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Toyota Highlander Accessories and Modifications



  • Thanks again landdriver, I will go with the part suggested by the second dealer (71862-48010-A0) and hope it is the right part. I will keep you (and others wanting to change their console) apprised of the outcome.
  • Fender flares are an excellent way to give the HL more character. The Toyota brand flares (made by EGR for Toyota) stop short of the front bumper, whereas aftermarket flares cover the front bumper.

    Side step bars, side step tubes, hood bug deflectors, sunroof wind deflectors and front-end masks are other popular means of dressing-up the HL. I heard recently that the newer HHs have the word "Hybrid" on the side of the vehicle, so if your's doesn't have this you might investigate if it can be added.

    See Toyota Highlander Owners: Photo Gallery and CarDomain for photos of customized HLs.
  • Hi - I just bought a 2006 HL hybrid. I love it... but it drives me a little crazy that there's no way to turn off the "beep" every time you push a button. I can turn it off on my cell phone, clock, pda, etc, why not my car? "Muting" mutes the nav system voice, i'm not sure about the buttons. and I really don't mind the nav system voice. I'm already going to try to turn off the motion-lock out system.

    Any thoughts would be welcome!!
  • I recently purchased a 2001 HL limited and there is a green blinking light under the dash which has an on or off switch. This light blinks when the engine is turned off and goes off once you start the engine. Neither the person who sold me the HL nor the local dealer seem to know what this blinking light is for and there is no mention of it in the owners manual. Does anyone know what this green blinking light is for?
  • Just a total guess... but some cars put in a blinky light to make it look like there's an alarm system even if there isn't. It's only useful when the car's off, so it might go off when you drive??

    My saturn had one. No alarm system on it, but the blinky red light (not green) was supposed to make people think twice.
  • mvd1mvd1 Posts: 30
    Have any of you folks tried swapping the standard painted HL grille with the chrome Hybrid version? I saw a 2006 OEM HL Hybrid grille just sold on Ebay for ~$50. It looks like the Hybrid version does not have the painted left & right "fillers" between the main grille section and the headlight assemblies.
  • Thank you Jeepersca, The toyota dealership here suggested that too but there is a real alarm that flashes a red light on the dash when the engine is off. I wondered if it could have anything to do with the special chip in the key or the sensor for breaking the window glass but you would think the Toyota dealer or the owners manual would have said something about it. I am completely stumped.
  • the control knob on my highlander will not supply warm/hot air. Sometimes you can spin it toward cold and then toward hot and it may give you some heat. I pulled off the knob and tightened the nut on the stem but it did not help. I assume removing the nuts on the shafts is who you get the plastic console cover off to replace the controls. any help in fixing this problem myself
  • Hey mvd1:

    The HH grille arrangement is different from that of the HL.

    The HL grille insert and it's surround (which includes those left and right "fillers" you referenced) is a single piece, and this piece is separate from the bumper.

    The HH grille surround and the bumper looks to be a single piece. I'm guessing the HH grille insert is a separate piece from it's surround, and that's what you saw on eBay.

    Now it may be possible to swap a HL grille and HL bumper with the integrated HH grille/bumper assembly.

    Also note has some genuine Toyota-brand grilles available for the HL -- I know they'll fit the '01-'03 HLs, but you should check if they'll fit the '04-'06s. It's possible there are aftermarket grilles available for the HL as well.
  • Ok, I'd like to install a true ipod audio hookup in my new 2006 HL, but I'm having trouble figuring out whether or not my radio is compatible with the options out there.

    Specifically, i'm looking to install something like the USA Spec, ICE system or the Metra.

    These are little boxes that connect to the radio's aux port and then allow you to control your ipod through the radio itself.

    However, I'm finding conflicting information regarding whether or not such a system is even compatible with my audio system, which is the JBL 6 disc in-dash changer version on the 2006 Highlander Limited. Does my radio have an aux port at all? Or anywhere to plug this in? And if so, am I disabling the CD changer?

    Anybody have specific information to help me out? I would be remiss to yank out my dash trim and radio only to find that there's nothing I can do. I want to know EXACTLY what I'm going to expect behind the radio prior to coming close to my precious brand new car with anything resembling a tool.
  • Hi Folks:

    I've got to replace my passenger side (heated) mirror and have been told I'll need to take the inner door panel off.

    Has anyone done this?

    Landdriver - in a search, I noticed that you had installed speakers. Did you take the door panel off for that? If so, any hints?


  • Again, I want to thank you very much landdriver for all the help and information you have supplied to those of us wanting to retrofit the 2002 console in the 2001 HL!
    I just picked up my HL at the custom auto restyling shop and it is fantastic! I love it - all thanks to you landdriver for your inspiration and knowledge. As promised, I wanted to tell anyone else interested in this conversion the part# for the shield needed to replace the one that has the cup or map holder is 71862-48010-A0 for the ivory with power seats. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • middleageguymiddleageguy Chicago areaPosts: 42
    Since it warmed up, I finally got around to taking stains out of seats. The stainremover "Tech" did work great. Only place that I could find that sells this product is a local hardware store that is part of an independent chain.

    Since now the seats are looking like new, has anyone used scotchgard on their seats? Does it change the color?
  • See post 602 for procedure for removing the door panels; let us know if you have any additional questions!
  • You're welcome.

