2003 Toyota Highlander Overview


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2003 Toyota Highlander Overview

Spent significant amount of time (~6 months) researching purchase of a good car for a variety of needs and weather conditions. If you are looking for a great all-around car here are some good attributes about the 2003 Highlander:
-good interior space for cargo and passengers
-great leg room for tall people
-handles well
-reliable and well built
-handles well in bad weather (no problems on highway or dirt roads from dead of summer through worst of winter)

The 2003 Toyota Highlander came as a 2WD and a 4WD, each as a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. The four-cylinder engine has 2.4 liters and 155 horsepower. The V6 has 3.0 liters and 220 horsepower. Fuel economy is about 18/22 to 22/27, depending on the engine.

Some areas I would re-evaluate if I were at Toyota:
-gas mileage is so-so (though there are limits that can be reached for a car this size and its sheer weight)
-some dashboard knobs and compartments are a bit flimsy (though this is more aesthetic than functionally limiting)
-brakes are soft compared to other cars and take some time getting used to (this may just be Toyota compared to other manufactueres in general, not sure)

Regardless, I consider this car a great buy and have had absolutely no real problems with it mechanically. Highly recommend it.


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Toyota Highlander Questions

Timing Belt

I have replaced the timing belt ant 75,000. i now have 170,000 on it. what maintenance do I need?

Timing Belt

I have a 2003 Toyota Highlander with 122K miles and I have not changed the timing belt. What is the replacement price for changing the belt

2003 Toyota Highlander Clock Resetting

It has been really really cold. When I get into my Highlander the clock has reset to 1:00. Car starts okay, but battery does chug a little. Is it my batter or my alternator, you think?

Check Engine Light And Vehicle Shaking

I use a 2003 Toyota highlander and since imported last wek has the check engine on, and just this morning while driving it starts shaking when i on the AC, what could be the cause and what can I do?

Alternator Replacement

How can I figure out which alternator to get for my car?