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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,000 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.

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2001 Toyota Highlander electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 162004

Highlander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


After pulling off the road onto a side street consumer heard a strange noise from under the hood. Upon merging back onto the road steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. Vehicle lost power steering. On the way to the dealership, smoke started coming from under the hood, followed by a loud popping noise after driving for less than a block. Consumer then pulled into parking lot. The smoke became worse. The consumer popped the hood and noticed flames coming from the engine. The fire department was called. When they arrived the entire engine was on fire. Vehicle was towed to the body shop. The service man and the fireman indicated that the vehicle was totaled. A fire report was filed.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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