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Toyota Highlander



  • Just an idea - do you have a sun roof? Sometimes the drain plugs for the sunroof get clogged and the water can't drain when it rains or snow melts. I live in MN and it happened twice with my Honda.
  • redshewmnredshewmn Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    for the last few months my highlander had a noise coming out from the hood on the passenger side...and really is noticed when I start the car,and put in reverse....even someone asked me at work what was wrong with my car...what could it is like a loud vibration but also seems bad when in reverse......
    any husband thinks I am imagining it!! I have over 100,000
    thanks, red
  • smallvsmallv Posts: 5
    This sounds exactly like a loose heat shield on a muffler, catalytic converter or some times a heat shield on an exhaust manifold.

    Often it is just a matter of resecuring the heat shield with a replacement screw, muffler clamp or hose clamp. Go for a free muffler inspection somewhere and ask them to check for a loose heat shield.

    Naturally the heat shiled can also be replaced if it is in really bad condition.
  • tarpon6tarpon6 Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    Does this model exist? I am interested in an AWD Sport, and can not find one in stock anywhere (Florida).
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    We've had a few people discussing the Sport in the Ride of Sport vs Limited (2008) topic. Have a look!

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You might want to hold off until the new model when the HL will undoubtedly get the new, more functional. F/awd system already in the new Venza, RX350, and Sienna.
  • tarpon6tarpon6 Posts: 4
    I don't see a 2010 Sport anywhere, when will it be out, or are you tlking about a 2011?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    edited April 2010
    I have a 2004 Highlander. I have always changed the cabin air filter myself and I have always thought the airflow direction was top to bottom. Now I'm not sure. The fan is underneath the filter which makes me think the airflow is bottom to top (unless the fan is sucking air thru it.) The old one is dirty on both sides but dirtier on the bottom side. The manual has an arrow pointing up but I think that refers to the orientation of the tray.

    Anyone know for sure which direction the air flows thru the filter?
  • phrosutphrosut Posts: 122
    As mentioned in a reply to your other post, the air goes from top to bottom. It enters through a large oval port under the cowling. You can see it with the fan and filter removed by looking up with a mirror.

    I live in the country and had a terrible time with rodents entering through that port then chewing and nesting on the cabin filter. I had to install a wire mesh over the port, which wasn't easy.
  • eurusdeurusd Posts: 1
    2002 Toyota Highlander has had high oil consumption for many years ONLY AT HIGHWAY speeds. I would go months with city driving and not use a drop of oil and then go on a road trip and use 1 quart per 150 miles. Dealer confirmed no engine sludge and replaced PVC valve, but this did not help.

    New valve covers were put on the engine (~$750 as I recall) and this has fixed the problem.
  • Great experiences towing with 01 AWD Highlander Limited V6 3.0L with 215k. It's the best vehicle i've ever had, all-around that is. It's got the best of every world. Size is big enough to tow but not too big. Still gets great MPG even with 2000lbs trailer. It handles my 5x9 wood decked mesh-reinforced floor utility trailer with a full load, and I work with big appliances and ATV's alot. I actually tested it out when I had my old trailer, put a 2005 kia spectra on the trailer and towed it a few miles just to see. It pulled fine. NOT recommended use for a highlander but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. If you ever have a tiny car emergency I suppose you could try towing it. Who knows
  • Is it best to just stay with a Toyota Navigation system or go with an afterarket. I don't mind my current Toyota factory stereo in my 05 HL, but what I hate is that it has a cassette player...=P

    I'll be honest right now I use my iPhone 4S most of the time for navigation. I feel that it updated more regularly than navigation systems I could buy. I just wish I could mount it somewhere where I can see it better....vent mount, etc....
  • I hear noise from the rear of my 05 AWD Highlander similar to road noise from rough tread tires. I didn't notice it when I had my winter tires on but can hear it now that I have my summer tires on. I have 60K on it and had both rear hubs and bearings changed 10K ago. Any ideas?
  • chasnet7chasnet7 Posts: 1
    Can you describe how you got the mesh over the port? I need to do this also.
  • phrosutphrosut Posts: 122
    As best as I can remember:

    I took off the cowl panel at the base of the windshield and bent my arm in awkward ways to press the course screening (1/4" square holes stuff... don't know what it's actually called) over the intake port. That port is under a non-removable piece of sheetmetal.

    Then, with the fan motor and cabin filter removed I put finger gobs of silicone up to "glue" the screen to the cowl from the inside.

    I resisted the temptation of removing that section of sheet metal that was in the way.

  • How critical is it for checking the valve clearance at 60k as stated in the maintanence schedule. This is a pricey job.
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    For the first style HL, which I think was 2001-2007, what year did the tailights change? Same external shape, different internal pattern, maybe LEDs?

    Jonas (2001 Ltd (For Sale!))
    Replaced with RX450H
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Are you reading that correctly"

    Insofar as I am aware the adoption of hydraulic valve lifters eliminated that requirement many years ago, like, back in the 80's.
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    I've been trying to sell my 2001 HL myself, and having no luck.

