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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,767 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.

2003 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

May 252003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles


Brake does not work properly pedal goes all the way to the floor and it does N't stop where you need it to stop I took it to dealer they inspect the car for three hours and told me they didn't find any thing wrong very dangerous car.

- Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes on new 2003 Toyota highlinder are incosistent and provide limited stopping power. Dealer says brakes are small for the size of the vehicle, they overheat easily and they have numerous complaints from customers. Returned vehicle 3 days after purchasing it and request attention. After several trips and communicatios to the dealer and Toyota, I was told the brakes don't work well, but that is how they were designed. I was told I would have to learn to drive this vehicle as the brakes are different than other vehicles. The vehicle is very dangerous to drive on the freeway and is extremely dangerous on is so dangerous that we avoid driving the vehicle unless necessary. If we are taking the family on trip through hills or the mountains we rent another vehicle as I value the life of my family.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
The consumer noticed that the vehicles brakes were soft and the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. Nlm the vehicle was pulled into a parking space when the brakes had gone to the floor and jumped the curb. A week before, the consumer noticed (2 or 3 times) when the brakes were applied, the vehicle stopped but the pedal slowly went to the floor. The dealer currently stated that the vehicle was fine. Scc

- Natick, MA, USA

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