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Vehicle Limited AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Review "We bought our Highlander four years ago and have loved it til now. It seems there are a batch of Toyota 6cyl engines with bad valve seals. Toyota was repairing these engines until 2010. They absolve themselves after a vehicle is 8 years old. We bought our Highlander in 2010 with only 87000mi. It now has 133000mi. Now in the last six months the engine consumes large quantities of oil. The symptom of these engines with bad seals is they consume oil when driven at highway speeds. A service mgr at the local Toyota dealer confirmed this valve seal problem when I described the pattern of oil consumption, a $2700. repair at the dealer if it is still repairable! the six seals cost $6 each!" -I wrote the review above four years ago and we still have our '02 Highlander. We have not fixed the valve seal problem but live with it. It seems only to be an issue on the highway during which it will consume a quart of oil with each tank of gas! Other than that it is a great vehicle.. We have had few maintenance problems and is incredibly reliable and worry free. Fuel economy is not great, high teens around town and barely over 20 mpg on the highway but i believe this is in line with every other suv of this era. i have to praise Toyota for the durability of the suspension which is still firm and tight and holding up much better than other cars I have owned. If not for the valve seal issue I would rate this vehicle 5+stars!
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What options are available on the 2002 Toyota Highlander?
Available Toyota Highlander 2002 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Trims: XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum, SE, Base, LE Plus, LE, Sport, V6, Plus
Exterior Colors: Blizzard Pearl, Predawn Gray Mica, Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Attitude Black Metallic, Black, Silver Sky Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Millennium Silver Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Bluestone Metallic, Creme Brulee Mica, Cypress Pearl, Sonora Gold Pearl, Sandy Beach Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Indigo Ink Pearl, Super White, Blue Streak Metallic, Moulin Rouge Mica, Vintage Gold Metallic, Oasis Green Pearl, Millennium Silver Met, Crystal White Pearl, Electric Green Mica, Sundown Red Pearl, Wave Line Pearl
Interior Colors: Black leather, Ash leather, Almond leather, Ash cloth, Black premium leather, Ash premium leather, Ash leatherette/cloth, Sand Beige cloth, Black cloth, Black leatherette/cloth, Ivory, Almond premium leather, Saddle Tan leather, Sand Beige premium leather, Ash premium cloth, Sand Beige leather, Almond leatherette/cloth, Ivory cloth, Gray, Sand Beige premium cloth, Black premium cloth, Charcoal, Parchment/Ecru leatherette/cloth, Ash
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Third-row seating, AWD/4WD, Aux Audio Inputs, Trip Computer, Power Driver Seat, 5000lb Towing Capacity, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Auto Climate Control, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Alarm, Sunroof/Moonroof, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Navigation, Keyless Entry/Start, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Pre-collision safety system, Post-collision safety system, Cooled Seats, Parking sensors, 3500lb Towing Capacity, 360-degree camera, Remote Start, Upgraded Stereo, Rear Entertainment System, 2500lb Towing Capacity, Towing Hitch
Engine/Mechanics: 6, 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, front wheel drive, four wheel drive