2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER VIN: JTEGD21AX30071597

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VIN JTEGD21AX30071597 Decoding Toyota Vin Decoder

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Make

TOYOTA

Manufacturer Name

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC

Model

Highlander

Model Year

2003

Plant City

KYUSHU

Series

MCU20L

Trim

STD

Vehicle Type

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE (MPV)

Plant Country

JAPAN

Plant Company Name

Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc

Series2

Wagon body style

Note

Multiple Series coded together: MCU25L, ACU20L, ACU25L

Body Class

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

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1C: 4,001 - 5,000 lb (1,814 - 2,268 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Drive Type

4x2

Engine Number of Cylinders

4

Displacement (CC)

2362

Displacement (CI)

146.45698582735

Displacement (L)

2.4

Engine Model

2AZ-FE

Engine Power (kW)

115.5835

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Valve Train Design

Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC)

Engine Configuration

In-Line

Engine Brake (hp) From

155

Cooling Type

Water

Engine Brake (hp) To

170

Other Engine Info

Horsepower: 149 hp, 160 hp, 162 hp, 170 hp

Engine Manufacturer

Toyota

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

2003 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:
0%

2003 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 Not Available

Air Bags

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

Child Passenger Features

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

Complaints Assosiated with VIN JTEGD21AX30071597

Components: ENGINE

January 24, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10556849
Consumer Location: COSTA MESA, CA
VIN: JTEGD21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE ENGINE RELEASED A PINK FLUID AS A GURGLING NOISE EMITTED FROM THE STEERING WHEEL COLUMN. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A LOCAL MECHANIC FOR INSPECTION, WHO FOUND THAT THE ENGINE CYLINDER, BOLT HEAD AND THE THREAD WERE STRIPPED FROM THE CYLINDER BLOCK DUE TO DEFECTIVE MATERIAL. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 99,900 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 111,500. UPDATED 6/17/14*CN THE ENGINE BLOCK AND VALVE WERE REPLACED. UPDATED 07/03/14

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

October 15, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10366566
Consumer Location: ISLAND LAKE, IL
VIN: JTEGD21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER'S TEMP GAUGE STARTED GOING TOWARD THE H WHILE DRIVING ABOUT 30 MPH. I TURNED THE HEAT ON IN THE CAR AND THAT MADE THE GAUGE GO BACK DOWN TO NORMAL. I TOOK THE CAR TO A TOYOTA DEALERSHIP WHERE I WAS TOLD MY HEAD GASKET WAS BLOWN AND I NEEDED A NEW ENGINE FOR ABOUT $8000! I TOOK THE CAR TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC THAT TOLD ME THE ENGINE ITSELF WAS FINE BUT 3 BOLTS ON THE HEAD GASKET WERE STRIPPED. THE REPAIR IS COSTING AN APPROXIMATE $2500 TO RETAP THE HOLES AND USE DIFFERENT BOLTS. I HAD DONE SOME RESEARCH AND I FOUND OUT THAT THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THE 2003 HIGHLANDERS AND TOYOTA IS NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT (I HAVE THE WEBSITE INFO AND COMPLAINTS IF NEEDED). MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE PURCHASED THIS YEAR/MAKE/MODEL HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS REPAIRING THIS DEFECT THAT TOYOTA KNOWS ABOUT BUT WILL NOT TAKE CARE OF. I CALLED TOYOTA NATIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY GAVE ME THIS WEBSITE INFORMATION TO FILE A COMPLAINT (I HAVE A CLAIM NUMBER IF YOU NEED IT). I AM VERY UPSET, ACTUALLY OUTRAGED, THAT HERE WE ARE AGAIN FINDING OUT THAT TOYOTA HAS MORE ISSUES WITH THEIR VEHICLES AND WON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I BOUGHT THIS CAR BECAUSE I THOUGHT TOYOTAS WERE RELIABLE. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS AND HELP ALL OF US WHO BOUGHT THE 2003 HIGHLANDERS RECOVER THE MONEY WE HAVE SPENT ON REPAIRS TO AN OBVIOUS MANUFACTURER'S DEFECTIVE PART USAGE. THANK YOU! *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

September 15, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10297816
Consumer Location: NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
VIN: JTEGD21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

