The Toyota Highlander scores high for its refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, fuel economy, and flexible and roomy second-row seat. It's one of our top-scoring three-row SUVs, but it is not without its drawbacks. The third-row seat is tight. And while the handling is secure, it's not very agile.
Alerts
There are 13 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 Toyota Highlander scores high for its refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, fuel economy, and flexible and roomy second-row seat. It's one of our top-scoring three-row SUVs, but it is not without its drawbacks. The third-row seat is tight. And while the handling is secure, it's not very agile.

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
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (270 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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 failure message intermittent since 37000 miles. After numerous repair attempts and over a thoUSnd dollars spent, local mechanic found a short to the brake sensors"

Stephen F., TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"ABS system has stopped working and warning lights stay on"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"I had a recall to reset the computer on the anti-lock brakes"

James B., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sensor failed on rear wheel. Disabled abs"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"There's a "dead spot" sometimes at the beginning of the brake pedal stroke. As it doesn't happen all the time it's always a surprise when it happens"

Wendy R., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Two hub sensors that control ABS needed to be replaced. VERY expensive"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Sensor stopped working on one wheel....replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"all dash light related"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"PROBLEM WITH BRAKING RESOLVED. SAME DAY WITH A REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Not Master Cylinder but the brake augment system"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced brake pads"

Timothy J., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"During a trip out of state the rear brakes suddenly started making a grinding noise. This was inspected and determined to be a worn out brake pad and grooved rotor. The rear brake pads and rotors were changed."

Douglas S., NH (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads worn down at 71000 miles"

R W., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It felt like something was not right. I took it in to my mechanic and he replaced them ."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes and rotors were routinely worn out, from pitted rotor rust and shoe wear 60,000 front, 80,000 rear, Very good performance for the 4,600 GVW of the vehicle in NE"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"When a car has this many miles, brake repair is normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Replacement of brake pads"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It wasn't really as problem as we just did front brake replacement after 105000 miles. That sounds exceptional to me-I am the primary driver and very conservative in my driving habits and style"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"HAD TO REPLACE PADS"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Replace brake linings at 130,000 miles"

Dale W., WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"I think the brake pads are finally wearing out after 185,000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Second replacement of brake pads Expected for mileage.....no unusual problems"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Around 60k miles, there was vibration when braking so I replaced the brake pads and rotors ~$300. Found one of the calipers were stuck and lubed them all up again"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Regular maintain economic. Cost 600.00 dollars"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"over 100,000 miles needed brake and rotor replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"pads and brakes, The leaks we had was antifreeze. Water pump had to be replaced"

Vince M., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear for replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"The ESC light came on and STAYED on...until it was brought back to the dealership and $300 later the light went away"

Nathan M., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The pads and rotors needed replacing due to age/USge. Parts were, according to the mechanic, 50% more expensive than average"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes and disks were replaced at 130000 miles"

Tim P., VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Not a problem that is not expected from any car that has more than 150,000 miles"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes worn out"

Larry P., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Due to excessive braking on trips needed new brakes ."

Carl Z., WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"The Rt rear brake needed to have parts replaced"

Sue H., IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Cost to replace parts that do not withstand corrosion and elements of winter driving!"

Henry C., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"i was warned about brakes possibly becoming a problem and they were"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Abnormal wear of outerpads. Outer pads wore very thin, were nearly gone, needed replacement, while inner pads looked nearly new. On past cars brakes have typically ;lasted ~85,000 miles"

Warren H., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I replaced the back brakes at a toyota dealer in 2013, 1 year later they tell me the back brakes are worn down? This has never happened to me before. I'm not a brake rider"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"car is finishing 2nd set of pads. is garaged outside and cannot stand the climate conditions at the beach"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I do not wish to misinform you, but the problem I had concerning premature was when the car had only 40000 miles on it and I had to replace the rear rotors because they were "frozen""

James B., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"car eats brakes"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander)

"Needed new brakes after 20000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Required brake jobs three times in 60,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Brake wear out too quickly, possibly because car not in regular use for 2-3 months of the year in Winter"

Pierre G., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes completely worn out by 80000km"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Brake pads wore through at 80,000 km with no warning. The shape of the dust shields makes it impossible to see the wear on the inner rear pads. Ruined the rotors, necessitating replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I have had numerous adjustments cleanings etc since new last year was told I needed complete brake job at a cost of $1200"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace front discs and calipers because of premature rust and wear. Part of problem may be due to fact I do not drive car in winter"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Pads and rotor wear requiring change approximately every 15000/18000 miles. Maybe caused by sticking caliper cylinders ????"

Henry C., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes were replaced 30,000 miles ago and now need to be replaced on front."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Currently on our 5th set of brake rotors in 5 years due to premature warping. Until recently, our regular mechanic had been replacing them under warranty. When he declined, we took it to the Toyota dealer for further investigation. The diagnosis was that 3 of the 4 calipers were seized causing the brakes to heat up. The estimate was $2000. We have declined, and are taking it back to our regular mechanic to see if there is a less costly solution."

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"When we purchased the vehicles used from a private party, we noticed the brakes pulsed and the peddle went down more than expected when applying the brakes. The repair shop said there was air in the line and bled the brakes along with machining the rotors. Works great now."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"it was time for new brakes"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors wore out & needed to be replaced; normal wear & tear"

Mary L., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Dealer installed new rear pads, three months later, the rear rotar was replaced because it was pitted.in fairness, the car wasn't driven intill mid April. Front pads were replaced one year ago,just normal wear!"

Ron E., OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Same problem as pads especiall left rear"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

"replaced front brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.5-L V6)

"Around 60k miles, there was vibration when braking so I replaced the brake pads and rotors ~$300. Found one of the calipers were stuck and lubed them all up again"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"over 100,000 miles rusted and worn needed replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeeking sound indicating worn rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"had to replace rotors after 3 years"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I included this as "serious" because of cost, $2000 to replace 4 rotors brake pads were included, but not unusual given this is first replacement in 90,000 + kms, I consider that to be expected in 7 years"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Worn front rotors,,,normal replacement"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Need to replace rotors too often because of serious rusting problems"

Pierre G., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The front rotors were still within thickness limits but the warped and braking was very shaky"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace rear rotors around 50k miles. I feel this is premature"

Stephen L., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The front and rear rotors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"seem to rust easily after days of rain"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"New brakes installed. Loud squeaks. Advised installer. Under warranty. Replaced by installer. No cost to me"

David S., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base)

"Squeeking and scraping sounds."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator needed to be replaced because of a leak."

