2001 Toyota Highlander SUV V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I purchased my Highlander new in 2001, pregnant and it was the easiest for me to get in / out. We've held on to it for our upcoming teen drivers for the safety. The bumpers have a steel bar in them - was rear-ended by a Chevy and it crushed their grill, with little damage to the Highlander. We've had a little maintain recently - however, it's cheaper than a new car with a car payment! Great car for new drivers. . . gives them some room, but gives reliability and safety.
2001 Toyota Highlander SUV V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this car used in 2010, came with 116,000 miles. I now have put 62,500 miles on the car and now at 178,500. I love the car and I am a second owner.
Pros It is very spacious, not too big for an SUV but I've been able to pack quite a number of things in the car. The engine is still pretty strong. I've driven it far distance multiple times and haven't had major issues.
Cons As much as I love the car, I'll admit that the cost of repairs and the type of repairs have gotten me. Grant it, I've had to pay quite the number on getting it repaired, I would say most of it was basically 'wear and tear' I am the 2nd owner and most of the original parts lasted well over 110,000 miles so I've been footing the bill. My a/c went out withing 6 months, had to pay $1,200 to repair. Most recently my altenator went bad, along with this other issue (can't remember) but combined that cost me $1,200 and now I'm paying $1,700 to have my 02 sensors (somethign i've read in reviews that go bad (denso brand)), valve cover gaskets, AND fuel injector replaced. On average i've speant maybe $2,000 or so a year on repairs. And I've also had to have my tired changed twice.
Conclusion With 178,500 miles on the car and it being 2001, it's probably time i get a new car but I've alreay put so much money in it and have quite the number of new parts in it, but i just don't want to pay monthly for a new car. I will eventually. Godd car and reliable but maybe not worth all the repairs. Most of the cost for repairs they charge high for labor. Always get a carfax or somethign so you're not stuck having to repair alot of parts for a high mileage car
2001 Toyota Highlander SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
My 2001 highlander is the best car i have ever owned and i have bought cars for almost 60 years. As far as the engine light is concerned forget about it it, can not be fixed all you are doing is throwing money away. After wasting about $500 i realized that it's a factory mistake that Toyota will not fix for that i may not buy a Toyota next time.
Next time Toyota you make a factory mistake stand up to it