2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER VIN: JTEEP21A950100668

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Run & Drive
Damage
Collision
Title
Salvage

VIN JTEEP21A950100668 Decoding Toyota Vin Decoder

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Make

TOYOTA

Manufacturer Name

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC

Model

Highlander

Model Year

2005

Plant City

KYUSHU

Series

MCU23L/MCU28L/ACU20L/ACU25L

Trim

STD

Vehicle Type

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE (MPV)

Plant Country

JAPAN

Plant Company Name

Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc

Series2

Wagon body style

Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1D: 5,001 - 6,000 lb (2,268 - 2,722 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Drive Type

4WD/4-Wheel Drive/4x4

Engine Number of Cylinders

6

Displacement (CC)

3300.0

Displacement (CI)

201.37835551261

Displacement (L)

3.3

Engine Model

3MZ-FE

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Configuration

V-Shaped

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
17.4%

2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Standard
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Driver

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Yes

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Standard
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN JTEEP21A950100668

Components: SUSPENSION POWER TRAIN

August 01, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10349028
Consumer Location: VERO BEACH, FL
VIN: JTEEP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

THE REAR WHEEL BEARINGS ON OUR 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER FAILED AT 94,000 MILES. WE HEARD STRANGE NOISES FROM THE REAR END AND ASKED OUR MECHANIC TO CHECK. HE INDICATED THAT THE RIGHT REAR TIRE WAS "CUPPED" AND SUGGESTED REPLACEMENT. SINCE IT WAS TIME FOR NEW TIRES ANYWAY, WE DID THAT BUT THE NOISE CONTINUED. UPON RETURNING TO THE MECHANIC HE DUG FURTHER AND REPORTED THAT BOTH REAR WHEEL BEARINGS WERE WORN, THE LEFT (TO THE POINT OF BEING DANGEROUS) MORE THAN THE RIGHT, TO THE POINT THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. WE WENT TO THE TOYOTA DEALER FROM WHO WE PURCHASED THE CAR AND THEIR SERVICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED THE DIAGNOSIS AND WE ARRANGED FOR THE NEEDED REPAIRS. WHEN WE ASKED THE DEALER AND TOYOTA DIRECTLY WHETHER THIS WAS PROBLEM THEY HAD SEEN BEFORE THEY INDICATED IT WAS JUST WEAR AND TEAR AND BASICALLY, OUR HARD LUCK. *TR

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

August 09, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10318383
Consumer Location: MILFORD, DE
VIN: JTEEP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 35-40 MPH THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL HAD TO BE PUSHED TO THE FLOOR OF THE VEHICLE IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE SPEED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 17,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 56,500.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

May 01, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10314598
Consumer Location: NEW YORK, NY
VIN: JTEEP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

IMPOSSIBLE TO READ INSTRUMENT PANEL ON SUNNY DAYS, SET TO FAR BACK WITH NO STRONG BACK LIGHT, CAN'T SEE ODOMETER, GAS, OIL AND HOW YOU ARE GOING, PLUS CAN'T READ MILEAGE NEVER-NO STRONG LIGHT BEHIND ANYTHING TO MAKE IT STAND OUT ON BRIGHT DAYS. I HAVE TALKED WITH OTHER TOYOTA HIGHLANDER OWNERS AND THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING. IN 20005 WHEN II FIRST PURCHASED THE CAR I BOUGHT IT TO THE ATTENTION OF TOYOTA DISTRICT MANAGER AND TO THE PRESIDENT WITH NO REPLY TO ANY OF MY LETTERS. *TR

Components: STEERING

August 10, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10239188
Consumer Location: DIX HILLS, NY
VIN: JTEEP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS OR STATIONARY, THE STEERING WHEEL WOULD MAKE A KNOCKING VIBRATION WHEN IT WAS TURNED. THE FAILURE PROGRESSIVELY WORSENED. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE ENTIRE STEERING WHEEL SHAFT/COLUMN ASSEMBLY NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $550. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 50,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 67,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN

December 11, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10145021
Consumer Location: BETHLEHEM, PA
VIN: JTEEP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

