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Toyota Highlander



  • rugby65rugby65 Posts: 81
    Does the 2003 HL v6 have a timing chain or belt?
  • mckeownmckeown Posts: 165
    All Highlander V6's have timing belts. Please stick to the maintenance schedule as these are also 'interference' engines. 90K miles IIRC ( That is if the belt breaks it is possible for the piston to smash into a valve that is open and damage the valve, valve guides, heads and pistons.)
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    "Go with a V6 because 4 cylinder are never made as good as a V6, and have unmatched refinement."

    It appears that you have never tried or owned a Toyota 4cyl engine. This 4cyl has to be one of the most refined and reliable engines in the world today. Does it have the power of the 6cyl? NO. Is it smooth, quiet and strong enough for to satisfy many? You bet.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Here is the link to Toyota's website with some information and pictures of the new Highlander concept! I know that some of you have been waiting for more information on this. :) Here it is:
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    It is a concept vehicle and may never be built. I sure don't want to ride around on 21" wheels! People waiting for this HL will have a long wait IMO.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    I doubt it will have the 21 inch wheels, but the body will be similar.
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    As long as they get rid of those round louvered inserts in the front bumper on non-limited models I'll be happy.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Yes. A lot of those details are just to make it look better. They always add those silly things on concepts but it's different on the real car ;)
  • aaypeeaaypee Posts: 1
    I have this same problem now (a rock chip on the windshield) and my Highlander is leased. I am worried that the repair will not "pass muster" when I return the Highlander to the dealer. Do these repairs last? My "chip" is dime or nickel-sized about 8 inches up from the bottom of the windshield on the passenger side. Definitely won't affect line of sight. I am covered for full replacement by my insurance but like bobby11 am also worried about improper installation, not matching the factory equip, etc. My insurance recommends same company (Safelite) as bobby11's. Thanks for any help. Bobby11 if you are there how did you make out with your repair?
  • herzogtum71herzogtum71 Posts: 470
    At least in Massachusetts the insurance company cannot insist that you go to one repair place or the other. They must cover the work at the place of your choice. So check BBB listings and ask around for recommendations!
  • vrmvrm Posts: 308
    I plan to buy a 2004 2WD, 4 Cylinder HL with 22,000 miles.

    1) Does the Owners Manual recommend regular gas?

    2) Are there any known problems/recalls with a 2004 FWD HL?

    Any other things to test or watch out for? Thanks!
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    I have exact same model.Regular gas is used. Only known recall is an adjustment to rear doors' child lock system.Only real thing not liked is coasting ability in city.Car does not coast well between 20-30 mph if not in 4th gear.Enough power for me as I don't tow anything.Highway meets EPA mileage of 27 at 65-70 mph.
  • herzogtum71herzogtum71 Posts: 470
    I also have the same model and have been very happy with it. Enough power to merge safely in traffic and to cruise at 75-80 mph with 4 adults and the cargo area packed full. (I'm sure it would go faster than that if I wanted.) Over the first 30,000 miles I have averaged over 25 mph using nothing but regular gas.

    It's not a recall, but some people have complained in this forum about radio reception. Some have the in-glass antenna, and others the flex wire. I have the latter and reception is as good as in any car I have owned. But I would suggest that you check it out on a test drive and see if you get a clear signal for example with FM stations broadcasting from 30-40 miles away (as the crow flies).
  • hsvillagehsvillage Posts: 36
    An interesting thing happen last week after taking my '01 HL in for an oil change & tire rotation. I had bought 4 Michelin LTX M/S in Aug '04 from the dealer and have been getting the free tire rotation every 5K miles or so. While waiting I heard my name called to see the tech in service, he asked me if I had replaced the tires I had bought from them. I told him I had not since they had only 31K miles on them and was there a problem. He told me all 4 tires measured 10-11/32nds which was what a new tire would measure. I apologized for not having more wear and he replied "no, no that's good". I bought the tires because of a number of favorable comments on this forum and "The Tire Rack" web site have been more than happy with them.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I replaced my Michelin cross terrains on my 2001 AWD RX300 at about 45,000 miles and they look as if they could go another 45,000 miles safely.

