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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,704 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Toyota Highlander body / paint problems

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2001 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #6

May 062015


  • 168,000 miles


Faulty stop lights, after several attempts to repair the stop lights. The problem remains unsolved and keeps coming back on both tail lights. What's wrong Toyota?

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #5

May 242012

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 130,221 miles
The driver's side sun visor suddenly dropped down into my field of view when I hit a bump on a three lane 40 mph paved road at rush hour. I nearly rear-ended the vehicle in front of me during the short time (maybe two seconds) required to react and raise the visor. An online search revealed that a replacement visor costs a shocking $791, and that many dozens of others were reporting this problem in 2001 - 2009 Toyota Highlanders. Solutions ranged from jury-rigging the visor in the up position to simply removing the visor and using one's hand to block the sun when needed. Some of these "solutions" are obviously unsafe, and could easily be avoided if Toyota charged a more reasonable price for the replacement visor. Replacement can be accomplished by almost anyone with a screwdriver in about 12 minutes. Thank you for this opportunity to file a complaint.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Front mud guards torn at mounting bolts. Nothing was done to damage the items. Dealer states this is normal wear and tear. Vehicle only has 28000 miles. Note: Dealer went ahead and replaced mudguard at their expense.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The front mudflaps are broken on both sides. I did nothit anything to cause them to fail. As I drive around, I notice that almost all hl's have broken front mudflaps. This is a design defect and they should be replaced at no cost, even if out of warranty.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
The center cupholders are poorly designed and are a safety hazard. When you are removing a drink from the cupholder, it hits the gearshift lever knocking the drink out of your hand and causing it and its contents to go all over the place. On occasion, it knocks the gearshift lever out of gear causing a rapid deacceleration of the vehicle.E

- Jenks, OK, USA

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problem #1

Feb 012001

Highlander 4WD

  • miles
Air noise (coke bottle effect) at high speed and cross wind. Several complaints to Toyota ignored. Toyota considers this defect acceptable.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

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