CAR IS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER LTD. V-6 4WD WITH 5-SP AUTO. ENGINE HESITATES SEVERELY WHEN ASKED TO ACCELERATE HARD AT SPEEDS SEEMINGLY BETWEEN 15 AND 70 MPH. (THESE ARE SPEEDS I'VE NOTICED IT) WHEN YOU "FLOOR" THE THROTTLE TO QUICKY MERGE WITH TRAFFIC OR TURN ACROSS A LINE OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC, THERE IS A RATHER LONG DELAY BEFORE VEHICLE BEGINS TO ACCELERATE. THIS BEHAVIOR ALSO OCCURS EXACTLY THE SAME WAY IN MY WIFE'S 2004 LEXUS RX-330, WHICH HAS THE SAME POWERTRAIN. I COMPLAINED TO LEXUS SHORTLY AFTER THE PURCHASE (BOUGHT NEW) AND THEY SAID THEY FOUND NOTHING WRONG. I'VE BEEN ON SEVERAL TOYOTA HIGHLANDER NEWSGROUPS AND THIS PROBLEM IS BEING WIDELY REPORTED. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL "CLOSE CALLS" BECAUSE OF THIS DELAYED ACCELERATION. IN THE TIME THAT THE CAR DECIDES TO DOWNSHIFT AND ACCELERATE, TRAFFIC HAS CLOSED IN ON YOU ENOUGH THAT SEVERAL ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN NARROWLY AVOIDED. I HAVE NOT REPORTED THIS TO TOYOTA AS YET, BUT FEEL THAT THEY WILL SAY THE SAME AS LEXUS DID. *NM

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

December 04, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11378322
Consumer Location: CHICAGO, IL
VIN: JTEDP21A650****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER MASTER BRAKE CYLINDER LOOKS TO BE LEAKING NEAR THE BRAKE BOOSTER. I KNOW THAT IT WAS REPLACED BY TOYOTA DEALER UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 10V499000. HOWEVER I DO NOT REMEMBER THE YEAR. I WAS DRIVING ON LOCAL STREETS, WHEN I STEPPED ON THE BRAKE PEDAL AND IT WENT ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR. THE NEXT TIME I TRIED TO STEP ON THE PEDAL IT WAS WORKING OK. BUT THEN THE 3RD TIME I STEPPED ON THE BRAKE PEDAL IT WAS GOING ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR AGAIN. THIS WAS A SHOCKED SINCE IT GOT ME TO WORK 9 HOURS EARLIER WITH NO ISSUE. I GOT HOME AND CHECKED THE BRAKE FLUID LEVEL AND LOOKED TO BE AT THE CORRECT LEVEL. I DID NOT DRIVE UNTIL NEXT DAY TO TAKE IT TO MY LOCAL MECHANIC, WHO TOLD ME IT WAS THE MASTER BRAKE CYLINDER. HE STATED THAT THERE WAS A SMALL LEAK INSIDE THE BRAKE BOOSTER AND NEEDED TO REPLACE THE WHOLE MASTER BRAKE CYLINDER. IT STILL IS IN THE SHOP, HOWEVER I REMEMBERED THAT IT WAS "SWAPPED OUT" WITH A NEW ONE UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 10V499000. COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT THE RECALLED FOR THE NEW PART IS STILL DOING THE SAME THING? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN GET REPLACED AGAIN UNDER THE RECALL, OR HAVE TO PAY THE $550 FOR NEW PART AND LABOR. THANK YOU

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

January 20, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11171122
Consumer Location: DULUTH, GA
VIN: JTEGD21AX50****

Summary of Complaint

SHORT IN MASTER WINDOW SWITCH

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

January 18, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11171040
Consumer Location: JACKSON, MS
VIN: JTEGP21A550****

Summary of Complaint

REAR BREAK LIGHTS KEEP GOING OUT WITH FUSE BLOWING. NO REAR LIGHTS AT ALL WHEN THIS HAPPENS. I KEEP REPLACING THE 10A FUSE BUT CAN'T FIND CAUSE OF FAILURE. VEHICLE IS IN MOTION ON HIGHWAY. CAUSE OF LIGHTS SUDDENLY GOING OUT IS UNKNOWN.

Components: AIR BAGS

November 07, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 11083391
Consumer Location: WEST SENECA, NY
VIN: JTEEP21A050****

Summary of Complaint

INVOLVED IN THEE CAR T-BONE COLLISION THAT CAUSED SEVERAL INJURIES TO UPPER AND LOWER EXTREMITIES. THE AIR-BAG FAILED TO INFLATE. VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION AT A CONTROLLED INTERSECTION ON A RURAL ROAD AND TURNING LEFT.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

February 12, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11073387
Consumer Location: CROWN POINT, IN
VIN: JTEEP21A450****

Summary of Complaint

BRAKE FLUID HAS TO BE REFILLED EVERY 500 MILES. THERE MUST BE A LEAK SOMEWHERE IN THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER. ONCE WE ALMOST HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE BECAUSE THE BRAKE NEARLY FAILED DUE TO ABSENCE OF BRAKE FLUID

