2002 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: 160,000 miles - still going st

2002 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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160,000 miles - still going strong
By Alan on


2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Our 2002 has 160,000 miles on it and has been a very reliable vehicle. I do all of my own routine maintenence work, and filers, plugs, etc., are easily accessible. The engine and auto trans still run like brand new - does not use any oil between changes, has never needed any internal engine or trans work - and never had any problems with any major components. We live on a rough gravel road, and the suspension was starting to feel a bit lose at 150,000 miles - I installed new struts, link rods, ball joints, bushings, etc. and it is back to feeling very "tight". The Idle Control Valve became dirty and caused stalling problems, but once I cleaned it problem went away.

Best Features

Very reliable vehicle and comfortable for long trips. Back in 2002 they did not offer the 3rd row, but that has never caused us a problem. With routine maintenance I expect to get at least another 100,000 miles out of it.

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