Timothy J., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The lower radiator tank showed signs of a small leak and the radiator was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

"heard a clanking, then car indicated it was overheating and engine light came on. We quit driving it immediately."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water Pump seal was leaking and water pump had to be replaced"

Jennifer B., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Started with a squeaking noise in the engine compartment that got progressively worse. It became worrisome and so had it checked out and turns out to be the water pump. This is the second one replaced on the car. Very expensive because they have to lift the engine to replace. Stupid."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"water pump starting leaking at 78000 miles - out of pocket expense $1000.00, had to wait 2 days to get water pump at dealer from their ordering"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was going out -- bearings were failing. Expensive repair"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Pump ball bearings shot at around 75,000 miles. Separately, we had a blown gasket on front of engine requiring $1200 to drop the whole engine to fix! Who would DESIGN something like that?"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump gasket started leaking and cost $700 to replaced"

David W., MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"too soon for a water pump to malfunction"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking. Had to be replaced"

Sherwood H., SC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump started failing at 54000 miles. Repair cost was $900. Internet research indicates a faulty part that was since changed by Toyota. Repair was out of warranty due to age, not mileage of vehicle"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"very costly as engine needed to be dropped to fix. they had it in the shop for 4 days. I did not expect my 6 year old expensive Highlander to require these extensive repairs at this age of my SUV"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"water pump leaking"

Charles M., TN (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"According to service dept water pump showed signs of crack and was on the verge of a leak and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked....Dealer replaced @ no charge"

Anonymous, ND (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Engine noise changed. Replaced one of the pulley's. Thought it could be issue with fly wheel, but turned out to be water pump. Repair was labor intensive as partial engine removal required to get at water pump"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed at about 65000. Dealer replaced(expensive). I believe this is premature failure for a Toyota product"

Nathan G., LA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump start leaking and making noise"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Highlander)

"The water pump developed a slow leak after about 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump started leaking at approx. 75000 miles. Appears to be a generic problem as the issue continually comes up on internet issues for this vehicle. At a cost to repair of $900, - and just out of warranty, I believe it to be a major design issue"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump noisy and had to be replaced. No damage to engine"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed and needed replacement before 80,000 miles. Expensive parts and labor"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Bad bearing. Required replacement"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump leaked and was failing"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"It had to be replaced"

Trish D., IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Something was making a noise. It was determined the water pump was going bad"

Lana L., TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Made a loud noise and took to Toyota and have check and found out the water pump problem"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Started making noise and was going out. Had replaced and it cost over $700"

Ricky S., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Failed bearing in water pump with engine oil leaking from the engine's timing cover"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light, cracked impeller blades"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump began to fail so it had to be replaced. Cost was $900, mostly for labor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump leaked, needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The garage informed us the water pump was failing and could stop any time, so we had it replaced along with the the belt for $840! Shocked at how much a water pump cost in the curtain market place!"

Dave J., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump "leaking". Dealer repaired"

John W., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Pulley on water pump was wearing out so the whole water pump needed to be replaced"

Daniel W., KY (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump leaked and had to be replaced. Very disappointed in Toyota, since the engine has to be removed to replace the pump! This resulted in a charge of $1300 for what should be a simple repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"During routine maintenance. Visit, service man saw leaking. Water pump was replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Pump started making noise. Had it replaced before it failed"

Ernest M., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump began making a lot of noise so when we had it checked it need to be replaced. It is costly but it's the first part to break on a ten year old engine."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bearings went bad at 95K miles"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Pump failure resulted in loss of fluid and engine overheating which damaged the engine requiring replacement."

Doug L., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"It failed and had to be replaced."

Rich M., WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump became very noisy. Seemed unusual to have to replace it with only 50,000 mile."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Noise in engine diagnosed by dealer as a bad water pump. Estimated Price to repair was between 775.00 or more. Cost of fuel pump was 120.00. I repaired it myself and it was a very difficult job needing to loosen right side engine mounting bolts and very tight working space. I successfully made the repair over a three day period. I was surprised this repair was needed on a vehicle with less than 65000 miles. But we love the car."

Dan H., OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The water pump went out 14 months ago causing the motor to seize up. Now 14 months later we are replacing the water pump again."

Judy C., WY (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

"Parts needed replacing"

Kenneth K., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I've been told that the uneven tire wear might have something to do with the alignment of the car"

Carina W., UT (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Ball joints

"needed replacement"

Robin C., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"In 2016 had to replaced both left and right side, including all components. Both I don't know how long their are suppose to last"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Have been told will need new bushings within 4-6 months. Estimate is almost 800.00$"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I think the bushing had to be replace with the ball joints"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced a front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"I have noticed Fluid leaks on the garage floor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"one of the hoses started to leak. Minor problem when maintenance was done and discovered."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Highlander is now 12 years old with 108K miles. The front struts are leaking but still performing fine. They'll need to be replaced eventually though. Two estimates from local independent shops to replace all four struts were $1800. OUCH."

Chris B., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out and leaking, need replacing. Cost is $1800-1900 total."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Heard a noise while moving and turning. I also noticed a vibration in the front end when the speed of the vehicle exceeded 65 mph. I had the have the struts on both sides replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"original parts were replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rear struts"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rear struts needed to be replaced. Vehicle was bouncing."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Uneven tire wear for several years"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"We had to replace both front and rear struts and links for a cost of over $2,000.00. We had not noticed a difference in the car's ride, but two service technicians showed us that the struts were leaking badly."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear suspension struts have failed around 65,000 miles, causing the vehicle to "bottom out" and make loud noises when hitting a large bump, such as speed bumps"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rearstruts replaced as courtesy because of low Miles, had to pay for installation"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"They were worn and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The rear shocks/struts wore out over time, and one of the structural components to which they mount rusted out and broke"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Took in for brake calipers/rotors for first time in 130000 miles and repair shop called informing of "oil leak" from 3 of 4 shocks/struts"

Jim M., ID (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front struts showed leakage and I had them replaced at about 158000 miles. Decided to replace rear struts at same time and get a 4 wheel alignment. Dealer offered me a generous discount to get rear struts and alignment"

George R., AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking struts and ripped boots"

Forest S., CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Due to heavy loads going to and from Florida. The stunts needed t be replaced."

