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2008 Toyota Highlander



  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Do you have a 4wd Highlander 08? You are indeed getting great gas! I have gotten 17 in city driving, and soon will be taking a trip. I hope I can get as great mileage as you have. I do have a 4wd Limited.
    It is a great SUV, isn't it !

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    My bluetooth doesn't do that. It does display the current caller if I receive a call. You might want to have that checked.
  • Just curious, has anyone researched how much a battery for the hybrid HL's cost? :confuse:
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Yes playing with the screens while in motion is currently barred in the Toyota system and I hope it stays that way....but... both most Navi and Bluetooth functions are voice activated.

    You in fact have lost almost nothing...just talk to it and keep your hands on the wheel - please - for my safety.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    It's a well-known answer on a question that's been asked over and over and over again for the last 8 years.


    During the warranty period of 8 yrs / 100000 mi or 10 yrs / 150000 miles the battery is Toyota's responsibility. In fact almost no batteries have been replaced for failure on any of the 1 million or so hybrids on the road here. Certainly some have been replaced due to accidents so this is where you can get a hint as to the cost somewhere after 10 yrs or so of driving.

    If your battery should fail at say 240,000 miles, when your vehicle is 'worth' about $500 then you might be looking at a $3000-$4000 repair bill. It's about the same as if a tranny went out at 240,000 miles. But you're looking at a repair bill that's 5-10 times the value of the underlying vehicle. Not a very smart idea.
  • Ahhh! Very interesting! I don't have one myself, which is why I didn't take the time to do a search on the topic. ;)
  • The Highlander I have that I wrote about the mileage (24.8 on the Freeway) is a 2008 Limited, FWD....not AWD. I have heard, but am not sure, that the mileage difference between the two versions is about 1 mpg least that is what the EPA mileage ratings show. By the way, since I have bought this car, and put about 2,000 miles on it, my cumulative mileage to date is about 18.8.........and that is a good mix of both some freeway, but also surface streets, and some stop and go traffic. I have also found that the onboard mileage computer on this car is much more accurate than previous ones, especially the 2002 Sequoia I just sold...that one was overly optimistic by at least 1 mpg. For me, this car is so much better overall than the Sequoia....much more nimble, better mileage, more comfortable, rides much better......I love it!
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Glad you enjoy your Highlander as I do ! Tell me, do you reset the mileage computer everytime you get gas, and do you reset all of them? There are several screens. I want to make sure I am doing it right, and getting an accurate reading on my gas mileage.
    Thanks for any help with that.
  • Thanks for the help nimrod99 but this doesn't work with the 2008 model.
  • This is the most annoying thing on our HL. And you can't do much of anything, like in previous models. Or like the Honda's where (it works while you drive) their voice activation can make it colder (or warmer) or a specific temperature, or change the station from XM radio 9 to channel 8 (or what ever channel) not just from FM1 to XM1. And there are very limited commands. Also, you can only list POI's not actually go to them, and when you say "Restaurant", and you either get Golf course or something else that has nothing to do with it. No matter how slow or clearly you say it. And if there is any noise in your vehicle forget about it. "Home" is the only one that consistently works. IMO if you have a passenger, these options should be enabled. I will also say the "Dial by Number" command works well. But when are driving somewhere and trying to find a certain restaurant, you have to stop to use it.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,849
    as you can probably guess i have an explorer. it has a factory limited slip rear end.
    i have luckily not gotten into a situation that i could not get out of(snow, mud, sand).
    almost got stuck in the sand on the outer banks and needed 4-low to get off the beach. once i let 4 low engage, and turned the steering wheel back an forth a few times, i got traction and was able to move. wheels straight ahead and give it some gas, forget it.
    i should have dropped the 36 front and 40 back psi out of the tires. :blush:
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • When I re-fuel I only reset the trip odometer. The display screen that shows the instant mpg and also the average for that tankful automatically resets each time you re-fuel. The other display screen I believe shows the total cumulative average mpg of all your re-fuels, so I do not reset that one. I also re-set the "B"" or second level of the trip odometer only when I get the car serviced, so I always know how many miles have passed since last service. Do you happen to have the Blue Tooth phone system in your car? I do and I recently found out that there is an adjustment you can make to enhance and amplify the sound whomever you are dealer rep walked me through it, and the improvement was noticeable....but is not listed in the manual, and he gave me specific instructions to find the screen to do that. Now the people I call say the sound is better.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Thanks for the info. I do have the Bluetooth and would be interested in the enhanced adjustments for sound. I will look into that.
  • TREMENDOUS news on the Bluetooth microphone! Can't wait to get to my dealer and have it adjusted.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279 what you are saying there is no oil reservoir because they are using the canister oil filter system therefore engines that use a spin on filter has a oil reservoir, well I am confussed, where is an oil reservoir on a spin on filter engine. Google gas engine and have a look, I see nothing but may have missed it. My car a 05 has the canister oil filter system and I hear no clicking when the outside temp is -15C at start up. Did you know that the oil canister system was first used in the mid 50s north american cars, the big 3. Later they switched to spin on filters. The canister system is now used by all-some manufactures. It forces you to bring your vehicle to a dealer to have the filter changed as in some cases special tools are required. If your canister is plastic as mine is watch who changes the filter doesn't over tighten it as the plastic might crack, lose oil and then engine failure. If they(manufactures) want to use this system they should have used a canister made of heavy metal, not plastic, as this is a vital part that oil circulates through. Suggest you talk to another TOYota mechanic and get back to us. If what he says is true than all vehicles that use this oil filter system will have early start up clicking. Have you heard of Piston Slap..again Google it for the answer..
    Thank you
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Help me out, what does a bluetooth and a nav screen got to do with vibration?/
  • 2008 HL canister oil filter change is pretty easy DIY job. BTW canister housing is metal on HL.
  • It is just a continuation of a previous thread that started with need to go back and read the earlier posts.......sorry for the confusion!
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Nifty56, All I have to go on is several friends and mechanics who have all told me the same thing. It is a normal condition for this engine in the Highlander to have a clicking noise when cold at start up. The engine has been re-designed, and I was told it has a different oil filter system than previous. I have had 5 different people tell me this.
    My first response to this was to answer a post who was concerned that something was wrong with his engine making a clicking noise. He proceeded to say that his sounded like a DIESEL. Mine doesn't do that, nor others that have mentioned a clicking noise at start-up. I do think a DIESEL sound would not be cool, and should be checked out.
    So my research that I feel comfortable with is that the clicking sound is a normal sound until the engine warms up. I have had 5 different mechanics tell me this. I do not understand the exact changes that were done that relates to the oil filter, because I am really dumb when it comes to all this.
    I have felt comfortable with this, and was only trying to re-assure the other post that was worried that the engine should not do this, that it was a normal sound with this engine. My Highlander 08 has been awesome, it is getting great gas mpg, and it is very smooth and quiet. The clicking sound goes away after warm -up, and I have been told that this is NORMAL !
    If anyone wants to explore this totally, then I hope they will share their results with all of us. Until then, I have to rely on what I know are great mechanics who have worked on Toyotas for many years.
    I appreciate your knowledge of the oil filter systems, and maybe you will want to research this more with the new Highlander. You see, I learned alot from your post, and that's whats great about these forums. Maybe you know a great Toyota mechanic that will once and for all clear this up, if you think there is more to the clicking sound.. We for sure all want our Highlanders not to have any problems.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Thanks for your post, knowing the canister is metal is comforting and glad to see Toyota has done it right. Good job Toyota...
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    So the clicking goes away after warm up, how long does the car take to warm up and the clicking last?
  • On mine it goes away after a couple of miles of driving or temperature scale passing fist mark.
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    Is the ticking sound the cold start Fuel Injectors?
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    Can anyone please tell me if the auxiliary input to the audio head unit (on DVD nav units) displays the file contents of the ipod or mp3 player on the screen?

