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. Notes: 2008 is the first year of the 2nd generation Highlander, & it may be a model year to avoid as Toyota most likely worked out some production quality issues with the new model.

The 2009 Highlander is the has far fewer complaints.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
23,870 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. put in a new battery (1 reports)
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2008 Toyota Highlander electrical problems

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 232010

Highlander Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles


I've never heard of a car battery going dead in a 2 year old car with low mileage!! Have been driving it on a daily basis, and we live in a cool climate -- New England. Have not had any other problems with the car. Suddenly on Saturday afternoon the car wouldn't start after it sat for about 30 minutes. Battery completely dead the next morning when we had it towed to the same dealer we bought it from less than 3 months ago with about 30K miles on it. Dealership says it is not covered under any warranty. You would think they stand behind the cars they sell for good customer service. It is aggravating and hard to understand how & why this happened.

- , Deerfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 172009

Highlander LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,239 miles

Quite inconvenient - lack of use at the time to have it fixed

- , Slidell, LA, USA

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