1. ENGINE OVERTEMP 2. ENGINE CONTINUALLY RUNS HOT. CANNOT USE VEHICLE 3. REPLACED HEAD GASKET, RADIATOR, THERMOSTAT. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

June 22, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10276375
Consumer Location: GOBLES, MI
VIN: JTEGD21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

ENGINE OVERHEATED. SERVICE DEPT DIAGNOSED BAD HEAD GASKET. DISCOVERED STRIPPED THREADS IN THE BLOCK FOR TWO REAR HEAD BOLTS. SERVICE DEPT ATTEMPTED REPAIR WITH RETHREADED HELICOIL BUT WOULD NOT HOLD. ENGINE REPLACEMENT IS REQUIRED. *TR

Components: VISIBILITY

June 11, 2003
NHTSA ID Number: 10083591
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JTEGD21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN DRIVING WITH THE THE WINDOWS DOWN THERE WAS A LOUD NOISE, AND IT INCREASED WHEN VEHICLE SPEED INCREASED. MANUFACTURE STATED THAT THEY WERE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM. IT WAS A DESIGN ISSUE, AND WILL NOT REPAIR IT UNLESS THEY WAS A LARGE VOLUME OF COMPLAINTS.*AK

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

May 06, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 11374150
Consumer Location: NEWPORT BEACH, CA
VIN: JTEGF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

PASSENGER WINDOW HAS HAD TO BE FIXED MULTIPLE TIMES. COMES OFF THE TRACK AND WILL NOT CLOSE. HAVE HAD INTERIOR DAMAGE BECAUSE OF IT

Components: ENGINE

October 01, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11270240
Consumer Location: TRACY, CA
VIN: JTEGD21A130****

Summary of Complaint

2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4 CYL. SERVICE BULLITON FROM THEM #310436. HEAD BOLTS COMING UNDONE INSIDE MOTOR CAUSING CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF MOTOR. BOLTS NOT HOLDING DOWN MFGR KNOWS ABOUT THIS. WAS A MANUFACTURING PROCESS THAT DID NOT WORK. ON CARCOMPLAINTS.COM THIS IS A RAMPANT PROBLEM REPORTED. READS ALMOST LIKE A PLAY BOOK ON HOW THE MOTOR OVERHEATS AND FAILS, TOLD HEADGASKET, AFTER OPENING UP THE MOTOR IT IS FOUND THAT THE HEAD BOLTS BACKED OUT. TOYOTA IS NORMALLY A GREAT CAR. I STILL OWE MONEY ON THIS CAR AND TOYOTA IS BASICALLY NOT TAKING CARE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS AND LEAVING US OUT TO DRY. PLEASE ISSUE A RECALL ON THIS. VEHICLE WAS DRIVING AND QUICKLY OVERHEATED. THIS HAPPENED TWICE IN A SHORT DISTANCE. EASILY CAN LEAVE ONE STRANDED. NO STEAM OUT THE TAILPIPE AND WATER GUSHED OUT SIDE OF MOTOR. DEALER LEFT MOTOR APART WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP AFTER BEING DRAGGED ABOUT. THEY PROMISED TO FIX IT AT FIRST AS THEY DUG INTO THE MOTOR THEY BACKED OUT OF THEIR WORD.

Components: AIR BAGS

September 30, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11268617
Consumer Location: FORT PIERCE, FL
VIN: JTEGF21A430****

Summary of Complaint

HEAD ON COLLISION AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY SPEEDS 25-40 MPH

Components: STRUCTURE UNKNOWN OR OTHER

October 01, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 11265544
Consumer Location: INDIAN WELLS, CA
VIN: JTEGF21AX30****

Summary of Complaint

PAINT SEAL DELAMINATION

Components: AIR BAGS

September 17, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11258297
Consumer Location: FRANKLIN, GA
VIN: JTEGD21A630****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS IN MOTION WHEN WE HIT A COW GOING 45MPH THAT JUMPED OUT AT MY HUSBAND AND I MY AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY THE CAR IS TOTALED WAS CITY STREET

Components: STEERING WHEELS

January 25, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11172554
Consumer Location: DEXTER, ME
VIN: JTEHF21A330****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING 40 MPH ON ICE, THE POWER STEERING SEIZED AND THE REAR DRIVER'S SIDE WHEEL LOCKED UP. AS A RESULT, THE VEHICLE SPUN OUT AND CRASHED INTO A SNOW MOUND. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE CONTACT'S HOME. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE CAUSE OF THE FAILURE WAS NOT DETERMINED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 200,000.

