really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,183 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid miscellaneous problems

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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 072017

Highlander Hybrid

  • 136,000 miles


The vehicle heating system doesn't work at all times at which time it seems to switch to air conditioning. The digital display also fades the longer the system is switched on or the longer the drive. This can cause a safety issue during cold weather conditions.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032011

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 82,117 miles
I am the original owner of this vehicle. This vehicle is used on standard Suburban and highway paved roads. No dirt or special condition driving. In March 2011 at about 82,000 miles, the front wheels started making a grinding noise which was noticeable at speeds of 35mph or greater. The dealer replaced the right front hub and bearing assembly. This solved the problem. Then at 87,943 miles in September 2011, the same grinding noise happened to the rear wheels. The dealer replaced the left and right rear hub assemblies and bearings. This solved the problem. I have never owned a car that had 3 out of 4 wheel hub assemblies and bearings break.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #3

May 022011

Highlander Hybrid

  • miles
On May 2, 2011 the inverter assembly broke down.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Mar 282010

Highlander Hybrid

  • 86,800 miles
1. I was parking alongside the road, behind an acquaintance's vehicle. While rolling into position behind them, I experienced a sudden acceleration of my vehicle. 2. this is the first time this has occured. I smashed into the rear of the car parked in front of me at 10mph or so. Minimla damage to my SUV, other car will likely need a new rear bumper. 3. reported to Toyota and awaiting callback

- Brookfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152009

Highlander Hybrid

  • 36,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid's brakes appear to have the same problem that is attributed to design fault in the brakes of the prius model. I bought the car used, last June 2009. The problem is that the brakes momentarily "fail" when I hit a pot hole or drive over a bumpy road -- in other words if I start braking and hit a bump, the car lurches forward for a second before continuing to slow down. (this is not antilock braking engaging -- I know what that feels like.) I have not seen this problem reported with any Toyota models other than the prius, but the descriptions I read/hear in the media are exactly what I have experienced in my car. I have had the car road tested by my mechanic -- but I could not produce or simulate the conditions that lead to the problem. But that was a couple of months ago. I experience the problem weekly, if not daily -- and it is alarming! in a panic stop on a bumpy road, results could be disastrous. Please advise those investigating prius brake problems that it may not just be a prius problem. Please advise me if there is other action I can take to notify investigators or Toyota. Thanks

- Washington, DC, USA

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