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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,546 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Toyota Highlander wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 102012


  • 42,000 miles


Bridgestone deuler H/L 400 tires had poor tread life and were very poor in any amount of snow. Rain also resulted in hydro planning.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 122015


  • 144,000 miles
2008 Toyota Highlander involved in a rear/side crash sitting still; hit by other vehicle at 60 mph; 3 occupants inside vehicle all injured; no airbags deployed in vehicle at time of crash; if airbags only are to deploy on a frontal impact crash what good R they in other crashes to help the occupants of the vehicle?

- Monticello, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 212014


  • 159,808 miles
The car began to shake and was uncontrollable. Managed to pull over and upon inspection found that all of the lug nuts on both front tires were very loose. The car was serviced by greentree Toyota greentree Scion. Commerce drive, brookfield ct the day before and a tire rotation service was requested. The lug nuts were loosened but never tightened back up.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #1

May 252011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 44,375 miles
Caps keep falling off of the lug nuts, which exposes the studs of the wheel hub. Corrosion forms and causes the lug nut to be difficult to remove. Additionally, exposure of the stud can weaken the joint. I replaced two lug nuts yesterday, bringing the total to five in the past six months.

- Oswego, IL, USA

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