Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Toyota Highlander



  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    "I went to the Chicago auto show this weekend with my husband and left with a renewed appreciation for the Highlander"


    It was our visit to this show last year that led us to purchase the Highlander a week later. We were at the show about 2.5 hrs with at least 1 hr of that time spent as my wife went back and forth between the Highlander, Pilot, and Murano. Back to back test drives the following weekend left no doubt about the choice.


    This year it's my turn to pick a new car!
  • Does anybody know how the the AVG miles per gallon is calculated in Highlander Ltd? Does it take into account all the miles from the last time that number was zeroed out or it is a rolling average of let say last few days or few miles?


    Thank you for the help.
  • srcsrc Posts: 2
    Change oil every 10000???????? What about the filter??????????
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    The computer is apparently reset when the fuel filler cap is removed so the average is based on miles driven since your last fill up and some algorithm based on speed or engine revs or something. In my experience, the computer is about 1 mpg too high vs. an actual calculation (miles driven/gallons used.)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Unless the manufacturer is recommending otherwise, there's no reason to think the filter can't handle 10,000 normal driving miles. If you were concerned, you could pay $10 for an oil analysis and see how your oil is holding up.


    Love the oil wars:


    Engine Oil - A slippery subject Part 2


    Steve, Host
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,783


    I have only had three fills of the tank but the digital read out appears to be very accurate with less than 0.5% error apparent. Discrepancy is likely to be variation in level of fill from tank to tank.




  • On the Highlander, is AWD active all the time, or does it only become active when slipping is detected by the computer?


    I can't seem to find the answer reading through the forums.


  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    While waiting for replies in here, check out Toyota 4WD systems explained. The Search This Discussion tool may help you find posts too.


    Steve, Host
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    at all times, but is only "enforced" if a wheel or wheels slip.
  • I tried two HL's at the same Dealership. One had a Manual seat and the other had the 8-way Power seat.

    It seemed to me that the Power seat felt more comfortable and after I made a few adjustments I was good to go and it felt great!

    I struggled with the Manual seat on the other HL and I couldn't quite dial in the same feeling I had using the Power seat...My hand was getting tired trying to find a good spot...LOL

    The salesman told me that the functions are the same and if I spent the time, I would get the same comfort level on the manual seat that I had on the Power seat of the HL...I tried but could not get there.

    Is this true what he said, or is there a difference between the Power and Manual seats?

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    generally have more vertical travel...
  • Were the seats of the same material? i.e. there is a distinctly different feel to a leather seat vs a cloth one.
  • rust1rust1 Posts: 13
    Power seats are the best IMO. I liked the Santa Fe I test drove, but hated the manual seat. Spoil yourself, and go power.
  • They were both the same material...

    It wasn't so much the feel as it was the comfort level...I felt better in the powered seat...

    I hope I can get the Powered seat without having to get one of those packages that I do not want...

    I have not started the final process yet...But I'm getting ready to start dealing soon :)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Leather seats with power often go for a fairly low price on ebay. I bought one for a 97 ES300 that even included the memory ECU and put it in the drivers position of my MH.
  • dawneedawnee Posts: 59
    I tried posting this in the Prices Paid area but got no responses at all. Just need some advice as this will be first Toyo purchase and am not sure how flexible dealers are. Only have experience with GM dealers.

    I am looking at a 2005 HL Ltd 4x2, white. It has TO,VV and list for $31,784 and with my research I feel that $29,077 is fair price, not including rebate, so with rebate $28,077 plus tax, tags, fees. I have calculated the payments here on Edmunds and they are in my budget because their calculators project the fees for tags, tax, etc. So it gives a truer bottom line price. I also have a trade-in but I feel it is better to make the deal on the 05 and then haggle the trade in separate.

    Does this sound too ridiculous? It is basically $2,707 off sticker before rebate.

    I am in the Southeast area of the country.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The Southeast has a captive Toyota distributor (SET) and they have a reputation for higher prices, different option packs, and add-ons. The Gulf States distributor is similar. link.

    If the dealer won't meet your out the door price, try shopping in Tennessee or states north.