Components: SUSPENSION

January 11, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11169937
Consumer Location: BRIDGEWATER, CT
VIN: JTEHF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

REAR FORWARD CONTROL ARM BROKE IN HALF UNDER NORMAL DRIVING. THIS IS A HOLLOW SHAFT, WHICH SEEMS INADEQUATE, AND CREATES A DANGER OF LOSS OF REAR AXEL AND OR WHEEL.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

September 19, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11133071
Consumer Location: HOPKINS, MN
VIN: JTEHF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE VEHICLE UNINTENTIONALLY ACCELERATED AT HIGH SPEEDS WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO BRING THE VEHICLE TO A COMPLETE STOP AND TURN OFF THE ENGINE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO A DEALER OR INDEPENDENT MECHANIC FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING OR REPAIRS. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 185,000.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING VISIBILITY/WIPER

March 01, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 11081973
Consumer Location: CANTON, OH
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

THE HEADLIGHT LENSES ARE COMPLETELY FOGGED AND IMPAIRS DRIVING AFTER DUSK. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE AND A RECALL SHOULD BE ISSUED

Components: ENGINE

February 14, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11076109
Consumer Location: ASTORIA, NY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

HEAD BOLTS STRIPPED IN ENGINE , 66K MILES - COOLANT LOSS - ALL MECHANICS PREFER TO SWAP ENGINE - TOYOTA SERVICE SHOP BY ME QUOTED ME 5,000 FOR AN ENGINE AND 1 YEAR WARRANTY. THE CAR IS WORTH 8,000 TOPS. HEARTBROKEN BY THIS - WILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE REPAIRS ON MY OWN AND HOPE TO DRIVE AGAIN.

Components: AIR BAGS

May 28, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 11039265
Consumer Location: COPIAGUE, NY
VIN: JTEGD21A830****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE CONTACT FELT LIGHTHEADED AND CRASHED INTO A LIGHT POLE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT DID NOT SUSTAIN INJURIES. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN TO THE CONTACT'S RESIDENCE. THE VEHICLE WAS LATER TAKEN TO AN INSURANCE LOT WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED FOR THE BODY DAMAGE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO A DEALER. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED FOR THE AIR BAG FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 40,000.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING SEAT BELTS

March 11, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11032815
Consumer Location: SEASIDE, CA
VIN: JTEGF21A630****

Summary of Complaint

SEAT BELT ON DRIVERS SIDE IS FRAYING ON THE EDGES. SPOKE TO OTHER TOYOTA HIGHLANDER OWNERS AND THEY ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM. CONTACTED THE DEALERSHIP WHERE WE PURCHASED THE VEHICLE AND THEY SAID WE WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR A NEW SEATBELT AND INSTALLATION COST. I CONTACTED A FEW OTHER MANUFACTURERS AND WAS TOLD THAT DUE TO THIS BEING A SAFETY ISSUE THEY WOULD REPLACE AT NO COST TO THE CONSUMER. THE SEATBELT IS NOT MEANT TO WEAR OUT AND THEY SAID THAT IT WAS A MANUFACTURER DEFECT THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. THE SECOND ISSUE HAS TO DO WITH THE BRAKE LIGHTS. REPLACED BULBS, FUSES AND CHECKED WIRING NO PROBLEMS YET THE BRAKE LIGHT DO NOT WORK. TOYOTA'S IS AWARE OF THE ISSUE AND STATES THAT THE CONSUMER CAN PAY $400 TO HAVE IT CHECKED AND IT STILL DOES NOT WORK.

