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2008 Toyota Highlander



  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Put your seatbelt on.

    Of course, that is excellent and sound advice. I will note, however, that the OP gave no indication that he would not be using the seatbelt.

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I don't know if they could be classified as "cross-overs", but insofar as an adequate or better AWD is concerned the BMW X-3/5 or maybe even the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system would be a good fit in my judgment.

    I classify off-road as more like the boulder climbing sports type charactors out there.

    Not just wintertime conditions but year 'round there are lots of on-road, non-paved road, situations/circumstances where one needs only an adequate AWD system.
  • That is very sad. It's a good lesson for those who don't buckle up.

    Personally, I ALWAYS wear my seatbelt, except:

    1. When I am mucking with the trailer in the driveway, boat launch, quarry or dump (ever try to three point turn a trailer in a width less than the car+trailer with something ringing in your head?)
    2. The _long_ ride up the driveway from the mailbox

    All of my previous Toyota's didn't have this annoying "GM" beep, Please help me stop it !

  • lucky_777lucky_777 Posts: 205
    Only dealer can turn the beeper off on 08 HL
  • molinemoline Posts: 14
    I finally had a chance to tow a larger trailer yesterday, and was impressed with the Highlander's performance. It was a full-height 8' wide 26' long 4000 pound travel trailer with a Reese WD dual-cam hitch, w/o sway control. It was a 120 mile ride, including some decent hills, about 80/20 highway/back roads. I was initially concerned about the trailer's length relative to the Highlander's wheelbase and trucks or crosswinds sending me into the next lane, but it never happened. Prior to trying this setup, I had been towing a 2000 pound 14' pop-up with a '98 Ford Windstar, with trailer brakes but no weight distribution or sway control. I found the HL & 26' TT combination to be a lot more stable, even w/o sway control. I had no problem keeping up with traffic (~65), and although there weren't any big crosswinds there were plenty of trucks. No white knuckles anywhere to be found.
  • I just noticed that Canadina website shows I-Pod interface in Accessories section. But ON USA web site they are not mentioning any thing about it. Does any Body Knows Why?
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  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    Does the 2005 Highlander Limited have a Seviceable Differental and if so, how often should it be serviced?
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    When I test drove a 2008 Highlander last year, I noticed something that might be a design oversight.

    When the conversation mirror is deployed, it partially covers the rear view mirror. The view out the rear is cut off by 75%.

    I have been wanting to check how bad the rear seat DVD screen interferes with the view out the back when looking in the rear view mirror?

    Has anyone got first hand experience with both these issues?

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    I do not have the DVD, but I did use the conversation mirror last week for the first time with guest in the back, and yes it does block the rear view mirror.
    It is no big deal to me though, as I will rarely use it. For those who will want to use it, be careful as it does block the rear view mirror, and could become a hazard.
  • There's a pretty loud whistling coming from the passenger window whenever I get above 50 mph, and I know it's not the window trying to whistle along with the radio. ;) Does anyone else have this issue?

    When I was having my XM installed, the dealership said they took it for a drive but couldn't hear what I heard. They said they adjusted the seal anyway, yet I heard it on the way home. I don't drive over 50 very often (mostly in-town stuff) but when I do it's very annoying!
  • I've had my 2008 Highlander for a couple of months and put about 2,000 miles on it, and have not noticed any degree of wind noise, or whistling...........which would be very annoying. It sounds like some issue with the seal, but you may need to ride with their tech to demonstrate it.
  • Knowing my luck the tech who supposedly drove it can't hear high pitched noises! :P Thanks for the feedback!

    Other than that ... and the fact they scrapped my gear shift all to pieces installing my XM ... I'm LOVING my Highlander! I've already got a couple of people here at work wanting one too! :D
  • If anyone's thinking of getting XM installed by Toyota on a Highlander that doesn't come WITH it already installed, think twice!! :surprise: The way they made this highlander, the technicians have to completely take the dash and driver's seat out of the vehicle to get behind the radio. There's not a simple panel to remove for them to get to the components they need. So yes, it comes XM ready, but Toyota obviously didn't think it through all the way. Why did they have to make it so difficult to get to the back of the radio? :confuse:

    Just an FYI for those who either have an XM ready Highlander or those who are thinking about purchasing a new one. If you don't already have one, make sure the XM is factory installed ... if that is even an option!! ;)
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    It's not actually done at the's done at the distribution point for each region. The way they do it is ...

