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:
62,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Toyota Highlander electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182013

Highlander 6-cyl

  • miles


As was pulling out parking space, car stopped moving even though engine running. Had towed to dealership, diagnosed with failure of hybrid inverter.

- Wilmingotn, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 012013

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road and power off and the vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the inverter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 124,000. Updated 3/13/13

- Denver, CO, USA

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