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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair

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  • I called both Toyota dealers in town...one wanted & 1,100 and the other wanted $ 875...for the same work...ludicrous !!! I called the shop I normally have do my LOF and minor repairs. They will do the job, including new belts, water pump, the works, for $ 760. I was hoping to keep it under $ 600, but I need it done, so I am going to spend the $$$ to do it. Again, with the lower block only having 48,000 miles on it, new tires, front brakes have done less than
    15,000 miles ago, I will spend the $$$ and hope to get another 3 - 4 years out of my Highlander...by then, it will have around 135,000 miles on it, but some parts of the engine will have 83,000 miles. Does this sound like a reasonable game plan ????
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,969
    Well... if a timing belt is due, it's a necessary expense.. No point in not doing it... Especially if you plan on keeping the vehicle for three to four more years..

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  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    You've done your research, and well done I'd say. $1100, LOL at that one, he's probably got a boat payment coming up. And you'll probably get more than 135K miles.
  • kosyjonkosyjon Posts: 1
    edited February 2011
    anyone have any experience with toyota's reimbursement policy-2004HL had brake master cylinder work done done 11/09 at outside shop (out of Warranty)-- read about recall 11/10- called toyousa and sent in all required document- now they want to have it replaced with toyo parts before they will continue with "review " for reimbursement -- anyone had reimbursement in this situation or am I out of my fix expense before recall thanks
  • I'm not sure that policy is legal. They can't void a warranty because you use non-Toyota parts as long as the replacement parts meet industry standards. Does anyone know how to find out what laws apply from an independent source? Toyousa isn't exactly non-partial.
  • Once in a while, my car have a hard start on cold weather, any suggestions?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited March 2011
    Turn over more slightly slower than normal and then start...

    Mechanical tolerances are tighter, more FRICTION, the colder it gets. So battery state and charge level becomes more and more critical the colder it gets. Electronic systems, engine/transaxle ECU controls, do not work well, sometimes not at all, at the low battery starting voltages, maybe less than 8-9 volts, you often get in cold weather during cranking.

    Oh, HOW cold, Cut Bank MT. COLD..?
  • mjhaifmjhaif Posts: 1
    Just had the timing belt (tensioner and water pump) changed (93,000 miles) on my 2001 Highlander (V-6). Now I have a fluid (oil I think) leak. I haven't taken it back to the repair shop yet. Any ideas/guesses as to what went wrong?
    Appreciation for all replies.
  • 05highlander0505highlander05 Posts: 89
    edited March 2011
    Since having my front and rear pads replaced last fall my front brakes continue to squeal when I initially drive my highlander for the first minute or 2. The dealer said it was due to the snow, ice and road sand this past winter. However, I continue to have the problem, where I want to duck down when pulling out of my companies parking lot.

    The squeal does go away, after the first few stops (braking). It is also more evident if I had rained while the car had been parked.

    Any advice on how to approach my dealer again.

    The original pads were changed at 60k miles and the old brakes never squealed. ">link title
  • I just spent $60 to fill up 2005 Highlander V6 with 60k miles on it. I put about 12k miles on it per year. Is it worth switching to a Prius? I live in WI
  • mrgrld1mrgrld1 Posts: 1
    Yes, they didn't do a good job of sanding down the old disc. It may be also they didn't put back the sqealer/noise clip back probably. I would always ask for a ceramic brake pads because they don't make noise and does not give out brake dust. In other words, insist on ceramic pads only! They might cost a bit more but worth it especially if you have an older disc. Good luck
  • the dealer told me they installed ceramic pads though.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,969
    12K mi./yr divided by 18 MPG X $3.59/gal. = $2393 = $199.41/mo.
    12K mi./yr divided by 40 MPG X 3.59/gal. = $1077 = $89.75/mo..

    You'll save $110/mo. on gas at current prices....

    Probably $15K to trade up? Can't pay for that on $1320 a year...

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  • So just stay with my gas guzzling Highlander?
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,969
    Well.. I wouldn't swap out just to save on gas...

    If you are ready for a new car, then gas mileage might be high on your list..

    It's almost always cheaper to keep what you have.... I don't know your situation, but some people like Highlanders for their utility and AWD.. You have to decide what's important to you...

    Good luck!

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  • Great info, thx
    Plus I only have 70k original miles in 6 yrs
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    You're not comparing apples with apples. Your math is correct on annual fuel cost, but you're discussing two completely different vehicles -- the SUV Highlander versus the Hybrid Prius.

    Since the Prius isn't offered with a gasoline engine, you've got to compare similar vehicles that are offered in both versions.... which the HL is. Using BASE prices, consider the following:

    2011 Highlander Gas Base model MSRP = $27,540
    2011 Highlander Hybrid model MSRP = $37,490

    A $9950 price difference. We'll get back to this in a minute.

    You also need to run your math on the HL's EPA ratings for fuel economy:

    2011 Highlander Gas Base Model = 20/25
    2011 Highlander Hybrid Model = 28/28

    Which becomes:

    12K per year divided by 20 MPG x $3.59/gal = $179.50/mo
    12K per year divided by 28 MPG x $3.59/gal = $128.21/mo

    A "savings" of only $51.29 per month, so you would need to keep the vehicle for 194 months (about 16 years) just to BREAK EVEN, let alone SAVE any money.

    Tree-huggers who will claim that you can't put a "price" on the greener footprint you'll leave on the environment need not reply.

    I burn gas and I'm damn proud of it.
  • Great point. Love it!!
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Tree-huggers who will claim that you can't put a "price" on the greener footprint you'll leave on the environment need not reply.

    LMAO, good one. This topic was beat to death the last time gas prices hit $4 a gallon, and it was proven many times over that it does not make financial sense to trade out a gas guzzling SUV for something like a Prius.

    Now if you really WANT a new car, then it makes all the sense in the world and can easily be justified, :).
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,043
    Maybe someone can refresh my memory - the last go-round did the national average price of regular actually top $4? Probably did in Hawaii (it's already averaging $4.14 now), and maybe California.

    Meanwhile, the price of oil has topped $105 a barrel. (CNN)
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