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Toyota Highlander, SUV
Dec 12, 2006 (9:04 pm)
I recently had a chance to drive my brother in law's 2007 Lexus with the 3.5 L engine. I compared it to my 2006 Highlander Limited which I bought in June. I can honestly say that I could not detect any difference in ride or quietness in either vehicle. The Lexus may be a little quicker with the bigger engine, but better ride quality was not at all apparent to either of us. I think he expected a noticeable difference in ride or quietness, but to me and him, there was not.
#3843 of 5315 Re: Toyota-Lexus [supersonic45]
Dec 13, 2006 (7:19 am)
Thanks for the reassurance, Supersonic45. Your comment will save me about 10K when I get my new wheels in a few months.
Some of the recent comments about lesser noise insulation etc. in the Toyota had gotten me a little concerned. Although I have test driven several Highlanders and they seemed quiet relative to other vehicles driven.
Besides I don't want to fall asleep while driving.....................
#3844 of 5315 garywi, did you take your car in yet?
Dec 13, 2006 (7:28 am)
Axiously awaiting feedback.
#3845 of 5315 bearing / driveshaft problem
Dec 13, 2006 (9:55 pm)
The problem of Highlander is making noise when reduce speed to full stop (starting from 25m / 10m rangge) decscribed as
distant siren noise in previous posts. Mine 06 4wd purchased still have such noise. Anyone new 06 has such issue?
#3846 of 5315 Re: garywi, did you take your car in yet? [tomd]
Dec 13, 2006 (10:06 pm)
Tom, I took the car in today. The dealer said there is nothing wrong with it. I filed a complaint on NHTS web site. I have an appt on 1/04/07 with the Regional Toyota Technical Representative. I also have my application for arbitration filled out. This transmission is not safe.
#3847 of 5315 Re: garywi, did you take your car in yet? [garywi]
Dec 14, 2006 (7:51 am)
Did they hear/feel the vibration at ~1850 RPM? How about the resonance when idling? I still don't get why the engine should be so much louder than the previous generation Camry with the same engine.
BTW, when my car is fully warmed up, the temp guage needle is a little shy of the 3:00 position. It's just a hair above the next tick mark down. However, when warming up, it spends quite a long time below that tick mark, about half way between that tick mark and the next lower one. I don't know if this is normal but even on 60 degree days, it is like this. Seems awfully long to fully warm up. I wonder if the thermostat is opening too soon. I hesitate to mention this to them because I'd rather not have them tinkering around if there is no problem. Can you comment?
Dec 14, 2006 (8:44 am)
Tom, No, it was the usual dealer experience, in that they are not interested in looking for problems that are not hitting them in the face. If they don't hear a rod smashing against the inside of the engine block, then nothing could be wrong. Your temp. I would advance the heating control full to the right and see how long it takes to feel heat coming from the vents. I feel good strong heat in about 3-4 minutes. Gary
#3849 of 5315 Re: vibration [garywi]
Dec 14, 2006 (9:50 am)
Gary, I was just wondering if your guage responds similar to the way I described.
I was thinking of going to the dealer and seeing if my sales person would let me start another HL just to see if the loudness and the humming resonance is there at idle but I bet they won't want any part of this. They will just refer me to service. Once they sell you the car, they more or less wash their hands of stuff like that. I'm sure they wouldn't let me test drive another one to see if the vibration is there at 1800 RPM.
#3850 of 5315 Re: vibration [tomd]
Dec 14, 2006 (10:01 am)
I just went to the dealer, and test drove another hightlander, as if I was looking to buy. You have to do what you have to do.
#3851 of 5315 Re: vibration [garywi]
Dec 14, 2006 (10:49 am)
So did the one you test drove have the vibration and other problems that plagues your's?