Notes: The 2010 Highlander's rear liftgate thinks it's open when it's closed and then once it's actually open, you might not be able to shut it again. Remember folks, if your liftgate is stuck open for more than 4 hours, consult your mechanic.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
59,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2010 Toyota Highlander accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2010 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


Heard Toyota knows of the problem and sent out a bulletin but not a recall. Is this repair covered under a 1 year 12,000 mile limited warranty when you buy a certified used car? If not will Toyota fix it for free since its a safety issue?

- Steven T., Bronx, NY, US

problem #2

Mar 122014

Highlander SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Lift gate rear door indicator on Multifunction display dings every few seconds and indicates that the rear door is open when it is securely closed. Car will not lock with key fob and glass door on the rear door won't open due to the sensor telling the car that the rear door is open. Only way to stop the dinging is to pull the plug on the whole part in the door panel rendering the rear door useless. Part is insanely expensive to replace and not a guarantee that it will fix the problem. Love our car, but this is the second problem we have had with the rear door...lift pistons went out within two years of owning the vehicle...dealership did a goodwill on the replacements...kudos to Central Florida Toyota parts department!! Please help with any suggestions or easy fixes...I am pretty resourceful and can do the work myself... Thanks!

- cmhayes2, Sebring, FL, US

problem #1

Oct 162013

Highlander 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,007 miles

lift gate broken

The dealership said I must have caused it... All I did was press the button.

The arm screws into a weakly threaded piece. Stripped with use.

The only solution they had was replace the entire lift gate - not covered in warranty.

My last two vehicles - Lexus. Definitely my last Toyota

- bilbo, New London, NC, US

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