Carl Z., WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"I heard banging near the right front tire. When the mechanic inspected it, the front axel and all of the struts/springs needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to have worn struts and stabilizer link to improve handling."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"broken rack and pinion and intermediate steering shaft"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"ujoint in steering started to fail at anout 70000 miles, mechanic indicated that they go out between 45000 and 60000"

Dan G., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Defective steering column. Column needed replaced. Replaced with Toyota paying even though it was out of the warranty period"

Dennis L., IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Intermediate shaft on steering column was causing a slight tick when turning at lower speeds. Not a safety concern but was replaced on extended warranty."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"At 206000 miles, some knocking when steering. Steering intermediate shaft was replaced, solving problem"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Intermediate steering shaft has excessive play"

Rick D., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There is a solitary clunking sound made and felt when turning the wheel on occasion. The dealer said this was not a safety problem and did not need to be fixed under warranty"

William M., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Right inner tie rod connector worn and loose. Need to replace, to allow tight alignment and safety. But, you can't just replace the one connector. Must buy entire assembly including both right and left tie rods, connectors, etc., as this is one un"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Sudden massive vibration of car on highway. Within 10 mines of dealership....tie rods the issue as well as suspension . First sign of this that day..no warning lights of any form."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tires were wearing uneven at the end of their normal life, 60000"

Kenneth K., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My tires are extremely worn on the interior side. Far more than they should be"

Carina W., UT (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Have had to purchase new tires twice as wearing uneven and recommended to change all 4 at same time. So expensive. Tire mechanic suggested changing tires and wheels to smaller size as Sport Highlander tires were so expensive which I did"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Tires went out of round and caused vehicle to shake because struts were bad"

Forest S., CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"I had the wheel bearings replaced but within 1 year they needed to be replaced again"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear wheel bearing went bad. This is the first major repair we have had to do other than General maintenance"

D H., MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rusted, needed to replace left rear, including some bolts that had rusted and broke when repairs were done"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"After the rear end was backed in and fixed the back up camera flickers when first shifting into reverse. After driving awhile when shifting it go away. Auto body shop could not fix even with Toyotas help"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"I have a 6 disc in dash cd changer. It has become a graveyard for 6 of my most prized cd’s. It stopped playing and displayed an “error code.” I can’t eject or play any of them. I checked on the web, and it appears that the dash must be removed before any access can be obtained."

Henry D., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"CD player does not work and was unfixable. Cost for a complete new system was not prudent"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"sometimes doesn't work."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"CD wouldn't eject. This also disarmed our onboard navigation system and back-up camera. We had to remove much of the central dashboard to access the CD player and send in the entire player. There was no way just to remove the jammed CD. Repair cost $"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Garbled text on display. Cd"s all ejected"

Richard H., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio would go blank, or freeze on whatever setting it was on"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Laser head broke in the GPS, which causes the whole entertainment unit to stop working. Radio, cd, back-up camera all stop working."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The auxiliary input jack worked intermittently for several years, and no longer works at all."

Robert K., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This may have been associated with the heater leak. The radio/navagation system had to be removed to fix it. After getting it back it didn't work properly. At first we were unable to get an AM signal then the entire system went haywire. The dealer said they found a broken wire somewhere in the unit."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Very poor quality compared to other makes"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"absolutely useless once you have used a Garmin"

Everett I., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"it will not read the NAV disc"

Patrick S., VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"When trying to update with new dvd, nav system would not load dvd. Would not accept old dvd after removal either. Cost of repair at dealer was approx. $2000.00. opted not to repair but spent $150.00 on garmin gps"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The touch-screen and hard buttons on the screen display panel are non-operational. This makes it impossible to program or retrieve old routes in memory for the GPS"

George R., AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Controls are way too complicated, with too many questions to answer is a reasonable time"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Keeps rejecting the CD for the GPS system"

Paul D., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"after battery replacement nothing worked for 90 daysthen everything came back on"

Danny B., VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Laser for Navigation maps stopped working. When that stops working, no radio, no back-up camera, no CD, no bluetooth with cellphone"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In dash GPS stopped working. The laser head stopped working and when this happens, the GPS, radio, back-up camera, cd player all stop working. Original unit worked for 7 years and then broke. Got it fixed and it lasted 1 year. I have replaced with an after mark unit."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The entire GPS/entertainment system would not boot after we accidentally ejected and then replaced the map DVD when trying to load a CD. We couldn't even get the CD/DVD drive door to open to try to clean the map DVD - the system would not power on. We were about to replace the unit with an aftermarket head unit, and then it started working again and has been fine since."

Robert K., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The phone pairing no longer works"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Since the purchase of the Highlander, Toyota has not provided a clear and corrective solution of this tech problem. A Japanese firm with nation partners in the electronic and tech industries to not think hard about these features is just wrong"

William M., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"won't pair"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Radio

"hard to hear unless turned very high and then has overwhelming bass distorting sound. does not respond to treble or base contorls which are difficult to find and figure out."

Louise D., OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"radio channel display"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"tuning knobs barely work. Steering wheel access OK"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The volume control on the radio stopped working"

Ewald B., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The radio volume knob sometime increases the volume instead of decreasing it, and decreases it when it should be increasing. Sometimes turning the knob makes no change in the volume."

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"2nd time the radio and cd have stopped working correctly. can't change stations or loudness."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth capabilities for phone hands off driving quick working"

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"The radio display shuts off intermittently"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Volume knob doesn't work well. Turn up, volume may go down or shoot up"

Julie T., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Volume nob doesn't work. correctly. Turn it low and it does high, turn it up and it goes low. Acts crazy No other problem"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Since moving to Edmonton from Toronto in 2013 I started to notice that my radio and cd player does not function when in extreme colds (-26celsius or colder)"

James P., AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Volume control knob doesn't work correctly"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Volume and tuner knobs are not functioning properly. Spin the knobs but not much happens. I believe the contacts are oxidized"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"unresponsive volume control occasionally unable to change stations"

Vernon O., HI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"radio knob broke off so couldn't play the radio or andy CD's. the dealership said they had to remove the entire dash to replace the radio -cd unit. I said forget it due to the high cost."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The entire sound system is a problem. First the auxiliary connection to phone/ipod failed. Then CD player malfunctioned (cannot even eject). Then in cold weather, the radio randomly changes station on its own. Also volume control knob does not work properly. I use steering wheel control."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced the radio 4 times until the warranty expired. Volume control did not work. Unable to change stations at times."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"The cruise control on our Highlander Hybrid has not worked since 30K miles. Two Toyota Dealers have told us there is not fix because it's a computer issue."

