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Toyota Highlander Accessories and Modifications



  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    As for the cost for the tow hitch, call around to a couple other local dealers to get some competitive pricing. The hitch itself should cost somewhere between $350-$450 plus installation.

    As for the towing question... Keep in mind that mechanic probably knows much less about hybrid technology than you do if he's making those statements. The truck is designed to be able to tow 3,500 lbs. 1,100 probably won't even feel like you have anything behind it.

    Good luck.

  • eyeeye Posts: 1
    How can I remove the 3rd seat on my '04 HL Limited? I never need it, but could use the extra storage space.
  • Has anyone looked at the TRD supercharger for the 3.0 liter v6 engine (1mzfe, same engine as rx300). I know TRD staff says it can't be installed in the highlander nor the rx300, but this is the same engine used in Solara & camary. I'm wondering if anyone has tried to modified the supercharger to make it fit. it would be nice to have to 270Hp, and 260lbs of torque...

    Also, has anyone installed the TRD sports exhaust for the 3.0L V6 highlander? I'm planning on getting it, just want to find out if there is any difference in the performance at all after the installation.
  • warlwarl Posts: 5
    Just bought a 2005 HL Limited. Asked the same question to the salesman, he had no idea how have the doors lock automatically. I called Toyota coustemer service and was told that page 146 of the owners manual has the instructions on how to do it. Have gotten my car yet so I couldn't try it. Let me know if it works for you.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    I have a 2005 Limited, and, altho I prefer for the the door locks to lock ONLY when I want them to, I don't believe this feature is available on the 2005 Highlander. Page 146 in the manual, which I have in front of me right now, is "Ignition switch with steering lock" NO reference to door locks.

    Door lock operation is mentioned on page 25,26.

    for what its worth, i had the power locks on mine changed so one push of the remote will unlock all doors. This is an option in the "body computer" and accessible by the dealer. Maybe they can activate the auto locks from there? But I doubt they will even know this, as I had to tell my dealer they could even make the change I wanted.

    hope this helps some
  • In case you still hadn't found a hood protector, I bought one from the store. Ventshade sells hood protector, bug defector, and window shades for the HL. The install was very easy, they provided everything you need. And the unit line up with all the holes with my HL too.
  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    George - are you still out there? I just bought my 2001 HL and wanted to see if I could find a Toyota center console like the one you bought. appears to be no more, so I was wondering if a) you knew where I could get one and b) you could send me (or post) some pictures of the console.

    If there's anyone else out there that bought the add-on 2001 center console and knows where I can find one and could possibly send me some pictures of it, I'd really appreciate it :-) I checked with my local dealership and called Toyota directly and there's no info available on the 2001 console.

    Much thanks,

  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    The black plastic panel that surrounds the stereo and air conditioner controls is beginning to blister and am thinking of replacing it. I actually like the newer style console and was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to replace the 2001 version with a later version (2003-2005). I know that the knobs are different and the placement of some of the push buttons are different, but if I'm going to go to the expense of replacing the panel, I might as well update it to a cooler style if it's possible...

    Much thanks in advance for your thoughts,

  • dominor5dominor5 Posts: 58
    John, check appears they took over the former web site because they also accept the same discount codes last time I purchased. Try using RW4 at checkout.
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    The '01 optional Toyota center console is a stand-alone unit that looks pretty nice IMO. Its completely different than the center console integrated with the instrument cluster introduced with the '02 HL.

    A Google search indicates that sells the '01 center console. There's a picture of it, though not a very good one. According to this site, the part numbers are:

    PT413-69010-04 -- Ivory
    PT413-69010-14 -- Charcoal

    I would think you should be able to order it from any Toyota dealer with these part numbers; try another dealer if unsuccessful.

    In the past, occasionally the '01 center console would show up on eBay, so you may try monitoring that site for a month or two.

    Hope this helps!
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    Its possible to retrofit an '02 console into an '01 HL as I did this a couple of years ago. Its a bit involved. Would I do it again? Yes, if it was that important to me to have an '02 console, which it was. (But infinitely better to buy an '02 HL or later instead). See posts 268, 314, 343 and 320 for info on doing this and let me know if you have any more questions!

    The plastic trim panel around the stereo and air conditioner does not need to be replaced when you install an '02 console, so you don't have to worry about the placement of those controls within the panel.
  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    Thanks very much for the info. I've been monitoring the posts regarding the retrofit, but I'm not sure I can afford to do it. Perhaps if the car was only a year old, but now that it's going on five years, I'm not sure how practical it would be to spend $1,400 or more to upgrade the console. It's tempting though... :-)

    As for the plastic trim around the stereo and air conditioner, I realize it doesn't have to be replaced to accommodate the '02 console; I was thinking of replacing it because it's showing a bit of wear and tear, blistering, etc. I called one dealership and they quoted me around $270 for the part; my dealer said that the panel is not available by itself and that I would need to replace the entire assembly - $599 plus labor. I'm not sure which is true. I also would be curious to know if one of these internet parts places can get me the authentic panel (or assembly if necessary) for less than the dealer is charging. Most of the parts they list for the interior seem to be accessories, rather than replacement parts. I'd greatly appreciate any info or advice on this!

