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Toyota Highlander, SUV
Jul 27, 2004 (1:31 pm)
Does your owner's manual say you have a light that is supposed to come on when it's time to change the oil? Mine is a 2004. With previous Toyotas -- including a 2003 Matrix -- my dealer always recommended oil change intervals of 3,750 miles. So I expressed surprise when the paperwork that came with the '04 Highlander recommended 5,000 mile intervals. They told me at that time that Toyota was "stretching out" the interval, but I don't know whether the change occurred with the Highlander between the 2003 and 2004 model years.
My service technician told me you can't always tell if the reset procedure works. But in my experience it was clear that it worked. So Omygosh, if you tried the reset procedure, and it worked as the manual describes but your light still is on, you should have them check it. It could be a short circuit, or there may be something defective about the computer chip that controls this part of the odometer.
#1524 of 5330 Some build quality thoughts
Jul 28, 2004 (12:19 pm)
Comparing 1994 Camry with 2004 Highlander (I like my Highlander a lot, but I think Toyota has cheapened the product) build differences to me are:
1. Factory Front Floor mats weigh 3.5 pounds each in the 94. Weigh 2.25 pounds in the 04 very thin in the 04.
2. Rear view mirror is on a metal post on the 94. It is glued onto the W/S in the 04. Will probably fall off in 5 years.
3. Gas cap only has two lugs on it such that to put it in the door holder, you have to line up the two lugs with the holder(dumb) the 1994 gas cap fits in the holder any which way. Toyota probably saved all of 10 cents on this one.
4. Fuel release lever is 1/2 the size of the 94 (smaller on 2040)
5. Passenger side window switches are smaller.
6. I did not have a keyless remote in the 1994 but the 2004 remote is very sensitive, when I put it in my pocket it frequently beeps the lock or unlock function. Toyota screwed that up very little button movement will set it off. My moms Buick you have to push it down almost 1/8 inch. Least the Toy has a chirp noise the Buick and most Fords blow the horn. Bad in a city.
#1525 of 5330 Re: Some build quality thoughts [wain]
Jul 28, 2004 (4:09 pm)
No vehicle is perfect. I have a 2001 Highlander V6 4x4 and my main problem continues to be with the brake system. I was considering another Highlander, but recently bought a Mitsubishi Endeavor XLS. We frequently travel back and forth from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Grantham, New Hampshire. The round trip is 800 miles. I would take the Endeavor over the Highlander on this trip any day. The Endeavor using 87 - 89 octane switching off gives me 25 - 28 miles to the gallon measured by my Bell electronic monitor. My Highlander won't come near that. When I turn on my iPod and hear the music on the Endeavor's Infinity sound system Highlander can not compare even with the JBL. My Endeavor's 17' wheels give a much better ride and handling than my Highlander. My instrument lighting on the Endeavor is a pleasing blue the Highlander is definitely not pleasing. The Highlander may have a slightly better transmission than the Endeavor, but when you learn how to sport shift the Endeavor it is incredible Comparing the paint jobs on both vehicles the Highlander appears to have been done by my granddaughters day care class on a bad day. To keep the finish on the Highlander looking good it requires waxing, lots of frequent waxing. I also like that the Endeavor has the split tail gate so I can insert items through the window section. The sun roof on my Endeavor is definitely quieter. The center console and glove compartment are huge and well thought out. Mitsubishi did screw up on the placement of the front 12 volt connectors they should have been placed on the dash under the radio. Mitsubishi does give 12 volt accessibility on the back of the console and in two places in the very back of the vehicle. The Endeavor has wonderfully placed cup holders and tons of useful storage space. A flaw on the Endeavor is that there is not a locking gas filler cap.
#1526 of 5330 Re: Some build quality thoughts [stantonb1]
Jul 29, 2004 (7:55 am)
Sounds like Mitsubishi has done a lot of improvement.
I remember owning a Mitsu a while back, man lots of problem.
Since you have kept your 01 HL for a few years, you probably know how good or bad it is. Wondering a few years later, how's your experience with Endeavor.
Jul 29, 2004 (8:40 am)
I certainly wish you luck with your Endeavor, but have you checked the trade in value on Mitsubishi vehicles lately.
Jul 29, 2004 (1:13 pm)
thats why i do not buy them
trade in and
#1529 of 5330 Re: Mitsubishi [bdyment]
Jul 29, 2004 (2:55 pm)
Bought my Endeavor XLS with sunroof, fog lights and Infinity 6 disc changer and 300 watt amplifier for $22,000.00 The vehicle had 6,000 miles when I purchased it off lease. Have a bumper to bumper waranty from Mitsubishi which cost $600.00 and is 0 dedectuable. The waranty is for seven years or 100,000 miles.
My Highlander cost $30,000.00 I have 30,000 on it and can now get $20,000. I still think I will take the Endeavor.
Bought for my children a 2002 4-Runner Limited and a 2000 Rav-4 we love them can not say the same the same about our Highlander or a 2003 Camary SE we bought last year. My son and daughter-in-law reside in rural New Hampshire and take the 4-Runner and Rav-4 everywhere by necessity. These vehicles have close to 75,000 on them with no real problems. I have the Highlander which I dislike because of the brake system and the Camary SE because of the suspension system.
I also believe that Mitsubishi's service is far superior to Toyota's. We have tried three Philadelphia area Toyota dealer service departments and are extremely disappointed.
But only time will tell regarding the true integrity of the Endeavor.
#1530 of 5330 Re: The V6 does NOT require premium gas [sdanders]
Jul 29, 2004 (2:58 pm)
The 2004 3.3 V6 requires Premium gas (I believe the earlier 3.0s do too). Anyway, if you drive 12,000 miles a year and get 20 mpg (which I get in my AWD V6 with a mix of city and highway driving), that comes out to 600 gallons of fuel a year. Multiply that by the difference between regular and premium gas. Around here, that difference is just $0.17/gallon. So for just $102 more per year, I can put the fuel that the engine is designed for, not just what it could run on if it retards the timing, etc. And if you can achieve just an additional 1 mpg (meaning 19 mpg on regular), the difference is more like $40 more per year. Money well spent in my book.
#1531 of 5330 premium gas [sdanders] by 2003tls
Jul 29, 2004 (5:03 pm)
I have an 03 v6 and I don't use premium gas. I tried it on a 420 mile trip and I couldn't detect any difference in the performance or any increase in the miles per gal. If you look on the internet you can find articals that state premium gas is not good for any vehicle other than the muscle cars that have a lot of horse power.
Given that I'm not harming my engine and the fact that the oil companies profits have increased by 50 percent Im not about to pay any thing more for a gal of gas than is nessary.
#1532 of 5330 The 2004 3.3 V6 requires Premium gas
Jul 29, 2004 (5:24 pm)