Kathleen C., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"Over the past year or so, the cruse control has become very difficult to engage."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-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

"AC compressor totally failed came apart. It was replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"the clutch fell off and had to replace the compressor and clutch"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It had a leak and failed. It had to be replaced along with the evaporator and condenser"

Michael S., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"A cap fell off from the air conditioner. It no longer works and I'm not replacing it for over $1000"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Front plate fell off"

W F., IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The system just wore out and had to be replaced."

Jennifer H., AL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Recirc mode engages unpredictably, also the A/C smell is very very moldy when first engaged"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"There is a problem with the ac computer logic system. When first starting the car on a cool day but with a hot interior the system goes to recirculate and compressor is not running. Even though the car has an extended warranty the dealer wants $100"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"leaf got into fan blower assembly"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Blower motor squeak (annoying high pitch) at low speed."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"unit leaked and Failed lost coolant and valve failed also. Very costly to replace high labor cost and time needed"

C S., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leak in evaporator required removing the dashboard and replacing it"

Jerome D., NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Began losing freon and cooling. It was determined to be the evaporator coil, which required removing the dash to repair. It was expensive to fix. Now a/c is working properly. Heard it was a common issue in this model."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Freon leak. Stopped when replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"stopped working and AC did not function"

Cliff C., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The evaporator leaked. It was mounted on the firewall on the interior of the car requiring the complete removal of the dashboard to replace it"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking evaporator required dash removal"

Todd C., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Evaporator coil went bad under the dash. Labor to uninstall dash took 3 days, $1,700"

Kenneth C., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"HVAC dials do not function properly, I literally have to pound on the panel to get the temperature to change to the proper setting. Some kind of wiring issue for sure"

Michael M., ID (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"When set on 'automatic', and once the heater reaches target temp, it starts blowing cold air as if to compensate for over heating the cabin. This is uncomfortable for passengers"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Horse hair type smell coming thru AC vent for some time, cause not detected. however, recent experience of one side of car not cooling, a leak was found in coolant system. Apparently coolant was leaking onto a coil. After repair the odor was no longer present."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Don't know details."

Rolf H., (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"A small leak occurred in the heater which resulted in an antifreeze odor inside the car and water condensing on the windshield and under the floor mats."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In the previous ten years, the car has needed a refrigerant charge on occasion. Maybe every two years."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"No surprised that the A/C system would leak after 160000 miles, but was surprised that the engine would need to be removed in order to repair the leak."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"There is a slow leak that, apparently, can't be found. The tank needs to be recharged about every 10 weeks."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The car is 12 years old. The A/C unit required a freon charge, costing $140! A reasonable price."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"System was loosing refrigerant and was very expensive to find leak and repair."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Problem cooling. Month ago recharged and coolin well currently"

Kent B., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Car suddenly lost coolant. Refilled and now working"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"3 leaks that were repaired"

Pamela A., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Freon leak in dash at evaporator. Major job to fix. So I just keep putting more freon in as needed"

Ricky S., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Mechanic unable to find the leak - just adds more refrigerant"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"technician cannot determine source of leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Self explanatory"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"FLUID LEAK, MECHANIC FOUND THE HOLE AND REPAIRED. NO PROBLEMS SINCE THEN"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Air conditioner started to blow regular air, had system cleaned and charged"

Susan E., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The AC system developed a leak in up behind the dashboard which is a very costly repair due to having to remove the dashboard to get to the area where the leak is occurring"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I bought the vehicle with the idea that all systems worked. It had a bad tire and air conditioning that did not work because the coolant had leaked. I have not found the leak. My son filled the coolant and rotated the left side tires. My problem is with the Volkswagon dealership. I feel they should have found the problem since they had the vehicle for several weeks."

Johnny L., TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"leaky seals and major parts had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

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

"had to change the water pump"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water Pump"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump started leaking out the weep hole at only 76000 miles. Big deal to change it on the hybrid model Highlander"

Martha E., SD (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Water pump seal leaked and to replace it you have to almost lift the engine out of the car. Poor design"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump. Very common in the 2008 Highlander"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Minor water pump leak noticed during normal service. Had pump replaced before it failed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Water pump failure"

John L., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Replacement of water pump - huge labor cost!!"

Roger P., NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The drains from the factory-installed moon roof have clogged twice causing the front carpets to be soaked and smell. $128 each time"

Nan A., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer assumed water pump failure but personal mechanic found gasket leak only"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Water Pump...cost $900 to replace"

H V., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather seals on rear doors vulcanized to the roof posts and tore when opened"

Michael Z., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Timing chain cover is leaking and engine has to be removed to replace. Very large cost!"

Richard O., WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"strange clunking sound. intermittent. never happens when repairman checks it."

Louise D., OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Dash rattles occasionally. This happens in the past several years (5-10)."

Withoon K., NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Noise seems to e coming from the dash compartment even if there is nothing in it."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I purchased this car from a dealership coming off a 3 year lease. This is an excellent car, however the dashboard has continued to present rattles and lesser vibrations since purchased. I've tried, many times to find the source but I cannot get to it because gauges, radio, heater/AC, and glove box gets in the way in attempting to isolate the problem. However I am very pleased with this car, but the rattles and vibrations drive me "nuts" when driving on rough pavement."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"loud wind noise and flapping sound from underside of care. Spent much money w Toyota dealer to diagnose problem but no solution. Suspect problem w splash plate."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"lots of rattles in the front dash areas, from about 3 weeks after purchase. Attempts were made to find remedy problem, but unsuccessful"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Noone can identify where the rattle is coming from"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"There is a rattle in the dash where two separate pieces of the dash come together. It rattles only on rough road and only when the weather is cold outside"

Dennis C., IN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks are coming from rear seat. The dealership fixed the squeak, but the noise returned within 6 months"

Wayne R., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"under body heat shield"

Klaus S., VT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"right rear seat fore and aft adjustment hardware rattles. Rattle and squeak in right front door, squeak in dash near vinyl to metal contact"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rattling in front doors of unknown origin"

Thomas M., UT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"intermittent dash rattle overhead panel rattle"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"There are multiple locations that rattle/squeak loudly from the dash and rear cargo compartment"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"some dashboard noise occurs when traveling over 80Km./h"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There has been a rattle in the driver's side sun visor since we purchased this car. It is very distracting and annoying when you are driving. The dealer seemed uninterested in dealing with the issue when the car was under warranty"

Peggy M., WV (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Interior trim rattles when in drive"

Neznaika S., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Plaster gaurd below vehicle is lose and rattles and vibrates when driving at highway speeds"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard squeaks. Was fixed under warranty but returned"

James M., NM (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The dashboard area vibrates/rattles due to road surface and conditions. Also, there is a minor wind noise at highway speeds"

Robert M., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"There is definite noise when driving at higher speeds on the driver side of the vehicle, though nothing appears to be loose...possibly caused by window in back passenger door."

