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2002 Toyota Highlander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 092002

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Exc. Vibration in frt. Axle assy. Vibration can only be felt or heard in vehicle cab at the following speeds 38-43, 53-55,61-65 and above. Sometimes at the lower speeds. This vehicle was purchased in commonwealth of P. R. and shipped to the U. S. during the ownership of this vehicle, I have never been able to get any of the dealers in P. R. or U. S. to repair it. Complained in P.R. and stated tires balanced. Always tires problems. Vibration in the steering and cab area. The noise, drive you nuts, hearing and feeling it in steering.when relocating to ill.,took to closes dealer, peoria Toyota. Several months wait for their computer system. Peoria Toyota work on the vehicle and stated tires bad. Tires replace and still problems. Replaced the tires. So, I replaced tires and found same vibration as before and curt baungart stated the was the characteristic of this vehicle, however the vehicle still vibrated in the front axle assemble and is getting worst with miles added. Toyota has a problem with this vehicle and refuses to honor their warranty. I filed two arbitration hearing on this vehicle and have filed the complaint with lisa madigan's office of the atty. Gen. They told me and I quote from their letter" because this file appears to fall within your jurisdiction, we are referring it to your Agency for your information and possible action. By copy of this letter, we are informing the complainant of this referral" end of quote. Letter dated August 22, 2006. Lisa madigan has all of the correspondences(all record and letters from arbitration, Toyota and etc.), that I have sent to them. It's been a long journey and I hope and pray someone will look into this problem. Safety is being over looked because of the statement from dealer and Toyota (veh. Within specification of Toyota. Is it right to trade a vehicle off, which has a problem? incident of failure is the date of purchase.

- Princeville, IL, USA

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