Components: ENGINE

December 31, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11064712
Consumer Location: PHILADELPHIA, PA
VIN: JTEDP21A750****

Summary of Complaint

ENGINE SLUDGE

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AIR BAGS STRUCTURE

July 23, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 11039870
Consumer Location: OJAI, CA
VIN: JTEGD21A950****

Summary of Complaint

ON 7/23/2011 I WAS AT A COMPLETE STOP IN MY VEHICLE. I WAS HIT FROM BEHIND BY A CAR TRAVELING 70MPH+ AND PUSHED INTO A CAR IN FRONT OF ME. THE AIR BAG LIGHT WENT OFF, BUT AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY.

Components: PARKING BRAKE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

September 22, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11035924
Consumer Location: BEAR, DE
VIN: JTEEP21A550****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT, ANOTHER VEHICLE SUDDENLY DROVE IN FRONT OF THE CONTACT. AS A RESULT, THE CONTACT CRASHED INTO THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE OF THE OTHER VEHICLE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO CARMAN FORD LINCOLN (193 S DUPONT HWY, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720 AT (302) 323-2300) WHERE THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE WAS REPAIRED. A FEW MONTHS LATER, THE STABILITY CONTROL AND PARKING BRAKE INDICATORS ILLUMINATED, AND THE RADIO AND CLOCK STARTED TO MALFUNCTION. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO PRICE TOYOTA (168 N DUPONT HWY, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720 (302) 322-8600) WHERE IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BODY CONTROL MODULE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE DEALER STATED THAT OTHER FAILURES MAY OCCUR. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND DID NOT ASSIST. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 119,271.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

March 09, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11031470
Consumer Location: IRVING, TX
VIN: JTEDP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE POWER WINDOWS FAILED TO PROPERLY FUNCTION FOR THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW INTERMITTENTLY AND THE REAR WINDOWS FAILED TO ELECTRONICALLY CLOSE AND OPEN. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO (TEXAS TOYOTA OF GRAPEVINE, 701 E STATE HWY 114, GRAPEVINE, TX 76051, (817) 329-5949) FOR INSPECTION AND DIAGNOSIS. IN ADDITION, THE VIN WAS INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 11V112000 (VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL) AND THE CONTACT WAS UNCERTAIN AS TO WHEN THE DEALER MAY PROVIDE THE REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS EXCLUDED FROM AN ELECTRICAL RECALL TO SERVICE THE POWER MASTER WINDOW SWITCH FAILURE FOR THE WINDOWS. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE. PARTS DISTRIBUTION DISCONNECT.

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 05, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10993300
Consumer Location: SCOTTSVILLE, NY
VIN: JTEEP21A650****

Summary of Complaint

TRANSAXLE VENT IS LEAKING TRANSMISSION FLUID ONTO EXHAUST, POTENTIAL OF CATASTRAPHIC TRANSMISSION FAILURE DUE TO TOTAL SUDDEN LOSS OF TRANSMISSION FLIUD. LEAK IS CAUSE BY A DEFECTIVE SEAL

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

May 10, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10985012
Consumer Location: BAKERSFIELD, CA
VIN: JTEGD21A350****

Summary of Complaint

I RECEIVED A RECALL NOTICE IN THE MAIL.

Components: POWER TRAIN

November 28, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10929644
Consumer Location: WESTMINSTER, CO
VIN: JTEEP21A650****

Summary of Complaint

MY HIGHLANDER HAS 120,000 MILES ON IT AND THE TRANSMISSION SUDDENLY GAVE OUT WHILE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY. IT STARTED BY DOWNSHIFTING SUDDENLY, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO RETAIN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. THEN I LOST ALL FORWARD POWER AND HAD TO COAST TO A STOP ON THE SIDE OF THE INTERSTATE. I AM NOW STUCK PAYING A $3500+ REPAIR BILL DESPITE KEEPING UP ON REGULAR MAINTENANCE ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS MAINTENANCE GUIDE. AFTER TALKING WITH SEVERAL MECHANICS, I FOUND OUT THIS IS APPARENTLY A COMMON PROBLEM ON THE TRANSMISSIONS USED BY THE RAV4S AND HIGHLANDERS, BUT TOYOTA HAS ONLY ISSUED RECALLS FOR THE RAV4S? VERY DISAPPOINTING. *TR

Components: ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

October 03, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10913891
Consumer Location: ELVERSON, PA
VIN: JTEEP21A450****

