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#2104 of 2493 Toyota Platinum Warranty extension
Dec 31, 2007 (6:39 am)
Just bought a 2005 4wd Highlander from a dealer with Toyota Certified guarantee--covers drive train and major things for another 75k (Car has 23k) or 2015--whichever comes first. For $1700 I can purchase a warranty on a huge number of other things, including electronics etc (not tires and brake pads) I have to buy before I pick up the car (they are putting in some stuff) Anyone have an opinion as to whether I should purchase this "platinum" warranty? Or is it a scam? Opinions desperately welcomed! Thanks in advance.
#2105 of 2493 Re: Toyota AWD [lucky_777]
Dec 31, 2007 (9:09 am)
Actually it's TC, Traction Control that might need to be disabled, but keep in mine that when you do that you end up with a "1WD" vehicle if on or in a slippery surface. VSC uses the brakes but only to prevent over or under stearing, plowing or skiding.
#2106 of 2493 Re: Toyota AWD [wwest]
Dec 31, 2007 (9:56 am)
Right, this is TC. It only needs to be disabled on rare occasions when vehicle gets stuck in the deep snow. Enable it back once vehicle is out of it so you'll be safe on "slippery surface". I know that HL 4WD inferior to Jeep (that designed for off road in mind). I'll take HL 4WD gas savings over superior off road handling of a Jeep or a Hummer. I feel that for everyday commuting HL 4WD is overkill and even 2WD will get you safely anywhere.. I got 4WD more like additional safety feature in the family vehicle and it will serve that purpose.
#2107 of 2493 Re: Toyota AWD [lucky_777]
Dec 31, 2007 (5:37 pm)
Other than an actual transfer case in order to have a low, granny-grunt, gear range I'm not sure there is enough weight difference between the HL with only a PTO and a 4runner.
Then there is the BMW X3/5 with REAL AWD, R/AWD.
#2108 of 2493 Re: Toyota Platinum Warranty extension [cubanpete2]
Dec 31, 2007 (8:20 pm)
Check Crown Toyota in Topeka KS or Greenfield Toyota in MA--they offer "greatly discounted" Toyota Extended Warranty's. I'm not at home, so I can't get you ph #'s. In some of the other Toyota Forums they have the info. You can get a 100K 7 Yr Toyota Bumper to Bumper Warranty for about $990. In case you've already purchased it from the HIGH PIRICED dealer--you can still turn it back to Toyota for I think a $50 admin fee. Yes, it is the SAME warranty--the administrative office is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I know, I bought from the dealer and learned about the discounted waranty on this Forum. Very EASY process to get a discounted warranty. Look under the Toyota Avalon Forums--I know the reference is there for the dealers willing to discount. Find out the price and then negotiate with your dealer. The Finance guy is the one who gains on the deal!! Good luck!
Dec 31, 2007 (8:31 pm)
Just pay for your own repairs. They obviously take in more money than they pay out. That is how they profit on it. What that means is that -- paying for a warranty is really a bad deal. Worst of all it adds nothing for the first three years so they just invest the money and try to grow it by the time they might have to pay.
#2110 of 2493 Re: Toyota Platinum Warranty extension [bobwiley]
Jan 01, 2008 (6:16 am)
I paid $560 for 4WD HL 7y/75k Toyota platinum warranty with $0 deduct from Toyota Midwest superstore in Kansas back in September. Most likely I'll never use it but who knows...
Jan 01, 2008 (7:28 am)
"Just pay for your own repairs. They obviously take in more money than they pay out."
Is a game of volume...like insurance. That's how they make money. If it makes you feel better having the added protection then by all means purchase the warranty. You probably have better than a 50% chance you'll use some or all of it and recoup your cost anyways.
#2112 of 2493 Sequoia Warranty
Jan 01, 2008 (9:10 am)
My opinion ...... if you run a 4WD and use it hard buy the extended warranty. If you run a 2WD mostly over the road, no need.
#2113 of 2493 2008 Tacoma 4 Wheel Drive icon flashes on/off
Jan 02, 2008 (3:27 pm)
Hi: Just purchased a new Tacoma and while driving home the 4 Wheel Indicator light (the icon in the dash that looks like a set of 4 wheels with the axle/transaxle) kept flashing on and off. The 2/4 wheel drive selector knob was pointing to 2H...so it should have been in 2 wheel drive. I stopped, put the vehichle in park, set the knob to 4H and then (pushed) and put it in 4L and then back to 2H. Still had the flashing light. It also "felt" like it was in 4 wheel drive...but am not 100% sure it was.
Any way to know whether it is in 4 Wheel drive, other than depending on that "4 Wheel light" indicator on the dash?
I plan to take it back to Dealer, but just wanted to get some insight from unbiased folks.