Toyota Highlander owners have reported 30 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Highlander based on all problems reported for the Highlander.
When driving at night on dark, hilly roads, the headlights do not illuminate the road properly. It is as if the lights are masked horizontally with the top half dark. It is extremely scary to be driving on dark country roads that are hilly. When you are traveling down hill, you cannot see any distance in front of the car. Going uphill is almost as bad. It is almost enough to get rid of this car. Supposedly this is to keep from blinding oncoming cars. I don't buy it! this has happened multiple times when we have been traveling to state and national parks and smaller towns in southern missouri, tennessee and north carolina. The last occurrence was may 4th 2018 leaving bryson city north carolina at 9:30pm.
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The headlight projection is sharply cut off at the top. When entering a dip in the road there is no illumination at the far side uphill. The dealer adjusted them, now there is a lack of acceptable light immediately in front on flat roads.
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The low beam headlights are melting the plastic cover on the headlight assemblies. Both sides are melting from the heat of the low beam light bulbs. It was first noticed at 37,000 miles, at 3 years old. Factory installed parts, no modifications have been done to the vehicle. The low beam lights are only operating at night, about 25% of the driving time on the vehicle, so the melting occurred within approximately 10,000 miles of driving time. The vehicle was out of warranty when it was reported to Toyota, but this melting has been occurring since day one. This defect will affect the safety of nighttime driving in the vehicle. Worked for months with dealership, unsatisfactory resolution.
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I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander limited v6. The car is 66. 000miles, I noticed that the day lights has been overheated as a result 1 white spot melted in each headlight lense. It might be a hazard fire issue and do not feel safe driving this car. Toyota should resolve this issue and replace the headlights.
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I am in the military and had my car in storage from 2008-2012 while stationed overseas. I just took my car in for the 60,000 mile service and was told my headlight cover was foggy. When I got home after picking up my car I had noticed there where two burn marks that had melted the plastic headlight covers where the high-beam lights are. I had called Toyota headquarters and they referred me to the hawaii dealership since they could not locate my VIN number. I called the hawaii dealership, and had no luck there either. This is unsat and is a continuous problem for this year of Toyota Highlander. This is a safety issue and a hazard. I do not keep my headlights on 24 hours seven days a week, so why is this happening. In addition, my car only has 66,600 miles for being a 2006 model. As I said this car was in storage for 4. 5 years due to my overseas duty assignment. I feel that I should not have to pay for this since I have no control of this and, it is a defect in the model / year of the Highlander.
I noticed that my original equipment/manufacturer passenger-side low-beam headlight lens had a burnt spot on the inside of the lens (clearly melted lens material). I checked the headlight bulb, which is a factory-installed kaito model hb3 low-beam bulb. The bulb was discolored black and smoky looking with an obvious bulge of melted glass in one side of the bulb. The low-beam headlights still work, but the bulb seemingly has overheated, melting both the bulb glass and the inside of the lens assembly.
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When the headlights are on dim, visibility is not adequate. A distinct black line appears across the horizon above which the driver cannot see.
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The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. Also, the contact mentioned that the headlights and instrument panel light intermittently failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 16,000.
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed. The low beam would not provide adequate lighting coverage. As a result, a deer crashed into the vehicle. The contact was not able to avoid the crash due to failed visibility coverage. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure prior to the crash. The dealer aligned the headlights several times however, the failure was not corrected. The dealer stated that the headlight design was a manufacturing defect that could not be corrected. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 32,000.
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Day running lights are burning through the lenses of both headlights. The lenses have large white spots on the area in front of the running light bulbs. The bulbs of the running lights are bulging . There may be a fire hazard.
I purchased the Toyota Highlander in December of 2012. Immediately we knew something was wrong with the headlights. They are focused down toward the road and have a line of "shade" above. The Highlander lights are so dim, we don't know if they are working. We are "overdriving" our visibility at night and we cannot see any road signs because the lights are focused to far down they do not illuminate signs on the side of the road. In addition, in hilly areas, they only illuminate the bottom of the hill (and the shaded part is above) so you cannot see where you are headed. The tops of the hills are completely blocked by the "shaded" part. This is a very dangerous situation! also, they do not get warm, so the snow and ice accumulates on these lights and obscures visibility even further! I have owned many many cars, including several Toyota's and have never had a headlight problem. I do not know what to do with this car as I cannot drive it at night.