    the technicians have to completely take the dash and driver's seat out of the vehicle to get behind the radio. There's not a simple panel to remove for them to get to the components they need. So yes, it comes XM ready, but Toyota obviously didn't think it through all the way. Why did they have to make it so difficult to get to the back of the radio?
  • jaberjaber Posts: 10
    I have the rear DVD player, but when the screen is off in the back, I can still hear the DVD player whirr when I turn the car on. Any ideas on how to turn it off?
  • Hi all,
    I have an 08 basic 4x4 with 5,000 miles on it. I really enjoy this car after driving an 01 4x2 4 cylinder for 7 years. There is no comparison between the two cars. However, I do have a problem that is concerning me. Each morning or afternoon when I start and drive off after a short warm-up period the engine sound like it's a diesel. I get a clacking sound until the engine is really warmed up. The service department writes it off to redesigned cylinders that are oval shaped and take a short time to adjust. They say don't worry about it because no damage is being done. I was wondering if others are experiencing this symptom and any answers they may have received. By the way for those checking gas mileage I have averaged over 21 mpg in mixed driving since I bought the car the end of Sept. This is almost the same as the 4 banger!
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Hi there....I have a Highlander 08 Limited that has the same clicking sound when the engine is cold. After warm up- it is very quiet.
    I have not ask about it, because I had read that they will do this until the engine warms -up, and it was normal. If any one that reads our post has found out something different, I hope they will respond, if it shouldn't do this.
    I have had my Highlander going on four weeks, and I love it !!! Glad you are enjoying yours,

  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Please don't let the dealer way with this. The noise is not normal. No modern gasoline engine should sound like a diesel when cold. Contact another dealer or Toyota corporate. Believe me your pistons are not oval shaped.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Mine doesn't sound like a diesel......just a clicking of the pistons. The Avalon 2005 that I had did the same thing.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Don't be so certain about this, many new cars are using DFI, Direct Fuel Injection. DFI fuel pump pressures are dramatically higher than simple SFI and may have a different injection sequence/parameter with the engine cold than otherwise.

    You can most definitely hear the SFI noise in my 2001 RX300 so my guess would be that DFI noise would be a LOT greater.

    Also, the use of DFI allows the ignition timing to be adjusted throughout a wider range.

    Are you aware that experiments are currently ongoing to build a "diesel" (no spark plugs) gasoline engine?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    The engine in the 2008 Highlander is not a DFI engine and should not be as noisy as posted lately. I am aware of work being done on the new diesel/gasoline engine. Very interesting technology.
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    The valve train on this engine does make quite a bit of clicking when cold. I have the same thing on my Avalon and I've heard other Avalon owners comment on this.
  • I have a similar issue with my '08

    Whistle noise above 45mph..but coming from passenger side windshield. I had them reseal it once already but it still has the issue. I may have them just replace the windshield or look into something from the exterior causing it. I had an '05 Odyssey that made a whistle that was attributed the the cowling right below the windshield. They replaced that and all was better. So we will see what happens this time around.
  • I have the same noise in my '08. Once warm it is fine but until then Diesel city. Also it seems to make a lot of noise at idle in drive. This engine does not have Direct injection. You would know the difference. My IS350 has that and you can tell the difference between diesel sound and valve click.

    I plan on having them look into this as it now makes a lot of vibration in idle that never was there before. So maybe there is an issue..I am sure they will find nothing as usual.
  • We have a new 08 Highlander that we feel is a great automobile. Our only concern is a vibration that is felt on start up. It lasts for about 10 minutes and then disappears after the vehicle warms up. I have read the posts about the diesel noise but we don't hear any of that just the vibration. Any ideas or suggestions.
  • The DVD screen does obscure looking through the rear-view mirror, not sure what can be done about that, for backing up its no big deal since you have the rear-view camera. It does bug me a little when I'm on the highway, need to rely on side-mirrors more when kids are watching DVDs.
  • I am interested to hear from 2008 HL owners who live in northern United States or Canada who are experiencing a rattle in their front driver and passenger windows during cold weather. In my area we are experiencing cold weather (20 below and wind). I am experiencing progressively worse rattling and a sound like "morse code" tapping when driving. My dealership that sold me the vehicle checked it out in the fall when I first noticed it and they told me it was just some ice, everything checked out fine according to them.

    Have any other 2008 HL owners experienced this problem and if so what is the problem and how was it solved? The sound is very annoying. Information to solve this problem would be appreciated.

  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    Anyone know if there are any products available that offer full time rear view camera?
    I have seen concept cars without any side view or rear view mirrors. A system of cameras displayed the view behind the car on a small screen in the instrument cluster.
    If something like this were available, then the issue of the rear seat entertainment screen blocking the view of the rear view mirror would be solved
  • I have the same problem to go along with the noisy engine. A second dealer places the blame on the timing chain. This is the third different answer I have received, so I e-mailed the Toyota help desk directly. As always they say there is no recall program to address this concern and will have the dealer contact me again to solve the problem. The saga continues!
  • Just because something is not to your liking about a product is not justification for any company to issue a Recall. Recall's (in the USA) are reserved for either (1) DANGEROUS WORKINGS or (2) environmental impact issues. A vibration or a noise will likely never trigger a recall on its own. There may be issued a TSB (technical service bulletin) which may help address any other (like yours) issues. Check for more details in understanding the difference between a Recall and a TSB.
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