really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,116 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jun 152006

Highlander Hybrid

  • 100 miles


We purchased a new 2006 Highlander hybrid in June of 2006. The problem we have encountered is when the car is slowing down when braked and the rear end gets bounced by rough pavement. The brakes will fade and the stopping takes a few feet longer than expected. We took the car back to the dealer "kerry Toyota", and were told that they did not find any problems. We will both say that the panic "heavy brake pedal" braking mode on this vehicle is amazing and works quite well. We love this car and have adjusted to it; but with anticipated longer stops on rough roads, or potholes! we like the car so well that we recently purchased the 2010 prius. After the 1st servicing of the prius, we did notice a high pitched squeal in the rear brakes. We are anxiously awaiting solutions to the Toyota braking problems that have been reported by their customers.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 052010

Highlander Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. Problem with non linear hand off from regenerative braking to regular braking that occurs routinely. I was told that it was nothing to worry about, but now see that Ford has a recall of its hybrids with similar problem. Do other highlander owners have a similar problem" is this at all related to the currently reported 2010 prius braking problems"

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012006

Highlander Hybrid

  • 5,000 miles
Braking problem - 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid when applying brakes, electrical regeneration begins. But, if you go over a bump the regeneration drops out. This results in an estimated (by me) 25% reduction in braking power. The driver must then apply additional brake pressure to regain stopping power. This occurs constantly and has been reported numerous times to my dealer. Was told that this is the way it was designed to work.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 012006

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. While driving 20 mph over a bump in the road and applying the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated. The brakes began operating normally immediately after driving over the bump. The failure has occurred approximately 50 times. The dealer was contacted and stated that was a normal response for a hybrid vehicle. No repairs have been made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 51000. Updated 4/5/10 updated 06/04/10

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 042010

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 71,014 miles
During braking I experienced a "slipping" of the braking system when the car hits rough road or bumps.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042010

Highlander Hybrid

  • 1 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. Repeatedly since I purchased this vehicle, and as recently as today, I have experienced the exact same type of braking issues now being investigated with respect to the Toyota prius. When braking on an uneven or wet surface, the car will jerk forward unexpectedly and I will feel as if the brakes are failing. I have complained to the dealer and to service and they deny the problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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