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You are in the Toyota Highlander
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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#3889 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [garywi]
Jan 28, 2007 (3:45 pm)
I was reading your issue with your 07 Highlander. I have the exact same problem with mine. It is awful - I have a 2002 highlander and it drives better than my 07. I have taken it into Toyota 4 times now, they replaced the exhaust system (which did not stop the vibration) and only 1 out of 5 mechanics said they could feel the vibration. I am going up the ranks until this gets resolved. As you said a vehicle that costs this much should not vibrate at all. Mine is at the 2000 RPM mark also. I have a District Service Representative that is supposed to call me by Monday or Tuesday. Have you had any luck on yours - if so please tell me what you have found out so I can get mine fixed. I told Toyota I don't even want the vehicle. That's how bothersome it is. Thanks for any feedback you can give.
#3890 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [ajdezso]
Jan 28, 2007 (5:06 pm)
I am not sure we had the same problem. We did not have a vibration, it was an erratic dull klunk sound coming from the steering column. Toyota ended up replacing steering shaft ass'y. The noise seems to have disappeared.
#3891 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [ajdezso]
Jan 29, 2007 (6:41 am)
My 07 V6 does the same thing. The interesting thing is that it is not consistent. Sometimes it is bad and other times it is barely noticable. However, the other day I was in highway traffic where I was holding a steady 55 to 60 and on small grades, I was really bad. This speed corresponds to about 2000 RPM. I am wondering if there is a problem with either a sensor of fuel injectors. The engine in general seems to sound different every time I drive it. Sometimes it sounds quite refined similar to my '99 ES300 and other times it sounds pretty loud and crude with a rough, boomy exhaust sound when idling. It is especially crude and loud when the engine is cold and it is dismally slow to warm up. My wife's V6 3.0L Mazda Tribute warms up twice as fast. I'm sorry I didn't at least drive the RX350 to see if it is quieter. It's a shame that Toyota seems to have dropped the ball here because basically I love the car. It it just the rights size for me, not too big. It is very comfortable and has really good power, very responsive.
#3892 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [ajdezso]
Jan 29, 2007 (7:23 am)
I go back to the dealer on 2/15 for a list of issues including vibration in the steering column. I have an appt with the field service rep. I am sick to my stomach over this 07. I wish someone would come in the night and take it from my driveway. Most of my list relates to this aweful transmission. I have added one more thing that just started. When I pull up into the driveway, and put the trans in park, it "thuds" out of gear. Keep in touch with how yours goes. Gary
#3893 of 5330 Speaker Problems
Jan 29, 2007 (10:16 am)
My 05 Highlander Ltd with 6 JBL Speakers seems to ocassionally generate an intermittent tweaking noise when the radio is on (similar to interference on a speaker phone when one places a blackberry/cellphone near the unit)under no specific conditions/varied base&treble and different stations and appears to be focused on the rear right speaker. I have taken the car 3 times to the car dealership since the noise appears to come from the rear right speaker and they have not been able to replicate the issue. The dealer has said that they will not replace the rear right speaker since they were unable to replicate the problem. I do not have any electonics/phones mounted around the radio or the speakers. I am wondering if anyone has a solution since I suggested there may be faulty wiring or insufficient insulation but the technician assured me neither is the case. Would appreciate some help. Thanks
#3894 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [garywi]
Jan 29, 2007 (2:37 pm)
Please let me know how your appointment goes. I am waiting on a district service rep to contact me - it was supposed to be today by 5:00 but did not happen. I feel the same way you do - I don't want the vehicle. This is my 3rd Toyota and never had an issue until now. Unbelievable.
#3895 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [ajdezso]
Jan 29, 2007 (7:33 pm)
Believe it or not, this may be a transmission issue. A problem with one of the shift modulators will cause what is called a 'shudder'. This shudder is almost always felt by the driver through the steering column/steering wheel and will often viberate enough to cause keys in the ignition to jingle. Often the diagnosis can be made by manipulating the speeds and RPM's to cause the transmission to shift in and out of specific gears and feeling for the shudder. Shudders are usually more noticable when the transmission is hot. The shudder could also be the overdrive shift modulator and that can be diagnosed by disengaging the overdrive and checking for shudder in the method mentioned above.
I don't know if this is your problem or if this helps, but I thought I would mention it. I don't have alot of experience working on Toyota's, but a good bit on other products from Japan.
#3896 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [garywi]
Jan 30, 2007 (5:27 pm)
if your steering wheel vibrates check your tires. It sounds like you may have tread separation. This should be checked immediately
#3897 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [ggurr54]
Jan 30, 2007 (6:05 pm)
This vibration happens in every gear between 1900-2000 rpm. This is engine vibration as a result of poor dampening, either by poor engine mounts or through the steering rack, in my opinion. Gary
#3898 of 5330 Re: Calling garywi [brentarino]
Jan 30, 2007 (6:38 pm)
Thank you for your input. I am noting all inputs so I can maybe jog something in Toyota's mind of what would cause this. I've taken the vehicle into the Toyota dealership 4 times so far, so today I contacted Toyota Corporation and I'm supposed to get an appointment with a factory representative. I'm hoping this can be fixed because it is an awful driving experience. Thanks again!