2003 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: High Mileage pitfalls

2003 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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

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High Mileage pitfalls
By shaggs on


2003 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


I bought this SUV new in 2003 and have it maintined regularly at the dealer.
I now have 216,000 km on it and am starting to experience some high mileage wear items that have become prohibatively expensive.
The oil cooler developed a leak and cost $1,000.00 to replace.
The rear hanger bearing on the drive shaft (the shaft that connects the front transfer case with the rear) is noisy.
For a worn bearing or universal joint the whole drive shaft must be replaced at a cost of $1,700.00 just for the part.
I am looking for a good used one but am finding it impossible.
There are no after market shafts, only ones available from the dealer.
Highlanders will last many years, but at what cost!!!

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For the first 200,000 km no major repairs axcept for wear items repaired at fair cost.
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By faustino
on 06/21/11 10:26 AM (PDT)

2003 Toyota Highlander, bought the Car used in 2010. Had about 53,000 miles on it, rode very smooth, but a only 3 month warranty on it, problems soon began. I paid 13,500 for it, but the maintenance on it is killing me. First time it was 690.00 just normal maintenance. Now a rear bearing went, so that going cost me another $760.00 including labor. The Tires have 100,000 so I know that's next. Good car, but a what cost.

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