2003 Toyota Highlander 2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Buyer beware
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2003 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By bk on

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2003 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

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We purchased this car new and kept it dealer maintained for 7 years. I found it to be quite a reliable vehicle until recently. At 118,000 miles it developed a coolant leak. It was ultimately found to be due to stripped out threads in the engine block (i.e. the car needed a new engine ~ $7500.00). After discovering that I was not the only one to experience this problem (check online Toyota forums), I notified Toyota. The Rep stated, "Your engine may be defective, but we cannot help you because you are out of warranty." Beware of the 4 cylinder engine in the 03 Highlander! A dealer maintained vehicle is worthless, and Toyota has lost a customer. And so it goes.

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