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Bad Choice...
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By aman12
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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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Not what it used to be
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By aman12
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2008 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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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Overall quality is poor.


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93k and counting
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By north1
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2008 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

size mpg "buick like" ride


Worst Features

front seat length a few too many cheap interior plastic materials


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Never again!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By aksecurity7035
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2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Plenty of room, rear view camera, powerful engine.


Worst Features

Needs better fuel economy, better comfort for driver and passengers, needs better suspension and turn balance. Badly needs redesigned interior with materials-current are too hard and noisy, every time you go over a bump the whole car craks. Needs better computer system for transmission response when you work shifter. Brakes are extremely soft to where the whole front of the car feels like it will tip over. Mechanical issues all around. AC failed to work at 57k miles.


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Driver-side Window
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By pikabill
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2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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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