2001 Toyota Highlander 3.0 liter from North America
Bought this certified used Highlander in December 2011. The check engine light came on during the test drive. Took the vehicle back to lot. They said it was a bad sensor. They said they replaced it. Test drove it again the next day and bought it. Within a week the light came back on. My mechanic said it was a problem with the gas tank vent. The dealer did not replace any sensor. His opinion was they simply reset the light in order to sell me the vehicle.
After 30 days of ownership, I pulled up to a stop sign and the oil light came on. Barely any oil on the dipstick. I put in 4 quarts of the recommended synthetic oil. The dealer had stated they changed the oil when they got the vehicle approximately 2 months before at 81,095 miles. The dealer window sticker indicated as much also. The mileage I put the first oil in it was 82,224. Every 2 weeks since Feb. 2012 I've had to put a quart or 2 of oil in this piece of crap, and will continue to do so until I pay it off in 36 months and trade it in.
I should have bought a 2005 Honda CRV instead.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th July, 2013
27th Jul 2013, 18:19
Keep a close eye on your oil level, and check it all the time; this is how the sludge problem starts out.
24th Aug 2013, 00:02
Thanks, I check it a couple of times per week and it still burns oil like crazy. This problem seems to occur with the 3.0 liter 6 cylinder, as others have contacted me with the same problem. I have 2 friends with the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder, and they report no problems at all, even with 122,000 and 190,000 miles on the odometers. I should've stuck to the 4 cylinder.
24th Aug 2013, 10:27
4 cylinders sludge too. We had a Matrix based Vibe in the family do it at 48,000 miles.
I have also swapped a few other Corolla 1.8 and Camry 2.2 engines for customers, as well as the 3.0 V6.
31st Aug 2014, 16:02
It's obvious that you bought a poorly serviced car, but how it can be the car's fault?
No doubt you didn't take it to a good mechanic before buying it, which is a "must do" when you buy a used car, especially if it's 10 years old.