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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,033 miles

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2014 Toyota Highlander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2014 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

May 162016


  • 24,000 miles


Vehicle shut off during driving, causing all electrical systems to fail including the electronic steering, which since vehicle also turned off, caused the steering column to lock up. Since the problem occurred at speed and infact while making a turn, a near collision occured. The problem occured multiple times in succession and was also intermittent with much time elapsing between episodes. Two other types of related occurrences during this timeframe were the (1) vehicle also cycling off and on and (2) would also turn on itself if the key was in the vicinity of the vehicle. Toyota of seattle experienced the issues when the vehicle was brought in and diagnosed the issue to be a loose bolted connection of the negative electrical wire from the battery to the frame of the vehicle. Though the vehicle has experienced similar issues since tightening of the negative wire bolts. Ongoing issues include the electrical system cycling off and on while driving including the navigation and front console display. The vehicle was bought in September 2014 and had less than 25K miles as of April 2016. On two prior instances electrical issues were identified and documented to Toyota of seattle and the vehicle was kept for testing. The first electrical issue occured with the adaptive cruise control failing and thereby requiring passenger intervention to avoid collision. This cruise control failure first seemed to occur in December 2015. Toyota of seattle did not find any fault and sent me away. The second prior electrical issue of the battery prematurely failing occurred in March 2016. The readings indicated some odd draws. Toyota of seattle replaced the battery and sent me away without addressing the odd draws. The vehicle's safety remains suspect with ongoing electrical cycling off and on while driving.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152015

Highlander 4-cyl

  • miles
The transmission has a flutter when trying to shift up or down to different gears. It causes a hesitancy. It has been documented by the caldwell Toyota dealership in conway, ar usa and I have also been told that is in other Highlanders. I request a recall to have this fixed. Thank you

- Perryville, AR, USA

problem #1

Jul 302014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
This complaint relates to transmission shift sequences. When starting out, the transmission is in fourth gear. If you are at say a traffic light and are making a left turn, and then need to make a rapid acceleration, the transmission shifts down to a lower gear, probably 1st gear. When this happens, there is a significant torque steer that an inexperienced driver would find very disturbing. Also, when traveling 60 - 70 miles per hour and you shift from "drive" to "S" position, the transmission goes into fourth gear with a resultant significant increase in RPM's. it would seem logical that when you shift from "drive" to "S", you should reflect the same gear that "drive" was in. When I took it in for a 5,000 mile check up, my dealer said there was nothing he could do related to transmission programming. Second issue, same vehicle, refers to the installation of muffler and tailpipe, which causes tailpipe to be the lowest item under vehicle resulting in it dragging the ground in certain instances; I.e., going up a steep driveway. Dealer confirmed that they could do nothing to raise muffler/tailpipe.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

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