    Went to Bridgestone Turanza summer only tires primarily for quietness but they are more comfortable riding also.
  • seedoseedo Posts: 1
    I have recently purchased a 2006 highlander Limited (Non-Hybrid) and there is a bizzare problem with the navigation system. The navigation system will not dim into Night mode (black background) Night mode works only when the headlight switch is toggeled on and the key is turned to accessory. When I start it returns to Day mode. I read the manual and It says that Day mode will be remembered with the light in the on position if you shut the engine off if day mode is enabled. I have tried every combination of light modes and ignition combinations as well to no avail. I have even disconnected the battery. Please Help


  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If you have the instrument/guage lighting turned up to maximum the Nav will always be in day mode. Also it will not go into night mode with the solar, daylight, sensor exposed to light.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Does anybody know how to remove the cross-bars from the roof rack? I loosened, and took out those knobs next to each cross - bar but they wont come out. What should I do?

    Thank you for any help!
  • olizerolizer Posts: 38
    I'm in the market for a late model Highlander V-6 with the trailer Tow Package. I know that this package adds a PS cooler, A/T cooler, larger radiator and trailer wiring. Does anyone know how to visually determine if a Highlander has this package? Is the trailer wiring visable if I look underneath? Thanks for any help.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Looking back in the history here, it seems that several people have tried to remove the roof rack bars over the years, but no one ever posted the way to do it that I can see.

    Any luck with yours yet?

    Steve, Host
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    master1 was refered to post #209 in the Toyota Highlander Accessories & Modifications discussion. I followed the instructions, and succesfully removed my crossbars. I added some info to the thread starting in #3652 Highlander problems and solutions.
  • webgoodwebgood Posts: 95
    I have an '04 V6 4X4. The original printed brochure for it says the "Towing Prep Package" includes upgraded radiator, tranny oil cooler, 130 amp alternator and trailer "pre-wiring". I had a DrawTite hitch professionally installed, the tech said he wouldn't even mess with the "pre-wiring" harness, had a splice-in harness specifically designed for the HL for the 7-pin connector I needed. It was quicker & cheaper for him to go that way than fish for the "pre-wiring". Works like a champ. Unfortunately, I do not know what to look for on any given used HL to tell if it's got one.
  • mckeownmckeown Posts: 165
    Since the HD radiator looks like the standard one, as does the HD alternator, and finding the pre-wiring in the rear requires you to take out the left rear storage bin, the most obvious of the towing package upgrades is the transmission cooler. Look at the drivers side front thru the opening just below the foglight. If you see what looks like a small radiator, then you have the transmission cooler. Since it was not offered on any other package except the towing package, I would use this to tell if it had the factory towing package.
    Granted someone could have just added a tranny cooler on their own, but I would use this to get a good idea as they probably would have added the tranny cooler for towing purposes.
  • cmw829cmw829 Posts: 19
    This option is high on our list, but we've been unable to find the HL 4x4 4 cyl with them in New England. One dealer checked his production sheet and said they don't produce them that way for NE.

    Then, I was told today that I will not find them on the HL 4x4 6 cyl unless upgrading to the HL LTD, which is financially an issue for us.

    Would any of you have the real deal with side curtain airbags on this vehicle? Thanks in advance.
  • herzogtum71herzogtum71 Posts: 470
    When we bought our Highlander in 2004 you could not get the 4-cyl. with side airbags. I suspect that still is the case.
  • nomorebenznomorebenz Posts: 109
    Just looked at the e-brochure on Toyota's web site. Looks like you don't have to get the LTD, but it does look like you have to go 4x4 V6 w/third row(6928) and option combo B. Local place has about 10 listed on it's website configured at 31,829 list price.
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    Depends on where you live. That is why they ask for your zip code when you get on the site. Each region configures its options for that region. The availability of certain options is far from standardized.
  • eddieeeddiee Posts: 25
    I have a 2002 V6 AWD Highlander which I have been mostly happy with except that I recently needed to have all the brakes done at 46,000 including new rotors on the rear, which should be not expected.
    However, since I have been mostly happy with Toyotas and have owned several (with distaterous "buy American" attempts with a Taurus and a Jeep intersperced) we were looking to buy a 2004 Camry SE when they had a year end discount. We wanted side curtain airbags but none were available with this option. We ended up ordering from the factory a 2005 Camry SE with side curtain airbags, which was an option. After waiting 3 months the dealer said that his 'preference orders' were not being accepted. We ended up getting an Altima off the lot with side curtain airbags.
    All basic safety features (which I consider side curtain airbags to be one) should be available on all models, at the very least for factory orders. These are safety features not 6-CD stereos. Even though side curtain airbags are a listed option they would not deliver a car with them.
    I think Toyota is the most arrogant in forcing you to buy the top line models to get safety features. They were also one of the last to include ABS as standard on Camrys.
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    Stark contrast to my factory order for a Ford Ranger a few months ago -- selected exactly the options I wanted and only took 6 weeks.
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