definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,538 miles

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2011 Toyota Highlander steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 292014


  • 52,500 miles


When making a right hand turn the steering system has a significant "bump" of "thump". this appears to be a problem with a part of the steering sector shaft that Toyota is well aware of but will not acknowledge there is a problem with design. Toyota will only correct problem if customer is willing to pay cost of approximately $1200. Not sure what will happen if correction is not made, but I believe it could lead to failure of the steering system to function appropriately.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 222014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Started the car. Power steering was gone!! it had just gone out!!! thank god I was in town. I had just gone over mountain road where I could have gone over a cliff and been killed. I was able to take the car with horrible difficulty to a mechanic across the street and they called the Toyota dealer and they told them to disconnect the battery. That didn't work. I had the car towed to the Toyota dealer when they took the tow it seemed to be working. They checked it and was given an "all system ok" on the powertrain, chassis, electrical and network systems. They said it was a "glitch" a glitch"??? this is a car I paid $34,000 for and I have kept up with all the scheduled maintenance. Now I'm afraid to drive it. It was terrifying. I have to drive home from san luis obispo to lancaster ca and I'm scared to death. A glitch???"

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 222011

Highlander 4-cyl

  • 15,191 miles
At approximately 40-42 mph on a slight curve to the right, the steering would get very tight and the steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn in the direction of the road.( it is as if the car was turning to the left on its own) this has happened several times and the dealer and Toyota inspected the car. The car was under case management with Toyota three times for the same problem. Case #'s [xxx], [xxx], and case [xxx]. each time Toyota would state there is no problem and the car was "functioning as designed. " Toyota's excessive use of electronics in areas such as steering have created unsafe vehicles. Even worse, my opinion is Toyota knows they have another safety issue and once again is denying and covering it up. Toyota can no longer be trusted! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 182012


  • 5,000 miles
I only have 7K miles in my car I own the car for only 1 year. I notice that the steering wheel is not balance at all. At least 5-10 degree to the right. I have my car service every 6 months with Toyota it should be balanced and done the tire rotation"?" also the transmission occasionally stall about 1-2 second when I accelerate to 30-40 mph. I am afraid that the transmission will have problem within this 2-3 years. Like Honda transmission failure on Odyssey.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 272011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
Purchased my 2011 Highlander in March, & it had 7000 miles on it at the time of the incident. I started the vehicle in my driveway, put it in drive, and started down my driveway. Pressed the brake pedal, and there were no brakes and seemed not to have power steering. The lights in the dash came on, and the screen said brake malfunction contact dealer immediately. There were no brakes, I finally came to a stop at the bottom of the hill, put the car in park, and turned the ignition off. When I turned the key, the car started, the dash lights were still lit up, and I guess the computer seemed to "reset". I pulled back into my driveway & had the car towed to the dealer the next day. The dealer has had it for over two weeks, and the incident has not happened again, and they said that they cannot find a single thing wrong with it. They can, however, see that there was an "incident" with the brakes on that date by the computer reading. I have been told that I am going to be getting this car back, and that it is fine. Everyone say a prayer for myself and my 3 kids that are in it, & hope that it doesn't happen again in these mountains that I live!

- Sevierville, TN, USA

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