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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,500 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 302014


  • 120,000 miles



- Santiago De Queretaro, NM, USA

problem #3

May 072011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
2008 Toyota Highlander had a new set of tires put on it 6 months ago and 9,000 miles later the rear tires were bald to the cords to a point it was not able to be driven. The car appears to have a problem with alignment or stabilization as the car, even with new tires and an inspection by the dealership was undrivable in snow or heavy rain even at low speeds. The rear end is very unstable in this car.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Highlander. Consumer states squeaky noise when vehicle tires go over any bumps as well as when the vehicle is started in the morning when the weather is cold the consumer stated the noise was coming from the dashboard on the passenger side. The dealer was unable to find a problem. Also, the water pump was leaking.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 112009


  • 3,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Highlander all wheel drive and have a problem with the car's alignment. My mechanic said it is a defect that cannot be fixed and is a safety danger. When my car had 3,000 my mechanic said the tires were shredding. When he checked my alignment he said it was off but whenhe tried to correct it he said it was impossible to fix and it is a defect. I took the car to the Toyota dealer and was told they would fix it. When I picked up the car they said it was realigned but could not get it to the recommended alignment but it was not a safety issue. I took the car back again to have it realigned and the same result that it could not be realigned to company specs but Toyota told me the misalignment is not a safety danger. My mechanic said it is a danger so I brought it back to Toyota to complain. Toyota said there is nothing they can do so I should just live with it. I am furious and am concerned about the safety of my car. Will you please help me. I am aware of other owners with alignment problems with the all wheel drive models. Thank you.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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