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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,333 miles

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2004 Toyota Highlander accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012008


  • 60,000 miles


I have a 2004 4 cyl Highlander, and I can completely understand the other complainers situation as I am experiencing the same problem. It happened at around 60K miles and the dealer said it would cost about $600. To fix. I didn't. I just had to play around with the knob when I need to use it.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012010

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Heater control board that adjusts hot and cold on 2004 Toyota Highlander has malfunctioned. Adjustment for hot and cold no longer works. Will go from hot to cold and vice versa simply by driving the vehicle. Went on many forums and is a common occurrence will the 2004. Same problem with many people. Took into dealership and was told the part is $749 and would be about $1000 to repair with labor. Have had numerous recalls with Toyota and believe this should be another. Don't think the consumers should have to pay for faulty equipment. Initially thought the vehicle just warmed up slowly but now believe this was the beginning of a more complex problem with heater board. Cannot get heat to work properly all the time. Have to take off know for hot/cold and wiggle the stick for the knob to get any heat and seldom does it stay hot for long. Have not gotten fixed yet but believe I will have to since I live in a cold weather climate.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 012009


  • 120,000 miles
Control panel of 2004 Toyota Highlander. Nut securing the temperature control button is loose. Causes engine air to enter the cabin. A/C does not work; gets just hot engine air. Refer to several other complaints at: and it occurs daily.

- Delano, CA, USA

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