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8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$650.00
Average Mileage:
95,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace control module (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Toyota Highlander AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 212012

Highlander

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We bought 2 Highlanders on July 4, 2004. The heating cooling system of one crashed and produces opposite effects: cold when tuned to heat and vice versa. Now it only produces heat. When the problem started some years back, I asked the dealer's opinion and was told I needed to change the whole dashboard panel for $1,000. Of course I didn't fix it because I couldn't afford to.

- , Blacklick, USA

problem #3

Jul 012012

Highlander V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

While fan speed control worked, temp control did not work at all. Temp typically remained on full Hot, regardless of location of control dial. There is a youtube video of how to re-attach/solder the control panel, but I had it repaired at the dealer.

Was first told it would take a day or two to get the parts, then they called and said it would be ready that day. Always wondered if they actually replaced the control panel or just re-attached the connections.

- , Arnold, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 092013

Highlander LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

This is annoying problem since I couldn't control the temperature. When turning heater, no heat sometime. When AC was needed, hot air came out instead.

- , San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012007

Highlander 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

the heater control is erratic. It cost $800 to replace a rheostat and vent controller!!!!! Way too much cost to replace!!!!.

- , Taylors, SC, USA

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