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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#9951 of 10987 Highlander review
Mar 01, 2005 (8:14 am)
I purchased the Highlander LTD 4x4 a couple weeks ago. Here are my reflections: The vehicle handles like a big car. The V-6 engine makes the SUV feel much peppier than the 4 cylinder. The mileage appears to be ok for an SUV so I can't be too unhappy. I also have a 2000 Toyota Camry LE(4 cyl), which has been a terrific car. I got the LTD in part because I wanted the side airbags and decided to go the luxury route for the first time in many years. I also had to trade in my daughter's car, a 2002 Toyota Corolla. Because she never took good care of it, I could not just sell it outright. I very much like the spaciousness of the Highlander. I'm not big on car trunks, and having the rear hatch makes it easier to park. I suspect that the privacy glass has been improved over the years because I have not noticed any problem with visibility as was the case with my 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan. In fact the Highlander has better visibility all the way around the vehicle than any of the many vehicles I have owned over the years. One of the reasons I purchased the Highlander was to increase my view of the road. I also got the LTD because it came with the JBL sound system. In addition to the nice sound, I especially like the fact that when you have this system, you get the antenna in the glass rather than an antenna mast. My wife likes cars with heated seats, so this feature is a plus.
Mar 02, 2005 (2:24 am)
I wonder how this works but I have no problems winding the rear windows down but suffer mild buffeting with the drivers window down. I suspect the change may be partially due to different loading in the rear load space as I always carry two largish bags with my work/safety gear in them.
Try changing the volume in the rear compartment and see if this modifies the resonant frequency of the vehicle.
#9953 of 10987 Re: Window Buffeting [grahampeters]
Mar 02, 2005 (11:40 am)
The Highlander/Kluger does seem to have more of this wind buffeting / "blowing over the top of the bottle" effect than any car, truck, or SUV I've had in the past. I take this as a sign of good design. But so what? All that needs to be done is crack open a rear window a bit - maybe 2 inches. There doesn't seem to be any air going thru the rear window - it just de-tunes the resonance. Problem solved.
And it's no mystery why this happens, either. The Highlander is extremely-well sealed against air exchange in to out. This is one of the things that makes it such a quiet ride. Sound is nothing more than the vibration of air at your ear, and if you can keep the air inside from vibrating like the air outside (like from tire noise, engine noise, etc.) you've got the job well in hand. I noticed some ways Toyota does this, while replacing my front speakers - the speakers themselves are used as noise barriers, as the speaker has a built-in housing that seals with foam tape to the speaker opening on the door. They do pay attention to this stuff. I've done speakers on perhaps a dozen cars, and never seen this attention to detail before. And it works - I'm always amazed after driving or riding in another vehicle, how quiet my 4-cyl Highlander is, going down the road at 75mph.
#9954 of 10987 Extremely well sealed....
Mar 02, 2005 (11:14 pm)
Which is also the reason, cause, for which you will occasionally have the interior surface of the windshield fogging over. Or encounter the horrid odor of mold and mildew exhausting from the A/C ducts.
No rapid "escape" path of the stale and humid passenger atmosphere absent lowering one of the (rear?) windows slightly...
What is that booming noise I hear?
#9955 of 10987 Re: Extremely well sealed.... [wwest]
Mar 03, 2005 (11:17 am)
Yup, I noticed the fogging too. So I put the HVAC into Defrost mode, and it clears up for awhile. No big deal. But I'm pretty sure it was you who has mentioned cbest(?) options awhile back, and one of those options was to not "link" the A/C to the defrost. I'd like to do this un-linking - how do I do it? Do I need to have it done by a Toyota dealer? It was not surprising to me that it was linked - most vehicles are these days. But it is surprising that the indicator light for "A/C" does not go on in the Defrost mode, even though the A/C compressor is running.
#9956 of 10987 Toyota extended warranty
Mar 03, 2005 (11:23 am)
Since we like our HL so much and intend on keeping it, yesterday we purchased the Platinum extended warranty from our Toyota dealer. (We are at 34,000 miles and 30 months since our purchase). ToyotaWarranty.com had a better price, and our dealer matched it. The dealer also offered an option: for $200 more, if we don't use the warranty, we can get the full price (including the $200) refunded. Sounded like a great deal, so we took it.
At home, reading the fine print, I learned the following:
There is ONLY a 60 day 'window' at the end of the extended warranty to apply for the refund. If we don't apply in that window, we don't get the refund. Can't apply before that 'window' nor after.
We MUST still own (and provide a copy of the registration showing we own) the vehicle. If we've traded it, totalled it, or don't have a current registration, NO REFUND.
As I read it, if we use ANY part of the warranty (i.e. towing to the nearest Toyota dealer) then NO REFUND.
The contract (for the refund) MUST be in force for at least 48 months.
There were more 'rules' but I found those listed above pretty significant. We would have still purchased the package but it would have been better had we known the "exclusions" that applied (especially the one about us still owning the car in 2009). I remember one post on this forum about the expense of a heater control module at maybe 40,000 miles that exceeded $900 (tho Toyota eventually paid for 1/2). The thought of all the computer parts in this vehicle prompted my fear of future repairs.
#9957 of 10987 Re: Toyota extended warranty [phrosut]
Mar 03, 2005 (6:01 pm)
You didn't read it before signing it? Having been burned by an OEM warranty, Warranty Gold, I would have read every word before signing it.
#9958 of 10987 Sorry...
Mar 03, 2005 (6:51 pm)
Dealer set option only.
#9959 of 10987 Re: Toyota extended warranty [phrosut]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 03, 2005 (7:12 pm)
There was a post a couple of years ago on Edmunds by someone who didn't use their refundable extended warranty (don't remember what manufacturer now).
They met all the criteria, but missed the window to claim the refund by a few weeks. No dice....