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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2004 Toyota Highlander transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 042004

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


I purchased a 2004 Toyota Highlander in March. After a few weeks of driving I noticed that while braking at a light, sometimes the brake and the steering wheel would vibrate. When the dealer looked at my car he acknowledged the problem and said it was a "power surge" I don't understand what that means and why they didn't fix it, but the car still does it 3 months later. Also I noticed that the transmission hesitates as if it is about to stall when I try to accelerate to merge into traffic onto a highway. I haven't brought the car in for service re: The last issue but I expect the same writeoff answer that they gave me for the first problem.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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