Components: POWER TRAIN

May 02, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10991076
Consumer Location: LARGO, FL
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

"TAKATA RECALL" TRANSMISSION SLIPS IN REVERSE SURGE IN REVERSE AFTER SLIP

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

April 04, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10990708
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JTEHF21A130****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER SIDE VISOR IS LOOSE AND DROPS DOWN DURING DRIVING , OBSTRUCTING VIEW. IS NOT SAVE DURING DRIVING , VISIR CAN NOT HOLD POSITION UP

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

May 05, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10985048
Consumer Location: CHESAPEAKE, VA
VIN: JTEGD21A330****

Summary of Complaint

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT KEEPS REPORTING AN ISSUE AND DESPITE TAKATA RECALL - SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON CODED REPAIRS, THE LIGHT COMES BACK ON. I HAVE SPENT NUMEROUS DOLLARS TO REPLACE CAT CONVERTER, 2 SETS OF INJECTORS, FUEL PUMP, ON AND ON......WITHIN 2 DAYS, THE LIGHT IS BACK ON. I SAW A SERVICE CAMPAIGN RELEASE 12/6/2006, BUT MY 4 CYLINDER HIGHLANDER VIN DOES NOT SHOW UP ON YOUR LIST. NEXT WOULD BE A CLASS ACTION SUIT FOR LOST MONIES?

Components: AIR BAGS VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL SERVICE BRAKES

December 29, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10939869
Consumer Location: PITTSBURGH, PA
VIN: JTEHF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNED A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN REVERSE, IT ACCELERATED INDEPENDENTLY. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED, BUT FAILED TO EFFECTIVELY SLOW DOWN THE VEHICLE. THE GEAR SHIFTER BUTTON WAS PUSHED INTO DRIVE AND THE VEHICLE SPED FORWARD AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AND A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE FAILURE RECURRED TWICE PRIOR TO THE CRASH. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 150,000. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. *JS

Components: AIR BAGS STRUCTURE

November 21, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10936022
Consumer Location: WHITE PINE, TN
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

DURING A WRECK AIRBAGS DID NOT DEPLOY WHEN I HIT AN UNMARKED UTILITY POLE IN THE ROADWAY OF A PARKING LOT EXIT.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

July 13, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10885730
Consumer Location: PHILADELPHIA, PA
VIN: JTEHF21A830****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER SIDE SUN VISOR FALLS FROM THE UP POSITION DOWN INTO THE SIGHT PATH DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE DRIVERS FACE BLOCKING THE VIEW OF THE ROAD THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. THIS IS DUE TO THE TENSION / RESISTANCE TO KEEP IT IN AN UP POSITION AGAINST THE HEADLINER DIMINISHING OVER TIME. OCCURS REPEATEDLY WITHOUT WARNING FROM ROAD TURBULENCE / BUMPS. SAME ISSUE IN THE TOYOTA CAMRY WHICH HAS BEEN RECALLED.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

June 18, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10877040
Consumer Location: SAN JOSE, CA
VIN: JTEGF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

SATURDAY JUNE 18 2016 AT 6:40 A.M. DRIVING ON TULLY ROAD IN MY 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. MY SPEED WAS 35 MILES PER HOUR WHEN THE CAR SUDDENLY ACCELERATED AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. I APPLIED MY BRAKES TO SLOW DOWN THE HIGHLANDER THIS HAD NO EFFECT ON SLOWING DOWN THE HIGHLANDER. THE BRAKES WENT INTO ANTI LOCKING MODE THE WHEELS STARTED TO PULSATE. WHILE THIS WAS HAPPENING MY FOOT WAS NOT ON THE ACCELERATOR , BUT ON THE BRAKES. THE HIGHLANDER WAS NOT SLOWING DOWN BUT INCREASING SPEED. I DOWN SHIFTED INTO A LOWER GEAR, THE ENGINE RACED AT A HIGH RPMS. I THEN PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL THE RPMS STILL RACING AT A HIGH RATE. I THEN APPLIED THE BRAKES AGAIN TO SLOW DOWN. THE HIGHLANDER STARTED TO SLOW DOWN I THEN TURNED OFF THE ENGINE AND THEN CAME TO A STOP. I WAITED FOR A MINUTE AND STARTED THE CAR THE ENGINE RACED AT A HIGH RPMS AS IF MY FOOT WAS PUSHED ALL THE WAY DOWN ON THE ACCELERATOR, BUT MY FOOT WAS NOT ON THE GAS PEDAL. I WAITED AGAIN A FEW MINUTES TO START THE HIGHLANDER , THE SAME HIGH RPMS HAPPENING AGAIN. A FEW MINUTES LATER I TRIED AGAIN TO START THE HIGHLANDER AND THIS TIME THE HIGHLANDER IDLED NORMAL. I TURNED THE HIGHLANDER AROUND AND WENT HOME WHICH WAS HALF A MILE AWAY. THE TOTAL DISTANCE OF UNCONTROLLED ACCELERATION WAS IN MY ESTIMATION OVER 1,000 YARDS. I HAD TO HIGHLANDER TOWED TO STEVENS CREEK TOYOTA WHERE IT REMAINS NOW JUNE 27 2016.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES ENGINE

