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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#2312 of 5330 Shake, rattle, roll
Jan 19, 2005 (12:37 pm)
My 2003 Highlander has recently started to vibrate nastily while stopped in drive. It vibrates so much that it gives me a headache. Took it to the dealer twice; they said "nothing wrong, it does that when the heater is running (turned off heater, same vibration); it's normal (horse hockey, it just started and I bought the thing in August 2003). Complained to Toyota and they said take it to the dealer (after telling them I took it there twice and I have no confidence in them). I'm going to take it to a Lincoln dealer who used to work on my Towncar. Filed a complaint with NHTS as well. Anyone have any similar problems with successful outcomes?
#2313 of 5330 Re: Low tire pressure warning light [ecotrklvr]
Jan 19, 2005 (6:13 pm)
Oops, sorry for not saying that I did take it to the dealer. They were the ones who told me about the entire procedure. And they were great, in and out, in about 20 minutes. Hope I saved you guys the trouble of going to a dealer.
#2314 of 5330 Re: Shake, rattle, roll [ammo-one]
Jan 21, 2005 (10:25 am)
Someone else a year or so ago on these boards complained of a similar problem (HL vibrates while idling) but like you was unsuccessful in getting Toyota to fix it (if interested click on Advanced Search on left sidebar and search on "vibrates" in this discussion).
#2315 of 5330 Heated seats not working??
Jan 21, 2005 (11:52 am)
Recently purchased a new '05 Highlander with leather and heated seats. The amount of heat in the seats seems fairly modest compared to other vehicles we had seen. The car was checked prior to delivery and was said to be OK. After 2 weeks of listening to my wife complain about the seats I had her take it back to dealer for a recheck.
They apparently held some type of thermometer sensor over the seat and said it was heated to about 80 on driver side and about 72 on passenger side. Calls to Toyota US service center by dealer revealed nothing to do (appears there is no way to increase the amount of heat output) but maybe we are getting the run-around.??...They said the seats were functioning within specs.
Anyone with similar experience or insight into this?
#2316 of 5330 Seat heat...
Jan 21, 2005 (12:29 pm)
The seat heaters in my 92 LS400 consume only about 24 watts, ~6 ohms at 12 volts. Takes a while on a cold morning to even tell i fthe seat heat is actually working.
Don't know the power consumption of the 01 RX300 but it has dual levels and on high you can definitely tell that the heat is ON.
#2317 of 5330 Re: Heated seats not working?? [jds4218]
Jan 21, 2005 (12:51 pm)
Sounds like you are getting the runaround to me. My '04 with leather are too hot! Since there is no adjustment except on and off I have to turn them off because of the heat. I had a VW GTI with heated seats and it had an adjustment knot from 1 - 5. You could leave it on 2 or 3 and not even use the cabin heater.
#2318 of 5330 Re: Heated seats not working?? [desertguy]
Jan 21, 2005 (3:32 pm)
I feel like we are getting blown off. What type of climate are you living in...the winter in TN is reasonable most of the time (20s-30s for low) but sometimes colder...I just think something needs adjustment so we could actually feel the heat.
#2319 of 5330 Re: Heated seats not working?? [jds4218]
Jan 21, 2005 (4:02 pm)
04 HL heated seats work like the tranny. sometimes nice heat output, other times just barely feel it. Control of heating is poor.
thermostatic control is inconsistant.You are never sure what temperature you are going to get.
One of the disappointments with the HL
#2320 of 5330 Re: Heated seats not working?? [jds4218]
Jan 21, 2005 (5:59 pm)
I was using them in Iowa the latter part of the winter last year. Now in the Phoenix area and probably will never turn them on!
#2321 of 5330 Re: Question regarding the hesitation problem [kads]
Jan 21, 2005 (9:59 pm)
"Bottom line--Why pay $30-35 grand for a car with a known problem the manufacturer won't fix?"
Exactly right. I am currently in the market for an SUV. I want 4WD or AWD and decent cargo room. A quiet, smooth ride is important to me (I know, I know it is an SUV, but some have a better ride than others). I came very close to buying a Highlander 2 or 3 weeks ago, but while in the process of negotiating price, started reading about this problem. The sales people at the 2 dealerships I've dealt with deny ever hearing about any potential hesitation problem. Only after I showed them the multiple notes on this forum, the newspaper articles, etc, they still say that they don't know anything about it, haven't been told anything by corporate. Their response is that the vehicle is covered by a good, long warranty so if it has problems, I can bring it to the service department. Of course, my concern is that others have not been able to get the problem fixed and Toyota corporate spokesmen are quoted in newspaper articles as saying that they are still working on the problem.
It's really too bad, because in every other way, the Highlander is what I'm looking for. But a potentially serious safety issue is a deal breaker for me. For example, I also won't look at those vehicles that tipped in the government testing (Ford Escape, for example). So, I'm still looking, but unfortunately not at the Toyota Highlander (or at least until Toyota says that they can fix this problem).