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2003 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Reviews

2003 Toyota Highlander

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Best Car Ever Owned
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Charlie
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2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Reliable


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Through snow & ice this big, safe SUV is nice.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Richard Haley
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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This is a very reliable and affordable SUV. Its a Toyota so it will run forever if you change the oil and talk to it nice.


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Huge disappointment
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By ejet
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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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We bought this SUV new in 2002. We bought it because we have a 1998 Corolla that's been a very reliable car.
But not the Highlander.
At just under 200,000 k the old leaky head gasket then the stripped head bolt got us.
Last year we thought we would keep the Toyota for a few more years so we put money into the few body chips.
Bought new tires, winter and summer and put in a new wind shield in the spring.
Now we had an engine that was toast.
Our local Toyota dealer found us a used motor from another Toyota and installed it.
They say it only has 70,000 k but who knows.
So we spent $7600.00 so far.
As of January 2016 it's still running great. there hasn't been any new surprises.


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Disappointed
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By herbertspoof
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2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Purchased used 5 years ago with 86,000.
Didn't flinch at the mileage due to Toyota's reputation for reliability; car drove well, at first. Sold at 109,000 due to expensive repair and maintainence costs including:

All 4 wheel bearings, $500 a pop.
Breaks completely replaced, some more than once. $2,000 spent on breaks in just 2 years.

Evaporator sensor went bad; $400 just for the part. Muffler developed a small hole; $400 for a new one.
Straw that broke the camel's back: drive shaft developed a wobble and needed complete replacement $1,200.
Cut my losses and unloaded the hunk of junk.
Other car was a 20 year old Subaru Legacy that had fewer problems and was cheaper to maintain.


Best Features

Perfect size (not too big or small). Generous cargo area. Tight turning radius.


Worst Features

Maybe I got a lemon, but I don't think they make them like they used to.


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New Owner-Wierd Issues
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By mjc333
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2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I just purchased the Toyota Highlander 2003 and upon purchasing the vehicle I was very happy.
The check engine light came on shortly after purchase and apparently the cause is a bad "ECM" board in the SUV.
I am not sure if this is common but I have experienced this problem.
I love the vehicle otherwise and plan on driving it for a while.
Currently at 82K hope it lasts to 200K without major repairs.


Best Features

Ride is very smooth and I really like the way the SUV looks. I am a big fan of just about everything with this vehicle.


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