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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,897 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

May 042009


  • 5,000 miles


Toyo tires (P245/55R19) were installed on my 08 Highlander at the time of purchase. At first oil change, was advised that they were not wearing properly & had alignment checked. No problems with alignment--called Toyota--they advised to rotate every 5K with oil change..did the same and I now have 20K miles with 2 rear tires that rubber is "peeling" so bad that they have to be replaced immediately. Front will have to be replaced within few months as well. Toyota is blaming toyo & no reply from toyo....obviously this manufacturer makes poor quality products with just the complaint records that you have on file. Anyone driving a vehicle with these tires is obviously taking their life in their hands!!

- Centreville, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 022009


  • 23,000 miles
On March 2, 2009 I rented a SUV from hertz at the salt lake city airport. Upon picking up the car I commented to the person checking me out that the tire tread depth looked very low for an SUV that would be used in the snow. She said she would make note of it. When I arrived at my destination 230 miles away I used a penny to check the depth. I called hertz to ask for assistance to get the tires replaced. Roadside assistance said there was a Goodyear dealer in the city I was in but would have to get approval. The manager at the hertz in slc said he would not approve new tires. I stopped at a Toyota dealer who checked the tire tread depth, the depth ranged from 2/32 to 3/32, the service manager stated the tires were unsafe. Should the nhstb investigate car rental companies who may be placing the safety of customers at risk to save money?

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 102009


  • 500 miles
The Bridgestone dueler H/L400 (not H/L 683 or 684 II as listed in the choices for this tire on this web site!!!!!) tires on our 2008 Toyota Highlander are terribly unsafe in all conditions other than dry roads. They hydroplane in the rain, the rear end slides in all types of snowy conditions, causing the stability control to kick in and compensate, and they require frequent topping off of the air pressure, more so than any tire on any vehicle I've ever owned. This tire is getting terrible reviews on from current owners of Mazda cx-9S and Highlanders, and there isn't another tire on the market in the size I would need to replace it. It's an accident waiting to happen. Our car is a V6 powered 4X4 SUV we bought brand new 10 months ago. It has never driven well in snow, and despite the full-time 4-wheel drive, the vehicle behaves like a rear-drive truck with summer tires. The car severely fishtails and slides sideways, with the stability control fully cutting power and applying certain brakes in attempt to correct course. This happens at every turn and intersection. It's not only embarrassing, it's also wreaking havoc on my fuel economy as I do so much slipping in these tires, and I fear I will be going off the road or sliding into someone's property or vehicle some day without warning.

- Hanover, MA, USA

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