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2002 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Reviews

2002 Toyota Highlander

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Toyota missed the mark on this one
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By NMR
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The check engine light has been (and still is) on since I think day 2 of ownership. Took it to Toyota several times, the last one they stated the code is generic and represents over 500 possible problems it could be. It took 3 months just to get it to pass PA inspection, brakes/rotors replaced too many times within 70k miles of driving, the stainless steel tube at the power steering resevoir blew out, the seats are the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in, the interior is chincy looking for $26k, the engine is sluggish and noisy, weird wind noise w/ 4 windows down. This is the 2nd and probably last Toyota for us.


Best Features

AWD.


Worst Features

Improve quality of rotors/brakes, seat comfort, interior asthetics, and better OBD. The actual cost of ownership has simply been too much $$ for me to place Toyota on a pedestal.


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Great SUV
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By Nick
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Excellent family SUV. Plenty of leg room and storage. Great for the occasional towing of a couple of waverunners. We have enjoyed the ride and comfort this vehicle offers. Highly recommend.


Best Features

Dependability and comfort.


Worst Features

Towing capacity very low only 3500 lbs., the new Highlander when properly equipped handles 5000 lbs. which is a great improvement.


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Best SUV
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By e jeffreys
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2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Best SUV we ever owned. Rides like a luxury car, handles cargo like a Surburban. Excellent performance and perfect reliability.


Best Features

Superbly engineered ergonomics.


Worst Features

A little bigger.


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160,000 miles - still going strong
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By Alan
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Our 2002 has 160,000 miles on it and has been a very reliable vehicle. I do all of my own routine maintenence work, and filers, plugs, etc., are easily accessible. The engine and auto trans still run like brand new - does not use any oil between changes, has never needed any internal engine or trans work - and never had any problems with any major components. We live on a rough gravel road, and the suspension was starting to feel a bit lose at 150,000 miles - I installed new struts, link rods, ball joints, bushings, etc. and it is back to feeling very "tight". The Idle Control Valve became dirty and caused stalling problems, but once I cleaned it problem went away.


Best Features

Very reliable vehicle and comfortable for long trips. Back in 2002 they did not offer the 3rd row, but that has never caused us a problem. With routine maintenance I expect to get at least another 100,000 miles out of it.


Worst Features

nothing


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5.5 years and still loving it!
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By Gerri
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2002 Toyota Highlander 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I originally bought this car, my first Toyota, because it was rated #1 in Advanced Safety (the lighted running boards were a plus too!). Over 77,000 miles later, it still gets 22 mpg around town, 26 mpg on road trips and I've only had to replace the tires at 56,000. No other expense except for oil changes every 3,000 miles. That emissions light does come on with the gas cap issue, but I just let it stay on. Cargo compartment more than adequate for my needs -- 400 lbs of chicken feed and two bales of hay on the luggage racks on top! Back seat comfortably seats three if you need to. I just had it detailed so it is brand new all over again and I couldn't ask for a better, more dependable car


Best Features

Good gas mileage, roomy cargo, good stereo sound system, very smooth ride.


Worst Features

I'd like to sit higher up; coming from an Isuzu Rodeo, I feel like I'm not riding much higher than a car. Even the newer Highlanders seem to sit higher up.


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