"It started with a squealing noise that got progressively worse, only when the engine and components were cold in the morning. Videod my wife starting her highlander with the squealing occuring.Took the vehicle to our local garage and played the video for the owner. He diagnosed it being the a/c compressor and replaced it."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hottest week of the year and warm air is all that comes out of the air conditioner. Took 2+ weeks total to get appointment and get parts. Same thing happened 2 years prior but was condenser and same symptoms and exactly on the hottest week of the summer as well."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The air conditioner was working but on hot days we felt that the air wasn't as cold as it should be. We took it to the dealer to have it checked when we had the oil changed. When they recharged the A/C system they found that the compressor needed replacing. They ordered a new compressor from Toyota and put it in. When they recharged the system the new compressor "blew up". We are waiting at this time for the second compressor to be installed."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The only repair I’ve ever had to make on 2006 Highlander"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Bearings"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"No longer cooling, had to make expensive repairs to fix"

Warren K., WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"not cooling"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Compressor broke & needed replacing"

Gary M., MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"After 111,000 miles, it needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"AC needed recharging. AC made a noisy rattling when operating. Dealership (which I find quite reliable) said compressor was going but still operational. We recharged the AC, and 10 months later the AC still cools fine even though compressor is still noisy. We will not fix it until it stops working"

Rich H., NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The knob for selecting inside temp is loose and does not reliably make adjustments"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"electronic temp control on climate control went out. able to have repaired on ebay for $100"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The climate system gets "stuck" on and cannot be turned off. It may be stuck for 2 or 3 weeks and then mysteriously turn off. No dealer or mechanic has been able to fix it and we were told the cost to replace the whole system is close to $3500. We c"

Adena S., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid)

"Maximum heat regardless of setting. The problem disappeared when the mechanic started investigating"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"LCD display is unreadable now. Probably a bad connector, but the contrast is off and it can't be read"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Sometimes the a/c does not blow cold air. I think it is when it is in the battery mode. Kicks on when the gas mode is activated"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The temperature dial does not reliably adjust the setting"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the dial that controls the temperature is stripped and will not change the temperature. In order to fix it they need me to remove and send away or bring to dealer and spend too much money. I feel this is a flaw in the original manufacturing. I've own"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Control on dash stopped selecting functions. New control board suggested by dealer, very expensive. had local mechanic solder loose wire, problem solved"

John E., ME (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"When it gets hot outside (above about 85 degrees), the LCD display for the climate control gets dimmer and harder to read, until it fades away entirely at outside temperatures above 100. Also the button to close the outside vent for recycling the inside air doesn't actually close the vent, so exhaust and other smells don't get blocked from coming inside the car."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan died...burned out something cost 900.00"

Patricia W., AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan only worked at the highest setting. The resistor needed to operate the fan at lower settings failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Blower has been replaced three times since 2006"

Michael S., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Condenser

"Leaking condenser required replacement."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Leaked coolant. Condenser developed holes. required new condenser."

Jeff G., VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"AT 164000 MILES needed to replace air conditioner's condenser."

Anonymous, MS (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Was driving on expressway when dashboard flashed a few times and electrical system failed.. lost power steering, dashboard lights, headlights and more. Cost $2200 to fix"

Sue O., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Heater system

"Thermostat must be failing, heater blows cold air/a/c blows warm air intermittently"

Sue O., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Car has manual temperature control.....while driving with temp set at "comfortable" and vent air is warm, the system will start blowing cold air and won't recover until the system is turned off and back on again"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"I had to refill refrigerant every other summer"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the radiator/ refrigerant leak"

Richard W., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"A very good time for the system to perform before we had a very minor leak. Recharged and a tightening of one hose and no leaks in the past four months"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"leaks out in two weeks if car is running or parked. assume it to be a compressor shaft seal, an o=ring, or a rubber hose. They will soon be replaced."

