hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,717 miles

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2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid brakes problems

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2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 312016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 69,000 miles


I was driving 5 mph and my brakes completely went out. Luckily, since it was on halloween night with kids everywhere no one was hurt. ABS warning lights came on and warning lights said to pull over and take to mechanic. I had no brakes and coasted home going 2mph. It was my ABS actuator pump.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #5

Oct 292016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 122,000 miles
While driving from orlando to tampa Florida my wife had the ABS brake warning light came on and a weird noise coming under the vehicle. She was able to make it home and we took the car to dealer. They said we needed to replace the brake actuator at a cost of more than $3,400! we can't understand why such a small part would cost about a quarter of the value of this vehicle and after doing some research online I found numerous other people that have had the same problem. This issue really needs to be looked into and Toyota should issue an immediate recall.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 152016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 155,000 miles
ABS actuator noise when depressing and releasing brakes. May lead to failed ABS system.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 162016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 147,000 miles


ABS light on with warning, brakes performing poorly. The ABS actuator assembly and break pump failed requiring replacement with a cost of over $3764 in repairs. The Toyota Camry hybrid had millions of recalls for the ABS actuator but the Highlander hybrid was currently not on recall. I own a 2000 Toyota 4 runner with over 200,000 miles and never had an ABS issue. This car is only 6 years old and shouldn't require this problem so early.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 172015

Highlander Hybrid

  • 89,000 miles
Brake and ABS warning lights came on while travel city speed (35-40mph). No noticeable braking problem but advised car is unsafe to drive. Dealer says there is an internal leak and the brake actuator and booster need to be replaced at a cost of $5,100 (mainly the cost of Toyota parts). This is a soccer mom car no rough driving or braking...and no accidents. I called Toyota customer experience and they say the parts are out of warranty. How does these two parts account for over 10% of the original value of the car 6 years ago. Shouldn't I expect more from Toyota?

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 252010

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated. The contact stated that when the light was illuminated, the stopping distance would increase. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they could not determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 4,300 updated 01/07/2014 also, the air bag light illuminated. The dealer replaced a sensor

- Noblesville, IN, USA

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