April 23, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10861207
Consumer Location: LOS ANGELES, CA
VIN: JTEGD21A830****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE BEEN THE OWNER OF MY 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER, FOR ALMOST 8 YEARS. I GOT IT IN NOV.2008 AT AROUND THE 69,000 MARK. SINCE THEN, I HAVE MADE SURE THAT MY CAR/BABY HAS HAD THE WORKS IN CARE, TO KEEP THE QUALITY AND VALUE OF THE VEHICLE UP. THIS WOULD INCLUDE:OIL CHANGES, NEW BRAKES, NEW TIRES, REPAIRS OF BELTS/FILTERS ETC, HOSES, TUNE UPS, GREAT GAS AND CAR WASHES/BODY CARE. MOST OF THIS HAS BEEN DONE BY THE DEALERSHIP HERE IN CULVER CITY CA. I'VE DEPENDED ON THEM TO TELL ME WHAT WAS GOOD/BAD ABOUT MY CAR AND TRUSTED THEM IN DOING SO. I ALSO MADE SURE TO DO THE REPAIRS THEY SUGGESTED. SOMETIMES HOWEVER THEY SAID IT WAS FINE, BUT WOULD COME TO FIND OUT, I DID HAVE ISSUES. THIS MADE ME WONDER IF TOYOTA WAS TRUSTWORTHY/DOING THEIR JOBS RIGHT AND NOW I FEEL THE SAME LACK OF TRUST IN MY CARS PERFORMANCE /CURRENT STATE. I CAN SAY I HAVE ONLY PUT 50,000 MILES OR SO ON MY CAR IN THE LAST 8 YEARS, AND I KNOW TOYOTAS CAN/SHOULD LAST UNTIL 250,000 OR SO, WITHOUT MAJOR ISSUES. HOWEVER SINCE 2015 I HAVE DEALT, WITH ONE THING AFTER THE NEXT WITH THE CAR. MOST RECENTLY THIS PAST WEEKEND WHERE MY ENGINE COMPLETELY BLEW. HOW COULD A ENGINE BLOW OUT ON SUCH A WELL MAINTAINED CAR? WELL AFTER REVIEWING OTHER COMPLAINTS ONLINE, IT SEEMS THIS YEAR AND MODEL HAS THIS PROBLEM OFTEN, ONCE THEY REACH AROUND 110,000 MARK OR SO. WHY? IT SEEMS TO BE A FAULTY ENGINE /SOMETHING THAT SHOULD DEFINITELY BE RECALLED. WE AS CONSUMERS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SPEND THOUSANDS ON A CAR, THOUSANDS TO KEEP IT IN GREAT CONDITION AND THEN THOUSANDS WHEN ARE ENGINES FAIL AND THIS HAS BEEN REPORTED. OTHER MAY SIMPLY THINK THERE IS NO HOPE AND DON'T BOTHER. BUT I AM BOTHERED, BECAUSE NOW I AM WITHOUT A CAR. I DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS FOR THIS REPAIR. I HAVE A YOUNG CHILD AND WHEN I BOUGHT THIS CAR, THOUGHT IT WOULD LAST. I ALSO HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH BRAKING/CARS PEDAL GOING INTO THE FLOOR! THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!! HELP!!

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

January 15, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10820689
Consumer Location: SAN DIEGO, CA
VIN: JTEGF21A730****

