'07 XLE 4 cyl.
Crap happens...Hey guys, i have an '02 Highlander 2.4L (2AZFE). It has 95,000 miles on it and I run Amsoil only and only Toyota fluids otherwise. I have never had a problem with the coolant leaking or any symptoms of the blown head gasket but I am scared to death now to even own this Highlander. You search online and find hundreds of stories of the stripped head bolts. Where the heck is Toyota in all of this? I mean they do the sludge settlement a few years ago and appease the crowds. Why has no class action lawsuit been filed. I hear some of you guys telling your stories and you're dropping thousands of dollars on new engines or just fixing with Time certs -- are you telling me no lawyer has been interested in taking this straight to Toyota? They introduce this engine in '02 on the Camry and Highlander with TC and RAV4 soon to follow -- that represents hundreds of thousands of cars sold--maybe millions!
The feeling I get from reading all of these posts is that we are all driving ticking time bombs if the bomb hasn't gone off already. Sounds like I need to list my Highlander for sale today before something happens to it and I'm sorry but that's downright unfair that Toyota has turned a deaf ear to all of you and all the potentials.
So then I hear that Toyota is going to lose billions on this latest recall and I'm sorry: you get what you deserve. I honestly hope it crumbles them. I've owned two Camrys, this Highlander and I've got parents who've owned a Previa, a Sienna, a Camry, a Sequoia and a Lexus IS250C; my inlaws own a Lexus LX450, a Tundra and a Tacoma; grandparents have a Sienna... We were a Toyota family by definition - didn't even look at the GM dealership and not even Honda for the most part, but I have had several conversations about this head bolt problem with all of them and they are listening. Brother just bought a Yukon XL - never in my life did I think he'd buy an American car for his family!
Anyway I'm just dumbfounded that nobody has pressed Toyota hard and exposed this. You'd think the media would be all over this and Toyota would be forced to extend warranties and offer a solution. See what I think is that that know there isn't a true easy fix - you're talking engine rebuilds, even if you're just re-drilling bolts. How many Toyota garages do you think are capable of doing that repair. Maybe one or two master techs would even know where to start. Multiply that by millions and Toyotas repair garages would be so full for the next 2 years that they wouldn't even be able to handle people just needing oil changes. Your thoughts?