2003 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Former Toyota...stripped head
ADVERTISEMENT

2003 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

305 Total Reviews

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

ADVERTISEMENT
Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display
Performance
Comfort
Value
Fun-to-Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Former Toyota...stripped head bolts
By bizmin on

Vehicle

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

Review

2003 Toyota Highlander 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine, 108,000 miles, perfect service, until it developed coolant leak on the back side of the top of the engine, adjacent to an insulator pad at the back of the engine block. The back 3 head bolts were completely stripped, allowing coolant to leak into the engine. Toyota dealer says the short block or entire engine must be replaced, with no other option [$5200- $7400+.] Based on the frequency of identical engine failures, faulty factory assembly and/or design assures eventual failure of the engine. 25-year Toyota fan, probably lost forever.

Favorite Features

Overall, great vehicle; but a $7,000 engine replacement at 118k miles is a deal killer.

Suggested Improvements

Toyota either over or under-tightened the head bolts, leading to eventual engine failure. No excuse for such incompetency. Toyota should make this good to its customers.
Recommend (6) (0)
Report it
Comments (1) Post a Comment
By lsthkr
on 01/28/11 18:15 PM (PST)

Same engine, same problem...stripped head bolts at 126,000 miles. Original owner, just driving across town when coolant lead stopped me dead on Jan. 25 2011. It's at the shop now and may cost several thousand dollars to repair, if it's fixable at all...Thanks Toyota. I never had any problems with this vehicle til now, but I am not willing to give Mr. Toyota $7000.00 of my money to repair a problem that is becoming common and well-known, just Google the problem and you will be amazed, like I was, after this happened.

Report it
ADVERTISEMENT
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.

Register

Nearby Inventory Zip Code UPDATE
 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411