Summary of Complaint

ANTI-SKID COMPUTER HAS GONE BAD, ACTIVATING SKID CONTROL CONSTANTLY ( CUTTING POWER AND APPLYING BRAKES ) ALL THE TIME WHILE DRIVING IN WARM DRY WEATHER. MANY TIMES YOU CAN NOT EVEN PULL OUT IN TRAFFIC SAFELY, IT CUTS POWER ONCE YOU START TO MOVE. VERY DANGEROUS. AFTER EXTENSIVE TESTING BY BOTH INDEPENDENTS AND THE DEALER, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE COMPUTER (ANTI-SKID ECU) HAS A DEFECT. KNOWN ISSUE. KELLY BLUE BOOK VALUES THE CAR AT $8500 (PRIVATE SALE) AND THIS REPAIR WILL BE OVER $2500. VEHICLE HAS 51,000 MILES ON IT. BELONGS TO MY ELDERLY MOTHER, WHO IS ON A FIXED INCOME. DRIVING THE CAR IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. COME TO A STOP (LIGHT, CROSS ROADS,ETC). THEN GO, IT ACTIVATES AND CUTS ALL POWER TO THE DRIVE TRAIN. YOU ARE JUST SITTING THERE, AND CAN NOT MOVE THE VEHICLE. IF YOU ARE MERGING, OR CROSSING TRAFFIC, YOU ARE NOW IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION.

Components: POWER TRAIN

July 07, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10895755
Consumer Location: LURAY, VA
VIN: JTEEP21A450****

Summary of Complaint

BOUGHT THE CAR AND NOT EVEN A WEEK AFTER OWNING IT I HAD TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS, I TOOK IT BACK TO THE DEALER THEY REPLACED THE TRANS AND UPDATED THE COMPUTER. THE PROBLEM STILL PERSIST, THERE IS A HUGE HESITATION IN THE TRANSMISSION WHEN SLOWING TO AN ALMOST STOP AND RE ACCELERATING. THE RPM'S REV UP BUT THE CAR DOES NOT RESPOND SOMETIMES. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS WHEN GOING THROUGH INTERSECTIONS OR MERGING INTO TRAFFIC. THERE ARE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM. I HAVE A NEW TRANS IN MY CAR, FLUID LEVELS ARE PERFECT THE COMPUTER HAS BEEN UPDATED AND STILL HAVING HUGE ISSUES WITH MY TRANS. THIS IS DANGEROUS VERY DANGEROUS.

Components: STEERING POWER TRAIN SERVICE BRAKES

August 05, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10895208
Consumer Location: BRONX, NY
VIN: JTEEP21A850****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN I WAS TRYING TO PARK MY TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2005 IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING WHERE I WORK, BACKING UP, THE ENGINE IDDLE WENT EXTREMELY HIGH AND I TRIED TO STOP, BUT I COULD NOT DO IT BECAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL AND THE BRAKES LOCKED. I TRIED TO PUT THE GEAR IN NEUTRAL, BUT INSTEAD, IT WENT STRAIGH TO DRIVE, SO IT CAUSES MAJOR DAMAGES TO 2 VEHICLES BEHIND MINE, AND OTHER 3 IN FRONT OF MINE TOO. ALSO MY VEHICLE DESTROYED A MAIL BOX AND A TREE, BUT I COULD NOT STOP UNTIL MY HIGHLANDER STOPPED BY ITSELF TOTALLY DESTROYED. I ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL WITH SOME TRAUMA.

Components: STEERING

February 03, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10825920
Consumer Location: MILPITAS, CA
VIN: JTEEP21A150****

Summary of Complaint

NOTICED A NOISE COMING FROM UNDERNEATH STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY AND STEERING DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT. THIS HAPPENS ALMOST EVERY TIME WE MADE A TURN TO EITHER THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT. SAME THING HAPPENED WHEN BACKING OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY. WE THEN TOOK OUR 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER IN TO OUR MECHANIC AND HE ADVISED US THAT THE STEERING COLUMN FLEX COUPLING WAS LOSE AND UNSAFE TO DRIVE DUE TO POTENTIAL BALL BARRIERING LOSE. CLICKING SOUND WENT AWAY ONCE STEERING WAS REPAIRED. THERE WAS ALSO A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE STEERING.

