2003 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Disappointed

2003 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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

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By herbertspoof on


2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


Purchased used 5 years ago with 86,000.
Didn't flinch at the mileage due to Toyota's reputation for reliability; car drove well, at first. Sold at 109,000 due to expensive repair and maintainence costs including:

All 4 wheel bearings, $500 a pop.
Breaks completely replaced, some more than once. $2,000 spent on breaks in just 2 years.

Evaporator sensor went bad; $400 just for the part. Muffler developed a small hole; $400 for a new one.
Straw that broke the camel's back: drive shaft developed a wobble and needed complete replacement $1,200.
Cut my losses and unloaded the hunk of junk.
Other car was a 20 year old Subaru Legacy that had fewer problems and was cheaper to maintain.

Best Features

Perfect size (not too big or small). Generous cargo area. Tight turning radius.

Worst Features

Maybe I got a lemon, but I don't think they make them like they used to.
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