Daniel E., GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The car was about 8 years old when the mechanic told me there was a problem with one of the sensors for the alarm. I chose to have the alarm disconnected rather than have them research it, especially since the car was 8 years old. I never had it repaired. I just used the key to lock ad unlock the doors."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Alarm system wiring issue caused problems deactivating the system periodically."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I had the rear tail lights replaced in October, and had to have the same bulb replace in February. They didn't know why there was a problem with the same outlet."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"this was in conjunction with the leaking tailight assembly."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right Rear Brake light, though replaced bulbs several times, continue to burn out in less than 2 months...only Right Rear !!!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"When the outside temperature gets 85+ degrees, the LCD screen displaying the temperature and climate mode starts fading away. The higher the temperature the lighter it gets, until it totally disappears. Once it cools off, it reappears."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Tire inflation gauge stays on, engine check light stays on and CSV gauge stays on"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlight on passenger side needed to be replaced as the halogen high beam melted the plastic lens. This diminished the effectiveness of the high beams. This is a known problem and should have been part of a recall. Also replace the slightly glazed driver side for balance."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The high beams control malfunctioning. No high beams, the high-beam position just shuts off the fog lights."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Changed bulbs every year the last two. Low beam"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The plug in for the high beam on the left side, which also made our running lights not work. Had the plug in fixed by replacing the plug in"

Linda G., KS (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The headlights would burn out regularly. I ended up replacing the headlight assemblies on both sides - partly because the lenses get foggy and polishing them doesn't help for long."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"the headlight lens have become cloudy with poor light visibility"

Michael G., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The system is intermediate by itself"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Seat heaters failed, cost $1300 per seat to fix"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Interior lights

"Dash lights for climate control panel and dash lights for heated seats burned out and had to be replaced by dealer."

Anonymous, WY (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Driver's side door actuator has failed, remote key fob can't lock or unlock door. Again, a problem discussed by many Toyota owners on the Internet - the door actuator motor tends to fail, usually just outside the warranty period"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Remote will not open driver or passenger doors"

John T., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure monitor never worked for a long period of time, even when the car was brand new. I was excited about the feature when I purchased the highlander so I wanted it to work properly. After several trips to the dealer and too many hours in the waiting room, I just gave up. Especially after the last trip when the mechanic found a nail in one of the tires after they had my car for over 3 hours."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"The tire pressure monitor began lighting up randomly causing me to constantly check my tire pressure. The majority of the time, it was a false alarm. It drove me crazy!"

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The tire pressure monitor had to be disabled the same year I bought the vehicle because the dealer could not determine why the light would not go off even when supposedly all of the tires had the correct pressure. I stopped going back for them to check it when they supposedly found a nail in a brand new tire..."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Had trouble turning off warning light after front tires were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It wears out(?) and then shows an ! warning light on the dash. I have to replace the unit ($100 part and $100 install) at a dealer. Instead I just ignore the ! warning light on the dash"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stopped working even after resetting and inflating tires"

Benjamin G., TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sensor has failed and needs to be replaced. It has also been faulty since the start, needing to be recalibrated after every tire rotation"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"just won't stay off even when tires are fine"

Carolyn C., VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited)

"Continuous problems with the tire pressure notification system"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Tires replaced and gauge stays on even after taking car to shop three times"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"check engine but problem solved with new gas cap"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There are tire pressure sensors that routinely (8 or 9 times) register as having pressure problems and there has never been a problem. Just a crappy system that is overly sensitive to cold weather and is absurdly difficult to reset"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"All or some warning lights come on. Dealer has to reset as apparently there is no mechanical problem"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

"alternator failed"

Lowell R., GA (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"It failed and had to be replaced"

Robert F., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator began making noise and smelled like an electrical short. It was replaced at my expense"

Mark S., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"no symptoms til routine oil chng recently; they found alternator and drive belt in bad shape & I will have them repaired/replaced tomorrow"