Summary of Complaint

PULLING INTO A PARKING SPACE AT KAISER HOSPITAL AS I HIT THE BRAKE THE CAR UNEXPECTEDLY ACCELERATED. THE CAR SPED FORWARD WHILE MY FOOT WAS STILL ON THE BRAKE. I HIT A TREE CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE LEFT FRONT AREA OF THE CAR (LIGHTS, FENDER, BUMPER) HAD CAR REPAIRED. AT THE TIME I THOUGHT THAT I HAD ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE GAS PEDAL;HOWEVER, ONE MONTH LATER WHILE APPROACHING AN INTERSECTION, AS I STOPPED, THE SAME THING HAPPENED. LUCKILY NO CAR OR PEDESTRIAN WAS IN THE INTERSECTION. I WAS ABLE TO STOP THE CAR BY SHIFTING INTO PARK. TOOK THE CAR TO MY MECHANIC. HE WAS UNABLE TO REPLICATE THE PROBLEM. SINCE THIS UNEXPECTED ACCELERATION OCCURRED IN THE SAME WAY (COMING TO A STOP WITH FOOT ON BRAKE AND GEAR-SHIFT IN DRIVE) , IN A FIVE WEEK PERIOD, IT COULD BE A TRANSMISSION OR ACCELERATER PROBLEM. I NO LONGER FEEL CONFIDENT DRIVING THE CAR AND CONSIDER IT UNSAFE.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

December 31, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10820081
Consumer Location: BROOMFIELD, CO
VIN: JTEHF21A330****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNED A 2003 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS DEPRESSED, THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED RAPIDLY WITHOUT WARNING CAUSING A CRASH. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED INJURIES TO HER LEFT FOOT. MEDICAL ATTENTION WAS REQUIRED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED AND DEEMED DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 51,082.

Components: STRUCTURE

April 27, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10775419
Consumer Location: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
VIN: JTEGF21A130****

Summary of Complaint

WAS PULLING INTO A PARKING SPACE IN A STRIP MALL, ABOUT 10 FEET BEFORE THE PARKING BLOCK THE CAR SUDDENLY ACCELERATED. I WAS ABLE TO TURN THE WHEEL HARD TO THE LEFT AND HIT THE BRAKES TO AVOID THE BUILDING. I DID HIT THE AWNING SUPPORTS AND CAUSED THE AWNING TO SAG. WAS ABLE TO FINALLY STOP THE CAR AND GOT OUT SAFELY. THE CAR LATER WAS TOTALED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

September 20, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10763291
Consumer Location: BUFFALO, NY
VIN: JTEHF21A530****

Summary of Complaint

STRONG ODOR OF GAS FUMES WHEN CAR IS PARKED

Components: ENGINE

May 15, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10745598
Consumer Location: GRAHAM, WA
VIN: JTEGD21A330****

Summary of Complaint

THE ENGINE OVERHEATED SUDDENLY, BLOWING HOT AIR FROM THE AC AND THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE WENT UP. WE MANAGED TO GET HOME AND GET TO THE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP THE NEXT DAY. THE DEALERSHIP MECHANIC TOLD US THE ENGINE BOLTS STRIPPED DUE TO THE BLOCK BEING SOFT, AND THAT HE HAD SEEN THIS PROBLEM BEFORE. THE ISSUE OF THE SOFT BLOCK WAS CONFIRMED IN A SUBSEQUENT SEARCH OF THE INTERNET. APPARENTLY TOYOTA IS AWARE OF THIS FLAW, BUT THERE IS NO WARRANTY REMEDY. THE 2003 INLINE 4-CYLINDER ENGINE IS THE MODEL WITH THE BOLT STRIPPING PROBLEM. NEITHER THE DEALERSHIP NOR ANOTHER JAPANESE AUTO REPAIR PLACE WOULD CONSIDER TRYING TO REPLACE THE BOLTS. THEY SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE SOFT METAL IN THE BLOCK, A NEW SET OF LARGER BORED BOLTS WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO HOLD. THE COST TO PUT IN ANOTHER ENGINE IS APPROXIMATELY THE VALUE OF THE CAR, IF THERE WERE USED ENGINES AVAILABLE. A NEW ENGINE WOULD BE IN THE $15K RANGE, MUCH MORE THAN THE CAR IS WORTH. WE WILL LIKELY SELL THE CAR FOR SCRAP. WHEN WE BOUGHT THE CAR, WE FELT WE COULD REASONABLY EXPECT A 250K MILEAGE LIFE. THE ENGINE FAILED AT 128K. JUST HALF OF ITS USEFUL LIFE.

