2003 Toyota Highlander 6 cyl from North America
Reliable to the point of loyalty, and boring
This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. It is actually our 2nd Highlander.
The first one we bought new and sold within a year to go traveling for the next year.
This is the second one we have owned. It is a 2003 which we swapped for a 2001 Merc ST because we were about to move from the west to the east coast, winter and 4x4.
We crossed the continent and went all sort of places, we drive it in town and on the highway. We maintain our cars, but this one needs very little.
Right after purchase we did a major service, including the belt, all filters and fluids, rotors and calipers (the rear ones are sliding and they get stuck if not serviced on time) and all other little things.
It is dead stock other than a remote starter.
We have reached about 250,000 km now and all I had to replace was the rear axles, the CV joints were making noise.
Here is the problem.
I am a gear head, I like cars for their engineering content and I do not care if they are valuable or not, as long as they are interesting to me.
I own several Maseratis and Ferraris as well as Alfas and others. Everyone including the Westphalia and the Citroen 2CV are interesting in some way to me.
Our beloved Highlander is boring hopeless. I have been wanting to exchange it for something a little more inspiring, but I just cannot justify another daily driver to replace the HL.
This is a better car than most. It is ideal for east coast commuting and it is dead reliable, sufficiently comfortable and decent on gas. It seats 4 in luxury or 5 a little tight, we are 2 now. Even on sunny days I often go down to the garage and look at the car, Italian mistresses, German school principals and French frogs and all, but in the end I take the good ol' HL.
Maybe I am just old (a Caddy next, maybe not), but this car is like an old mate. We know each other and we need not talk in the morning, we just go to work.
Amazing Japanese engineering and American build.
Surely recommend it.
What can I buy to make my HL interesting, what present should I buy for my HL?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2015