    Steve, Host
  • I've got the manual seats, and my cousin's got the power seats. There is more vertical range in the power seats, but there's two things that the manual does better. First, it goes a little farther back - important for us tall folk. And second, when you move the power seat all the way back, it automatically tilts the seat back. I prefer the seat to be flat, and the manual seat lets you do this- you can raise or lower the front of the seat; and you can raise or lower the rear of the seat independently. The power seat won't - it forces some interaction. It lowers the rear of the seat when seat is moved all the way back. Just my 2 cents.
  • SRC: Don't believe the marketing hype. Synthetic oil and a good quality filter will hold up to at least 10,000 miles (or more) if you change at least both at least once per year. Mobil 1 is now offering an extended oil that's good up to 15,000 miles or once per year.

    Many auto makers are stepping up to recommending longer oil change intervals. Cadillac and Mercedes come to mind. The days of the 3,000 mile oil change are over unless you feel the need to waste your time , money and want to do your part to spoil the environment.

  • Suspiciously, when manufactures started offering free maintenance for 1, 2,or 3 years whatever the case may be, it was now okay to extend the oil change interval. My Jaguar is every 10k and they cover all maintenance for the first three years. I personally am not comfortable as it takes me a year to get the 10K so I change it myself at 5k, 15k etc. That much short hop, stop and go driving is hard on any oil.
  • coug2coug2 Posts: 34
    I live in WA, but am working with a dealer in CA who can get me the HL equip how I want. I'm wondering if anyone knows, however, if the HL from CA are different in anyway from the HL outside of CA? Specifically, are CA HL different because of CA emission laws?

    Thanks in advance...
  • gpoltgpolt Posts: 113
    Can someone tell me why the Central Atlantic region does NOT order any Highlanders with side air-bags other than Limiteds? Has $30,000 plus now become the minimum threshold for purchasing a safe car?
  • edhedh Posts: 246
    Has your dealer looked around ?

    we got the o4 basic v6 with side air bags and a lot of other stuff includ $300 sales tx for 27714.
    our SE dealer had to look around only 3 in the whole Se district at that time
    they got one in 1 day from 250 miles away-
  • I have a 02 Ltd 4WD. I want to add a subwoofer (I am not too impressed with Bass). Can someone help me with this as to what kind, where to put and what are the connections?

    I really appreciate any kind of help
  • gpolt, dealers seem to have a problem ordering vehicles with safety options, such as ABS on the corolla its nearly impossible to find one with ABS. dealers seem to think we won't pay for safety so they dont even try. If there is adealer out there taht will respond Im sure we would all appreciate it
  • I'm not a dealer - far from it. But I was speaking to 5 of them trying to order a Tacoma with VSC/TRAC a while back - and found that the dealer isn't the real problem. Toyota makes a line of such strong selling vehicles that it can tell the dealer to take what they make. You can't even "order" what you want - at best you can send in a "preference". No kidding, that's their term. In my case, Toyota still refused to build it. Pretty arrogant, and it gives me the urge to deal with other manufacturers. Trouble is, they're all trying to emulate the Big Success Story of Toyota. I also couldn't find a Nissan Altima 4-cylinder with ABS, in over 4 months of looking. Bought a used 4-cylinder Highlander instead. It's great, by the way - for what it is.
  • pcritpcrit Posts: 27
    It took me 5 weeks to get an HL AWD with side airbags, because Toyota ships very few of these to the southeast region too(I'm in Atlanta). I had to "move up" to the Limited, all leather, heated seats, etc., just because that's they way it was equipped. I got a decent price ($200 over factory invoice), but I was forced to pay more in order to get the side airbags in an AWD.

    So the answer to your question is, yes. I think it's a calculated decision by Toyota in order to sell more of the higher-end vehicles because they know that they will definitely sell, and not remain on the lots for the '05 clearance sales in the late summer. By the way, I really like the HL.
  • I"m not an expert in this area and I live in Mass. but it's my understanding Highlanders like most cars sold in the US have 50 state emissions which in the Highlander's case appears as an option with "FE" on the sticker.. -Ken
  • star51star51 Posts: 17
    I'm one of those drivers who like to check over their shoulder when changing lanes, but find that tinted windows reduce your visibility.

    Do any of the 2005 Highlander trims come with clear-glass windows, or at least a lighter tint?
  • There is an option AG (appearance package)that includes the privacy glass, mudgards, etc. It would seem if you don't get this option, you won't have the privacy glass.

    The emissons are for all 50 states.
Sign In or Register to comment.