M S., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My wife and her sister had gone shopping. At some time while they were gone the alternator quit working.when they returned she came in the house ant told me the car was smoking. i went out and lift the hood and the smoke was cumming from the alternat"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator died at the expected time based on normal wear and standard alternator life expectancy"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the alternator went bad and I had to replace it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The alternator quit charging and I had to replace it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace alternator"

Bill H., NE (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Engine made a new humming sound after driving it hard over the Appalachian Mts between NC and Tennessee on 2-lane overpasses. Hum went away the next day. Took it to dealer thinking maybe it was the transmission, with 206,000 miles. Mechanic said alternator was going and actually humming some. Replaced it today. Engine actually sounds a a lot quieter"

Rich H., NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"needed it's second battery"

Alan D., NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Coil

"Engine running rough, bad #6 coil, replaced 7/22/2019, fixed problem. 3 other bad coils were replaced previous year (2018)."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A coil suddenly rusted out, stranding me in the city waiting for a AAA tow, because the engine bucked like a bronco"

Kathleen M., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The engine ran poorly and the engine check light was on but at least the car was able to be driven to the dealer who diagnosed and repaired the coil"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to replace all six coils and all six spark plugs"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Had to change all the ignition coils and clean the gaz tank for contaminations at a cost of over 2000$"

Michel D., QC (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"One ignition coil failed in the 6-cylinder engine. All 6 coils were replaced. One of the replacement coils failed after 3 weeks requiring its replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"replaced 2 injectors"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Hybrid oil pump was replaced"

Jim S., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"After 125000 miles new spark plugs were required"

J C., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"what should have been a minor repair turned into a rather expensive repair because rear cylinders could not be accessed"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to replace all six spark plugs and all six coils"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"cylinder #2 was misfiring, replaced spark plugs reset check engine light"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Multiple ignition coils went bad, causes uneven engine running. Gas leakage killed the catalytic converter."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Starter

"the car doesn't always start when I turn the key on. I need to restart once or twice sometimes"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

"back right tailight assembly has leaked water into car, as well as sunroof. I sealed the sunroof. The right tailight assembly still leaks and shorts out the tailights periodically."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After raining water is in the floor board of my passenger side and in the back on the drivers side."

Anonymous, DE (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"radiator leak"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Failure of electrical system due to leak of water through sunroof seals. Cost of repairs (electrical system, carpets) was $8000 (eight thoUSnd) ! Fortunately all covered by insurance"

B K., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The rear hatch door leaks in rain or snow since we were rear-ended. The car wasn't properly prepared. It's not the car's fault"

Anne G., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Car had been holding water since 2010. Shorted out the lights and trailer hitch and caused fire in 2010. Still had issues in 2012 had checked found one leak in a seal, repaired. Still smelled and took back in 2013 found another leak in the seal, r"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sunroof/moonroof leaks intermittently"

Carter B., MS (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Water pump leak. Had to replace along with timing belt"

Warren K., WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Replaced Radiator"

Daniel L., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Radiator sprung a leak and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"This is the second water pump timing belt combination I have fixed"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Water level and overflow bottle needed constant refill"

Howard J., AZ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"wind noise"

James W., HI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"I believe the seals failure caused problem #1"

B K., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Found towel in back of car wet after a rain"

Maxine L., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Driver's seat squeaks when road is not perfectly smooth; minor rattling in the suspension, of no importance"

A J., NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"rear end noise especially when turning. not a big deal"

Thomas K., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Loud noise when driving. Coming from right side of car. Mechanic diagnosed and fixed problem Can't recall the problem, but he easily fixed it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rattle in dashboard. I can't find it. Very annoying. Mechanics can't find it. On highway, not there, just on city or rough streets"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Rattle up front and low. No one can identify--it happens over 45mph. Might be loose bumper and plastic coverings"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"It's an old car"

Alan D., NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"rusted heat sheild"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"considerable rattles from the glove box area as well as the rear seating area"

Michael G., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"Car is noisy to drive, with rough suspension"

Anonymous, MO (2006 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

"driver door seal came loose and had to be re-glued to car frame. Did work myself vs. taking it to the dealer, who would have recommended a complete new door seal vs. just using silicon chalking to fix"

