28th Dec 2006, 06:03

Don't speed or get in trouble or you will be pulled over by the police in GM SUV's unmarked in the Northeast. Imagine a police pursuit in a Highlander! I own a new GM Silverado and a new Trailblazer. Check out the GM's Vortex Max engine and then compare... except the Cayenne which is a great SUV. Wheres Toyotas fun to drive SUV?

28th Dec 2006, 08:19

The # of recalls could include a greater number of minor issues... a cigarette lighter, a tailight connection that could have a minor design change. A bad transmission, bad brakes, faulty air bags may be less in recall # but could be fatal. The other factor is willingness to perform recalls and repairs without any hestation or delay after they have sold you a vehicle.

4th Jan 2007, 10:17

Wow! I stumbled upon this sight to aid me in my research of the Hybrid Highlander. It appears we have a few Americans with enough pride to be blinding. My current car is a 2000 Accord w/170,000 miles. I replaced the front brake pads for the first time at 165,000 miles and saved the old pads because they were worn only 1/3 of the way. No other repairs other than 2 sets of shoes. Everyone that I have heard from raves about their Domestically produced Japanese vehicle. Along with all of the articles and reliability reports that I have come across in the last 6 months (and there have been many), the Highlander is no different. By the way trade in for my auto at 160,000 miles was $5,500. Please compare with a Malibu or Torus.

4th Jan 2007, 12:45

I had great luck with Honda until after 2000...especially Accord and then Acura.. then my wallet pulled out.

23rd May 2007, 21:07

I have owned my Highlander for the past three years and have had no trouble with it, except for the a/c turning off when I pass a small puddle of water when it's raining, which could be quite annoying if you live in the Tropics like I do. Yet, I am quite happy with it because I previously owned a GMC Jimmy 2001 SUV and a month later it was in the shop for so many reasons I lost count!! After two painful years, I finally won a decision at the Consumer Affairs office, and recovered 85% of my investment (plus the 2 years I used it when it was not in the shop). With this reimbursement I bought the 2004 Highlander and no problems so far. As for it being slow, why do you need to accelerate your vehicle so fast, are you in a race? My SUV responds real fine and believe me, I drive fast!!

5th Jun 2007, 18:35

I compared test drove one and let my comments be known that I bought a new domestic GM SUV. If I had not compared I could have blindly owned one.

18th Jun 2007, 21:36

Agreed, this is not an off-roading, trailer-pulling truck or a dragster. Let's face it, 99% of all SUV miles are for basic transportation. This is in fact a Camry station wagon substitute, assembled in Japan. And the Camry drive train is legendary for being the most reliable in automotive history.

9th Jul 2007, 11:03

2004 Highlander V6; Is anyone in toyota land having problems with AC? Leaking water inside the cabin??

5th Aug 2007, 23:15

I have the same problem. It began quite insidiously and now there is almost flood like proportions even to the base of the rear seats. It was however very peculiar, the problem began right after I declined having the "cabin filter" replaced during that service visit.


Montclair, New Jersey.

7th Aug 2007, 05:39

2004 Highlander leaking water when AC is running. Drivers side and Passenger side leaking water on the floor mat. I checked cabin filter, which was not dirty or clogged, I knocked out some dust and reused same filter. I think a drain tube is blocked, but not sure where it is.. any help would be appreciated.

8th Feb 2008, 22:25

I have a 2003 Highlander.

One day when I was driving it, I noticed that there was water on the floor, but there seem to be a lot more water on the passenger side. I checked all around to see if I left the windows down, but I didn't. I don't know where it's coming from. Does anyone know what it could be?

14th Apr 2008, 21:59

I have a 2002 Toyota Highlander (V6). One day last March/April I got in the car and ended up with very wet shoes. There was so much water on the floor I could hear it sloshing when I stopped and started at stop lights. It was on both the front driver and passenger side floors, under the seats and on the rear (floor both sides). I used a wet vac to get it out and that was that.

This year, just this past weekend the water appeared again (overnight) and it was all over just like last year. Last year was the first time I ever had the problem. It's too early to use the AC and my windows have been securely closed. The water is clean and clear. Any ideas?

24th Jan 2010, 23:44

I am not sure what all the complaints about the slowness of the Highlander are all about. I have a 3.0 V6 4wd model. It accelerates fine. I have a heavy foot and am not afraid to push my vehicles hard, and the Highlander responds just fine.