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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,509 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012015


  • 90,000 miles


The driver side sun visor will not stay locked in the up position and therefore partially blocks the drivers vision while driving the vehicle.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 132010

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 30,527 miles
Driver side sun visor defective - it does not stay in up position, drops down suddenly & blocking the visibility of the road; dealer said it is a common issue but not enough complains for a recall. This is an accident prone issue that will cut off the driver's visibility suddenly.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282012


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that white particles were emitted through the ventilation system while the climate control was actived. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic or the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

- Apex, NC, USA

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