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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#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)
#1533 of 5330 Highlander Seat Belts
Jul 29, 2004 (5:28 pm)
My 2004 Highlander driver side seat belt tension is too tight. The dealer has let me compare it to other Highlanders on the lot and unfortunately it's the same on all of them. I've never had this kind of problem with any vehicle before. It is so bad that I'm considering trading it in with only 1200 miles on it. Has anyone else had this problem... better yet, anyone know how to fix it?
#1535 of 5330 Rattling/Clanking from front wheels
Jul 29, 2004 (9:28 pm)
Have any of you noticed a rattling or clanking sound coming from the front of your highlander? I recently noticed that if I drove over those plastic reflectors on the roads at 35mph with the windows down I hear a clanking sound. I hear it when I drove over the bumps with both the left or right tire, but it noise goes away when I press the brakes. I took my car to my dealer and they said that it was the brake pads. The Tech explained it was normal for highlanders and that the pads float inside the calipers so when you run over a bump, the pads rattle inside the calipers. He said he test drove at least 4 cars that made the sound. But my parent's cars all have disc brakes and they don't make the noise.
Also, is it possible to get my car replaced under the lemon law if I bought my car in VA last year, but I now live in CA? Would I have to go through the dealer I bought my car from or can I go to my local dealer?
#1536 of 5330 Re: Rattling/Clanking from front wheels [thoon]
Jul 30, 2004 (7:13 am)
I used to have a Mitsu that have 4 wheel disc and I remembered it had the same problem. Sound of the brake pad.
Are you talking about the same car (highlander) you wanted to replaced under the lemon law? If so, what other problems you have with that car? If not, I think you need to do more research on lemon law in VA since there is where you bought your car.
Jul 30, 2004 (7:59 am)
My car has had a lot of problems. Besides the clanking sound, I just had the steering column shaft and cover replaced due to a rattle. I took my car to the local dealer for this rattle 3 times and they said they couldn't hear it. Then I took it to the dealer that has the most Presidential Service awards in the Bay Area, CA and they heard it right away during the test drive. The tech said it was binding.
I had the rear garnish on the tailgate replaced 2 times because the rubber gasket was getting pulled out at the top left corner somehow.
I had the weather striping on the inside of the drivers side door replaced 2 times.
I had the door panel for it adjusted 3 times because the weather strip wasn't touching the glass so there was a lot of road and wind noise.
The driver's door also has a loud vibration that comes and goes. I had it checked out 4 times already but they keep saying everything looks normal.
My transmission makes kind of a rattling or clicking sound if you accelerate slowly up to 2nd and stay in that gear. I might be the belts.
The car also hesitates and jerks under hard acceleration from 1-2nd gear and 2-3 gear. On the high it's as smooth as silk. You can't tell it's upshifting, unless you gun it for a lane change. Then it hesitates again and takes off.
There's also a rattle from the center console and from the front dash area above the clock. And the driver's seat keeps making a squeeking noise. I haven't had these 2 rattles and squeeking noises checked out yet.
I've had my car checked out at 4 different dealers and they say most of the problems are normal.
Jul 30, 2004 (11:36 am)
"My car has had a lot of problems"
thoon, what year is your HL? you said they told you your steering column was binding?
Mine doesn't steer to my liking either. If you tilt it as low as it will go and lock the tilt lever its harder to steer. On the highway in a curve it tries so hard to correct it self back to center you have to keep a firm grip on it.
Over all I really enjoy driving it except for the steering. I wish it steered like a lexus.....