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#36 of 116 CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON AT 62K ON A 2003 HIGHLANDER
Jun 30, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Is Toyota now downgrading its quality??? Very happy with mine until recently at my 60K(done 62K) check. Replaced worn front pads and resurfaced machine rotors, transpan replcmnt because of seapage, replaced weak battery, performed total fuel system service...in addition to the 60k check. The dealership got $1,100.00 from me just that day. Now, 2 wks after, my engine light came on. Had them performed the diagnostics and found out it was the oxygen sensor. Since the warranty is long gone, I called the 800 number for TOYOTA to find out if there was any recall (after providing bin #) as it's still very early for this vehicle to be having the sensor replaced. Was told there was none and that no one called with such a problem before....opposed to the web-info I'd been coming across heavily.
Also responded to my question that Toyota hasn't downgraded it's quality but that they can't guarantee the "parts'- life". (HUHH???) And that my only resolve is to talk to the Dealership I'd been taking my vehicle for some discount. I just can't believe that this is now what TOYOTA is. Anyhow, my questions are for those who has the same year model: Did you have the same problems?? And what more problems did you encounter past its 62K life??? Is Toyota worth some re-thinking or just solely on Highlanders??? Thanks.
#37 of 116 Re: Check Engine Light
Jun 30, 2008 (12:56 pm)
well i'm back to the drawing board on this check engine light business. my 2003 4cyl HL is once again almost giving me a nervous breakdown!!
i read somewhere that if you blow in the tank after pumping gas it will keep from your CEL coming on. i've even tried that.
my error is: EVAP emission control system malfunction
i only have about 86K miles on my 2003 4cyl 2wd HL. this should not be happening. i've been a tried and true believer and preacher of toyota since 16 and have never had this many problems.
#38 of 116 Re: 2001 Highlander/Check Engine Light [ticadoo]
Jun 30, 2008 (12:58 pm)
i bought my 2003 HL used and it didn't have the cup holder insert. i bought it from the dealership (only place i could find one)... and had to dish out about $32!!! i was livid. especially since i've already broke it
#39 of 116 Re: CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON AT 62K ON A 2003 HIGHLANDER [angieth]
Jun 30, 2008 (3:36 pm)
I have 100K on mine very happy just replaced timing belt at 97K along w/water pump. No problems at all sorry about 02 senser. I would not give up on it I'm going for 200K just did 400 mile trip 24.8 mpg mine is V6. Good luck
#40 of 116 Re: CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON AT 62K ON A 2003 HIGHLANDER [bikeman3]
Jun 30, 2008 (4:52 pm)
Bikeman3 : Good for you -- Wish I can say the same thing. Mine is also a V6 which gives me around 21-22 with the crazy DC traffic. And like you, also planned to hang on to it until it's last breath.. I just fear that it'll be closer than what I want. Thanks for the info.
Ashley Dee: I've always loved Toyota and considers it to be the best.. I just now feel betrayed. Until then, it's "goodluck to our pockets", I guess. Thanks.
#41 of 116 Re: Check Engine Light [ashleydee]
Jun 30, 2008 (5:24 pm)
check engine light is off!! i'm crossing my fingers it doesn't come back on again!
after doing some googling i found out that sometimes when they change the oil on them they might accidentally knock a hose off by/near the air filter. well in my case they did! i called my local dealer (that changes my oil, cheaper than jiffy lubes and better) and told them about my CIL coming on and they had just changed my oil. ran up there and in under 5 minutes i was rolling off with my hose attached!
#42 of 116 Re: Check Engine Light [ashleydee]
Jul 11, 2008 (11:00 am)
We've had this problem several times with our '03 Highlander and since the first time, the time I went to the dealer for the CEL and learned about the hose, every single subsequent time the cause has been the hose coming loose from behind the air filter housing. If the CEL does not go out after reconnecting the hose, my understanding is you can disconnect the battery and that will clear the light.
#43 of 116 check engine light
Jul 11, 2008 (11:30 am)
Every time you change the oil and fool with the air filter this light will come on .
You have to tell the attendant not to touch air filter and make sure if they do that they replace the hose. If you don't the CEL will come on anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months
#44 of 116 Re: Check Engine Light [ashleydee]
Jul 14, 2008 (3:53 am)
So did get you problem solve , I have same issue EVAP emission. cost for repair is $800 , should change my EVAP Canister. this was guys recommended after running full diag which cost me $90 .
#45 of 116 Re: Check Engine Light [bigdogman111]
Jul 14, 2008 (5:25 am)
yes i did! my CEL has yet to come back on. i've heard from several other folks that the hose coming off is pretty common.
seriously have them check to see if he hose behind your air filter has been knocked off before you shell out that $800!