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

Torque Converter Turning With Driveplate?

My husband is putting a 2004 Camry 4 cylinder engine in a 2003 highlander. In the process of putting engine in the driveplate and torque converter turn together. At first the torque converter was ...

Transmission Noise Between Shifting From 1st To 2nd And 2nd To 3rd

The transmission makes a whining sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gears. There is no slippage though. Can the transmission be adjusted to stop the noise?

Remote Wire

My car factory harness does not have a connection for my remote blue/white wire, but my head unit does, will my head unit still send current to my amp to turn it on? My best guess it it will, but on...

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Dash Lights Are Not On When Daytime Running Lights Are On.

I have a 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited. Until recently, my dash lights would be on whenever my daytime running lights (DRL) were on. Now, the only time the dash lights are on is when the parking or...

Avg Of Mpg Shown 11

Hi guys! My Toyota highlander 2003 shown avg of mpg on dashboard is 11mpg, this number of mpg it will use too much gas. do you know what wrong with this?