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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
16,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. Toyota doesn't know what to do to fix it (1 reports)
2002 Toyota Highlander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 132003

(reported on)

Highlander Limited

  • 15,000 miles


car idles smooth in park, but put it in drive or reverse and it makes a rumbling noise. Toyota changed the motor mounts which didn't help, and they also informed me that the noise was normal.

- , Stuart, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 042003

(reported on)

Highlander Limited

  • 18,000 miles

At idle, like when parked at a stop light/sign an incresing loud low rumble is heard, and the car vibrates noticibly. The sound to your ears is like when you open both back windows at 60 mph, though not quite as loud. It causes your eardrums to flex in and out with the pressure changes. YUK!

- , Newport Beach, CA, USA

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