  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Same as Lucky777, a mile or two....
  • molinemoline Posts: 14
    Does anyone know how to disable the factory alarm on the 2008 Highlander? Ours has been giving false alarms over the past day or so, and I can't get it to a dealer until the morning to have it checked out. I'd like to disable the alarm so that it doesn't trigger at 2:00 in the morning (again). Any help would be very much appreciated.
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    Have there been any precedents where Toyota has made minor design tweaks to their vehicles, one year after they were introduced?

    My biggest issue with the new Highlander is the 3rd row seat not being split.
    I was going to buy a 2008 when they first came out, but due to a lousy trade in value on my current highlander, I decided to wait and see what the 2009 Pilot looked like. Now that I have seen how ugly the 2009 Pilot is, I am waiting for the 2009 Highlander, with the assumption Toyota will fix all the "Beta" issues on the 2008's

  • All I can say is a big HURRRMMPH,

    While the 3rd row is not that big a deal for me the 2nd row jump seat is. I can't believe that Toyota chose this way to go. The 2nd row jump seat is Mickey Mouse IMnotsoHO.

    Anyway my 2004 HL is not getting the trade in I think it should. Sooo I am going to wait to see what Honda does with the diesel engines and if Toyota gets real and offers a 2nd row split bench.

    And can we PLEASE get the ebony interior on the HL Limited. What the heck is Toyota thinking.

    Also with the news today about Toshiba getting out of the DVD business and studios alreading ditching the DVD format why buy now, if the entertainment system is part of your buying scenario.

    My view is wait and see cause automakers always tweak the models. :surprise:
  • smith1smith1 Posts: 283
    Toshiba is getting out of the HIGH DEFINITION DVD business (HD-DVD). Not regular DVD's. Nor are studios "ditching" regular DVD's, which will continue to be produced for some years to come.
  • It will be interesting to see if Toyota does make any of these changes. Of all of them, I think the split third seat makes the most sense and adds the most versatility. I think the second row configuration works great, but my family needs are different than yours. Which is the point....most cars end up being some kind of compromise to each of our ideals...someone else earlier was complaining about the interior door handles being too close to the window buttons.....another complained about the location of the gas release lever. All those items to me are total non-issues, but they were a hot button for, again, it will be interesting to see what Toyota does for 2009!
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