    I just picked up my HL at the custom auto restyling shop and it is fantastic! I love it

    It's impossible to not love one of those '02 center consoles! Glad it worked out so well (that was quick!). Thanks for the update on the part number; I'll reference your post in all future console inquiries!
  • Your radio should have a cd changer input on the rear. 2004 and later use the small 12 pin plug. Check out Logjam Electronics or FM Fan Store on line. They carry auxiliary input adaptors that should fit your radio and will convert the cd changer plug into aux inputs. If you have the rear DVD system, then you will need an extra wiring adaptor to plug both in. Look for their customer phone number or email link to ask any questions. I found both very helpful when I was looking for info on how to plug in my XM Commander through the aux input. I have a 2004 Highlander Base with the standard CD/cassette and love the why it sounds using the adaptor - much better than the FM modulator. - johnnyv1
  • OK...I took the plunge to go "green" and bought a hybrid. The gas mileage is a huge disappointment. Good thing the vehicle is a great car otherwise. My last mileage check produced 20 miles to the gallon with light footed driving. This is during winter driving, not on highways, but back country roads. The previous check gave me 22 mpg. Popular Mechanics magazine tested the hybrid and got 29 mpg.I expect summer driving will give me somewhat better results. What are real world people getting in cold New England weather and what to expect in warm weather? :cry: :confuse:
  • Check-out the 2006 Hybrid Toyota Highlander board -- people there have been getting in the low 20s when they first bought the vehicle but after the vehicle's computer "learns" the driver's driving habits, average has been around 25mpg, with a few getting close to 30mpg on rare occasions. These are summer numbers, you're right about winter negatively affecting mileage so your numbers are fairly typical. Don't worry -- they'll improve!! :)
  • has anyone found a suitable cat back (or with a a performance cat) exhaust system for the 2001 and 2003 with the v6 engine?? any help would be appreciated. rr70
  • i was looking at an 02 limited with the tow package .. now does the 02 with factory installed tow package come with the oil and transmission coolers? i see that they are on the newer models . i dont intend to tow however from my reasearch about the dreaded sludge problem (weather it be a toyota problem or an end user problem aside )alot of it has to do with engine oil temp? is oil cooler on all models or just the tow package and what years? how would i know if the tow package is factory or not.. im a soon to be ex- dodge owner so any info would be greatly appreciated thanks alot guys and gals
  • Hi, thanks for the info. Sorry about the VERY late response, but I am still getting the hang of this particular site. :)

    Anyway, I have done a lot of mods to my Infiniti I30 to include custom LED lights throughout the whole car (window switches, guages, AC controlls, etc.) I have also cleared my rear tail lights, installed custom headlights that they use on the car overseas, and more. I wont wast your time with all the mods, but it you would like to see more, I have created a cardomain page with pictures.

    As for the mods I have done with the HL, I have added Chrome outside door handles, a Chrome exaust tip, and last weekend, I installed the chrome rear trim piece off an 06 HL Hybrid. As you can tell I like Chrome. lol I am planning on clearing the front headlights (taking out that orange piece in them), as well as possibly doing a chrome grill on the front. OH, I also replaced the stock rear view mirror with an auto dim digital temp., digital compass, and LED map light rear view mirror. I would also like to find some really nice chrome rims as well. Maybe something bigger than the factory size. :)

    I am hoping to create a cardomain page for the HL very soon. I will let you know when it gets done.

    Thanks again for your help with the car manuals. I will keep my eye out for Vol. 2.
  • Hi everyone,

    I'm sorry if I have posted this in the past, but I am signed up on a few HL boards and can't remember which one I posted this question on. lol

    Does anyone know if there are any LED turn signal mirrors OR LED turn signal mirror shells out there for our HL's? I found some for the Lexus RX330, but the mirrors are slightly different in shape, so unfortunately, I don't think I can use them on the HL. :(
  • The Infiniti looks pretty nice; let us know when you get your HL on CarDomain. My personal favorite: The Mild Beast.
  • From my research, which I stopped many months ago, a clean looking solution does not exist for the HL.

    The place that sold the best looking ones (replacement glass with LED built in), does not make one for the HL because, as I was told when I called, "there wasn't enough room to run the wires through the inards of the housing" (paraphrasing). They do make a convex mirror attachment that will fit any car, but it doesn't have that built-in look I desired.

    I can't find it now, but there was a Toyota dealer (in Long Beach, CA- if memory serves) that imported replacements for the entire housing. The new mirror housing had the Mercedes type turn signal built-in (to the outside, not on the glass), which is visible from in front and behind.

    One more add-on type that doesn't look horrible:

    Other than that, just do a Google search.

    I've had an idea, but as I may be getting rid of my HL soon, I haven't followed up on it. Pepboys sells little orange turn signals that can be added to the side of a car (about $15). I was going to attach these to the underside of the mirror, onto the part that attaches to the door.

    I think these are a great idea. Good luck.

  • Thanks for the info guys. I have seen this site before and have been trying to justify spending the money to get these.

    I would love to get these, but that price is steep. I wish they would make LED mirror shells for our HL's like they do for the Rx330. I would love to find Chrome LED mirror shells for the 05 HL! That would make my day! Maybe one day. :)

    Well, Thanks again everyone, I appreciate all your help. Have a great night!
  • You can watch DVD on Nav Screen of Hybrid Highlander. Car must be stopped, in Park, with parking break on...
  • You've done it? Playing a dvd from under the seat where the mapping software dvd is?
  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    I think he meant that you can watch the DVD that's playing on the Rear Seat Entertainment system. I'm pretty sure that without the RSE, you can't watch a DVD on the nav.
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