Ken L., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Glass defects

"The exterior of headlight covers cloud up. This year was the third time I’ve had to take them to be buffed out, because the reduced amount of light makes seeing at night an issue."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Only back door and lift gate locks work properly. Driver side lock does not work either remotely or internally electrically, must be manually locked.. Passenger door lock works occasionally during cool weather, otherwise must be manually locked. Estimates to repair lock system have been over $900."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Driver side door fails to lock or unlock unless key or manual movement of lock knob"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Remote lock/unlock functions don’T work."

John T., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

"Explained previously, paint flaked, peeled off"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"bearing or motor problem. makes loud noise when moving driver seat back for forward"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

"Heat control knob broken with normal use"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof motor failure, with replacement cost of $3500 for motor, linkage and labor at the dealership only"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The rubber gasket seals around the sunroof glass started breaking down causing water leaks into the car whenever it rained. Went to the dealer to get the rubber replaced and was told that they couldn't just replace the rubber, but instead had to replace the whole sunroof at a cost of $1700.00. Since I didn't use the sunroof very much, I caulked it closed using silicone caulk on the outside seams. No more leaks, but no more using the sunroof. Not worth $1700.00!"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Windows

"Automatic windows have stopped working, causing several hundred dollars to repair each time."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The driver's side window randomly goes down after I have turned the car off. No rhyme nor reason for this quirkiness."

Gloria A., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"both front driver side and passenger side windows' lift systems failed"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The window became disconnected from the guide and would not stay up"

Phil S., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The right rear passenger window bottom track that holds the window to the window control structure slid too far to the right on the glass and thus you couldn't raise the window. Using the internet, I fixed it myself"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The left rear window never worked from it was new and never fixed by the dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Rear electric windows both worked sporadically, and would sometimes get stuck down"

Matt P., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor died in front passenger window"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"front passenger window does not roll back up without assistance once it is rolled down."

T J., CA (2006 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

CV joint

"CV joint broke while pulling out into highway traffic, rendering car incapable of moving"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Replace both CV joints and axles"

Russell K., TN (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"needed replacing"

Wayne G., ON (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Replaced rear wheel bearing at a cost of $700"

Michael S., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Front and rear wheelbearings were bad"

A K., CT (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Noise in driving shaft...due wear...I had it replaced"

Helen K., NH (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"I had to replace the driveshaft at about 115000miles. I have never replaced a driveshaft on any other car. Over $1000 at Toyota Dealership repair shop"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Needed replacing"

Wayne G., ON (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"seized joints"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Needed to replace it"

Helen F., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"We experienced front end vibration when driving back from Florida in early April. When I had my mechanic check as to the problem, he indicated that the universal joint was damaged (worn), and that to repair it would require him to replace the driveshaft also. Apparently the drive components are all in one part"

S M., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Alternator failed. Had to be towed."

William H., NE (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"recall on inverter"

James W., HI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Circuit board failure causing lack of hybrid acceleration"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Hybrid Inverrter failure. Known issue with 05-06 Highlander Hybrids. NOT covered by warranty. Would cost $10K, but dealer covered"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"replace alternator"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"It broke and I haven’t fixed it yet because I don’t know how much it will cost"

Myra K., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Seals leaking very expensive to repair"

Reinaldo G., FL (2006 Toyota Highlander 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)

"One of the four catalytic converters is failing and must be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic converter failed"

David Y., NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"warning light came on. had inspected and discovered something after control device was worn out. needed replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Needed to replace main computer board"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Catalytic Converter had replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Dashboard engine warning light and computer diagnostics indicate one of the four catalytic converters is functioning out of spec"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Fuel cap

"The mechanic said there are several different fuel caps specified for the Highlander. Two guesses were wrong but the third cap was the charm"

