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Toyota Highlander, Transmission, SUV
#137 of 314 Re: Slipping auto trans 3 to 4 shift [carterk]
Jun 28, 2009 (1:02 pm)
I asked the service manager if there was a way to reprogram the transmission computer module on my 2003 Highlander. He checked and said that there was no way to re-program the module. Fortunately, this Toyota dealer participated in the Costco Executive Member 15% discount program and I replaced the transmission. I also received a loaner Prius.
The transmission was replaced with a "rebuilt trans". The transmission case is a used case, but all of the internal parts are new. I think that this is a better solution than using AAMCO, which only replaces the worn parts and the price is about the same.
Regarding your extender warranty, doesn't that end after 100,000 miles?
I sent an e-mail to the local Toyota dealer to thank the service manager for customer service. I also asked them to forward the note about the transmission problem to the regional Toyota service representative.
#138 of 314 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles
Jun 29, 2009 (6:11 am)
I have a 2002 V6 all wheel Drive Highlander,as I was driving last week I heard a large clunk sound in which my car would not move afterwards. It was inspected by an auto mechanic and my transmission is bad. I only have 69,000 miles on the car. My warrenty recently expired and the car will paid off this year. The quote that I received was 2400 for a used with 39,000 miles and 4000 for a rebuilt. Please help me on how should I handle this. Is it normal for a toyota transmission to go with 69,000 miles?
#139 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [nross718]
Jun 29, 2009 (2:15 pm)
Sorry to hear that, but I have same model of HL, 60,000 miles, never abused, and seems is too at the end of his life. Mine is getting hot on the road when climbing. I have made service to the tranny at the Toyota dealer and it works for a while but on about 1,000 miles return to the same condition.
I have not received any logical explanation fro toyota. This week I will try by repalcing the oil with a Mobil oil compatible with the ATF Type IV. I hope tihis works because I am not in the mood to spend too much money on that car.
#140 of 314 Re: Slipping auto trans 3 to 4 shift [sactoskier]
Jul 08, 2009 (9:37 am)
A similar problem for me. Our transmission gave out at 100,000 miles on a 2002 Highlander V6. Toyota wanted $4300 for a new one. I went to my mechanic who could do it for $3900, get a rebuilt one for $3600, or a used one for $2200.
The used ones have a 90 day warranty, and apparently 90% of them work just fine.
I went with the used.
#142 of 314 2002 Highlander Transmission U241E
Jul 10, 2009 (12:22 pm)
When hot transmission does not engage on reverse,It starts slipping and if you accelerate it vibrates.
If there is a mechanic out there please reply.I have the transmission down in parts looking for torn parts, unit has less than 65000 miles.Mechanic is replacing parts but will not say exactly what is the problem. :lemon
#143 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [pacoc]
Jul 11, 2009 (4:35 pm)
Well I took my car to Lee Myles Transmission and they said my planetary gears went which is very common in Highlanders. They are chargin me $4000.00 for a rebuilt! they did offer me a used but I am afraid of the same thing happening in a year or so.
#144 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [nross718]
Jul 13, 2009 (11:49 pm)
Complain complain and complain. and complain somemore to get the toyota tranny fixed.
I filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation at:
I am sure that Toyota will read the complaint or if there are enough problems with the Toyota transmission, the Feds will force them to correct the problem. The complaints could also lead to class action law suits. This is a safety hazard that could lead to numerous car accidents due to slipping and poorly shifting automatic transmission.
So don't get
#145 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [sactoskier]
Jul 14, 2009 (4:53 am)
Well thank you very much ! I did just that. As soon as I read your reply I filed a complaint because this was unexpected and expensive. So hopefully I will receive a reply from them regarding this matter. And I stopped and became !!
#146 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [sactoskier]
Jul 14, 2009 (9:09 am)
Lexus RX and Toyota HL transaxles have been failing prematurely, all for teh very same design flaw, since the RX was first introduced in '98.
And you think Toyota might pay attention when..??