Barbara R., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"When the the back windows are open there is a percussive sound. Fortunately we don't open them often"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There is leaking air around windshield, present when I purchased the car. Dealer has tried everything to resolve it and he cannot. Car had been non-op (sitting ,not driven) for a year before I bought it but did not know that when I purchased it. Frustrating issue. Noise starts at 45 mph"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base Unsure)

"Almost from each window when going at highway speed you can hear wind noise rushing into the vehicle. I have heard this was a design flaw of the Highlander during our model year 2008"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"outside wind noise is loud"

Neznaika S., TX (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Minor whistling sound at highway speeds"

Robert M., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There is a lot of wind in Montana, but I have a definite rattle when driving over 50 mph in the driver side of the vehicle. I do not know what is causing it...maybe a loose window or something loose in the door."

Barbara R., MT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-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

"Belt worn out and tensioner broken and needed replacement"

John H., IA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"All idler pulleys and water pump need to be replaced due to wear."

Gregory C., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Have had expensive repair work done on engine/drive train 3-times since purchase 10-months ago. Have software updates, sensors replaced, flex plate, engine harness, alternator, and harness mounts. Thought research and Carfax prior to purchase would be enough. NOT!"

Anonymous, AK (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak was coming from timing cover, gasket seal was frayed and removed; replaced exhaust gears, reseal front timing cover and installed o rings-seals"

Barbara R., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The VVT-i oil line burst"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Holes in the oil intake/outflow hoses. Problem was resolved when hoses were replaced. Problem occurred without warning while driving."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The rubber tubing oil cooling line burst and sprayed oil everywhere underneath. Couldn't drive and had to call a tow truck to pick it up and drop off at the repair shop. The new design from Toyota of the replacement oil line was solid metal so now it wont burst."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber hose in oil flow system ruptured. Replaced with factory metal part. Bad initial design."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The external rubber hoses that circulate the oil ruptured and sprayed oil all over. I stopped immediately or the engine would have been ruined. My mechanic called it a design flaw as the Toyota replacement parts were flexible metal. Toyota knew this of this problem but there was no recall established. This lowered my previous previously high opinion of Toyota."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rubber oil cooler hose failed while driving. The engine stalled and we had to find a place to pull over immediately. All the oil leaving the engine and running over the hot parts of the motor caused a lot of smoke and created the impression that something had caught fire."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Apparently a engine design flaw Toyota made by using a rubber hose fitting on the engine. Problem was well documented on internet chat sites with Toyota even coming out with a retrofit metal replacement. However, Toyota would not cover any cost of repair or towing since it was past the warranty period. Had the severe oil leak not been discovered quickly, engine would have required replacement."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rupture of VVTi oil line - recall item"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota used a rubber hose for an oil line and it rotted out from the inside, dumped all the engine oil in about 1.5 minutes!"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota has poor quality hoses that commonly burst. They no longer sell these and replace with metal. I battled them for 6 months to pay it. They did once they finally issued a warranty upgrade"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leak in timing chain cover"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Timing Chain Cover oil leak. Covered till 5 years or 60000 miles. Deemed manufacturing defect but fails coverage due to SIX years. Estimated repair cost $3000. Issue with Toyota Customer care not yet resolved"

Dilip P., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander)

"The oil cooler pipe failed. This was almost a catastrophe as the oil drained quickly. The warning light did not stay on which made it hard to learn the problem. There was a Toyota service bulletin which was never disclosed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"oil seal gasket leak in back of engine. Dealer wanted $1,800.00 to repair the leak because they have to lower the engine to fix... took it to independent mechanic shop - was charged only $1,400.00 to fix and let me see the leak and repairs... My problem was not the leak itself, my problem was the dealer charging $400.00 more then the independent shop...Why so much more? is it because Im 84 years old???"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The oil line broke. This was a known problem with engine and it also happen to my RAV4 that has the same engine. Toyota did not do a recall for this but completed the repairs at no charge other than the cost of the synthetic oil that we were using"

Jack B., KS (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"an oil line under the engine cracked or broke, it was covered by warranty e\ven though the car was long out of warranty"

Joe O., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Oil hose failure at 86000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pressure line suddenly developed crack. Dealer made repairs. Cost excessively high. Have stopped using dealer service department for either vehicle"

John W., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"engine oil leak"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Oil cooler lines from the pan to the cooler failed, dumping most of the oil from the pan. This was a none issues per Toyota, repaired at no cost to me. Could have destroyed the engine if this had happened on a highway"

Donald C., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Mechanic installed oil plug incorrectly after oil change. Had to return twice before problem fixed,"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil lines to oil cooler ruptured requiring a tow to a repair shop to fix. Fortunately I caught it right after it happened, otherwise the car could have run out of oil fairly quickly. I consider this major since the car was inoperable after it happened"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in oil cooling hose"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"A known Toyota problem with a high pressure oil hose rupture. Toyota method of resolution is impractical, went to a diamond certified repair shop for a $300 repair, plus had to spend additional $300 to steam clean car engine and underbody. Fortunatley AAA towing was covered."

Julie B., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Engine cooler lines leaked and lost almost all oil before engine was turned off. There was a bulletin for this problem (T-SB-0201-11) but it did not cover my particular vehicle for some reason. Mechanics had problems in replacing the lines which caused the need to replace the upper oil pan which was a significant expense (16 hrs/labor)."

Glen V., MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"For whatever reason, on this survey you keep asking me TWICE about the same 2008 Toyota Highlander! See our other response."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I had a pin leak which was covered by Toyota, though not a recall, just a written notice from Toyota that it might happen. Luckily for me it happened when I was close to town and close to an auto repair shop. I totally lost all oil in my vehicle. Toyota should have issued a recall, I could have been driving in the desert where no service was available."

