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2003 Highlander: 000 miles..I am new to Toyota, I have driven Volvos…

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Hello :-) I am considering buying...
Hello :-)

I am considering buying a 2003 Highlander with 122,000 miles on it.
I am new to Toyota, I have driven Volvo's for the last 20 years.
So, what specifically do I need to "look out for", the known issues and concerns with the vehicle, that do I need to look for, what are the "common" problems that may already be in this vehicle or problems I need to look for in the future?

When I tests drive this vehicle, what do I need to look or listen to.

Yes, I know I should have a technician look at it also, however I want to be become informed as much a possible in my decisions and and final choice about the Highlander.


I have read about engine failure, bolts stripping and $7,000.00 repair bills....

Thank You for your detailed and informative answer :-)
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Toyota Mechanic: Fixitman, Master Technician replied 8 years ago
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Hello JACUSTOMER, what size engine is in the vehicle? And is the vehicle 2 orXXXXX
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Hi

The 2003 Highlander has a 3.0 liter V6, 4 speed A/T, 4 WD
Toyota Mechanic: Fixitman, Master Technician replied 8 years ago
Okay. This is a fairly good and dependable vehicle. The V6 model tends to have a better and longer lasting drivetrain. There really is not any major issues with the vehicle and nothing to be aware of besides maintenance. Make sure the vehicle has complete service records. If this vehicle was not well maintained then it can cause problems for you in the future. Also be aware that this engine will make a very faint ticking noise due to the clicking from the fuel injectors. I have had a lot of complaints about that. If you have more questions please let me know.
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