Notes: 2008 is the first year of the 2nd generation Highlander, & it may be a model year to avoid as Toyota most likely worked out some production quality issues with the new model.

The 2009 Highlander is the has far fewer complaints.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,090 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 312014


  • 129,000 miles


My windshield wiper defroster started to crackle and smoke. I turned it off and back on and it started to do it again.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 092010

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 27,180 miles
On 6/9/2010 asked dealer to ck. Vehicle B/C air vents were throwing out white substance. Dealer said the cabin filter was contaminated and replaced at 27,180 miles. On 12/9/2010 31,109 miles returned to dealer with same complaint white substance through vents. Same response, cabin filter. I said how could filter be the problem after just 3929 miles, 6 mo service. Dealer checked with Toyota no record of issues here. We also own a 2007 Lexus and had the same problem. On 1/14/2011 Lexus service replaced the evaporater core with updated part as per tsb 0032-28. Lexus said Toyota dealer should do the same. Toyota dealer has refused to replace. My concern, warranty expires in March 2011 and still having the problem. Cannot continue to replace costly cabin filter. What should I do to get the repair completed?

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

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