Barbara R., MT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pressure hose failed. According to the dealer there was recall on this item but our car had too many miles to be eligible for the recall. We had to pay for the repair $1,000+"

Mario J., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Major leak from gasket? Had to drop engine....2500.00"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There was a recall on the engine oil cooler pipe, for some oil leaks due to a suboptimal design. I moved and didn't receive the recall notice, so did not replace in time. The seal failed completely, causing all oil to pour out, and could not drive the car until it was repaired."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Major oil pan leak drained all r The oil"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"plastic hose split and leaked all the oil."

Stephen L., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Had 2 problems: 1.) Car is now 9 years old; had a rubber hose fail that dropped ALL the oil. My mechanic replaced it with a metal hose; we should have no more problems. 2.) The aluminum oil pan (bottom of car) has an adhesive instead of a proper gasket. The WHOLE DAMN engine must be dropped to replace leaking gasket, at a cost of $1500-2000. VERY POOR ENGINEERING! We've been told we need to replace this stupid gasket again! (the 2nd time within this car's lifespan). This is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE engineering, and Toyota should pay for this 2nd engine drop! This is downright STUPID!!!"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Engine oil cooler line to engine ruptured and car had to be towed. This was a known problem and warranty had been extended on this item, but was not told me by the dealer I purchased this car from. Warranty paid for the problem, but further damage may have been caused."

Richard O., WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Rubber hoses between V on engine failed and leaked oil. Vehicle had to be towed to dealership where they replaced part with metal updated one under a factory service bulletin (not a formal recall). Toyota paid for all including tow."

Forest S., CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

"The trim piece on the roof rack fell off. It is on the rear passenger side of the roof rack"

Stephen Z., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Have had trouble with the Sun visors failing to stay up when not in use & sagging down at eye level; which could cause a bad eye injury in a crash. Perhaps the Vanity mirror & light they hold are too Heavy? So, this will be the 2nd time I have had to replace one. due to failure."

Ellen L., AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The interior trim on the rear window was missing when I purchased the Highlander (although I didn't notice it until after I purchased it). Also, the rubber gasket on the rear driver side door falls off and I cannot get it glued on"

Stephen Z., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Interior controls are broken off and expensive to fix - looks pretty bad"

Margaret D., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Engine hood started to pit after 6 years, then paint has totally chalked/peeled/cracked on hood and roof. Has been in hot Florida sun and rain daily. Not garaged."

Theodore R., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Car is parked outside, but paint on roof, hood, and hatch is delaminating and will need to be repainted.."

Henry D., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"hood developed cracks and had to be repainted"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The paint began coming off from the moment we bought it. The dealership offered absolutely no help or guidance. We will NEVER work that particular dealership again. They have been extremely unhelpful. Never came through on ANY promises made at time of purchase. They sold the dealership and we were left hanging. Never again, never ever again Toyota Rome."

Janice H., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Paint blistets on the hood."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"It's just getting old."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"paint clear coat is peeling and paint fading...not going to worry about getting a $2000 + paint job to fix it."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint started peeling about a year ago. We do park it outside in the sun. The paint has lasted about 11 years. The car is painted in Forest Green We don't plan to repaint it."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the front of the hood is all chipped."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Car could not be garaged. Consequently the roof and hood paint began to delaminate and chip; we had to have it repainted."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on all door handles faded and peeled. Dealer said I must have had solvent on my hands"

James H., AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The hood of the car has multiple 2 mm size paint chips. The hood was repainted by Toyota dealer when the car was a month old after an accident. This paint job was not a resistant as the original on other parts of the car"

William M., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Paint bubbled on driver's side of veehicle"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"paint chipping on back end of driver's door"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting thru on the passengers front door panel"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The door handles ALL lost their paint"

James M., NM (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"The clearcoat finish applied when I purchased the vehicle in 2008 wore off the roof and hood. Car is kept mostly un-garaged in Phoenix Arizona so I'm not surprised that it wore off. I have not had it reapplied, and do not plan to at this time"

George R., AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint oxidized in the Florida sun after 10 years, so we went to Maaco and had the top re-painted! Price was reasonable and workmanship good!"

Dave J., FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint has faded from all door handles"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The paint has been "pitting" looks like stone chips, but isn't, on the front hood. Flaking off, looks absolutely horrible and the hood will need to be repainted. Have seen others with the same problem"

Janice H., GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat peeling"

George C., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"roof paint is oxidizing noticeably"

Henry D., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"noticing rust forming on bottom of tailgate hatch"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"starting to rust on hatchback in several places"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Chips from bumps of other vehicles."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"This seems to be a common problem with all Toyota's, regardless of age."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"A few paint chips have started to rust, so I treated them to stop the rust from progressing any further"

Grant K., SK (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rust staining runs onto white paint at body margins / joints / hardware connection points"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander)

"Many rust spots developed on the rear hatch"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"corner of door"

Pencheng S., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The tailgate, and only the tailgate showed many rust spots that looked like pitting from sand. I am certain the tailgate was not properly rustproofed by the factory, but the dealership denied any responsibility"

David K., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Significant rust developing on the front door panels and minimal rust at each door handle"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on the roof faded ,flaked and rusting"

Richard M., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"rust appearing on back hatch lower edge next to rear bumper"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

12V power plug

"Two of the three outlets do not work"

Allan S., NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The security system causes the lights to flash and the horn to blow constantly."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Random alarm sounding"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Alarm sounding after locking without cause"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"The cruise control has never worked on our Toyota Highland Hybrid. We took our Highlander to three different Toyota dealerships and they told us there was no way to fix the cruise control because it is a computer problem and they do not have the ability to help us. This cost us a total of $553 to find out it was not fixable. According to one dealership service manager, Toyota has not provided them a path to repair these types of issues because the car would have to be dismantled to do so. Once again, buyer beware."

Kathleen C., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"No dashboard indicator of any type of light bulb failure"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"One rear brake light is out and hasn't been replaced yet"

Richard K., AL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Have replaced the headlight light bulb 4 times this year."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Entire headlight unit on one side had to be replaced. More expensive than expected."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both headlights out at different times"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Bulbs burning out too often"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"I have to replace headlight bulbs approximately every 6 months. Doesn't matter if I install them myself or the dealer does. This is the 2nd Toyota where I've had this issue with bulbs failing prematurely"

Daniel S., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The control module for the heated seats fell apart. A used one was located on Ebay and given to Toyota dealership to replace faulty unit. Works great again."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Horn

"no noise"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Interior lights

"faulty design of light bulb holder above rear hatch opening"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Light switch in rear failed to shut off"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry is no longer working."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"the doors auto-lock when we're out of the car (annoying and potential security issue), so must perpetually re-unlock them."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Lock on Passenger side would not lock or unlock with remote"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"680 repair to drivers side door"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Two of the door actuators have failed so cannot open with the fob"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The power lock/unlock feature for front left door quit working. Required new actuator"

Robert S., NE (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Key fobs have stopped working, fob batteries are good, suggested fix to replace fobs at +$200 each. Toyota is losing a customer over this issue."