    I wanted to trade it when we purchased a Lexus RX450H, but the salesman said "don't do that, you'll be leaving thousands on the table. You can sell that car in a weekend!" Ha!

    So, I put in on Craigslist,,, and kbb, plus talked it up with friends and acquaintances, put up flyers at work, and took it to CarMax for a reality check. Now asking 9999, in the middle of those available.

    No private party interest after more than a month.

    Here are the online value estimates for private party sale, 2001 Ltd 4wd V6, ~105K, loaded, good to excellent condition.

    NADA - 11,475
    KBB - 9962
    Edmunds - 8465

    Notice there is a HUGE difference. I have always tracked my vehicle's values on NADA, since I think/thought that's the source banks use for loan limits. I'll have to rethink that.

    Trade-in values
    NADA - 8875
    KBB - 8142
    Edmunds - 7456

    Notice the NADA Trade-in is higher than the Edmunds retail! Something's wrong here.

    CarMax offered 6500.

    So I'm probably going to get 8250 for it from a friend.


  • The sales guy was probably being flippant but should have explained more. Having sold a couple of cars on my own, I would say that generally speaking, selling it on your own gets you a better price than as a trade-in. A lot depends on the convenience/inconvenience factor. There's some amount of work in getting a car sold. 8250 is still a good price.
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,562
    That's a 12-year-old car with 105k. Never mind the in-service date, the 2013 model year has been upon us for a while.

    No way would I pay $8 for it unless it's super maintained in a rust-free climate and I wouldn't mind eating off the engine.

    Keep in mind that online ads never show you what cars are "going for." They show very precisely what they are NOT going for... ebay's completed auctions can be helpful, though.

    What was the dealer offering you? It appears that your salesman saw trouble looming over the trade-in value, so he sent you on your way. OTOH, if he offer $6,500 -- CarMax tends to be high -- then you're still clearing around $1,500, give or take depending on your tax laws.

    I'm not sure what your boeuf is...?

    Cheers -Mathias
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,570
    I think the Edmunds price of around $8300-$8500 for a very clean specimen with that mileage was right on the money.

    I did a search on Autotrader and plugged in all the modifiers for your truck and found 172 examples nationwide, from dealers, private party, etc and came up with an average "asking price" of $9250---and since "asking" is always bargained, the $8500 number is looking very accurate to me.

    I'd take your friend's offer and be happy at this point unless you want to hold out for another couple hundred bucks.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,078
    Here are the online value estimates for private party sale, 2001 Ltd 4wd V6, ~105K, loaded, good to excellent condition.

    Well, there's your problem. Ain't no such thing as a good-to-excellent car with over 100k miles. It is average. The end.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    edited September 2012
    I have always tracked my vehicle's values on NADA, since I think/thought that's the source banks use for loan limits.

    Sure, that's what I heard from my banker friend when I bought my Outback from her.

    I pointed out that her asking price was high because the more the bank can loan out the more money the bank can make. And I've always heard that NADA caters to banks so they can "inflate" their loans. Ditto state taxing authorities.

    I paid closer to True Market Value for it after that conversation. No calls in a month tells me that you are priced too high for your market.
  • is there a way to make the default display the radio/xm screen and not the map?
  • Has anyone experienced their navigation/ audio system-shutting off (by itself) while in use and then rebooting? Just picked up my 2013 Highlander limited yesterday. Have driven about 400 miles since pick up and have had the navigation/audio system shut down and then reboot at least 5 times. It has done this both when there is a destination set and when there is no destination set. In all situations the system was connected to my iphone 4S via bluetooth and music was playing via bluetooth

    any and all help will be appreciated!
  • I had the same issue on my 2008 HL Sport

    After much investigation I found it to be the rubber gasket on the lip of the hood directly above the grill.
    The way the HL is designed, when you go to open the hood to release the secondary hood lock you naturally stick your left hand under the hood to lift it to release the secondary latch with your right hand. By doing this over time the rubber gasket in this area comes loose because there is a plastic clip in the underside of the hood that comes undone. I pushed it back in and the noise went away. The analogy here is like blowing air between a blade of grass in your fingers, The resonance point is between 40-45 MPH. To help ensure a good seal, I added a piece of foam weather stripping (black) 7/16" x 3/4" on the top of the grill between the grill and the gasket on the underside of the hood.This makes a better seal in this area. Nice and quiet (and now so is my wife!!!) :rofl2:
  • bobw1bobw1 Posts: 19
    Does anyone know if the 2013 Highlander is made in Japan or the US. I've seen different web sites list both.
    Also, any one know why Toyota would put a 6 speed A/T in the 4 cyl and downgrade to the 5 speed for the 6 cyl. Doesn't make sense. Thanks....
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Wikipedia says most are made in the US but "some" are made in Japan. Maybe supply just outreaches demand?
  • My daughter has a 2003 Toyota Highlander and the other day the blower started making a funny noise and would not produce any air. Later she started smelling something like a dead animal. Her husband took the filter and fan out and found a dead baby opossum in the fan compartment. My question is how did he get in there and is there a remedy for future animals getting in the area? I looked under the hood for a vent pipe but did not see one thinking I might be able to put a screen over it.
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