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#9519 of 10987 29,000 mile status
Aug 17, 2004 (3:28 pm)
I have just turned over 29,000 in my 2003 V6 Ltd Highlander.
The OEM Bridgestone Dueler H/T have died. They showed excessive signs of wear on the left hand side - outside shoulder. The rest of the tread was 1/8" deep. Could have been due to entering / exiting freeways (right hand turn - car leans to the left). I replaced the tires with Michelin LTX M/S. Wow - what a difference. The cornering is much better. The ride is great. They are also quiet, yet the tread is aggressive enough to venture into snow and gravel.
On another note - I contacted my dealer about my front mud flaps tearing (like many others have experienced). I explained it was due to the wind pressure - which caused the flap to tear. The service manager was great - he told the service writer to order new ones under warranty. The service writer came over and looked very skeptical at the flaps - he felt the bottom edge to see if I had hit something. He treated me like I was a liar. There was some road dirt that had splashed up on the side of the front door. The service writer rubbed his fingers through the dirt (which I was annoyed about - as he was scuffing my paint). Again - he was trying to find some excuse to blame me for the issue.
Cutting a long story short - when the flaps came in - I demanded to put them on myself - as I didn't want them to "work" my vehicle over.
Not sure how much longer these ones will last - as they seem to be made identical to the last pair - same design, same material. If they last another 29,000 it will cost me about $50 each to replace (on-line parts specials).
And finally - I installed a Toyota Hitch (class II). It was about $330 with the mount and 2" ball. Fits and looks great.
#9520 of 10987 2006 Highlander Changes ?
Aug 18, 2004 (7:29 pm)
Historically, Toyota has made major changes every 5 years on most models. Since the Highlander Hybrid is only coming out as a 2005 model, does anyone know if the 2006 Highlander will be changed ? I have an 01 and am looking toward 06 for a completely new vehicle.
#9521 of 10987 Hesitation - is it Downshifting?
Aug 18, 2004 (8:08 pm)
I think the hesitation is caused more by the tranny than the throttle or TRAC. If you accelerate with the peddle pushed half way down, from a dead stop, the 3.3 V6 has plenty of power. If you take your floor of the pedal for a few secs, and then accelerate, it always hesitates. It always downshifts as well. This was actually noted by reviewers right from the introduction of the 5 spd gear box. I recall one said it was for new emission guidelines ?
There are ways to minimize it, step on the the gas slightly for a second or so trying before trying to accelerate a lot, to force the tranny to pick a high gear (if you step on it too hard, if shifts too low). Also pay attention to the RPMs before trying to accelerate...
But I do hope they can fix it in firmware...
#9522 of 10987 Re: 29,000 mile status [nimrod99]
Aug 19, 2004 (9:18 am)
Have you considered any tires other than the ltx m/s?
#9523 of 10987 Re: 2006 Highlander Changes ? [anthony921]
Aug 19, 2004 (3:19 pm)
I just read that in 2006, the HL will be stretched to make the 3rd seat more usable.
#9524 of 10987 Re: 2006 Highlander Changes ? [lmacmil]
Aug 19, 2004 (3:58 pm)
Thanks for the information. Can you post the link or website where you got this information. Thanks again !
#9525 of 10987 Re: 2006 Highlander Changes ? [anthony921]
Aug 19, 2004 (5:10 pm)
I saw it in the most recent issue of Automotive News. They had a large article on what each Asian automaker was doing model by model over the next 4 model years.
#9526 of 10987 Re: tires [toyotadriven]
Aug 20, 2004 (9:55 am)
I read reviews here and Tire Rack that the Michelen Cross Terrain is excellent all-around tire.
#9527 of 10987 Re: Delayed Acceleration – Hesitation [varg]
Aug 20, 2004 (10:19 am)
This sounds like the hesitation of the RAV4, '01 and later, that many experienced.
I had it ('01 RAV A/T), but it only happened sporadically, about 4 times in the first 4,000 miles, and not since. Almost like it sorted itself out. Maybe it has to do with fuzzy logic.
But in your case, at 9,000 miles, and your being able to create the condition at will, it sounds like a more serious problem.
#9528 of 10987 Re: tires [toyotadriven]
Aug 20, 2004 (11:33 am)
I considered Michelin Cross terrain SUV, and Bridgestone Dueler AT's, and H/T's.
Cross terrains - although they may be a better tire - I didn't want raised white letters (they don't option black lettering) even if the white lettering was mounted on the inside.
Bridgestone - well - I emailed their corporate office about 8 times requesting information. They never replied. Based on the lack of response and the lack of performance with the Dueler H/T's - I wasn't going to give them repeat business.
I choose the LTX M/S because there was a lot of good reports "tirerack.com" and millions of miles logged. The tire came in black lettering (which is what I wanted). The tread depth is 13/32 vs the CT SUV's 11/32. The tread width is wider than the equivalent Dueler H/T's.
The tread on the shoulder of the LTX is open (ie blocks) I like this feature - as it provides better handling in poor weather (water can be directed away from the contact patch).
I am completely happy with the tires.
My only worry when getting new tires is the tire shop mounting the wheel on my car. I don't let them near it. I take the wheels off in the parking lot and roll them 2 at a time into their shop. I never have to worry about my wheels being bent from air wrenches or my nuts being cross threaded.
I would suggest that you specify "Road Force Balancing" They index the heavy spot on the rim opposite the heavy side of the tire. It minimizes the weight on the rim.
The first time the tire shop balanced my LTX's - they didn't do that. I ended up with 80 g weights (4" long) on the outside rim and they still weren't balanced. I had to take them off again and they fixed the issue. Now all the weights are 30 g or less and I have perfect balancing.