2008 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: The problem child in my drivew

2008 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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

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The problem child in my driveway
By keewee on


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


My 2008 Highlander started making a severe sparkknock noise upon cold start. A trip to the dealer and they could not find anything. At 61000 miles the noise is still there and the check engine light comes on code P0017. Trip to dealer and they replace the spool valves for the VVT. problem still there. Dealer pulls engine replaces 4 cams, timing gears, and cam holders. Get car back still making noise. 2 weeks later ck eng lamp on P0017, along with p0301,303,305, and 300. Dealer said it was old codes. I knew better. dealer clears codes. Lamp on again this time p0017 & p0018. I called Toyota customer service. Dealer tells ,e that they cleaned the top eng internal problem has not ret now 85k

Best Features

The original brake pads lasted 80K before I replaced them.

Worst Features

Toyota has had problems with te 3.5 VVTi system this is noted by TSBs. The dealer that I purchased the car from did not care that I had a problem. They got a real caring attitude when they got a phone call from Toyota. I know that companies are in business to make money, but why do they hide issues from the public. If there is a problem, fix it. The bill for the repairs was covered by an extended warrenty from Toyota, but the bill was in excess of 5K$. Toyota should have replaced the engine with a new one. Probably would have saved repeat trips to the dealer, and would have made me happier an have more piece of mind as a Toyota customer. Probably should have bought a FORD
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