Advice on purchasing a 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD


#1

My husband and I are looking for a “new” car and are interested in a 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD for sale by owner. They are asking $7,990.00 for it and it has about 130,000 miles. Before I go look at it, I was hoping to get some advice from people with a little more experience in this type of thing. Any insight is appreciated.

Locally maintained 2003 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD for sale by original non smoking owner. 3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic, Tan interior (Toyota calls it Ivory) with leather seats, 8-way power driver seat, with power adjustable lumbar support, Split-folding rear seatback reclining rear seats, Folding center armrest, Remote keyless power door locks, Power mirrors, Heated mirrors, 1 one-touch power windows, Cruise control, Front and rear cup holders, Front and rear door pockets, Overhead console with storage, Front seatback storage, Power steering, Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.), 12V cargo area power outlet(s), Tilt-adjustable steering wheel, Simulated wood trim on center console, Simulated wood trim on dash, Simulated wood trim on doors, Front reading lights, Leather trim on shift knob, Leather steering wheel, Dual illuminating vanity mirrors, JBL premium brand speakers (8 total speakers), AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer, Variable intermittent wipers, Privacy glass, Rear defogger, Intermittent rear wiper, Roof rack, Rear spoiler, Alloy wheels, Towing package, 4-wheel ABS, Child seat anchors, Remote anti-theft alarm system, Emergency braking assist, Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes, Rear door child safety locks, Daytime running lights, Front fog/driving lights, Auto delay off headlamps, Dusk sensing headlamps. Timing belt and water pump replaced and brand new OEM floor mats too!

2003 Toyota highlander
Odometer: 129980
4wd
gas
automatic
title status clean


#2

Service history? Dealer records? At least drive 1 other to compare both. Go to dealer. Use the Internet. They are easy to find for sale


#3

I look at it tonight and will ask about the service records. I know they are easy to find for sale. I am curious about this one in particular because it’s in our price range.


#4

Look for documentation that the timing belt has been done - when? how many miles? That’s the big-cost maintenance item it might need. Also look for oil changes, etc.

If it looks good, then get a Carfax (it’s far from perfect, but if a problem shows up, forget about this car). If that checks out, then pay for an independent pre purchase inspection by a mechanic you trust.


#5

. Seller says it is a great car. Never needed any work. You could ask if it had the $1000 100k major service done at shop. Trans flush? Coolant flush? Original alternator, starter, water pump, battery?