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2004 Toyota Highlander

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Buy the limited
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By John
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2004 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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This is a great vehicle. The Limited has comfy, heated leather seats, and they heat up fast. Heated mirrors. The sun roof is nice, and wind noise through it is actually worse at slower speeds. Go figure. It seems a little worse than some vehicles at that head crushing in-and-out pressure effect when just the rear windows are open. It's worse with just one rear window open. The all-wheel- drive and electronically controlled traction are a huge plus in winter. Power seat adjustments are very nice, but it's a little hard to get to the controls with the doors closed. Lumbar support actually does the job. On-wheel radio controls are intuitive while controlling different functions for radio and CD.


Best Features

The size is great. The third row seat, while tiny, is nice. The six cylinder hauls hinder. The factory stereo rocks. The sense of control is really nice. You feel safe in the thing in nasty weather. It's really easy to back up, park, etc.


Worst Features

There aren't many little compartments for things, like jumper cables, in the back. I'm thinking a little side compartment or something back there big enough for a couple items so they're not just laying out. If the law allows, it would be nice to be able to shut the headlights off while idling.


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Too many issues
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mm
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2004 Toyota Highlander AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Good: ride, airbags, tether, handling. Bad: quality (started rattling at 20000 miles), warranty repair, failing steering column at 31000 miles in non-demanding driving conditions (mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain). Very dissapointing experience with my 3rd Toyota.


Best Features

Ride, safety, carseat anchoring.


Worst Features

Improve quality of the vehicle and quality of the Toyota service departments!


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Quality and reliability
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By dudek6092
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2004 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Solid quality car with a great view of the road. Back to the dealer only for upgrades or recalls. Original tires lasted 19000 miles, replaced with Bridgestone. Exterior remains in excellent condition looks like new.


Best Features

Easy entry, comfortable seating, air conditioning and heating are excellent


Worst Features

provide outside air temp. and compass as standard item.


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Great car!
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By Annie
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2004 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD 4dr SUV w/3rd Row (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I love this car- SUV! I have had no porblems at all with 50,000 miles so far. Great storage, love the third seat option, and great visibility. I once had a "neck problem" and most SUVs were too "trucky"- not the Highlander- drives like a real car. Great in the snow! The only little annoying thing is that the tire pressure sensor light comes on (on the dashboard) and has to be reset frequently.


Best Features

I love the ride - smooth. I love the features and storage possibities and the third seat. Most of all, so very reliable!


Worst Features

Fix the tire pressure sensor light to be less sensitive. A bit noisy if any windows are open when on the highway.


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You can depend on this one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ED
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2004 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I always buy Toyota because of the reliability and quality. This is no exception. Yes the ride is a little uncomfortable, and the tranny does feel awkward in certain situations, but so far this car has not given me any problems not one, it had a minor recall issue but Toyota took care of it at no charge; some sensor needed to be replaced. I would recommend this SUV to anyone who needs security to move around on a day to day basis.


Best Features

Quality and reliability, gas mileage, peace of mind and simple.


Worst Features

Transmission could use some help and more comfortable seats.


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