Sean D., CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"dealer had to reactivate"

Randy S., MO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire issues raged this year. From popped tires that were new (Michelin) to pressure sensors malfunctioning multiple times. The repairs for the sensors were insanely expensive."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I believe sensors in the tires need to be replaced. Cost too much, so back to using manual tire pressure gauge. Also alternator quit, but survey had no place to record this. Vehicle inoperable when alt quit as battery went dead."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This was a real problem right before and after getting new tires. It seemed like everything we did caused the lights to come on as a waring for our tires. Then it was fixed or so we thought and then we had a four wheel alignment and it all started"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Spare tire presure kept showing up as low"

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Tire pressure warning light came on. Turned out to be the spare tire mounted under the rear of the SUV"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rodent chewed through wiring"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Driver side wiper stopped working, minor 5 minute repair No parts required."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear window wiper doesn't work"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear windshield wiper motor expired at 350,000kms"

James P., AB (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"wiper motor died cost to replace quoted over $ 600 Cdn outrageous"

Brent R., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-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

"Had to replace it"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The alternator stopped charging the battery. There was no indication until it was too late. My wife was driving and started getting warnings on the dashboard. she pulled over and turned off the vehicle. At that point, the battery was dead and she was stuck on the side of the road."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Suddenly died. Drove off battery power till battery ran down, then it died. That's latest problem. Have had many. since purchased 10-months ago."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed while driving on the freeway. Many of the cars systems stopped working but I was able to safely get it off the freeway to a parking lot and have it towed for repair."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Required replacement after 8 years of use. Well deserved!"

Angel P., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed at 85000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Dash lights would go off and on while driving. Repair cost over $800 due to many labor hours. Many engine components needed to be removed to be able to replace the alternator which added to the labor hours"

Daniel W., KY (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed, causing the battery to fail that was only 18 months old. When this happened on a major highway, power steering and power brakes were totally inoperative. Replacement cost for this repair was $1300.00"

Donald C., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The alternator failed"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed while driving on major highway, lost steering and braking totally."

Donald C., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Altinator went bad and caused a need for a new battery. I had them replace the serpentine belt during this repair"

Gary P., NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed testing, but this was not unexpected due to vehicle age"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Battery required changing at last service appointment"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Battery went bad before time was up on the warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"normal battery failure with age but was still under the life stated for the battery and Toyota pro rated the cost out to us"

Jack B., KS (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failure caused battery failure. Had to be replaced was only 12 months old."

Donald C., MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"10 years on the original battery - not bad."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"Engine light show up. The engine was running smoothly enough so did not notice differences. Had local part store scan the code. It was an issue with Coil On Plug so had it replaced with Toyota part and the light disappeared."

Withoon K., NJ (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The engine has 6 coils. One failed but we were able to drive the car to a repair shop with substantial reduced power"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The coil to one of the cylinders failed. The car would no longer run. Had to be towed to dealer in order to have it repaired"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Check engine light at about 63700 milage. Dealer replaced 2 ignition coils and 1 cam valve assy per TSB-010511. Total cost $885 covered under 7yr/100k extended warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine harness

"A electronic harness connector failed on a rear camshaft sensor that kept the idiot light on"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"The hybrid system has proven to be costly to repair. The reliability is of major concern"

John L., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Twice during ownership I have had hybrid battery major work done. Both times the vehicle shut down and would not move. Major repairs were done during extended warranty"

John L., NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Had to replace a couple of emissions related parts over the past year."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Problem with the calatic converter"

James T., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Emission system experienced failure, gas mileage dropped dramatically - dealer replaced gas cap, cured issue"

Mark L., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Not closing completely"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump went out"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Failed without any warning. Needed to be towed. Took 3 days to replace"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"2 lights were on the dashboard: VSC off - which blinked and the others stayed on: slippery/traction and engine light The vehicle drove rough and seemed to not have as much power from a dead stop than before."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"A local Mechanic checked the engine and there was one bad o2 sensor. By the time I got it to the dealership, 3 days and 200 miles later, another sensor failed. The cost went from $250 to $1K"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Two oxygen sensors went within 24 hours of each other"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light came on and it was the fuel-air sensor. Had to ship from another state and was kind of pricey, about $300"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Check Engine Light Came on"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Changed sensors dealer said they were sensing air flow problems. Didn't solve problem and now have to change convertor"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Sensors failed. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"One of the o2 sensors needed to be replaced. I think it was bank 1 sensor 1"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"350$ replacement of one sensor"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Both failed, and had to be replaced. Were rather expensive parts"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Same oxygen sensor has failed twice now, in the most difficult position to service. Extremely high price for sensor and labour. $500 twice"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to replace one sensor around 50k miles. Premature failure"

Stephen L., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"3 different sensors over 4 months"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

4WD/AWD components

"Due to a sensor issue, the AWD traction control was turned off. The dealer was initially not able to spot the problem so had no traction control for several weeks. Very annoying to have that failure in winter"

Cheryl M., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the front wheel bearings."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Still trying to diagnose issue. Cannot follow up with mechanic because I am home bound. Appears to be a diffential issue but not sure yet."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base Unsure)
Driveline vibration

"vibration when towing"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"vibration from slow speed acceleration. diagnoses, replace both drive axels and differential. parts 1500 and labor 500."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Failing engine torque rod; brake rotors warped so steering wheel shook when braking."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"both rear bearings replaced within 2 weeks"

Doug S., ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"$4400 to replace to reapir front drive"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Excessive vibration when accelerating, especially uphill. Replaced at cost of $1,300"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited)

"Front axle had to be replaced because of an unrepairable leak on the boot on the right front wheel where it connects to the axle"

Gordon M., OK (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"there was play in the drivetrain, only noticed upon acceleration from a stop. This should not happen at 92,000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"rear driveshaft seal failed and the driveshaft had to be replaced by the dealer"

Daniel S., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Alternator needed replacement when alternator bearings wore out. Able to drive about 85 miles to independent repair facility near our home. Cost of parts and labor to replace alternator was about $800.00,"

Jim M., ID (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"The tire pressure devices have been a constant problem on this vehicle and cause the balance of the safety system to shut down"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"The AWD Toyota Highlander Hybrid can not be driven on ice or snow. It will come to an immediate stop as the back wheels will only turn for a few seconds because they are driven by the battery. The dealer did not inform us of this defect or we would have never purchased this car. We were forced to have our Highlander towed to a friend's home nearby. As we could not drive the Toyota, we stored it at their home for the next 7 months. Our friends were kind enough to drive us to our home which is 300 miles away. We retrieved our Toyota when the danger of black ice or snow was past. Buyer beware!"

