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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Not as reliable as Toyota's should be
By toyofan8 on 06/04/14 11:33 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

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.
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Comfortable and Safe
By eurodrive25 on 04/04/14 00:48 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I learned how to drive in this car. It's very comfortable for daily driving and on long trips as long as you're not sitting in the 3rd row. It drives great and does well enough on gas. It's a very safe car also. I owe my mothers life to the safety features in this car. Not many people can walk away from hitting a grove of trees at highway speeds. Great SUV for a family!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excellent highway cruiser
By ebeaudoin on 08/19/13 12:35 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

My mother-in-law bought one of these that was a dealer demo in 2009. The Highlander is such a nice, smooth ride, and the 3.5L V6 pulls incredibly well. I've driven this car for many miles and have always enjoyed it- excellent visibilty, smooth smooth smooth ride, strong acceleration, etc. The best I saw was 26 MPG on the highway; not bad. One thing to be careful with on this vehicle- it's very easy to lose track of how fast you're going. The smooth, quiet ride doesn't communicate the fact that you're going 25 over very well :D That being said, I would own one of these. She traded it in with 50,100 miles for a 2013 Camry Hybrid XLE because she didn't need the SUV anymore. Excellent truck!
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Comfy, but lacks refinement
By rkramer455 on 02/17/13 19:10 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

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.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Bad Choice...
By aman12 on 01/13/13 12:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Horrible quality. Have replaced numerous door rest inserts, ratlles coming from every corner, New transmission at 80k, now it's in the shop because the lift gate needs a new hydraulic system. Not what Toyota used to be..
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Not what it used to be
By aman12 on 01/01/13 11:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

You may have heard of Toyota's incredible longevity and build quality. True with the 1997 Camry. Not so for this car. Build quality is horrendous. I have to take constant trips to the dealership to get rattles fixed all over the car. The armrests on the doors kept constantly braking until I finally had them replaced with plyglass (payed for by Toyota). 80k miles- a loud whine developed in reverse. Had to get the transmission replaced. Latest problem? The trunk doesn't go up all the way. Back to Toyota to get the Hydraulic mechanism replaced. Should have payed 20k not 40
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful
93k and counting
By north1 on 11/11/12 13:34 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Bought my HL base V6 AWD model w/36k miles and now have 93k. Has proven very reliable and well built. Had the oil-line replaced under one of Toyota's TSB's and also the power window switch replaced as a result of a recall. For the size of the vehicle the mileage is outstanding and I get around 23-25 based on which highway I am driving (55 or 65 mph). I drive for a living (sales) so this is my work car and I have owned lots of different cars over the years. Utility, size, mpg are hard to beat. One thing that should bear consideration is driver height. I am 6'3 and have found that the seat length isn't long enough for us big guys...nissan/infiniti, honda/acura make better seats.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Never again!
By aksecurity7035 on 10/10/12 18:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I owned highlander 2005 3.3 and loved it, power, economy, comfort, and reliability were 5 stars paid 26k for brand new. In 2008 new model looked really nice and I thought it's time for an upgrade, wrong I was. Turned out to be down grade all around except the looks. 30k for a sport model with lots of features but economy is down the drain, comfort is down the drain, and reliability as well down the drain. Focus of maker was to make a cool looking suv with lots of features.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Driver-side Window
By pikabill on 09/07/12 07:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The build quality and reliability of my 2008 Highlander has proven to be poor with only 59,000 miles on it and Toyota Customer Service was a waste of time...for example, the driver- side window failed from a plastic part and the dealer charged me over $400 to fix it. Toyota Customer Service and the dealer provided no consideration whatsoever. Yes, it was outside the warranty and Toyota has no obligation to fix it and I have no obligation to purchase another Toyota.
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4 of 19 people found this review helpful
2008 Highlander Engine Problems
By abecker on 04/19/12 12:32 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Highlander SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Review

2008 Highlander has problematic engine. Oil sludge buildup, despite routine oil changes, caused damage and needed engine replacement at 80+k miles. Would not every buy Toyota again.
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