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By Dave
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2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Best built vehicle ever owned, perfect for many many needs.


Favorite Features

Fit and finish overall. I love the auto up driver's window, really handy. The V-6 is awesome too, great on gas and power. The 2nd and third seats easily fold away.


Suggested Improvements

Make the outside temperature read standard.


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Nice but not perfect
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By Maurice
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2005 Toyota Highlander Limited Fwd 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I really like the overall package but have a couple of issues. About 6 months after I bought my Highlander, the driver's side weatherstrip came off at the bottom of the door. Toyota issued a Technical Service Bulletin about it (see edmunds.com Maintenance, Recalls, and TSBs) so it must be a fairly common problem. Closing the sunroof completely is a guessing game. If you hold the button too long the roof tilts up. I've also noticed an excessive amount of wind noise on the highway, which was addressed in another Toyota TSB. To me those are fairly minor issues. Would I still buy one? Probably so.


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Disappointed
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By rdibella
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2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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1) Significant, frequent and dangerous hesitation problem (reminiscent of an out-of-adjustment carburetor in the old days). 2) Rough shifting transmission; shifts at odd rpm levels. 3) Annoying rear hatch door rattle. 4) Rough starting at unpredictable times. 5) Difficult to moderate AC/heat with the standard controls. 6) Other trivial items that, in the past, would have never been associated with a Toyota product.


Favorite Features

Very nice ride. Good visibility.


Suggested Improvements

Re-design shift program and re-program engine


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What is Missing
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By Stuart Goldfine
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2005 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Wish the car had a temperature gauge for outside temp. Also another cup holder on left side of steering wheel. Also with the cloth seats on the V-6, you do not get a CD player holding 6 discs.


Favorite Features

Quiet transmission; comfortable seating good acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holder on left side of steering wheel; also an outside temperature gauge; a CD player that holds 6 discs.


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Better out there
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By timberdoodle
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2005 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I have driven 4wds for 30+ years and have never been stuck until I bought this one. I had to be pulled out 3 times this past winter alone and it was a mild one at that!! The tires are worn out with less than 20,000 miles on them!!! The car is nice on a plowed road, but don't try to go in deep snow! It may be ok for a housewife who doesn't really need 4wd, but for those who do, look elsewhere! The interior is filled with cheap plastic and only available in light colors (very impractical) for those people who use a SUV in daily life. You can scratch the paint on the outside with your fingernail!!! Read the fine print on the towing capabilities and packages. A True Lie!!! What a joke.


Favorite Features

It hasn't broken down yet. Hopefully the resale is as good as they said when I bought it as I don't plan on being stuck in it again this coming winter!


Suggested Improvements

A switch to shut the computer traction control down and put it into manual, 4wd lock. A low range would also be very worthwhile.


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