2003 Toyota Highlander from North America
At approximately 3 years of ownership (car was purchased new) and 35000 miles, the cabin became saturated with water. The front and rear mats were flooded. The Toyota dealer said it was a clogged evaporator drain. Dealer said it was clogged with dirt from the road. Mold set in and the seats and dashboard had to be removed and all carpets and padding had to be replaced for a total cost of $2638. Toyota would not cover this cost under the warranty. It would seem to me that this is a faulty design. Have your drain tube checked annually!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th November, 2005
29th Nov 2011, 22:32
Just to bring to anyone's attention reading this, any car, no matter what make or model, can have the water leak issue caused by plugged drain tubes. Which is why it's important to check the drain tubes on all cars. Especially if you don't have a garage and park under trees.
My van that had sat up for a while under a tree had the same issue. Seems that you shouldn't have had to replace all the carpet and such just because of that. A shop vac or a steam clean machine to extract the water, and spraying the affected areas with a hydrogen peroxide solution should have prevented the mold issue.
I had a car whose trunk had a leak around the antenna, and since I rarely drove it, I didn't find it out until the windows fogged up on the inside of the car one warm day. Checked inside and the car had a very strong mold smell, and there was even mold on the plastic parts of the door and dash. A good cleaning, a can of Lysol sprayed through the vents, and the carpet cleaned with a 2% hydrogen peroxide solution, and it was as good as new.