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#10744 of 10987 Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander
Feb 16, 2007 (3:33 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.
#10745 of 10987 Re: Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander [garywi]
Feb 16, 2007 (3:38 pm)
Email me with questions.
That would deprive everyone of valuable information. Better to have the exchange here so we can all learn and benefit.
#10746 of 10987 Re: Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander [garywi]
Feb 16, 2007 (5:43 pm)
It almost sounds like you got a lemon. I have interviewed at least 6 people around these parts and they all love them and have no problems. And have told me I can't go wrong buying on 07.
#10747 of 10987 Re: Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander [tidester]
Feb 16, 2007 (11:12 pm)
Does Toyota read this board? I also called Corporate. I feel completely abandoned. I would have expected this from GM or Ford.
#10748 of 10987 Re: Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander [garywi]
Feb 16, 2007 (11:52 pm)
Does Toyota read this board?
I can't say for sure but they'd be missing some valuable feedback if they weren't.
#10749 of 10987 Re: Don't Buy a 2006 pr 2007 Highlander [toyotagal]
Feb 17, 2007 (7:13 am)
toyotagal, I agree. In fact we just bought a second Highlander a couple months ago. We have had our 2005 for 2 years and over 30K miles and love everything about it. Our 2007 drives flawlessly as well. I also have a couple coworkers and neighbor with Highlanders and they have all great things to say. We have not experienced any of the problems Gary reports, and I am stunned he is not able to get those resolved.
#10750 of 10987 Re: Premium Fuel for V-6?
Feb 17, 2007 (8:36 am)
While still not locked in concrete on my getting an 07, I have a question regarding fuel.
I live in CA and when going to a local dealers website they noted that the V-6 Highlander requires Premium Fuel. While much of what I have seen on the Internet and in Publications notes Regular Fuel.
Beginning to wonder if in fact Premium Fuel is needed for the V-6? Or possibly is it a CA thing since we have so many additives required for the fuel.
#10751 of 10987 Re: Premium Fuel for V-6? [toyotagal]
Feb 17, 2007 (8:51 am)
Ours both run great on regular, and based on the octane recommendations in the owners manual that seems to be fine. I have experimented with premium to see what difference it made in performance and fuel economy. The change to performance was not really noticeable, at least with our driving habits. The V-6 has all the power we could ever want, and in those times we need to dart onto a busy, fast moving freeway, it has never let us down. We did note an increase in fuel economy with premium. We normally get 22-24 mpg on the highway and average about 20 with our mixed weekly drives. It seems like premium bumped that up by maybe another mpg, but it is so hard to tell with all the other variables.
There are a lot of good choices out there for crossover SUVS. The Highlander fits our needs perfectly. Good luck with your search.
#10752 of 10987 Re: Premium Fuel for V-6? [billran]
Feb 17, 2007 (1:45 pm)
Thanks for your comments. After reading about the Premium Fuel requirement on the local car dealers web site I went in to talk to them. Rather than talk to a Salesmen I spoke with the Service Manager and he noted that the 07 V-6 Highlander did not require Premium Fuel.
However, he did add a new wrinkle. He said that they recommend sticking to one brand of gasoline. This because the computer is set for the gasoline and no 2 brands are the same. Interesting