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander. The contact noticed condensation and moisture in both the driver and passenger side headlight lenses. In addition, the driver's side headlight lenses had melted and exhibited a bubble. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated that the headlight became excessively hot and melted the cover. The dealer notified the manufacturer and the manufacturer agreed to cover the cost of the parts needed for repairs but not the labor costs. No repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 86,900.
Late last year we noticed that the dayrunning portion of the headlamp cover had melted on the inside, next to the tip of the bulbs on each side. There is no way to turn the dayrunning feature on or off, it is always on. Not only does this wear down the battery, which we've already replaced in one year, but the headlight cover cannot handle the heat generated from constantly being "on". We would like this issue resolved and a discount given on a new set, since it isn't our fault, as it couldn't be turned off. Headlights are expensive, and at night it is a safety issue, since our visibility is drastically reduced- where we live, there are deer and winding hilly roads. If Toyota won't do anything, we will be forced to do this expensive repair ourselves, but will be very, very disappointed. Toyota should stand behind their product, this is a design flaw and a huge safety issue.
When driving at night, the new headlight design on the 2011 Toyota Highlander causes the low beam lights to appear as if there is a visor on the lights. When traveling on level roads or going up hill the headlights beam throw distance is efficient with the visor effect. However, when going down hill after cresting a knoll, the visor effect diminishes the throw distance of the headlight by an estimated 50%. This light throw reduction took me by surprise and caused me to almost hit a deer this evening on the first night of ownership. Toyota needs to make a change to get rid of the visor effect. Request NHTSA investigate this new design before numerous accidents occur. I am contacting Toyota tomorrow to see what they have to say.
Recently discovered two white melted bumps in the exact center of the headlamp casing where the daytime running lamp beams pass through the plastic. Have only had the vehicle since July 2010 and the incident occured during a 19 hour drive, most of which took place during daylight hours. Headlights were not turned on until sunset. Concerned that factory lights are hot enough to melt the plastic that is factory installed. Obvious defect, could cause fire. Impaired vision at night also a result as plastic is now permanently damaged. Also concerned that issue could worsen and hole could appear, causing rain and elements to come in direct contact with lighting system. Another obvious danger. Disengaging daytime lights is not an option, no control over overheating other to turn on headlights 100% of time. Also concerned with this solution, as defect could potentially be similar in these as well. Attempted to have dealer look at problem, however warrantly period has expired. After researching online, found several similar instances on models ranging from 2004-2007. Feel strongly that issue should be investigated as passenger saftey is at risk.
I am approaching 50,000 miles on the car. I just recently noticed that the headlight lens on both headlights has an opaque spot about one inch in diameter directly in front of the highbeam light bulb. Toyota has recognized this problem since April 15, 2008 as evidenced by Toyota technical service bulletin #t-sb-0036-08 dated April 15, 2008. When you google the bulletin it will become apparent that this problem exists for some 2004 to 2007 models, a span of three years. The bulletin will also show that Toyota will replace both headlights if complained about during the 36,000 / 3 year warranty period. I am outside of the warranty period and in fear that it will cost me several hundred dollars to repair a design defect that Toyota has been aware of for several years. From what I read from other posters Toyota's attitude appears to be it is not our problem.
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2005 Toyota Highlander would not pass 2010 massachusetts state inspection due to faulty headlight assembly. There is fog in the lens and night time light is impaired???? Toyota will not cover the $900 expense to replace both headlights. The extended warranty does not cover this expense as well.
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that when he turned the headlights on, he could not see objects on the side of the vehicle. While driving approximately 35 mph and various speeds if he hit a dip or curve in the road, the visibility would drop to less than 2 feet in front of him. He noticed the issue difference whenever he had to use the headlights. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that there was no solution to the problem. He called the manufacturer and was advised to file a lemon law complaint. The current mileage was approximately 3,500. The failure mileage was approximately 60. Updated 03/19/10. The windshield had to be replaced due to hairline cracks forming, the heated seats were not heating properly, the skid control light had illuminated and the dash lights would blink intermittently. Updated 07/27/jb.
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The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the headlights burned through the lens and both the lens and bulbs were burned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the failure was caused by the high beams. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 92,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander. The plastic on the headlights have peeled, subsequently causing the lights to appear very dim. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician concluded that buffing would remedy the failure. The failure mileage was 40000. The current mileage was 51400, updated 10/19/09 updated 10/19/09.