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

January 01, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10824640
Consumer Location: BETHLEHEM, PA
VIN: JTEEP21A450****

Summary of Complaint

THE DRIVER SIDE VISOR IS DROOPING MORE AND MORE. NOW IT IS PARTLY IN MY LINE OF SIGHT (I'M 6'3") AND WHEN I HIT A BUMP IT DROPS DOWN EVEN FURTHER AND BLOCKS ABOUT HALF OF MY VISION OUT THE WINDSHIELD. VERY DANGEROUS. BEFORE I START DRIVING, I CAN GENTLY RAISE IT AND SLOWLY LET IT DROP TO WHERE IT STOPS WHERE IT ONLY PARTIALLY BLOCKS MY VISION. AS LONG AS I CAN AVOID BUMPS/POTHOLES, IT WILL STAY BUT IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF A BUMP TO KNOCK IT LOOSE TO WHERE IT DROPS DOWN FURTHER AND BECOMES A SAFETY HAZARD BY BLOCKING TOO MUCH OF MY VISION. THIS STARTED SOME YEARS AGO AND HAS STEADILY GOTTEN WORSE.

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 15, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10789738
Consumer Location: COLUMBIA, SC
VIN: 3TEGP21A350****

Summary of Complaint

HAVE DOCUMENTED TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS SINCE THE PURCHASE OF THE VEHICLE. CONTACTED TOYOTA WITH MY CONCERNS, NO HELP WAS PROVIDED. TRANSMISSION FAILED. PROVIDED TOYOTA WITH COMPLAINT ON OCT.14,2015. AND MANY TIMES BEFORE THEN. AFRAID FOR MY LIFE TO DRIVE IT. TURNING, JERKING, HESITATION IN TAKE OFF. ETC.

Components: STEERING

November 09, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10789449
Consumer Location: SKOKIE, IL
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

UNABLE TO STEER CAR PROPERLY ESP WHEN MAKING A LEFT TURN. THE CAR, ON AT LEAST 3 OCCASIONS, HAD THE TENDENCY TO GO STRAIGHT (DIFFICULT TO STEER) WHEN MAKING TURNS AND THEN GOES AWAY MOST TIMES. 2ND INCIDENT, WRITER ATTEMPTED TO MERGE TO THE MAIN STREET. LAST INCIDENT TODAY.

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

October 01, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10789129
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JTEDP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

HEWLLO MY COMPLAINT IS ABOUT THE DRIVERS SIDE SUN VISOR.IT WONT STAY UP AND HASNT FOR ABOUT A YEAR. I HAVE READ THAT A LOT OF HIGHLANDER OWNERS ARE HAVING THIS PROBLEM AND IT MAKES IT VERY HARD TO SEE.A NEW COSTS ABOUT 175.00!

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

October 17, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10783330
Consumer Location: MIAMI, FL
VIN: JTEDP21A950****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN DRIVING ON THE COUNTRY SIDE, WE USED THE HIGH BEAM LIGHTS AND NOTICED WHEN WE STOP SMOKE FROM THE HEAD LAMPS. IT WAS SO HOT THAT MELTED THE LENS COVERS. THIS REPRESENT A HAZARD AND LIABILITY. IT CAN CAUSE A SEVERE BURN SKIN DAMAGE TO A PERSON AND PROBABLY IF LEFT MORE TIME A FIRE. TOYOTA HAS A SERVICE TECHNICAL BULLETIN T-SB-0036-08 (NHTSA ID NUMBER: 10024893) THAT ADDRESS A "DISCOLORATION ON THE LENS". MY VIN NUMBER IS INCLUDED ON THE LIST. TOYOTA KNOWS THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE MATERIAL USED, IT ABSORBS TO MUCH HEAT. THIS IS A POTENTIAL FOR FIRE AND FOR A SEVERE BURN. TOYOTA SHOULD REPLACE THEM. PICTURES ATTACHED AS WELL AS SERVICE TECHNICAL BULLETIN T-SB-0036-08. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT A FIRE, THE PRESENCE OF THE SMOKE INDICATE A POTENTIAL FOR FIRE IF WE HAD USE IT LONGER.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

June 29, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10748243
Consumer Location: STONEHAM, MA
VIN: JTEGD21A650****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN I STARTED MY CAR I NOTICED THE ABS,BRAKE,TIRE,TRAC OFF&VSC LITES WERE ALL LIT. I COULDN'T GET A DIAGNOSIS FROM MECHANIC.THESE LIGHTS CONTINUE TO STAY LIT. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS SAFE. I HAVE READ AT LEAST A HUNDRED OF THE SAME COMPLAINT ON BLOGS.

