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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#1935 of 5330 Test Drove an 05 Highlander & 05 Rx 330
Nov 02, 2004 (9:02 pm)
The highlander had the trans/engine hesitation issue...slowing down to a near stop and then after applying the gas, 1-2 sec hesitation, then the trans shifted abruptly. I was able to replicate this behavior time and time again. However, the Rx trans/engine was always smooth. We have a 2002 Highlander and it's been great...very quiet, very comfortable seats, smooth engine and trans. My brother in law is a master tech for Lexus...the 05 Rx has new software which fixs this hesitation problem. Interesting that Toyota has not applied this patch to the highlander.
The highlander is a great value, but we are going with the Rx....active hids, nav with voice command, bluetooth, rear view cam, mark levinson stereo, memory for seats, mirrors, steering wheel for tilt and reach, 10 way driver& 8 way passenger power seats, power remote rear hatch, cool 18 rims, lexus glove soft leather, high grade wood trim,... are these worth the extra 10K when compared to a loaded highlander limited? probably not...but it is to us.
#1936 of 5330 contact toyota
Nov 02, 2004 (11:11 pm)
Can someone please provide an email address to complain or how I can look it up if email address is not allowed to post on this board.
#1937 of 5330 bug shield rubbing off paint
Nov 02, 2004 (11:32 pm)
Took off the dealer installed toyota bugshield and noticed it has been rubbing the paint on the hood and grill. Dealer is playing dumb. Anyone else notice this? 2004 limited model with 5K miles.
#1938 of 5330 battery
Nov 03, 2004 (5:23 am)
why does the 04 batter which is matn free have the "caps" moulded in the top of the battery so it looks like a non mtn free battery?
whats that about?
#1940 of 5330 05 HL vs 05 RX....
Nov 03, 2004 (9:09 am)
Both AWD? FWD? mix?
#1941 of 5330 Fuel-Gas Gauge Issues
Nov 04, 2004 (2:13 pm)
I am hoping that someone might have a recommendation or solution to this problem. For some reason, I've had problems with the fuel gauge not accurately reading the amount of gas in the tank. After filling up the tank last week, the needle slowly dropped down to half. Then yesterday after I started the car, the needle went up to full and did not drop with driving. This is probably the third time this has occurred over the past 6 months, and I have contacted the dealer who has done nothing as "they can not recreate the symptom." It has gotten quite annoying and I would like to resolve this before the warranty expires. I hope you guys can help me out with suggestions. Thanks.
#1942 of 5330 Re: New Battery [dominor5]
Nov 04, 2004 (4:52 pm)
I had the battery checked today. No problems, lots of current and life left. Guess I may try disconnecting the battery to see if that helps.
#1943 of 5330 Re: HL hesitation [theflow]
Nov 04, 2004 (7:12 pm)
Yes it was presented with an arbitrator present. He will be the one who makes the decision. Toyota is the one who said it was a 'design
characteristic' which is a bunch of bunk I might add. No reasonable person would think an auto maker would intentionally design a safety flaw into a vehicle. If anyone here decides to go to
arbitration please be advised you need to be extremely thorough and summarize in great detail the problems you're experiencing. Don't assume because the arbitrator has all of the 'paperwork' he will know what the problem is or that he will understand without explicit, spoken and written information. I wish I had been better prepared for the arbitration but everything is presented in such a low key manner one would forget this is the ONLY chance you have to make your case. You need to have paperwork to back up your complaint..copies for you and the arbitrator.
#1944 of 5330 Re: lemon laws and hesitating highlanders [poto1x]
Nov 04, 2004 (7:19 pm)
I have not filed under the lemon law of my state but will if the arbitration doesn't work. In some states you're required to do arbitration before you can file with your state lemon law. Be sure and check all of the rules including Toyota's rule that you must send a certified letter to them prior to using any of these methods. All of this is in your owner's manual and contacting Toyota will get you an arrogant representative who will inform you the only thing you can do is fill out an arbitration request. I suspect they feel they are untouchable because they are "TOYOTA" and as I've said before this is the David and Goliath syndrome. About the best thing any of us can do is make sure we make others aware of these issues with Toyota. I just read yesterday their
sales were down 2% for the first time ever. I hope the trend continues until they get the message.