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Toyota Highlander, SUV
Mar 07, 2011 (2:13 pm)
Just bought a new 2011 Base Highlander and we are already considering getting rid of it due to excessive road noise that you hear inside the cabin. We had the fortunate (or unfortunate) opportunity to drive the vehicle home after purchase which was a 2+ hour drive from the dealer. After about an hour into the drive, my wife, who was in the seat behind me (I was driving) with our 4 year old son, said that her ears were ringing. I didn't offer the information up right away, but I too was experiencing a dull pain in both my ears...I thought it was just me. About an hour after that we pulled into a grocery store close to home to pick up a few groceries and both of us could not believe how our inner ears hurt. When we turned off the vehicle the silence was stunning. Later that night both of us had ringing in our ears due to the 2 hour ride home in our $30,000 Highlander...nice! We gave the vehicle the benefit of the doubt and took it for another "test drive" a couple days later...same thing. We contacted the dealer who we bought the vehicle from (Wilde Toyota in Milwaukee) and they more or less said it was our imagination. We then test drove older Highlanders (2 years old) a few days later at a different dealer....HUGE difference in interior road noise level! As you can imagine, the dealer we bought the 2011 Highlander from didn't want to give us anywhere near the price we paid for it...we even talked to them about doing a trade-in on a quieter vehicle...they told us our "New" Highlander was now "Used" and was worth $4000 less than what we paid for it! WOW...that was an expensive 150 miles of driving! So, off we go to a different dealer....one who will be a bit more understanding...to trade away our new Highlander...ear plugs and all!
#4749 of 5207 Re: Wear your ear plugs [serviceman1]
Mar 07, 2011 (5:27 pm)
Another endorsement for a TEST DRIVE under different conditions before you buy. City, highway, fast, slow, accessories on, accessories off, with a passenger who can evaluate, with same passenger driving so YOU can evaluate, etc., etc. Be sure to also drive the EXACT SAME vehicle you're going to buy, not a "similar" one. All told, you can do this in about an hour, with a dealer who agrees NOT to ride along. If they try to BS you that it is their policy or that it is required for insurance purposes, run - don't walk - away !
#4750 of 5207 2011 Highlander SE V6 4WD w/Nav in NY area
Mar 08, 2011 (11:39 am)
I'm considering buying a 2011 Highlander SE V6 4WD w/nav in the NYC area. Not opposed to going to NJ or Long Island for a good deal. Does anyone have any experiences they can share? ie dealership, price, options, etc?
#4751 of 5207 Re: 2011 Highlander SE V6 4WD w/Nav in NY area [pgy76]
Mar 08, 2011 (12:48 pm)
I am looking for a 2011 Highlander same specs as well. We should consider getting two cars from same dealer. If anyone else in the NY/NJ/CT area would like to participate let me know.
#4752 of 5207 Re: 2011 Highlander SE V6 4WD w/Nav in NY area [pitbull1980]
Mar 08, 2011 (5:22 pm)
I recommend Millenium Toyota at Hempstead LI. Bought my '11 V6 Limited AWD for $36.3K with NAV. Someone from previous post also got a similar deal from Millenium.
Contact their internet manager Mike O., he should be able to quote you on a good deal. They're a fair dealer compared to others, also try to have them waive the $374 doc fee. Good Luck!
#4753 of 5207 Current Incentives
Mar 10, 2011 (3:09 pm)
In the market for a Highlander SE in the Salt Lake City area and curious if anyone can tell me what he current incentives are from Toyota - I have seen anywhere from $500 to $2000. How close to invoice should I pay? thanks
#4754 of 5207 Re: Pricing a Highlander Se 4wd 6953 V6 in Pa/Nj area [qqq2000]
Mar 10, 2011 (8:18 pm)
How is the noise level in your Highlander? There was another post that stated they returned their standard Highlander after driving 150 miles because him and his wife both had an ear aches after driving for 2 hours.
#4755 of 5207 Re: Wear your ear plugs [mdhutton]
Mar 10, 2011 (8:25 pm)
Thanks for that information. I have purchased 3 brand new cars and no dealer has ever let me go more than 3-5 miles.
#4756 of 5207 Re: Current Incentives [dwrdwr]
Mar 11, 2011 (7:14 am)
By all means, use Edmunds' quote option. You can get an idea of the fair market value on their site based on what people have actually paid as well as real quotes.