Components: STEERING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

July 01, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10732934
Consumer Location: POOLER, GA
VIN: JTEGD21A950****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS STARTED, THE ABS, TRACTION CONTROL OFF, VSC, TIRE PRESSURE, AND EMERGENCY BRAKE WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE THE TECHNICIAN WAS NOT ABLE TO DIAGNOSE THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 134,000. ...UPDATED 09/28/15 *BF THE CONSUMER STATED THE VEHICLE WOULD LOSE STEERING CONTROL AS IF THE VEHICLE WAS GOING TO LOSE POWER. THE CONSUMER STATED IT WOULD HAPPEN ON AN INTERMITTENT BASIS. UPDATED 10/06/15*JB

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION STRUCTURE VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

May 30, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10726359
Consumer Location: ALEXANDRIA, VA
VIN: JTEEP21A250****

Summary of Complaint

ON SATURDAY, MAY 30TH AT APPROXIMATELY 8:30 I WAS MOVING OUR 2005 HIGHLANDER FROM THE STREET INTO OUR RESERVED PARKING SPACE WITHIN OUR COMPLEX. AS I WAS STARTING MY RIGHT HAND TURN INTO THE COMPLEX THE CAR ACCELERATOR STUCK. I HIT THE CURB ON THE DRIVER'S/LEFT SIDE CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO VEER TO THE RIGHT. AS THE CAR CONTINUED TO ACCELERATE I HIT A TREE AND KNOCKED OVER ONE OF THE COMMUNITY'S POSTED SIGNAGE. THE IMPACT MADE THE CAR BOUNCE BACKWARD PARTIALLY INTO THE DRIVE, DAMAGING THE FRONT PASSENGER'S SIDE, DRIVE SHAFT BROKE, FRONT END PART FLEW ALL OVER AND A SMALL FIRE OCCURRED. POLICE WERE CALL AND REPORT TAKEN. THEY ESTIMATED THE SPEED AT 20-30 MILES PER HOUR. THE REPORT TAKEN WAS NOT FILED SINCE THE ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER STARTED THE VEHICLE TO GET IT ON THE TRUCK. HE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME FOR HE COULD NOT GET THE WHEELS TO TURN. ON TUESDAY, JUNE 2, WE WERE NOTIFIED BY OUR INSURANCE COMPANY THAT THE VEHICLE WAS TOTALED. THERE WAS A RECALL REPAIR DONE ON MAY 21, 2011, AFTER WE WERE ADVISED THAT THE REPLACEMENT PARTS WERE AVAILABLE TO INSTALL THE FORWARD RETENTION CLIP USED TO SECURE THE DRIVER'S SIDE FLOOR CARPET COVER. WE WERE ADVISED THAT IF IT WAS NOT INSTALLED PROPERLY, THE COVER MAY LEAN TOWARD THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND INTERFERE WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL ARM. IF THIS OCCURS, THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY TEMPORARILY BECOME STUCK IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION RATHER THAN RETURNING TO THE IDLE POSITION. AN ACCELERATOR PEDAL TEMPORARILY STUCK IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A FAILURE OF THE REPLACEMENT PART. *TR

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

June 05, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10723599
Consumer Location: NORTHAMPTON, PA
VIN: JTEEP21A650****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS LEAVING A PARKING LOT AND WAS GOING TO ENTER A ROAD. I WAS COASTING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT AT ABOUT 10 MPH BECAUSE I HAD TO STOP BEFORE ENTERING THE CROSS ROAD. WHEN I STEPPED ON THE BRAKE TO STOP, THE CAR STARTED TO ACCELERATE. I PRESSED ON THE BRAKE HARD AND IT SOUNDED LIKE THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM KICKED IN WHILE THE ENGINE REVVED UP AND KEPT PUSHING THE CAR. THE ACCELERATION PUSHED ME INTO THE CROSS ROAD WHILE THE BRAKING SYSTEM WAS MAKING LOTS OF NOISE,. LUCKILY NO ONE WAS IN THE CROSS ROAD AT THAT TIME. I PUT THE CAR INTO NEUTRAL, WHILE MY FOOT WAS STILL ON THE BREAK, AND THE ENGINE RPM'S DROPPED DOWN TO IDLE. I THEN PUT THE CAR INTO REVERSE ( BECAUSE CARS WERE NOW COMING ON THE ROAD I WANTED TO ENTER). AND I BACKED UP NORMALLY ( NO MORE ENGINE REVVING) . I PUT THE CAR BACK INTO DRIVE AND EVERYTHING ACTED NORMAL. IT WAS VERY SCARY, BECAUSE IF CARS WERE CROSSING IN FRONT OF ME WHEN IT HAPPENED, I WOULD HAVE GONE INTO THE ROADWAY UNABLE TO STOP AND I WOULD HAVE HIT SOME ONE.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

October 13, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10717550
Consumer Location: JAMESTOWN, RI
VIN: JTEDP21A450****

Summary of Complaint

AIR CONDITIONER, CAN BE ON THE COLDEST SEATING AND THEN TURN EXTREMELY HOT. SEEMS LIKE WHEN A BUMP IS HIT, IT EFFECTS WHEN THIS HAPPENS.