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the headlights would intermittently overheat and melt without warning. The dealer advised the failure was due to the bulb becoming extremely hot and melting the head light lens. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 51,000.
I was leaving my home going to work today and noticed that my wife's Toyota 2004 Highlander headlight lenses had started to melt where the day time running lamps are.
My driver side high beam headlight flashed burned my light ensemble on my 2005 Toyota Highlander. Showed tech at Toyota and claimed despite never seen a fire caused by headlamp that it did indeed burn plastic housing from flash burn out not covered by warranty.
Vehicle has original headlights that were in it when I bought the car. The bulbs are burning the lens over the lights. I "do not" drive with the high beams on as the dealership tried to insinuate. No dumbass drives with the high beams on all the time. Toyota claims bulbs are an exclusion on the warranty. This is a factory defect and should be a recall item. They want to charge the purchaser to replace the bulbs which show evidence of of defect as well as the lens cover. I would like to see Toyota or the manufacturer of the bulb replace these items at no cost to the purchaser. Even if they don't replace the lens cover at least replace the bulb with the proper bulb. Car has always jerked from the time I purchased it. I thought it was the transmission but Toyota claims they didn't detect anything when I took it in for service for this issue.
I have a 2004 Toyota highland and believe there is a design defect or manufacturing flaw with regard to the lens covers to the headlights and fog light covers. Both have significant melting from the light bulbs. I am concerned that the vehicle will catch on fire. All products involved are original Toyota parts. The lens covers each have a large (bigger than a quarter) circular spot where the melting took place from the inside out and there is a bubble on each. The same has happened with the fog lights and they are now cracked from the heat. I have contacted Toyota and they will not fix, replace, repair the lens covers and say that there is no recall. I would imagine that anything melting on a vehicle has the potential to catch fire. This has been progressively getting worse over several years so the incident date is not exact. It is evident that eventually there will be holes in these covers from the heat/melting as the daylights run constantly and cannot be turned off.
Headlight lenses have become progressively translucent blocking significant light energy from vehicle to operate vehicle in a totally safe manner. (incident date and odometer reading not applicable in this case. ) some internet web sites suggest drilling holes in the headlamp fixture to fix problem. I believe it is a safety issue and that the manufacturer should stand behind getting the problem resolved. This problem is not exclusive to Toyotas as I have observed other brands of vehicles with the same safety problem and may be related specifically to a headlight fixture manufacturer shared by other vehicle manufacturers. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be heard.
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Whenever my vehicle is loaded up the headlights blind oncoming drivers. I dread going on vacation with this vehicle. Toyota dealer said a fix was not available. I tow a 15 ft boat 1200lbs. Although the vehicle is rated for 3500lbs towing capacity the headlights when towing blind oncoming traffic I assume to poor suspension design.
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The new model year 04 Toyota Highlander SUV and sienna vans have poorly designed and or misadjusted daytime running lights, causing blinding glare to on coming drivers, drivers in front of these vehicles and pedestrians walking at night. These excessively glaring lights distract and cause eye pain to other drivers and temporary blindness. This is a serious safety problem that needs to be addressed especially for pedestrians walking against traffic at night.
I have a 2002 tooyota Highlander, after a heavy rainstorm in July of 2004, I noticed that the headlamp on my front drivers side had moisture and was foggy on the inside of it. It went away in about a week or so. After going to a carwash I noticed the same problem and the area was wider. I notified lee's Toyota in queens NY. I was told by the customer service rep. Jason that it was normal and the heat from the lamp will eventually make the moisture evaporate because it was made that way. After several episodes and the area of moisture spreading each time it rains snows or I go to a car wash. I now have a problem with the vision on my drivers side especially at night. The area is being obstructed because of the fog in the headlamp. I almost had 2 accidents because of it. I notified lee's Toyota on several occasions, and was told they could do nothing unless I pay for it. I am disabled, must wear corrective lenses while driving and now I have a problem that hinders my vision. I read the car manual and there are no article about this. My niece has the same SUV and she does not have this problem, I contacted Toyota motor corp. And was told that I should have notified them before and I told them I did notify them when I became awear of the problem. Toyota motors told me that they will pay to have it fixed but I must fix it and pay for it first and they will reimburse me. I feel that it is a defect and that Toyota should fix the problemand pay for it before I have a accident or something. Please look into this situation. I am on a fixed income and can't afford it at this time.
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