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Toyota Highlander, SUV
Feb 08, 2007 (5:04 am)
I'm looking to buy my first vehicle and have narrowed it down to two models
2005 mazda tribute gt(v6, fully loaded, leather) 39,000km
2003 toyota highlander base(v6, moonroof package) 78,000km
I know that the highlander is the more reliable vehicle but is it so much more so that I should forgo two model years, options and almost 40,000km to the tribute?
I would greatly appreciate the opinion of anyone with any insight into these vehicles
#10736 of 10987 Re: Here. [readerreader]
Feb 08, 2007 (8:25 am)
We all have our own opinions and we (my wife and I) love the 2008 design. We currently own a 2001 & 2002 Limited H/L and we see this new H/L being our next purchase.
#10737 of 10987 Re: Here. [goldston]
Feb 08, 2007 (9:28 am)
Gee, I may have to trade in my RX for an '08 HL.
Feb 08, 2007 (6:26 pm)
OK, I have owned 3 HL all gas V3 Lmtd AWD. I can nurse 27 MPG on the highway. The trick I learned is after a full tank drive with an egg between you and the accelerator. Do this for about 50 to 60 miles, never going over 60 MPH. As the MPG increase and climb toward 27 or 28 I increase the speed to 65-70mph and then sit back and drive. I have driven over 400 miles on a tank of gas consistently when I go from Maryland to Myrtle Beach SC.
It might be slow but on the highway it works.
#10739 of 10987 Availability & Production
Feb 14, 2007 (6:59 am)
It looks like the availability dates are not that much less than normal for the last year of the 07. The 07s were available in October 2006 while the 08s will not be available until July 2007. Albeit a shorter year, 9 months to be exact, still not the 6 or 7 months many were anticipating.
What I am wondering now is when they will stop production on the 07s? With production of the 08 not scheduled until May. I wonder if they will continue to manufacture 07s until May or if there is a period when they manufacture nothing. i.e. a transition period
#10740 of 10987 Re: Availability & Production [toyotagal]
Feb 14, 2007 (4:22 pm)
Changeover period at an assembly plant is usually 2-4 weeks depending on the complexity of the change. They'll probably build a couple hundred vehicles before the "real" production starts.
#10741 of 10987 Re: Availability & Production [lmacmil]
Feb 14, 2007 (5:40 pm)
Imacmil, thanks for the heads up as I will be looking to get a 2007 before they disappear and the "RAV4 on steroids" appears...............(smile)
I realize that many will like the 08 better than the 07 but while I like some of the new features it is too big for me and my garage. As it is I will have to do some manuevering to get the 07 in..............
#10742 of 10987 Re: Availability & Production [toyotagal]
Feb 15, 2007 (4:44 pm)
Yes, the width increase will be a problem for some getting doors open inside the garage. The relative slimness is one of the things we preferred over the Pilot.
#10743 of 10987 Re: Availability & Production [lmacmil]
Feb 16, 2007 (7:28 am)
>>Yes, the width increase will be a problem for some getting doors open inside the garage. The relative slimness is one of the things we preferred over the Pilot.<< I couldn't have said it better. The 08 Highlander is very close to Pilot dimensions. And I had to put the Pilot to be due to the dimensions primarily. I know it doesn't look like much on paper but it means a lot in these older garages.
#10744 of 10987 Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander
Feb 16, 2007 (2:33 pm)
I have owned my 2007 for 4 months and I could not be more disapointed. Problems: 1. Excessive engine vibration transmitted through steering column. 2. Excessive front braking, front brakes grab, seem out of proportion with back. Braking consistency varies. 3. Cold idle too high, 1950 RPM, transmission slams into gear. 4. Engine idle, loud resonance or “boominess”, growl in first gear. 5. Transmission erratic with inappropriate shifting. Transmission always shifting up to 5th gear at slow speeds, pushing car forward faster when not desired. Car will not downshift when appropriate. Car will drive for a mile without gas pedal input, stuck in 5th gear at 900 RPM. Car is easier to stop if put in Neutral. Excessive braking to keep car from surging forward. Toyota has had widespread problems here. It introduced a software upgrade in 2006, but it only improved slightly. Don't buy this truck. I had a Toyota Field Rep look at these problems and was told they can't do anything about it.
Email me with questions.