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CarComplaints.com 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.

2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,546 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Toyota Highlander miscellaneous problems

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 082016

Highlander

  • 100,000 miles

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

The driver's side sun visor does not stay in its upright flat position. It falls partway down to the point of being aimed directly at the forehead. This not only impedes visibility but also is dangerous if you involved in an accident which would throw you forward. It also will not stay down and pushed all the way forward in order to avoid the hazard of having it angled at your forehead. Having the vehicle in motion on stationary has not effect of this problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 302014

Highlander

  • 120,000 miles
Vibration

- Santiago De Queretaro, NM, USA

problem #5

Aug 262015

Highlander

  • 70,000 miles
Factory alarm goes off randomly.. hood latch sensor problem?

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012015

Highlander

  • 96,500 miles

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

While driving driver's sun visor falls in front of driver. If there was an accident the driver could be injured by the visor.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #3

Jun 012014

Highlander

  • 102,321 miles
When you start up car there is a engine grinding noise for a few seconds. This has been reported by many people on the internet, just google 2008 Toyota Highlander start up engine noise and you will get a better look at what it sounds like. This could lead to severe engine damage. It is a defect in the engine.

- Glenview, IL, USA

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problem #2

Dec 012014

Highlander

  • miles
2008 Toyota Highlander have practiced putting the car in neutral while rolling and restarting the car. The consumer offered his suggestion on how to handle the ignition switch problem.

- Sycamore, IL, USA

problem #1

May 222010

Highlander

  • 5,000 miles
On May 22, 2010 my Toyota Highlander sudden accelerated. I was at a full stop (red light) on 14th street at the intersection of castro heading West uphill. My foot was on the brake when my truck suddenly accelerated. The truck jerked forward even though my foot was on the brake. I reported it to san francisco Toyota service representative when I brought in my truck for the recall service on May 29, 2010. They completed the recall as required, but he dismissed my comment about the above incident. I believe the real issue is the electronic or software programming of vehicle controls and wish to have this documented if a more serious problem occurs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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