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Toyota Highlander, Transmission, SUV
#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..??
#147 of 314 Re: Slipping auto trans 3 to 4 shift [sactoskier]
Jul 14, 2009 (2:12 pm)
"Regarding your extended warranty, doesn't that end after 100,000 miles?"
Well, sacto, i'm not sure, but since I only have about 50,000 miles now, that won't be a problem!! The only problem is that I might have bought another Highlander, in a year or two, but now I'm not so sure. Is this tran problem continuing in recent and current models??
#148 of 314 Re: Highlander Transmission Fluid Leak [jmyong]
Jul 15, 2009 (4:32 pm)
I have a 2005 Highlander 4WD with 70,000 miles. I was told that my gasket has a slight leak. Nothing that needs to be done now. However it will cost $250.00 to replace the gasket. I ask the representative why it cost so much money. He said they charge for the labor to remove the transmission (not sure). Its basically labor cost. He also said that if I was closer to 60,.000 miles, then they probably would cover it. Whos to say they did see it leaking back when I had my oil change around 60,000 miles. Anyways, did you hear back from Toyota Head quarters?
#149 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [pacoc]
Jul 16, 2009 (12:41 pm)
This is what I have done, replaced oil completely, not only what goes to the pan, but what is inside tranny. For that we disconnected the hose that goes to the radiator and forced an flush, we refill again two times until the oil began to flow clear.
What we found inside tranny was and burnt out oil, no viscosity and all blackened.
I used Valvoline synthetic blend ATF which comlies with Type IV.
Unit now no problem with tranny.
I´m having VSC fault but that is related to ABS after replacing timing belt.
Best regards and good luck.
#150 of 314 Re: Slipping auto trans 3 to 4 shift [lmsmedley2]
Jul 21, 2009 (10:51 am)
My '04 Highlander V6 4wd has 137,000 miles and lost it's transmission a few weeks ago, no warning. It is being replaced with a used for $2000. Had to go the cheap route and getting rid of it VERY soon. Also have had problems with the AC system. Toyota claims no problems with Highlander transmissions. Also, I was told that I had roadside assistance but when I called sitting with no transmission on the side of an interstate, I was told that they had no record of it. I am greatly disappointed with Toyota and will not buy another one.
#151 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [pacoc]
Jul 21, 2009 (3:29 pm)
Hmmm...regarding replacing the transmission oil, I know that Toyota had oil sludge problems with the 3.0 V6 engine. To cure this problem, Toyota and Lexus offered an extended warranty on some of the older engines. However, to correct the problem with the 2003 and newer models, Toyota insisted that the oil be changed every 5,000 miles.
I wonder if Toyota has a similar problem with the transmission oil on HL? I've always had my HL served at a Toyota dealer, based upon the recommended maintenance schedules. Does anyone know when newer (than 2003) HL are supposed to have their transmission oil changed?
#152 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [sactoskier]
Jul 22, 2009 (6:44 am)
According to the manual for my 2001 F/awd RX300 there is no recommeded servicing of the transaxle for the life of the vehicle. When I discovered my ATF dirty and burned at only 40,000 miles the dealer advised me, and the factory verified, that the ATF needed to be changed every 15,000 miles.
I have heard that this was later revised to say that the ATF condition should be checked at every oil change and only drained and flushed if required.
The HL uses the same transaxle.
#153 of 314 Re: 2002 Highlander Transmisson Gone at 69.000 miles [wwest]
Jul 22, 2009 (7:38 am)
Sorry to hear that. Mine is a 02, 4wd, 3.0l and have suffered with tranny oil high temp since it was about 30K miles. Finally this month I found a car shop where the owner involved himself in my car ande recomended to chage oil, it was burnt, black, and replace it with Valvoline synthetic blend ATF.
As always now I have a VSC light on on the dashboard. It´s suppose to be a calibration procedure what is missing.
I´ll let you all know when we perform it.