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:
48,025 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Toyota Highlander windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

May 132014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I have the sun visor on my Toyota Highlander that has fallen down and it doesn't stay up at all anymore. I am a single mother with three children and find this very unsafe because it obstructs my vision also when I look to the right or left I constantly hit my forehead on the visor that is constantly on the way. It is a hazard to me and my 3 children.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012012


  • miles
The driver side sun visor keeps falling down. It does not stay up and impairs driver vision.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012012


  • 72,100 miles
The driver's sun visor does not stay up -- when either pulled back or pushed forward -- and falls in the driver's line of vision. This leads to a dangerous situation because it means the driver loses his field of vision for a few seconds at very unpredictable times.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202009


  • 0 miles
I bought a 2008 Toyota Highlander in December 2007. I did not test drive the vehicle at night. After a few weeks, I tried to back up at night. The lights are completely inadequate and they are a safety hazard. I have to get out of the vehicle every few feet and check to make sure there is nothing/no one in my path when backing up at night. I asked the dealer to check/repair the lights. They said this is a common complaint but there is nothing they can do to fix it. It is not safe to back up the vehicle at night because the lights do not illuminate enough to see if someone is in your path. I have asked the manufacturer for help fixing the problem but they said there is nothing they can do.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

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