Lynn H., UT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"fuel cap will not get a tight seal even with a new cap installed. the evt light come on and off. but the car runs perfect. best vehicle i ever has today very reliable"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace fuel cap fumes caused sensor to flash"

Richard P., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Vehicle was running poorly, immediately took to our mechanic. The Throttle Body Assembly was replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Over a period of 4 and 1/2 months in the fall of 2017 with about 185000 miles we had all three O2 sensors go out around 5 to 7 weeks apart. The cost for replacement of each sensor was between $800 & $950. i used my own OBD II to evaluate the issues. OBD II error codes for the final sensor failure in December 2017 were C1201, C1223, C1241, P0037 HO2S Heater Control Circuit Low Bank 1 Sensor 2"

James B., UT (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Check engine light appeard. Had an emissions part replaced. Worked fine for 6 months but appeared again. added a can of fuel additive and reset the sensor. Refilled the tank with a higher octane fuel. Has been working fine for the past 6 weeks"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Check Engine light is on and would require $1200 repair but car runs fine"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The dealer told me that I could drive the car and it might be fine or it could seize at any time because it thought enough fuel was coming in. Took 6 days to get it fixed which was a pain"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Over a 1 month time frame the truck spent 3 trips in the shop over check engine light with at least 3 issues over $1,500"

Rae Ann B., TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"developed radiator leak at 100,000 miles; apparent rubbing of unsecured radiator or other hose against plastic radiator wore through bottom tank. NOT covered under warranty"

Ken L., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Radiator develop a leak in a side weld on the top"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Car was running hot for sometime. Replaced radiator and thermostat. A few months later, had to replace water pump"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Thermostat

"the thermostat waster heating"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"timing belt replacement identified slow leak in water pump. Dealer recommenended that we replace it"

Shaun V., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Water pump began seeping coolant, and very gradually (over six months) started leaking coolant, at which point we replaced the water pump"

Keith L., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Dealer service department claimed water pump started leaking and needs replacement. I suspect shenanigans since I never see a leak,"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Leakage"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Again, I was told by Toyota dealer that I needed to replace it"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid)

"Took for major (90,000 mile) service and they found water leak"

Carol M., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Car was overheating, found out that the water pump bearings were going bad causing the overheating. Replaced the pump"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced with timing belt"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Noise from front of engine (rotational) Turned out to be bad water pump. Did timing belt etc. while changing pump since most of the labor charge is the same for both jobs so it was only the slight additional cost for parts to do both"

David T., SC (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Was original water pump that was replaced. Was leaking coolant"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Continuous Check Engine lights, Found Code P0430 bank two Catalytic Converter found bad, replaced converter and O2 Sensors Bank two, radiator side manifold 2/27/2020, problem fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"got clogged. surprised it failed at < 1000K mi"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"converter caused an engine error code to be generated.. annoying, and had to get the dealer to investigate to determine the specific problem"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light led to a diagnosis of faulty/leaking catalytic converter. Replacement was covered by the warranty but we were within 3 weeks of warranty expiration. Very lucky to avoid $1500 repair!!"

John Y., SC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Converter failed and needed to be replaced I felt $1,900.00 was very high"

John S., NJ (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Check engine light indicates converter is not working properly. I have not done anything about this yet but hope to have converters replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"REPLACED EXHAUST PIPE GASKET"

Stephan T., QC (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"The exhaust joint with springs (about mid-way to the muffler) broke inside and started leaking and making noises at low rpm"

Romulus B., ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"There was a leak that prevent the vehicle from passing emission inspection in Maryland. It was easily discovered and fixed"

John M., MD (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"experienced a hole where one of the exhaust pipe hangers connected to the exhaust pipe - weld failured"

Mark P., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"This has happened a lot since i owned the car"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The shield corroded around the bolts holding it in place and had to be thrown away"

Romulus B., ON (2006 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

"Replaced the transmission cooling assembly. 12/1/2014"

Robert O., OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"The gear selector was binding and would be difficult to get into gear"

