fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,820 miles

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2003 Toyota Highlander body / paint problems

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2003 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012005

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,100 miles


Painful, drumming noise when rear windows are open. Severe vibration when in drive at full stop with brake.

- Buxton, ME, USA

problem #3

Jun 092003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unable to drive the vehicle with windows rolled down. As noted in several other complaints this vehicle is completely non-drivable with windows rolled down. This fact is never mentioned to any customers at the time of purchase. I feel that if anyone buying a vehicle for more than 30K should have access to any such design flaw. Even when asking the dealer, later on, the response was that this is a design problem. Toyota needs to carefully look into this as with windows rolled down on freeway speeds, it creates almost a low pressure env within the vehicle with ear-aches for all passengers.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 252003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178 miles
With rear windows lowered a deafening buffeting vibration occurs from the aft cargo compartment. When the speed is increased, the buffeting increases to an unbearable level. Dealer did not disclose this information prior to purchase.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022002


  • 3,000 miles
When the driver's window was down, a loud whistling noise was heard.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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