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2008 Toyota Highlander

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Not as reliable as Toyota's should be
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By toyofan8
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This SUV is nice and comfortable. A long time Toyota owner I was completely surprised by the constant issues. Rear window wiper motor, sunroof, NAV system had to be replaced. The lugs nuts are two piece shells and loose it's cap each time you remove a lug nut. I forced the dealer to replace them at his cost every time he rotated the wheels. The tires cost about $1400 (poor choice and expensive) and regardless of the warranty they last only a mere 19K. The tire size is limited to two manufactures and thus the high price. Got stuck in snow and had to reverse the SUV to get out. Embarrassing to say the least for an SUV. Lastly, the traction control truly does not work, it slides everywhere.


Favorite Features

Automatic hatch, under carriage lights, keyless entry, hitch, and spacious interior.


Suggested Improvements

Hopefully the NAV system has been improved due to the lack of POI and functionality. It does not justify the 2K extra in the GPS features as I can buy at the time a GPS for only $200 and will have loads of other features that are essential while traveling. Never again purchase an auto with GPS! They need to choose good gripping and long lasting tires for this or any of their vehicles that are made by many manufacturers to keep the costs down. Must have been some sort of business deal with Toyo and Bridgestone to get the suckers who like to spend their money. Not a sucker any more.


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Comfy, but lacks refinement
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By rkramer455
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Overall it's a comfortable vehicle with lots of leg room in the rear. However, using it for travel to cycling events has shown major problems. With a hitch rack on the back and gear inside, the rear end squats and the front raises up. This causes the front to wander dangerously, especially in the rain. The tire wear problem is well known and at 35k miles, expect to replace them. There have been numerous rattles in the doors and currently the rear seat vibrates loudly even at low speeds. The FWD just has poor traction and easily spins its wheels at the stop light.


Favorite Features

Rear seat room and rear area storage are deceptively large. The interior and exterior are attractive.


Suggested Improvements

Nav accuracy has been an issue when it's taken me through small towns instead of highways (despite settings to the contrary) adding an hour or more to the trip. I use Google Maps on the iPhone instead. The rear squat/front wheel grip is a real problem that seems unsolvable.


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Has It All for 7
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By momof2inla
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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After careful research on midsize 7 passenger SUVs, I selected the Highlander. The captains chair option with stowaway middle seat is truly novel and well executed. I have two toddlers so the other vehicles in the category that would force you to take out one of the car seats from the second row to get access to the 3rd row just didn't work for me. It has all the bells and whistles I wanted like the rear camera, nav system and heated seats and is super well though out inside. It looks good outside too. I had a Lexus RX 300 before this that I loved, and this is comparable with the bonus of seating the parents and in-laws when they are in town.


Favorite Features

captains chairs with easy access to 3rd row


Suggested Improvements

quieter ride


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Great Car Fuel Economy a problem
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By Justin D.
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased a 2008 2wd Limited in Atlanta in November 2008. Its a great car, interior well thought out with the right touches in all the right places. Ride is nice if not sporty. My only complaint is the following. My gas mileage for city driving is consistently around 15.5 to 16 significantly below the 18 Toyota promises. I use Costco gas, don't put much in the car, have tried to not acclerate very fast but this problem continues to persist. This mileage issue is a real disappointment.


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2008 Toyota Highlander LTD 2WD
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By KP
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Excellent fit and finish. Ride is comfortable, powerful quiet engine. Interior controls easy to reach and well laid out. Only options we chose were a power lift gate, JBL stereo system, and running boards. Mileage has averaged 17 city and 27 highway since we purchased it. Toyo OEM tires showed wear bars at 17,000. Replaced with 19" Hankook 80,000 mile tires and have had no problems.


Favorite Features

Heated seats, power liftgate, quiet ride, smooth powerful engine. Rear camera is helpful.


Suggested Improvements

When rear windows are open or cracked, you will notice appreciable wind buffeting which strikes the vehicle around those rear windows. Memory seats would be nice.


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