definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,040 miles

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2003 Toyota Highlander miscellaneous problems

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2003 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 132016


  • 100,000 miles


Driver side sun visor falls from the up position down into the sight path directly in front of the drivers face blocking the view of the road through the windshield. This is due to the tension / resistance to keep it in an up position against the headliner diminishing over time. Occurs repeatedly without warning from road turbulence / bumps. Same issue in the Toyota Camry which has been recalled.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012008


  • miles
My complaint centers around the throttle position sensor on the Toyota Highlander. This problem has become more apparent within the last year on the 2003 model that my wife and I own.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 172003

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
1) vibration with one or more windows down. 2) front end pulling to one side while driving at highway speed. Taken to two different dealerships on several occassions for servicing. Told at the dealership of purchase nothing was wrong. They refused to drive it on the freeway at freeway speed to determine if there was a problem. Because the service manager only drove the vehicle on city streets, pulling did not occur. Second dealership drove vehicle on freeway and determined there was no problem, steering, alignment, tires and balance are all ok. Drove vehicle home from second dealership, experienced the exact same problem of pulling. I must hold the steering wheel tight otherwise the vehicle will veer out of lane. Speeds driving range from 50 to 70 mph. Toyota corporate stated there was nothing they could do since Toyota service centers determined there was no problem-useless complaint process which only protects the dealerships. I'm trading the vehicle in for something else. I intend to test drive any vehicle on the freeway prior to purchasing.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202002

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
Annoying wind noise when driving with either or both rear windows open. Opening front window alleviates the noise. Flawed design.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

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