really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,944 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 082011


  • miles


I went to the dealer related to NHTSA campaign id number: 11V34200. The dealer check the Highlander and said that the recall not apply and did not need to be installed or repair the inverter. The next week ll the panel warning lights turn on(brake, slip, vcs warning, exclamation sing and ABS). Then a return to dealer, they check the Highlander. Now they said that the problem is the ABS module. How I can corroborate that my car is not included in the safety recall.

- Hatillo, PR, USA

problem #17

Jul 142011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated the brake pedal extended to the floor when the brakes were applied and the braking distance had increased. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who replaced the master cylinder. The contact stated after the vehicle was repaired the brakes did not feel safe and the vehicle was driven to the dealer. The dealer stated the front brake pads were replaced; however, the contact did not have the front brake pads replaced. The contact stated the master cylinder was still faulty and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Rock Haven, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 012007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated there was a recurring failure in which the vehicle experienced an increased stopping distance when braking at low speeds. In addition, there was a slight hesitation when engaging the brakes before they would respond. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions in which they were unable to diagnose the failure. The rotors were repaired once but did not correct the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 65,623.

- San Luis, CO, USA

problem #15

Feb 112011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V499000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Master cylinder). An authorized dealer was notified and they informed the contact that the part needed for repairs was on a massive backorder in which a time frame could not be provided for the availability of the part. The contact had not experienced a failure with the vehicle.

- Richlands, NC, USA

problem #14

Dec 182005


  • 150 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that there was no hydraulic pressure on the brake pedal and the pedal traveled too far into the floorboard when depressed. The contact believed that there was either air in the braking system or a defective master cylinder. The problem was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the brakes were bled twice but the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer who advised him to take the vehicle to the dealer but offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 150 and the current mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 202010

(reported on)


  • miles
S10 direct reply - courtesy copy sent to the secretary sent from re the problems experienced with his 2006 Toyota Highlander. The consumer stated after he hit a bump or just to slow down, it felt as though the brakes were no longer working. In addition, he experienced an extraordinary noise from the front brakes whenever the brake pedal was depressed. The consumer was told it was a typical sound from the brakes for his model/year vehicle. Updated 11/12/10.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #12

May 202010


  • 80,000 miles


We have a recurring problem with the braking system in our 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. Occasionally, when we are traveling below 40 mph and hit a bump, it feels like the brakes stop working for 1 - 2 seconds. It is very disconcerting, but so far has not caused any accidents. It is difficult to replicate, so the dealership has taken no action on it.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #11

May 192010


  • 65,000 miles
When braking our 2006 Toyota Highlander the brakes seem to catch then release, catch and release. This is on dry pavement. The local Toyota dealer service says this is normal operation and is because the battery recharging mechanism is taking over. This may be true but I am of the opinion that there is something wrong. When you apply the brakes and it reacts in the way it does you tend to want to easy up on the brakes because the car lurches a bit but that is the wrong thing to do!

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #10

Apr 122010


  • 52,000 miles
Wife was backing up a 2006 Toyota Highlander limited into the garage which she has been doing since the car was new. Car started to accelerate and she could not stop it. It went through the back wall of the garage destroying the garage wall and the vehicle.

- Champion, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 162010


  • 33,000 miles
Basics are the wheel on my 2006 innova split inhalf while driving down the road at 25kph. Innova was maintaned by Toyota so improper wheel installation would also be their problem. This wheel was recalled in vietnam around Dec. 2009, a mechanic at Toyota of philippines has told me Toyota knew of the bad philippine wheels but they could not track them and same wheels may be in the usa! for a longer story as to what has happened and what Toyota has not done can be found on my old site. www.filipinavisa.com/innova I am a retired faa wg-4749 so am well versed on metal fatigue and much more. I am also a 100% service connected vet. There are no proper testing labs in the philippines. Please go to the above link to really understand what is ongoing. Your form does not list the proper model so I had to select what you have.

- Asheville Nc, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 082009


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact was driving at approximately 40 mph when he noticed that, although he depressed the brake pedal while driving over a bump in the road, the vehicle did not slow down. He also experienced the same brake failure when on flat pavement. Another driver of the vehicle also noticed the brake problem. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that they could not assist him with the repair costs. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000. The current mileage was approximately 43,000.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 012010


  • miles
This is an on-going occurrance. I own a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid that is having brake problems. When I press on the brake pedal my vehicle will lunge forward for a brief moment and then engage the brakes. If I would be close enough to another vehicle I would end up rear-ending the vechile in front of me.

- Clyo, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 032010


  • 5,000 miles
We own an 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid and we have had times where the breaks appear to cut out for a second when slowing the car to turn a corner. The car will surge ahead while the break is being used during the turn which can be dangerous if you are not expecting it. We have learnt to expect it and take extra caution now when making turns. This has been happening since we bought the car and it happens a few times each week.

- Charlton, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 132009


  • 29,118 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. While engaging the brake pedal at speeds of less than 10 mph downhill or on a ramp, the vehicle responded as if the brakes had failed and lunged forward. Within minutes, the brakes began functioning normally. The dealer was contacted; however, they were unable to duplicate the failure. There were no recalls and no repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 29,118 and the current mileage was under 30,000.

- Berkley , CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052010


  • miles
Brake pedal travel longer towards the floor before it will stop. It feels like it will not stop. Battery drains out after sitting in a garage.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Oct 162007


  • 11,231 miles
We own a 2006 Highlander which we purchased new. It has 18,000 miles on it. When going down our driveway (185 feet at 35 degree slope) when the brakes are activated to stop before entering a cross street, on occasion there is little to no braking. It becomes necessary to quickly pump the brake to accomplish braking. This happens intermittently. Discussions with the Toyota dealer resulted in no resolution. The explanation was that the vehicle's collision avoidance system or ABS was sensing the slope as a deceleration and was reacting accordingly. They said there were no reported problems (recalls) pertaining to this issue and we should just continue to be ready to pump the brake or pump them before we start down the driveway.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 282008


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. Whenever the contact attempts to apply the brakes at low speeds, the brakes become unresponsive, and the stopping distance increases. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The intermittent failure was diagnosed by the dealer, but still persists. The current mileage was 52,000 and failure mileage was 46,000.

- Marysvale, UT, USA

problem #1

Aug 192006

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
: the contact stated while brake pressure was applied at 5 mph into a parking space, the vehicle lurched forward and jumped over a curb without warning. The contact shifted the vehicle in reverse and the vehicle suddenly accelerated backwards while constant brake pressure was applied. The vehicle crashed into another parked vehicle where it came to a final stop. The contact was wearing a seat belt, but no injuries were sustained. There was moderate damage to the rear bumper and right passenger side panel of the vehicle. The police were alerted and a report was taken. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was alerted.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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