pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
297,015 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Highlander AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 032015

Highlander Limited 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 297,015 miles


My 03 highlander awd has been the most reliable vehichle ive ever owned and ive been around. Its never left me dtrsnded on the road and has travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometers with a hitch. I attest this longevity to oil changes and maintenance. I changed the transmission fluid every year since its like changing the engine oil all i need is a wrench and no jack. I just slide under and do my thing. Every 2 years i change the antifreeze.

NOW the temperature control is another story i have tightened the control with a socket wrench and i still need to wedge paper around perimeter of knob to apply stress on one side.Its a lot of fiddling trying to get hot air when its freezing out. Its been doing this for 250,000km and gotten worse. It costs 800.00 for a new one and i cannot judtofy it. Ive had thd drive shaft give me a 900.00 issue and the powerr steeting lines rusted out over the fender area. Hard to get to but i replaced it myself. No one in this forum who owns a newer toyota will be as happy as md owning one and ill tell you why.

My old friend is a 37 year toyota tech and he said thst the Japanese models are moslty bullet proof when it comes to reliability. The Japanese work to live and live to work which is shown in their product. The newer ones from other countries are much more problematic unfortunantly.

P.S.My friend doesnt work on my car since the only work required is brakes and tires and struts and belts. My radiator hoses are still factory original though. Thats the most amazing part and the air is freezing cold! When controller works.

- , Toronto, ON, Canada

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