2008 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: great until hidden costs get y

2008 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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great until hidden costs get you...
By 4inthecar on


2008 Toyota Highlander Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


many have noted the tire issue - i had to order mine online and have them delivered to my home - $952.
then i had to take them to a tire shop and pay to have them mounted.

NEW shocker - at 63k miles and 3 years of age, my water pump died.
the dealer says 3 days labor - 24 hours @ $90 hr + the part, $2400 more or less.
supposedly they have to drop the engine and the transmission to get to the water pump on the side of the engine.

NOT acceptable TOYOTA!
what a worthless design.
had i seen this coming i would not have bought the car and would have stuck with honda.

my honda element has 240k - and only rountine service.
the locks are wearing out - but not the engine...

Best Features

i have the sport with a optional leather interior. LOVE the leather - the black can get hot, but kid clean up is almost a breeze and best of all - no stains. i really like the backup camera also. i never use the controls in the steering wheel - dont know why, just old school i guess. i like the center store and go console - seating or cupholders/tray option. with the 3rd row up, there is plenty of sports gear room.

Worst Features

the 3rd row is not the easiest to get to. the bluetooth is worthless - you cant adjust the volume so the car is "yelling" at you and voice recognition is PATHETIC. my all weather driver floor mat wore through in 2 years. TOYOTA needs to think about the service costs impact on their buyers. i am looking for another car and i dont think TOYOTA will be on it.
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By wildwayne
on 01/04/12 17:27 PM (PST)

2008 highlander limited, water pump just went bad at 59,500 miles, a grinding noise in the engine. luckily still covered under warranty. I agree about the tires, 2 sets of Bridgestone Duellers, 30,000 miles on each. Just had the Toyo versado CUV tires put on today for $800 but an extra $100 for one bad air pressure sensor. Otherwise the car has been great! Anxious to see how the new tires are in the Ohio snow which will come before too long.

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