    Much thanks,

  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    I'll dig-up my service manuals to see if there's a part number for this -- stay tuned for the next couple of days...
  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    Great, Thanks! I'm supposed to meet with the service manager today to discuss what parts I need him to order, so I'll try to hold off until I hear from you :-)

    FYI - the main reason for getting the work done now is this: I just bought the '01 Highlander about 3 weeks ago from my x-wife, who was the original owner. It's only got 41,000 miles and is in pretty good shape, aesthetically, and excellent shape mechanically. (it cost me $14,000, which, I think, is a pretty good deal - do you?) One thing that really annoyed me was that the coloring of the dash (gray) is literally chipping/rubbing off - mostly on the sides that are hidden when the doors are closed, but a little on the top as well. I checked with Toyota and discovered that the interior trim is not covered under the extended warrantee, but they contacted the service manager at my dealership and he, in turn followed up with me. I think this was a good route to go, as they took the issue fairly seriously. As a result, he was able to get Toyota to cover the cost of a new dash - including the air bag assembly (over $1,200 in parts alone) as well as 1/2 of the labor (about $350). Not bad, considering the car is four years old and the dash is not covered under the warrantee. So, while they're replacing the dash, I thought I'd have a few other pieces replaced at the same time, such as the gauge lens, which looks like it was cleaned with sand paper, and hopefully the center panel around the air conditioner controls, which, as I mentioned earlier, is showing some blistering, etc. I'm already spending over $400 for the dash and the gauge lens, so I REALLY don't want to spend $600 for the center panel!


  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10

    Here's what I've found out this morning:

    the center console part - according to several dealers - is an entire assembly. The part number is 5590448031 and the price is $599.49; the "control plate" that covers the shifter area is part number 3592148020 and it costs $176.28. I checked but there prices weren't much cheaper; I checked and can get the parts for $479.59 and $141.02, but If anyone knows where I might be able to do better, greatly appreciate some advice!

    Much thanks,

  • ettriguenettriguen Posts: 2
    Hey Jsulmeyer,

    I was looking in to doing the center console upgrade to my HL. I went to the sites you provided but I did not find a search option on the websites. How did you get the info?! and does the center console look like the newer model HL.


  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    Hi Victor,

    Actually, we're talking about two different things. There's the center console that goes between the front seats, as seen in the 2002 and newer HL, and there's what I'm calling the front center console, with is basically the instrument panel, with the AC controls, etc. That's the one I've been trying to price (the upgrade you're referring to is over $1,000). As for the search feature, I've basically just been calling different online places on the phone and giving them the info and they've been giving me the prices.

    Hope this helps,

  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    Dug up the service manual and it appears the black plastic bezel covering the AC control panel isn't available separately.

    ~$500 is alot to pay for a control panel when you just want a new bezel -- perhaps a junk yard or other sources for used automotive equipment may have the part -- a few years ago my auto body shop gave me a couple of phone numbers for some distributors in California of used auto parts (don't have the numbers any more) -- perhaps auto body shops in your area may be nice enough to put you in touch with such distributors, or they may even be willing to order the part for you.

    Another idea is to remove the bezel, sand, and spray paint it with a good quality black semi-gloss to rejuvenate it...
  • ettriguenettriguen Posts: 2
    Thanks for clearing that up for me John
  • angiepdxangiepdx Posts: 26
    I have a 2004 Highlander, looking for a reasonable online place that may sell Toyota tinted Window Deflectors for it. Anyone have any recommendations?

  • waltrdewaltrde Posts: 26
    I've a 2006 Hybrid Highlander (HH) as well. I just put on the Toyota hitch after comparing it to the aftermarket hitches available. I was able to get it from my local dealer for $247 with a 10% discount. I called around and that seems to be about as good as it gets on price. I did find a dealer in Texas that would ship for about the same $$$. There is zero difference between the HH and the 2005 Highlander when it comes to the hitch or towing. Both use the same Toyota part number, and the tow ratings are identical. If Toyota was worried about the transmission, they would have reduced the tow capacity rating on the HH. If your Highlander has the tow prep package, you should be in good shape. Since the CVT is integral the the Hybrid drive system, I believe it may be covered under the 8 year/100,000 mile warranty.

    The aftermarket makers haven't updated their catalogs yet, so the retailers don't know what to say, but I found one salesman who called around and got word from the manufacturers that the '05 units were fine on the '06.

    I decided to go with the Toyota because the aftermarket hitches are all coyote ugly and Toyota's is merely homely. The key difference being how they deal with the muffler. Toyota's hitch bent the right support tube around it, while the aftermarket folks hang a big U-bracket under the tail pipe (except for the square tube models, which I found to look even worse). Before the 2004 model (when Toyota started hanging the full size spare under the cargo area), the aftermarket hitches used an inverted U-bracket and the hitch frame could sit back further and high, so most of it was hidden by the bumper. It looks like they flipped it and made it larger to deal with the spare tire issue.