Components: STRUCTURE

March 02, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10743935
Consumer Location: LARGO, FL
VIN: JTEGF21A520****

Summary of Complaint

MY SUV AFTER A HEAVY RAIN WAS FLOODED. (FLOOR, BOTH FRONT AND BACK). I TOOK THE CAR IN TO SEVERAL MECHANICS . ALL AGREED THAT IT COULD BE A CLOGGED AC LINE,CLOGGED VENT IN HOOD, DOOR SEALS. ALL WAS CHECKED AND FOUND NO PROBLEMS. THE A CRACK STARTED IN MY WINDSHIELD. NOT RELATING THE TWO PROBLEMS I TOOK THE CAR IN AGAIN TO A MECHANIC. HE FOUND RUST POPPING OUT FROM THE ROOF WHERE THE WINDSHIELD HAD BEEN FORCED OUTWARD BY RUST, CAUSING IT TO CRACK. THE LEAK WAS THEN DISCOVERED, AND CAUSED BY THE ROOF RACKS. ALLOWING WATER TO RUN INSIDE ROOF AND DOOR TRACK INTO THE CAR. I HAVE HERD OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH ROOF RACKS. THIS PROBLEM SHOULD BE ADDRESSED, AS IT CAN CAUSE A NUMBER OF MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

Components: AIR BAGS

January 01, 1994
NHTSA ID Number: 10717739
Consumer Location: WATERVILLE, ME
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

IN VERY COLD MAINE TEMPERATURES, AFTER THE VEHICLE HAS SET UNUSED ALL NIGHT, THE AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT COMES ON IN THE MORNING WHEN THE VEHICLE IS STARTED. THIS ALSO HAPPENS IN VERY WARM TEMPERATURES AFTER VEHICLE HAS SET UNUSED ALL NIGHT. AFTER THE VEHICLE HAS RUN A SHORT WHILE AND WARMED UP OR COOLED DOWN, THE AIRBAG SIGNAL WARNING GOES OFF.

Components: ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

September 16, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10712214
Consumer Location: BELLEROSE, NY
VIN: JTEGD21A930****

Summary of Complaint

NEEDED TO HAVE A TOTAL ENGINE REBUILD DUE TO FAULTY HEAD BOLTS THAT STRIPPED AND ALLOWED COOLANT TO ENTER THE ENGINE AND BURN. LUCKY-I GUESS-THAT I ACTED QUICKLY SO AS TO AVERT CATALYTIC CONVERTER ISSUES OR SENSORS GETTING DAMAGED BY BURNING COOLANT. I ALSO AVOIDED THE TOTAL LOSS OF ANTIFREEZE AND THE RESULTING DAMAGE &/OR INCONVENIENCE THAT THOUSANDS OF OTHERS HAD. STILL, A HUGE INCONVENIENCE AND HUGE $5425.82 COST DUE TO MANUFACTURER'S DEFECT: WEAK METAL THAT COULDN'T WITHSTAND THE TORQUE/PULL ON THEM... PERHAPS THE THREADING PLAYED A PART. I ONLY KNOW THAT 1000S UPON 1000S OF PEOPLE SUFFERED THE SAME ISSUE FROM TOYOTA ON THIS ENGINE IN SEVERAL YEARS/MODELS. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL. THERE SHOULD BE COMPENSATION. *TR

Components: ENGINE

February 23, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10691888
Consumer Location: LA PUENTE, CA
VIN: JTBGD21A930****

Summary of Complaint

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WENT ON THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 23, 2015. WHITE SMOKE EMERGED FROM VEHICLE AS I WAS DRIVING. THEN, THE VEHICLE STARTED OVERHEATING. MECHANIC INDICATES HEAD GASKETS WERE BLOWN AND SHORT BLOCK SCREWS STRIPPED AND BENT, LEAKING COOLANT ON MY 4 CYLINDER 2003 HIGHLANDER. HE REPAIRED THE SAME MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR THE PRIOR YEAR WITH THE SAME ISSUE. $69,000 FOR A NEW ENGINE. $44,00 FOR A REBUILT ONE. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY MECHANICAL ISSUES WITH THIS CAR SINCE I PURCHASED IT TWO YEARS OLD IN 2005. ALTHOUGH, I HAVE KEPT UP WITH THE SERVICING, THIS TYPE OF SUDDEN MALFUNCTION IS A SHOCKER. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM EXTERIOR LIGHTING SERVICE BRAKES

