hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,871 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 232015


  • 65,600 miles


I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander limited V6. The car is 66.000miles, I noticed that the day lights has been overheated as a result 1 white spot melted in each headlight lense. It might be a hazard fire issue and do not feel safe driving this car. Toyota should resolve this issue and replace the headlights.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 242014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 66,600 miles
I am in the military and had my car in storage from 2008-2012 while stationed overseas. I just took my car in for the 60,000 mile service and was told my headlight cover was foggy. When I got home after picking up my car I had noticed there where two burn marks that had melted the plastic headlight covers where the high-beam lights are. I had called Toyota headquarters and they referred me to the Hawaii dealership since they could not locate my VIN number. I called the Hawaii dealership, and had no luck there either. This is unsat and is a continuous problem for this year of Toyota Highlander. This is a safety issue and a hazard. I do not keep my headlights on 24 hours seven days a week, so why is this happening. In addition, my car only has 66,600 miles for being a 2006 model. As I said this car was in storage for 4.5 years due to my overseas duty assignment. I feel that I should not have to pay for this since I have no control of this and, it is a defect in the model / year of the Highlander.

- Patuxent River, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 072012

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Day running lights are burning through the lenses of both headlights. The lenses have large white spots on the area in front of the running light bulbs. The bulbs of the running lights are bulging. There may be a fire hazard.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 172012


  • 65,000 miles


Overheating of drl/high beam headlamp bulbs, causing melting/ distortion of clear headlamp housings and opaque white areas to form in housings directly in front of inboard bulbs. The involved bulbs are also observed to be deformed and bulging. First noted at 65K miles. This issue is seen to be commonly reported for Highlander 2001-2007, and thus represents a consistent design defect and possible fire hazard. Toyota dealership is now determining whether Toyota will cover repair of this design defect under our comprehensive extended warranty.

- Harwich , MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 062011


  • 86,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated that the headlight became excessively hot and melted the cover. The dealer notified the manufacturer and the manufacturer agreed to cover the cost of the parts needed for repairs but not the labor costs. No repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 86,900.

- Kensington, MD, USA

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problem #2

Apr 012006


  • miles
Vehicle has original headlights that were in it when I bought the car.the bulbs are burning the lens over the lights.I "do not" drive with the high beams on as the dealership tried to insinuate.no dumbass drives with the high beams on all the time. Toyota claims bulbs are an exclusion on the warranty.this is a factory defect and should be a recall item.they want to charge the purchaser to replace the bulbs which show evidence of of defect as well as the lens cover.I would like to see Toyota or the manufacturer of the bulb replace these items at no cost to the purchaser.even if they don't replace the lens cover at least replace the bulb with the proper bulb.car has always jerked from the time I purchased it.I thought it was the transmission but Toyota claims they didn't detect anything when I took it in for service for this issue.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the headlights burned through the lens and both the lens and bulbs were burned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the failure was caused by the high beams. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 92,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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