2002 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Toyota missed the mark on this

2002 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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

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Toyota missed the mark on this one
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2002 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


The check engine light has been (and still is) on since I think day 2 of ownership. Took it to Toyota several times, the last one they stated the code is generic and represents over 500 possible problems it could be. It took 3 months just to get it to pass PA inspection, brakes/rotors replaced too many times within 70k miles of driving, the stainless steel tube at the power steering resevoir blew out, the seats are the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in, the interior is chincy looking for $26k, the engine is sluggish and noisy, weird wind noise w/ 4 windows down. This is the 2nd and probably last Toyota for us.

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Improve quality of rotors/brakes, seat comfort, interior asthetics, and better OBD. The actual cost of ownership has simply been too much $$ for me to place Toyota on a pedestal.
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