Common Used Toyota Highlander Problems To Watch Out For When Shopping For One. The most expensive issues each Toyota Highlander has by the year it was made. This will help you look out for problem vehicles and steer you towards the best Toyota Highlander to buy by year and motor.
The First Generation Toyota Highlander ran between 2001-2007. The second generation ran between 2008-2013 and the third generation ran from 2014-2019 with the current 2020 fourth generation model being the latest.
Each generation Toyota Highlander is reviewed with the problem areas with engines highlighted. The 2.4 2AZFE engine specifically with stripped head bolts is looked into. The spark plug replacement maintenance in the 3.3 engine is also reviewed.
Some competing models such as the Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, Dodge Durango and VW Atlas, all which are inferior to the quality Highlander. The Honda Pilot and Subaru Outback are better and the only cars I would say compare to the Highlander.
The complete Toyota Timing belt and timing chain list is given for all years of the highlander.
The Highlander Hybrid debuted in 2006 with third row seating as optional. There was a recall for the Inverter on the Hybrid.
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Thanks to Tuber Greg Macke for his detailed look into these issues and how to avoid buying the wrong car.
1st Generation: 0:32
1st Generation Spark Plug Problem: 3:45
1st Generation Hybrid Inverter Problem: 4:42
2nd Generation: 5:48
3rd Generation: 9:15
4th Generation: 10:19
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