Components: VISIBILITY EQUIPMENT

February 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10703688
Consumer Location: LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2005 .THE DRIV ERR S SIDE SUN VISOR WILL NOT STAY UP.IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD WE HOLE DRIVING.TOYOTA, THOUGH THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR MANY HIGHLAND ERR OWN ERR 3RD WILL NOT FIX OR REPLACE IT. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WHEELS SERVICE BRAKES

March 19, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10701712
Consumer Location: DENVER, CO
VIN: JTEEP21AX50****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY THE REAR PASSENGER WHEEL LOCKED UP. HAD TO CUT ACROSS TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC TO THE SIDE. THE WHEEL STILL TOTALLY LOCKED WHEN IT HAD TO BE DRAGGED ONTO A FLAT BED. LUCKILY THERE WAS NO INJURIES. STILL NOT 100% SURE OR WHAT'S WRONG BUT GUESSING IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE TRACTION/ABS CONTROL SYSTEM. THEY REALLY SHOULD LOOK INTO A RECALL BECAUSE THIS SEEMS TO BE A COMMON ISSUE. *TR

Components: STEERING ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

March 07, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10693710
Consumer Location: NAPLES, FL
VIN: JTEDW21A660****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING THE POWER STEERING STOP WORKING. VERY HARD TO TURN THE STEERING WHEEL TO PARK IN SAFE PLACE. CAR RUNS BUT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STEER. SAFETY HAZARD. *TR

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

March 07, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10693294
Consumer Location: MILNER, GA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER'S SIDE SUN VISOR FALLS DOWN, OBSTRUCTING VIEW, UNPREDICTABLY, DESPITE HAVING NOTHING ON IT. *TR

Components: VISIBILITY/WIPER

March 07, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10692971
Consumer Location: MECHANICSVILLE, VA
VIN: JTEGD21A050****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 65 MPH, THE ENTIRE SUNROOF SEPARATED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE AREA WAS COMPLETELY RUSTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 197,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL ENGINE

March 31, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10661116
Consumer Location: WICHITA, KS
VIN: JTEEP21A550****

Summary of Complaint

I'M THE ORIGINAL OWNER & SOLE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE & EVER SINCE I TEST DROVE IT THE DAY I PURCHASED IT THIS CAR'S HAD ISSUES WITH "JERKY/DELAYED" ACCELERATION. DURING THE TEST DRIVE I WAS TOLD THAT THE CAR ADJUSTS TO HOW I DRIVE & IT'LL GET BETTER. THIS HAPPENS PRETTY MUCH EVERY TIME I ACCELERATE THE VEHICLE AFTER IT'S BEEN STOPPED OR THE SPEED SLOWED SUBSTANTIALLY. EACH & EVERY TIME I TRY TO GENTLY ACCELERATE THE VEHICLE FROM A STOP, THERE'S A TINY DELAY IN VEHICLE RESPONSE FROM WHAT I AM INPUTTING TO THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL. THEN AFTER THE DELAY, IT'S LIKE THE VEHICLE TRIES TO SUDDENLY CATCH UP WITH WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE ACCELERATION PROCESS & SUDDENLY JERKS FORWARD WITH A LOT OF ACCELERATION. THIS POSES A SAFETY PROBLEM WHEN TRYING TO PULL OUT INTO TRAFFIC & NEEDING THE VEHICLE TO RESPOND TO THE GAS PEDAL INPUTS THAT I'M GIVING IT IMMEDIATELY AS I'M GIVING THEM & NOT WITH EVEN A SMALL DELAY. THAT DELAY IN RESPONSE BY THE VEHICLE'S ACCELERATION HAS CAUSED SEVERAL NEAR-MISSES WITH OTHER TRAFFIC. I HAVE TRIED TAKING IT INTO MY DEALER AT LEAST A COUPLE TIMES TO HAVE THE ISSUE ADDRESSED BUT THE TECHNICIANS JUST WANTED TO BRUSH IT OFF SAYING THEY DIDN'T NOTICE IT OR BLAME IT ON THE TRANSMISSION & WHEN I TOLD THEM THIS ISN'T A TRANSMISSION PROBLEM THEY JUST BLEW ME OFF TREATING ME LIKE A DUMB FEMALE WHO DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CARS, NOT KNOWING THAT I'M AN ENGINEER. BOTH OF THESE TIMES WERE WITHIN MY WARRANTY PERIOD, BUT IT'S OBVIOUS THEY DIDN'T WANT TO SPEND THE TIME & EFFORT TO DIAGNOSE THIS ISSUE. MY SAFETY WAS CLEARLY NOT IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE AT MY LOCAL TOYOTA DEALERSHIP. SO I CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM EVERY SINGLE TIME I ACCELERATE FROM A STOP AND MOST TIMES I RE-ACCELERATE AFTER HAVING SLOWED DOWN SUBSTANTIALLY. AFTER HAVING THIS ISSUE FOR THE PAST 9 YEARS, THE JERKINESS OF THE ACCELERATION PROBABLY HAS CAUSED OTHER PROBLEMS WITH THE VEHICLE. *TR

