definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,189 miles

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2009 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

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2009 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 112009

Highlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the suspension was loose and the braking system would not operate properly. The brakes would go to the floorboard when depressed. The brakes would not engage intermittently when depressed. The contact stated that the driver's seat would no longer move backward, and was positioned entirely too close to he steering wheel. The contact stated there was little room for movement when driving. The vehicle was taken to four separate dealers and the contact was told that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 400 and the current mileage was 6,500. The consumer stated when she realized a police officer was behind she attempted to stop, the vehicle continued to accelerate and the brakes collapsed very low to the floor. The consumer had to pump the brakes to slow the vehicle down. The consumer also stated the lug nuts broke on the front driver side wheel. The cruise control was inoperative, and the engine had a slight ticking sound and the rotors were rusting. Updated evoq 12/23/10 the consumer stated the seat belt wrapped tightly around her throat. The front wheel was loose, there was a whining noise coming from the vehicle. When the consumer attempted to accelerate the vehicle would stall, the cruise control no longer worked. The accelerator pedal no longer stays in place and the steering wheel turned in different directions. Updated 07/07/11.

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 012010


  • 20,107 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander. While driving down hill at 2 mph, the brakes began to shudder and the warning light illuminated on the instrument panel indicated shift to P function. Within a few minutes, another warning light indicated, brake default contact the dealer immediately illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and after it was restarted; the warning lights were no longer illuminated. The contact called the dealer and was informed that they were not familiar with that type of failure. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were 20,107.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #2

Feb 052010


  • 10,250 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander. While driving 15 mph during a snow storm the wheels locked. The brakes also locked while driving down a hill which caused the vehicle to slide 200 feet. The dealer was notified. The failure mileage was 10,250. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 10,430. Updated 11/16/10.

- Pisgahforest, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 092009


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns 2009 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 22 mph and engaging the brake pedal in attempt to stop the vehicle, she was forced to apply extreme pressure. The dealer was unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. A claim was filed with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

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