    Beyond looks, the Toyota hitch has two advantages: First, it has a more secure mounting arrangement than any of the aftermarket hitches I looked at. Toyota includes two plates that mount to the side of the frame rails in addition to the bottom mounts that the aftermarket uses. This strengthens the frame in the attachment area, provides lateral stability and four more bolts connecting the hitch to the frame. Second, it comes with a mounted wiring harness that will plug into the 4 wire connector that's waiting for it under the left rear floor compartment (assuming you have the two prep package). You'll still need a converter box to completely tie in to the trailer light circuits. This can be found online for under $60.

    I found no hint of trailer wiring in any of the aftermarket instructions that I looked at, so you're looking at either buying an aftermarket wiring solution or buying the wiring harness (around $50 from what I've read) and converter separately from Toyota. The converter installation instructions for the 2005 Highlander include the Hybrid. The decent aftermarket wiring solutions seem to cost at least $45 or more, so I tend towards the Toyota solution for the safety of my wiring harness.

    As far as price goes, the way I figured it, the Toyota hitch costs $80 more than the best price with delivery that I could find on an aftermarket hitch and I don't have to buy a $50 harness. That puts the price at $30 over aftermarket if I go with the Toyota wiring for safety.
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730

    Don't be put off by the name. They have many accessories for the Highlander and are currently having a sale. They want $69 and change for four smoke colored deflectors. I don't know how this compares with other places but I have had good luck with the service and products here.
  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    I'd greatly appreciate if anyone could tell me definitively if a 2001 Highlander stereo can be swapped out with a 2005 model. They look as if they are the exact same dimensions, but the big question is whether or not the connectors on the back are the same. If they are not the same, can I purchase adaptors that will make the two match?

    Plan B: If it is determined that the two stereos are not interchangeable, is it possible to buy a new faceplate for the 2001 stereo or would I have to buy the whole unit? BTW, how much is a new unit??

    Much thanks!

  • waltrdewaltrde Posts: 26
    I personally prefer the "in-channel" units that fit inside the window frame over the exterior tape on variety. I've bought Weathertech units (I think they pioneered the in-channel design) on two of my vehicles and am quite happy with them. They appear to have a light and dark tint available for the Highlander. A few other companies now seem to have in-channel deflectors, but only have them in a dark smoke tint.

    Deflectors4Less ( seems to have the best selection of wind and bug deflectors I've found and their prices seem to be good when you consider that shipping is included.
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    Nearest I can tell from the service manual the face plate for the radio is not sold separately unfortunately.

    Don't know for sure if the two radios are interchangeable, but based on the fact that the signals going to the connector on the '01 radio are common to all stereos (+12V and GND, antenna input, speaker outputs, etc.), if the connector isn't the same, with some electrical know-how, a soldering pencil and both the '01 and '05 electrical service manuals for the radio connector pin-outs, I'm going out on a limb in saying it can probably be done with some effort; I seriously doubt if an adapter for connecting an '05 radio to an '01 HL exists.

    Good luck!
  • jsulmeyerjsulmeyer Posts: 10
    Much thanks, landdriver!

  • angiepdxangiepdx Posts: 26
    Thank you for the link, will go check them out!

  • happyhihyhappyhihy Posts: 4
    I'm interested in purchasing a rubber mat for the rear of my HH for use when ALL the seats are in the down position. Does anyone know of such a thing? I'd like to protect my carpet AND the back of my 2nd row seat when I've got stuff in the back.

    And, does anyone know if I can ADD a 110v outlet as pictured on the Highlander Hybrid pamphlet that was hanging in my car when I bought it?

    I'm the proud owner of new HH 4wd Limited ... that I bought in OH and drove back to Santa Clara, CA (I KNOW Stevens Creek Toyota too!). Any questions about the HH 4wd LTD - I'd be happy to help.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    DJ in Santa Clara (Wave if you see me in my Bluestone HiHy!) :blush:
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    I'm interested in purchasing a rubber mat for the rear of my HH for use when ALL the seats are in the down position.

    From the adds I've seen I've never seen such an animal, so its possible one may not exist...

    DJ in Santa Clara (Wave if you see me in my Bluestone HiHy!)

    I saw a Bluestone HH on Cristo Ray Road (near Rancho San Antonio) a few weeks ago -- it was the first (and only so far) HH I've seen on the road -- that wasn't you, was it?

    LD in Santa Clara (Wave if you see me in my non-hybrid HL!!) ;)
  • pphamppham Posts: 4
    Hi everybody,

    I bought a 2005 HL demo from dealer. I do not know if i have a towing package option or not. Dealer do not keep a listing of option on the vehicle.

    I bought a towing hitch from Draw-Tite.
    Now I need a trailer wiring.

    I have read numerous thread on this forum but still not sure what kit that I need. And how to install it .

    I appreciate if someone point me to the right direction.


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