November 03, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10661001
Consumer Location: MCDONOUGH, GA
VIN: JTEGD21A530****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER SIDE REAR BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT ILLUMINATE EVEN WHEN YOU DEPRESS YOUR BRAKES EVEN AFTER YOU REPLACE BULB AND LIGHT SOCKET. RIGHT SIDE REAR IS OK. I HAVE LOOKED ONLINE AND IT APPEARS OTHER 2003-2006 HIGHLANDERS ARE HAVING SIMILAR ISSUES. SOME ON RIGHT SIDE AND OTHERS ON LEFT LIKE MYSELF. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM EXTERIOR LIGHTING SERVICE BRAKES

November 03, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10661004
Consumer Location: MCDONOUGH, GA
VIN: JTEGD21A530****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVER SIDE REAR BRAKES WILL NOT ILLUMINATE AFTER YOU DEPRESS YOUR BRAKES. REPLACED BULB AND SOCKET THAT HOUSES BULB AND WILL NOT WORK. CHECK ONLINE FOR SIMILAR ISSUES AND READ REPORTS OF 2002-2006 HIGHLANDERS HAVING EITHER LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE REAR NOT WORKING. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

October 27, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10650219
Consumer Location: NORTH PORT, FL
VIN: JTEGF21A230****

Summary of Complaint

I PURCHASED MY VEHICLE IN 2003 IN CALIFORNIA. IN 2005 I MOVED TO NORTH PORT, FLORIDA. I HAVE SEEN ON THE MEDIA THAT IF I LIVE IN A HUMID AREA, MY AIR BAGS ARE UNSAFE. I WENT TO WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV AND ENTERED MY VIN# I WAS TOLD MY CAR HAS "NO RECALLS". *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VISIBILITY

February 24, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10649560
Consumer Location: CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH
VIN: JTEGD21A330****

Summary of Complaint

CLARIFICATION FROM PREVIOUS SUBMISSION (10/21/14)....... HEATING SYSTEM BLOWS COLD AIR INTERMITTENTLY WHEN THE HEAT IS ON. THE SYSTEM WAS CLEANED, WORKED WELL TO A SHORT TIME. WITHIN TWO WEEKS THE PROBLEM RETURNED. THE MECHANIC NOTED THIS WAS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE HEATING CONTROL PANELS OF THE EARLY MODEL TOYOTA'S. SAFETY FACTOR: THIS IS HAZARDOUS IN THE WINTER, AS THE WINDOWS BECOME FOGGY RESULTING IN THE LIMITED VISIBILITY ESPECIALLY WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION. ? ? *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN ENGINE

June 15, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10626722
Consumer Location: TAMPA, FL
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

NOTICED WHITE SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE TAILPIPE IN JUNE. THEN I NOTICED REDDISH/PINK FLUID ACCUMULATING ON GARAGE FLOOR IN JULY. TOOK IT IN ASSUMING EITHER A COOLANT OR TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAK. TOYOTA TOLD ME I NEEDED A NEW ENGINE BECAUSE THE BACK HEADBOLTS WERE STRIPPED AND THE HEAD GASKET WAS BLOWN. ALL THIS WAS DETERMINED WITHOUT REMOVING VALVE COVER AND CAMS, BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE IT'S A KNOWN ISSUE. MANY OWNERS REPORT THE SAME THING ON MESSAGE BOARDS. *TR

Components: SEAT BELTS EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

February 05, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10622392
Consumer Location: MOBILE, AL
VIN: JTEGF21A930****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVERS SIDE SEAT BELT NYLON WEBBING (ACTUAL BELT PORTION) HAS STARTED TO SEVERELY UNRAVEL IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLACES. I FEEL THIS IS A FACTORY DEFECT IN MATERIALS; HOWEVER, LOCAL DEALERSHIP WHERE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED INFORMS ME THAT IT WILL COST ME $270 TO REPLACE THIS BELT. COST SO HIGH BECAUSE THE WHOLE MECHANISM MUST BE REPLACED...NOT JUST WEBBING. I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN ON A FIXED INCOME & CANNOT AFFORD TO REPLACE THE BELT @ THIS COST. I FEEL MANUFACTURER SHOULD REPLACE @ NO CHARGE SINCE A DEFECTIVE SEAT BELT ON DRIVERS SIDE IS VERY DANGEROUS. I HAVE BEEN A LONG TIME TOYOTA CUSTOMER & THIS IS MY 1ST COMPLIANT EVER. *TR

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