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Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 #5164566 07/18/19 06:39 PM
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Trying to find a well maintained Toyota Highlander 2006, 2007 or 2009. 2011 would be acceptable but probably out of my price range.

White, blue, silver or tan.

Willing to fly and drive it back.


'98 LEX LS400 295K
'02 4Runner 240K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K

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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: Gebo] #5164576 07/18/19 06:47 PM
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What's wrong with the 2008?

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2 or 4WD? Max miles? Price range?

Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: eljefino] #5164581 07/18/19 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
What's wrong with the 2008?


Or 2010?

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Originally Posted by atikovi
2 or 4WD? Max miles? Price range?

AWD is fine. Probably 125k max. 11k Max


'98 LEX LS400 295K
'02 4Runner 240K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K

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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: Gebo] #5164632 07/18/19 07:43 PM
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Those years are my preferences. I’d look at 2008 and 2010. Those years seem to have had more problems.


'98 LEX LS400 295K
'02 4Runner 240K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K

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Toyota ATF's and Coolant
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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: Gebo] #5164636 07/18/19 07:51 PM
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I'm concerned that you're looking at 13 year old vehicles some distance away sight unseen based on reputation and not specific condition.

This can get frustrating.

If consumer reports gave some model years slightly better marks this will be static compared to the actual A vs B condition you'll miss by "running the numbers".

Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: Gebo] #5164647 07/18/19 08:03 PM
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This gray 2008 4x4 with 85,000 miles coming at auction next week. Probably brings around $8K.

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How can I get more info on it?


'98 LEX LS400 295K
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'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K

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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: Gebo] #5164922 07/19/19 06:11 AM
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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: eljefino] #5164939 07/19/19 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
What's wrong with the 2008?
Personally, I stay away from first year models, including Toyotas. 2008 was the first year of the Highlander redesign. First year models tend to have the most problems as the manufacturer works the bugs out of them (with the "assistance" of the new owners). The 2010s are fine. It stands to reason that the last year of a model run tends to be the most reliable since they are well sorted-out by then, 2007 was the last year for the previous model run.
Stay away from the 4-cylinder. While the 2.4L & 2.7L engines themselves are robust, the Highlander is too heavy for the engine and it is under powered. For in-town driving at low speeds they are OK, but on the highway they run out of steam and are gutless wonders. If a Highlander is being advertised for what seems like a bargain price it likely has a 4-cylinder engine, there are more of them out there than you might think because the car rental companies bought them in large numbers, so watch out for this. The Toyota dealers had a hard time selling them to the public so most of the 4-cylinders were former rentals.

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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: atikovi] #5164943 07/19/19 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
It looks like this one was in a demolition derby. It was rode hard and put up wet for sure!

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It looks like this one was in a demolition derby. It was rode hard and put up wet for sure!


They just mention every flaw in the condition report. The low mileage is what makes it desirable.

Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: atikovi] #5164977 07/19/19 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
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It looks like this one was in a demolition derby. It was rode hard and put up wet for sure!


They just mention every flaw in the condition report. The low mileage is what makes it desirable.
It doesn't have rear A/C and heat either. This REALLY hurts the value where I live. If a buyer will actually be using the 3rd row seats, it really needs rear the A/C and heat. Watch out for this on 2008 and up Highlanders Gebo. Rear A/C was not available on 2007 and earlier Highlanders, but the optional 3rd row seats were a joke and almost nobody purchased or used them.

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Re: Looking for Highlander '06,'07, '09 [Re: wag123] #5165343 07/19/19 01:06 PM
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My 2006 does have that third row. It is ideal for our young daughter who gets her own row on long trips out of town, but would be very impractical if you had a large number of folks needing to be moved around. This is really my dd so any extra people moving capabilities is just icing on the cake for me.

Originally Posted by wag123

They just mention every flaw in the condition report. The low mileage is what makes it desirable.
It doesn't have rear A/C and heat either. This REALLY hurts the value where I live. If a buyer will actually be using the 3rd row seats, it really needs rear the A/C and heat. Watch out for this on 2008 and up Highlanders Gebo. Rear A/C was not available on 2007 and earlier Highlanders, but the optional 3rd row seats were a joke and almost nobody purchased or used them.[/quote]

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