2004 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Happy with a few issues

2004 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Happy with a few issues
By Bob E on


2004 Toyota Highlander Fwd 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


85k miles and going very strong. Love how easy it is to park and handle. Gets 23 mpg on highway - not bad. No serious issues. This is my 5th straight Toyota (Camry, Avalon, Highlander) Issues include: original tires lasted 28k miles; transmission slow to shift/hesitates a second or so at times which is annoying; some hunting in 3rd gear at lower (30-40 mph) speeds so I take it out of OD when in town; Loud thumping when only one rear window is down and driving at highway speeds - due to air turbulence - so open two windows at a time - one on each side.

Best Features

ease of parking (very good visibility behind wheel)

Worst Features

Transmission - hesitates between shift points; hesitates when throttle is stepped on... annoying. I'm used to perfect transmissions in past Toyotas.
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