Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,512 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Toyota Highlander:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 192014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,023 miles


Vehicle stability control/anti-slip buzzer sounded. The icon lit on the dashboard, and the vehicle started to brake as if the car was slipping. The road was dry, our speed was extremely low (about 15mph), and there was no reason for this to happen. Thankfully, we were not driving on the highway and going 55 mph. Took it to the nearest repair shop and they told me it would cost $1,000 to repair, so I told them I wanted to take my car to my to another shop that fixes my car. When I took it there they could not find anything wrong, the skid lights were off and the car stoppd braking automatically. We weren't thrilled with taking the car home and driving it but for 2 months there were no problems, but now it started again.. This is the only car I have and I don't have $1,000 to fix it ..

- , Captain Cook, HI, USA

problem #1

Oct 212014

Highlander 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I was driving my Autistic son to school. Every thing was fine until the problem happened. I was driving the speed limit of 30 mph. The car's warning light came on, "bells" sounded, the car shook, and the brakes automatically applied bringing the car's speed to 5 mph. It was like I had to "slammed" on the brakes. I nearly had a rear end collision. The road was wet but not that slippery. The car would not let me go beyond 5 mph. I drove my hysterical son to school doing 5 mph. All the drivers behind me were yelling and mad.

I am so thankful that this did not occur while I was driving on the expressway at 60 mph. I would have been killed. My son is now scared to death of my car. The car was towed to my mechanic who is now trying to find a used system. He said that a new ABS system would cost over $1300. I am still waiting to find out what is the final cost for the repair.

- , Miami, FL, USA

Not what you are looking for?