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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 212007

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


While driving on highway the sunroof exploded and sent glass fragment everywhere. Fortunately the shade was pulled closed otherwise glass would have been blown into the driver and passenger compartment at 55 mph. Glass was completely distributed throughout the headliner and it had to be removed to ensure glass would not interfere with air bag operation or become a projectile if the air bag actuated. The sunroof is made of tempered glass and not safety glass. When it exploded, the glass was not held captive by the safety film. Only a two inch border of glass remained in the sun roof frame. This is a very significant safety oversight. If the sun roof shade had been open, the driver would have been hit with glass and an accident would likely have occurred.

- Richland, WA, USA

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