Components: VISIBILITY

October 25, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10659465
Consumer Location: MILFORD, OH
VIN: JTEEP21A050****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE FRONT HEADLIGHT LENSES WERE DETERIORATING. THERE WAS A PRESENCE OF A SPOT THAT WAS SPREADING ACROSS THE PLASTIC, WHICH MAY BE INTERMITTENTLY MELTING. THE CONTACT INDICATED THAT THE SPOT WAS INCREASING ON THE FRONT HEADLIGHT LENSE AND COULD IMPACT THE CONTACT'S VISIBILITY UPON THE USE OF THE LOW OR HIGH BEAMS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO DIAGNOSED THAT BOTH HEADLIGHT LENSES NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS TO BE REPAIRED BY AN AUTHORIZED DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 82,000.

Components: WHEELS

November 07, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10653461
Consumer Location: BURLINGTON, VT
VIN: JTEHD21A750****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THE FRONT DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE WHEELS BECAME ABNORMALLY BENT AND ALL FOUR WHEELS WERE CORRODED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE TECHNICIAN RECOMMENDED FOR THE WHEELS TO BE ROTATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 60,915.

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL ENGINE

September 06, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10648518
Consumer Location: LAKEWOOD, CO
VIN: JTEEP21A550****

Summary of Complaint

I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE VEHICLE AND THROUGHOUT MY OWNERSHIP SINCE 2/2005 WHEN IT WAS BOUGHT THIS CAR HAS ISSUES WITH ACCELERATION. IT USUALLY OCCURS WHEN YOU ARE SITTING AT A STOP AND TRY TO ACCELERATE THE VEHICLE. THE CAR DOES NOT RECOGNIZE WHEN YOU ARE PUSHING THE ACCELERATION PEDAL AND HAS A DELAY WHEN IT FINALLY RESPONDS. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS INCIDENTS WHERE I HAVE TRIED TO CROSS A BUSY INTERSECTION OR PULL OUT INTO TRAFFIC AND THE VEHICLE HESITATES WHEN TRYING TO ACCELERATE, ENDING WITH A JERK OF THE VEHICLE. I HAVE ALMOST BEEN T-BONED A FEW TIMES TRYING TO CROSS BUSY INTERSECTIONS AND THE CAR DOESN'T WANT TO MOVE. I HAVE BROUGHT THIS TO THE DEALERSHIP NUMEROUS TIMES AND THE ONLY RESPONSE THEY HAVE IS THAT THE CAR ADJUSTS TO DIFFERENT DRIVERS AND IT THEN PROGRAMS ITSELF BASED OFF YOUR DRIVING HABITS, SO THEY RESET THE CODING ON IT. STILL HAVE THE ISSUE, DIDN'T FIX ANYTHING AND NOW I AM READING WHERE OTHERS HAVE HAD ISSUES, I JUST THINK THEY BRUSHED IT UNDER THE RUG TO NOT HAVE TO HONOR MY WARRANTY THAT WAS IN PLACE ON THE VEHICLE. I HAVE ALSO HAVE HAD ISSUES FROM DAY 1 ON THIS CAR WITH THE TRANSMISSION PAN LEAKING, THEY HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION PAN GASKET NUMEROUS TIMES ON THE VEHICLE; CLAIMING IT JUST WENT BAD. REALLY, THAT MANY TIMES IT JUST GOES BAD, I DON'T THINK SO. *TR

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