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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,333 miles

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2012 Toyota Highlander miscellaneous problems

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2012 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 112016


  • 56,000 miles


Rear tailgate motor with power to open/lift and close the tailgate no longer works. Courtesy Toyota collision center provided estimate of $1,431.82 on 4-11-2016 to replace the motor. Problem started circa July 2015 after warranty expired not closing off and on until it finally stopped working. First checked by Toyota dealer in tallahassee, fl while on a trip to Mississippi before thanksgiving in 2015. Advised to have checked upon return to tampa area. The tailgate now rattles when the vehicle is in motion.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 102015


  • 80,000 miles
Lift gate handle literally fell off and broke as we were closing the door using the power button on the rear door. Screw just fell out of its attachment. Unable to use power lift gate function. Part of the rear door area where the hinge is attached is warped, possibly structural issues.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282015


  • 60,000 miles
The electronic door lock (driver's side door) on my 2012 Toyota Highlander recently began to have problems; it worked intermittently for a short time, then ceased working at all. After a recent service trip, Toyota quoted me over $500 to replace the door actuator and labor. I realize this seems like a small issue. But I, and my family, have owned Toyota previously and have had the same issue, even with different models. I can't help but feel that Toyota is making a defective product and I, as a consumer, am footing the bill for their faulty part. Moreover, a simple internet search finds that this problem is ubiquitous; there are myriad forums dedicated to finding a solution. I feel that this may even justify a recall.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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