Phil S., MA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Rough shifting

"Still to this day the shift issue has not been resolved. The shift computer has been rest numerous times but still needs to go in to have it reset when it gets to harsh"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Transmission computer

"I was stranded 600 miles from home when I could not shift into park. It took the dealership 4 days to get the transmission/stick shift body, mostly because they did not order all the parts"

Kathleen M., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Transmission leaks

"very small leakage in center of case"

Tommy C., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Main seal leaked, so they had to take apart and install new seals"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Seals had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"leaking where case bolts togather"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"transmision fluid leaking out rt front axel...there is a service bulitin for 4 wheel drive. Fixed the transmission leak only to have the transfer case then leak it's oil .Dam good thing I bought extended warantee.Repairs done in Clearwater toyota"

Donald L., ON (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Noticed the transmission was leaking and had to have the seals replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

"THE WATER PUMP STARTED LEAKING WHEN THEY REPLACED THE PUMP. I HAD THEM TO REPLACE THE BELTS ALSO"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"valve gasket"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"valve cover gasket leak"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.3-L V6)

"Intermittent oil leaks in engine compartment and onto pavement. Problem has been observed and cleaned up by mechanics, but we have been told that it could cost a few thoUSnd to fix, so we've done nothing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid)

"Oil pan gasket has a slow leak and will eventually need to be replaced"

Ross R., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leak replaced gasket"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced valve cover gasket. Has about 170,000 before replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket leaks"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"Dealership service personnel noted rear main seal leak; in response, we just strive to keep the oil levels at the proper recommended level. This seems to be prolonging the vehicle's useful life well."

Anonymous, OR (2006 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"While driving on the highway, at 75mph, without warning, the engine blew. Luckily we were able to pull to the shoulder. The vehicle had to be towed to the nearest dealership and we had to arrange for a rebuilt engine replacement. We'd had absolutely no trouble with anything on the vehicle up to this point, and had just gotten it serviced before our road trip. No warning whatsoever"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"head gasket went out about 1 yr. Just got it fixed"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak externally. In addition, had major oil gunk buildup interior to the engine, near engine failure. Dealership and auto shops recommended replacing the engine. Luckily found a repair shop that knew about the problem and the aggressively de-gunked the engine. Everything is fine now related to the second problem"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Engine was not running smoothly. Scheduled timing belt replacement was due, so replaced it. Water pump was beginning to leak and was relaced at same time"

William H., PA (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"This was done as preventative maintenance by an independent maintenance shop"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Suggested replacement at 95K miles. Water pump leak made it happen in this time frame since both are normally replaced at same time"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I was told I needed to replace it. Car was definitely not driving as well as usual"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid)

"Replaced timing belt since water pump was being replaced"

Carol M., CA (2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3-L V6)

"Due to rattling noise I had the timing beld/chain and pulleys relaced which was probley due anyways. After getting the vehicle back rattling noise was worse than ever and was told that it was a bad cam shaft pully and gear teeth. Still rattling and n"

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

"CDs are jammed and cannot be ejected"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Display screen doesn't respond to touch so all the systems that it helps to control can't respond. No navigation, need to work around climate control by pushing the automatic button, radio can only be changed by steering wheel preset. New screen is"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"The screen showing MPG, temp, etc fades out on the top half on an intermittent basis"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Having dashboard problems with things like, phone charger and radio speakers intermittently going out"

Mark C., IL (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Radio

"radio reception is poor unless in the city. window antennae is poor"

Robert P., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Speakers

"Speaker noise"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Very disappointing for a Toyota and very expensive to fix."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6)

"in2013 my car would stall after stopping at a light. once I put it in park, it would start up again. It was very much hit and miss, but a new transmission was necessary. the rebuilt has been working great ever since"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"at 110,000 miles the transmission stopped working completely. I thought of junking the car, but paid 5200 for a rebuilt transmission instead"

Bill F., NY (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I replace the transfer case and transmission because of a howling sound"

Allen D., MI (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It would not ship into the highest gear"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6)
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