Kathleen C., OR (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Transfer case

"shifting cable got bent not allowing the vehicle to acknowledge being shifted into reverse or park"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

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

"Sometimes, door-locks do not operate; sometimes, windows do not lose."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"wind caused the drivers door to open too far. Somehow, this has now caused the drivers window to only go down about halfway"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"See previous comments"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"During Hurricane Sandy, my driver door was blown very hard. It appeared to be ok, but one year later during another wind storm it was blown again and would not shut properly. I had someone lift it so that I could drive it home. It now is difficult"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)
Locks and latches

"Rear latch fails to open periodically. Advised expensive to fix"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The driver's side door lock wouldn't operate from inside or outside the vehicle because Toyota used a cheap piece of plastic where they should have used metal."

James O., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The automatic tailgate closing mechanism stopped working. I had to turn it off. We now close the tailgate by hand. I believe some gears broke the automatically close the door."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It pitted and rusted, obviously because it was not factory treated properly"

David K., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"Lately the remote trunk open/closing doesn't work if parked on a slight incline. We had to take it to a body shop and they rectified it"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"The driver's door electric window make noise and vibrates when operated up and down. Have not had it checked out."

Anonymous, (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace the belt or whatever is is that actually brings the window up and down"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both door locking system and power window in driver's side door failed around the same time. Cost to repair was approx. $700"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"My driver window screeches when you open anc close it. It has even scratched the pain. I paid for it to be fixed, but it still happens. It was brought to two dealerships, and still noone accepts responsibility"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

"The window was going down unevenly and scraping. We tried to get it fixed twice, but it still knocks on the way down"

Margaret D., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.3-L V6 hybrid)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The car was making a terrible sqeeking noise when starting. Took it in and they had to pull the engine and fix the issue. Thank goodness for purchasing the extended warranty"

Carol G., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"top part of engine was not getting enough oil. Replaced the whole upper end (top) of the engine"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Two valves started sticking during cold weather and resulted in head contact which bent the valve stems. Due to concern for potential damage to the pistons and head assembly the engine was replaced with with a used engine. All at owner's expense"

James K., KS (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Camshaft Reservoir valve, unsure of exact part name, needs replacement. Small chamber deep inside engine that holds oil in reserve to prevent camshaft sprocket from starting dry. Failure causes one to two second rattle upon start. Am told affects onl"

Dennis C., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Was driving in traffic and started losing power, tried to get it home but had to pull over. Wouldn't start, had to have a tow truck pick it up and take to mechanic. Water pump went out and causing the motor to seize."

Judy C., WY (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"Blown head gasket requiring 14 days in dealership"

Lonnie L., NM (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Re-sealed side engine timing cover that was leaking. Required replacing cylinder, air surge, camshaft gaskets as well as oil pump, strain, and pan gaskets"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Needed scheduled timing belt replacement"

John H., IA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Major oil leak from timing belt cover, they also replaced the water pump while my engine was pulled out. They did brake rotors and pads at the same time. Then said battery was failing (I had noticed no problems with the battery. Over all bill $4387.0"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Main serpentine belt and tensioner replaced at cost of ~$700"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Engine started making a loud rattling sound when started in the morning and also after it sat for a couple hours. Doesn't do it every time but fairly often. There is a known problem with the camshaft gears, chain and seals."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Two oxygen sensors went within 24 hours of each other"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5-L V6)

"Have not changed yet but dealer says if problem still exists with air flow will have to change. Still having problems so I will be changing converter"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Converter fractured. Had been rattling sine vehicle was year old dealer told me it was a heat shield - they lied"

Michael Z., IL (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"One pipe in the exhaust manifold wore out, and we replaced two sides plus the Y pipe connecting the two on their way to the lower exhaust system. The Y had to be purchased from Toyota, increasing the cost of the repairs."

David S., MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"it's loose and needs to be either removed or tightened"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rusted out at the bolts. Very hard to fix...tight access."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Made a loud noise at idle. Cost me about $300 to fix"

Peter W., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"A security sensor on the Hood would occasionally set off the car alarm. This caused me to not use the alarm and park it in the garage until I got it repaired. The repair was part of a Toyota Factory Enhancement notice and i was not charged for the part, only the labor to install it. I was very please with this for an 11 year old vehicle."

Douglas M., MD (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Tanaka recall."

Xavier G., PR (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transfer case leaked fluid and destroyed both transfer case and transmission, cause unknown."

Gregory H., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Car stopped operating with a transmission slipping issue. 3rd gear was damaged. Rebuilt transmission was solution."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Transfer case broke down and took transmission out with it. Hole in transfer case found of unknown origin"

Gregory H., CO (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"Yeah having problems with the transmission Toyota repair it and replaced it at no cost under extended warranty"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)

"i was driving and made a stop and when the signal changed the car didn't move trans started slipping and then nothing. got towed and waited three days for repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission failed completely while on vacation in Florida. Florida Toyota dealer installed rebuilt transmission at the cost of $5,700, which worked for 9 days. Drove back home. Then, Car wouldn't start in park due to failure of Neutral Safety Switch on the transmission. We had the car towed to our local Dealer for repair. This repair cost $1,009.00 and Toyota will not honor Switch as part of the one year transmission warranty."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-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

"The lines were rusted and it was leaking fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

"I feel the up shift and down shift. I'm woread"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Complained of transmission first-to-second 'wandering' since purchasing from my cousin at 9000 miles. She also commented. Transmission would lag then clunk into second, engine could race slightly. Several attempts to service, told it was normal. Reca"

Dennis C., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission leak resulted in getting vehicle towed from residence to dealership service center."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Acceleration lags behind pressing the gas pedal and is really lurchy"

Wendy R., PA (2008 Toyota Highlander Base 3.5-L V6)
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