Last post on Oct 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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Toyota Highlander, Toyota, SUV
#2945 of 2954 Re: car backs up while in drive [luckyseven]
May 20, 2011 (7:16 am)
"..spend 3 minutes.."
Historically almost nobody reads the owners manual, and now that it's 300-500 pages....
Plus you have to know a function even exists before expending the time discovering how it works. I'd bet most salespersons don't even know "hill-hold" is now a standard feature on other than "off-road" vehicles.
"..needs to be activated by the driver..."
But apparently can be activated unknowingly or unintentionally.
And who is to say that some modern day vehicles don't automatically activate hill-start when/if conditions warrant...? There are numerous areas around here wherein automatic hill-start activation would be a welcome function.
Fewer "smoked"/smelly clutch drive-aways even for stick shifts were they to somehow have this feature implemented.
#2946 of 2954 Re: car backs up while in drive [wwest]
May 20, 2011 (2:59 pm)
what is the point of your post?
#2947 of 2954 Re: car backs up while in drive [luckyseven]
May 20, 2011 (5:59 pm)
There wasn't one.
#2949 of 2954 08 Highlander Sport vs. Limited
Jul 26, 2011 (8:24 am)
Anyone know any differences in 2 models. Looks like some Sports were ordered with Leather,Nav,heated seats etc.
#2950 of 2954 Re: 2008 Rust Problem [rzepa1]
Aug 24, 2011 (9:53 am)
Not sure if this post is still active, but I have the same problem. Toyota told me it was dust as well, and repainted the hatch two years ago. I had the same problem the following spring after which they replaced and repainted the hatch, only to have the problems come back. My car is black, and rust can be seen and is certainly visable this is some sort of manufacturers defect with the type of metal used on the hatch or whatever. It's only on the hatch, and nowhere else on the body of the car. Please let me know how you made out.
#2951 of 2954 Re: I got rid of a 2008 highlander after 18 months of ownnership [knwpsk]
Oct 01, 2012 (9:27 pm)
Hi knwpsk, is your solution to the alarm problem still valid? We're having the same issue on our 08 hybrid limited. Many owners have replaced the hood latch switch to successfully correct the issue, but after reading your post, I'm wondering whether replacing the hood latch switch simply resulted in a proper hood adjustment in those instances where the replacement solved the problem. This would make sense after reading that someone replaced their switch and then had the problem recur. thanks.
#2952 of 2954 Re: Wind Whistle? [tarugs]
Feb 03, 2013 (12:20 pm)
I had the same issue on my 2008 HL Sport
After much investigation I found it to be the rubber gasket on the lip of the hood directly above the grill.
The way the HL is designed, when you go to open the hood to release the secondary hood lock you naturally stick your left hand under the hood to lift it to release the secondary latch with your right hand. By doing this over time the rubber gasket in this area comes loose because there is a plastic clip in the underside of the hood that comes undone. I pushed it back in and the noise went away. The analogy here is like blowing air between a blade of grass in your fingers, The resonance point is between 40-45 MPH. To help ensure a good seal, I added a piece of foam weather stripping (black) 7/16" x 3/4" on the top of the grill between the grill and the gasket on the underside of the hood.This makes a better seal in this area. Nice and quiet (and now so is my wife!!!) :rofl2:
#2953 of 2954 Re: 2008 Rust Problem [techfrank]
Sep 12, 2013 (11:37 pm)
Here is another one who has the rust problem (~10 spots) on the hatch of a Highlander Hybrid Limitid '08 (green metallic). I got the car from FL and live now in Europe.
What can I do, to get Toyota revarnishing the hatch? In late September I will be in the CA, but without my car...
In my opinion this issue is based on a factory error.
#2954 of 2954 Re: 2008 Rust Problem [whybird]
Oct 27, 2013 (4:38 pm)
Well, I gave up on Toyota. Dealer told me that the car (2008) is out of warranty and the rust spots would have to be "thru the metal and not just spots".... Actually, hatch is not the worst place ... around each door handle (front and rear) I have "rust" circles where the handles attaches to the door. I think the rust making its way underneath the paint. Needless to say when in July, I traded in wife's Avalon for brand new Acura RDX...did not even look what Toyota had to offer. Still, the 2001 Avalon had never any paint (or any other) issues ...just old and mileage ...