2002 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Disappointed long time Toyota

2002 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Disappointed long time Toyota owner
By JoesHomeWorkshop on


2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


The vehicle started out OK with no issues. By the time 70,000 miles rolled around we had unending engine light problems which the dealer kept "fixing" by running "calibration". This held for a few months at a time until the emissions warranty ran out. Then a "surprise" quote to the tune of $1,000 for catalytic converter job! At 104,000 miles the vehicle came to a literal "grinding" halt with a $4,000 transmission repair quote from a dealer. Took it an independent reputable tranny shop that found a pinion gear roll pin that had not been installed right at the factory, had backed out and caused damage to the transmission. Claim to Toyota did nothing. I had better luck with my other Toyotas.

Best Features

Good in snow. Other than problems above no issues.

Worst Features

Quality has obviously slipped since my 1986 Celica that seem to run and run. I hope Toyota is reading this. I may now have to look elsewhere for the next vehicle.
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